Kaeko Mizutani

"I create drawings that project the introversion which continues within my personal darkness and a universal motif which embraces what humans respect and fear, such as moths and internal organs. Eros is essential to life, and I find beauty in all surrounding creatures."

Tango japonais - Pen, brush and black ink on paper 455 x 310 mm

Born in 1969, Osaka, Japan, Kaeko Mizutani is largely self-taught and began his practice in 1994.

 

Solo Exhibitions

1992.Nov./Rib of the moon, Awakening of the pupa/ Gallery field in Kyoto

1995.Mar./Fimale Voice/gallery View in Osaka

1999.Feb./Another perspective/gallery field in Kyoto

2000.Jan./Vague outline/gallery field in Kyoto

2003.Dec./Corruption and Pleasure /gallery Ami in Osaka

2005.Apr./Rondo of Memory/a-space newnew in Hyogo

2006.May/Utopia/gallery Paraiso in Osaka

2011.Oct./My Moth Story/gallery Paraiso in Osaka

2014.June/True Black/SELF-SO art gallery in Kyoto

2019.Nov./Solo Exhibition/Maison de la Nouvelle Aquitaine in Paris, France

2019.Dec/Alchemy/gallery B-dama in Osaka

 

Two-person shows

2003.Jul./Winder(+ Takayuki Tomoi/space SOU in Osaka, Japan

2011.Sep./Melancholia Omnibus/ Amane-dou gallery in Osaka, Japan

2014.Oct./Retina of Prepato(+ Naomi Uehata/ Variete HONROKU in Tokyo, Japan

2015.May/48 Erotic Styles(+ Eiko Kamiyama/ART COMPLEUCE in Paris, France

2016.Dec/Monochrome Stroll/gallery Paraiso in Osaka, Japan

2018.May/Eternal Forest(+ Yuki Sato, Gallery I in Kyoto, Japan

 

Group Exhibits

Numerous shows Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Singapore, New York and Paris.

 

Commercial projects

2019./2012 Vintage Wine Label/Domaine de Viaud/Bordeaux, France

 

Awards

2021, January The 4th BLACK & WHITE Finalist, Art Room Gallery (Online gallery)

2021, February The 5th ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE Finalist, Fusion Art Gallery (USA/CA)

Gymnopedie - Pen, brush and black ink on paper 100 x 148 mm
Theft - Pen, brush and black ink on paper 148 x 100 mm
Temptation to Fall - Pen, brush and black ink, watercolor on paper 100 x 148 mm
Spirits in the dark - Pen, brush and black ink, watercolor on paper 148 x 100 mm

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Storöy

"I think of my works as unfinished stories or scenes, inspired by my backstory from Northern Norway. They carry a sub-tone of otherworldly illusion and inhabit a somewhat haunted and ethereal appearance, inviting the viewer into a space where fantasy and reality are juxtaposed."

 

Eve of Destruction - Digital Painting Printed on Canvas 60 x 60 cm $900

Storöy, a contemporary graphic artist and illustrator based in Hamar, Norway, is a visual storyteller deeply influenced by her upbringing along the rugged coast of Northern Norway, renowned for its rich tapestry of myths and folk tales. Growing up in a fjord surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers, she found inspiration in the mysteries of nature.

Her artistic journey began with a passion for reading, drawing, and creating narratives that often featured mythical creatures and strong female protagonists. Rather than limiting herself to a single creative discipline, Storöy chose to embrace a diverse range of interests. Her education spanned graphic design, illustration, and fine art, with formative experiences in both Oslo and Milan.

This eclectic background is reflected in her work, which defies easy classification. Storöy's images blend multiple artistic directions seamlessly, creating visually compelling narratives that resonate with both depth and intrigue. Her unique approach invites viewers to explore and interpret her imaginative worlds, where myth meets contemporary expression.

Earthly Delight Supremacy - Digital Painting Printed on Canvas 60 x 60 cm $900
Be Still My Heart - Digital Painting Printed on Canvas 60 x 80 cm $850
Early Morning Afterlife - Digital Painting Printed on Canvas 60 x 60 cm $850

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Eric Cremers

"I got fascinated by the variety of housing and living forms I saw all over the world. Once rooted in reality, my work is now solely the result of my imagination. I continue to explore new approaches to the theme of Habitats, while my colorful little shacks often serve as the building blocks of the whole."

Pink Place - Mixed Media 90 x 13 x 19 cm €2,200

Dutch Artist, Eric Cremers, b. 1953, embarked on a multifaceted artistic journey following the completion of his five-year teachers' education at the Art Academy. For 28 years, he dedicated himself to nurturing young minds as a high school art teacher before transitioning to a full-time artist in 2010.

