D W Whitfield

"A painting requires three components to bring it to life, the work itself, the artist, and the viewer. The relationship between the artist and the painting is of an intense private emotional journey."

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 76 x 101 cm

Born in England and living in France, D W Whitfield studied at Sunderland Sunderland College of Art, England. He recently exhibited at Agora Gallery New York and his work is represented at Studio 26 NY and Gallery 360 in Florence, Italy.

"A painting requires three components to bring it to life, the work itself, the artist, and the viewer. The relationship between the artist and the painting is of an intense private emotional journey. However once finished it awaits the judgment of the viewer, those who interpret the image for it to assume an identity.To give these works a title would surely restrict any interpretation."

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 76 x 101 cm

Untitled Acrylic on canvas 76 x 101 cm

Untitled Watercolor on paper 54 x 75 cm

Untitled Watercolor on paper 54 x 75 cm

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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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Danguole Serstinskaja

"Photorealism perfectly represents my understanding of art, in that it must display the mastery of the artist."

Tortoiseshell Cat - Pastel on velour 25 x 35 cm

Award-winning Lithuanian artist, Danguole Serstinskaja focuses on hyper-realistic animal portraits.

With decades of experience in training, breeding and judging dogs as an FCI Judge, as well as keeping other animals, she draws upon her understanding of animal psychology as well as anatomy to produce art that captures and embeds the animal's emotions.

Placing animals under the same spotlight that is commonly reserved for humans, in Danguole's artworks the animal is the only subject and focus of the story. With a lifelong experience as an artist, and after producing hundreds of drawings and paintings of landscapes as well as portraits, Danguole eventually found and developed a rare technique which perfectly aligns with her artistic desire to portray animals deeply, accurately and efficiently.

This technique is applying oil on paper using a dry paintbrush. Having mastered this technique, Danguole has gained a liberating amount of control over the intensity of shading and ability to add as much detail as she desires. She works layer after layer until her artistic vision is fulfilled, and the result is art with distinct tonal gradation, hyper-realistic detail, and contrast that makes the painting hard to distinguish from a photograph.

Wren - Pastel on pastelmat 24 x 30 cm
Looking Forward To Spring - Oil on paper 42 x 30 cm
Touch - Oil on paper 50 x 70 cm
Oak Spirit - Oil on paper 46 x 64 cm

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Yuxuan Ding

"My work focuses on the cultural conflict between China and America by looking through people who are from these two cultural backgrounds and their response to the cyberbullying issue. I hope to create a dialogue as to how we can better understand each other and be more comfortable together."

Portrait 1 & 2 - Prints on acrylic sheets 36 x 24 in.

Born and raised in China, Yuxuan Ding completed a Bachelor's Degree of Art (2013) from Ohio State University and an MFA from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis (May 2018).

"During my time studying in the United States, I have experienced the differences between Chinese and American culture, which is also the primary focus of my work. I am interested in the exploration of the differences between those two cultures and hope to create a universal language for people to better understand each other.

Since the beginning of my studies at The Washington University of St. Louis, I have been trying to find ways to introduce aspects of Chinese culture to an American audience, while hoping to one day introduce parts of American culture to an audience in China. I initially found little to no success after trying various methods to promote such a “cultural exchange”, and after a semester of attempts, I realized that what I was doing was not in line with my original ideas and plans.

I started by first painting Chinese-style paintings using traditional techniques, in hopes that the audience could be introduced to an important part of Chinese culture; art. It was later that I found another outlet in which I could accomplish my goal, the expression of individuality in Chinese and American culture. During the spring of 2017, I started working on a project, which investigated Internet bullying, and how it affected its targets.

Even though my art pieces represent the different aspects of Chinese and American culture, my works appear to be critical of the differences and similarities found among them when presenting my works to the audience. In using materials often associated with Chinese art, I am willing to not only draw a comparison between the two cultures but to also create a universal culture that can assist people around the world to better understand each other and the role culture has in one.”

Portrait 2 - Prints on acrylic sheets 36 x 24 in.
Inside Out - Multimedia installation with single-Channel video with sound 96 x 60 in.
Portrait 1 - Prints on acrylic sheets 36 x 24 in.
I confront , I Ignore, I Forget - Hand-sewed fabric with silk threads 72 x 60 in.

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