"Often I am asked when I will finally stop to paint flowers. I answer 'Never!'."

Orchid, 2015  Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm

Dagmar was born in Zeitz, Germany. She worked as a foreign correspondent in Istanbul where she met her husband who became the president of the Eminönü Rotary Club and together they set a goal to promote the Turkish intellectual heritage and thus organized an exhibition at Mimar Sinan University, Academy of Fine Arts. The show traveled to Frankfurt and Vienna. It was during that time that Dagmar became fascinated with fine art and enrolled in Mimar Sinan University to study Art. She has also taken courses from Turkish painters, Tanju Demirci and İrfan Önürmen. In 1996, Dagmar opened her first solo show and has since had a dozen personal shows in İstanbul, Austria, Germany, Miami, New York and Las Vegas. Dagmar received the Sandro Botticelli Prize in 2015 and Diploma of Excellence from Art Addiction. She was selected by the Florence Biennale's International Selection Committee to participate in the Edition of the International Biennale of Contemporary Art/Florence.

Lotus Cambodia, 2014 Oil on canvas 70 x 55 cm

Tulips for Ever, 2015  Oil on canvas 75 x 55 cm

Lotus, 2015 Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm

Rhapsody in Yellow, 2014 Oil on canvas 85 x 50 cm

"Often I am asked when I will finally stop to paint flowers. I answer 'never', because flowers are a perfect creation of nature in regards to their structure, shape, and color. Everything is in perfect harmony, everything suits together. There are hundreds of flower species, but each is different from the other. Whenever I discover a new flower, I get excited. This excitement will just not end. My second reason is that all the beautiful things on our earth, i.e., plants, animals, unique landscapes, etc. are disappearing little by little due to drastic climate changes and wrong urban policies. My intention is to show these beauties at least on paintings. Unfortunately, just now so many dramatic and terrible things are happening on our planet that it is my wish to give at least some feelings of peace and harmony to the people when looking at my works."

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Misa Aihara

"Sometimes I work in chaos. I ask myself "Is the picture worth working for?" My brain tells me "Wrong color!", "Wrong place!" I struggle to find steps. I believe I will come to the goal. I want to give emotional and spiritual impact to a composition of figurative abstract elements."

Verko 17-9 - Oil on canvas 80 x 100cm

We have the ability to sense every color and every shape surrounding us and accept what they are telling. I am always open to the things that come to me through my five senses in my daily life. Some are color and form, some of them come through communication by words and sounds and others come through the atmosphere in the sense of smell, touch and so on. I observe my painting to get inspiration for the next step from the hint of a color either in a small part of the canvas, the whole structure of the canvas or the atmosphere of the image. When I misread the hints, I analyze the reason for my mistake and try to find another step. I always repeat this process to complete a painting. I want to evoke profound feelings in the viewer and invite to explore deeper dimensions of consciousness."

Verko 17-1 - Oil on canvas 72.2 x 90.9cm
Verko 17-21 - Oil on canvas 60.6 x 72.7cm
Verko 18-7 - Oil on canvas 80 x 100cm
Kompozicio: Verdo & Bluo '18 - Oil on canvas 97 x 130.3cm

Born in the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, Misa Aihara graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo. She has been actively producing and exhibiting artwork since the early 70s in Japan, across Europe and the USA. Aihara recently participated at the Florence Biennale, London Art Biennale, Art Fair New York 2017 and was awarded by the Chianciano Art Museum, The Global Art Awards, 1st "Prince of Salinas-Gottopardo"Art Critic Award and many more.

Verko 07-06, Oil on canvas 100 × 80 cm
Verko 11-7, Oil on canvas 100 × 80 cm
Verko 16-2, Oil on canvas 100 × 80 cm
Verko 15-4, Oil on canvas 91 × 73 cm
En Cxambro 08-07, Oil on canvas 117 × 91 cm

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Eugene Kuperman

1915 Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.
Eugene Kuperman was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1987 and now lives in Southern California. Since childhood, Eugene enjoyed drawing anything that inspired him. Eugene has been sketching since he was three years old and painting since he was seven. He has created over four hundred pieces and thousands of sketches. Eugene’s work is in many private collections including in a private collection of Robert Harris Rothschild who has many notable works in his collection by artists like Rembrandt, Chagall, Dali, Ernst, Lichtenstein, and many more. An art catalog came out in 2012 featuring many of those artists as well as the work commissioned from Eugene. From 2010 to his passing in 2014, Eugene Kuperman studied with a renowned Russian artist Leonid Steele whose works are in many museums in the world, including pieces in the notable Tretakov Gallery in Russia. One of Leonid’s former teachers was a student of a famous Russian landscape painter: Isaac Levitan and another teacher he had, was a student of the famous Russian artist: Ilya Repin.
Hospital Parking Lot Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
Never Again Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.
Motherly Love - Oil on linen 18 x 24 in.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Peaceful Silence Interchangeable Triptych - Acrylic on canvas Side panels 24 x 18 in. Centre panel 24 x 36 in.