Since embracing his role as a professional artist, Cremers has immersed himself in the exploration of a singular theme: Habitats. Within his artistic realm, he constructs vivid landscapes devoid of human presence yet teeming with traces of life. Through his work, he invites viewers to embark on a journey of discovery, where every corner reveals intricate details that hint at the existence of unseen inhabitants.

Driven by the challenge of achieving harmony in color palettes, spatial arrangements, textures, and materials, such as wood, branches, palm leaves, and cardboard, Cremers strives to evoke a sense of wonder and contemplation in those who engage with his art. With each creation, he endeavors to transport observers to a world where imagination knows no bounds, offering a sanctuary for exploration and introspection.

Tree Houses - Mixed Media 80 x 30 x 25 cm €1,500
Collapsing - Mixed Media 76 x 32 x 14 cm €1,850
Shades of Blue - Mixed Media 100 x 32 x 13 cm €2,200
Swamp Village - Mixed Media 80 x 50 x 19 cm €2,200

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Oksana Elfouly

“My website showcases paintings of various styles and techniques. Request more information, and I will provide detailed answers to all your inquiries. Welcome to a magical journey into the world of art that can transform the way you perceive artistic expression."

Spaciousness - Digital Media (High-Resolution Print with Unique Technology)

Oksana Elfouly is an emerging Ukrainian artist currently residing in Dubai, UAE, where she is the proprietor and creative force behind Art Studio Oksana Elfouly. Her artistic endeavors predominantly explore the human capacity to harness the mind and inner strength for personal development, delving into the depths of abilities ingrained within the subconscious.

While her focus remains on the intricate interplay of mental faculties, Oksana also finds inspiration in abstraction and simple prints. In her perspective, these elements offer a gateway to the enchanting world reminiscent of childhood, establishing a profound connection with the vitality of nature.

Oksana's artistic portfolio reflects a diverse range of styles and directions, a testament to her penchant for exploring various creative realms. This diversity underscores her inclination towards engaging in different artistic pursuits, a characteristic that shapes the dynamic and multifaceted.

Unconscious - Mixed Media on Canvas
Promotor Fidei - Mixed Media on Canvas
Through the Looking Glass - Mixed Media on Canvas
Lady Autumn. Chords. - Mixed Media on Canvas

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Liyuan Liu

Insight - Oil and mixed media on canvas 275 x 150 cm $130,000

Liu Liyuan graduated from the Department of Dyeing and Clothing department at Tsinghua Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She loves painting and began to learn it during her childhood. Liyuan has completed research on classical and modern art and has excelled in studying figure painting. Now living in Vancouver, Liyuan has studied under the famous oil painter Xue Yanqun and the Chinese painting and calligraphy master Liang Zhaotang for many years.

Liyuan is also engaged in the application work of art advancement to famous schools in North America, helping students apply for prestigious schools in North America and Europe and has many years of experience with a 100% success! Her students have won many awards in the World Cup Art Drawing Competition and continuously published professional art guidance articles in the media such as Metropolis Daily, Global Chinese News, Afar, and Altitude, as well as accepted personal interviews.

In 2017, Liyuan did personal interviews with the columns of Canadian City TV "Elegance" and "Dating in the City." At the same time, she has been invited to give lectures on the Canadian Chinese Radio "Art Special Interview" and "Live Broadcast of the Guidance Series of Prestigious Art Schools". 

In 2021 and 2022, she participated in the Vancouver artist group exhibition with five works. Liyuan's oil paintings have won awards in Switzerland; her watercolor works have also won awards on online exhibitions in the United States; her works have also been published in the well-known French artist magazine "Circle Quarterly Art Review."

Still Life Homer in Louvre - Oil on canvas 48 x 63 cm $9,000
Floating - Oil on canvas 129 x 86 cm $19,000
Read Picasso - Oil on canvas 60 x 90 cm $17,000
Bubble - Oil on canvas 170 x 135 cm $86,000
Studio - Oil on canvas 210 x 145 cm
The Mask - Oil on canvas 145 x 127 cm
Nirvana - Oil on canvas 220 x 88 cm
Butterfly - Oil on canvas 154 x 110 cm
Lay Out - Oil on canvas 156 x 120 cm

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Dylan Wilson

“My techniques for making my art are simple. I keep a sketchbook, just in case I won't forget to jot down an idea. Additionally, I've developed a method to unlock my subconscious mind while creating my art. I like to be very candid about my feelings and to express my ideas freely.”

The Subconscious Realm - Acrylic on canvas 12 x 16 in. $1,000

“Hi, my name is Dylan Wilson. I am a freelance spiritual/visionary artist who works towards understanding meaning and questions within myself, using colors to express them. My works involve deep meanings of philosophy and psychology. I often ask myself a lot of questions when I look at the world around me, pondering the meaning of things. For instance, my project "High Hopes" was a reflection of feelings, mindfulness, and growth. I create my works as a way to convey truth, love, and a sense of purpose to those who may feel lost. Throughout the years of my creative journey, I have gone through many phases. As a child, whenever I was given homework or a test, I never hesitated to sketch whatever came to mind on paper - be it a tree, a house, people, bridges, cars, and more.”

