Scott Wixon

"Color has always been extremely important to me and is one of the defining elements of my work. Over the years I have developed a personal vocabulary of shapes and gestured markings. The recognizable imagery I use has enhanced the development of my abstract forms."

No Time to Waste - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 21.5 x 29.2 cm

American Artist, Scott Wixon holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale Universtiy, New Haven CT and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston, MA. He grew up on Cape Cod and has travelled extensively.

 

Select Collections

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Citibank International

The Prudential Insurance Company

Best Products Company, Inc.

Numerous private collection

 

Museum Exhibitions

1996 Evanston Art Center Evanston, IL, Butterfly Idol and Recent Works

1978 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY, Young American Artist: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition

1972 Boston Museum Of Fine Arts Boston, MA, Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Elements of Art

 

Selected Gallery Exhibitions

2020 Abstractions / Metaphors, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

2019 Persistence, Vision And Passion = Longevity, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2018 Far & Wide National Exhibition, Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY, Winner of the Nicholas Buhalis Award

2018 NYC Phoenix Art Collective @ Lazy Susan Gallery, New York, NY

2018 Sideshow Gallery,The Greatest Show On Earth: Sideshow Nation VI

2017 Lichtundfire, New York, NY, Past as Prologue or the Effects of Modernism on Contemporary Art

2016 TOAST Art Fair Japan, Osaka

2008- 2016 TOAST, New York, NY

2002 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY, Recent Paintings

1998 80 Washington Square East Gallery New York, NY, Small Works

1977-1980 Touchstone Gallery New York, NY, Recent Paintings; Color and Surface; Season Previews;

New Works I and II; New Talent

1977 The New Gallery Troy, NY, Drawings

 

Residencies

Cill Rialaig Project,  Ballinskelligs, Ireland, July 2017

Foundation OBRAS, Portugal, October 2018, October 2019

Trandsending the Grid - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 44.74 x 53 cm
Fun at the Beach - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 50 x 60 cm
Spoke and Hub - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 45.72 x 54.61 cm
Red Rooster - Watercolor and Colored Pencil 55.56 x 75.25 cm

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George P. Forgie

"At an early age, my path was chosen to be an Artist. Visually and intellectually driven, my imagination took me through intervals of development. Realism was pursued on canvas. For my writings and drawings, Surrealism was chosen. I compete with myself though inspiration."

55F) Horizon “Temple” - Oil on canvas 36 x 36 in.

Professional Canadian Artist for over 50 years creating works in oils, drawings, sculpture and photography, George P. Forgie has been represented in galleries across Canada. Forgie graduated from Central Tech SSGD, Ryerson Teachers College with a Teaching Certification and Fine Arts – York University. 

"I am constantly reinventing myself – so many languages, disciplines to explore, and plug into, in order to report what I see, feel, absorb; so many stages of my growth – periods of transition, each one had to be; each happened overnight, so to speak. 

I never wished to remain with a comfortable style (language) to rest my head upon. Throughout my creative years, l have tasted a variety of subject matters yet remained primarily with the landscape and the ever-changing elements of the human figure. At present, working on a series of large pen and ink drawings under the title of 'My Absurd World'."

(377H) East Coast Song - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 in.
(281H) Dream Retreat - Oil on canvas 20 x 24 in.
50G) L’Innocenza - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
(277H) The Sea Welcomes Me Forward - Oil on canvas 24 x 30 in.

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Iva Troj

Born in: Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Swedish National)

Lives in: Brighton, United Kingdom

Media: Painting, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Ever-changing, breaking, building

See More Work:  www.ivatroj.com

Sorry To See You Go - Oil on canvas 130 x 58 cm

"As a child, I was taught to question one-dimensional narratives, which grew from a survival technique to a technology of the artistic self. That is probably why I often focus on the normalization of dysfunctional discourses, from the victimization of the female gender to religious dogma and racism."

