Catherine Pickop

"The process of my art making is a way to express my personal response to the world around me with a distinct technique and style. It is a profound self-communication and a visual representation of my mind."

Reconcile #1 - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on scored watercolor paper 113 x 165 cm

Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in Catherine Pickop’s work. She is particularly interested in how art can help to express internal emotions and rationalize inner thoughts. She began using coffee residue as a material in her art-making, exploring feelings consciously and subconsciously as a method of self-discovery. Her works become a visual reflection of her mind, the process of her art-making describes how she sees the world, reconstructed on paper in minimal abstract form.

After exploring different media through her early stage, she is now more focused on drawings with natural mineral pigment and coffee residue. She created her own method and gesture of rubbing natural mineral pigment on paper which is a direct and intimate way of painting. Each painting evolves from a combination of carefully planned structure and the immediate sensation of application and removal of pigment. The carefully calibrated neutral tones create complex spatial compositions which invite the audience to appreciate movement and subtle variations of color.

Catherine Pickop lives and works in Hong Kong.

Rhythm - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on pencil drew watercolor paper 76 x 56 cm
Last Night I Dreamt of Macondo - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on scored watercolor paper 56 x 76 cm
The Counterpart - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on scored watercolor paper 38 x 28.5 cm
Eccentric - Mineral pigment and coffee residue rubbed on pencil drew watercolor paper 56 x 76 cm

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Anne Jeffery

"I photograph the diminutive landscapes of wild and garden flowers, leaves and grasses, and the birds, bugs, and butterflies that dwell within. My montages merge these photographs with clouds, streams, waterfalls, bubbles, and splashes of color. I intertwine multiple layers into a final composition."

Winsome - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.

"Growing up in California, under the spell of such luminaries of photography as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston, I was entranced with the photographic process.  After receiving a sensible college degree, I went on to study photography at Brooks Institute of Photography. I left Brooks to begin a career with the Federal Government documenting wildfires for the Bureau of Land Management. During my Federal career, I worked as a photographer, a public relations specialist and National Deputy Director for BLM’s Office of Fire and Aviation. Over the years my work has evolved from documentary photographs into creating fine art multi-layered digital photomontages. 

My photomontages may be composed of up to 70 different layers.  A layer may be an original digital photograph, a digital creation such as flare, fog, stars, shadows, color splashes or a layer may modify another layer by adjusting exposure, hue, saturation, color, and/or texture.

I have studied under some of the masters of photography including workshops with Al Weber, Philip Hyde, Maggie Taylor, and Ysabel LeMay. In addition, I had the great honor of being selected to work as an assistant to Ansel Adams at one of his Yosemite Workshops. 

I was a finalist in the Julia M. Cameron Award for Women Photographers - Alternative Processes 2016 and had my work exhibited at Berlin Foto Biennale - 4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography. My work is currently being exhibited at Friedman Memorial Airport, St Luke's Medical Center, 7Fuego Restaurant and Bellevue Public Library.”

Mordor - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.
Blossoms - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.
Bouquet - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.
Florescence - Photomontage 28 x 28 in.

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Aleksandr Shablyko

"I explore other worlds that sometimes manifest themselves in our world and influence it. My paintings are artifacts from expeditions to parallel dimensions. The works are united by a common concept, the interweaving of storylines and a geographical map."

Approach to the Core of Matter - Oil on MDF 50,5 x 51 cm

“Belarusian artist, Aleksandr Shablyko creates sublimely intricate tableaus which draw the viewer into complex parallel universes of mythical and transcendental aura. Brushstroke by brushstroke these painstakingly builts paths which invite us into the otherworldly and feast in a buoyancy of color and texture. A cohesive body of work,   Shablyko’s paintings are very recognizable and unique.”

- Myrina Tunberg Georgiou (Circle Foundation Curator)

Evening Twinkle - Acrylic on MDF 52 x 42 cm
Dragon Road - Acrylic on canvas 45 x 60 cm
Under the Diamond-Shaped Moon - Oil on MDF 88 x 56,5 cm
The Ark and the Axis of World - Oil on MDF 50 x 80 cm

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Adi Zur

"My paintings are influenced by the fact that we are bombarded each day with information by competing media. My paintings are born out of a sense that in the midst of this whirl of media and information there is a calm eye to the storm."

The Power - Mixed media 36 x 48 in.

"I was born and raised in Israel, the ancient land of the Bible. I lived near archaeological digs where I played hide and seek in my childhood. After studying philosophy and painting, I became an art teacher and painted as well. In 1991 I moved my family to Toronto, studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and graduated with an Honors Degree. As a full-time artist, I showcase my works at various galleries all over the world. My work is published in a few art books."

Adi Zur graduated with Honors (Drawing and Painting) at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Ontario. She has studied at The Academy of Art Teachers, Tel-Aviv, Israel and AVNI – Institute of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel and majored in Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University.