The Cultural Shift/The Hierarchy Loop - Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 in. NFS
The Otherside - Colored pencil on paper 19 x 24 in. Framed, $1,500
Dreaming Streams - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in. $1,500
High Hopes - Colored Pencil on paper 19 x 24 in. $1,500

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Tong Zhou

"Just like a priest who has never seen god. I often tell my wife what I know about human things. I know the darkness of humanity, whether avarice or desire, happiness or sadness. I put them all into my production. I want to paint how I feel about the world. Use my consciousness to explain this world, although my consciousness may have some prejudice.”

Arouse and decide - Oil paint on wooden board linen 120 x 90 cm $20,000

"My artistic inspiration comes from curiosity and awe of the world. I found resonance from Balthus and Lopez told me "how to get the inspired". Sometimes listening to the providence, they give to me a present, the present name called art."

Rose - Acrylic on wood 60 x 45 cm $3,000
Fire and water are merciless - Acrylic on wood 40 x 30 cm $2,000
Dandelions - Acrylic on cardboard 59 x 42 cm
Releases - Acrylic on cardboard 42 x 59 cm
Game - Acrylic on cardboard 59 x 42 cm
Have a lace complex - Oil paint on wooden board linen 69 x 53 cm
Childhood locked in the yard - Oil paint on wooden board linen 60 x 80 cm
Two I - Oil paint on wooden board linen 40 x 50 cm
No.46 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
No.49 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
Harmony between nature and man - Acrylic on wood 60 x 45 cm $3,000
Overcome the obstacle - Acrylic on wood 40 x 30 cm $2,000
I lost it - Acrylic on cardboard 59 x 42 cm
Good wishes - Acrylic on cardboard 59 x 42 cm
No.48 - Propylene on paper 75 x 57 cm
The tides that make it difficult to sleep - Oil paint on wooden board linen 40 x 50 cm
Pink Creed - Oil paint on wooden board linen 40 x 50 cm
No.45 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
No.43 - Propylene on paper 57 x 75 cm
Under the hot sun - Oil on wood canvas 40 x 50 cm

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Rafael De Armas

"I don't stop with the pleasure of aesthetics I like to make a statement on the concept of defending ecology. I'm not conveying propaganda I just want a clear example about what we all have to face up to."

Anomy V - Oil on canvas 700 mm diameter

Rafael De Armas was born in Uruguay, South America. He completed tertiary studies at the Uruguayan School of Fine Arts using Bauhaus methods. As the result of Rafael's high achievement he was accepted by well-known landscape artist Eduardo Amezaga and Italian Master Lino Dinetto as an apprentice. After many years of vocational training, Rafael joined a number of advertising agencies and worked as a freelance illustrator.

In the late 1960s he worked independently as a graphic designer and photographer while simultaneously painting and sculpting as a means of feedback and grounding for the applied arts which come together in design.

Uruguay's institutional breakdown of 1973 sank the country into the grimmest dictatorship in the country's history and made all independent projects unfeasible. Rafael subsequently moved to Argentina with his wife and children.

Between the years 1974 to 1980, Rafael worked for the Science and Culture Educational Foundation as the Head of Art. Over this time he also looked after the editorial department, overseeing all publications of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research.

From 1981 until 1995 Rafael ran his own Graphic design business. Because of his wide abilities Rafael had a multitude of clients that provided a very broad spectrum of work. With the advancements of digital techniques Rafael was quick to realize the advantages and in 1985 he became one of the pioneers of applying digital technology into graphic design.

The Argentinean High Court recognized Rafael's knowledge of art and from time to time he was called upon to act as an expert witness for art forgery cases. In 1982, Rafael helped set up the Association of Argentinean Graphic Designers, this role defined a graphic designer's job profile and the Association still exists today.

In 1995, Rafael moved back to Uruguay with his family, setting up a new studio in Montevideo. He continued painting and designing in Uruguay until he migrated to New Zealand in 2003 to be near his daughters.

These days Rafael will be found working hard inside his home studio in New Plymouth. Chances are he will be busy painting with oil on canvas with his iPod providing him with hours of classical music and jazz.

Rafael's explanation about his political or environmental artwork:

"I don't stop with the pleasure of aesthetics I like to make a statement on the concept of defending ecology. I'm not conveying propaganda I just want a clear example about what we all have to face up to."