What themes does your work involve?
The underlying stories, especially the conflicts, are much more interesting to me than mere portraiture. I want to know what’s going on, which is why I have always been interested in research. When I went back to university for a second BA and a Master's, I chose software design, philosophy, and cognitive science rather than fine art, because science fascinates me. My themes are almost always about taking things apart and putting them back together and for that you need to look outside yourself.
Describe your creative process.
I sketch a lot before starting a piece. It's an ongoing thing. The painting technique I mostly use resembles the Flemish method of layering thin veneers of paint between layers of varnish. I am no fan of white canvases so I often prepare my canvases in advance either using pastels and ink or just diluted acrylics. After the underpainting is done I paint a lighter layer with acrylics and finish with a couple of thicker layers using oils, occasionally acrylics, and sometimes gold leaf and ink.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Traditional elements are central to my body of work. It’s not a need to keep the style ”traditional”, but the way I speak. I grew up in a communist country. We sang songs about machines' superiority to man and praised modernity while destroying nature and killing creativity and the human spirit with it. At the same time, my summers were spent in the mountains with my grandmother who had hanging gardens, thousand stories and no TV. My head is full of dichotomies. Art is how I make sense of it all.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
There are two inseparable aspects of the art process that really need to coexist and function together - ideology and skill. Ideology without skill is silly and skill without ideology is empty. The day you find a way to get those two working as a whole is the day you become an artist. And I'm allergic to self-indulgent art. Do we really need one more artist who is only looking to himself for answers? We have a patriarchy to dismantle and a world to save. You can't do that looking at your navel.
What is the role of the artist today?
What is the role of the human today? There is a saying in my family: "If you don't have food on your table, you have one problem. If you have food on your table, you have thousand problems." Artists should be our culture's caretakers and not self-serving, standing on the top of the hill looking down monarchs. We have to stop following the cult of the individual s.c. "genius". It's the ecology of talent that raises us so we need to nurture it. The art industry has killed most of it already.
The Last Swan Oil on canvas 53 x 71 cm
As I Stand So Sad - Oil on canvas 53 x 80 cm
What Gives - Oil on canvas

 


Iva Troj received the 2nd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Year 2019 Contest. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


Lukáš KÁNDL

Born in: 1944, Czech Republic

Lives in: France

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 3 words: Magic Fantastic Strange

See More Work:  www.kandl.net - www.libelluleart.com

Avida Dollar - Oil on canvas 100 x 230 cm

"I like to think that in another life, I was yet living in Prague, as somebody in charge of Rudolf II’s fabulous collection in which you could find, for example, astrological tools, potions to make gold, the philosophical stone, impenetrable manuscripts full of VITRIOL formula."

What themes does your work involve?
My art includes esoteric and erotic subjects, sensuality, poetry and sometimes an anecdote or even black humor. I also love animal art and to pay tribute to people I admire.
Describe your creative process.
Inspiration comes to me fairly easily. I feel as if ideas were stored in a large spiritual library, with an endless number of books and subjects. I just need to take a stroll in my library, stretch out my hand, and let the composition of my painting appear before me, both magically and very naturally. I always work on only one painting. I choose the format of the canvas according to the size of the main elements I will need. I like to draw things in real size.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I am influenced by the Old Masters. I am more especially inspired by themes in the domain of esotericism, poetry, literature, or biblical. I make art because I have the technique and skill for this artistic expression and I love it. I always did it. My father was an artist and I started specialized art school four years before the baccalaureate.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
As I said before, I admire the Old Masters. For me, the technique must be perfectly mastered. It must not be an obstacle to the imagination of the artist but must accompany positively his inspiration. His personal style must be easily recognized by the public.
What is the role of the artist today?
What is the most important to me is to offer paintings in front of which the spectator will take time to sit down, to enter in harmony with the painting, and then have his own walk, as an awaken dream, giving him, even for a short time, a rare and unusual feeling. My dream: that supernatural, strange, sublime and magic, would take more and more space in our lives and that beauty and spirituality would become a life's belief.
Gold Notre Dame, Phoenix Rebirth - Oil on canvas 195 x 130 cm
One Pearl per day for Judith (tribute to Caravaggio) - Oil on canvas 195 x 130 cm
The Lion in Love - Oil on canvas 195 x 130 cm - Tribute to La Fontaine Book IV fable 1
Lohengrin, My Beloved Swan - Oil on canvas - 195 x 130 cm

