Brian Blades - (United States)
Artists Statement: After 40 plus years of commercial magazine photography I was tired of representing things as things. Most of my time was deadline driven and most of my work involved producing literal images of things. No matter how you dress it up, light it, shoot it in a different location or produce a different background for it, in magazine work it has to be a recognizable thing.All my images still begin as a photograph. The photograph exists only for its pixel content. The photograph is deconstructed into various elements and I can use these elements, these pixels, to explore line, color and shape in an attempt to show a separate reality with whatever meaning or emotion I can find within.
Tessa Coe - (United Kingdom)
Artists Statement: I am drawn to life's autonomous goings on - the many complicated things that we take for granted, like our immune system, our mind or the weather. These 'goings on' all have aspects in common, in that they are both complex and self organizing, both fragile and robust.
This complexity and inter-connectedness are at the basis of life and living. How an ecosystem responds to the addition of a new species is so wide ranging as to be unpredictable. The way our immune system detects and fights disease is not run off a todo list. The path of a hurricane can be modeled by computer but only up to a point. My paintings don't hold these examples specifically as starting points, just their essence and the wonder it fills me with.
Derek Cracco - (United States)
Artists Statement: In a nod to the French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat, who devised a painting method that consisted of creating an image from thousands of colored dots, I have created a series of intimate, detailed, pointillist-style paintings that focus on repetition and attention to detail into fields of flashes, stars and light. My influences range from astronomy to particle physics, shifting and oscillating between the macro and the micro, between the illusions of light in the works and the visual disruptions the images produce when viewed at close range. These works embody a nuanced understanding of color theory. In a lineage drawn from Viktor Vasarely, I combine the subtleties of color with both optics and illusion to create retinal images that work on multiple levels. The use of the field of single dots allows me to get to the aspects of the works that I find most interesting: color and light.
Tracey Creighton - (Australia)
Artists Statement: I grew up in Brisbane, Australia in a close family together with my siblings, parents and grandparents. It is here I received my first art lesson. My grandmother was an artist, my father designed homes and my mother created fashion garments. It was easy to see why my artistic interest emerged early.
As a young child I would watch my grandmother sit at the dresser in her bedroom and paint the most inspiring and exquisite landscapes. After dinner in the evenings my father would take over the dining table and carefully plot the design of a new home, painstakingly drawing up the plans with incredible detail and accuracy. My mother would use whatever space available to create fashion garments, drawing out patterns and sewing beautiful pieces of fabric together. Embellishing many items with gorgeous buttons and psychedelic beads…well it was the 60's!
I was destined for an art career and after 3 years of art college I went on to be a graphic designer working in advertising, until 1982 when I established Queensland's first private graphic art college - CATC. Thirty-four years later and under new management, it is still going strong as Australia's longest running private graphic art college.
After selling my college in 1995 I moved to California, America for a short time and found myself drawn to the world of fine art and painting. It was time to explore other areas of my creative self. Since coming home to Australia, I continue to paint as a full time artist, exhibit regularly and tutor creative art workshops and painting classes for adults and children.
When at my easel I like to draw on my own experiences - spiritual, emotional and physical. Each work of art is created to reflect that experience, whether it be through the use of colour, texture, form, design or other intrinsic elements. I love to work in oils and acrylic but in more recent years I have introduced fibre/textiles into my artwork. These works have evoked memories of my childhood and have seen me immerse myself in what seems to be 'the endless' possibilities of mixed media.
So excited am I about this particular journey that I expect the coming years to reveal new works with strong imagery and design, rich in colour and texture yet maintaining illusive, whimsical elements.
Hector DelCampo - (United States)
Artists Statement: Being a first generation Cuban-American, I use cultural color fields, as well as the aesthetics of street art to explore how one?s upbringing is directly influenced by ethnic heritage. By exploring the dualities between culture and environment, the abstract movements of my foundational layers create an intense tactile landscape while my geometric qualities are a direct relation of the concrete jungle around me.
