Catherine Guinot

"Color is my golden thread, my main tool. Then comes expression, experimentation, pictorial exploration. I search, everything inspires me, photos, travels, sensations, emotions, conversations. One pictorial experience leads to the next, just as in tracing a path of life. I seek for beauty everywhere.."

RECONNEXION - Oil on linen canvas 195 x 114 cm

French-Canadian Artist, Catherine Guinot currently lives and works in Paris, France. She studied Interior Architecture and Textile Design, and describes "an atypical path marked by pictorial and digital experiments. I work in many mutually-enriching fields, ranging from design, textile, graphics, 3D and 3D printing to painting, drawing, etc., moving from one to the other in a fluid, natural way."

Guinot's work has been exhibited internationally and she is represented by several galleries.

"I discovered felt-tip pens when I was two years old: a revelation! They have never left me since. Since then, my toolbox has expanded considerably. Pictorial practice gradually became an essential part of my life; more than a means of expression, it’s almost a necessity!

Everything interests and inspires me: sensations, emotions, conversations, memories, dreams, press articles, a word, a book, a photo, a poster, an exhibition, a conference, a trip, a nature getaway, a multitude of subjects... Of course, in this WHOLE, there is a direction; my senses, my mind, my soul are wired to capture what especially moves me, with a predilection for nature and its beauty. If we only pay attention, beauty and harmony are all around us, sometimes well hidden and yet...

Colour is my golden thread, my main tool. Imagination and fantasy are part of the process. Then comes expression, experimentation, exploration... My quest."

Guinot holds a Master’s in Textile Design from ENSAD, Fine Arts school in Paris - Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from ENSAAMA, Fine Arts school in Paris - Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliqués et Métiers d'Art, Olivier de Serres.

FOCUS - Acrylic ink on Arches fine art paper 76 x 56 cm
LA PART DU REVE - Oil on linen canvas 80 x 80 cm
THE MAJESTIC - Acrylic ink on Arches fine art paper 102,6 x 66,4 cm
VIBRAL - Oil on linen canvas Diameter 80 cm

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Antoine Dutilh

"My work is evolving towards creating scenes that subtly exaggerate reality. Patience is really important to me in art, it clearly shows when someone puts thought and time into a piece; Jeremy Geddes is the perfect example of this, I really admire his work."

The Boy and the Sparrows - Digital painting 777 x 855 mm

"I’m a French-born, British raised artist, currently residing in Moscow. I tend to focus on hyperrealism with my work, attempting to break the wall between traditional painting and digital, merging mediums to form a new, modern, twist on classic portraiture and landscapes. Transitioning to digital gave me new challenges to overcome, and opportunities to find new inspiration in the work that I produce, without being limited by my medium. I’ve adopted the look of paints in respects to the traditional fine art medium, to form a unique relationship between old and new."

Olya - Digital painting 840 x 1006 mm
Flutter - Digital Portrait 840 x 1188 mm
Em - Digital painting 840 x 1094 mm
Melu - Digital painting 840 x 1188 mm

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Angie Shanahan

"Inspiration: Landscape with traces of human culture/history, finding plain common objects and seeing an aesthetic in them. That particular water-defined place between land and sea, the coast and islands. Often water acts as a unifying theme in my work; ideas of displacement and metamorphosis."

When the Tide Went Out - Acrylic on canvas/board 82 x 102 cm

Angie Shanahan is a visual artist working in a narrative style. As a young graduate from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, she won a Taylor Bequest Award for Painting, a Vision Award adjudicated by Dr. James White the former Director of the National Gallery, Ireland. In 2011 Ciall11 awarded Shanahan a Painting award for "Sense of Place." Angie is also a recipient of many Council Awards. She is a director and a studio member at Backwater Artists Group, Cork as well as retains memberships in Member Cork Printmakers, Visual Artists Ireland & NIVAL, National College of Art and Design: Sub-editor, Cork Cook Book Project.

Angie has been inspired by some of Ireland's top writers such as poet WB Yeats and has collaborated with poets, Derek Mahon and William Wall. She is largely influenced by artist, writer and cartographer Tim Robinson.

