Carolyn Adams

"For years I have studied and experimented with the Imprimatura technique of the Old Masters. As an artist, I am concerned with the concepts of space and its relationship to the extremities of chiaroscuro and color intensity. I use this technique to achieve the desired results in my artwork."

Enlightenment - Oil on canvas 22 x 28 in.

American artist, Carolyn Adams graduated from the Southeastern Louisiana University and then began a career in advertising but also worked in other fields. She finally decided to fully dedicate her time and energy to fine art, consequently moving to Europe where she lived and painted for 20 years. Exposure to European culture "has had a tremendous influence on my life and work as an artist."

While living in Europe, Carolyn Adams had several solo exhibits and participated in a number of group shows. Upon returning to the United States she was unable to financially survive as an artist which led her to return to work and only paint when she had the time and inspiration.

Apple Composition Study # 1 - Oil on canvas 22 x 28 in.

In her own words: "Upon retiring, I once again fully devoted myself to art. There has been a long period of time between past exhibitions and my present achievements. However, I feel my artwork now reflects my growth as an artist as I continue my career.

I feel that my age should not be a deterrent. I'm strong and healthy and I paint every day. I usually work on a series of 10 paintings at a time. First building up each painting, and then completing them with a glazing process (10 to 20 layers) I've developed over the years I apply this process to both my oil and acrylic paintings. Recently I have been working more in acrylics and exploring this medium's possibilities. 

As an artist, I strive to find a statement of harmony and awareness. I am always searching for integrity in my art as I seek a balance between craftsmanship and spirituality."

The Way - Acrylic on canvas 23 x 27 in.
Traveler - Acrylic on canvas 12 x 13 in.
Still Life With Apple - Oil on canvas 20 x 28 in.
Apple Composition Study # 2 - Oil on canvas 24 x 27 in.
Oracle - Acrylic on canvas 23 x 28 in.
Voyager - Oil on canvas 26 x 28 in.
Reflections - Oil on canvas 24 x 28 in.
Still Life With Vase - Oil on canvas 26 x 26 in.

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Francesca O’Malley

"The ethos of our times is bound up with technology which affects us on a daily basis. The reach of technology, our connection to other realities through screens and the internet effects our perceptions. Advances in tech and science make this moment unlike any other time in history."

Devil Trails - Acrylic on canvas 18 x 27 in.

"Growing up in New York was a real benefit. I attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School as a child, and also studied piano into my twenties. I attended Pratt Institute and ultimately earned a Master's degree in painting. After my graduate studies were complete, I found myself in the publishing world, which was friendly to women. I designed books and finally earned my current title Art/Design Director. I am grateful for this experience and exposure to technological tools, and software, which now help me in making art. My marriage to a scientist has been the source of many interesting conversations concerning the nature of reality, the multiverse, and so on. These discussions help to inform my current work in which I explore space and dimension, light, symbol, and the human figure, often placing these things in contradiction to each other. I tend to work in series and often use images appropriated from NASA or satellite maps reconstituted as backgrounds—sometimes chosen for their beauty, or just as random geographic locations. We can be virtually anywhere thanks to technology. Graphic or typographic glyphs are also incorporated at times, adding another layer of interest and meaning."

Madagascar NE - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 24 in.
Hellas Planitia - Acrylic on canvas 18 x 27 in.
Wyoming NW - Acrylic on canvas 16 x 24 in.
Draa - Acrylic on canvas 18 x 27 in.

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Ken Beckles

"I am an abstract painter and I am also a photographer. I started off as a photographer and gradually moved onto painting. I now work in both forms which keeps them fresh and exciting."

The Fool On The Hill - Acrylic paint/Plexiglas 62 x 28 in.

"The best way to describe my art is to say that it is totally abstract, with large areas of varied colors that are sometimes splashed or solid and very linear in nature. The shapes are very unusual and the colors at times are also unusual. There are also some very hard edges, sometimes there are circles and sometimes there are small paintings within the paintings. My approach to doing the paintings also varies in that sometimes I work from drawings done to scale and then at times I draw directly on the surface because the concept is so clear that I can go directly to executing it. I have a continuing flood of ideas that I am constantly tapping into and as I do more paintings the greater the flow of ideas. I also work in multiple styles that each lead to a series of paintings and every now and then one of those paintings opens another door leading to a whole new series of paintings. The paintings seem to have a mystic power of their own and they seem to capture a flash of emotion and freeze it in time like a camera does but since they take longer to complete they cover a greater range of emotions. The paintings can best be described as abstract color jewels that have fallen from the cosmos like comets or shooting stars."