For Eugene, art is about inspiration. He has been exhibiting since 2006. In 2008, Eugene traveled for a study abroad trip to Paris, France to study the old masters from life at the Louvre. He was very much inspired by the Rubens room there as well as the two Michelangelo sculptures; Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave. Another piece that left an impression on Eugene was Theodore Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa. In October 2017, Eugene Kuperman traveled to Italy to study the great Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters. He’s witnessed the greatest works by Michelangelo first hand, such as Statue of David, St.Peter’s Pieta, Sistine Chapel, Tomb of Pope Julius II, Doni Tondo, Pieta Palestrina, the unfinished Slave sculptures, Dome of St.Peter’s Basilica and more. Michelangelo serves as his greatest inspiration for his incredible sense of design and composition. Since late 2014, early 2015, Eugene took a new direction in art. He took upon himself to create works of social commentary which to any extent educate, enlighten, and promote change in society. Eugene Kuperman is a listed artist and his work has been published in various art books, magazines, and newspapers.

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Yi Shin Chiang

I do enjoy the process of uncertainty. "Half Empty, Half Full," is my current portrait painting series which represents two opposite emotions which then conflict with each other simultaneously.”

Second Look Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

“I only paint my friends or family members who have a significant relationship with me. I’ve witnessed most of their tipping points and undergone a change after each setback and frustration. I ponder over each of their emotional conflicts and picture them individually because everyone is unique and their life experiences are indeed different.

I do enjoy the process of uncertainty. "Half Empty, Half Full," is my current portrait painting series which represents two opposite emotions which then conflict with each other simultaneously. This concept was inspired by the challenging moments I noticed my friends struggling with. Everyone has experienced turning points and dealt with dilemmas at some point in their lives. My first painting in this series was inspired by a good friend of mine named, Lucky Lu. She is a photography student who struggled to create her own unique style in the photography field. She was criticized and doubted by a friend for being a copycat of another artist. She chose to defend herself by hiding her sorrow secretly. Once she exposed her sadness in front of me, I felt her confidence quickly collapse and destruct. Thus, I wanted to mark down this moment on my canvas in my own point of view. I depicted her standing in front of an intersection and having no clue whether to go left or right. Her pride protected her dignity so she could put on her mask and fight back. Nonetheless, her confidence was already destroyed and dispirited. This is a tug of war between strength and weakness. Likewise, we would never know the results until the last minute. This ambiguous moment is both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. There must be times in life when you have a crossroad of life. Any kind of decision you make can change your life completely, but there would be no turning back once the choice has been made.

In this series of portraits, I’ve asked my friends to be my models. The only request I had for them was to just look straight at the camera, and countless photographs were taken. The photo shoots were simply plain without any special settings, makeup, or hair, but pure and natural portrait. Sometimes only one out of a hundred photos could fit into my ideas. In this work, I paint bold strokes and smooth transition with big palette knife and brushes. The contrast of hard edges and refine detail represent both positive and negative emotions that I've decided for each individual friend. The surface of my painting is rough with thick paints as if there were a tug of war battling on my canvas. The vibrant colors I chose for two emotions can sometimes be too competitive with to each other; therefore, I have to merge colors with abstraction and distortion in order to balance between the two in harmony and also enrich its mysterious looking. My concept embraces when two opposite emotions exist at the same time and could be either sanguine or depressed because they both exist evenly and compete with each other. Therefore, the outcome of each painting stays mysterious and unpredictable."

Stage One: Isolation Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.
Frozen the Weakness Oil on canvas 46 x 48 in.
Stage Two: Antagonism Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.