Visitation - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Boatyard Shack - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm
Dune Tent - Acrylic on gesso board 30 x 46 cm
Road to the Sea - Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm

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Gerard Huber

"My strategy is to employ beauty as a subversive instrument of seduction, a peacefully sensual way of drawing the viewer into a space that challenges heteronormative assumptions of male competition, and which demonstrates that same-sex relationships are wholesome, healthy and life-affirming."

Classical Figures X - Sub Rosa

Gerard Huber was born October 2, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking, 1971. Following completion of undergraduate studies, Huber studied Figure Drawing and Contemporary Theology at the University of Notre Dame, 1971, and participated in the Blossom-Kent Art Program at Kent State University, 1973. Huber earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1975, studying with George Ortman. 

In 1994 Huber received a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. He has been a Resident Fellow at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (2008); twice at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia (1987, 1988); and once at the Cummington Community of Art, Cummington, Massachusetts (1988). Huber has been a Visiting Artist/Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, 2013 and 2015.

Huber’s airbrushed acrylic paintings have been exhibited in more than 60 exhibitions including the Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, Nebraska; the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Parsons School of Design, New York, NY; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; and many others. His paintings are represented by the Lizardi/Harp Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Huber is a tenured professor in the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas (formerly East Texas State University).

His studio is located at 3500 Oak Lawn Avenue, #275 Dallas, Texas 75219

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“Gorgeously painted voluptuous male figures are the protagonists in Gerard Huber's mesmerizing compositions. Perfectly rendered in a classical style the works bring Grecian ideals of beauty into a contemporary context.

In "Reflection I" Huber's own David is depicted among a variety of symbolic motifs cunningly placed to make it impossible for the viewer to evade the narrative.

Often literally in conversation with ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, the nude characters display a tenderness that comes in contrast with taboo expectations and stereotypic assumptions surrounding what it means to be a strong man. The brawny figures with every muscle and vain painted in exhaustive detail come to contrast with their gentle gestures and tranquil poses. These complex characters manage to exude power from their vulnerability as they seem comfortable and resolved with the combination of strength, power, softness, and emotionality they simultaneously represent.

What is significant in Huber's work is not his extraordinary capacity for realism but more importantly his ability to think and create in a post-modern context where the pieces become mesmerizing for the multiplicity and complexity of the content they evoke whether that is a conversation on art itself, on sexuality or the strong man etiquette.”

- Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director

Reflections I
Classical Figures II - Amplexus Aeternus
Classical Figures XI - Invidere
Classical Figures XII - Equa Noctis

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Despina Kyriacou

"I am a Fine Art photographer who works with a large-format view camera for my personal work. Photography is my medium for expression. My work is about a visual exploration of how I see abstraction in nature, urbanization in found objects, and sometimes the juxtaposition of nature, object and light."

Crack in Wall Interior - Colour photograph 16 x 20 in.

British Photographer, Despina Kyriacou studied Fine Art and specialized in Photography during the final year of her degree course (1982-85).

"I used photography as a means of expression and have been preoccupied with it ever since."

In 1986, Kyriacou was commissioned to photograph the North East Yorkshire coast, followed by an exhibition at the Impressions Gallery of Photography. In 1988 she participated at a group show at South London Art Gallery and in 1994 at St.Thomas's Hospital, London. The following year she showed at South Bank Centre. In 2003 she had a solo show at Riversidestudios and the same year she presented work at Battersea Arts Fair. In 2014, Kyriacou participated at Brick Lane Art Fair and showed in a group exhibit at The Mall Galleries, London. In 2015 she participated at Art Now: The Artists Fair London. In 2016 and 2017 she showed again at the Artist Fair and Brick Lane Gallery.

Reflected Colour Surface - Colour photograph 16 x 20 in.
Diagonal Rock Pattern - Colour photograph 16 x 20 in.
Reeds in Water - Colour photograph 16 x 20 in.
Green Painted Wooden Door - Colour photograph 16 x 20 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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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

See More Work:  http://www.isishockenos.com/

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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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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Holly Wilmeth

Born in: 1977, Guatemala

Lives in: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Media: Photography

Describe your work in 3 words: Nature Iconography Photographs

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Calm in the Storm - Photograph

Holly creates images that embody elements of nature, mysticism, and spirituality. Drawing inspiration from ancient mythologies, symbolism, diverse cultures and a deep spiritual practice, her images are a personal interpretation of her life’s sacred dance. Both wisdom and wonder speak through her images, as they reveal a visual journey of the alchemy of being human and being part of this earth.