Seven Deadly Sins - Acrylic paint/Wood 90 x 51 in.
Horned Pygmies - Acrylic paint/Wood 72 x 38 in.
Diabolique - Acrylic paint/Canvas 84 x 54 in.
Afrosteampunk - Acrylic paint/Plexiglas 54 x 22 in.

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JIYOUNG KIM

Born in: 1996, South Korea

Lives in: Seoul, Korea

Media: Textile Arts

Describe your work in 3 words: Structural, Experimental, time

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Piece Together - Fabric yarn, Wool, Felt, Acrylic yarn, Bolts, Nuts 220 x 160 x 15 cm

"When making art pieces, I pick materials not only by considering the suitability of theme but also by agonizing with hours of experiments and research. Moreover, I think of ways that could lead the pieces to take up space rather than remaining flat. I tried to add the concept of solidity in the established flat surface of tapestry, so that I could emphasize ‘Objective Effect’."

What themes does your work involve?
I compared the completeness of the day and the period to a puzzle using formative elements. I expressed the psychological comfort and relief that I feel on my way home from my busy life and abstract and structured formative constructs. I tried to make a completed structure as one piece of peace was compared to my ‘day’ and my shape was matched like a puzzle and this gathered. Different shapes and sizes showed that each day is always different and new. After the primary tapestry work, the tapestry of the architectural structure was completed by adding 3 dimensional and linear elements using the off-loom coiling technique. It showed design and structural forms by giving different heights and three-dimensionality of all the different color planes due to the volume and texture of the thread.
Describe your creative process.
In 'Piece Together,' we produced a result that can go beyond a flat work through basic molding elements such as lines and faces to three dimensions. By substituting various colors and expressing the contrast between colors, we created an idea sketch to show the color and a texture sample to show the three-dimensional effect, and specifically composed the details of the work. The motif of the night view taken on the way home is expressed in various colors and abstract forms. In order to record these moments as a work, abstract work was performed using geometric shapes after photographing. I think that the planning and sampling I made before entering the work are also important processes, and it is the beginning of the work from this moment.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
It’s hard to deny that the difficult part of making artwork is to aim at an in-depth approach and analyze ‘The relationship between Textile’s Formativeness and Intention of the Expression’ based on research and experiment of multilateral material rather than focusing only on technique. Analyzing the ‘Diverse possibility of material expression’ and ‘What can be the most efficient way to express intended meaning in pieces’ in terms of diverse perspectives is becoming the new paradigm. It’s never easy to make artwork, but if the plans for my art progress following my own extent, it is relatively convenient to make the outgrowth. And I think the ultimate output when I finish my artwork is feeling the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction particularly based on ‘Agony' and 'Attempt'.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?

Recently, the tendency of art is mixed genres and ambiguous division. Following ‘Post-modernism’, the current art field is denying standardized and rigid structure, and trying to reach new styles different from the old paradigm. Moreover, attempts to ‘Decategorization’ and ‘Getting out from the textural interpretation of scriptures’ are increasing, which leads to experimental attempts with a variety of materials in different perspectives. This shows that ‘Fusion Art’ is the rising star in the modern society of art.

I think that it is important to become the opportunity for new possibilities of beauty and the soul of plastic experimentalists regardless of particularly structured genres. Therefore, these attempts ultimately led us to step up for the field of ‘Total Art’ and then 'Good Art'.

What is the role of the artist today?
I would like to be an artist who communicates my thoughts and beliefs with the world through my own artistic sense. I strongly believe that the most prestigious factor to appeal one’s own pieces are to attach new media and methods that change the paradigm of fixed thoughts and expression in art. For example, understanding customary acts or connotative meaning in culture would be ‘new’ to those who are not from this own country nor living on this earth. Because for those who are not used to that particular atmosphere or hard to understand that particular context, the approach to understanding this particular theme would be interpreted as ‘New attempt’ or ‘Challenge’, which would lead to higher engagement in art pieces.

 


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Jesse A. Nusbaum

"I strive to replicate the actual subject. Utilizing micro-detail encourages a more intimate, close-up interaction. I want my viewers to feel like they experienced a face-to-face encounter with the actual animal."

BLACK PANTHER - Clay form-will be bronzed after castings are finished soon 7 x 6 x 22 in.

