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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Elizabeth Kingston

"My work is varied and I'm stimulated by my environment. This means I have moved around a great deal and find new places and people inspiring. I paint portraits as well as more abstract ideas. Motivated by an idea, at times conceptual otherwise motivated by the painting process."

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NDD Atd M.Art MFA (Research)

Tanya was born in Manchester, UK and spent her early years in Washington DC and Baltimore, USA. On scholarship she went on to study illustration and design at Goldsmiths’ London, and Kings College, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK. While raising her family, she worked as an illustrator from 1970-1987, and has been nominated for various Children’s Book awards.

Tanya was a resident artist at the NSW University Atelier of the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris from March to July 1997. She held her first solo show at Grace Brothers Gallery, Sydney in 1975, her fine art practice consists of large scale oil paintings and a couple of bronze sculptures. Her painting has developed around the study of the figure in space, both physical and psychological space. In the 2000’s she has exhibited in Paris, Belgium, and the USA, as well as Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth in Australia. Tanya holds a Master of Arts Degree and a Masters’ Research Degree (MFA) from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. In March 2001 Tanya was awarded a fellowship grant to the Vermont Studio Centre, USA, as an artist in residence, which allowed her work to explore spatial abstraction, with the figure as ‘vector’.

Tanya has been awarded several prestigious studio residencies from the Cite Internationale des Art in Paris to the Leighton Studios(Thom) at the well known Banff Centre for the Arts and Sciences, Alberta, Canada, and many other studio residencies in the US and Australia.

Tanya explored abstraction at Banff, in the form of large scale paintings depicting views of the Rocky mountains 38,000 ft above sea level. Tanya has been invited to work at a Port Phillip Artists’ studio, Melbourne and recently completed two years with Kingston Arts studios, Moorabbin, Melbourne. Currently represented by Circle Arts she was published in Spotlight Magazine.

Tanya currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.


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Laura Zilocchi

"For years I have been interested in historical research and folklore; this led me to research symbols and ancient alphabets. which I compose on canvas or on paper in many different ways. I admire several artists, such as Cy Twombly and Paul Klee."

Corrispondenza - Work on watercolor paper with acrylic color elements 63 x 64 cm

Italian artist, Laura Zilocchi was born in  Guastalla  and lives in Brescello, a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia famous for the films of Don Camillo and Peppone. From a young age, Laura showed interest and a love for art in all its forms. She has experimented over the years with a variety of media including collage, frottage, watercolor, oil and soft pastels.

"After painting the great river Po with its poplar groves for years, I started looking for ancient symbols that we find today used on both computers and cell phones. In recent years I have participated in important exhibitions in museums also abroad, palaces and institutions and my works are in important collections."

Rune - Acrylics on canvas 50 x 50 cm
C'è sempre un perché - Acrylic on watercolor paper 67 x 77 cm
Segni - Work on Bristol cardboard, acrylic colors, spray paint 72 x 73 cm
Quando all'improvviso...- Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Elena Dobrovolskaya

"First of all I would like to say I am a realist. That means I am drawing and painting a real objects and people around me. I really believe there is nothing more interesting in nature than a human face. That's why I am concentrated on portraiture during the last years."

Portrait of a young man, 2019 - Pastel on Canson paper 25 x 19 in.

Elena Dobrovolskaya is a Russian-born artist living in New York, USA. She started to paint in 2010 after taking a private lessons with the renowned artist Oleg Leonov, bright member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.

In 2012 Elena moved to the US. She is a member of the Artist Guild of Pushkin Society in America and International Art Alliance New York. Her artworks were exhibited at the galleries and private events in Greenwich CT, Philadelphia PA and at the Tenri Gallery in Manhattan NY. In April 2019 she was awarded the International Prize Velazquez (art critic’s award), the ceremony took place at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona.

Elena Dobrovolskaya presented her collection of portraits in oil and pastel at the prestigious and biggest American exhibition ArtExpo New York in April 2019. In June 2019 she participated at Mantova Art Expo in Italy where she was awarded the International Prize Artist of the Year 2019. In September 2019 with the Artifact gallery from New York she took part at the Monaco Yacht Show with attendance of His Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. In October 2019 Elena’s art was exhibited at the Salon Art Shopping in Paris with the PAKS gallery from Vienna. In November 2019 she participated at the gallery exhibitions in London and Lisbon.

Elena was awarded of International Prize Giotto (for stylistic value) during the exhibition and presentation of “Segnalati Art Book” curated by art critic Salvatore Russo at the Meeting Art gallery in Lisbon in November 2019. In introduction of her art he wrote: “Elena Dobrovolskaya’s painting is characterized by her high technical ability. A painting that does not go in search of pictorial hyperrealism, seeks the emotion that her works want to express instead.” Elena’s pastel portraits were also published in the “We Contemporary 2019” art volume in Italy by Musa Art Space in December 2019. Now Elena's art is featured in Contemporary Art Curator online magazine.

