Angela Banks

"Living and working in the rat race city of Johannesburg, I am inspired to create a quiet world of my own away from all the daily noise. Within this still space, I am able to filter the busyness by creating paintings of people and their counterpart animals in an ordered world of alluring calm."

Homebound - Oil on canvas 110 x 130 cm

Angela Banks is a South African fine artist living and working in Johannesburg. She received a BA (Fine Arts) in 1999 and MA (Fine Arts) in 2003 from the University of Pretoria. She has since exhibited in various group and solo shows and has been on residencies in both France and China.

Banks is inextricably connected to the portrait as a subject, both human and animal. Her work, however, is not just a simple documentation. Banks is interested in what the individual projects but more importantly, she is after what lies behind the projection. She describes her work as "a surface search for the hidden reality or identity of the individual, the real story behind the facade."

In her work, Banks aims at capturing in permanent paint, a beautiful yet impermanent moment in time. Her meticulous attention to detail and form produce whimsical narratives of identity through the idiosyncratic relationships between human and animal.

The Shepherdess - Oil on canvas 100 x 180 cm
The Windy Way - Oil on canvas 152 x 102 cm
All dressed up, and everywhere to go - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm
Plunged dark and deep, he will surface again - Oil on canvas 102 x 80 cm

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Joyce Pommer

"My paintings evolve out of my subconscious in a free-flowing intuitive process; I do not start with a preconceived idea or plan – the art is my reflection. The work I create makes people feel good and instills positive emotions and harmony, along with a curiosity. My work frees the mind and spirit."

Fragmented Spaces - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 30 in.

American artist, Joyce Pommer was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and studied at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, The Art Institute of Boston and the Art Students League in New York City. She has exhibited widely in solo, group shows and art fairs in New York and across the country; her work is in numerous private collections.

Joyce's larger earlier more colorful works on canvas were in a solo exhibition at Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum in Marshall, MN in the summer of 2008 and her work was purchased for their collection. Her painting “To a Land Beyond” received an Award of Merit from Four Points Contemporary January 2014. Joyce’s work was on the cover of Art Voices magazine summer 2014 issue with a feature story by Robert Curcio. Her painting “Pathways” was selected to be in the 2016 Art Annual at the Danforth Museum in MA. Works were selected for the winter 2016/2017 issue of Studio Visit magazine curated by Jessica Roscio, Curator at the Danforth Museum. “To a Land Beyond” was on the winter 2017 cover of Women Arts Quarterly magazine, University of Missouri with 10 more images inside; she was included in Art Market Magazine’s 2017 Gold List/Top Contemporary Artists. Her work was in the 2017 spring invitational Freedom of Expression at Miller White Fine Arts in South Dennis, MA and a 3-person exhibition Transitions curated by Jessica Porter @ The Yard in NYC through Oct. 2017. She participated in The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Brooklyn, New York 2018. In 2019 her work was presented at the Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston MA. Her work is included in the Textile Study Group of New York’s recent publication The Language of Making and Art Folio 2020.

Joyce lives and works in New York City.

Pathways - Mixed media on canvas 48 x 48 in.
In My Space - Mixed media on canvas 50 x 40 in.
Hope Eternal - Mixed media on canvas 24 x 20 in.
Free Fall - Mixed media on canvas 36 x 36 in.

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Lenore Rae Lampi

"In stark contrast to past work, the new series explores the notion of adornment of the affordable kind. Ribbons, bows, and streamers in a historical context may evoke feelings of nostalgia, kitsch, and pomp. Allow me to reference Pop Art to describe the work, with the intention to monumentalize these humble objects."

Yucatan - Ceramics 14 x 16 x 16 in.

American artist, Lenore Rae Lampi recently exhibited sculptural work at Art Palm Beach 2020 and SOFA Chicago 2019 with Steidel Contemporary Gallery. She is scheduled to show at CONTEXT Miami, in December 2020 with Steidel Contemporary. Her bronze sculpture "Found Furls" was accepted for the Fahrenheit 2018 Biennial at the AMOCA Museum, Pomona, California.

Currently, Lenore Rae Lampi’s work can be found in the permanent collection of Tweed Museum of Art, Vermilion Community College and Cuyo University, Mendoza, Argentina, and touring in Finland. Private installations include a wall of work at the Marriott South West, Minneapolis. Several pieces of the Bling Series are on display in early September with A Way Online Art Gallery in the exhibit titled, Spectrum.

Chartreuse - Ceramics 13 x 14 13 in.
Homage to Celestún - Ceramics 18 x 19 x 11 in.
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Powder Puff - Ceramics 18 x 12 x 14 in.

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Jingfeng Li

"The beauty of realistic pen-and-ink painting is that it uses just a black line to paint a rich and delicate picture. It presents a beauty of vicissitudes. I like the color of black, white and gray. Its deep, quiet yet noble quality profoundly attracts me."

Elves on the plateau - Ink pen on paper 73.18 x 44.2 cm

Chinese Artist, Jingfeng Li was born in 1965 in Anshan city, Liaoning Province, China and today lives in Beijing. His painstakingly realistic works are produced primarily with an ink pen. JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of the American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

"I started drawing at the age of seven, perhaps a natural affinity; and have been long engaged with photography and painting. I began to work realistically with pen drawing in 2012. I have won many prizes in international drawing contests. Perhaps I was born like black and white and grey color, so choosing pen drawing is in line with my aesthetic. I like the real thing, it makes me really feel the sincerity and affinity of nature."

In Sunshine - Ink pen on paper 44 x 43 cm
Mountain village - Ink pen on paper 54.25 x 54.18 cm
Kejia Girl - Ink pen on paper 56 x 86 cm
Château de Selles No.4 - Ink pen on paper 54 x 54 cm

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Noam Ben-Jacov

Born in: 1952, Israel

Lives in: Castricum, The Netherlands

Media: Sculpture, Performance, Installation, Collage, Video

Describe your work in 3 words: me - myself - I

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Room - Aluminum and nylon

"the existence .. the coming to be of my work is collection of small anecdotes, situations or just series of experiences which is being translated into sketches, reliefs and forms. It is much about the ‘journey’, there I am in away both, the viewer and the participants at the same time. Looking at my work as a whole, as total then… I like them to talk scream perhaps to sing."

What themes does your work involve?
Life. Daily life.. existentialism? personal experiences events of my life. the way I "swim" in the water...
Describe your creative process.
All works are direct results of personal experiences.. after the first black coffee in the morning turning the music on (until the end of the day...) first busy to feel, feel the minutes, the time... only after once know how I feel only after and if must ... I beginning to think... try not too much... very spontaneous, intuitive but very focused at the same time know very well what I am up to, love to dream as than have material to work from...thinking mostly as story's, and yes working much in series. very much addicted to minimalism, concentrating till translating the 'mountain' into long fine line... bringing repetitiveness to the extent that it becoming a new sentence ...new language .very much believing in very personal and associative work putting the human as center...
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Life. Daily life.. existentialism? personal experiences events of my life. the small trivial things of life....like to observe... why making art? can't be a medical doctor... bankers & lawyers are not my favorites... maybe helping god with things he forgotten on his way to do...
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
What is good art? You just feel it, no need to read about it, just feel it ...as you know what a good orange, apple or mango are good...as if you go out of opera or dance performance ...you feel it is good it garbing you in the neck, shivering your skin. For me... if the work is associative... to the extent you wish you were being part of...
What is the role of the artist today?
To keep populations on their toes...to keep society awake... to remove some of the saturations many of as are in...to stimulate the average to want and dare to the deafferents. Help to open these curtains away from our eyes.

 


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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.”

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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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