Focused on Creativity

Artists

Lara Kay

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I see the world around me as a limitless canvas. My photographs are a considered fusion of the contemporary and the classical, influenced by the likes of Art Wolfe, Ansel Adams and Claude Monet. Using colour, light, shape and form, my images are created with an inherent aesthetic of simplicity to portray the splendor of the natural world.

I use my camera as a vehicle to convey my fascination with our ever-changing natural surroundings. I am interested in the transitory qualities of nature and how they can be likened to those of a thought process, continually in motion. Inspired by the concept of capturing both my thoughts and the dynamics of nature in the static form of a landscape photograph, I am in essence stripping these elements of their individual fluidity, representing them together within the constraints of a frame.

Taking a very literal approach to the creation of my images, I avoid any major retouching or modification. By restricting my technique in this way, I can encapsulate my memories and experiences within a photograph, while still allowing the natural beauty of the landscape to speak for itself, taking precedence over all personal aspects of the image.

www.larakayphoto.co.uk


Lorraine Beattie

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Lorraine is passionate about the creativity of    photographic art. She is a self taught Photographic Artist who has been working with photography for many years. She uses two cameras, a Minolta 35 mm SLR film and a Canon EOS 500 digital DSLR.

Lorraine specialises in capturing the moods of amazing landscapes, architecture and people when she travels and loves to share her experiences with the viewer.  She has journeyed to many parts of the world, including countries such as Burma, Libya, Afghanistan and Iran. She also gains inspiration from the light, colours & natural beauty of the foreshores and the sea. She specialises in nautical images & seascapes that reflect the maritime heritage of NZ in particular, along with unusual places and moments in time. Lorraine has exhibited both nationally around New Zealand as well as internationally and her images are untouched Limited Editions. She is available for commissioned or contract work.

www.nzartguild.co.nz/lorrainebeattie


Ingrid Rosas

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My search as an artist is a spiritual search of truth, using mixed media and poetry to approach the inner images. That came to me as a way to express. My work is being mainly a tribute to the ones I called martyres of injustice after September 11, then war I made a series called “Golden blood of martyres” with a series of poems that I exhibited in. Florence Biennal, then One exhibited in Roermond Holland dedicated to my country Mexico, my new series called Spes ei (Hope) in latin is dedicated to the injustice that we live again in México recently exhibited in Broadway Gallery in NYC.

I love painting since early years of  childhood being able to have a degree in La Universidad Iberoamericana  in Mass media and a Diploma in La Salle University in Art and Art History. I’m member of International groups as DIN A4, Terra dell’arte,  and participated in International Biennals as Florence, Italy, Arad, Rumania, Chapingo, México etc. Exhibited widely in  Canada, USA, Cuba, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy etc. My work includes a poetry book named “Between Heaven and exile”, theather plays such as “Alba” “Esperanza” etc. and Murals

http://www.ingridrosas.com/


Shunsuke Kawasaki

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Through sometimes quirky, always thought-provoking art, Shunsuke Kawasaki explores the themes of creation and destruction, nature and technology.  The multidisciplinary artist creates mind-expanding works whether they are on paper with pen and ink, colored pencil, or watercolor, or are sculptures. Kawasaki smoothly draws intricate lines into his paintings.  As these lines converge they form images that resemble the cells of living organisms.  The curves and repetition of the lines symbolize the cyclical pattern of creation.  Ultimately, the paintings represent “ultimate destruction,” the idea that death is inevitable even if it gives way to new life.

Utilizing the non-biodegradable plastic ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadience Styrene), Kawasaki speaks on the destruction of the environment.  In crafting the material into robots that could never be found in nature, he forewarns of the trend toward artificial replacement.  Shunsuke Kawasaki was born in Osaka, Japan, in the tail end of the 1970s, and currently works in Xiamen, China.


www.tongpharandsunsetscorn.com


Jenny-Marie Johnsen

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“I study the impressions that come towards me. When I observe nature I see it as if it was for the first time.”

Jenny-Marie Johnsen lives and works in Tromsø, Norway. She was educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.

