Caleb Brown (b.1981, USA) - Shark Drop. Oil on Canvas (2009-2010)
New York based artist Caleb Brown was born in Washington State where he was raised and started drawing and painting at a very young age. His paintings are cultural allegories that aim to reflect his view of the modern world. He combines themes and elements of contemporary life (such as media culture, genetic engineering, globalization, etc.) and expands into completely ridiculous scenes that depict a fictitious near-future or alternate reality. Brown’s hope is that by employing this editorial and often satirical method of expression, rather than using a more journalistic approach, he might communicate his observations and feelings about our modern existence more aptly than by painting actual images of contemporary life. Great thanks to the artist for sending this over.
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Mark Chadwick (UK) - Abstract Fluid Painting. Acrylic on canvas
The British artist Mark Chadwick’s art practice is concerned by the use of machines in the production of an artwork. With our culture becoming more and more engaged with new technologies, Mark’s work questions the implications of handing over control of an artwork to a mechanical device. Through experimentation with using a number of crude technological devices and minimising his interaction with the decision making process. Mark’s work investigates the status of the artist and what the artwork actually is. With the actions of any machine the result of human intention, Mark uses machines to allow chance to enter the creative process, exploring ideas surrounding authorship, consciousness and interaction.
Christine Gray (b.1980, USA)
Patch Mat Stand. Oil on birch panel, 32” x 36” (2008)
Flare Stare. Acrylic on linen, 8” x 10” (2011)
Christine Gray is a painter of scenes whose basis are her own carefully constructed 3-dimensional tableaus comprised of unlikely and unheroic materials which she duplicates two-dimensionally using oil and pigment applied with brush to surface. Gray’s application unconventionally incorporates and combines the painting techniques of tromp l’oeil and impasto with expressionistic veils, drips, and splatters of paint. (by R. Grover)
Jantina Peperkamp (Netherlands)
Helena. Acrylic on wood panel, 36x36 cm
Julia. Acrylic on wood panel, 23x38 cm
Gaya. Acrylic on wood panel, 28 x 45 cm
The photorealistic painting of the Dutch artist Jantina Peperkamp emits a soft and exquisite light with an incredible precision, while the viewers can read a certain loneliness and desolation in it. The final result is established by the energy that arises between the artist and her model, as the artist functions as observer and as identifier. Because Jantina Peperkamp considers all her paintings as self-portraits, and it is very important for the painter to recognize herself in her models.
Georgina Vinsun (UK)
Georgina Vinsun is a young British fine art painter who paints colourful Romantic abstracts in oil on canvas. Filled with depth and detail, the paintings are all inspired by the awesomeness of nature, in particular, the sky. Alongside her passion for the awesomeness of nature, sits a deep-seated passion for spontaneity and expression, which finds its form in the brush marks and spiralling, gestural lines that come to rest on top of the soft, atmospheric veils of colour which make up the body of her paintings.
Katrin Fridriks (b.1974, Iceland/Germany/France) - Crayons / Code DNAnd Munitions
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, urban iconoclast Katrin Fridriks has lived in Luxembourg, Germany and the US and currently works from her studio in Paris, producing large-scale works for an eclectic International roster of collectors and curators. Through her hyperkinetic abstract paintings, Fridriks fuses the natural energies of her native Iceland – fire, water, earth and air – with contemporary pop art, graffiti and calligraphic references to create a unique visual universe. Her passion for architecture inspired her to create conceptual installations still using canvas and paint. Beyond her resolutely modern pictorial expression, Katrin Fridriks is continuing her research into matter and colour with the avowed intent to place technique at the service of artistic expression.
François Bard (b.1959, France)
For Bard, the simplest of all subjects, be it a shoe, a leg, a torso, a dog or a face, takes a dark and edgy turn. He manages to translate all his intimate emotion into a two dimensional oil painting; each work an endless exercise of composition, rhythm and struggle. The use of multiple layers of oil accentuates the feel and dynamic mood of all his paintings. François Bard gives a part of himself in every canvas. The horizon – the vast limiting of human experience – is fascinating to Bard. The horizon draws a line between here and not-here, day and night, good and evil, us and them. The scale and cinematic quality of his work only makes this more dramatic and stuns viewers over and over again.
