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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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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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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Anson Liaw

“I feel I am useless as an artist when I am happy. Pain is what creates my artwork. The painful experiences that people go through as they journey through life in the world around us from childhood to adulthood which in many ways is full of chaos and hardship are what sparks and motivates me to possess my objectives to make purposeful artwork that hopefully generates meaningful and fulfilling empathetic connections to people. As I observe and interpret the world around me combined with creating my artwork, I discover time and time again that true beauty lies within the darkness and that sometimes nightmares are the birthplace of some of the best ideas for an artist.”

Preserving and Cultivating Peace - Chalk Pastels on Archival BFK Rives Printmaking and Drawing Paper 20 x 20 in. $1,200

Anson Liaw is an accomplished illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Upon graduating from the Communication & Design Department's Design Advertising Program at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), his illustrations have become an integral part of numerous projects, spanning magazines, book publications, corporate communications, packaging, and advertising.

Anson’s illustrations embody a critical viewpoint, addressing a wide spectrum of subjects, including social, political, cultural issues, and lifestyle matters.

Drawing inspiration from everyday life, personal memories, and imagination, he skillfully combines various elements to construct new and unexpected meanings. His work sparks discussions, encouraging viewers to engage, appreciate, and discover something new about the world every day.

Anson’s talent has garnered recognition and accolades from prestigious organizations such as American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA), Applied Arts Magazine, and 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, among others. His illustrations have been featured in renowned publications and exhibitions worldwide, including Luerzer’s Archive and "Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective," Third Edition by Alan Male (Author), Bloomsbury Visual Arts in the United Kingdom.

Throughout his career, Anson has collaborated with a diverse range of clients, including Time Magazine, McDonald’s, The New York Times, Nestle, and The National Ballet of Canada, to name a few. Additionally, he shares his love and passion for the arts by teaching at OCAD University and Virtute Innovation Academy in Canada, nurturing the next generation of creative minds.

Giving Peace a Chance Day and Night Everyday (version 3) - Pencil, ink and digital, 28 x 40 in.
Dreams to Reality - Pencil, ink and digital 16 x 24 in.
Cold War, The Storm Before The Calm (Version 3) - 16 x 22 in.
Down But Not Out - Chalk pastels and compressed charcoal on archival print-making and drawing paper 20 x 30 in.
Abdul Khaliq, The Flying Bird of Asia - Pencil, ink and digital 21 x 28 in.
Cut Now and Forever, Women Life Freedom (version 4) - 23.4 x 33 in.
Journey - Chalk pastels, ink, Conte and charcoal drawing sticks and pencils on archival print-making and drawing paper 20 x 30 in.
Before the Rose (Version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital 16 x 20 in.
Mercatto - Ink on paper 16 x 20 in.
Méliès' Magical Illusions - Pencil, ink and digital 35 x 46 in.
Blue Christmas - Pencil, ink and digital, 24 x 31 in.
Destiny (Version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital 12 x 15 in.
Blues Vocalist - Chalk pastels on archival print-making and drawing paper 22 x 26 in.
Silent No More - Pencil, ink and digital 18 x 24 in.
H2O 4 ALL Winter Holiday - Pencil, ink and digital 16 x 22 in.
Inseparable Separate Ways (version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital, 22 x 30 in.
My Sun Shower Goddess - Chalk pastels, Conte and charcoal drawing sticks & pencils on archival print-making & drawing paper 18 x 21 in.
Youthful Ideas for Healing the Earth - Chalk pastels on archival print-making & drawing paper 20 x 30 in.
The Cycling Utopia (version 4) - Pencil, ink and digital 15 x 21 in.
Lifelessly Living - Pencil, ink and digital 30 x 40 in.
A Cohesive Whole, Harmonious Co-Existence (version 2) - Pencil, ink and digital, 30 x 42 in.
Part of Us (Version 3) - Pencil, ink and digital 12.5 x 21 in.
Her Time in the Sun - Chalk pastels on archival print-making and drawing paper 20 x 24 in.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree (version 3) - Pencil, ink and digital 12 x 21 in.
Our Children are Our Future - Pencil, ink and digital 20 x 28 in.

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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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