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Group Show "Faces Of Humanity 2018"

Artists Statements

Peter J. Buotte (US)

Artist Statement:

The Spirit of Survival is a nationwide sculpture program seeks to provide honor and dignity to today's Veteran who was physically and or mentally wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. In yet another instance of bravery and vulnerability, the intent is to have Wounded Warriors pose as a sculpture. The first phase features digitally-scanned and rendered portraits of U.S. combat Veterans who have post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury. The second phase will feature Veterans who are burn survivors and the third phase will focus on amputees. This program is inclusive to Veterans of all services, ranks, genders, ages, and heritages.

Peter J. Buotte Artist

email: buottep@gmail.com
Artist Website: https://www.facebook.com/spiritofsurvivalorg/ :

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Niamh Butler (USA)

Artist Statement:

While my work has always depicted a wide variety of subjects, from traditional portrait or figure to contemporary still life, what has remained constant is the focus on rendered tone and detail. In the same manner, although I have worked in a variety of media, pencils have always been my preferred and dominant medium, as they afford me the control that best channels my rather obsessive personality. My method likewise provides a channel for that personality in its constant measuring and re-measuring of parts to achieve accuracy in rendering the subject, reinforced by its focus on creating smooth textures and transitions. This approach to drawing is taken to its furthest extreme when I work from reference photographs that I have taken, but is certainly present, albeit modified by my academic training and time limit, when I work with a live model.

Ultimately, when time permits, my goal is to relive and enhance those moments, either captured by camera or presented in front of me, in which I discovered and felt something beautiful; this is achieved through my meticulous process of re-creation. The painstaking process allows me to feel as if I were living through the photographed instant, or the few hours with the live model, in an "exploded moment," or a life in a second, making the original moment even more profound to me. If the subject is a person, whether in a photograph or in a live sitting, the method of re-creation also allows me to feel like I am getting to know that person in a way unlike any other. In the case of creating a drawing or painting from a live model, my aim is to use the medium and process to truly delve into a careful viewing of the subject and translate the resulting meditative experience and insight into humanity.

Niamh Butler Artist

email: nkalit@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.niamhbutler.com :

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Fabrizio Crippa (Italia)

Artist Statement:

Fabrizio Crippa was born in Milan in 1972.  He took an early interest in photography from his father who shared the same passion.  Fabrizio Crippa is photographer at 360 degrees and his curiosity is the engine which drives him to his objectives, but he is especially enthralled by travelling where he successfully represents colorful images of the places and the various ethnic groups which he explores.

After being struck by his first trip in India, he has had several photographic exhibitions, making the oddities and colors of this amazing country known throughout Italy.
Always searching for new lesser known places, the main objective is to share with people the enchanting unimaginable through his eyes and camera.
Consider photography as a vehicle which can stop the hands of time, being not only able to prevent  people from forgetting, but to especially depict simply what not everyone can see.
 
He personally takes care of the post-production phase and provides training courses in photography with the most widespread photographic software.
He is the author of two illustrated photography books entitled “La mia India” (2014) and “Tribal India”(2016).

Fabrizio Crippa Artist

email: fabrizio.crippa@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.fabriziocrippa.it :

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Tom David (USA)

Artist Statement:

At the present time, figurative drawing and painting is the focus of most of the work that I produce. When I draw and paint figures, I am reminded that nothing in life is more important than people who are at the center of our universal concern for life. Successful figurative work, in whatever medium, must do more than merely document appearances. It must offer a deeper understanding of both the creator and the subject. I believe creating art is a process of seeing and thinking, rather than one of imitation. I have recently initiated a body of work that is developed from photographs taken from different perspectives and at different times. Using computer software (Adobe Photoshop), I isolate various elements from these photographic images and reassemble them in a collage portrait of a mythological, biblical, or historic figure. My portraits focus on a single but complex figure in a simple, flat background both for the visual effect and because it forces the viewer into an intimate dialogue with the subject. The underpinning of my work is a dynamic and complex process comprised of two interconnected suppositions regarding reality and perception. The first supposition argues that there is an objective reality but individual perception of that reality is dependent upon the lens through which we choose to look causing us to see only what we want to see or believe to be true, i.e., our perceptions obscure reality. The second supposition makes the case that there is no objective reality. When we view life through the lens of our personal experiences, values, and beliefs and then judge, classify, and sort people accordingly, we actually change who these people really are, i.e., our perceptions alter reality itself. So, when multiple persons engage someone or something, there is one subject but multiple realities. Making visual statements about this phenomenon is what my figurative work is all about.

Tom David Artist

email: twdavid@consolidated.net
Artist Website: tom-david.net :

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Merrilyn Duzy (USA)

Artist Statement:

Merrilyn Duzy Artist

email: duzy@earthlink.net
Artist Website: www.merrilynduzy.com :

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Denisa Prochazka (Canada)

Artist Statement:

I became increasingly aware of my feminine perspective and reflection of the life around me. The need for creation became reinforced with the birth of my own child and the desire to heal, protect and empower. I felt the need to portray feelings, needs and a visual conversation within the sublime. Many of my creations depict Universal symbols. Symbolism transcends the physical into the spiritual realm. My goal is to bring my art forward to public spaces so that passersby can find peace, beauty and healing connection for a moment in time in their life's journey.

