Michael Mutschler

"My pictures implement spontaneous gestures, impulses. I have always tried to translate emotional moods into pictures. I collect motifs by actively observing. My collection of figures is large, after all, I am already over 70 years old!"

Kaltstart, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 80 x 60 cm

German Artist, Michael Mutschler was born (1947) in Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg). His father was the artist and educator Rudolph Mutschler, and his sister is the artist and architect Eva Petzold. Art and art history have always played the most important role in his life. Mutschler studied at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart.

Numerous stays in Greece and Italy as a youth informed his aesthetics, as well as a later three-month trip through Italy - on a  ten Deutschmarks budget.

"As a (young) father of two and later four children, I found it sometimes exhausting but also enriching to come to terms with little means."

"We were struggling over the concept of art. Joseph Beuys helped me out of conservative concepts and one of his students, Holger Utta, taught me. I read a lot, Erich Fromm, C.G. Jung, Mitscherlich and had first encounters with Anthroposophy. I was with Prof. Schellenberger in the master class for Puppetry, where we developed experimental theatre, in an attempt to see man as part of art.

Our performance "Ich - Sklave - Über-ich - Sklave, Roboter - Sklave" moved a reporter of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk II (21.2.1971, 22.30) to this statement: "The following actions", says the reporter, skeptical about the title, "a mixture of pantomime, puppet play and effective visuals, fascinated so directly that at times one seemed to gaze spellbound at the stage of one's own consciousness".

His analysis: "The simple fact, still fresh today and more ingeniously disguised than ever, that we are all puppets at times and have to free ourselves from the tormenting state," aptly sums up the driving force behind my artistic work. Incidentally, the discussion has lost nothing of its relevance for me.

A longhaired art teacher wearing a corduroy suit, I came to grammar school, where the old spirit still reigned. The headmaster was speechless in the face of this performance. I took Joseph Beuys with me to this school - everyone is an artist. That's not directly aimed at brush and easel, no: every person is able to lead a situation to a better one by himself - if they have access to creativity and empathy in the here and now. From my point of view, this positive presence allows us to do justice to people, to act humanely. So, art and pedagogy merge. Hard to chew for some of those present in the teaching staff. I also understood my teaching activity as compensation for my own, often humiliated student soul."

Michael Mutschler now lives in Machern near Leipzig. After almost 40 years as an art teacher, he now enjoys the freedom of the pensioner and, nourished by his first successes, he feels so free to exhibit his works in public, much of which was created in the last five years.

Der Großinspirator, 2018 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Gesellschaftsschichten, 2019 - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Klima - Klimax - Acrylic on canvas 2019, 120 x 100 cm
Suche nach Wärme, 2016 - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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John Kelly

"A Dancer prepares for her performance. A woman by a window looks at a bird. A woman looks out from under white drape. Within each frame, he masterfully captures a psychological drama."

Dancer Reaching, 2019 - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.

Born in Paris, John Kelly grew up in New York and has been drawing and painting since childhood. He attended the School of Visual Arts in the 1980s and after graduation, he worked as the Advertising Art Director of Details Magazine and designed advertisements for clients like Geoffrey Beene, Christian LaCroix, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Kelly participated in the  East Village Art Scene at the time, showing at 301 Houston Street Gallery, and Ground Zero Gallery. 

"My work then was influenced mainly by the Abstract Expressionists and the German Expressionists, but that changed when I saw the large Balthus retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983, and my work became primarily figurative, and has remained so ever since. My influence since then gravitated toward 19th-century French painting, especially Degas, as well as contemporary figurative painters like William Bailey and Jeremy Lipking, and traditional Japanese prints. I studied with Jeremy Lipking from 2012 to 2014, and he has been an enormous influence."

After moving to Los Angeles, John Kelly studied with Jeffrey Lipking, and began showing at the Hawthorne Arts Complex, both one-man and group shows. He also participated in group shows at Muses Gallery, and in the Gallery Girls' annual exposition. Kelly was a finalist for the Art Renewal Center Salon, and a finalist for the Richmond 75 salon. He has now relocated to Paris.

"My feeling these days is that although I love abstract and conceptual art, using the figure in an academic manner is more interesting to me. Seeing a figure painted in a way that people can recognize easily creates an intimacy and a challenge that is visceral."

Image, 2018 - Oil on canvas 81 x 60 cm
Window, 2015 - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Waking Geisha, 2015 - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.
Pierrot Study #3, 2016 - Oil on canvas 10 x 10 in.

