Franco Margari

"I look for a way to every beyond, every mystery, enigma beyond the boundaries of knowledge, to worlds in which I feel I exist, where bright white calms my thirst for infinity."

TEMPESTA - Mixed media on metallic sheet 65 x 45 cm

Italian Artist, Franco Margari lives and works in Florence. He began his artistic experience in the graphic field in the 80s and specialized in engraving techniques, from the early 90s he also devoted himself to painting.

During this time, he has qualified his exhibiting activity by participating in numerous prestigious collective exhibitions and has set up many solo exhibitions, including at Art Point Black Gallery in 2000 in which he presented his "Horizons" series for the first time. He has solo shows at Puccini Art Center and at the Villa Medicea in Poggio Imperiale and the Diocesan Museum of Florence (2004) with 12 works inspired by the Gospel of John, one of which is present in the Museum's contemporary collection and the one to the Council of the Tuscany Region, where he exhibited 20 works of intense evocative abstract art, one of which is part of the Regional Art Gallery.

Also in 2004, Margari participated in the International Competition in Florence and won the first Golden Florin award for Painting. In 2008 he was present at the Italian art pavilion in Beijing for the Olympic Games, one of his works is part of the CONI collection. In 2010 he began a collaboration with the American gallery Damoka Gallery which led him to do two solo shows in Los Angeles and New York. An important personal exhibition was in 2011 in the prestigious spaces of the Circolo degli Artisti Casa di Dante in Florence on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unity of Italy.

In 2013, he presented his latest works in the series "Breath of the Elements." In 2016, he showed at the deconsecrated church of Santa Maria dei Laici in Gubbio. The last appearances of his works was in 2016 in Amsterdam - Institute of Italian Culture, in 2017 in Berlin - The Ballery Gallery - and London - ART MOOR HOUSE, 2018 Stockholm SVEA GALLERY. Moscow GALERIA MASTERSKAYA LEGA.

Margari has numerous presences in public and private collections.

INCANDESCENZE - Mixed media on metallic sheet D 80 cm
APPARIZIONE - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm
L'ATTESA DEL NUOVO GIORNO - Mixed media on metallic sheet D 80 cm
LE PAROLE NON TROVATE - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Maria Lipan

Acceptance - Acrylic on canvas 38 x 38 in.

Romanian-born, American citizen Maria Lipan has dedicated her career to art and education. After receiving an MFA in Design from the Art University of Timisoara (1999), Maria taught fine art in Romanian high schools for over 5 years. In 2006 she moved to the USA where she continued her education in Early Childhood working in the field for over 8 years, while simultaneously exhibiting her own artwork.

Since 1999, Lipan's work has been exhibited and sold in Eastern Europe and the USA through galleries including Zhou B. Art , River Art Center Chicago, Iron Studio, as well as in museums like Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines IL and Merchandise Mart downtown Chicago.One of her paintings is in the possession of Robert Morris University Chicago, IL.

In 2014 Lipan became mother of twin girls, born prematurely.  She and her twins spend the first two months in NICU.  This life experience inspired a series of 7 paintings and a poem called “In Harmony ." Lipan continued to advocate for children. In 2015 she opened a state licensed family daycare in Oak Creek, Wisconsin to support the growth and development for her children and the children in her community. In 2016 she presented an educational poster promoting quality through experience and philosophy  “Lead my way to play” at NAEYC  annual conference in Los Angeles.  Lipan’s projects in both art and education reflects awareness in quality and equality.

In Harmony - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Fatigue - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Motherhood II - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
In Harmony - Collage of 6 paintings

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Patti Samper

"Throughout my work, I experiment with color, perspective, and its possibilities. I look to reinterpret tangible and intangible subjects of daily life in an unexplored fashion. Within this realm, I seek to express the beauty in the simplicity that lies within the layers of complexity."

Bår - Oil on panel 16 x 20 x 1 in.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Patti Sampler is also French and American. She attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, BA program where she majored in Photography, with minors in Art History and Romance Languages (84-88). While a student at NYU, Patti worked as a photographer in the music and fashion industries. She co-founded Bear Records, an indie record label that produced cutting edge post-punk bands like Flower (NYC), Tinker (Montreal). Patti executed the graphic design and creative direction for the record label. She continued to live for many years in NYC, and later in Paris, working as a commercial photographer and creative director in the music and fashion industries. She appeared seasonally on tv news and print media forecasting color, fashion and fabric trends.

Patti also holds a Master Pastry Chef diploma from the French Culinary Institute (Int’l Culinary Center) in New York City and was the first student invited to execute her stage at Le Bernardin in New York City (2005).  After completing her stage and studies, Patti launched Patti*Cakes, Ltd., an award-winning, custom cake company.  This momentous event in Patti’s life was the catalyst between photography and painting. Patti enjoyed the artistry involved in creating unique cakes with hand-sculpted and tediously painted, life-like sugar flowers and other decorative motifs.

In 2009, Patti began to study painting.  She attended the Yard School of Art in Montclair, New Jersey, followed by The New York Academy of Art in New York City. Patti exhibits her work in the USA and internationally, and has works in private collections.

