Ruby

Ruby – Painting

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Ruby
Ruby, Life’s Creations, mixed media on canvas

About Ruby

Ruby is a Brisbane, Australia based painter. Her dream-like, semi-abstract paintings are held in private collections across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Her work, known as “Ruby Purple Creations”,  thrives on expressive color and texture. Much of her inspiration originates from nature with the wider Australian landscapes often reflected in her choice of color.

Visit Ruby’s website at http://rubypurplecreations.weebly.com/

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Elaine Hunter, Sunset Mirrors

Elaine Hunter – Photographic Art

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Elaine Hunter, Sunset Mirrors
Elaine Hunter, Sunset Mirrors, photographic manipulation.

About Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter creates visionary photographic art which she describes as “Chimerical” art. She is an expert in photographic manipulation. Her bold and dramatic images have won numerous awards, including “Best in Show” from Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. She lives in BC, Canada, and has had many exhibitions in Canada as well as New York, California and Europe.

Elaine Hunter is also a member of the Manhattan Arts International curated Featured Artists Program. Read about her at http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/elaine-hunter-photographic-art/

Visit Elaine Hunter’s website at http://www.elainehunter.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Nancy Staub Laughlin

Five Artists Express Their Visions

Elliot Appel, Nancy Christy-Moore, Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Louis Esposito, and Nancy Staub Laughlin

Header image art by Nancy Staub Laughlin

Here are five extraordinary Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists who have chosen different creative paths to explore and convey their unique personalities. Observe how these artists express their visions, special talents and creative skills. Also learn  what they strive to bring to viewers. Use the links provided to read more about them. I welcome your comments. (Artists appear in alphabetical order.)

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Elliot Appel Captures The Essence of NYC

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, West Side Diner, acrylic on canvas 16″x20″.

New York artist Elliot Appel paints street scenes and storefronts of New York City that capture the mood, drama and intrinsic character that make this city unique. With a superb command of depicting his subject matter in his signature style of realism he transports the viewer immediately into the composition. His art engages our five senses and we find ourselves completely transfixed and enamored by a delicious cornucopia of colors, flavors and architectural details.

He takes time and deliberation when selecting his much loved subjects. He states, “There are many sides to life in the city. Frenetic, fast-paced and intimidating as it may be, the city can also be a spiritual, quiet, place where one can find self-enrichment and renewal.”

Elliot Appel shares his unique artistic vision in this manner,  “I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories — the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.”

Read more about Elliot Appel.

Nancy Christy-Moore Discovers The Inner Spirit

Nancy Christy-Moore
Nancy Christy-Moore

Arizona artist Nancy Christy-Moore is an internationally recognized, award-winning painter and instructor. Her inimitable signature style, known as “Inner Painting”, is a spontaneous artistic expression that originates from her subconscious. As she says, she delivers “Inspired art for the spirit within you.”

Vibrant color, energy and movement characterize her paintings. A fusion of dynamic overlapping figurative and abstract shapes and vigorous brushstrokes appear in free-flowing rhythmic compositions.

About her creative process Nancy Christy-Moore states, “Rather than planning a composition I start with colors poured on the substrate in a loose abstract design, then discovering hidden images, develop them. Building the painting using this layering process keeps my paintings freshly spontaneous and engaging to me. Using strong color with energetic movement expresses my emotional attachments to the subject matter while telling the story I find within each painting as I bring it to completion.”

Read more about Nancy Christy-Moore.

Barbara Kemp Cowlin Evokes A Sense of Mystery

Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Water Jazz, acrylic on canvas 58” x 80”

Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a painter who lives in Arizona. The subjects of her paintings range from natural bodies of water to architectural environments that often include figures.  She conveys subtle shifts in natural movement and imbues her art with an evanescent atmospheric quality.

About her artistic process Barbar Kemp Cowlin explains, “I work in layers of glazes, gradually building luminosity and adding details until the painting feels complete.”

When discussing what she strives to bring to viewers she explains, “I am most inspired by spaces with an air of mystery, a sense that there is a story to be told. Turning a corner and seeing a vision that is as beautiful as it is unexpected takes my breath away. I want my viewers to experience this.”

