Dominique Mc Kenzie

"Everything inspires me to paint, particularly the details of my surroundings, up close designs of nature. It is a never-ending experimentation. Making art becomes meditation when creativity takes over your mind in constant search for personal satisfaction."

VARIATIONS - Mixed media 36 x 36 cm
GETTING THE BLUES - Mixed media 36 x 36 cm
TRACES 5 - Mixed media 40 x 27 cm
TRACES 6 - Mixed media 40 x 27 cm
BLACK AND WHITE - Mixed media 36 x 36 cm

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Frank X. Smith

"I approach each work as an opportunity to create something new and visually compelling to the viewer. The principles of good design, including repetition of shape and color and occult balance, influence and inform all my work, both my figurative and abstract pieces."

Valor - Acrylic 27 x 34 in. (framed)

"I have devoted my entire professional career to art, working as an illustrator, graphic designer, painter, and art teacher. My paintings are characterized by abstract association, recognizable form, and two-dimensional flat shapes and color with outline. My style is contemporary and highly individual, utilizing both geometric and free-form shapes and often combining both in a single work. From largely figurative, illustrative work characterized by recognizable shapes, over time, my work has become increasingly non-objective."

 

Education

- Graduate, Philadelphia College of Art (formerly Industrial School of Art, Philadelphia Museum School; now University of the Arts), Philadelphia PA, Illustration Major

- University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA, Computer Graphics: Illustrator, Photo Shop, Quark

Struck It Rich! - Acrylic 27 x 36 in. (framed)
Change - Acrylic 19 x 31 in. (framed)
The Other World - Acrylic 27 x 34 in. (framed)
Eve - Acrylic 30 x 40 in. (framed)

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mySERENA

mySERENA asks the question: "We are all here to experience human life, but how?" She searches for ideals. The sense of simple yet mystical complexity is her perspective of contemporary life in relationship to the energy of the universe, placing importance on psychological serenity and humanity

Life Element 2003 - Acrylic on canvas 91.5 x 61.5 cm

mySERENA, Serena Ho May Yin, who is an exceptional artist and writer, lives in Hong Kong S.A.R. and is on her first international tour of exhibitions. She is known as a mutli-talented artist as she is well-learned in many knowledge subjects including music, sport, maths, and science; besides art and literature. She merges the essence of knowledge and experience into her work with a higher focus on humanity. Before her graduation from Stanford University, her art fashion shop (2009) opened in Hong Kong. She subsequently debuted her solo in Hong Kong City Hall (2018) and was said to be the youngest female painter to have done so. She has had a round tour of exhibitions since then in other cities around China, Asia, Europe and the U.S., while she also published three books on ‘Serenity’ with Moon Publishers (2019-2021).

mySERENA asks the question: "We are all here to experience human life, but how?"

Her critically acclaimed series ‘Life Element’ that features a mystical form of signature light halo – explores the ‘Qi’ that can connect people as well as everything else in this universe. Minimal yet otherworldly, an audience enjoying this series seems to enter the spiritual realm at close range. Each light halo yet has its own texture and colour as it was created with her original way of combining classical painting and metalsmithing methods. Then her installation-like painting, ‘Alchemy’ is just as ground-breaking. Her unique approach of using fire along with paint is different from what we would usually see in a piece of painting. It resembles the energy in nature that cannot fully be controlled by any human being is indeed thought-provoking. 

Life Element 2005 - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Alchemy Renewal - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Alchemy Breakthrough - Acrylic on canvas 95 x 130 cm
Life Element 2006 - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm

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Tong Zhou

“Dream and reality
I finished painting.
I signed my name.
I mix the reality and dreams together.
I have experienced reality and I also entered out in my dreams.
I understand the reality I said to myself.
I know that calm psychological status can make me face reality
I have accepted self
I learned how to live in imperfections.
I created perfect in my dreams.”

Lead - Oil paint on wooden board linen 175 x 141 cm

Tong Zhou was born in Baotou, Inner Mongolia in 1969 and lives in Shenzen, China. Zhou studied at the Li Keran Art Academy and Youth Art Academy. In 2010, Zhou studied contemporary oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, and completed the research course. He has been engaged in design work in Shenzhen and in Berlin, Germany.

"My artistic inspiration comes from curiosity and awe of the world. I found resonance from Balthus and Lopez told me "how to get the inspired". Sometimes listening to the providence, they give to me a present, the present name called art."

