Irene Koroluk

Born in: 1965, Melbourne, Australia
Lives in: Taroona, Tasmania
Describe your art in three words: Intricate, layered, tactile
Education: Master of Environmental Studies (University of Tasmania),  Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of Tasmania)
See More Work: https://www.irenekoroluk.com/

Out There - Bleach painting, free motion machine stitching, fabric, batting, thread, shellac ink, 90 x 90 cm

“My artistic practice is rooted in my profound connections with the natural environment. My work seeks to encapsulate and unveil the sense of wonderment, diversity and beauty inherent in wild and remnant habitats. Extremely drawn to fragile and threatened landscapes, I am committed to imparting the value and significance of appreciating and safeguarding the remaining habitats of importance."

What themes does your work involve?
Mostly Australian native landscape diversity, beauty and fragility.
Describe your creative process.
Before commencing any work, I attach canvas or fabric to an underneath layer of bag batting using free motion stitching in a repeated pattern. This repetition allows me to get into the right creative head space. Once complete, my first starting point is always a tree or a plant. From there I add more and more foliage, working from foreground to background. My work is improvisational, with no outlines or sketches. As I often work blind due to scrunching up my work to fit it in between the sewing machine arm and bed, a lot of time is taken balancing and rebalancing the design. I know a work is finished when I stop wanting to add or unpick content.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work is influenced by the materials and the facilities I have available on hand when I start a piece. Upholstery thread colours, and bag batting I require are not always available, so I need to work within those confines. Content wise, my work is inspired and influenced by my encounters with the natural world, places I explore and travel to. My work is also informed by my environmental background, interest in conservation and plant diversity, and by my place of residence which borders a ravine with towering eucalypts and native species. I make art because I get a real buzz and validation from selling my work, getting into art prizes and being published. It is also about healing and accomplishment. I've also always had an inner compulsion to scribble.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art to me is work that makes me go 'wow'. It often uses techniques or materials I have not come across, or made by someone whose mastery of technique and workmanship is out of the ordinary. It is work that makes me want to ask questions including how on earth did they do that? It is work that I want to marvel at, spend time with, and stirs my soul. Good art to me is often unique with unusual or difficult content. Good art can evoke emotions of discomfort, happiness, and admiration of beauty. Great art is art that you see and never forget, it is art that speaks to you. Louise Bourgeois's spiders, William Rickett’s Aboriginal sculptures, Rew Hanks lino cuts to name a few. It is work on your bucket list that you want to see before you die; and when you see it, it makes you more whole.
What is the role of the artist today?
Being an artist allows me to share my love of the natural world and hopefully inspire people to go out and be enriched by it. It allows me to continually learn and improve, expand my imagination and keep my brain healthy. Art chose me through luck, being able to draw, and being in the right places at the right times. Art in contemporary society should have many roles including: community engagement and inclusion through community-based art; cultural, aesthetic and individual enrichment; and social and political education and activism.

 


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Wen Redmond

Born in:1950'2/NJ
Lives in: Strafford, NH
Describe your art in three words: sensitive experimental photography
Education:BA Mansfield State University
See More Work:  https://www.wenredmond.com/

“My works centers around bringing the outside in. Bringing my sense of delight and appreciation of the natural world to viewers through my art.”

What themes does your work involve?
I continue to investigate the digital world but also imaginative presentations that add to the pioneering exploration of my media and give my work edge. Each work is unique and created individually.
Describe your creative process.
I experiment, looking for new and inventive ways to take my work to the next level, printing on unique or unconventional media, displayed in various ways. Each presentation adds to the pioneering innovations and give my work edge. My techniques can be further investigated in my books- Digital Fiber Art and Other Mixed Media Masterpieces, and my new book, Explorations with Collage! Merging Photographs, Paper & Fiber (https://schifferbooks.com/products/explorations-with-collage?_pos=1&_sid=4f6fd3f09&_ss=r) and an online workshop with Fibre Arts Take Two in August (https://www.fibreartstaketwo.com/courses/wenredmond/?fbclid=IwAR39opvUL8DV3GjYcJbxIIZlWF9xdLxQwYT-yImHR4sg_G15cMvZDIBz_Yo ).
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My works centers around bringing the outside in. Bringing my sense of delight and appreciation of the natural world to viewers through my art. Manipulating photographs and creating digital images is a huge part of my artistic motivation. I experiment, looking for new and inventive ways to take my work to the next level, printing on unique or unconventional media, displayed in various ways. Each presentation adds to the pioneering innovations and give my work edge. Every work generates an artistic tension, followed by the excitement of the actual creation of the work. A dialogue is started, and the work becomes real.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art comes from awarness. Making my art allows me to tap into levels of perception, becoming more aware, more conscious, & more grateful. I’ve loved photography my entire life. This brings a tender sensitivity to one’s surroundings. An eye. Sometimes, I look with intention, focusing on everything with the possibility of creating a composition. And sometimes it just happens. A quick glance becomes the image for a future work. These moments are my well, my source. I bring that energy into my art making, to communicate the positive. Creation gives me ideas. My passion is to put them into art.
What is the role of the artist today?
As yeast to leaven the culture.