She continues, “The meaning may be loneliness and alienation, or perhaps joy at a snippet of overlooked beauty. I hope that my work will have an impact on the viewers’ perception of and appreciation for his/her surroundings.”

Read more about Barbara Kemp Cowlin.

Louis Esposito Portrays Bold Dramatic Images

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Nomaknatu, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

California artist Louis Esposito creates bold and dramatic works of art using digital photo manipulation. His strong compositions are the result of  his highly skilled and creative use of digital techniques and photographs. He states, “I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and techniques.

Portraits of people are the main focus of his art work, while he also enjoys creating motifs inspired by Egypt and  his avid interest in pyramids and the Pharaohs. He invites the viewer to create their own story from what they see.

When asked what he wishes to bring to the viewer Louis Esposito writes,  “The face can tell you a lot about an individual and that’s what I try to depict in my portraits.”  About his “Pyramid Oasis”, shown above, the artist writes: “A pyramid stands in the desert like a monolith, with what appears to be an oasis before it. Is this oasis filled with hope or is it filled with despair for those who come upon it.”

Read more about Louis Esposito.

Nancy Staub Laughlin Reveals An Unreal World

Nancy Staub Laughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Gem in the Sparkle, pastel on paper, photograph panels, 32″ x 46″.

Nancy Staub Laughlin, from New Jersey, is an innovative artist who brings a new contemporary concept to the genre of still life. She composes pastel drawings and photographs to create dynamic assemblages that are rich in texture and color. Her unique and compelling compositions are the culmination of many carefully executed steps that define her unique creative process.

Laughlin’s work has received critical acclaim, including reviews in The New York Times. Her most current work incorporates photographs onto the drawings that are mounted on a raised surface. As a result the artist achieves a dramatic tromp l’oeil effect with intriguing shadows and dimension.

About her creative inspiration Nancy Staub Laughlin explains, “My process is as important as the finished pastel drawing, even though the viewer is unaware of the hidden steps. My ‘simulated still lifes’ allow me to enter an unreal world of my own creation. Once this unreal composition is photographed and documented, it becomes a tangible reality.”

Read more about Nancy Staub Laughlin.

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Gaya

Gaya Paints Colorful Tactile Abstractions

She Creates Variations of Themes Inspired by Nature and Music

By Renée Phillips

GayaGaya is an abstract artist from Toronto, Canada. Adept at using the  power of color and texture she creates paintings that capture the intrinsic poetic beauty of nature.  Most of her art is a celebratory  profusion of gestural strokes. Her use of the impasto painting methods manifest in producing highly tactile works of art. The raised surfaces of her paintings are lush, reflective, and alive with movement.

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Gaya
Gaya, When Magnets Bloom, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

Her Unique Artistic Expression

Gaya’s aesthetic approach and painting techniques combine many of the best painterly elements from Impressionism  as well as the spontaneity and experimentation of Abstract Expressionism.

She explains, “To define the underlying aesthetic concept of my artwork, it is an abstraction which represents an amalgamation of various streams in the contemporary art.”

Her paintings can be described as continuous abstract variations on the theme of the beauty of nature.  In addition to being inspired by nature the artist also attributes music as a powerful source of inspiration, and states, it “induces my profound emotions, plays on the strings of imagination and culminates in a refined creativity of artwork.”

Gaya
Gaya, Blue Glories of the Snow, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″.

Honors and Awards

Gaya’s paintings have received many awards including a number of Special Recognition Awards from Light Space & Time Gallery. She also received Publisher Choice Awards from Art & Beyond Magazine.

The artist was among winners in the competitions by the Contemporary Art Gallery Online and a nominee of Palm Art Award 2014, an online art program based in Germany. She was also selected for an exhibition by Still Point Art Gallery and inclusion in the Winter 2014 issue of the Still Point Art Quarterly, which is based in Maine, in the U.S.