Lonely woman - Oil paint on wooden board 105.5 x 47.5 cm
Empty buddha niches - Oil paint on wooden board linen 141 x 92 cm
No.46 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
No.49 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
In front of the window - Oil paint on wooden board linen 120 x 120 cm
Salome in the studio - Oil paint on wooden board linen 141 x 92 cm
No.45 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
No.43 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
No.48 - Propylene on paper 75 x 57 cm

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Misa Aihara

"My subject is the reality of a painting. I explore it with every kind of figurative, abstract, pictorial element. I want to give an emotional and spiritual impact to a composition of the elements. I want to invite the viewer to an exploration of deeper dimensions of consciousness."

Verko 21-15-1 - Oil on canvas 65.2 x 53.0 cm

Japanese artist, Misa Aihara was born in 1942 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Joshibi Univ. of Art & Design, she started her career as a full-time artist in the early 1970s.

Aihara has had numerous solo shows and participated in many group events in her home country as well as abroad in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the United States. She also participated in art events like Florence Art Biennale, London Art Biennale, Art Expo New York, Chianciano Art Awards and many more.

Verko G-5 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm
Verko G-1 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm
Verko G-2 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm
Verko G-3 - Oil on canvas 90.9 x 72.7 cm

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Fotini Christophillis

"I gravitate towards the sun and seek to experience fully the sensuality of light and nature through my painting process. I also find inspiration in people and urban crossroads. The tension between my need for nature and light and the complexities and surprises of culture is a paradox that drives me."

The Quiet Road - Oil on canvas 12 x 9 in.

Fotini Christophillis is an American painter currently residing in Greenville, SC. She has exhibited her work nationally in galleries in cities such as NYC, San Diego, and St. Louis, as well as the Redux Contemporary Art Center and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received two arts grants from the City of Charleston Cultural Affairs Office to present group exhibitions, including an exhibition as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Fotini's works are in private collections throughout the USA and Europe.

"I gravitate towards the sun and seek to experience fully the sensuality of light and nature through my painting process. I also find inspiration in people and urban crossroads. The tension between my need for nature and light and the complexities and surprises of culture is a paradox that drives me. I need the tension and the friction as well as the spaciousness and the buoyant light, and this push and pull is where my work thrives.

Phillip Guston said of painting that “It’s a long, long preparation for a few moments of innocence.” And it is in those “moments of innocence” that I feel fully alive and authentic, allowing the imagery from my subconscious to emerge, experiencing a “sense of new life”. I feel joy in these moments and joy again in connecting the work with an audience, embracing the dialogue and new life that is born from establishing these connections.

Although I work primarily in oil on linen or canvas, drawing and working on paper with gouache and watercolor is also important to my process. I begin building the surface of my paintings with thin layers, handling the paint with fluidity like water, while also exploring the depth and richness of oil paint through chromatic sensitivity and tonal values. In this way, I hope to bring to the viewer the same sense of joy and sensual pleasure in color itself that I experience in the act of painting.”


 

Education

MFA, The  School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA (2016) 

BA, Studio Art and Arts Management, The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC (2008)

Springtime is Happening No. 1 - Gouache on paper 14 x 11 in.
Woman and Lamb 2 - Oil on linen 30 x 40 in.
Awaken - Oil on linen 20 x 16 in.
Downtown on Main No. 2 - Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in.

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Somsak Chaituch

"Nature is so beautiful I cannot paint it. Therefore I paint the feeling I have for nature and use the forms and colours from my dreams. Art is music with rhythm and emotion for the eyes. Intertwining melodies in sparkling colours dance across my canvases to take you in a dream you never want to end."

Summer 2020#1 - Acrylic on linen 200 x 540 x 2 cm (triptych)

Somsak Chaituch was born in the hills of Northern Thailand where he grew up in a small bamboo shed. At primary school, his talent for drawing was first noticed. As a youngster, he had to work to support his family. He worked in the rice fields or sold watermelons during the day and as a restaurant-singer at night. 

Somsak came to the Netherlands to study arts when he was 27 years old. After his bachelor's graduation at the Utrecht Academy of Arts, Somsak Chaituch continued his study and became a Master of Fine Arts at the Dutch Art Institute at Twente University in 2003. Chaituch had many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. His works are found in many private collections. Somsak Chaituch received several national and international awards. 

