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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Jerome Chia-Horng Lin

"Art is a state of mind. Artworks showcase the vibration of my mind in a tangible way. They are the bridges connecting the external and internal world. For me, art is an excellent means to express my pondering about the universe. I explore my life using art as my main tool."

The initial heart - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Jerome Chia-Horng Lin uses oil paintings and animation as the primary tool for his art creation. He was awarded an Honorable Mention Award, Circle Foundation Artist of the Year Award 2017, Lyon, France; was a 2017 Awards Winner, Video Art section, in the "It’s Liquid" international contest 4th edition, Venice, Italy; received an Experimental Award from International Short Film Festival FENACO Cusco Perú. Jerome's animations were selected by more than a dozen international film festivals in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Hungry, USA etc. He has scheduled exhibitions in his native Taiwan, as well as the USA, UK and Italy. 

 

Education

MFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA

BFA National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, Taiwan

Pondering eggs in day and night - Oil on canvas 48 x 36 in.
There is no pole dancer in the subway - Oil on canvas 46 x 38 in.
The fight between the eagle and the dragon - Oil on canvas 150 x 60 cm
A moment of glancing back in the egg forest - Oil on canvas 32 x 24 in.

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Andrew Arthur

"My art is about communication. Each painting’s abstract composition is legible. The viewer is capable of reading the paintings once it is understood how to interpret the shapes. I utilize shape-based writing systems such as Braille, Morse code and cuneiform to create my composition."

Force for real good

Andrew Arthur is a California native, born and raised in Los Angeles where he currently resides with his wife and two children. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Andrew has painted professionally presenting in various gallery shows and exhibitions world wide for the last 20 years.

To the stars thru hardship
Family loves cold pool on hot day
A dragon flies over riot skies
I’m sorry i couldnt paint the painting you wanted so please take this one

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Marjon van Boeckel

"Since 2006 I have been committed to the technique of oil painting with great pleasure. Until 2017 I was taught by Fer Hakkaart (Leiden) and Arnout Kilian. My main subjects are people from behind and portraits."

Untitled - Oil on canvas 120 x 80 cm

Dutch ceramist and painter, Marjon van Boeckel was trained as a craft teacher. She has taken lessons with Anton Slinger (sculptor) and Fer Hakkaart and Arnout Kilian (painters). Marjon has taught ceramics for many years and exhibits regularly nationally and abroad. She has focused full time on painting since 2007 and she continues to accept commissions.

Untitled - Oil on canvas 150 x 90 cm
Untitled - Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
Untitled - Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm
Untitled - Oil on canvas 150 x 90 cm

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Dieter Crumbiegel

"Abstraction does not depict reality, but is it self reality."

Ceramic plate - Stoneware, porcelain, metal, salt 60 x 60 cm

Painter and ceramic artist, Dieter Crumbiegel studied art (1961-75) at Staatl Hochschule für bildende Künst Kassel, Germany. He studiedd Painting with Prof.Fritz Winter and Ceramics with Walter Popp. Dieter recceived a 1959 Stipendium "Max-Beckmann-Gesellschaft, München" and the same year became a member of "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes". In 1974 he received the state award in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and showed his first piecce at Deutsche Keramik der Gegenwart 1975. In 1975 the artist became a member of the International Academy of Ceramic, Genova and he was a professor at Art College for Applied Arts, Krefeld, Germany at the Department Ceramic/Glass-Design (1979-2001). Dieter Crumbiegel led the 1980 workshop "Architecture Ceramic", Int. Ceramic Symposium Cork, Ireland, and in 1982 worked as a supervisor at Helwan-University Giza, Cairo, Egypt. In 1983, he joined the art group "Gruppe 83 - Deutsche Keramiker" and he has exhibited since 1961 in Germany and internationally. Dieter's works belong to private and public collections internationally. Dieter retook an interest and practice in painting in 1984. 

"01/18" - Oil and lacquer 140 x 100 cm
"02/17"- Oil and lacquer 60 x 70 cm
"11/14" - Oil and lacquer 140 x 200 cm
"05/16" - Oil and lacquer 140 x 140 cm

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Susan Palmisano

"Influenced by Buddhist philosophy, my work looks at the condition of being human from the perspective of interconnectedness and flux. I choose the language of abstraction to create a liminal space, a place of crossing where differences meet, exchange and transform in a tapestry of human experience."

Perch - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in.

Susan Palmisano's paintings are included in many private and public collections and have been shown in more than seventy national and international exhibitions. Her recent exhibitions include those at the Limner Gallery, NY; the University of Southern Mississippi (Two Person); Manifest: 9th International Paint Annual, Exhibition-in-Print, the Women's Caucus for the Arts in Washington DC; Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA; Westmoreland Museum of Art in Greensburg, PA: and the Cooley Gallery in Leesburg, VA.

Other notable exhibits include The Mercado Velho Gallery in Tondela, Portugal (solo); Hegyvidek Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; Can Serrat in Barcelona (Le Bruc), Spain (solo); Mallin Gallery in Kansas City, MO (solo); Center of Culture in Glucholazy, Poland; and Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University. Other exhibitions include Gallery 402 in New York City, N.Y. (solo) and Galerija Alurija at the Art Academy, University of Zagreb, Croatia (solo); LH Horton Gallery in Stockton, Calif. (solo); The Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole, Poland (solo); Arlington Arts Center in VA.; and the Louis Bernal Gallery in Tucson, Ariz.

In addition to her exhibits, Palmisano has been invited as visiting professor at Ganesha University in Singaraja, Bali, Petra Christian University in Surabaya, Java, Wenzhou University in China, University of Opole, Poland, and the Institute of Art of Zagreb, Croatia. She is faculty emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she taught for 26 years.

First Light - Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in.
Shifting Narratives - Oil on canvas 48 x 36 in.
Cultivating Hope - Oil on canvas 48 x 36 in.
Tears of Separation - Oil on 12 canvas panels 72 x 96 in.

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