Gaya
Gaya, Tradition, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

World-Wide Exhibitions

Gaya actively exhibits in Toronto art spaces and galleries. Her exhibitions have included those at the Insomnia Salon Soirée by the Red Head Gallery as part of the Nuit Blanche cultural program, Artify, and Silver Moon Show in Art Square Gallery.

Outside of Canada, he work was showcased in Barcelona during the prestigious BCN 2014 International Art Fair in December 2014. She has been invited to exhibit in several art shows and fairs in major art meccas in Europe.

Gaya
Gaya, Timeless, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

Additional Achievements and Recognition

Gaya’s works have been published in Volume IX of International Contemporary Artists art book, an established edition distributed internationally to art collectors, curators and major galleries and museums in the U.S. and Europe.

Last year, Gaya started her remarkable collaboration with Google Open Gallery, which makes the technology behind Google Cultural Institute’s cultural projects available to artists to publish and share their artwork and other cultural content. Her artwork was also selected by the Curatorial Team of Google to show in the newly launched Chromecast feature.

She is a member of CARFAC and Federation of Canadian Artists.

Gaya
Gaya, Twilight Visions With a Piano, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

She Has Found Her True Calling

With years of graduate studies ranging from a degree in biology to event planning and after extended years of professional experience in different fields of occupation, Gaya says she has found her true calling of being an artist.

She states, “Creation through abstract art is the sublime freedom to express oneself. To be an artist means to me to gain that ultimate and sought-after freedom.”

Visit Gaya’s website at http://gayaartstudio.com

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Karl H. Szekielda

Karl H. Szekielda Creates Compelling Abstract Paintings

He Creates A Synthesis of  Science and Art

By Renée Phillips

Karl H. Szekielda

Born in Germany, Karl H. Szekielda started painting in Berlin. After his studies in Germany and France, he came to the United States to work as a fellow under NASA. In 1990 the artist moved to The Hamptons,  where he currently maintains his studio.  Located on Long Island, in New York, this locale is known for its vibrant community and attracting such renowned artists as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

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Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

Expressions in Color and Form

Szekielda believes that science and art are “connecting, interspersed and overlapping”. His professional background in science brings a unique vision to his compelling paintings and three-dimensional montages.

His art is a synthesis of art and science and an expression of mystery and wonder.  He evokes a sensual and energetic condition of atmospheric light with effortless movement and soft edges.  His grey-blue backgrounds provide a dynamic presence of infinity.

With a superior handling of graduated tones, gestures, and a variety of translucent and transparent applications of paint he achieves a robust rhythmic  expression. Colors and forms  coalesce in an exquisite sense of harmony, balance and depth.

Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

Nature and Transformation

In many of his works we catch glimpses of tactile earth formations, fluid movement of oceans, and the expansiveness of the sky. However, instead of depicting specific physical properties the viewer experiences the images on a visceral level that reminds one of  the continuous transformation and metamorphosis that exists in nature.

As Szekielda explains, “Earth structures and ocean features are extracted and transformed into captured elements, time and energy and painted onto canvas.”

Karl H. Szekielda

Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

International Travel and Collections

Even though Szekielda pursued a professional career in science his commitment to creating art was always present and very active.

Throughout his professional life he has traveled and worked in many different countries. His work has been exhibited internationally including venues in New York, NY and The Hamptons, and his paintings are included in many private collections in Boston, Long Island, Berlin, Toronto, Vienna and Manila.

Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

Imagination and Flow

Szekielda states, “Art is for me a constructive process that is based on my imagination and a thorough understanding of material flow that leads to an esthetic arrangement until it pleases me. My imagination goes even beyond because imagination reaches the universe and knows no boundaries. For me this a very important fact to evaluate ourselves and finally owe our achievements in art and science to the imagination of man, to his ability to be limitless in use of form and material, to his wonderment of what he sees and does not see, to his attempts to find the how and why of everything, to his vision, and to his freedom to create.”

Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, mixed media, oil on canvas and wood, 60” x 144″.

