Ken Forbes

"This Series is a contemporary acid trip down the Rabbit Hole. It juxtaposes our sociopolitical environment with that of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Here Alice is played by Melania Trump as she ventures through Wonderland, meeting this cast of almost unbelievable characters who rule our world."

Putin, The Cheshire Cat - Watercolor on canvas 16 x 20 in.

"It is art’s duty to be the catalytic inciting incident that propagates us to analyze our surroundings and moves us to be changed, both internally and externally, as individuals and as a collective society. I hope the images and symbolism of my art open the world’s eyes in ways their traditional senses have failed."

Kim Jon Un, The Red Queen - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Melania in Wonderland - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Bernie Sanders, The White Rabbit - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.
Trump, The Mad Hare - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.

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Hope Brooks

“The great collector Saatchi in one of his rare interviews said "...I believe there is nothing more uplifting than looking at a great work of art..." This statement represents what I try to achieve with my work. An emotionally, visually and intellectually uplifting experience for the viewer.”

Slavery Trilogy - Mixed media 18 in. x 7 ft 6 in.

Hope Brooks studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art, (MFA, 1982). She has worked at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts from 1967 to 2008 when she retired as Vice Principal of the College. Ms. Brooks has had eleven one-woman shows and participated in many group exhibitions in the past forty years, most recently at XI Florence Biennale in 2017. She has received several awards including a Silver Musgrave Medal for contribution to the development of art in Jamaica. Brooks' work has been published in “Caribbean Art” Thames and Hudson World of Art series,   “Jamaican Art” An overview of fifty Jamaican artists, by Dr. Petrine Archer Straw and Dr. Kim Robinson Walcott, Kingston Publishers.

Poetry Without Sound - Night Blooming Cereus II - Mixed media 4 x 4 in.
Moonrise After Nightfall - Paper and Gouache on canvas 4 x 4 in.
The Door - Modeling paste gouache on paper mounted on board 6 x 6 in.
Goat Island Suite - Mixed Media on paper mounted on board 5 x 5 in.

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Elizagaray

"Through experimental art I like to make reflective propositions taking into consideration social issues; always from a different perspective -- focusing on the efforts that we accomplished to make people feel good."

Birth of an Angel - Mixed media 100 x 80 cm

Cuban Artist, living in Trinidad, Elizagaray studied at Fine Art University with Vladislav Volkov specializing in Plastic Arts (2005) and later worked as a professor in different education centers in his native province. At the same Elizagaray discovered the patterns of his personal poetics whose morphologic formulations have caused him to stand out in contemporary Cuban art. Since 2008 he has worked independently as an artist, actively exhibiting nationally and abroad.

Gentle Look - Mixed media 45 x 30 cm
Repatriad - Mixed media 130 x 90 cm
Selfie - Mixed media 60 x 50 cm
Sigilo - Mixed media 120 x 90 cm

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Annamarie Dzendrowskyj

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj seeks to examine the indeterminate nature of 'ways of seeing' and 'being' by exploring fleeting moments of a world in constant flux. These moments in time she sees as suggesting a space, rather than defining a space, one that exists between what is seen and unseen.

Twilight - Murano VI - Oil on linen 23 x 40 cm

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj trained as a classical ballet dancer followed by a career as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor/Examiner. She holds a BA Hons Degree in Philosophy (Lancaster University UK) - specialty subjects in existentialism and aesthetics, a BA in Fine Art and BA Honours Degree in Painting (National Art School, Sydney, Australia). Based in London, she travels in search of new inspiration.

“If the world were clear, art would not exist.” - Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

Dzendrowskyj seeks to examine the indeterminate nature of 'ways of seeing' and 'ways of being.' She considers the ambiguous ‘grey area’ between presence and absence by exploring fleeting moments of a world in constant flux. Moments in time she sees as suggesting a space, rather than defining a space, one that exists between what is seen and unseen, a zone of indiscernibility.