Wen's work has traveled the US, UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and is part of the permanent collections of Marbaum, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, CA, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Visions, CA, New England Quilt Museum, and private collections.
She has been featured in numerous magazines and books including her own published books, Digital Fiber Art and Mixed Media Masterpiece and new book with Schiffer Publishing - Explorations with Collage- Merging Photographs, Paper and Fiber.
She currently splits her time between North Carolina and New Hampshire.

 


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Noémie L. Côté

Born in: 1980, Canada
Lives in: Ottawa, Canada
Describe your art in three words: Happy textured landscapes
Education: Undergraduate in Ceramics at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
See More Work: https://noemielcote.com/

"Looking at my work you are at once hit by the sugar-pop of colour that reimagines the landscapes I bring to life on canvas. It’s hard not to be swept along in the bounce of my thick textured paint strokes and moved by the sheer joy that emanates from the rich oil colours. I specialize in vibrant landscapes that captures the essence of a scene, and leaves the observer uplifted."

What themes does your work involve?
I paint landscapes to capture the essence of being in nature—those moments when the sun shimmers off the water, the warmth of a sunset, or the wind gently rocking the trees
Describe your creative process.
I immerse myself in nature as much as possible, capturing moments through photography. Recalling the emotions, I sketch, ink, and paint using thick, buttery oils. The pre-mixed oil paints remain un-muddled, applied with bold strokes resembling butter icing. I paint without layering, preserving the texture and tiny ridges left by the brush. Strokes are applied side by side, leaving space for the underpaint to shine through, imparting a sense of underlying light to the artwork. The vibrant colours are refreshing and never appear overworked or overly detailed, encouraging viewers to engage their imagination rather than expecting a realistic reproduction. I often work in small series, exploring a location or scene across various canvas sizes and colour variations.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The biggest influence on my work is nature. Having lived on different continents and traveled extensively, I've come to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of each region. Nature evokes an immense feeling of peace and inner joy that I aim to capture in my paintings. My artistic style has been influenced by the Canadian Group of Seven and Impressionist founders such as Claude Monet. I create art because of a strong inner need to express myself creatively. Art is my self-expression, and without it, I feel incomplete. It's my way of sharing joy and uplifting others.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Today's art acts as a catalyst for change, with artists creatively expressing themselves and serving various purposes, such as reflecting societal values, contributing to cultural preservation, providing entertainment, and adding beauty to spaces. Personally, as a young child, creating art served as a form of communication and therapy. Art opens your mind and can elevate your spirit.
What is the role of the artist today?
One of the most important roles of the artist is to tell stories, documenting the events and memories of today in a lasting and meaningful way through art. I see an artist’s greatest purpose as being able to inspire others, passing the torch to the next generations the way my mentors passed it on to me.

 


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Monica Isla Moya

“In my quest for artistic excellence, I try to impregnate my work with new techniques, constantly expanding the media and materials I use. I participate in International Art Fairs since 2023. My favorite artists are the American Expresionists as: Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning and Robert Notherwell.”

Sunrise Fields 3 - Mixed media 30 x 40 in. €1,710

Monica Isla is a Mexican artist with a profound passion for exploring the convergence of history and art. Equipped with a master's degree in world history, she is currently immersing herself in the realm of art history through a second degree program.

Her artistic journey has been enriched by a variety of experiences, including participation in numerous painting courses and workshops. Monica is deeply committed to refining her skills and regularly attends classes at Oolite Arts, a distinguished non-profit organization in Miami, Florida, dedicated to nurturing contemporary art and culture.

Through her artwork, Monica endeavors to harmonize her academic background with her creative expression, encouraging viewers to ponder the intricate interplay between past and present, history and artistry. Each brushstroke serves as a reflection of her ongoing exploration of the human experience, both historical and contemporary, as she aims to captivate and inspire her audience through her art.