Career Highlight

A highlight of Szekielda’s exhibition career was during the celebration of the “Einstein Year 2005,”  when he was invited as a scientist/artist by the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany to present a one-person exhibition New York, NY.

Szekielda continues to teach and is involved in the interpretation of satellite data.

Visit Karl H. Szekielda’s website www.szekielda-art.com

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Didier Ventabren

Didier Ventabren – Painting

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Didier Drullion
Didier Ventabren, Gate of Dream, oil painting, sand, and cardboard, 32″ x 25.5″.

About Didier Ventabren

Didier Ventabren lives in the south of France and is inspired by the Mediterranean and its cultural, historical, and literary aspects. His abstract works of art in mixed media are full of material traces embedded in sand or cardboard, to anchor the abstract forms in the concrete reality. His imaginary masks and portraits refer to social theater roles and uncertainty in communication.

Visit Didier Ventabren’s website www.52chemindeventabren.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Olivia Alexander

Olivia Alexander – Painting

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Olivia Alexander
Sea Drift 1, mixed media on 300gsm paper, 22.5″ x 29.5″.

About Olivia Alexander

Olivia Alexander is an Expressionistic and Abstract painter who uses specialized, mixed media techniques to create bold and emotive artworks inspired by the Australian land and sea. Her works are receiving recognition globally, including several Medal Diplomas from two prestigious French academies. Her work will be on exhibition in Paris, December 2015. She lives south of Sydney in Australia.

Visit Olivia Alexander’s website at www.OliviaAlexander.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Tracy Fetter

Tracy Fetter – Painting

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Tracy Fetter
Tracy Fetter, Amanda, acrylic, glitter, oil crayon, and epoxy resin on canvas, 48″ x 36″ x 1.5″.

About Tracy Fetter

Tracy Fetter creates exuberant semi-abstract acrylic paintings that are uniquely characterized by bold, saturated jewel tones combined with metallic glimmer and complex patterns. Her light-filled, rhythmic and joyful art work captures the hearts of viewers and collectors throughout the world. The artist lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Visit Tracy Fetter’s website www.tracyfetter.com

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Ann Dunbar

Ann Dunbar – Painting

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Ann Dunbar
Ann Dunbar, Monet’s Dream, embroidery with silk and metal threads on paper, watercolor, iridescent gold medium and inks, 30″ x 22″.

About Ann Dunbar

Ann Dunbar is an artist from France who has exhibited internationally and has won numerous awards. “The effect of movement plays an important role in my creations. The enchantment of stitching embroidery to my paintings is the magic which reigns,bringing it alive with rich,textural and decorative detail. The translucent, ethereal background worked in watercolor mediums, provides the atmosphere and ambiance to the subject.”

Visit Ann Dunbar’s website www.ann-dunbar.com/

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Alan M. Richards

What Inspires An Artist?

Four Unique Artists Reveal Their Sources of Inspiration

By Renée Phillips

Lisa Freidus, Matti Sirvio, Gunilla Löfgren, and Alan M. Richards are four extraordinary Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists, who exude distinctive aesthetic directions. They are in alignment with  their authenticity as individuals and this culminates in high doses of professional artistic prowess.

We should never lose our curiosity about what inspires an artist. To learn what exists at the core of creativity deepens our understanding of art and enriches our lives.

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Header image: Alan M. Richards, The Annual Mr. Roy G. Biv Classic Car Show, image composite (Photomanipulation) on paper, size varies.

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Lisa Freidus
Lisa Freidus, Reach For The Moon, 3-D mixed media on wood picture frame,
29-1/2″ x 25-1/2″ x 2″.

Lisa Freidus

Lisa Freidus is an internationally recognized mixed media artist who employs an unlimited supply of creative innovation to stretch visual boundaries. With impetuous energy she refuses to accept the structured confines of the pictorial plane. Her 3-dimensional images incorporate the frame and extend beyond it.

This imaginative artist who lives in sunny Fort Myers, Florida creates art based on her unique persona:  “I incorporate images that lean and sometimes extend outside the borders of the canvas which expresses my refusal to be confined by an inner ear imbalance which I live with daily.”