Rafael explained why he started painting New Zealand birds:

"Back when I first arrived in New Zealand in 2003 I soon became aware of the amazing birds we all share this land with. I have always enjoyed walking and my interest in this genre developed as a consequence really. Observing the birds and understanding their typical postures, characters and learning about their preferred foliage all helped me settle into my new homeland. The more I saw the more I wanted to see, walking in the Hunua Ranges or visiting Tiritiri Matangi island sanctuary and so many other places is important for me. My bird paintings are really a plea in favour of nature."

 

Select Mentions

2005 Finalist at Portage Ceramic Awards

2006 1st Popular Choice Award at Franklin Art Festival

2007 2nd at Pumphouse Art Awards

2007 1st Popular Choice Award at Franklin Art Festival

2007 Merit Award for Miniature Painting at Franklin Art Festival

2008 Finalist at New Zealand Painting and Printmaker Awards

2011 1st for Miniature Painting at Franklin Art Festival

2011 1st for Oil Painting at Franklin Art Festival

2011 1st Popular Choice Award at Franklin Art Festival

Anomy III - Oil on canvas 530 x 630 mm
Tango II - Oil on canvas 700 x 700 mm
Machinic Anomy II - Oil on canvas 880 x 1080 mm
Circe - Oil on canvas 1000 x 680 mm

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Jae Young Park

Born in: 1973, South Korea
Lives in: Seoul, South Korea
Describe your art in three words: Wool. Warmth. Healing
Education: Master's degree in Western Painting, Chung-Ang University Graduate School,
Bachelor of Arts in Western Painting, Chung-Ang University
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Woolscape: Sweet Imagination - Oil painting on canvas, 72.7 cm x 53 cm

"I paint on canvas as if I were writing a diary every day. He reinterprets images from a unique point of view and continues to pursue new possibilities of 'paintings that are not paintings'. We look at modern society with a positive and warm gaze."

What themes does your work involve?
Like a sweater made by weaving each strand of wool, the society we live in is made up of seemingly meaningless individuals who gather to play small roles to make a larger society. The uniquely created ‘Woolscape’ image shows a figurative aspect of life in modern society. Furthermore, the symbolic meaning of life has been extended to small objects that are easily overlooked, and the unfamiliarity and warmth felt through the process of changing the material properties of objects contain metaphors and healing of life.
Describe your creative process.
I uses wool (thread strands) as a symbolic form of life. The shape of the strands of wool is not outlined or filled with color, and mostly consists of repetitive combinations of lines and overlaps to take on a knotted structure. strand of wool+ strand of wool gradually appear as images of knits or objects, and the images that arise as the wools are repeatedly arranged or unwound and knotted are expressed through a drawing process that weaves the parts of life that pass easily as if knitting one by one. The work process is delicately expressed by repeating ‘repetition of lines + glazing technique + blending technique’ more than 6 to 7 times~ This is a work that requires time and patience.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Scenes of trivial everyday objects and memories.
What is the role of the artist today?
Communication with the public through works that reveal the authenticity of the artist himself.
Woolscape: Sunrise - Oil painting on canvas, 72.7 cm x 50 cm
Woolscape: Capsule 1 - Oil painting on canvas, 27 cm x 35 cm
Woolscape: Yolk(core) - Oil painting on canvas, 65 cm x 91 cm
Woolscape: Purify - Oil painting on canvas, 116.8 cm x 91 cm

 


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Eberhard Marx

Born in: 1951, Germany
Lives in: Germany
Describe your art in three words: Changing reality imaginatively
Education: University of Applied Arts Heiligendamm (1983 to 1986, graduated as Dipl. Designer FH), University of Art and Design Halle/Burg Giebichenstein (1987 to 1992, graduated as Dipl. Designer)
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Source nymph - Oil on canvas 50 x 60 cm 2300€

"Early on, I was fascinated by the old masters and the Romantics. The precision of the depictions, the painterly mastery and the wealth of ideas. These unconditional prerequisites for their work had cast a spell over me. Deep artistic feeling and high quality craftsmanship are for me the standard for successful art."

What themes does your work involve?
My work covers all the themes of our human society.
Describe your creative process.
As soon as I am captivated by a subject, a landscape, a building or whatever, I gather information and make sketches for my next painting.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Because I am a curious and inquisitive person, I am interested in many things about our human existence. Starting with history, through the present and into the future..
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
That is difficult to answer and very individual. Depending on education and interest, art is perceived very differently. Good art must touch and embrace people sensually. A work of art is great when it touches a great many people and its effect is consistent over centuries. Independent of fashions and social developments.
What is the role of the artist today?
Today, being an artist no longer means only being a "craftsman". However, an artist should never forget that mastering the "craft" is part of good art! Being an artist means using the additional freedom of vision of the world that he possesses through his talent to bring his very own view of the world to other people.
Roman apple factory - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm 2300€
Nordic Apple Peeler - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm 2300€
Water Musical Fountain of Youth - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm 2300€
Bloodmoon - Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm 2300€

 


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