Growing up in Connecticut as a gifted athlete, most people knew about Jesse Nusbaum’s athletic prowess but not his artistic talents. Nusbaum was an All-State baseball player and recruited by many colleges to play baseball. He attended Muhlenberg College as a political science major, intending to become a lawyer, but after briefly attending law school, chose to pursue his passion as an artist. He received a B.A. in Fine Art's from Muhlenberg in 2013.

At just 30 years of age, Mr. Nusbaum has received multiple awards and accolades for his art, specializing in sculpting bronze animals. In 2017, he was selected as one of the youngest artists inducted into the Silvermine Guild of Artists. In 2019, he was selected as a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. He has been featured in Contemporary Art Curator Magazine’s "100 Artists of the Future," World Wide Art Books’ "Important World Artists", and "International Contemporary Masters." At the age of 28, he was nominated by Connecticut Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes 40 high achievers under 40 years of age in multiple walks of life—from professional athletes, politicians, writers, and others who have made their mark in the State of Connecticut.

Nusbaum has been showcased three times at Art Basel in Miami. In 2018, his work was on display at the prestigious Red Dot Miami venue at Art Basel, where he and his gallery, Zenith Art and Fashion, were honored with multiple awards. 

Recently, Nusbaum was selected to be published in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America,” The 2020 Edition. Soon after, Nusbaum was selected to MorningStar’s “Top 101 Professionals of 2020.”

Notably, two of Mr. Nusbaum’s Husky busts (the mascot of the University of Connecticut) were presented to the Women’s Head Coach and the Men’s Head Coach in 2014, in honor of their twin national basketball championships.

Nusbaum has sold many of his sculptures to private collectors in the United States and internationally.

BRONZE GERMAN SHEPHERD - 100% Hot Cast Bronze 17 x 17 x 18 in.
BRONZE SPANISH FIGHTING BULL - 100% Hot Cast Bronze 21 x 30 x 19 in.
BRONZE AFRICAN RHINO - 100% Hot Cast Bronze 6 x 5 x 8 in.
BRONZE AMERICAN BEAR - 100% Hot Cast Bronze 11 x 13 x 21 in.

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Roland Reinert

"My intention in my art is to paint and compose out of my imagination in order to express my thoughts and my view of the world and the human existence."

Reflections - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 50 cm

Swiss painter, Roland Reinert was born in 1951 and has had solo shows in his native country and group participation in Italy, Paris, Denmark. He has been published in a variety of international art magazines and books and was the recipient of the 2nd Prize in Artavita Contest selected for publication on the back cover of "Important World artists Vol.4"

 

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Best Modern and Contemporary Artist 2016

Best Modern and Contemporary Artist 2017

Best Artist of the Year 2019

The Island - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 90 cm
Illusion of Freedom - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm
The Ignorant and the Fool - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 80 cm
Blowin’ in the Wind - Acrylic on canvas 60 x 70 cm

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Tobbe Malm

“Everything I see and what I experience
Everything I hear, feel and touch
Even memories
I think a lot about what is happening in the world. The process in the workshop is like a channel for my thoughts, and I work without structure and have sketchpads laying around everywhere. I work intuitively and physically. I use my whole body, bend the iron and weld it together. I like to be fully present in my work.”

The Iron Roses, Memorial after July 22nd 2011 terror attack - 1000 iron roses

Tobbe Malm’s artistry draws its strength from his own emotions and his fondness for storytelling. The attentive artist combines reflections on the time we are living in with expressions from growing up in the mining industry’s Norberg in Sweden. He creates unique art that invites to curiosity and wonder.

Malm makes art for the private market and public arenas. He is happy to take on assignments.

Tobbe maintains his workshop at Bærums Verk, outside Oslo. Bærums Verk is old ironworks where the houses are now workshops, shops and galleries. He is also co-owner of Gallery SOOT.

Death comes to life - Forged iron and copper 220 x 50 x 30 cm
Jougdabergsfolket: “Symbiosis" - Forged iron and welded texture 120 x 20 x 15 cm
Jougdabergsfolket: "Challenged III" - Forged iron and welded texture 45 x 50 x 20 cm
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Jougdabergsfolket: "Challenged" - Forged iron and welded texture 80 x 25 x 20 cm

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Gia Strauss

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” - Frida Kahlo

"For me, Surrealism is the epitome of an artist's imagination, Surrealism is the intoxication of the unconscious mind."

