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

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

Barbara Gillette Price(Espana) - "Grant Recipient - Shades of Green 2018"

Artist Statement:

Painter, designer, and educator, Barbara Gillette Price has had a varied and distinguished professional career spanning 60 years. She has exhibited her paintings, works on silk and paper, and collages widely in Europe and the United States, including new work and an ongoing series of thematic retrospectives.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she studied art during her formative years winning a Board of Education scholarship to study at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (University of the Arts). She married the abstract expressionist painter Melville Price and relocated to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa where he served as artist-in-residence.

Barbara Price earned a BFA and MA at the University of Alabama. During her 13 years in the South, she and Price were very active in the Civil Rights movement, which is reflected in her paintings and drawings of the time. On sabbatical leave in 1968, the couple made an extensive research trip to Spain that left an endurable impression on her artwork.

Following the death of her husband in 1970, she began teaching at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. where she became involved in the Woman's Caucus for Art and produced a body of work which focused on eroticism from a woman's perspective. In 1978, she took the position of Dean at Cranbrook Academy of Art and helped spearhead the development of the Arts District of Pontiac, Michigan.

In 1982, she accepted the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Maryland Institute College of Art. During her 13 years in Baltimore, she was responsible for introducing innovative changes to the arts curriculum, initiated international programs, developed an artist studio complex, and showed her paintings in numerous galleries.

She accepted the position of President of Moore College of Art and Design in 1994, returning to her hometown of Philadelphia. She was responsible for raising the standards and sights of the only art college for women in the United States, reaffirming its historic mission.

In 1998, Barbara Gillette Price retired from academic life and moved to Southern Spain where she established a design studio and art gallery to devote herself entirely to her creative work and exhibitions.

Barbara Gillette Price (Espana) - "Fine Art Grant Recipient "

email: babsgp@gmail.com
Website: www.barbaragilletteprice.com

Denisa Prochazka(Canada) - "Grant Recipient - Faces Of Humanity 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."

Denisa Prochazka (Canada) - "Fine Art Grant Recipient "

email: denisaprochazka@hotmail.com
Website: 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