 


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Emiko Aida

Born in: Tokyo, Japan

Lives in: London, UK

Media: Painting, Mixed media, Printmaking

Describe your work in 3 words: Prayer at Gates

See More Work:  www.aidastudios.com - www.instagram.com/aidaemiko

Sinfonietta - Rising, Mixed media 120 x 160 x 5 cm

"So many fantastic inspirations come to me from Art, Nature, Spirituality and Science. I can see shapes in Music, rhythms in Nature, colours in Spirituality and vibration in Science. I am just trying to be a good receiver and explicate them into my art. Gautama Buddha, Nikola Tesla are my imaginary masters."

"Our consciences is like an artist, painting every phenomenon into being."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

What themes does your work involve?

There are current trends like New Age, the 5th Dimension, Light worker, Ascension, Quantum field and so on. My themes point to the higher consciousness, trying to make my work as a gate, a prayer’s gate on a way to understanding this consciousness. ‘Religious' work could be a negative word in contemporary art. Instead, ‘Spiritual’ work is now taken positively in art and society. I hope my work is contributing somehow to this positivity.

Describe your creative process.
Ideas come to me suddenly while taking a shower, looking at Instagram, walking home from my studio, sleeping in bed and so on. I draw these ideas in my small notebook. When the idea is repeating in my head many times, I will decide to make it into a tangible image. In most cases, I use images stored in my computer, which are photos of my ancestors and myself. I work on these images, reshaping and reconstructing them, through the mediums of Etching and Painting. The finished work is a point of no more adding and taking out.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Why do I make art? Because I need it to live. I am losing my self-esteem and even reason to live, if I am not able to produce art. As some saying, one can choose own partner, but job chooses one.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art, in my opinion, widens the space in one’s mind, virtually lifting one’s existence to a higher abstract dimension.
What is the role of the artist today?
Humanity is facing new changes and challenges in the contemporary world. Its cosmological scale is something we’ve never experienced before. Climate change, financial crisis, pandemics, etc. What can artists do to make a better world in these changing times? We are witnesses of this world having voices and tools to explain. We need to understand our inner Nature and relationship to this world. This is a deeper connection. Through this process, we can produce work in which the viewer can see their own world as well. In other words, artists can give people opportunities to see the true Nature of the Universe. I think this is a job for artists and I feel very thankful to be a part of this.


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Ren Jianhui

Born in: 1956, ChenDu China

Lives in: Singapore

Media: Painting, Mixed media, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Semi-realistic, Pure, Unsystematic

See More Work:  http://renjianhui.com

Lovers 1 - Oil 167 x 198 cm

"I believe in the power of visual images to convey aspects of the contemporary world, and universal themes such as those of life, existence, and death. My "Time Traveller" series highlights how one can appreciate human nature and everyday life. Art is not merely about technique and style, but these are secondary elements serving the bigger function of art in sensitizing us to the human experience."

What themes does your work involve?

Life, death and human existence.
Loneliness.
The spiritual world.
The mimicking of reality with realism.

Describe your creative process.
After exploring different styles and various media for more than two decades, I finally settled with oil painting. My emotions can be better expressed with a wider selection of colours and brushstrokes. Through semi-realism, I can show new-found energy in modern oil painting, which includes the combination of modernity and primitivism. With unique methods of processing the paint, I'm exploring the optimum way to treat background and foreground separately on canvas, while producing a perfectly complementary effect. I draw ideas from everyday life and nature. The desire to free ourselves from the complexity and rapidly changing nature of society – to find our inner peace, achieve spiritual independence and feel our own existence. I also work in series.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I’m inspired by the complexity and perishability of life; by the ever-changing yet eternal nature of its many aspects, including the relationship between man and nature, inter-personal relations and the meaning of life and death. The “simulation” that I seek to embody in my semi-realistic art, as well as my exploration of the interaction between modernism and primitivism, highlight the constant development and evolution of individuals and societies in response to external changes and reveal many truths about human existence.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art should encompass unique style, creativity and good technique.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist today is not only to deliver good technique but also to have his/her works enlighten the viewer in seeing things that are not actually seen, beyond the primary stage of ‘seeing things as they are’. This involves a higher level of understanding and enlightenment that transcends reality.