Somsak Chaituch is an abstract expressionist painter in a very identical style in brushwork and colour composition. Brilliant and warm colours and curly-shaped lines refer to the nature and culture of Thailand. With his characteristical crossover identity between east and west and with his lyric between abstract and figurative, Somsak takes the observer in a dream to learn of the existences of life. 

The paintings of Somsak Chaituch are music for the eyes. Warm melodies and traditional rhythms blend in abstract expressionistic themes of nature that still refer to the warmth and colours of his origin. They are blend in western composition and style to give the observers that feeling of sparkling excitement that every powerful artwork must give at first glimpse. 

Tulips 2020#1 - Acrylic on linen 180 x 140 x 2 cm
Poppies 2020 #1 - Acrylic on linen 160 x 140 x 4 cm
Tulips 2020#2 - Acrylic on linen 170 x 180 x 5 cm (diptych)
Nature 2019#4 - Acrylic on linen 200 x 200 x 2 cm

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Marie Diane Bessette

“Painting the dance of the birds; mainly the crow, the falcon, the goose, the eagle —these subtle beings with their broad wings and feathers that spread like fingers in the great circle of the living kingdom.”

“Peindre la danse des oiseaux, principalement le corbeau, le faucon, l’oie, l’aigle, ces êtres subtils avec leurs larges ailes et leurs plumes qui s’écartent comme des doigts dans le grand cercle du règne vivant.”

Refrain - Acrylic and watercolour on wood 152 x 76 cm
“C’est pas les papillons Qui dérangent vraiment; C’est les 22 oiseaux Qui décollent en même temps.”

From Canada, Marie Diane Bessette is a semi-figurative painter of nature, and above all of trees and birds. She has chosen Laurentians to live at and create. For Bessette it was always easy to express herself through drawing.

She studied arts at CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal where she worked in several media. Subsequently, she continued her artistic training at the Center des arts visuels and at Concordia University, in drawing, in oil painting, then in emotional painting with Madame Rita Brianski. Her evolution towards the semi-figurative was when she joined the Sfumato workshop in 2012. Her work is important and allows the artist to explore other corners of her creativity. She produces, with various media on both small, medium and large format paintings, several of which are also diptychs and triptychs.

Bessette practices and teaches a method of drawing that cultivates creative potential by silencing logic to better see the world to which we are linked. Out of time, the whole being participates in it.

 


 

Peintre semi-figurative de la nature, et avant tout des arbres et des oiseaux, elle a choisi les Laurentides pour y vivre et créer. Elle a toujours eu de la facilité à s’exprimer par le dessin. Elle étudie les arts au CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal où elle touche à plusieurs médias. Par la suite, elle poursuit sa formation artistique au Centre des arts visuels et à l’Université Concordia, en dessin, en peinture à l’huile, puis en peinture émotionnelle avec Madame Rita Brianski.on évolution vers le semi-figuratif, s’effectue lors de son adhésion à l’atelier Sfumato en 2012. Son œuvre est importante et lui permet d’explorer d’autres recoins de sa créativité. Elle produit avec des médiums variés autant des tableaux de petite dimension, que de format moyen et de grand format. Plusieurs de ses tableaux composent des diptyques et des triptyques.

Elle pratique et enseigne une méthode de dessin qui cultive le potentiel créateur en faisant taire la logique pour mieux voir le monde auquel nous sommes liés. Hors du temps, l’être entier y participe.

Au rythme du printemps (The Rhythm of Spring) - Acrylic on wood R. 101,6 cm
J’entends les cris des oiseaux migrateurs qui se dirigent en formation vers le nord. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (1 /4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
I hear the cries of migrating birds flying north in their V formation. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (1/4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Au rythme de l'été (The Rhythm of Summer) - Acrylic on wood R. 61 cm
Pendant la saison de nidification, le mâle défend les abords du nid contre les intrusions. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (2/4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
During nesting season, the male defends the perimeter of the nest against intruders. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (2/4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Au rythme de l'automne (The Rhythm of Fall) - Acrylic on wood R. 61 cm
Les oies sauvages s’envolent à l’automne pour des contrées plus chaudes. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (3/4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
The wild geese fly away to warmer climes in fall. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (3 /4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Au rythme de l'hiver (The Rhythm of Winter) - Acrylic on wood R. 61 cm
Par ce froid glacial, un nuage a épousé la forme d’une oie sauvage. La bernache vit au rythme des saisons : le printemps suit l’hiver, l’été suit le printemps et l’automne suit l’été. Comme l’oiseau, toute chose a ses cycles. Il fait bon de faire partie de tout cela. (4/4 série Au Rythme des saisons)
In the glacial cold, a cloud takes the shape of a wild goose. The wild goose lives to the rhythm of the seasons: spring follows winter, summer follows spring, and autumn follows summer. Everything has its cycles. It feels good to be part of it all. (4/4 Series The Rhythm of the Seasons)
Between the Branches of Time - Acrylic and watercolor on wood 76 x 76cm
Nocturnal round - Acrylic and watercolor on wood 61 cm
Presage - Ink with acrylic with Japanese paper on wood 61 x 30cm
Mirage - Acrylic with Japanese paper on wood 36 x 51 cm
Morning round - Acrylic and watercolor on wood 61 cm