Jenny-Marie uses nature as her point of departure and operates in the borderlands between painting and photography. She wishes to retain the quality of the original photography and the reference to nature at the same time as highlighting the work’s painterly qualities. The intention is to bring new dimensions of reality through the works. Her art has been included at exhibitions in Europe and the US. She is represented in the art collection at Troll Station Antarctica, Arts Council Norway, among others.

www.jennymariejohnsen.com


Bruno Torfs

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The original and unique artworks of sculptor and painter Bruno Torfs continues to bring joy and inspiration to visitors from all over the world. Nestled amongst the luscious rainforest setting lives a collection of unforgettable characters lovingly hand crafted by Bruno from clay and fired onsite in his kiln. Bruno has created a world rich with fantasy and insightful beauty derived from his imagination and inspired by his intrepid journeys to some the world most intriguing and remote regions. See video

Unfortunately on the 7th of February 2009 a bushfire raged through the township, decimating everything in its path without mercy and claimed the lives of our friends and neighbours indiscriminately. Bruno was extremely lucky to survive and the rest of the family are safe and well. Bruno’s home and art gallery were unfortunately completely destroyed in the blaze.

Bruno chose to stay in Marysville to rebuild his home and restore the gardens. Bruno’s passion to share his love of art and the story of life with the world has not been damaged by the fires, in fact you would almost say it has been forged anew by the flames that nearly took it all away. Whether you are new to Bruno’s works or a friend from way back, rest assured that this is far from the end of anything, it is just the beginning of something even more special.

 


Kohlene Hendrickson

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My attraction to ancient painting techniques is the quality of their craftsmanship and the pure essence of the natural materials. From beeswax and resin, to lime and sand, my perception of creativity changed radically after a strong shamanic experience. The message of the experience was that only when you hold nothing fixed, could true creativity enter. I began pouring the paint rather than applying it with a paintbrush. Through this process I am dancing between the hazard of the flowing paint and the edge of control, as in life, letting the flow of the universe enter and be directed with life’s experience to temper the current. In more recent work, I have included my paintbrush again and have found my personal trinity- including all parts of myself- mind, primal energy and spirit.

www.kohlene.com


Avani Patel

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My most recent work draws inspiration from the visual patterns and rhythmic movements of East Indian performance, especially Bharat Natyam and Khatak traditions, as well as other forms of music and dance that we encounter in everyday Western life. All of these rhythms and movements narrate and reflect the overall patterns inherent in the universe as a whole.

With my paintings, I strive to distill the audio and visual forms of these live experiences, both organic and stylized, into a fresh visual language on canvas. Though painting as a medium is static, I want my work to vibrate with motion, color and sound, offering the illusion and pleasure of a three-dimensional experience to the viewer.

My current studio is set up in the living room of my apartment, which limits the scope of my work. Your program will give me the space and opportunity to further my goal as an artist by creating larger works and to experiment with installation format, which would overflow the boundaries of the canvas and offer the viewer even more of a three-dimensional sensory experience. As the pattern flows around them, the viewer will be surrounded by the abstract gestures of dance and rhythms that become its own imagined universe.

  www.avanirpatel.com


Ayodeji Adewunmi

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Ayo Adewunmi was born in Odo-Ere, Kogi State, Nigeria, and studied art at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in northern Nigeria. Since 1991, he has taught graphic design at Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu.

 

http://www.africancolours.com/ayoadewunmi.htm


Natalie Gut­ge­sell

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In one picture a woman can be seen who is sitting at a table on a lonely beach and seems to be waiting for someone, because the seat next to her on the right is not taken. She seems to search someone, but no one appears. A waitress brings an empty tea cup, a ship in a bottle, a wine-glass, a dress, a knife. A dancer is moving about inside a cylinder of red cloth in a window, prior to which a skirt can be seen fluttering there.

In another picture a man can be seen who is sitting at a table on a lonely beach and seems to be waiting for someone, because the seat next to him on the left is not taken. He also seems to search someone, but no one appears. A waitress brings an empty tea cup, a ship in a bottle, a wine-glass, a suit, a knife. A dancer is moving about inside a cylinder of white cloth in a window, prior to which a pullover can be seen fluttering there.

In the third picture you see a table laid for two persons. Gradually the set menu changes, the elegant dinner table turns into a banquet, and in the end there are just leftovers and bones, and glasses are lying on their sides on the table.

In the course of history vanitas, transitoriness, was represented in still-life paintings with  certain objects and motives. They symbolized death and the end, by e.g. a skull, rotten fruit or an hour-glass in which the sand slowly filters through.

Terminal can be seen as the end of the road, as something final, a last borderline. Vein is the place through which the blood moves, and it´s the medium of circulation. Does it definitely have vain, idle, mean and transitory traits, too? Vain? Maybe the transitory pulsates in itself and because of itself? Many things are transitory, because they carry on living.