  Ms. Yi Shin Chiang is a leading Fine Artist from Taiwan, who is now based in San Francisco. Her preferred medium is oil paint, but she is knowledgeable and highly skilled across a range of materials including watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. Ms. Chiang specializes in portraiture, figurative, landscape, and cityscapes; her painting is unique however, in that rather than using her technical mastery to create realistic works in each genre, her interest and emphasis is on exploring the mood and presentation of ambiguity in her subject, whatever it may be. Her distinctive combination of realism and abstraction is referred to by many as transformative artwork. Ms. Chiang developed her passion for painting when she was a mere 16 years old. As she delved further into the art she also discovered her own innate talent for this fine art skill. Ms. Chiang went to high school at Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver, Canada. She spent much of her high school career perfecting her artistic skills, and when she was only 18 years old she was commissioned to paint a mural for her high school. The mural has been on display since. She was also awarded second place in the Youth Works category of the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Remembrance Day Contest, for a graphite pencil drawing, which her secondary school art teacher found particularly moving and opted to submit as a contest entry. This was a major milestone for Ms. Chiang; it was the very external encouragement she needed to enable her to commit to a life as a professional artist. With this award to galvanize her, Ms. Chiang applied to the esteemed Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. The Academy of Art University is one of the world’s most recognized art schools, attracting aspiring creative professionals from across the globe. To gain acceptance to any of the Academy’s rigorous and highly competitive programs applicants must submit exemplary portfolios and provide evidence that they are among the world’s best up and coming artists in their chosen discipline. Ms. Chiang’s submission was met with delight, and she was accepted to the Academy’s undergraduate Illustration program, where she flourished. After graduating with her BFA in Illustration, in 2010, Ms. Chiang elected to pursue her passion even further, and with much encouragement from her mentors and professors, applied to the Master of Fine Art program at the Academy of Art University. She was easily accepted on the merits of her previous academic record, her stunning portfolio, and her firmly established reputation within the Academy of Art University and San Francisco arts community as an extraordinarily talented and innovative painter and illustrator.

Ms. Chiang exhibited in several prominent shows in 2012, while studying for her Masters Degree. These include at the Taiwan Museum of Fine Art where she was a Finalist in the Beauty of Taiwan contest; at San Francisco’s celebrated Arata Fine Art Gallery, as part of the San Francisco North Beach Cityscapes show; in one of Studio Gallery’s regionally beloved Tiny Shows in San Francisco, CA; as well as in the Academy of Art University’s competitive Annual Spring Show. In 2013 Ms. Chiang took advantage of a remarkable opportunity to study painting and drawing in one of the western hemisphere’s oldest and most important cities for the production and appreciation of art and culture – Florence, Italy. She was selected for the rare honor of completing a summer-term at Florence’s prestigious Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA). SRISA is one of Italy’s top art and design schools – no small feat in a country which has been one of the world’s leading exporters of culture, art, and design for nearly two millennia. The chance to study at SRISA represented strong praise for Ms. Chiang’s skills and her breathtaking body of work. In addition to earning her a once in a lifetime chance to hone her craft among the works of the old masters, Ms. Chiang’s remarkable talent and novel artistic vision also brought her several opportunities to exhibit her work in 2013. She showed work in the Academy of Art University’s competitive Spring Show at San Francisco’s renowned Palace of Fine Arts, where she took an impressive Second Place in the Abstract Painting category. She was invited back to San Francisco’s Studio Gallery to participate in another Tiny Show. Perhaps most impressively Ms. Chiang was awarded the Jury's Favorite award in the immensely popular BoldBrush Painting Competition. In 2014, Ms. Chiang’s final year as an MFA student, she also had a number of important exhibitions including the Academy’s Spring Show, in which she took Third Place in the Abstract Category; as well as a solo portrait show entitled Half Empty, Half Full at San Francisco’s popular Cannery Gallery. After graduating with a Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, Ms. Chiang’s career as a sought after professional artist began in earnest. She quickly began exhibiting throughout the United States, Canada and Taiwan. In 2014 Ms. Chiang exhibited her work in a number of competitive juried exhibitions and prestigious venues. She was part of the Dab Art show at HUD Gallery in Ventura California, an international juried exhibition for which Ms. Chiang’s paintings Frozen the Weakness, and Thesis Study#9 were selected, and for which she was awarded “Best in Show.” Ms. Chiang also had the honor of being selected as a Finalist in the 118th Annual Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Open Juried Exhibition, at the National Arts Club in New York. Named for the only woman among the 106 founders of New York’s preeminent Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club maintains close ties with this American institution which remains an important part of the international art world.