Her purpose is crystal clear: “Through humor, love of color and subject matter, I hope to remind the viewer of one’s inner joy. I love producing a mood with exciting colors and unique compositions and welcome everyone into my imagination to view art with a new perspective.”

Viewing her art is an endearing experience. “Humor is the doorway we may enter to survive these challenging times. Art can take you away on a mini vacation – just sit back, relax and dream.”

Read more about Lisa Freidus: http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/lisa-freidus-mixed-media/

Matti Sirvio ~ Painting
Matti Sirvio, Heaven And Earth In Me, oil on canvas, 59″ x 59″.

Matti Sirvio

Matti Sirvio was born in Sotkamo, Finland and currently lives in Muscat, Oman. He has lived in Sweden, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and more recently in Istanbul, Turkey. He has also exhibited in many countries around the world.

He brings a universal language to his inimitable art that engages viewers immediately. His art transcends geographical and cultural boundaries. As the artist states, “I want people to see the unseen world through my art, a view beyond time into eternity.”

Sirvio is inspired to use symbols throughout his ebullient works of art. These symbols arise from influences from rural Finland, where he lived as a child, to his current adventures in Muscat, Oman.

“I see symbols all around me as I move through life. Are they ordinary things? Or can we look together beyond the facade of everyday life and physical existence and see more deeply—the picture beyond the picture?”

Read more about Matti Sirvio http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/matti-sirvio-paintings/

Gunilla Lofgren
Gunilla Lofgren, Energy III, mixed media with thread, 8″ x 8″.

Gunilla Löfgren

Gunilla Löfgren lives in Sweden and creates intriguing abstract mixed media art. Her materials incorporate elements of abstract expressionism and express a spiritual dimension.

The artist explains, entering her art means “discovering an artistic world in which spirit, soul, subconscious and mystery are some of the guides.”

Her profound belief is inherent in her art work that is based on the principles of Vedic Art, inspired by an Indian philosophy. She explains, “Vedic Art is not a discipline but a joyful way to approach painting.”

The artist discovered the Vedic Art principles several years ago and says, “Following this method artists may free themselves from the technical and practical aspect to discover instead new and continuous possibilities aimed at deeply exploring their creativity in an unceasing, profound dialogue between painting and the artist who created it.”

Read more about Gunilla Löfgren http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/gunilla-lofgren-mixedmedia/

Alan M. Richards
Alan M. Richards, Chutes & Ladders: Life’s Game, image composite (Photomanipulation) on paper, size varies.

Alan M. Richards

Through the lens of humor and satire Alan M. Richards converts the world’s most common place events into indelible photographic narratives. The artist who lives in Roslyn, NY, creates photomanipulations which consist of as many as 20 multiple photographic images in one work of art which he often paints in order to achieve the desired effect.

“I try and tell a story or comment on something which has crossed my path in life. The story is often told with some humor, sarcasm, or quirky images. I guess these images parallel my life in some way. ”

Richards points out that his images may look like ordinary photos but closer examination reveals some things that can not and do not ordinarily occur in the natural world. “I like the element of surprise in my work.”

A myriad of fascinating observations become catalysts for his artistic expression, as the artist says,  “social trends, warped societal values, the aging process, and media hyperbole… and a host of other things irking or wonderful.”

Read more about Alan M. Richards http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/alan-m-richards-photo-manipulations/

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Mary Chaplin

Mary Chaplin – Painting

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Mary Chaplin
Lumière intérieure/ Inner Light, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″ (60 cm x 60 cm).

About Mary Chaplin

Mary Chaplin is an artist who lives in France. She creates abstract paintings which she  refers to as “reflexions” (which means “thoughts” in French). “The connecting theme running through all my work is Light and my creations are bridges.” She explains, “A synchronistic experience upon observing the light in a church changed my way of painting.”

Visit Mary Chaplin’s website at http://marychaplin-peintreluministe.com/

English translation: http://marychaplin-peintreluministe.com/presentation-mary-chaplin2

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Innovative Artists

Innovative Artists Share Their Creative Process

How Do They Do It?