Denisa Prochazka Artist

email: denisaprochazka@hotmail.com
Artist Website: www.denisaprochazka.com :

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James Earley (England)

Artist Statement:

I paint in oil paints and I paint people who are forced to live on an emotional knife edge. I travel the world meeting homeless people and I have recently painted a series of homeless people. I hope to capture all the emotions through their eyes

James Earley Artist

email: jearley97@btinternet.com
Artist Website: www.jamesearleyartist.com :

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Antonio Fernandez (USA)

Artist Statement:

I am a self-taught traditional/digital freelance artist currently residing in the United States (New Jersey). I have been working mostly in digital and mixed media for the past eight years and have done covers for both online publications and print graphic novels. I am influenced by the Brandywine School artists (especially Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth) and enjoy producing realistic, character-driven art infused with symbolism that will hopefully resonate with the viewer. My submissions for the 2018 Faces of Humanity show are the first two pieces from my series called, Ordinary Saints My goal for these ongoing serial works is to capture the heroic sanctity of ordinary people facing adversity.

Antonio Fernandez Artist

email: nomadgraphicarts@hotmail.com
Artist Website: www.nomadgraphicarts.com :

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Peri Gildersleeve (USA)

Artist Statement:

Peri Gildersleeve Artist

email: peri.gildersleeve@mca.edu
Artist Website: perigildersleeve.com :

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Ania Gutek (Poland)

Artist Statement:

Dear Sir/Madam I am writing to inform you that I am a Polish one but I have been living in Germany right now till end of this year.

Ania Gutek Artist

email: aim.zuza@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.instagram.com/ania_zuza :

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Laurie A. Guzda (USA)

Artist Statement:

The art of photography to me is shooting people and places that excite, entertain and engage me. All of my photos come from an emotional connection. It's what I love most about my work. They are my relationship with a subject. It is why I love shooting people and getting up close and personal.

Laurie A. Guzda Artist

email: Laurie@LAGuzda.com
Artist Website: www.LAGuzda.com :

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Lee Musgrave (USA)

Artist Statement:

Encounters on the streets of the world.

Lee Musgrave Artist

email: lee@leemusgrave.com
Artist Website: www.leemusgrave.com :

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Marissa Madonna (USA)

Artist Statement:

Marissa Madonna Artist

email: marissamadonna@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.marissamadonna.com :

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Gabriel Lavoie (Canada)

Artist Statement:

Gabriel Lavoie Artist

email: gabriel.lavoie@ucm.ca
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Debbie Koehler (USA)

Artist Statement:

With His other Woman is a 5 x 4 oil on canvas. The process of painting this particular image was the biggest act of love and support I could show to a person who desperately needed both.

Debbie Koehler Artist

email: wzrdsgirl@yahoo.com
Artist Website: :

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Seonyoung Kim (USA)

Artist Statement:

Seonyoung Kim Artist

email: gomattak@gmail.com
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Stephen W. Small (USA)

Artist Statement:

Stephen W. Small was born in 1962 in the Bronx, New York where he started photography at the age of 6. When he was 12, Stephen started working after school in the local camera shop and at the age of 18 graduated from the Germain School of Photography in New York. Stephen has done just about every professional job in photography including film and print processing for very large commercial houses, wedding photography, and photojournalism to name a few. His true passion is in the aesthetic realm where his talent truly shined. Stephen has over 90 cameras dating back to 1898 allowing him to experiment and create interesting images that many enjoy. Stephen has not participated in many exhibitions; however, many of his images hang in private collections. Stephen now lives in Dutchess County, NY and enjoys creating images every moment he can.

Stephen W. Small Artist

email: sws@FineArtBySWS.com
Artist Website: FineArtBySWS.com :

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Juan Sebastian (USA)

Artist Statement:

Juan Sebastian Artist

email: juan@juansebastian.com
Artist Website: www.juansebastian.com :

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Irena Prochazkova (Czech Republic)

Artist Statement:

Im the author of the posted Market image. I wanted to capture the everyday life and human stories that form from the situations that will put our life in the way. For example, the old lady is already tired of everyday routine, the young man is governed by nature. The contrast of young women shows how one uses his qualities and abilities.

Irena Prochazkova Artist

email: prochazkova-i@seznam.cz
Artist Website: www.irenaprochazkova.com :

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Samantha Oulavong (USA)

Artist Statement:

I am a middle school art teacher who fell in love with photography. Like millions of Southeast Asians from the late 1970's through early 80's, I came to the U.S. as a refugee. My parents flee the war in Southeast Asia in the hopes of finding us a better life in the U.S. Growing up, not only did I want to be like the foreigners who helped my family and I when we were in the refugee camps, but I secretly wanted to be a photographer too. My insecurities got the best of me so instead of pursuing my dream of wanting to become a photographer or working with a foreign diplomat, I chose my other passion instead, to be an art educator. After teaching for sometime I got inspired to volunteer to teach photography to children in developing countries in the summer of 2008. As I worked with the children, I started documenting their lives and their surroundings through my lens. The act of documenting the adversity and strength of the human spirit I witnessed ignited my heart's desire to become a free-lance photographer. I continued to volunteer to teach art and photography to children from developing countries between my holidays. The struggles of the people I witnessed whether it is on the streets of the U.S or out in the field, teach me to appreciate my blessings while their strength and determination to survive humbles me. Each subject of mine has a story that needed to be told, through their stories I hope to inspire people to not only take action, but to be inspired by them as well. Just like each brushstroke on a canvas reflects the artist's personality, each image I captured is a reflection of who I am and who I aspire want to be.

Samantha Oulavong Artist

email: somphonh@yahoo.com
Artist Website: www.samanthaphotography.com :

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