To have one’s work selected for this iconic exhibition is among the highest forms of praise in the American artistic community, but to be named by the jury as a finalist is an extremely rare honor reserved only for the world’s most accomplished artists. In addition Ms. Chiang was awarded Special Recognition in the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s 5th Annual Abstracts competition. Light Space & Time is an exceedingly important online art clearinghouse. Competition artwork is promoted through over 39,000 visitors, and 66,000 Pageviews each month; additionally over 7,000 gallery owners, corporate art representatives, and decision makers in the fine arts field subscribe to the gallery’s monthly bulletins. As such placing in the top tier of a Light Space & Time competition represents a major advancement in any artist’s professional career, and it is one that is afforded only to the industry’s best. Ms. Chiang was also a Top 20 Finalist in the 2014 / 2015 Portraits Art Exhibition from Artist Portfolio Magazine. Founded in 2010 Artist Portfolio Magazine is a juried publication which reaches over 46,000 unique readers per issue. Reaching the top tier in one of the magazine’s exhibitions is considered a major achievement in the international online art world.  Thus far in 2015 Ms. Chiang has been asked to participate in several important exhibitions along the West Coast, including the 19th Annual de Young juried showcase Divergence: Emerging Legacies an Art Event at San Francisco’s world famous de Young Museum for which she was a Finalist; as well as at the 2015 Expressions West Exhibition, at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon. The Expressions West Exhibit features forty-five artists from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Ms. Chiang exhibited her works entitled Thesis Study #2, Thesis Study #7, and Unknown. Her work Thesis Study #2 was awarded Honorable Mention. Ms. Chiang also took part in the 9th Annual International Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, Juried Exhibit at the Clatsop Art Center Gallery, in Astoria, Oregon, where she was a Finalist. Further east Ms. Chiang was an esteemed Finalist in the third annual Nude Attitude Exhibition of the Peoria Art Guild Gallery, in Illinois; and exhibited in the 2015 Small Works Exhibit, at the Limner Gallery, in Hudson, New York. The Limner Gallery is known for its controversial and provocative exhibitions, and has been at the cutting edge of the American art world from the time it was founded in 1987, in its original home in Manhattan’s East Village. The gallery remains a major player in the American art community and showing one’s work there is indicative of a high degree of success. Ms. Chiang continues to work on her portrait series, examining the coexistence of opposing emotions, as well as her carefully designed figurative works expressing the dynamic connections between realism and expressionism. Her unique perspective and broad range of execution, combined with her immense technical abilities, have made her work much in demand in the United States today.

It's You But Not You Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

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Federico Pisciotta

"The video player in plexiglass backlit by RGB led lamps, distorts the balance of traditional painting, creating a transitional space within the picture that underlines the precariousness and the illusions of the post-modern society."

On my Videoplayer Mixed media and oil on shaped board, plexiglass and RGB Led lamps 90 x 94 cm

After teaching for many years in Rome, Federico Pisciotta devoted himself exclusively to painting and contemporary art research. Since 2013 he lives and works in Fara in Sabina, at his studio "700 Artecontemporanea". Federico Pisciotta has participated in group and solo shows internationally including at the  Foundation Museum Venanzo Crocetti in Rome, the Stables of Aragona Palace in Vasto, CH, the DAP1 Gallery in Warsaw and Halle 50 at the DomagkAteliers in Monaco of Bavaria. With an active presence at notable international art fairs of Milan, London, New York, Miami, San Diego, Santa Fe, and the Hamptons he is a contemporary artist with an impressive resume. One of his latest projects, first introduced in Germany, 2014, employs a unique painting technique, supported by multimedia interactive elements producing canvases that recall the obsessive presence of informatics iconography.

The Game Exhibition Mixed media and oil on shaped board, plexiglass and ultra white Led lamps 167 x 98 cm
A Strange Timeless Night Mixed media and oil on shaped board, plexiglass, RGB Led lamps and motion detector 116 x 243 cm
The Shower Mixed media and oil on shaped board, plexiglass and RGB Led lamps 70 x 70 cm
Without Religion Mixed media and oil on shaped board, plexiglass and RGB Led lamps 125 x 98 cm

One of his latest examples is the work "Without Religion". The girl, though a posture reminiscent of Greek-Roman statuary, is meant to represent the contemporary femininity made of transgressions naive and fragile personality. The tattoos and written in Latin on the left forearm “Ad vitam æternam”, translated “to eternal life”, alludes to this Century of an ill, strongly exhibitionistic “youthfulness”. Sitting behind a memorial column disfigured by graffiti, intent on chatting nervously with her smartphone, the young woman with the red hair flying, senses a strange feeling of embarrassment. The awareness of non-compliance in respect of the dead transpires by her naive doll-like face. The gifts in the foreground symbolize the best that can already offer our society of “McDonaldization”. Space is changed, the play button, backlit leads elsewhere. You can’t perceive the pulsing slight of the soul, the fine line between life and death. What remains is only a decadent and precarious reality that tries to take refuge in the virtual space where every day we share our obsessive habits: the network.