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Ni Pan

" “Someone is Behind You,” was the first suspense book I read when I was a teenager, which sparked my obsession with mystery and psychology, and the feeling of danger and unpredictable moments have haunted me since. I hope to create a mysterious, infinite space, inspired by narratives of suspense."

Daydream - Oil on canvas 32 x 24 in.

Ni Pan was born in Shanghai, China, in 1991. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Tianjin University, China, in 2014, and received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in May 2019. She worked as an architect in Shanghai from 2014 to 2016 and began painting three years ago since 2016 in San Francisco.

Ni Pan's paintings tell stories about landscapes and structures that can evoke feelings of loss, desire, and fear. Her paintings are devoid of figures because she wants to invite the viewer to bring their own experience and memories to the act of looking. Her works have shown multiple times with groups in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, and Portland.

Summer - Oil on canvas 26 x 26 in.
Echo II - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Echo I - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Window In The Forest - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

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Paola Boni

Boero - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

Italian painter, Paola Boni was born in Colorno, Parma where she lives and works today. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Commerce and for years she has worked in her family's business until she decided to follow her strongest desire: to work every day with colors.

Paola's passion for drawing has been part of her life since childhood and thanks to Lesley Harrison’s book “Painting Animals That Touch the Heart”, she fell in love with pastel painting.

"Being very meticulous in reproducing details, I have thus discovered oil painting as a means to satisfy my requirements, even if I am constantly looking for new techniques to make my subjects ever more realistic, by experimenting with new tho and three-dimensional possibilities."

Very active on the international art scene, Paola Boni has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally including in Parma, Palermo, Brescia, Viterbo, Riccione, Noto, Bologna, Longarone, Forte dei Marmi, Cannes, Montecarlo, Oviedo, Madrid, Genova, London, Santa Monica.

Popeye - Acrylic and oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Tex Willer - Acrylic and oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Lucky Luke is so crushed - Acrylic and oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
Diabolik - Acrylic and oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

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Julie Siracusa

"My passion for water defines my work. This life-giving element symbolizes cleansing, life, and freedom. My process begins with underwater photographs that capture a moment in time. I then locate areas of fluid rhythm and contrast and interpret them into their most minimalistic state."

Water's Edge - Steel 40 x 19 x 8 in.

Julie Siracusa had her first formal painting lessons when she was just five. The pull towards creative pursuits has continued throughout her life. Attending college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette brought the study of Architecture and Fine Art.

Working with many mediums through the course of her career, Siracusa has developed diverse skills in the art-making process. She worked as an art director for a billboard company early on. Her time in this role was before photographic billboard production was available. Siracusa mastered posterization where she would interpret any image into areas of Pantone colors that could be silk screened or painted.

Siracusa founded a graphic design company that has been highly successful since its inception. She has worked in all mediums in the media branding businesses. Her work has appeared globally. All the while, she carved out time for her fine art. Painting and sculpting have been dominant in her work. Siracusa admits that she got caught up in perfecting realism longer than necessary. She believed that any artist that wants to abstract a subject must be an excellent draftsman before being justified to take that path. Now, she has a renewed view. Pursue your passion now!

Currently, Siracusa is truly pursuing her passion: Water. She began painting images of reflections on the water’s surface. Soon after immersing in her love of water, she realized that she needed a greater depth for her imagery. This is when she went below the surface and took the camera with her underwater until she found techniques that captured the drama in movement and the contrast she desired. 

Since then, Siracusa has created her fluid, original branded style. She has taken underwater photos that inspire her paintings and sculpture in many locations. These include the open waters of Jamaica’s south coast, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Palm Springs, CA and Key West, FL. 

Siracusa’s artistic voice speaks of the life-giving force of water.

Phosphorescent - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 x 2.5 in.
Nastri da’Acqua - Acrylic on canvas, 4 panels 8 x 8 x 2 in.
Rotunda - Acrylic on canvas 36 x 72 x 2.5 in.
Aqua Marine - Acrylic on canvas, 16 panels 12 x 12 x 2.5 in.

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Andrew Ogus / Works on paper

"A simple mark may radically transform a drawing."

The Blue Box - Acrylic, graphite, color pencil, watercolor pencil 14 x 13 in.

"I make drawings on prepared printmaking paper, combining my fascination with animals and with the male figure in various series. Rather than create an idealized perfection I look for the extraordinary beauty in ordinary people. As well as exploring the effects of various surfaces I’ve created on the paper, these subjects are a conduit for exploring many different kinds of marks, and how simple variation in a line or a tiny stroke transforms an image."