Often relationships between people are continued during a long period of time because of various unimportant reasons. Automatisms are created,  and decades later you finally decide to break it up nevertheless.

Then each part is often worn out and broken, and the pulse of one´s own circulation seems to have lost it´s energy. But the sand is flowing. The music of the installation underlines the advancing of transitoriness. In the beginning the table still seems to be orderly fixed, the music, however, is solemn, but a bit sad.

After everything is settled and ended, the mood is relaxed and nearly joyful, which is also expressed by the music.

An end can carry in itself the movement of a new beginning.

Cinematography: Johannes Wiedermann, Composer: Henrik Cordes

Woman: Melanie Haupt, Man: Matthias Schott

www.nataliegutgesell.de


Sue McDonald

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My paintings evolve from a fascination with the complexity and variation of flowers that’s been with me from childhood.  They are an exploration of memory and color, combined with dreams and imagination, folklore, from travelling and personal experiences, bordering on the edge of surrealism. Having studied art therapy, I hope to reach into the depths of the psyche to relate those hidden stories we all know, somewhere inside of us.  I also use music to compliment my mood and influence color.  I find it gives an added energy to the work.

Having worked in the creative industry in London for many years and spent several years travelling, I moved to Wales in 1991 and lived closely with nature in a Tipi, later moving to a remote cottage on the edge of the Black Mountain where I began to paint wildlife, particularly birds of prey and big cats, exhibiting yearly at the British Falconry and Raptor Fair.

Moving back to London 5 years later, I worked as a part time art tutor for Waltham Forest, and together with a fellow artist and tutor, staged a very successful, East London Art Fair.  Following this, I opened my own gallery which was successful in selling my own work as well as a being a platform for local professional artists.

I now work from my studio in Parndon Mill a renovated flour mill on the banks of the river Stort in, Harlow, and combine a role as Secretary for Parndon Mill Artists as well as being actively involved in teaching local art groups. I had a short break in 2008 having slowed down a little due to a congenital heart condition which has now been operated on successfully, I am back to working full time from my studio, building a body of work that tells a story from what actually inspires me, to personal experiences, to dreams and fantasies.

www.suemcdonaldart.co.uk


Claudia Birkheuer

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When we enter Claudia`s artwork, we go into a hermeneutic physical-literary world. Not only does she portraits figures but she also retouches, symbolizes and express a message. Through her paintings she transmits what the character would think to operate. As soon as our eyes penetrate the depth of her painted speeches, it appears signs and air from different places. Each of her artworks describes

something important and catches our attention. Her work is open to multiple doors and comments, and reveals her own history. Her paintings are different from the Zeitgeist because these are representational and narrative and at the same time colourful and decorative. Claudia Birkheuer decided one day to change sides. As a graduate in journalism, she worked for a german Radio- and TV-Station, she reported about people and told their stories. She still remains committed to this theme and in 1997 merely switched from creative reporting and making films to creative painting. Thus her descriptive tools are now canvas, brush and paint. She was trained at “Art Academy Trier”, “Museum Kunstpalast” and was taught by famous painter Albert Fürst (Group 53) Germany.

The artist exhibits her work regularly in national and international galleries and artfairs: Duesseldorf, Cologne, Maastricht, London, Monaco, Barcelona, Bologna, New York, Paris.

–Curator Rose Marie Bellemur (London, UK)

germanpainter@claudia-birkheuer.de

www.claudia-birkheuer.de


Gabriela Rouiller

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Gabriela Rouiller is a visual artist whom work manages to play with the light creating magic atmospheres.  She used to be a model, and at the age of 20 started to play with old cameras.  Not much time passed until she bought her first polaroid sx70 and that is when her work started to shine.  Since then, she has been published in fashion and photography magazines; and is working on several personal projects.  Her inspirations thrive from her interactions with people and her surroundings. She creates the feeling of a dreamy atmosphere in her works and her images take us to a place where freedom is the first participant in her stories.

www.gabrielarouiller.com


Michael K. Bollerud

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I take great pride not just in my Blackfoot heritage, but just as being Native American which I try to express in my artwork that represents ALL of the Nations. Through the years of my life`s teachings, I have learned that the “Spirit world” is very much real and I try bring my viewers into this “Spirit World” of the American Indians so to remind them that all it takes is to open your mind and heart to visit. I create my artwork in pencil because I feel the absence of color gives the viewer more depth and the feel of a different time in history.