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Yvette Swan

"What inspires me is a sense of truth, freedom, and love. This is found in everything and everyone. When I open to another my heart expands and this joy and love ignites the creative energy. It is all connected and naturally unfolds. Creating from this space is what I love."

Still Free - Oil on linen 30 x 30 cm

“I love the creative energy that opens from within and being able to have a painting come from that space. It is the best feeling. A work of art is completed when it is hanging on the wall of its new owner. The artwork is then released to the world. People who have bought my art have connected to them from a feeling. It’s immediate.

My purpose for creating art is to pass through a sense of something bigger. A sense of who we are in our heart. We may have challenges in a lifetime but beyond that is the true essence of who we are. This we have in common with one another. We might feel or believe at times we are separate from each other but this is not true. Sometimes it takes an entire lifetime to realize this but that doesn’t matter. We have a purpose to be here and to be here together. I love when my art is received beyond what can be seen on the canvas or worked out in the mind. It just is. I love to allow the energy of who we are to come through the painting and touch the heart of people. It brings joy to my heart.”

Yvette Swan was born in Australia and lives between Sydney and Northern NSW. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at University of NSW, College of Fine Arts, and has had over 35 solo and group exhibitions in Australia, including the Wynne Landscape Prize at AGNSW, Metro Prize, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Prize, and the Art Series Leeuwin Estate Collection. Yvette is included in the book “Unfinished Journeys” by Ken McGregor. Her paintings belong to private and public collections. In December 2018 Yvette will exhibit paintings in the Spectrum-Red Dot Miami Art Fair and in April 2019 Artexpo New York. She will be the Featured Artist in the Home Design magazine, issue Jan/Feb 2019.

Yvette’s current paintings have come from a deeper awareness of who we are beyond the human condition. They reflect our true nature as pure awareness. The world, the personalities, emotions, thoughts, stories, the body, and mind, and all of the content are only passing energies. They come and they go. But what is always here which never comes and goes and is aware of all this passing content? It is our essential nature. It is the source of our being. We are the awareness that all this takes place in.

Yvette is enjoying her current style of oil paintings. Her works have evolved from vibrant and bold abstract paintings to then abstract landscapes to now paintings that reflect light, nature, and what can’t be seen.

Nothing Remains - Oil on canvas 92 x 122 cm
Night Fields - Oil on linen 30 x 30 cm
Creation - Oil on canvas 92 x 122 cm
A Touch of Paradise - Oil on linen 30 x 30 cm

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Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger

“The material finds the idea, the idea finds the material.”

OT 1 - Tissue paper, acrylic, paper wool on wooden plate 54,5 x 54,5 cm

German artist,  Christa Schmid-Ehrlinger was born in Backnang in 1948 and studied at Tübingen, Aix en Provence and Munich. She received her training in Fine Arts from Prof. Hans Schlegel (Stuttgart) and has been working as a freelance artist since 1996. Major academic impetus also came from Prof. Rolf Thiele (formerly at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen, today at the Académie Galan, France).

"'Searching' is a central concept of artistic expression for me. The main focus of my work lies in the search for interconnectedness and combination of lines and shapes with themselves and each other. This allows me to symbolically explore connections in life and in every sense. I create my paintings in a process of searching movements, playing with fixed signs, traces, "constructed" randomness and striving for form. My work, my paintings deal with methods of handiwork, with processes of repetition and are based on gestural movements of interplays between space, surface, shape, and color. The gestural signs or traces, the short lines or curves, the overflowing variety of shapes and colors attract the observer to look in a limitless way within the area of the canvas like the never-ending way in life between the absolute borders of birth and death."