Whispers of Nature 1 - Mixed media 36 x 48 in. €1,810
Sunrise Fields 1 - Mixed media 30 x 40 in. €1,710
Rainy Days 2 - Mixed media 30 x 30 in. €1,100
Sunrise Fields 2 - Mixed media 30 x 40 in. €1,710

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Zu Sheng Yu

Yu constantly challenges himself in an artistic sense. His versatility and creative passion lead him through life to create a diverse array of innovative work that includes architecture, painting and sculpture, not limited by the skills and techniques acquired throughout his life.

Robin - Oil on Canvas 48 x 48 in. $88,000

Born in 1959, Chinese artist, Zu Sheng Yu graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sculpture from the Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1987. He is an ARC Museum Affiliated Living Artists™, USA and he currently lives and works in New London, NC.

Faint Aroma - Oil on Canvas 36 x 36 in. $48,000
Wedding Dress - Oil on Canvas 60 x 38 in. $88,000
Good Day - Oil on Canvas 60 x 38 in. $88,000.
Galloping Heartbeat - Oil on Canvas 60 x 40 in. $98,000.
Shades of High Gray - Oil 36 x 60 in.
Shades of High Gray - Oil 60 x 48 in.
Shades of High Gray - Oil 48 x 48 in.
Shades of High Gray - Oil 60 x 48 in.

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Daniel Grannan

“My paintings are inspired by nature/our environment. Creating paintings with strong, compositions colors and techniques that are artistically, important and inspirational is my goal.”

Transformation S5 - Oil on Panel 24 x 18 in. $975

American artist, Daniel Grannan seamlessly merges his lifelong connection with art, nature, and the environment into powerful organic compositions. Born in Arizona in 1956, Grannan's early years were marked by his family's nomadic lifestyle across the western United States, during which he seized every opportunity to draw and paint. Encouraged by unwavering familial support, he evolved into a self-taught artist, specializing in creating detailed limited-edition prints of wildlife and bronze sculptures.

The rugged and ever-changing landscape of the Southwest has consistently served as a wellspring of inspiration and challenge for Grannan's creative journey. The shapes, patterns, and textures inherent in the landscape continually stimulate new ideas and propel the completion of his oil paintings. With each stroke, Grannan's intention is to ignite inspiration and spark the imagination of the viewer.

Grannan's artwork adorns private collections and has graced numerous exhibitions and galleries across the United States. Presently, he is an esteemed member of the Oil Painters of America and the Abstract Art Collective.

Transformation LG2 - Oil on Panel 36 x 48 in. $2,250
Transformation LG12 (Alizarin Crimson) - Oil on Panel 36 x 48 in. $2,250
Transformation M6 - Oil on Panel 24 x 30 in. $1,525
Transformation LG11 (yellow) - Oil on Panel 36 x 48 in. $2,250

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ArtePuliafico

"My art begins in childhood memories, with colorful ballerinas drawn with chalk on the chalkboard, dancing in an hourglass shape as if animated by a breath of life. These initial moments of wonder have shaped my approach to art: a dance of colors and shapes that evolves."

Orizzonti riflessi - Oil on Canvas 140 x 350 cm. €8,500

"My art begins in childhood memories, with colorful ballerinas drawn with chalk on the chalkboard, dancing in an hourglass shape as if animated by a breath of life. These initial moments of wonder have shaped my approach to art: a dance of colors and shapes that evolve and come alive each time a gaze falls upon my works.

In my artistic practice, I strive to capture the ephemeral and the eternal, the fleeting moment that nonetheless leaves a lasting impression. My works are dynamic, intended to be consumed quickly with the eyes, yet with a visual aftertaste that persists, changing and evolving with each observation.

The colors in my paintings are not just pigments applied to a canvas, but rather an emotional language that speaks directly to the soul. Like Antonino Puliafico, I find that artistic energy is something visceral that emerges from within. It's not a controlled process, but rather a spontaneous flow that guides my hand until the painting declares itself complete.

I use oil and acrylic colors, applied with spatulas and brushes, in a play of textures and tones reminiscent of Fauvist and Impressionist movements. My art is an exploration of freedom, a journey through my personal perception of the world, where colors dance and tell stories of emotions, moments, dreams.

In my work, I invite the viewer to pause, contemplate, and discover that each piece is a continuous dialogue between myself and my audience. Each piece is an invitation to explore, to feel, to experience art with the same passion and intensity with which it was created."