http://michaelbollerud.com


Günther Egger

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Günther Egger, born on October 27, 1966, lives and works in Innsbruck and Barcelona. He has worked as a professional photographer since 1995, focusing on the areas of fashion/beauty, products and fine art. He is displaying his works of fine art photography from the past fifteen years. While the photos appear to contradict his professional activities, Egger notes: “Even though I make my money by portraying all of these beautiful things and people, you still need to keep in mind that exaggerated consumerism also has its pitfalls. A critical attitude is no contradiction.” Egger is pro photo award winner 2010 and Hasselblad Master Finalist 2010 an Qualified Photographer

www.guentheregger.at


Idith Makover

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As an artist who paints more than four decades I am for now in constant search of feelings and emotions of my soul and the soul of humanity in particular. Painting for me is a tool for expression and through which I try to express difficulties and hidden things of our life. I try to check the immediate surroundings of the person that lives his normal life and see through that the masks of his life. It’s fascinating to me because I try to peel and reveal his real life or his own true self. Viscerally I connect strongly with the history of the Jewish people, beliefs and religion and the Holocaust runs sometimes through my paintings. In this approach to painting I’m not boring myself ever.  I created a series of works in black and white or single color and it provides me .In the drawings I enter the human body and the physical, the skeletal structure and body parts. I can get through them to immaterial things, mind, desires, loves, hatreds, and the truth in my subjective way.

www.Iditmakover.com


Bobby Ziemba

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The wilderness holds truths that one may learn, not only by surviving in it, but by becoming apart of it. It is a vast place, not to be feared, but to be celebrated. It is our beginning, our place of birth. Once we return to it from our comfortable, carved out, artificial lifestyles, we have a greater understanding of our being.

Not everyone makes it back to the wilderness. Some that do may not make it out, either by choice or tragedy.

I made a choice a long time ago to become one with the wilderness. I live life as close to the earth as I can.

As an artist, my work reflects this fact in that I try to share the truths of nature in my images. The beauty and the intricacies of the natural world are over abundant in the wilderness. Everything there is there for a reason. I make it my responsibility to learn what that reason is and to pass that information on in my photographs.

It is my job to bring forth the emotion of the soul of the earth. I try to merge personality and science in my work to allow the viewer a virtual experience of true being.

Mankind does belong to nature. Human footprints do belong in the forest along with the other beasts. A co-existance can only take place once the truths are learned.

www.bobbyziemba.com

 

 


Jose Mendes de Almeida

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In it’s essence, photography is an act of voyeurism. To catch reality by stealing it’s light is an indiscretion made with sensibility. Recording an image transforms a transient ray of light into a permanent object that, by it’s nature, may induce feelings or ideas that give a meaning to it’s own existence. In this sense, photography should be shocking and provoke a reaction, must stimulate our sensibility and be free of any pre-determined concept of beauty.

Photography is fascinating because it keeps the moment an image impressed us, induced a thought, stayed in our memory, and thus entered our own individual culture. This gratifying record of life, so dear to photographers, is largely responsible for the effect induced in the observer. Through the image, photography induces interpretation and the remembering of similar experiences, in this way contributing to one’s self-enrichment.

www.mendesdealmeida.com


Therese Boisclair

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Native of Cap de la Madeleine, (Quebec, Canada). Thérèse Boisclair is a resident of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) since 1980. She studied communications and photography. She spent a number of years searching for the “right medium” to explore her artistic abilities. Thérèse discovered watercolor and used it as a mean of expression for over 18 years. She then started to experiment with acrylics and tissue paper as well as other exotic paper. For the last three years, she is painting with acrylics directly on tissue paper using all the watercolor techniques she learned over the years. Water is her main tool and she still exploring its unlimited possibilities.

Her inspiration is the emotion of the moment. It is what will influence the colors she will lie on paper. Her brush is the water guided by her imagination. From the delicate tissue paper, the movement of water and colors, bright and fluid landscapes emerge. Therese Boisclair creates paintings that depict unique atmosphere and evoke abstract landscapes that inspire us in the meander of our own imagination.

 Thérèse has won many awards and has exhibited in Europe, United States and Canada.