Indiscernible zones and spaces have been at the heart of Dzendrowskyj's life experiences which act as a catalyst for her work, bringing her empirical experience of the underwater environment to the surface. What is seen underwater is affected by interference - movement, light, weather conditions and in this sense, nothing appears clearly defined. This is reflected in her work which presents the emergence and dissolution of forms and settings in ethereal landscapes.

Offering the viewer an experience of the unsettled, a subtle sensory disorientation and dislocation. Employing a process of creation and erasure, concealing and revealing, her work evokes the sense of a netherworld that conflates time, place, vision and memory. Exploring the tension between figuration and abstraction, this invites the viewer to challenge their perception of time, place and space.

Dzendrowskyj's work has been exhibited internationally, nominated for and received a number of art prizes and is held in public and private collections.

Twilight - Bruges X - Oil on linen 40 x 23 cm
Twilight - Murano III - Oil on linen 23 x 40 cm
Twilight - Bruges IX - Oil on linen 40 x 23 cm
Twilight - Murano II - Oil on linen 23 x 40 cm

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Arlene Cornell

"I am very moved by the subjects I paint. My paintings are an attempt to crystallize a moment in time -- memories which perhaps remind us of special moments in our lives."

Boardwalk - Watercolor 9 x 12 in.

American artist, Arlene Cornell has had major exhibits in galleries in NYC (NY), Toronto (CAN), Spring Lake (NJ) and Rhinebeck (NY) with paintings in numerous collections through the USA and internationally. A self-taught watercolorist, Cornell is a member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society. She has won numerous awards in juried art exhibitions.

Irish Sea - Watercolor 10 x 14 in.
Ellenville - Watercolor 10 x 14 in.
The Bridge - Watercolor 10 x 14 in.
Foggy Morning - Watercolor 14 x 10 in.

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John-Paul Gibbs Arts / The Sleeping Artist

"The sleeping artist refers to my subconscious and the art is mainly comprised of pop surrealist work. I draw from many inspirational figures from video directors such as Chris Cunningham to surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali. I am a Post Graduate from UWE Bristol and a working fine artist."

Mwah 💋 Darling: A Tale Of Egoism - Video Performance art

English artist, John-Paul Gibbs has managed a crew in an art direction role for the feature film 'Hedda' and has exhibited worldwide with APW Gallery, Long Island City and Madison Square Gardens New York. With numerous group shows to his resume around Bristol, including at the old Fire Station and Thekla. Gibbs has toured with Rolling Stage, creating productions with Hidden Shallows productions around animal cabaret ideas, showcased at Bristol’s Leftbank Vegefest and Boomtown.

Mattress On Fire - 36 x 36 x 2 in.
Eccentric Crafted Skilled - So Socialite 24 x 32 x 2 in.
Adam and Eve - 36 x 36 x 2 in.
She Rides A Unicorn - 24 x 36 x 2 in.

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Gabrielle Mutti

"To put it in the words of George Bernard Shaw: 'But you see and say: why? But I dream and say: why not?' Apply, scrape, paint over, glue, blow dry, print. I really love the artistic freedom to realize my paintings and I hope to please people's eyes and soul with my paintings."

So Come And Have A Glass - Acrylic and pastel on canvas 100 x 70 cm

Gabrielle Mutti made her first attempts to paint self-taught after she decided to live her dream.

After deciding to pursue her passion for art, Gabrielle Mutti became a self-taught artist. "When I start to paint abstractly," she explains "energy is released, color and form are not decided, chaos is everywhere, then first decisions are made."

The only control is the rough theme, the experience or inspiration of everyday life. "It's a constant repetition and reaction to what I feel and experience around me, the confidence in my intuition, my hands and my taste," explains Gabrielle.

Apply, scrape, paint over, glue, blow dry, form, print - that's what she calls absolute artistic freedom. Where chaos was before, everything is now in flux. However, the artist doesn't like to stick to a plan, and as a change, she loves portraiture and figurative painting. "Everything can change again...my way - my art."