Portrait of Mona, 2017 - Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
DJ James, 2017 - Oil on canvas 30 x 24 in.
Portrait of a pianist, 2019 - Oil on canvas 48 x 36 in.
Modern Nephertiti, 2020 - Oil on canvas 36 x 24 in.

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Cristian Blei

"I want to paint an emotion, a dream, through lines, colors and shapes, to create something new, different and unique!"

Fantasmagoria - Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm

Romanian artist, Cristian Blei started drawing and painting at a very young age, fascinated by the power of colors and shapes like a magical thing. Coming from a family of visual artists, the plastic language became very familiar to him from an early age, later unambiguously determining his path to the artistic field.

Blei's work is inspired always by an idea, a state, a dream, becoming then a story that is revealed in a subtle and unpredictable form. Introspection is very important in this creative process as a means of revealing the inner chaos, understanding it and overcoming it. This process makes him travel an unknown itinerary for the beginning, caught in a game of duality between logic and emotion between known and unknown, in which the mystery has its role.

As a technique, Blei mainly use the oils in a succession of fine color layers and use any pleasant accident of the colors on the canvas integrating it as part of the shapes game.

His style was strongly influenced by classical and also modern painting, as well as by the surrealist current that explores the idea of dreams and initiates the imagination as a total means of expression.

"I want to paint an emotion, a dream, through lines, colors and shapes, to create something new, different and unique!"

The Pearl - Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm
My Blue World - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
The Initiation - Oil on canvas 65 x 80 cm
Believe in Magic - Oil on canvas 85 x 100 cm

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Nathan Neufeld

Born in: 1992, United States

Lives in: Kansas City, Kansas

Media: Sculpture, Digital Media, Performance, Installation, Mixed media, Ceramics, Jewelry

Describe your work in 3 words: Exploration - Discovery - Interaction

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Monolith

"Much of my work stems from a passion for exploration. Like the author of a book you can't put down, I strive to share this sense of exploration, discovery, and revelation with to viewer and user."

First and foremost a big Thank you to Circle foundation for continuing to provide these opportunities. I am honored to receive first place for this Artist of the Month competition.

One of the more exciting future projects I am working towards at the moment is the invention of a process. The process has 2 major parts, one a software that generates and develops ceramic formulations for clay bodies and surface treatments, such as glazes. The second is a robotic system that takes those recipes and distributes the necessary ingredients and amounts for each formulation from miniature silos. The first body of work I am envisioning to result from this process is a series of modular geometries that can come together in three dimensions, each module made of their own unique recipe. These would come together in formations that would echo the relationships between the recipes. For example, imagine the structure of a  spider web. From a central formulation -- we have hundreds of strains branching out, all related in diminishing degrees to their neighbors. Now imagine this in three dimensions.

Much of my work stems from a passion for exploration. Like the author of a book you can't put down, I strive to share this sense of exploration, discovery, and revelation with to viewer and user.

 

To join me in my Odyssey, check out NathanNeufeld.com and follow me on Instagram @neufelddesign. 

Onwards and upwards.

Cube
Rotate
Queen Bee Teaset
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Monarch Chandelier

 


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Isis Hockenos

Born in: 1986, California, United States

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Media: Painting, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Narrative, Colorful, Figurative

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Look, I Got You Something - India Ink, Gouache and Colored Pencil on Paper 12 x 9 in. 2018

"I explore ideas of shape-shifting, transformation, masks and identity. Through vibrant visual narrative, sometimes parabolic, other times more abstruse, I take my experiences and surroundings and weave them into a personal mythology; a canon of stories that has been developing throughout my life and that I employ to better understand the world around me."

What themes does your work involve?
Mythology, human relationships, storytelling.
Describe your creative process.
I begin with a form, typically human, often from a photo I’ve taken or an amalgamation of photos. I rework this form until it has departed completely from the original source image and has taken on a life of its own. From here I compose my painting based on what I’ve been reading and thinking about lately. I typically work on 2-3 oil paintings at a time. While the paintings are in progress I make smaller works on paper using India ink, gouache and colored pencil (as seen here). These smaller, quicker works inform the larger paintings and visa versa. I know a piece is complete when I mix a color, approach the canvas (or paper) and the painting asks for nothing; it no longer needs me and can stand alone in the world.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I have always been influenced by storytelling, mythology and illustration. Recently, I have been looking at a lot of Max Beckmann and R.B. Kitaj and more contemporary artists like Peter Doig and Natalie Frank. Both of my parents were artists and I was educated in the Waldorf curriculum so art has been integrated into my life since birth. It was one of the languages I was raised to communicate with.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?

There is good art and there is successful art. The distinction, I believe, is that good art is subjective while successful art is objective. Considering a piece of art to be “good” is based on personal and aesthetic preference. A work is successful if the piece effectively communicates the intentions of the artist.

What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist today is to maintain visual language. By doing so we maintain diversity of communication, which is a critical part of shaping an empathetic world. It is impossible for a person to see everything at once. The artist distills the overwhelming experience of existing down to a human scale.
Naked Work Party - India Ink, Gouache and Colored Pencil on Paper, 12 x 9 in., 2018

 


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Gerhard Petzl

"My artworks are a crossover of different styles, shapes and media but influenced by nature, different cultures and continents. My style can be described as abstract, elegant and timeless. As I have lived on 4 continents, I am the personification of a globalized human being."