Patti now lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey and her studio is located at the Manufacturers Village Artists Community in East Orange, New Jersey. 

Chatter - Oil on panel 12 x 12 in.
Baggage Claim 2 - Oil on panel 12 x 18 x 1.5 in.
Book Shelf - Oil on board 12 x 16 in.
Fruit Basket - Oil on board 12 x 16 in.

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Gill Bustamante – Artist at Sussex Paintings

"I am a professional artist based in East Sussex and I paint large oil paintings featuring landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds and fish. My painting style is a fusion of semi-abstract, traditional, expressionist, impressionist, a little art nouveau and something I refer to as 'Memory Impressionism'."

A Summer Place - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.

"As a child, I taught myself to draw and paint by copying animals and horses out of books on an almost daily basis. Then in 1979, I did a foundation course at Chelsea and then a degree course at Brighton where I graduated in 1983 with a Fine Art Degree in Sculpture. I then worked in a studio on the seafront for a while making sculptures, with an architect, for clubs and hotels.

On moving to East Grinstead in the late '80s, I began painting for an art agent that specialised in animal, people and bespoke portraits and soon became skilled at painting dogs and horses in a classical style. I also took on mural painting commissions and wrote and illustrated a few children's books.

In the late '90s I began teaching art adult education courses for Central Sussex College as well as running my own art courses. I sell my paintings via my own website and through online art galleries."

Gill Bustamante has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London, the Chelsea open exhibition, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, Sheffield Park, Brighton festival, Art at 5 Gallery, Brighton, Wills Art Warehouse London, Gabriel Fine Art, London, Blue Moon Gallery Tunbridge Wells, Shoreham gallery, Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row and many others.

The Promise - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Forest Dynasties - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Jungle Portal - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.
Spirit Guides - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

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Arrachme Art

"I have found a place where science, spirit, and art converge. It is in this peaceful place where time expands and endless possibility exists."

Qualia Playful Sequence - Mixed media, palette knife, tools, brush on canvas 30 x 30 x 1.5 in.

Peaceful World Series - International Awards in mixed media, creating a journey to familiar and unfamiliar places.

Arrachme is a known contemporary abstract fine artist and art educator with paintings that suggest something more in a world underlying; inviting the viewer to finish the story.  Her artworks are consistently awarded, published, curated in museums, collected and recognized worldwide, including humanitarian an environmental cause which is her foremost passion. Not limited to galleries and events in New York, Monte Carlo, Art Basel Miami, South Korea, Portugal, England, Iran, Norway, etc., her paintings are collected privately.  Arrachme's works are as unique as her background; from an education with a master painter, sculptor, and philosopher from the Caucasus Mountains to a client who held the title of the most powerful man in the world.

Closed Door Open Passage - Mixed Media, palette knife, tools, on canvas 36 x 36 in.
Expanded Time (curated into Ahvaz Museum Iran) - Mixed Media, palette knife, brush on canvas 24 x 24 in.
Precipice of Life (Published in Home & Garden UK)  Mixed Media, palette knife, brush on canvas 36 x 24 in.
Falling Water Rising Tide (Awarded cover Artist Network Creative Energy, USA) - Mixed Media, palette knife, brush on canvas 30 x 30 in.  

Additionally, she has developed an endorsed educational program which she offers both online and in person at the Enrichment Academy. In classes, she says to the students, “It’s all about you, not where you’ve been or where I have been but the peacefulness that is in your heart. This is the place where I start and where I end. You are welcome to journey with me.” Visit the artist’s website to see a detailed list on numerous exhibits, awards and accolades she has received over many years of being active as a full-time international artist.

Breath Of Nature - Mixed media on canvas 28 x 22 in.
Liquid Dreams in Flowing Sea - Poured mixed media on canvas 36 x 24 in.
Windrose 2, Mixed media, palette, tools, brushes on canvas 36 x 48 x 1.5 in.
Embracing Freedom - Mixed media, brushes and tools on canvas 48 x 36 in.

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Marina Koraki

"I've always been concerned with humanity and how things always "worked" on our planet. That's why I'm trying to discover and understand through my art, basic terms of existence. I'm trying to depict the soul, always in an optimistic way, by using archetypal symbols with Art Deco influences."

Lightbodies - Mixed media 120 x 90 cm

Greek contemporary artist, Marina Koraki graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Athens in 2006, supervised by Chronis Botsoglou. She further studied the art of Mosaic, Stained Glass as well as Digital Arts and Scenography at Academia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Since 2002, Marina has been actively exhibiting in group and solo shows in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and USA.

Butterfly Flower VI - Mixed media on gold leaf 40 cm
Lightbody - Mixed media 150 x 50 cm
5th Dimension Earth II - Mixed media on gold leaf 40 cm
Lightbody - Mixed media 150 x 50 cm

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Shirin Moayya

"The source of my work is the emotional and spiritual experience of reality, which I translate on the canvas with an expressionist language characterized by a strong chromatic accentuation and a powerful emotional deformation of the visual data."