Shared by Renée Phillips

This week we chose Kari Bienert, Joanne St-Cyr and Philip Noyed from the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program to share glimpses into how they create their art work. These innovative artists possess exceptional technical skills and use unique artistic approaches to create extraordinary works of art that beg the question: How do they do it?

To  view more of their art work visit their full page articles that appear on this website using the links provided. And, visit their websites to learn more about them.

Kari Bienert Applies Time and Patience

Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert, Clouds, oil on linen, 42.5″ x 37.8″

Kari Bienert creates dynamic Color Field paintings that provide an endless supply of visual fascination and optical illusion. Her art is an energetic synthesis of colors, geometric compositions, biomorphic shapes, and pixelated forms.

Her creative practice involves a slow, deliberate and patient process of mixing many oil colors to produce a unique palette. One color may result from a mixture of 25 different oils. Her paintings require many weeks to complete and the layers of oil paint take months to dry.

She emphasizes, “Nothing in my works is computer generated or constructed prior to painting. Once my composition is hand drawn using minimal pencil marks, I use many different brushes according to the work.” Her process is very healing and meditative. “Each breath, each brushstroke, each note brings me back to the present moment of now.”

Read more about Kari Bienert

Joanne St-Cyr is Inspired by Mood and Masters

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Ré-création (Re-Creation), oil on canvas, 18” x 24”.

Joanne St-Cyr creates awe-inspiring allegorical paintings with the same technical prowess as the Renaissance Masters.

The artist fluctuates between painting in oils and acrylic paints, “whenever the mood dictates the inspiration of the moment.”

She describes painting in oils as a daily ritual. “I will analyze, look at and softly stroke my creation. I contemplate and meditate on its future, what it will become. Many emotions will be shared through its growth. I will feed it and in return it feeds my soul and I will not let go until complete maturity.”

Painting in acrylics is a quicker drying medium than oils. She writes, “I like to abandon myself to the call of its colours and to the impulsivity it demands. It is rebellious and fiery and has no patience for contemplation.”

Read more about Joanne St-Cyr

Philip Noyed Uses A Multi-Media Process

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Blue & Red Triangle (left) Red, Orange & Yellow Triangle (right). C-type Lambda prints mounted on ¼” acrylic, 3-sided triangle interior lit by LED lights, 40” x 16”.

Multi-media artist Philip Noyed uses bold colors, light, and high-voltage geometric compositions to produce versatile artworks that he transforms into wall-mounted or free-standing sculptural objects. He provides viewers with a mesmerizing experience as a myriad of transitions occur naturally as light passes through the art work.

He explains, “I begin by photographing subjects, usually my own oil paintings, at slow shutter speeds, transforming hard-edged, dimensional shapes into vibrant light-emitting compositions.”

The artist then reworks the photographic images using digital technology, to enhance the color, saturation, temperature and form. “I also skew, distort, cut, replicate and merge the sampled images, creating new kaleidoscopic shapes.”

Read more about Philip Noyed

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Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper Hewitt Museum Reopens in NYC

Reported by Alexandra Shaw

A Museum Devoted Exclusively to Design

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Housed in the the Carnegie Mansion, the former residence of Andrew Carnegie, it is located on the historic Museum Mile, 2 East 91st Street, near Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

Following a three year restoration project the museum is finally reopening on December 12, 2014.

With this major renovation this art mecca now offers 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

Cooper Hewitt Museum
The Pen in use on the interactive tables and the “digital river” of collection objects. Concept, design, and production by Local Projects LLC. Initial Pen concept by Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Copyright: Cooper Hewitt

Touch-Screen Tables Offer An Interactive Experience

The museum’s expansion continues to serve the public through innovative education and outreach programs. At the time of the opening, visitors will be able to experience a full range of new interactive capabilities thanks to Bloomberg Connects, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ digital engagement program.

This will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables. They may also draw their own designs in the Immersion Room, and solve real-world design problems in the Process Lab.