Changes Everything - Mixed media 24 x 24 in.
Boating Dreams of the Night - Mixed media 34 x 72 in.
Family Finally - Mixed media 30 x 70 in.
Chemistry - Mixed media 48 x 38 in.

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Satomi Sugimoto

"I have always been attracted to forms and lines since I was a child. I see motifs of life reflected in my work including organic forms, elemental forces, body parts of humans, insects and animals. My art-making is a spiritual process; a search for the essence of objects."

My Name Is New Day, 2017 - Oil and glue on stone powder clay 14.5 x 16 x 13.5 in. / 36.5 x 41 x 34 cm

Satomi Sugimoto was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1982 and currently lives and works in Tokyo. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. As a sculptor, she creates intimate-scale forms which are very raw, primitive, and organic with a very sensitive use of painting. She sees her art-making is a spiritual process; a search for the essence of objects and a process of purification where a single element is explored, honed and expressed.

Bird, 2018 - Oil, glue, and steel wire on stone powder clay 13.4 x 16.1 x 6.1 in. / 34 x 41 x 15.5 cm
Dancer, 2018 - Oil, glue, and steel wire on stone powder clay 19.3 x 23.6 x 8.6 in. / 49 x 60 x 22 cm
Ballerina, 2017 - Oil, glue, and steel wire on stone powder clay 14.5 x 20 x 10.5 in. / 37 x 51 x 26 cm
Moonlight , 2017 - Oil and glue on stone powder clay 18 x 6 x 10 in. / 46 x 15 x 25.5 cm

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Gary Aagaard

"I tend to be irked by political and religious hypocrisy, apathy (relating to war, the environment, etc.) and dogma of any stripe leading to social and spiritual tunnel vision. These themes are prevalent in many of my paintings although often explored using satire and humor as opposed to a sledgehammer."

Can You Hear Me Now?

"As a fledgling illustrator in Brooklyn during the 1980s, I took on any project thrown my way. I refer to that time as my “snack or famine days.” Eventually, I zeroed in on editorial work and soon scored assignments at publications like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Newsday and The Village Voice (primarily covers).  Since the early 2000s, I’ve concentrated on gallery work with an editorial, satirical slant... essentially larger oil paintings with conceptual content reminiscent of my illustration years. Lampooning politicians, pundits or spiritual leaders who specialize in alternative facts, manufactured outrage, false equivalents, convoluted conspiracy theories and tunnel-visioned tribalism (whew) is my form of protest and provides a satisfying outlet (i.e., it minimizes shouting at the TV, reduces those pesky nightmares & eliminates my quest to prove Jeff Sessions is actually an interloper from The Shire).

My conceptual cover and interior illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The Village Voice, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon & Barron’s.  My work has received recognition from American Illustration, 3x3 Magazine, Artavita, the Society of Illustrators (NYC), the Society of Publication Designers, Print, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Art-Competition.net and Applied Arts.  My paintings have been displayed in many galleries including the Museum of American Illustration (NYC), Gallery-Henoch (NYC), the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Gallery 110 (Seattle), POP Gallery (Santa Fe), Contreras Gallery (Tucson), Tubac Center of the Arts, Greg Moon Art (Taos NM) and was part of the Museum of American Illustration 2000-2001 Traveling Exhibition (40 selected works)."

Sambuca & Cigarettes (After Degas)
Trumpcula: Old Habits Die Hard
Ma Nature Revisited
Being Jare (w/ Apologies to Chauncey Gardiner)

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Fay Wood

"I've been an artist for many years and creating sculpture using found materials is my favorite form of expression. I love a quote by Virginia Woolf: ‘Arrange whatever pieces come your way.’ I also have portfolios in painting, tapestry, collage, and drawing."

Aftertaste - Assemblage 16 x 39 x 16 in.

“Art using found objects has attracted me since 1965, when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and saw large sculptures by local artists made from detritus on the Bay shore. They were fantastic, noisy, beautiful works with great humor and form - I never have forgotten them. As an art student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. I began studying painting, but later, when I was attending a life drawing group, a sculptor encouraged me to carve directly in wood. This began what has become a deep love for sculpture and, later found object assemblage.

In 1992, when I finally had a permanent studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State, I began combining found objects with the cherry wood carvings I had been doing and continue to do so; adding found rag paper, wire, and paint to the mix.

I have also continued to paint, draw, and create tapestries and, recently I have completed an 18 piece portfolio of collages. I have an extensive exhibition history, including The Proskauer prize from the National Sculpture Society, exhibitions at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina, Biennale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, where I have been invited again in 2019, as well as many solo, group and invitational exhibitions in the USA. I will also be a featured artist with Artrepreneur, a website assisting artists to further their careers, in a film on PBS worldwide in April 2019.”

