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Group Show "Drawing 2018"

Artists Statements

Matthew Bailey (United States)

Artist Statement:

I live in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have a lovely supportive wife and two delightful daughters. I studied Commercial Art and Design in college, but ended up taking the fine art route instead. I like dogs. Some stylistic and thematic unity is starting to emerge in my work and I plan to augment that more and more as time goes on. At the moment, though, my work consists largely of stylistic and thematic exploration: high brow, low brow, colorful, monochromatic, beautiful, ugly, raw, refined, direct, vague, seductive, repulsive, serious, humorous, and much in between. My guiding precept, so far, has been (what I call) the why not? rule. When I encounter a possible course of action I don't ask myself why? instead - I ask myself why not? For me, the why not? rule embodies the very spirit of creativity. I am certainly going to endeavor towards a more unified body of work, but I will always try to keep the why not? rule close at hand. In my work I sometimes address issues of social justice, nonviolence, environmental concerns, etc. Sometimes I address these issues in a very direct way - while at other times I take a more oblique approach. Sometimes what I'm up to, though, is nothing more substantial than nonsensical fun and visual exploration. I work primarily in oil paint and graphite, but I'm also proficient in watercolor, colored pencil, casein, and acrylic. I hope you enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoy making it.

Matthew Bailey Artist

email: msb19742003@yahoo.com
Artist Website: https://matthewbaileyart.com

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Kyveli Anastasiadi (United Kingdom)

Artist Statement:

Kyveli is an architectural designer and artist, currently living and working in London. She works for the architectural practice Alessandro Isola Ltd where she explores the boundaries between architecture, sculpture and movement. She occasiaonaly teaches in universities on the subject of body, movement and architecture organising workshops and lectures. She enjoys painting, filming and writing as a way to express herself in life. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Royal Society of Sculptors, Ashurst international, Venice Bienalle, London Symphony Orchestra and many other venues in London.

Kyveli Anastasiadi Artist

email: Kyveli.arts@gmail.com
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TinaH Blackburn (USA)

Artist Statement:

MARKINGS This work is from the body named MARKINGS. My view is that life marks all of us and this particular body of drawings addresses that fact. I was marked as a child, and in adult years began to try to state those marks and the erase them from my life. The drawings are large, allowing for movement of my whole body to make the marks and then to erase and re-mark and erase again, building up layers of markings both of charcoal and of erasures. My hope is that those viewing these works will sense the damage and repair I am attempting to show.

TinaH Blackburn Artist

email: tinahb7@yahoo.com
Artist Website: www.tinahblackburnart.com

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Lisa Botto-Lee (USA)

Artist Statement:

Primarily a portrait artist, my subject matter also includes figurative, landscapes, and animals. I love the nostalgic look of black & whites for my drawings, and oil for my paintings. We are all so very diverse human beings, each with a story to tell and as an artist, it is a privilege to capture it with my art.

Lisa Botto-Lee Artist

email: Lisal@lisabottolee.com
Artist Website: www.lisabottolee.com

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Jennifer Cronin (United States)

Artist Statement:

Landscapes can tell a story about the larger world they inhabit. This series of drawings documents foreclosed homes in the Chicago area, many of which are on Chicago's far south side. These houses were once cherished beauties, filled with life and warmth. Each shingle, each pane of glass, each baluster, each knob and handle was thoughtfully placed to form a home that was just right. A beacon of the American Dream. And now, these drawings show the houses as they are, as shadows of their former selves. Still standing, as symbols of what they once were, and the people they once held. They are relics of a culture of inequality, in which the most privileged are enabled and encouraged to live in excess, while the most vulnerable are forced into increasingly desperate situations. I am not an expert on economics, sociology, or housing. I have not been directly, personally affected by the foreclosure crisis. I just see a crisis, one where people in power have taken advantage of everyday, hard-working people. And I have chosen the unique language that I've developed and kept with me throughout my life, the language of painting and drawing, to dive into and explore this issue. As I saw these houses, I couldn't help but feel a strong tug of emotion, and through these works, I'm trying to pass on that emotional tug. I believe each house in all of it's detail represents an untold story, a struggle, a disappointment, and a drama that deserves to be looked at, thought about, and talked about, and felt.