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Marita Tobner

"The works deal with the diverse aspects of humans, their nature and their relationships and ambivalences with one another. Abstract and representational elements penetrate the pictorial space and create a field of tension with an eye for internal and external experiences.”

"Die Arbeiten befassen sich mit den vielfältigen Aspekten des Menschen, seiner Natur und seinen Beziehungen und Ambivalenzen untereinander. Abstrakte und gegenständliche Elemente durchdringen den Bildraum und schaffen ein Spannungsfeld mit Blick für innere und äußere Erfahrungen."

An einem Tag wie jeder andere - Mixed media 80 x 100 cm

German artist, Marita Tobner was born in Ulm in 1961. She studied Free Painting at the Ulm School of Artists' Guild in Ulm with Elke Traue, Wladimir Safronow and Georg Fenkl (2001-12) as well as at the Art Academy Esslingen with Angelika Hentschel (2013-7). In 2014 she studied with Prof. Albert Küppers  and in 2016-7 with Stephan Geisler.

Marita works as a freelance artist and has made painting trips to  Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Her works belong to national and international, private and public collections, notably the Museum of Fine Arts collection in the Neu-Ulm district. Marita Tobner is represented worldwide by LDXArtodrome Gallery Berlin, Malta, Hong Kong, as well as Galerie Alpha 7 Weisweil and Galerie Inspire Art Dresden.

All that she wants - Mixed media 80 x 80 cm
A little taste of hope - Mixed media 100 x 140 cm
Alles Neuland - Mixed media 80 x 80 cm
Don‘t tell it mama - Mixed media 80 x 120 cm

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Kathryn Neale

"I’m a painter who primarily works in acrylics but also experiments in multi-media, collage and chalk paints on a variety of surfaces. I am constantly drawn back again and again to pattern that evokes nature, specifically plants and flowers."

Raja - Acrylic, chalk paint, pastel on panel 56 x 42 in.

Kathryn Neale holds a BA (Studio Art, Graphic Design) from Principia College in Elsah, IL, an MA (Painting and Drawing) from Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL), and an MFA in Visual Art (Painting) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She was awarded the Louis Roblee McCarthy Scholarship, the Helen Faibish Memorial Scholarship Award for Graduate Sponsorship, and the Belle Cramer Graduate Art Award during her two years at Washington University. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), Des Lee Gallery (St. Louis), Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis), the Lemp Brewery (St. Louis, MO), Townsend Wolfe Gallery (AK), Chesterfield Arts Center (Chesterfield, MO), University Art Gallery at Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), Miami University (Miami, OH), Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA), Parks Edge Exhibition Center (Idyllwild, CA), Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN) and the Tarble Arts Center (Charleston, IL). Neale has pieces in the permanent collections of the Indiana State University, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Clayton, MO), The Eilan Hotel (San Antonio, TX), The Four Seasons Hotel (Boston, MA), as well as private collections. Most recent exhibition was held at the Des Peres Hospital featuring 15 local artists' work from May - October 2016.

Ms. Neale attended the prestigious Painting’s Edge Residency led by Roland Reiss (Idyllwild, CA) in 2008 as well as was an advanced level intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Maryville University (St. Louis, MO) for graphic design and illustration and currently lives and works in St. Charles, MO.

The Secret Garden - Chalk paint, pastel on canvas 51 x 44 in.
Eden II - Acrylic, chalk paint, pastel on canvas 66 x 44 in.
Eden I - Acrylic, chalk paint, pastel on canvas 54 x 40 in.
Gardenia - Acrylic, chalk paint, pastel on canvas 30 x 30 in.

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