Valhère

“Art figuratif entre académisme et contemporanéité (dans le sens d'une liberté stylistique exacerbée). Peintre plasticien manipulant tous procédés de mise en œuvre pour atteindre un objectif sensible teinté d'esthétisme. L'art doit continuer à véhiculer une émotion.”

"Figurative art between academicism and contemporaneity (in the sense of heightened stylistic freedom). A plastic artist manipulating all implementation processes to achieve a sensitive and aesthetic objective. Art must continue to convey an emotion."

Comorian Dancers - Mixed media - Triptych - 270 x 120 cm - €8,000

The French artist Valhère works with painting, mixed media, and drawing. Born in 1960 and currently residing in Lescar, the artist holds a Ph.D. in Art and Art Science from the University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Valhère has been involved in collective and individual exhibitions at the local and national levels since 1987.

Valhère's journey began with an initial education and a professional career in architecture from 1984 to 1994. Since 1994, they have been teaching in the field of visual arts and hold the title of Agrégé de l'Education Nationale. During their professional stay in Africa, specifically in the French Comoros and Mayotte, which lasted for 7 years, Valhère participated in the Biennial of Contemporary Art of Comoros under the patronage of Ousmane Sow in 2012.

Valhère furthered their education with higher studies in the Arts at the University of Paris I, and their artistic journey has included exhibitions in Paris. Notably, in 2001, Valhère held an exhibition under the patronage and with the participation of Orlan in the Espace du 8 novembre at the Bataclan.

War - Mixed mixed with relief - 165 x 110 x 2 cm - €4,000
Africa Book - Mixed mixed with relief - 74 x 44 x 5 cm - €1,800
Masks and You - Mixed mixed with relief - 100 x 50 x 2 cm - €2,000
Ernest - Mixed mixed with relief - 120 x 80 x 3 cm - €3,500

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Samuel Cheeseman

“I view my work as a way to connect with the great artisans of the past. A sketch or idea leads onto maquettes, which enables full-size drawings and prototypes. It involves many different disciplines using traditional and experimental techniques. I aim to record moments of precision and beauty.”

Tropical Depression - Wood, Metal, and Paint - 24cm x 8cm - £4,000

English artist Samuel Cheeseman lives and works in Hayling Island, England, where he hones his craft just steps away from the thunder of the ocean. Sam's artistic visions are fortified by 25 years of skills acquired working as an engineer, fabricator, and finisher. Drawing from the tempering of these experiences, Sam began to uncover further mysteries in both metal and wood.

Over the last five years, Sam has established his own workshop and crafted unique tools. He designs, develops, and produces pieces for a variety of clients. Sam's unique visions now take center stage, and this gallery serves as his invitation for you to join us in exploring his current work and the development of future themes.

Harmony in Kiwi - Wood, Metal, Gemstones, and Paint - 23cm x 6cm - £3,000
Royal Existence - Metal, Gemstones, Wood, and Paint - 40cm x 20cm - £4,800
The Untold Element - Wood, Metal, Gemstones - 20cm x 20cm - £3,600
Vortex of Flavors - Wood, Metal, Corian, Gemstones, and Paint - 27cm x 20cm - £3,800

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Maria Stella Polce

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." - P. Picasso
"I transform a fractal (computer generated), into a horse or a nude or a landscape or an abstract."

Omaggio floreale - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 50 cm

Italian artist, Maria Stella Polce is a Professor at the M.P.I. (Ministry of Education). Originally from Abruzzo, she traveled throughout Italy before moving permanently to Francavilla al Mare, where she currently resides. 

A versatile artist, from an early age, Maria Stella showed a passion for art by painting mainly landscapes and animals with a realistic approach. From the age of 20 onwards, she began to paint with oil colors on canvas (self-taught), had her first solo shows as well as participations in collective exhibitions, obtaining acclaim and prizes. 

After a long period of research and artistic experimentation with various techniques and materials (including oil pastels, acrylic colors, watercolors, tempera, glass painting, mixed techniques, etc.), Polce discovered fractals. From 2000 onwards, her way of making art radically changed, to "Fractalism." 

Polce draws fractals with her virtual brush, guided by the mouse, bringing out various themes including horses, female figures, landscapes and more, with a unique technique of painting the interior and producing an original, surprising effect. 

Later, Polce also experimented with new types of modifications to fractals, occasionally moving away from the figurative. All her digital works are born from fractals and their transformations (including fragmentation, overlapping, etc.). 

With this new genre of digital art, she has received notable awards and feature in various art catalogs, including, Mondadori and L'Elite 2019, Artisti 20, Atlante dell'Arte Contemporanea De Agostini 2021. Since 2015, Maria Stella Polce has continued to actively exhibit her work in Italy and abroad. 

Impatto - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Adolescente - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Chiaro di luna - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 60 cm
Fiamme nel bosco - Digital art, Frattalismo 50 x 50 cm

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Shan Ogdemli

"My work is inspired by light and color, patterns from biology, physics and geometry, by the Earth and Cosmos, by the interconnectedness of all things, by op art, pop art and the miracle of life."

Pink Moon - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 37 x 48 in.

"I have been a working artist my entire life, wearing many hats that include fine artist, licensed artist, illustrator, product designer, graphic designer, creative director and entrepreneur. I've owned and co-owned several successful artistic business endeavors, including my graphic design and illustration studio, Ogdemli Feldman Design + Illustration; my art licensing business, Designs by Shan; and a worldwide licensed brand phenomenon called Pampered Girls. 

After many years working in the commercial art and design fields in Los Angeles, my husband and I have recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have finally been able to make the necessary life changes to be able to focus full-time on my true passion of creating my fine art. 

I work in multiple styles and media that include large-scale paintings in acrylic mixed with diatomaceous earth, as well as in digital media. My acrylic paintings are heavily textured with expressive brush strokes that add movement and energy, with color harmonies meticulously built from several layers of translucent and opaque paint. 

My digital images are what I call "digital drawings" because they all start as pencil drawings on paper, which are then scanned and redrawn by hand in Illustrator, then meticulously colored using Illustrator and Photoshop in much the same way as my layered acrylic paintings. 

My subjects in both media include light and color, patterns from life, science and math, dots, spots, circles, particles, waves, energy, flowing lines, spirals, mandalas and abstract landscapes. 

Inspirations include Op Art of the '60s and 70's, Victor Vasarely, Yaakov Agam, Mark Rothko, Vincent Van Gogh, Emilio Pucci, Alan Turing, biology, geometry, astronomy, physics, quantum physics and metaphysics."

Sea Spots - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Moana Kala Kala - Digital media, Giglée print on stretched canvas 28 x 28 in.
Rose Nebula - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 54 x 54 in.
Blue Sunflower - Acrylic & diatomaceous earth on canvas 60 x 60 in.

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