My work explores how we may be able to accurately record and express our experiences through memories. I commonly juxtapose the stenciling of parallelograms creating spacial, three-dimensional and atmospheric spaces. Throughout the development of my work, the clarity of my forms in connection with the tactile layers of bleeding physically controlled drippings creates a vivid duality rich of action in addition to constructed geometric planes.
Madison Dunaway - (United States)
Artists Statement: My work is conceptually driven and manifests itself through three dimensional mediums which most effectively capture the idea at root. I primarily create forms and large scale installations intended to transform the space and viewer?s perspective. Through the use of digitally fabricated elements coupled with handmade mixed media techniques, I actualize the dichotomy inherent in my recent work.
My series, Frame of Reference, conceptually focuses on humanities tendency to compartmentalize in an effort to avoid confronting conflicting narratives and ideas. Individuals do this by dividing beliefs and people into categories unrelated to one another. In this way, we are able to dilute the cognitive dissonance we experience when trying to rationalize two seemingly incoherent concepts. Consequently, we judge ideas and people by assigning them extreme opposites to mitigate truthful identities. Compartmentalizing aspires to simplify and ignore the complex people and ideas encompassing our lives. I explore these divisions of thought by more closely contemplating how world perspectives and personal histories implicate our journeys as humans.
Monochrome schemes are largely evident in my work as I constantly try to push the viewer to see shapes and forms in radically different ways. I primarily use black and white as they are universally recognized as opposite forces. The powerful yet delicate balance associated with opposing and interdependent forces is continually explored through my work and color choices. In my performance piece, Grey, I challenge my own personal struggle with anorexia by allowing myself to be immersed in the subtleties of the unknown. While frantically grasping for lifeboats of black and white, I find myself forced to face my insecurities.
Though I identify as a fine artist, my work is often on the edge of what some may consider architectural or utilitarian. The conceptual nature of my work goes hand in hand with specific mediums and technical processes to intentionally create sculptures or environments the viewer is forced to engage with. My work must must speak for itself and develop its own autonomous relationship with its viewers.
Elf Evans - (France)
Artists Statement: Elf Evans began his artistic career in Santa Monica, California as an Abstract Expressionist Painter inspired by artists from the New York School of painting. He attended Hollywood Art Centre School on the GI Bill, and also studied commercial photography at Santa Monica City College. Working as an assistant to such fine photographers as Andrew "Andy" Strauss in Los Angeles, and later for Jeff Hicks in Los Gatos, California has helped Elf develop his unique "Styll Lyfe" style of studio compositions.
"My thoughts on art at this time is to let the paintings do themselves, and for the viewer to see the many options for arriving at their own conclusions. When a painting is finished it will let you know, sometime then, or years later."
Mary Fusco - (United States)
Chris Hawkins - (Australia)
Artist Statement: The twilight between photography and digital art is where I like to be. I am an amateur photographer interested in how intuition and chance are combined in post-processing. There are mistakes that lead to a learning experience in every image.
Stephanie Holznecht - (United States)
Artists Statement: I invest in the creation of a piece of art to convey what I have inside: my thinking, my emotions, my life, my essence and my soul. It's also a way I can reach my own desires and essential demands out of life.
When I create a new piece of art, what I feel smoothly becomes real. Once my creativity is ready, my vision becomes clear and flows out onto the canvas.
For me it is important to create what I feel. My abstract art is an extension of myself, full of passion and emotion. The sights and sounds running through my mind create a deep desire to put brush and utensils to canvas and produce a part of me that is open and raw.
As an abstract artist, I view the world from a different perspective. It has become a way of life for me. It rules the images I see as I experience my day, provoking thoughts for my next painting.
The inspiration that I take from experiencing life creates a feeling that continues to inspire me. I don't think that is something I could ever lose.
Bob Jolly - (United States)
Artists Statement: I am primarily motivated to achieve spirtual expression in my paintings. This derives in large part from Wassily Kandinsky's idea of painting from inner necessity. Spontaneous painting in an improvisation mode best achieves this, though I also strive for sound composition.