Pancreatic Hysteria - Oil on canvas 20 x 26 cm

"Emotions speak another language; the expressions of emotions are understood in all languages. From political statements to personal interpretations. I speak with my art, I see with my heart and feel with my mind. I communicate through my heart, through my desires, through my dreams in a world where there are no rules. I am me. I am a modern Surrealist, I express through reality, to create a sur-reality.

Transcending the tedium of every day life, the authenticity of great works of art should command reaction. It should never be mundane and should always be thought-provoking. My artistic aims are to convey visually and with great sensitivity to the concerns of life today.

The nature of my work has sometimes been described as 'Illuministic', the gender of illusionism. It is perhaps an appropriate label in that the consummate objective of my work is to illuminate the important issues of today through the spectrum of a creative viewpoint and an evocative perspective of our times - an indelible portrayal of life during the second decade of the twenty-first century.

I portray different facets of myself in my films and paintings.

My artistic ability predominantly resides with films, art performance, paintings and piano compositions.”

Gia Strauss is a Swiss artist living in London, UK and currently a PhD student of Philosophy (Surrealism, time and moving image.)

Indiscreet Liaison - Oil on canvas 57 x 77 cm
Le Tre Grazie - Oil on canvas 65 x 90 cm
Injecting Rejection - Oil on canvas 56 x 71 cm
The Menagerie of Desire - Oil on canvas 42 x 52 cm

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Frank Boyle

"I'm inspired by the work of other artists, and I draw inspiration from the words of Gerhard Richter, an artist whose work I greatly admire. When asked in 1970 by Rolf Gunther Dienst why the majority of his most recent works were landscapes, Richter replied ”I felt like painting something beautiful”."

Florence Figure Study 4 - Oil on canvas 51 x 41 cm

Frank Boyle was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1960 and has been living in Australia since 1982.

A BFA graduate from the National Art School in Sydney in 2000, Frank has since had several successful solo exhibitions in Sydney and exhibited in many group shows.

Frank had predominantly been a landscape painter producing work inspired by his travels in Australia and Europe. However, while living and painting in India for a 12-month period in 2008/9, and inspired by the colours, culture and masses of people around him, Frank experimented with figure studies and has continued to develop figure paintings which have become an important part of his studio practice.

“My work tends to evolve out of long and deliberate observations of the world around me. I’m drawn to investigate situations that suggest a sense of mystery, isolation and solitude. I respond mainly to what I see and the feelings it evokes and if I’m happy with any work I produce then hopefully it can speak for itself."

Frank lives in The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Bathers - Oil on canvas 51 x 41 cm
Varanasi Dog Study 1 - Oil on canvas 61 x 51 cm
Rome Figure Study 3 - Oil on canvas 51 x 41 cm
Travellers 1 - Oil on canvas 76 x 61 cm

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Cheryl R Richardson

"There is absolutely no doubt colour and shape catch my attention to begin with. It can be ever so simple eg. 2 colours together that scream bliss to me or a landscape with a particular form. I begin with pencil sketches, watercolours then an acrylic painting. I spend a lot of time on preparation."

SUNLIT - Acrylic on canvas 23 x 29 cm

"After perfecting the disciplined art of Chinese Brush Painting over and beyond 30 years I felt a great need to break free of those restraints so 15 years ago I added acrylic to my repertoire. My practice consists of fine sketches, followed by little watercolours which then lead onto actual paintings. Having performed this exacting ritual time and time again I'm more than ready to just have fun with the painting itself basically from the imprint of all that has gone before. My brush is just an extension of what lies within as it dances and dots across the canvas. Colour and form just happen and slowly life starts to emerge from a blank canvas and eventually a finished product sits before me. So absorbed am I that I'm unaware of the process that has just occurred. The vision of mind is now a true reality no longer a dream. I have won 5 First Prizes in various competitions, 2 Highly Commendeds, 5 Commendeds, 1 Honourable Mention, and been a Finalist 11 times. I have been selected to exhibit at The Other Art Fair in Sydney on 3 occasions."

Cheryl R Richardson is an Australian artist living in Sydney.

PERFECT PALM PARADISE - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 60 cm
FIVE PALMS - Acrylic on canvas 45 x 61 cm
HIGHWAY TO HAPPINESS - Acrylic on canvas 61 x 91 cm
HARBOUR HEART - Acrylic on canvas 30 x 25 cm

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