Mantis - Assemblage 60 x 16 x 18 in.
I Thought I Stood - Collage 28 x 21.5 in.
Matriarch - Assemblage 21 x 17 x 17 in.
Three Dreams in the Desert - Collage 26 x 22 in.

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Daisuke Okamoto

Daisuke Okamoto’s drawing “OKAINA IMAGE” investigates the cycle of life in the complex, biomorphic, narratives of the organic. Influenced by all that are sci-fi, nationalism and psychedelic culture; Okamoto’s drawings are intricate systems of penmanship.

Flying Whale - Mural

Raised in Tokyo, Japan, and currently living and working in Los Angeles, Daisuke Okamoto's art represents identity and transformation. With an intense passion for intricate ink line drawings, Okamoto has been known to work over a year on a single piece.

Represent LA Mural
Mushpace - Ink on paper 15 x 20 in.
The Deep Sea Fish - Ink on paper 6 x 6 in.
The Beginning of Love - Ink on paper 11 x 14 in.

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Evgeny Yakovlev

"In fact, the picture is the story. The viewer draws his conclusions from those gestures, facial expressions, the timbre of the voice that comes to him. The critic and the sympathizers come close to understand what the artist mumbles to himself. And then, there are already options.."

Switzerland In Two Hours - Oil on canvas 30 x 45 cm

Collective exhibitions:

- "Dialogue", Hamburg, Bürgerhaus Bornheide, Germany, 23-25 June 2017
- "City and Man", Moscow, Central House of Artists, 6-24 September 2017
- "Theater", Vladivostok, Primorsky branch of the Union of Artists, October 24 - November 12, 2017
- "Christmas", Vladivostok, gallery "Art-floor", December 29, 2017 - January 21, 2018
- "Artexpo Spring Rome 2018", Rome, Domus Romana Art Gallery, Italy, 7-19 April 2018
- "City and Man", Larnaca, Municipal Art Gallery of Larnaca, Cyprus, May 10-31, 2018
- "The Art of Today: Benefits and Sins", Moscow, Tushino Exhibition Hall, May 17 - June 3, 2018
- Vladivostok-158, Vladivostok, Primorsky Branch of the Union of Artists, June 22-July 15, 2018

Competitions/Exhibits:

- "Modern avant-garde: Vanguard Today", Moscow, Moscow House of Artists, March 27 - April 1, 2018, 1st and 2nd awards (Nomination: Conceptualism)
- "Russian Week of Arts", Moscow, International Art Design Center, April 23-29, 2018, 1st and 3rd place (Contemporary Art: Conceptualism)
- "Russian Art Award", Moscow, International Art Design Center, May 2-10, 2018, III (third) degree laureate (Nomination: Russian Prize in the field of avant-garde painting)
- "Art Week in Italy", Rome, 9-15 July 2018, 3rd place (Nomination: ARCHITECTURE: urban landscape and architectural lines)
- "Art Week in Cyprus", Nicosia, Cyprus, July 9-15, 2018, 2nd place (Nomination: Abstract Painting)

Personal Exhibitions:

- "The Beginning", St. Petersburg, Gallery "Artmuza", 2-31 October 2017
- "Step towards", Vladivostok, Vostochny Bank and "Arka" Gallery, December 22, 2017 - February 22, 2018

Publications

- Catalog "Ars Longa 2017", September 2017
- Exhibition catalog "Art of Today: Benefits and Sins", Moscow, Tushino Exhibition Hall, May 2018
- Catalog of the exhibition "Vladivostok-158", Vladivostok, Primorsky branch of the Union of artists, June 2018
- “Scene & Heard", 1/2018
- “Spotlight - Contemporary Art Magazine", 9/2018

Cocktail In Ronchamp - Oil on canvas 30 x 30 cm
House Of Blue Light - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Shade of Taste - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm
he Advantage Of An Intersection - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm

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Eman Hakim

"Paint with your soul and your heart before your hands! I hope I can reach everybody with my art and improve their taste and perception towards fine arts and beauty so that I can influence the culture of my country positively."

She & Peacock 1 - Oil & Acrylic on canvas 145 x 170 cm

Egyptian artist, Eman Hakim lives in Cairo and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is a member of the Syndicate of Plastic Artists as well as many art societies in Egypt and UAE. With eight solo shows in both private and public galleries, Eman continues to exhibit collectively. She has represented Egypt internationally at the Biennale of Chianciano - Italy 2013, a group exhibition in Gagliardi Gallery London 2014 and Biennale of Malaysia 2014 & The "International Exhibition for Peace" in Kazakhstan in 2015 & 2016 where she won the prize "international artist for Peace". Her artwork is in private collection in Egypt, UAE & Canada as well as the Modern Art Museum, Port Said Museum, Cairo Opera house,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and China Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan & Royal Court in Kuwait.

Girl Portrait 1 - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
She & Peacock 2 - Oil & Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Bread - Oil & Acrylic on wood 105 x 140 cm
Girl Portrait 2 - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

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