Sacrifice - Acrylic on canvas 90 x 110 cm

Shirin Moayya was born 1972 in Tehran, Iran and graduated with a Master's Degree in English (2011). She is involved mainly with painting but has also worked with photography since 2007. Moayya's works are presented in various group and solo shows, art festivals and painting symposiums gaining important accolades in Iran, Italy, the UK, the USA and UAE.

Shirin Moayya’s lucidity in identifying the peculiar traits of each psycho-pathology shows how the expressionistic accentuation of the pictorial language does not exclude her ability to give a critical and disenchanted look at human discomfort while showing a deep emotional sharing. And this capacity for reconciling harsh reality, empathy and pictorial frankness, makes viewer to understand how, exposing the inconsistencies of existence is only the first step of a journey of hope animated by the confidence that in the future a new humanism will succeed to re-establish the human being starting from the destruction of the false certainties of the present.

Untitled from Inward Organized series - Acrylic on canvas 110 x 80 cm
Among Garden - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 80 cm
Woman in Love - Acrylic on canvas 120 x 80 cm
Girl's Love - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm

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Jenny Bennett

“I paint to make something from nothing: to communicate my vision to others; to put people where I have been.”

Hot Flotsam - Oil on canvas 1520 x 1010 mm

“I paint to make something from nothing: to communicate my vision to others; to put people where I have been. Like Anais Nin, I believe that art (writing, painting, music) provides us with the ‘antitoxins’ we need to live. I paint because I want to record, communicate, recreate, create an idea, experience, object, landscape or and feeling. I believe art, whether it be painting, music, drama etc. can lift us out of everyday routine. Participation is the key; the doing or the viewing or the listening. I strive to make beautiful and/or challenging work. I enjoy putting things together; colors, shapes, lines; to make order from chaos. This involves decision-making and when a work is going well there is a balance between freedom and control as the decision-making becomes less conscious and more intuitive.”

 Jenny Bennett was born McLellan in 1950 in Hastings, New Zealand, and had a rural childhood. After attending Iona College she later graduated with an M.A. (Hons) in Anthropology, from Otago and Auckland Universities and moved to the city of Whangarei where she still lives. Bennett began painting in 1976 after the birth of her first child and has explored a wide range of media and techniques; printmaking, clay sculpture, puppetry/ performance, flax weaving, pastel work, and collage. Bennett’s first exhibition was in 1976 and she has continued to show nationally and internationally. She and has won various art awards and commissions; and served on arts boards, judging panels and in mentoring programs.

Paisleyette 1 - Oil on canvas 250 x 250 mm
Pertaining to Paisley 3 - Mixed media on Incisioni paper 620 x 485 mm
Paisleyette 2 - Oil on canvas 250 x 250 mm
All in the Round - Oil on board 900 mm diameter

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William Francis Brennan

"My art is a hybrid of expressionism and impressionism. Composition is developed by color, contrast, and balance. Form and a sense of change, even motion are key elements in my paintings. Often my work overlays two subjects, either in conflict or in harmony. Compositions are the result of artistic exploration."

Long Time Passing - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

William Francis Brennan was born in 1949 in Massachusetts, USA and began painting with oil and watercolor at the early age of 10 while growing up on the family’s farm. From 1970 to 1980 he lived in Toronto, Canada and made a living as a handyman, as a surveyor and as a painting artist. His studio at a big old warehouse at the High Park District also functioned as a showroom for his exhibitions. Brennan sold works in Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA between 1975 - 86 until moving to San Francisco, California in 1980. He lived in the SF Bay Area for 28 years, exhibiting often at cafés / restaurants, mostly at the Potrero Hill and at the Castro district in San Francisco. In the 90s he had an art-studio for several years on Bryant Street, at the Mexican influenced Mission district, with public studio walks and exhibitions. Additionally he worked as a self-employed handyman/painter and restored old furniture.

During 2001-8, Brennan extended his creative work by building unique garden furniture out of driftwood he collected at the beaches of the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco. He designed and built stage sets for the theatre-pedagogical project 'Behind Closed Doors' and he painted several murals for customers in San Francisco. Since 2008, Brennan has been a permanent resident in Germany where he works as an artist. In 2017 he moved his studio ‘LadenAtelier Brennan' from Berlin to the state of Brandenburg.

Not Connected - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm
The Man With His Monkey - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Nature and History, Crete - Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Escape In The Night - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

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Jingfeng Li

From Beijing, China, JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

Senna Castle - Pen on paper 74.33 x 51.16 cm

 JingFeng Li uses black brushwork to create a rich and unique realistic style. In recent years he has participated in a variety of European and American international painting competitions winning several titles.

Senna Castle 3 - Fountain Pen and ink on sketching paper 52.4 x 52.4 cm
Contemplating - Pen and ink on sketching paper 76.4 x 52.3 cm
Swan Castle - Pen and ink on sketching paper 73 x 47 cm
Philippe de Bethune - Pen and ink on sketching paper 74 x 51.7 cm

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