G25N

Grant Recipients

Recipients of the “Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant", for excellence in the approach and quality in the visual arts. This grant is awarded as part of our exhibitions at Gallery 25N and is provided to visual artists worldwide



Paul Gala (USA) - "Grant Recipient 2018"

Artist Statement: I have long been inspired by the magical and luminous artwork of the Old Masters, the Hudson River School artists, and others. My artistic journey was fueled by studying French Art and History in Paris, France in the early 1990s. I?ve walked the same terrain of some of the great artists, and painted at some of the same locations they did. My artistic journey continues to expand to broader strokes of color and a deeper appreciation of what the paint demands of me on the canvas, not a reflection of the landscape that lays out before me. These places give my work an initial direction, but the paintings always take a life of their own.

My paintings are a reflection of how I see the world and I often get lost in the creation. Through the use of different techniques, including abandoning the brush and using my hands and rags, I directly connect with the painting. There is a kind of magic that happens when you are completely in the moment of painting. A viewer's enjoyment of my art is an individual experience. I provide an initial jumping off point, and then they are transported to their own special place.

Paul Gala (USA) - "Fine Art Grant Recipient 2018"

email: pjvg@nc.rr.com
Website: paulgalafineart.com


 


Michele Johnsen (USA) - "Grant Recipient 2018"

Artist Statement: I've considered myself a landscape painter for more than a decade, but my Master's work has prompted me to inquire into precisely where my work fits into the landscape tradition and why I choose this particular motif as my primary focus.

The description of intimate spaces and sublime vistas are my response to the way the landscape reflects the light and creates patterns on the forms of natural surfaces. Through the use of graduated hues, abstracted mark-making and highly saturated color I am able to articulate a range of emotional responses that speak to aesthetic rationales, and to psychological and spiritual concerns, allowing access into the magic of those special places.

While producing my work, I find myself feeling nostalgic for childhood memories that revolved around sweet spots in the environment. In order to have a greater engagement with these ideas, I invited friends and neighbors to take me to the places that resonate most deeply with them. Along with the pure attachment to aesthetic qualities, my new work reflects an engagement with events that cause a disruption through the hand of man and nature. I have addressed issues concerning "saving place" through an involvement with installation that incorporates constructed sculptural forms, creating an environment that invites viewer interaction. Ultimately, this passion to articulate the landscape appears to be a long and never ending journey that brings attention to both beauty and responsibility.

Michele Johnsen Award Winning Artist - 2018 Grant Recipiant

email: art@michelejohnsen.com
Web: www.michelejohnsen.com/home.html





Denisa Prochazka (Canada) - "Grant Recipient 2018"

Artist Statement: Denisa Prochazka specializes in the creation of large relief sculptures combining classical and contemporary materials and techniques. Large and imposing while poetic and feminine, Denisa's art is intended to be spiritually healing and influential in its symbolic intension. Using clay as the canvas on which she communicates, the artist offers us imagery that is vibrant with mystical and historical elements. Through her work, she offers a very personal look into the necessity to contrast past with present, personal with universal, reality with dream state.

"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."

Jesse Lane Award Winning Artist - 2018 Grant Recipiant

email: denisaprochazka@hotmail.com
Web: www.denisaprochazka.com




Jesse Lane (USA) - "Grant Recipient 2018

Artist Statement: I try to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary… to capture intimate moments and give glimpses of an inner world, suggesting a bit of mystery.  Emotion wrapped into a single instant.

My stories are open-ended.  I want the viewer to create those stories… and to feel the power and vulnerability of that instant.  My aim is to ignite the imagination.

I love the precision of colored pencil.  It can be as rich and nuanced as any other medium. My goal is to advance colored pencil in the world of fine art.

At best, I hope my work is both contemporary and timeless. If there's a theme, it's personal struggle.  This struggle is universal, but also unique to each of us.

Jesse Lane Award Winning Artist - 2018 Grant Recipiant

email: jesse@jesselaneart.com
Web: jesselaneart.com




Stefano Barattini (Italy) - "Grant Recipient 2017"

Artist Statement: Photographer Stefano Barattini, born in Milan in 1958, has focused his work on abandoned places for the past four years.

Like a modern explorer, he lets himself into deserted buildings and forsaken factories, run-down spaces that often echo with past and now forgotten luxuries. His goal? To create a photographic trace of the artistic and architectural heritage that is disappearing between demolitions, damages and intense renovations.

Stefano Barattini Award Winning Photographer

email: stefano.barattini@stefanobarattini.eu
Web: flickr.com/people/stefano_barattini




Kumi Hirose (USA) - "Grant Recipient 2017"

Artist Statement: My perspectives of arts is to express human events through paintings various emotions, thoughts, distress, anger, sadness and pleasure happening around me by deforming and restricting the chaotic world. My works of art are complex and mystical in a way, which come from my everyday existence that comprise dreams, imagination, memories and experience.

Painting pictures to me may be a way to escape from these realities and to get free from stress I feel.

My influences are people around me, friends, family and even acquaintances regardless
of racial background. Everyday interaction with others is very important to me because that is where i get inspiration from that includes ordinary and shocking things in life. I am very emotional and painting helps me everyday.

email: kumimi.art315@gmail.com
Web: kumi-hirose.com