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H. Craig Hanna (b.1967, USA)
Born in 1967 in Cleveland USA, H. Craig Hanna is a New York painter from Fine Arts Syracuse University, Fine Arts School of Visual Arts, New York Academy of Figurative Art. He exhibited his work since age of 29 year and has received an immediate recognition. In 1998, an entire floor reserved for him at Bergdorf Goodman, following exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and Malta where he spent a period of his life. H. Craig Hanna currently lives and works in London and is represented in Paris by Laurence Esnol Gallery who shows his works permanently and exclusivity worldwide. Our thanks to Laurence Esnol Gallery for the warm reception and this beautiful discovery.
Gilles Balmet (b.1979, France)
Born in La Tronche, currently lives and works in Paris and Grenoble, Gilles Balmet is painter, drawer, filmmaker and photographer. He’s been recently focusing on works on paper and canvas, between abstraction and figuration, questionning the notion of landscape, the role of the viewer in image analysis, the notions of mastering and serendipity, of order and chaos, and the links between painting and photography. The series Silver mountains, a balance between abstraction and representations of landscapes, combines drawing, painting, chemical and physical reactions from opposite matters, movements and varied manipulations on papers.
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Death of a Forest. Acrylic on wood, 60” x 40”
Predators. Acrylic on wood, 36” x 24”
Los Angeles based artist Mia Araujo has long been fascinated by the multi-faceted complexity that makes each person unique. She believes that all individuals contain an entire universe within them, which is invisible to the naked eye. Mia’s work concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within the subjects - their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. These qualities fit together to form a vast, rich inner-landscape of identity and mythology for her characters. Please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work and inspiration.
Paolo Troilo (b.1972, Italy)
Paolo Troilo’s artistic expression characterizes for the originality of the formal procedure. His working instruments are not brushes or palettes, but only his hands: one spreads colors, unfolding at the same time his five fingers, the other holds the mobile phone, which reports the picture of him as the model. Troilus’ painting is predominantly bi-color, based on the use of ivory and “gray payne” or ivory and “green bladder”. This choice gives strength and vigor to every brush stroke. Since 2006, Paolo Troilo took part to Miart, Art Verona and to many group and solo exhibitions.
Helen Masacz (b.1968, UK)
Transition II. Oil on panel, 61x84 cm
The Absence of Adam 2. Oil on board, 20x20 cm
The Absence of Adam 1. Oil on Board, 50x80 cm
The paintings of London based artist Helen Masacz are based on thoughts which are influenced by real-life situations, issues of everyday life to long-term influences during our life time, the transition from childhood to adulthood, the changes in relationships over a lifetime and the meaning that the passage of time imprints on all our lives. Helen thinks real-life experiences have more impact than imagination, connecting to a greater audience who may relate to the issues of transition.
Seamus Conley is a painter from Los Angeles, currently living and working in San Francisco. He is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Award, and his paintings have been exhibited, published, and collected in the US and Internationally. Please visit artist’s website or follow his Tumblr for more work.
Mark Thompson is a British born artist, currently lives and works in Germany. He has an intense fascination with wintry landscapes and depicts the kind of environment that compels most people to retreat indoors. His primary drive as an artist is to try to make sense of his place in the world. Through the caprices and inconsistencies memory, Mark Thompson hopes to access a kind of collective memory of place. He does not seek to illustrate a particular place in point of fact, but rather develop and ultimately “make” a version of the world seen through the isolation of personal memories. The mind/body distinction - the phenomena of the mind seeming to look out at the world from behind the eyes - forms the basis of his attempt to understand and record the world through his own consciousness. Please visit artist’s website or follow his Tumblr for more work.