A newly developed Pen, which further enhances the visitor experience through the ability to “collect” and “save” information, will launch in early 2015.

Cooper Hewitt Museum
Poster, Blowing in the Mind/Mister Tambourine Man, 1968; Designed by Martin Sharp for Big O Posters Ltd.; lithograph on wove paper. 74.8 x 50.5 cm (29 7/16 x 19 7/8 in.) Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

Comments from Caroline Baumann, Director of Cooper Hewitt

“With the unveiling of the newly transformed Cooper Hewitt, the public will access four floors of exhibition galleries—including the first full-floor installation devoted to works from our collection—in spaces completely reimagined for 21st-century audiences.”

“The new Cooper Hewitt is a must-see and must-do destination to experience historical and contemporary design in a way like never before. The museum’s dynamic exhibition program, enhanced by interactive experiences that draw the visitor into the design process, will shape how people think about the power of design and ultimately, its capability to solve real world problems.”

Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Mansion exterior. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2012 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Copyright: Cooper Hewitt.

More than 210,000 Objects, Museum Café and Shop

The transformation of the historic into a 21st-century museum is an astonishing work of design in itself, with an esteemed team of 13 design firms involved.

Displayed throughout four floors of the mansion the museum’s permanent collection contains more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries.

The museum will also open with the new SHOP Cooper Hewitt and a café operated by Tarallucci e Vino. The café will feature a greenmarket-inspired menu and will open daily at 7:30 a.m., so neighbors, tourists and Central Park enthusiasts alike may enjoy a morning coffee in the garden, which will feature an updated landscape design when it opens fulltime for the summer season.

Unique items on sale in the SHOP will include a glow-in-the-dark edition of Making Design, the Irma Boom-designed limited edition handbook of the museum’s collection; a suite of designs by Boym Partners that features a Carnegie mansion made of emoticons; and a special series of plates, mugs and trays in collaboration with notNeutral, which are inspired by the museum’s extensive textile collection.

Header image: Installation view: Immersion Room. Photo: Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum website http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

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Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Barbara Kemp Cowlin – Painting

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Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Water Jazz, acrylic on canvas, 58” x 80”

About Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a painter living in Oracle, nearTucson, Arizona. Her ethereal acrylic paintings balance between realism and abstraction. Her series “Water” and “Nooks & Crannies” deliver a peaceful calming effect on the viewer where time seems to stand still.  She is a certified Golden Artist Educator and presents art workshops. Her art is in many corporate collections and has been exhibited throughout the U.S.

Visit Barbara Kemp Cowlin’s website at barbarakempcowlin.com/.

Read an article about her on this website: www.manhattanartsblog.com/barbara-kemp-cowlin-paintings/
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Philip Noyed

Philip Noyed Creates Luminous Artwork

He Explores Light, Color and Space in Two and Three Dimensions

By Renée Phillips

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed is an innovative multi-media artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He creates luminous photographs, geometric light box illuminations, videos, paintings and mixed media installations.

His art work represents the quintessential contemporary art movement making use of creative technology that is changing the way art is viewed today.

Bold colors, light, and high-voltage geometric compositions characterize his versatile artworks that he transforms into wall-mounted or free-standing sculptural objects.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Medallion, C-type Lambda print mounted on ¼” acrylic, framed with white ½” acrylic and back lit by LED lights, 36” x 42”.

About His Artistic Process

Noyed’s art is printed as translucent Lambda C-type transparencies, surface-mounted to clear acrylic, framed in white acrylic, and back lit by LEDs or fluorescent lights.

About his process he explains, “I begin by photographing subjects, usually my own oil paintings, at slow shutter speeds, transforming hard-edged, dimensional shapes into vibrant light-emitting compositions.”

The artist then reworks the photographic images using digital technology, to enhance the color, saturation, temperature and form. “I also skew, distort, cut, replicate and merge the sampled images, creating new kaleidoscopic shapes.”

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Solarium Prism, C-type Lambda prints mounted on ¼” acrylic, framed with white ½” acrylic and back lit by LED lights. 20″ x 40” x 3”.