Douglas Kleinsmith - (United States)
Artists Statement: Currently based in Davis CA, Douglas is interested in exploring process art and its potential in creating more honest and intuitive work, evoking emotional reactions from the viewer. Inspired by the manifestos of abstract expressionists and fauvists, his process involves a dramatic shift in thinking: choosing spontaneity and feeling, over analyzing and thinking. Reminiscent of art therapy and the potential of the creative process to unlock a collective emotional intelligence, Douglas uses art as a means to explore the self and through his own filter, attempts to help others do the same.
David Link - (United States)
Artists Statement: My work is about form, space and color. I exploring subtle differences in angles and proportions. I look for elegance. I want to show simple harmony in form.
Marino Nakano - (Japan)
Artists Statement: In my pen drawings, I am pursuing beauty of "black in black" to illuminate essence of the motif, and also random inspiration while drawing is essential for expressing my works.
Erica Rossetto - (United States)
Artists Statement: Erica grew up in California and obtained a degree in fine arts from University of California Santa Cruz. She then completed a 2-year apprenticeship with Oakland artist Benny Alba, gaining insight into the life of a working artist. In 2008 Erica moved to New York to pursue a graduate degree in Art Therapy. Today, Erica is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist, in order to help those who are suffering emotionally and mentally through the creative process. Erica's own artwork reflects the metaphor that beauty and meaning can be created from garbage and randomness. The Gathering Intention series is inspired by the mundane and overlooked materials that we throw into our garbage or recycling bin every day. Each artwork is made up of hundreds of small circles cut out from a variety of materials including colored cardboards, papers, and fabrics that were collected and gathered over the course of many months. This time consuming yet meditative process reflects the ways that with a little intention, one can create something of beauty and significance out of nothing.
Durand Seay - (United States)
Artists Statement: A deep-south Alabama artist, 60 years old, Durand Seay seeks the escape from traditions that label artists by location. His painting provides a plastic, flowing, and unpredictable expression. Ever changing like water in a stream taking him with open eyes.
Seay studied architecture which taught an understanding of space and the movement within space. Therein, time and movement as an essential factor, affects the participant. Working as an architect, he builds these expressions from structures found in nature. There is a language with a quantum perspective, past, present, and future all at once. Like the fluidity of waves he harnesses a viewer?s subconscious to instil awareness, insight, achievement and the ascendancy of understanding.
Seay's art manifests a personal exploration into the subconscious as his work utilizes an intuitive technique, guided by spontaneity. But like Salvador Dali, he creates his own dialect and perspective of symbol. It is his similarities to Boccioni, he utilizes the abstraction to express movement in space and do it in three dimension. In particular, he notes Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913)
Sandra Kuprion Thomas - (United States)
Dina Volkova - (United States)
Artists Statement: As an artist, I am astonished by the beauty of the world and I believe that this visible beauty is a reflection of invisible beauty. Most of my abstract works are inspired by nature and by the materials which I use to create them. I love using various techniques and often mix and match them while creating my artworks. Paints, pencil, and ink marker mix together freely and compliment each other in my art works.
Diane Webb - (South Africa)
Artists Statement: Gong Gong Waterfall, Kimberley. ...City of Diamonds
An intuitive journey, incorporating traditional African cloth (Shweshwe) and glass beads, with the expressive qualities of paint and drawing technique. This canvas answers the artists' call to Kimberley, home of her grandfather, last of the diamond diggers. (Khaki Engelsman)
His open mine mining equipment resides at The Big Hole Mine Museum Kimberley. Inspiration was provided by this waterfall, magnificent in its isolation, next to Longlands, home of his diggings.
Memories of scouring the diamond dumps rush along the river...whilst time spent there in the heat and solitude provided the Artist with her own photographic reference. The water tumbles fiercely over rocks burnt smooth and black, riotous colours above holding promise of all that lies below.
Terry Wright - (United States)
Artists Statement: When young, I could never make satisfying art using traditional tools. A black and white photograph at age 19 is proof positive as it shows me trying to stab a canvas with the wrong end of a brush. So, I put my creative energies into another imagistic medium: poetry. Later in life, I was fortunate to find I could make fulfilling enough art using digital tools. I would probably sum up my artistic philosophy as follows: As each new day dawns, I like to think that my sunrise can beat up yours.