Zagara di Limoni - Oil on Canvas 138 x 118 cm. €2,900
Anima in porto - Oil on Canvas 205 x 137 cm. €8,500
Danze di ninfee - Oil on Canvas 150 x 150 cm. €3,200
Ombre a Venezia - Oil on Canvas 200 x 144 cm. €4,300

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Bonaventure Ogbaugo

"My work is primarily focused on abstract concepts such as love, wrath, pride, etc. My goal is to create hyper-realistic/surrealistic artwork using these abstract concepts. However, my art can also shift its focus to the hyper-realistic rendition of people, serving as tributes to them."
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Floods - Colored Pencil on Paper 12 x 16 in $930

Bonaventure Ogbaugo is a Nigerian-born American artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Featured in the 38th Edition of Artistonish Magazine, he is celebrated for his award-winning creations showcased in numerous national and international juried shows and group exhibitions. Some notable exhibitions include The Schwa Show at Emerge Gallery, i GOT FiVE-OH ON iT! at Hayti Heritage Center, and Wild & Tamed at Blue Koi Gallery. His art has been prominently displayed in iconic locations such as New York’s Times Square and North Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium. Ogbaugo's pieces are proudly housed in corporate and private collections across the United States.

Zendaya - Graphite on Paper 24 x 18 in $775
Eternal Love - Graphite on Paper 24 x 18 in $775
A Tale of 2 Coasts - Graphite on Paper 24 x 18 in $775
Kobe Tribute - Graphite on Paper 24 x 18 in $775

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Monika Malinowska

"I study and portray what awakens my curiosity and moves emotions to the extent that it feels significant to be saved from obscurity and expressed in the process of painting. I translate my personal experience of reality by means of the universal language of oil painting and drawing.”

Passing Summer - Kinga - Oil on Canvas, 40 x 60 cm, Commissioned Portrait in Private Collection, NFS

Monika Malinowska is a painter, portraitist, and graphic artist born in 1976, and she has been associated with Cracow since birth. From 1996 to 2001, she studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, obtaining a master's degree in art from the copperplate engraving studio of Prof. Stanisław Wejman in 2001. Following her graduation, she worked with publishing houses and advertising agencies as an illustrator and graphic designer. Between 2002 and 2009, she was a member of Fyns Grafiske Varksted in Odense. In 2019-2020, she joined The Polish Portrait Artists. From 2018 to 2020, Monika conducted her own classes and art workshops. 

With nearly 20 years of specialization in commissioned oil portraits, her works are also often inspired by landscape and nature. She operates the "Paleta" Portrait Studio and resides with her family in Wegrzce near Cracow, where her art studio is located. Monika Malinowska's paintings are present in numerous private and institutional collections in Poland and abroad.

Wild Wine II - Oil on Canvas, with Frame, approximately 54 x 64 cm, €1400
Little Hania - Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 cm, Commissioned Portrait in Private Collection, NFS
Portrait of the Man in White Shirt - Oil on Canvas, Commissioned Portrait in Private Collection, NFS
The Grove's Eye - Oil on Canvas, with Frame, approximately 87 x 77 cm, €2700

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Jacqueline Fichtler

Jacqueline Fichtler is a German painter from Buchen, Germany. She primarily paints landscapes in oil. The goal is to capture the atmosphere of the surroundings with all the senses.

Blumenwiese mit Mohn - Oil on canvas 60 x 65 cm

Jacqueline Fichtler, born in 1972, is an accomplished artist whose journey in the realm of fine arts reflects a commitment to continuous learning and artistic exploration. Over the years, she dedicated herself to the pursuit of realism in painting, undertaking studies at the Academy of Fine Art Germany in Bad Homburg from 2020 to 2023. Her artistic pursuits extend beyond formal education, as evidenced by her participation in workshops such as Plein Air Painting in 2021 and Portrait Painting in Oil in 2022.

Since 2023, Jacqueline has been an active member of both the Art Life School and the New Masters Academy, further enriching her artistic perspective. Notably, she attended a workshop on Allaprima Portrait Painting in the same year, led by the esteemed Patrick Byrnes. Jacqueline's works have been showcased in prominent exhibitions, including SUPERMART in Nuremberg and Burg Stettenfels in 2023. Her artistic prowess has also earned her recognition, with a semi-finalist status in the prestigious 12th Annual PleinAir® Salon Annual Competition in April 2023 and a notable win as the "Best Beginner" in the monthly PleinAir Salon Art Competition in April 2022.

Jacqueline Fichtler's art is characterized by its realism, impressionistic qualities, and a profound connection to nature. Her dedication to honing her craft and exploring diverse artistic avenues underscores her passion for creating meaningful and evocative works of art.

Gelbes Bootshaus - Oil on panel 45,7 x 61 x 2,2 cm
Lavendelfeld mit Bauernhaus - Oil on panel 40,6 x 50,8 cm (framed)
Mohnfeld - Oil on panel 50 x 70 x 2,2 cm
Sonnenblumen mit Bauernhaus im Süden - Oil on panel 50 x 70 x 2,2 cm

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