The Chocolate Table, Hong Kong Project - 5 x 1,2 x 1,2 m

Born in Austria and currently living in Switzerland, Gerhard Petzl is a trained Master Pastry Chef and Master Chocolatier for 25 years now. In 2003 he decided to study Art and Design and completed a Master's.

"Afterwards, I continued my search for sculptural expressions successfully, mainly in chocolate with projects in New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Vienna and other cities and was even awarded 'Master Chocolatier of the Year' in 2017 in NY, USA. Crazy projects like the "World's tallest Chocolate Santa", a 5m long table with more than 2,500 single pieces assembled, or even a whole room made out of chocolate with a lifesized human, a desk, a sofa, a table and all in all more than 1500kg chocolate used."

Over the last years, Petzl has worked more with bronze sculpture, timelapse video and created many designs for products. He is the founder of "Chocolate Crystals Art" and 'ARTdesign-naturally grown' which uses chocolate crystal templates as design elements for artworks, furniture and lifestyle products.

"Speaking of my sculptures, they reflect a kind of eternity and timelessness and seem to be familiar but on the other hand maybe strange and mystical. Sometimes a mixture of ancient high culture style and modern expressionism."

Potpourri of Chocolate Body paintings
2 Side tables with naturally grown "Chocolate Crystals design" - Wood with metal stands
The Universe, Chocolate Installation - 3,2 x 1,8 x 1, 7 m
Potpourri of Bronze sculptures

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Riitta Nelimarkka

"Love your work, enjoy dialogue, stay curious and experiment new ideas. Let yourself be self-critical, but not at the beginning of the project. think everything is possible and never give up. Take care of your beloved and nosce te ipsum - know yourself."

An Outsider, Camus, 1990 - Wool relief 220 x 250 x 3 cm

Professor Riitta Nelimarkka’s multifacetedness makes her one of the most exciting Finnish visual artists. Her art is characterized by a fearless use of colour and form, as well as virtuoso drawing skills and using music in her art.

She has studied painting in Paris, animation and photography in Stockholm, art history and music theory at the Helsinki University and piano performance at the Sibelius Academy.  Nelimarkka holds a doctorate degree in the arts (AALTO University Helsinki, 2001). She has received the honorary title professor from the president of Finland 2008. She has held several positions of trust a.o. been the chairman of Nelimarkka-Foundation since 1987.

During years Riitta Nelimarkka has written 20 books: art books, children's books, poetry, made several films, f.i. the first feature animation of Finland Seven Brothers, has had major exhibitions at venues including Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki; Kunsthalle Helsinki; Wäinö Aaltonen museum, Turku ,Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm; Museo de la Nacion, Lima, the Russian Academy of Arts’ Tsereteli Art Gallery, Moscow, EXPO 2000 in Hannover; FIDM Museum, Los Angeles, La Maison de l´Amerique de Monaco and Maison de l’Europe, Paris. Bonga Castle, an aristocratic building that she has renovated with her husband, Jaakko Seeck, in Loviisa, near Helsinki also houses a permanent exhibition of some three hundred works.

Nelimarkka has received numerous awards and prizes at international biennales and film festivals. In 2016 she was awarded by the Order of France with the distinction of Officier des Arts et Lettres.

Happiness Allowed, 2010 - Wool relief 175 x 235 x 3,5 cm
La Valse, Variation 3/3, 2019 - Photomontage on plexi 90 x 140 x 25 cm
Good Lord, I Still Like Them!, 2016 - Serigraphy 25 x 35 cm
Inventing a Butterfly 1/3, 2019 - Photomontage on aluminum 90 x 140 x 2,5 cm

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Nick Dale

"I wanted to be a photographer when I was 15, but my mother said I could always take it up later as a hobby – so that was that for 30 years!"

Three Male Lions Take Down Cape Buffalo - Photograph

"I ended up reading English at Oxford and working as a strategy consultant for a few years before 'retiring' at the age of 29! I then travelled round the world for seven years, doing four ski seasons and working on an internet start-up in San Francisco, before finally returning to London in 2005. At that point, consulting work felt too stressful, so I decided to go 'quality of life', and I'm now a private tutor and wildlife photographer.

I became a tutor in 2009 when I happened to read an article in the paper called 'Ten Ways to Beat the Recession', and I started taking pictures again in 2013 when I received a random email inviting me to go on safari and climb Mount Kenya. I've been a wildlife photographer ever since, taking pictures in 25 countries on all seven continents and winning various awards including the Sunday Times and Audley Travel Big Shot.”

Bear About to Catch Salmon In Mouth - Photograph
Lioness Lies Covered in Cubs On Savannah - Photograph
Galápagos Giant Tortoise Crosses Straight Dirt Road - Photograph
Bengal Tiger Lying in Shadowy Water Hole - Photograph

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