Happy Days 4 - Acrylic and pastel on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Happy Days 1- Acrylic and pastel on canvas 80 x 70 cm
Happy Days 3 - Acrylic and pastel on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Happy Days 2 - Acrylic and pastel on canvas 80 x 60 cm

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Maria Zelasko Tomaselli

"Abstract Art is a powerful way for me to express myself. There are no boundaries, only freedom, which allows me to create whatever I want. I title my art poetically since I like my work to be mysterious, contradicting and dramatic! I hope that my viewers will ponder, wonder and dream!"

Modern Conflict - Mixed media 24 x 30 in.

"Born in Poland, Maria Zelasko Tomaselli was raised by her father Anthony and her mother Janina Zelasko in the village of Brzezna. As a young girl, she was surrounded by nature and learned how others, such as farmers, interacted with it. When she was ten, Maria recalls creating a “Monet” style painting of a cherry tree in bloom at the Brzezna elementary school. She remembers feeling a magical joy as she painted, and amazement with the finished artwork. As she grew older these memories and the foundation they provided for her creativity, has never left her.

While creating her mixed media artwork, she is courageously true to herself. The lines of poetry that she conceives as her titles seem to resonate with the very core of our human emotional experience. Her titles are rivers of ancient and modern dreams. They spill over with a medieval connotation, and there is a particular contemporary edge within each title.

I believe it is important to see and understand what Maria is presenting; a clear and uncompromising view of the pain of darkness, the anguish of loss, and the inevitable human passage into transformations of personality. In this sense, she reminds us of the Spanish legend of “El Duende,” the spirit wind that carries the story about the dark edges of humanity to the storyteller, poet, performer or painter.

It is rare to find an artist who brings us continuous creative gifts through her artworks. Remarkably, these artworks express naturally fleeting emotional moments experienced throughout the centuries. Maria Zelasko Tomaselli’s art language is characterized by her authentic and unique expression of emotions, her mastery of the materials, and her use of poetic universal titles."

(Biography credit goes to Author, Art Educator, and International professional painter Laara WilliamSen. Biography is not verbatim; it has been edited for succinctness)

The Shape of Pain - Acrylic 20 x 24 in.
Vendetta of A Fallen Tyrant - Mixed media 36 x 36 in.
Deconstruction of An Unknown Place - Mixed media 20 x 20 in.
Beyond the Frontier of Genocide - Mixed media 30 x 40 in.

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Marina Koutsospyrou

"All my works are oils on canvas, depicting figures of integrated into space and bearing several messages within symbolic places. My art is quite expressionistic with tricks based on the correlation between light and shade, with chromatic qualities."

Prosperous World - Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Greek painter, Marina Koutsospyrou born in Agrinio and received First Place in the entry exams for the Athens School of Fine Arts where she earned her degree in Drawing with Honors.  Marina has received the First prize in Drawing at the artistic competition of the cultural department of the Municipality of Crete at the International Festival of Arts, 2007 and the International award Caravaggio, Great Master of Art Milan, Italy 2018. With more than 30 exhibitions to her resume, in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and other Eu countries, she has had two solo shows and her paintings are in many galleries and museums. Marina is also involved with theatrical performances as a costume and stage designer.

Untitled - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm
Untitled - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm
Internal Glow - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Keep Moving - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm

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Ronald Katz

"I am inspired by the great art of the past, as well as by my interest in nature and science, and much of classical and modern music."

Lost and Found #1 - Oil on linen 36 x 78 in.

"Emigrating from south Africa at age 10, I attended public schools in New York. At Queens College, I majored in mathematics and art. Subsequently, I furthered my art education at Pratt Graphics Center, SVA Parsons, and Hunter College. For years I exhibited at Gallery 84 with numerous solo and group shows, and later many juried exhibitions both nationally and internationally, winning several awards in printmaking.

Recently, I have undertaken a series of paintings, 'LOST AND FOUND,' as well as related works, dealing with lost, stolen and destroyed art, as well as endangered, threatened and extinct species.”

Lost and Found #2 - Oil on linen 44 x 56 in.
The Art Class - Oil on linen 64 x 72 in.
The Bike Path - Mixed media 28 x 35 in.
The Maned Wolf - Oil on linen 50 x 54 in.

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