Jennifer Cronin Artist

email: jennifer.anne.cronin@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.jennifercronin.com

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Lou Eberhard (United States)

Artist Statement:

I have spent years being dissatisfied in the body that I inhabit. Possessing qualities of both femininity and masculinity, I toe the line between what is defined as man and woman. I am a transgender man, and as such I will never be fully male, just as I never was fully female. My larger-than-life self-portraits seek a balance of this duality as it coexists within my body. Utilizing shifting lines, I map out a body that is simultaneously familiar and a stranger. Internal form and contour lines merge and flow, becoming one continuous stream coming together to create the figure. Through my drawings I do not search for an acceptance from others, but instead an acceptance of myself, from myself.

Lou Eberhard Artist

email: loueberhard@gmail.com
Artist Website: loueberhard.com

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Tracy Frein (United States)

Artist Statement:

Tracy Frein Artist

email: tracyfrein@gmail.com
Artist Website: tracyfrein.faso.com

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Shira Friedman (USA)

Artist Statement:

The focus of my work has been an ongoing series of still life drawings and paintings inspired by the personification of objects with an emphasis on the distinctive qualities and textures of my subject matter. I am drawn to the character and uniqueness of the objects and materials I focus on. Each object and material has an individual personality that attracts me and this serves as the emotional inspiration for my paintings. I have recently begun exploring portraiture with the same motivation and dedication. My work is grounded in rigorous traditional drawing and painting techniques, but my approach allows for the infusion of those moments of magic. Aesthetically, I manipulate the material such that the effect and texture imitates life without being completely resolved. This results in the appearance of articulated detail but is, in fact, quite loose in many areas.

Shira Friedman Artist

email: shira@shirafriedman.com
Artist Website: www.shirafriedman.com

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Claire Gleason (United States)

Artist Statement:

Painting forces me to become aware of the spaces I inhabit, the limits of my body and my relationships with my perceptual world. I am beginning to understand my need to feel at ease with the world I displace around me by pushing the perpetual nature of line. I find lyricize in color and build compositions through organization of contrasting concave and convex forms. Preliminary, structural drawings in charcoal or graphite are a necessary start to my process and continue as a catalyst for further studies. I choose objects of interest and use them as a point of departure. I delve within the realm of curiosity and investigate the rhythm shared with my opposite self through the liminal plane. I question the spaces between things, what fills them and how depth breathes life into any studio practice.

Claire Gleason Artist

email: clairemariegleason@gmail.com
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RJT Haynes (United Kingdom)

Artist Statement:

RJT Haynes I read German & Philosophy at Oxford (in the days when you could still get away with that sort of thing) before moving to a remote cottage in North Cornwall. I worked for Britain's largest conservation charity, The National Trust, for a number of years on real pick & shovel projects in some of Cornwall's most beautiful coastal & woodland areas, and in all weathers - until deciding to devote myself full-time to painting & writing. To a former philosophy student, becoming an artist seems a relatively pragmatic career move, and the preparation is as good as any other. I now divide my time between Cornwall, New York City, & East Hampton, NY. My father was a signwriter, and I grew up with the smell of paint & turpentine; I have early memories of climbing ladders & scaffolding to help him with rooftop signs or the hand-painted graphics on heavy goods vehicles.  Health & Safety would have been horrified. I've always loved the alchemy of line & colour, and hunting for the spark that makes all the difference to an image. Whatever the initial idea, a picture shouldn't turn out exactly as originally conceived: I'm not in control of the process, nor would I want to be it's the journey that's interesting, and discoveries made along the way. I will change my technique or the colours on my palette if it starts to feel too familiar & comfortable: the materials & subject have a say in what becomes of them, and painting is always a form of negotiation or collaboration between us. I hope I never get clever enough to know the formula. I'd be a poor taxonomist because I'm naturally wired to see similarities & connections rather than differences & distinctions: something as deceptively simple as an apple makes me think of the tree, the blossom, the pollinating insect, the harvest, recipe books, religious & erotic symbolism, &c. How this affects the final painting or drawing is impossible to pin down; still, all the ingredients are there even if they're not immediately discernible. I'm not so much interested in fleeting impressions as in their lasting effects, the memory of them, the mycelial web of associations they send out but a painting must ultimately have a life of its own, to find its way without exegesis.