WWW.TBOISCLAIR.COM


L.J. Levasseur

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“I am moved by the actions, history and events that shape mankind, by nature or anything that elevates the spirit. I feel we are connected, that we can affect or be affected by everything around us.  I can’t help wanting to create things that reflect how I feel.  I want people to understand what they may be sacrificing, ignoring or overlooking in life. Sometimes it’s watching the simplest things, it could be the most horrifying things, often it’s experiencing the adventure or beauty nature has to offer and it’s definitely in the connection I have with animals.  It translates into all this energy which I can express in a positive way through my artwork; I only hope it inspires the same passion, love and hope in others.”

www.ljlevasseur.com


Max Fujishima

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Max Fujishima does not construct a set or use of strobe lighting, preferring instead to photograph subjects unvarnished, illuminated only by the natural light of the sun. Nor does he insert anything into his pictures or otherwise manipulate them. His works hold a light to the interface between his world and the world beyond the lens, exquisitely expressing the drama of the moment and the inevitable flow of time. The works in this exhibition showcase miniature dolls of only a few inches height. They guide the viewer into another world.

www.maxfujishima.com


Esther Arias

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Esther Arias was born in Jaén in 1957. It was her wish to experiment with colour and with the magic of light and shadow that made her venture into the world of painting. She studied marketing in Madrid and Los Angeles but she soon exchanged the figures for paintbrushes and started off experimenting in the world of paints, which is why one could say about her that she is self-taught and that her work is intuitive. She has been working for 15 years with the idea in her mind, that “it is those who look at my paintings who have to adopt them as theirs and invest them with the dreams they inspire”.

Her study is located in a district of artists and artisans, in the Calle Cotoners, 14. She has held exhibitions in Kopenhagen, Brussels,New York,Buenos aires,Berlin .She also has a permanent exhibition in Oslo, Pingving Gallery. Her permanent exhibition is to be found in her study. Esther often holds exhibitions for young artists who are trying to find a space in the world of art. It is not only painting that we can see in her study, we have been able to enjoy music, dance and sculpture as well. She is a member of the Catalan Guild of Art Galleries. Her work is to be seen in New York, Miami, Vicenza, Madrid and Barcelona.

www.estherarias.com


Jeanette Milner

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Jeanette Milner was born in Melbourne, Australia and has lived in Italy for more than 30 years, first in Rome and now in Assergi in the Province of l’Aquila in Abruzzo. From an early age she has participated in courses to study the methods of watercolour, oils and ceramics.  For several years she frequented the studio of a well known artist in l’Aquila to deepen her knowledge of the techniques of oil painting. The artist prefers natural landscapes, horses and still life.  She often expresses herself through her artwork depicting the sea, mountains and sunsets.

During the last 5 years the artist has held and participated in 60 collective/personal exhibitions, with positive reviews from critics and the public, in the following cities:  New York (USA), Wilmington (USA), Philadelphia (USA), Melbourne (Australia), Brussels (Belgium), Istanbul (Turkey), Adelaide (Australia), Bruges (Belgium), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), l’Aquila, Secinaro, Santo Stefano Belbo, Orsogna, Rome, Piacenza, Pisa, Padova, Brindisi, Palermo, Taormina, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Agrigento, Polistena, Bari, Celano, Onna, Sogliano Cavour, Roccella Jonica, Assergi and Milan.

The artist has a passion for strong and brilliant colours.  Often her paintings are created from inspirations of moments captured during her frequent voyages.  Her artworks are held in public and private collections in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. Many international catalogues feature Jeanette’s art namely:  Catalogue of Modern Art, editor Giorgio Mondadori;  International Register of Painters and Sculptors, editor Italia in Arte;  Avanguardia Artistiche, editor Centro Diffusione Arte;  International Dictionary of Artists, editor WorldWide Art Books; and Grandi Maestri, editor Centro Diffusione Arte. Some of the well known art critics who have written about her work are:  Andrea Diprè,  Paolo Levi, Roberto Chiavarini, Sandro Serradifalco, Anna Biondolillo, Dino Marasà and Paolo Martocchia.

  www.jeanettemilner.net


Richard Michaud

 

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Richard Michaud (madlabs) is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, motion artist, and creative director based in Stamford, Connecticut. Having been in the industry since 2004, he has been doing work for numerous fields ranging from gaming to print. An experimenter, he brings forth a style that is original, raw, unique, edgy, and realistic; Richard leaves no stone unturned (nor censored)

http://richard-michaud.com


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