A Myriad of Animated Transitions

Noyed provides viewers with a mesmerizing experience as a myriad of transitions occur naturally as light passes through the art work. When viewed with 3-D glasses the animated surfaces of his paintings become more hypnotic.

His kinetic images provide a dynamic presence that grace many residential and corporate spaces. They combine a modern architectural sensibility with the power to induce relaxation.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Improv Tube, (Front and back views), C-type Lambda prints mounted in ¼” acrylic tubes and lit by LED lights, 30” x 7”.

Geometric Illuminations

Noyed’s background as a ceramic artist and also an expressionist painter have imbued his artwork with dimension and movement.  In addition to skillful application of design elements, color has always been a constant source of inspiration for the artist.

His “Geometric Illuminations” series demonstrate the culmination of his exploration of light, color and space. Accurately named, they successfully embrace the essence of of geometric abstract painting and produce a light-filled ambiance.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Blue & Red Triangle (left) Red, Orange & Yellow Triangle (right). C-type Lambda prints mounted on ¼” acrylic, 3-sided triangle interior lit by LED lights, 40” x 16”.

Exhibitions and Accolades

Noyed’s many one-person and group exhibitions include: Jeune Lune and The Marsh Gallery, both in in Minnesota; Bashimi Art House Gallery, in Salzburg, Austria; and Red Bluff Art Gallery, in California; among others. His upcoming exhibition “Geometric Illuminations” will be presented at the Phipps Center for the Arts, in Hudson, Wisconsin, May 22 – June 21, 2015.

The artist has been featured in several publications including Visual Art Beat Magazine and on television.

He has also won many national and international awards for his outstanding work in graphic design, digital design, video and brand development.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Improv Triptych in Blue, Magenta, Green and White, Lambda prints mounted on acrylic and backlit with LED light panel. 11″ x 36″ x 2″. Each image framed by white acrylic.

Poetic Works of Art

Noyed’s images are poetic and tranquil in nature as exemplified in the above piece titled “Improv Triptych in Blue, Magenta, Green and White”.  The atmospheric qualities of his art are always prevalent.

Philip Noyed received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Hamline University. His perspective on art is influenced by living in Japan for three years where he studied ceramics, calligraphy and Noh Theater.

He is clearly a visionary and pioneer in art, design as well as the performing arts. He was the first American to perform at the National Noh Theater in Tokyo, Japan.

Visit Philip Noyed’s website at http://www.philipnoyed.com

You can also view his video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/GloBtG_jVzs

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Roopa Dudley

Roopa Dudley – Painting

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Roopa Dudley, Sweet Heart, acrylic on canvas board, 12″ x 12″.

About Roopa Dudley

Roopa Dudley is a Chess Painter and the founder of new genre of art called “Epicureanism: Art that Delights”. She is also the author of ‘A Strategic Painter: Mastermind Your Craft’.  She is an award winning artist and her paintings have graced many Art & Literature national and international magazines and journals over the years. Visit her website to see more of her Epicurean Paintings at www.roopadudleypaintings.com/

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Nancy Reyner

Nancy Reyner – Painting

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Nancy Reyner, Wishing on a Star, acrylic and (gold) metal leaf on panel, 36” x 48”.

About Nancy Reyner

Nancy Reyner uses unconventional painting materials to create mixed media paintings “that intermingle natural and magical phenomena to create luminous notions of air, water, earth and light.” She exhibits, lectures, and teaches locally and nationally. She is an author of several books and DVDs and is a technical consultant for Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Visit Nancy Reyner’s website www.nancyreyner.com/
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Mano Sotelo

Mano Sotelo – Painting

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Mano Sotelo, Waking Up From The World of Thought, oil on panel

About Mano Sotelo

Mano Sotelo is a Manhattan Arts International award-winning artist. His art has two categories: observational and allegory. His paintings have been shown in many museums including the Coutts Museum of Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, and Tampa Museum of Art, in addition to many juried and invitational shows and galleries. Visit Mano Sotelo’s website www.sotelostudio.com

About Manhattan Arts International

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Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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