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Jolanda Richter

Born in: 1971, The Netherlands

Lives in: Lower Austria

Media: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking

Describe your work in 3 words: Always be authentic

See More Work:  www.jolanda.at

And All Darkness Faded I -
Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

"I would describe my style as autonomic and figurative. I feel a strong affinity to the "old masters artists", particularly when it comes to symbolism and the visionary art. My art can be interpreted as katathym imaginative pictorial creations. The source of my work can be traced back to my childhood, to mental scars and fears, but also to my desires, dreams and hopes."

What themes does your work involve?
I often use poetical elements and ethereal figures in my artwork. Figures are often flying and floating, they are weightless and totally detached from the apparent linear reality. My paintings are an open system for the viewer. When I present my work the viewer is asked to reflect on his or her own emotions.
Describe your creative process.
The ideas for my paintings develop from a complex inner process. Psychology is one key for decoding my artwork because I deal a lot with psychological subjects. These influences result in a specific picture in my head. After that, I "only" have to paint these images in an appropriate way. But of course, there are many other steps in between. For example, I find it of great importance to interact closely with my models in order to express my ideas by means of their body language and mimic.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Involving psychology, philosophy, literature, and the various media are influences that come to resonate with my inner world. My paintings are part of myself, completely and authentically, Music is also a very important part of my life and my art, I studied Violoncello first, before studying visual arts. So art is the only way to express myself.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
This is a question you shouldn't ask because these days there is no appropriate answer. But for me, there is always one question: does this artwork just entertain you or does it elevate you? For me, good art has to elevate viewers. Otherwise, it has no relevance ... at least for me.
What is the role of the artist today?
I can only talk about myself. So for me the role of an artist today should be that artworks open new ways of thinking to viewers in all aspects of life. And not just to provoke people to be part of media and art market.


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Mathieu Nozieres

Born in: 1988, France

Lives in: Grenoble, France

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 3 words: Light, Heavy, United

See More Work:  www.mathieunozieres.com

Boy On Horse - Acrylic on canvas 180 x 200 cm

"My themes develop around the interest I have for mankind, nature and all the forms of life and non-life that surround us. Trying to bring all of this diversity together is one of the keystones of my work."

What themes does your work involve?
The subjects often present protagonists accompanied by a horse or a bird, symbol of a certain strength and freedom that each of us tries to reach. Each painting brings together many opposing forces that can battle in us: Lightness and heaviness, impulse and restraint, fast and slow, active and passive, ephemeral and permanent. Nature is also present in my compositions, reminding us of where we come from and ultimately where we will return.
Describe your creative process.
A new series is generally associated with a new reflection on a certain question. The process is like a puzzle, each painting contributing to the final answer. Technically speaking I work in a traditional way: First a drawing and then a painting. A work is finished when what I add damages the image instead of embellishing it. Time to stop!
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work is influenced by both French masters E. Delacroix and T. Géricault. The power of their work often stimulates my own resources. The more I learn to paint, the more I learn to live. And vice versa. This close bond that I feel between painting and life is probably the reason why I make art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
It is hard to define what is good or bad in art and in life in general. I guess that as long as the artist strives to make this world a more egalitarian, empathetic and peaceful place that’s fine. We should not forget that art is here to help at least one person, the artist himself or the viewer. If this is achieved I guess it can be considered a useful piece of art, which is great!
What is the role of the artist today?
From my point of view: The role of an artist, whether of today or yesterday, is probably the same as for any other human being: To evolve and develop his/her full potential. By doing this our practice (whatever the field) could be elevated to the rank of Art. Each human being has the responsibility of an artist and each artist has the responsibility of a human being.


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