Gary Aagaard

"My work is the product of my environment over the last three decades. Generally, I've had a positive experience yet tend to be irked by frequent political and religious hypocrisy, general apathy and dogma of any stripe that leads to social and spiritual tunnel vision."

FOX Muse - Oil on canvas 18 x 24 x 1.5 in.

“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 and The Village Voice (primarily covers). Since the early 2000’s, 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 and eliminates my quest to prove Jeff Sessions is actually an interloper from The Shire). Of course, visually addressing the daily insanity of politics, punditry or social upheaval requires an occasional break, which is when I paint relatively non-confrontational pieces.”

Being Jare (w/apologies to Chauncey Gardiner) - Oil on canvas 20 x 16 x 1.5 in.
Ma Nature Revisited - Oil on canvas 30.5 x 22 in.
She's A Concept, More or Less  - Oil on canvas 36 x 24 x 1.5 in.
Blinded by Delight Redux - Oil on canvas 30 x 20 in.

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Dave Weindorf Ternisky

“I read a lot about historical figures, primitive cultures, and ancient symbols. That definitely influences my art. I feel like I'm bringing the past to today in my expressionistic paintings with bold compositions of line work, watercolor, and abstract glyphs.”

Yellow Brick Road, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas 40 x 30 in.

American artist, Dave Weindorf was born in 1962 in Indiana and is a self-taught, abstract expressionist painter. Weindorf's artwork reflects his lifelong interest in history, describing it as a desire to know the past that shapes the future. He says he's always been fascinated by Egyptian hieroglyphics and cave drawings. Dave spends most of his time studying art, architecture and his own historical ancestry. Weindorf's work has been exhibited in Verum Ultimum Gallery, Michigan’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Agora Gallery of New York. Dave has won multiple ArtSlant Showcase awards and selected as one of their Under the Radar artists. He's also had the opportunity to exhibit at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Pace Galleries also exhibited his art plates in late 2001, with sales donated to 1st responders of  9/11. His work has been featured in Counterproductiv Magazine, Contemporary Art Curator, Aesthetica Magazine, and Studio Visit, a juried art book.

Zodiac, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, glazing and watercolor on clay panel 48 x 36 in.
Timeline to Wealth, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas 30 x 20 in.
Manta Ray, 2017 - Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas 80 x 42 in.
Mosaic, 2017 - Acrylic enamel and watercolor on paper 22 x 30 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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