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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Foy

“A moment is forever.”

Rashomon

"Most months of the year I live in Arlington, Virginia, together with my husband Claus and a Labrador named Becca. The rest of the year I spend in Hamburg, Germany or traveling. I have a studio in both countries. I have painted from an early age but did not begin painting in earnest until my late 50's. After a successful career as a Lawyer, Researcher and International Justice Reform Expert that took me around the globe, I decided a more balanced, creative approach to life was needed. Since then I have painted with several well-known American artists, such as Diane Tessler, Ted Reed, Glen Kessler, Adrienne Wyman, Fred Markham, Jill Banks, and Patrick Kirwin. I also completed a certificate course in International Art History at the Smithsonian Institutes, am competing in plein air and other art competitions and work with different galleries in the Washington DC area.”

“Beautiful renditions of fleeting moments in space, Heike Gramckow’s paintings are balanced and soothing impressions of a landscape as much mesmerizing as ephemeral. The artist lives and works between Germany and the USA and holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in Law from the University of Hamburg.” - Myrina Tunberg Georgiou (Circle Foundation Curator)

Virtual & Reality
We're All Trapped In Our Consciousness
Silent Greeting
Something Just Like This


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Atelier Heike Gramckow

"I only want to paint things that touch the soul. Impressionists, especially Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, and Max Liebermann, have long been my favorite painters. Their use of color, light, and shadow, as well as the fact that their beautiful paintings broke with tradition, resonates with me.”

Early Morning Sail - Oil on canvas 30 x 20 in.

"Most months of the year I live in Arlington, Virginia, together with my husband Claus and a Labrador named Becca. The rest of the year I spend in Hamburg, Germany or traveling. I have a studio in both countries. I have painted from an early age but did not begin painting in earnest until my late 50's. After a successful career as a Lawyer, Researcher and International Justice Reform Expert that took me around the globe, I decided a more balanced, creative approach to life was needed. Since then I have painted with several well-known American artists, such as Diane Tessler, Ted Reed, Glen Kessler, Adrienne Wyman, Fred Markham, Jill Banks, and Patrick Kirwin. I also completed a certificate course in International Art History at the Smithsonian Institutes, am competing in plein air and other art competitions and work with different galleries in the Washington DC area.”

“Beautiful renditions of fleeting moments in space, Heike Gramckow’s paintings are balanced and soothing impressions of a landscape as much mesmerizing as ephemeral. The artist lives and works between Germany and the USA and holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in Law from the University of Hamburg.” - Myrina Tunberg Georgiou (Circle Foundation Curator)

Morgen im Watt (Morning in the Mudflats) - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Alley in Roussilion - Pastel on card 9 x 12 in.
Waterford Market - Oil on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Evening on Wilson and Glebe - Oil on canvas 16 x 20 in.


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Jun Gueco Cruz

"As a visual artist, I seek to deliver my lessons on the science of life and human anatomy by creating massive representations of life processes on a cellular level."

Fibrosis - Mixed media 36 x 24 in.

Born in Angeles City, Philippines and now a Philadelphia-based artist, Jun Gueco Cruz (Junbap) is a Kapampangan visual artist. Junbap’s art training stems mostly from experiments, workshops, and mentoring from other veteran Kapampangan artists. He has received prestigious national and international awards and recognition in painting, sculpture, and mixed media, and recently exhibited his works at the Florence Biennale 2017, Italy; Artbox project New York, 2018; and has been invited to show his works at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

Progeny - Mixed media 48 x 48 in.
Pretribulation - Mixed media 24 x 24 in.
Imperishable Seed - Mixed media 48 x 16 in.
All Things New - Mixed media 48 x 48 in.


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Grady Zeeman

“The soul of an artist cannot be muted indefinitely. It must either be expressed, or it will consume the host.” - Gerard de Marigny

I Am Incredibly Grateful - Mixed media 29 x 39 x 1 in.

South African artist, Grady Zeeman has exhibited in South Africa, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, France, China, and India until recently owning the Kunstehuijs Art Gallery in South Africa. Grady holds degrees in Fashion Design by CPUT, South Africa, in Art Appreciation by The Art Institute and Certificate of Navigating Today's Art World by Sotheby's Institute of Art.

"Understanding the role of the modern female in society and how we can balance all our abilities to the greater good of humankind,  is of vital importance to me. By using myself as a model to work from in my latest range, forces me to be honest with what I see and who I am. Each painting I do is part of a deeply personal and emotional journey. They all express who I am, what I’ve struggled with and what I’ve conquered.  As I’m increasingly creating flow in my life, creating flow in my art is essential to me. The contrast between thin and bold areas, an expression of the multi-faceted woman I am. I believe that our greatest freedom comes after the words, I am……………"

I Am Loved - Mixed media 39 x 29 x 1 in.
I Am Beautiful - Mixed media 29 x 39 x 1 in.
I Am Approved Of - Mixed media 39 x 29 x 1 in.
I Am In The Presence Of Greatness - Oil 39 x 29 x 1 in.


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