Auf Rot Nr.12, 2016-18 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Auf Blau Nr.1, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 100 cm
OT III - 2016 Acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Üppig, 2005-6 - Acrylic on canvas 170 x 170 cm

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Gregory Dubus

"Procuring pure emotions by creating complex geometric structural compositions made of endless and different triangle architectures and procuring reflections by associating duality of antinomic concepts coexisting together in harmony."

Relax - Painting 86 x 112 cm

French-born artist, Gregory Dubus lives in The Netherlands and specializes in drawing and painting geometrical abstract compositions for more than 25 years. Dubus has been influenced by the Suprematist art movement (basic forms and limited range of colors) and by various artists like Herbin (language codification), Mondrian (lines and structures), Vasarely (organization and movement), Matisse (use of atypical technique) and Monet (the same theme painted multiple times).

His objective is to procure pure emotions to the viewer by creating complex geometric structural compositions made of endless and different triangle architectures and procuring reflections by associating duality of antinomic concepts coexisting together in harmony: Feelings vs thinking; Simplicity vs complexity; Monotony vs diversity; Facility vs difficulty; Planning vs spontaneity; Visible vs invisible; Conscious vs unconscious; effort vs ease…

Dubus' technique is exigent because it requires a lot of patience, rigor, and precision. Indeed, each of the drawings and paintings is made freehand (no ruler used) and often requires up to 100 hours of work. His technique is atypical also because he makes a drawing first on a folder to then makes a large acrylic painting, using the coloring method to make it an entirely different picture even if using the same main lines.

Withering Heights - Painting 86 x 112 cm
Resiste - Painting - 85 x 115 cm
Air from G String - 93 x 123 cm
Logical Song - Painting 85 x 115 cm

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Monica Lee

"My inspiration comes from photography. I like black and white photographs because of their classic quality. Thus, my drawings are in black and white. I like the idea of using something as simple as a pencil to create a piece of art. My style emphasizes the details and textures of the subject matter."

Kevin - Graphite 21 x 31 in.

Malaysian artist, Monica Lee (b. 1979) worked as a digital imaging artist for her father's advertising photography studio for 12 years. It wasn't until 2013 that she decided to pick up a pencil again, just for fun, quickly to realize that she still loved drawing. Quitting her job, she started her journey as a full-time artist.

Growing up appreciating photography, made the concept of photorealism appealing to her. Specializing in graphite pencils and charcoal, she works from a photograph, recreating what she sees and further exaggerating or emphasizing the details in her drawings. Through her works, she aims to portray the beauty of wildlife animals. In 2015, Monica was named one of 40 Under 40 winners by Perspective, Hong Kong's premier architecture and design magazine. And in 2016, she was the 1st Prize recipient in Realism Animal Category at the American Art Awards. Recently, she participated in a group exhibition “My Tiger Values: The Art of the Tiger” by Balai Seni Maybank.

Tigress and Her Bone - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Cloudy - Graphite 21 x 31 in.
Majestic Beauty - Charcoal and graphite 35 x 51 in.
Hide and Seek - Charcoal and graphite 23.5 x 35.5 in.

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Christopher Pothier

"I am fascinated by human nature and our shared human experience. Using my thoughts, dreams, and philosophies as the framework for my subject matter, I seek to explain the world around me through the medium of paint. This is a lifelong obsession and practice, and I'm incredibly thankful for it."

Mechanics Of The Pack - Oil on wooden panel 31 x 61 in.

"My artwork is influenced by my own personal experiences, the experiences of others and the general zeitgeist of our culture. Since 1999, I have made my living as a professional artist/painter. Through multiple gallery exhibitions and key commissioned pieces, I seek to progress always, to get better and to understand the world around me. I am obsessed with painting. I am never bored by it. Apart from spending time with my wife and children, it is all that I ever want to do, and this will continue until the time that I leave this place."

“Masterfully executed, rich brushstroke and an intricately balanced focus guiding the viewer’s eye around the canvas and forcing it into the center of the scene, Christopher Pothier’s paintings carry the surreal to the political in an array of visual metaphors. His works, sumptuous yet delicate, present philosophical allegories that invite the viewer to contemplate social, civil and very intimate issues.” - Myrina Tunberg Georgiou (Circle Foundation Curator)

Ode To Langhorne Clemens - Oil on wooden panel 24 x 32 in.
The Red Coat #1 - Oil on wooden panel 36 x 48 in.
The Scrum - Oil on wooden panel 33 x 60 in.
The Chaotic Event Unfolds, Part 1 - Oil on wooden panel 48 x 42 in.

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