Andrew Ogus is an American mixed-media artist born in 1948 and based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BFA Distinction from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

The Postcard Project 59 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite 30 x 18 1/4 in.
The Blue Plate 2 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite, color pencil, watercolor pencil 14 x 13 in.
Fragment 123 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite, color pencil 11 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.
The Blue Plate - Acrylic, graphite, color pencil 21 x 15 in.

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KIE

"My works are the journey to seek for the emotion of the youngest memory I remember and attempts to see the world through that emotion."

Picker - Oil 40.9 x 27.3 cm

Kie is a Korean Artist born in 1976 living in Gimpo.

When A Butterfly Flies, The Petals Fly - Oil 24.4 x 41 cm
Playground - Oil 40.9 x 27.3 cm
Prophet - Oil 60.6 x 45.5 cm
Eve - Oil 45.5 x 60.6

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Angelica Guerrero

"Art should be a reflection of human intelligence, talent, and sensitivity, and not just a product of marketing."

Matias, Frida & Antonia, Low-Resolution Painting - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 76.5 cm

Mexican Artist, Angelica Guerrero holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Monterrey and an MFA from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua. Angelica has taken several courses in Mexico and abroad including schools like Parsons and School of Visual Arts in New York, and Central Saint Martins in London. She is currently focused on her artwork working with commissions and new productions. She has been in 9 group shows in the UK and Mexico and had a solo exhibit in  Chihuahua, Mexico. She currently lives in Lincoln, UK.

"As a painter, my inspiration comes from experiences that I have in my life and in my dreams. I employ a personal vocabulary to express the ephemeral quality of the world. Accordingly, my work is continuously ranging from representational to abstract, while sometimes intervening the representational with the abstract. Although the subject matter of my work may vary; colour, as an intrinsic element remains its constant theme. I significantly value colour for its powerful symbolism, so I like to employ it for communicating emotion and mood.

An element that permeates and is reflected in my work is my Mexican background, visible through the colourful palette and naïf-surrealistic elements. Also, my graphic design background inspires some of my abstract works, such as my geometric compositions, also noticeable in symbols in my figurative paintings.

Besides painting, I have been experimenting with different forms of art, for instance, I make sculptures using different materials such as resin, plastic, tread, and limestone. 

In this regard, with my work, I aim to spread a feeling or sense of vitality and joy, in a continuous celebration of a life well-lived."

Technicolour - Oil and resin on canvas and frame 33 x 50 cm
Antonia - Paper, gouache and resin on an anatomical model 14 x 17 x 21.5 cm
Flying - Resin, plastic and natural pigments 11 x 21 x 11 cm
Anatomical Self Portrait - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm

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Aljen

"Watercolor is my favorite medium because I was a professional swimmer. I love music and singing. I try to imitate the Creator by capturing some of His amazing works on my canvas. Painting is a Therapy for my soul."

The Tired Fly - Oil 24 x 30 cm

Estonian Artist, Margarita Afanasjeva is primarily self-taught and produces works in painting, watercolor, mixed media and printmaking. She was born in 1971 and is based in Pärnu, Estonia. She holds a Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy from Tartu University.

Pain - Watercolor 32 x 24 cm
Be Sure, I Love You! - Watercolor 24 x 32 cm
Anne Tootmaa 2 - Printmaking (original watercolor) 42.5 x 43 cm
Three Carnations - Watercolor 19.5 x 29.5 cm

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Darren Hall

"Art will always be a therapy and has been a wonderful medicine my whole life."

Liberty - Acrylic on paper with brushwork 60 x 85 cm

"Art will always be a therapy. My whole life art has been a wonderful medicine. Since 2012 I have used art as a way of conquering many medical issues following an RTA.  In late 2018 I was told I could no longer work in a normal work environment due to a brain injury. It was then that art became my full-time profession. I have a very loose often naive style using brushes and palette knives. I also like to paint on different materials to give my brain and me a challenge."

Darren Hall is a British artist, primarily self-taught with a unique practice that encompasses a wide range of rural and urban landscapes.

Purple Haze - Acrylic on canvas with brushstrokes 85 x 60 cm
Bus Stop - Acrylic on paper with brushwork 60 x 85 cm
The Shoreline - Acrylic on primed wooden board with brushwork 42 x 30 cm
Expressive Lights & Reflections - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 85 cm

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