RJT Haynes Artist

email: r.j.t.haynes@gmail.com
Artist Website: tobyhaynes.cm

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Katya Kan (Uk)

Artist Statement:

Artist Statement: Katya Kan An idiosyncratic specimen of globalization, Katya Kan was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, my father being North Korean and my mother being Russian. Having caught a glimpse of the ex-USSR, she has a nostalgic, conflicting perception of political and cultural systems. Unable to fully assimilate into any one culture, she finds herself as an outsider with an eclectic artistic taste. Art represents the act of seeking, assembling and immortalizing beauty. Through her artistic practice, Kan recreates the state of inspiration and emancipation, experienced during my childhood. As a consequence of my fixation on Katya's past, her works strive to capture the ephemeral impressions. The concepts, which she explores in her work, include the globalization, surveillance, nostalgia, utopia and eroticism. In her artwork, she combines detailed, stylized portraiture with abstract, ornamental elements in the background, taking inspiration from the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Her most recent selection of pen and pencil drawings investigates the utopian world of communal erotic experiences in the context of ritualized ceremonies and stylistically influenced by Dali's monochrome drawings and the Art Nouveau British artist, Aubrey Beardsley.

Katya Kan Artist

email: Mccartier@hotmail.co.uk
Artist Website: Www.instagram.com/_katyakan_

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Marina Krylova (Belgium)

Artist Statement:

I love too make my pencils talk

Marina Krylova Artist

email: mar26kryl@gmail.com
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Luke McFadden (United States)

Artist Statement:

Luke McFadden Artist

email: luke_mcfadden8@yahoo.com
Artist Website: www.revaluedart.com

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Edwin Montalvo (United States)

Artist Statement:

Experimentation is the mother of invention. I draw when I feel like my painting is suffering.

Edwin Montalvo Artist

email: emontalv@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.edwinmontalvo.net

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Donna Newsom (Tulsa)

Artist Statement:

In 2010, I moved to Oklahoma to be near my aging parents, working various jobs from Muskogee to Tulsa. In 2013, I rediscovered my love of drawing and painting and did a couple watercolor portraits for my friends at the office. Now creating original drawings and paintings for people of dear family and beloved pets across the country has become my passion. I am also able to contribute custom portraits to raise funds for pet rescues in Tulsa and other cities. I would love to create a treasure for you.

Donna Newsom Artist

email: donna@dnewzdesign.com
Artist Website: www.dnewzdesign.com

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Nives Palmic (Slovenia)

Artist Statement:

My principle as an artist is to achieve uniqueness, not imitate anyone or anything and to be completely honest about my work. I rather understand my role as a messenger, and I see importance of art in communication, to remind people of everything essential for human and in human. Submitted work is selection of drawings from cycle "Rhythm of Nature" which derive from my constant fascination with natural forms and rhythms. My main interest lay in rhythm rather than outside form. What makes my work unique is very carefully defined composition where motif varies from image to pattern. Beside composition there is texture, which is also essential for my work, reflecting a character of each motif and adding dimension of sensuality. Quality of shape, space and light create special atmosphere.

Nives Palmic Artist

email: nives.palmic@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.behance.net/nivespalmia91a

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Dan Pyle (United States)

Artist Statement:

I love shadows, contrast, anonymity and using negative space in my compositions. My goal is to capture timeless "fragments" of life in my work, whether it?s the intricate lines of the human hand, or the delicate folds of a garment, they are drawn in detailed simplicity.

Dan Pyle Artist

email: danpyleartist@gmail.com
Artist Website: http://danpyleartist.com/

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Nicholas Sanchez (United States)

Artist Statement:

Nicholas Sanchez Artist

email: ndavidsanchez@gmail.com
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Sam Schneider (United States)

Artist Statement:

I have always loved art and have been drawing since before I can remember! I love realistic drawings , but I draw anything and everything! I am now a student enrolled at Cleveland Institute of Art. My goal is to become a gallery owner! Thank you.

Sam Schneider Artist

email: Smschneider@student.cia.edu
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Glen Schofield (United States)

Artist Statement:

I have been drawing my entire life. I draw everyday (paint as well). I trained as a humorous illustrator and received a BFA from Pratt in Illustration. My default style is somewhat of a caricature but its my way of doing portraits. I love drawing people and trying to capture them in ink. I love what I do and I'm completely passionate about my art.

Glen Schofield Artist

email: glen.schofield@activision.com
Artist Website: artbyschofield.com

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