What themes does your work involve?
These images are a visual journey and a personal iconography into learning to love myself and unraveling the awakening of my soul. This is my story of going inward, opening the doors of my shadows, returning home.
Describe your creative process.
I allow my curiosity, my interest for the moment to be what is driving and guiding me to slowly start creating a new series of images. I love working in series because it gives me that sense of a beginning and an end. The images selected here are from a show titled "Returning Home". I had been working on these images simultaneously at the same time while working on another series, but it wasn't until I went on a seven-day silent meditation retreat that their meaning was revealed. These images were the first series where I allowed myself to just be guided by my visual curiosity without having a "theme" and discovering how they all came together in the end. This process was a process of surrendering to my mind being in control and allowing nature' to surprise me with curiosities.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I make art because its the way I get to express the way I see the world. Making art for me is like feeding my soul, like playing, like delighting in life's creations. What inspires me is nature, wildlife, music, my spiritual journey. And I have so many people whom I consider influences; Graciela Iturbide, Ruth Asawa, Rembrandt, to name a few.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me good art creates the opportunity or door to stir emotions deep within us, that then lead us to discovering something new about the world through someones personal interpretation.
What is the role of the artist today?
I love what I do and when I am creating a piece to photograph time stands still, my essence is at play, and there is a moment where everything so perfectly falls into place and I know I have what I knew and yet did not know I was looking for. There are so many forms of art, we are all artist I believe in the details of life that bring us closest to our hearts. And when artists express themselves, it allows the collective to also experience in a way the joys, sorrows, anger, delights from the piece created.
The Things We Carry - Photograph

 


Holly Wilmeth was selected for the 2nd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month April/May 2020. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


Sigurborg

Born in: 1959, Reykjavik, Iceland

Lives in: Iceland

Media: Painting, Illustration, Watercolor, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing, Artist´s books

Describe your work in 3 words: Abstract, modern, original...

See More Work:  www.sigurborgstefans.is Instagram: @sigurborgst arkir.art

Figures - Acrylic and oil painting on canvas 50 x 60 cm

"I have been interested in art my entire life and I consider myself very privileged to be able to spend most of my time being creative. I am fascinated by the freedom it gives and all the possibilities. I love experimenting with different materials and colours. Sometimes I wish I could sleep less and spend more time being creative."

What themes does your work involve?
My paintings are mostly visual, forms and colours, no special themes. In the Artist´s books on the contrary, there is always a theme. Often something political that involves environmental matters, human rights and such matters.
Describe your creative process.

I work with a variety of media. When I paint, I usually do not have a clear picture of the outcome beforehand. I strive to make colours and forms come together in harmony. Occasionally this is a bit of a struggle.

Sometimes I feel I have a clear idea of the result I want to achieve, but during the process many changes take place and the end result is very often much different than what was originally planned. When painting I usually start out by sketching my ideas in pencil, which I enlarge into a bigger canvas. I alternate between oil and acrylic and am equally comfortable with both.

When I am producing Artist's books, my methods are completely different. Before I start I need to have a clearly defined idea with which to work with.

What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Life it self, the books I read, music, people, the colour of the country and so on.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
When things are in harmony, and there has to be some tension or even conflict.
What is the role of the artist today?
I cannot imagine myself in any other occupation than that of an artist. It has most likely been my goal since I was a child.. It has indeed been a privilege to be able to combine my interest and profession, and should not be taken for granted even though we pursue an education in the arts. Therefore many artists are employed as teachers and instructors. In our social structure, I regard teaching art as very important not only to create art, but not least to appreciate art.
Mexico - Acrylic painting on board 30 x 30 cm

 


Sigurborg was selected for the 3rd Place Award in the CFA Artist of the Month April/May 2020. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist