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

Nicholas Zalevsky(USA) - "Grant Recipient - Open 2018"

Artist Statement:

I hate existential fears. My works hint on how to resist these fears. Maybe this experience will be useful for some of my spectators. And I believe in general that the mission (if it exists) of art is to prepare us to the rendezvous with eternity. We are immortal, are not we? And please: do not consider this a psychiatrist's diagnoses

Nicholas Zalevsky (USA) - "Fine Art Grant Recipient "

email: vzalev@gmail.com
Website: nick-zalevsky.com

Matthew Bailey(United States) - "Grant Recipient - Drawing 2018"

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 (United States) - "Fine Art Grant Recipient "

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

Simon Hjortek(Sweden) - "Grant Recipient - Dreams 2018"

Artist Statement:

I am a photographer and filmmaker based in the middle of Sweden with a keen eye for the surreal.

My interest lies in displaying beautiful and strange worlds often hidden in the mundane every-day life surrounding us all. While moving through life like everyone else, I focus on applying the impossibilities of dreams into common grounds with a photographic and often nostalgic touch.

Subjects are often strong women being in focus or at times men differing from the norm of masculinity. I want to create images that challenges the viewer and raises questions.

With a background as a freelancer I?ve been working with both musicians and brands which has pushed me forward in developing my style both as a photographer and a filmmaker.

I have been published in Cap & Design 2018 and won an award for "Music video of the year" at the Dalecarlia Music Awards. At the moment I'm focusing on upcoming art exhibitions.

Simon Hjortek (Sweden) - "Fine Art Grant Recipient "

email: contact@simonhjortek.com
Website: www.magnificentbeast.se

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