|Untitled by Kiseok Kim, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 48x48|
Meet the artists @ opening reception
Throughout history the human form has been the epicenter of every civilization. We can find some of the earliest figurative work from caves in Lascaux, France to the beginnings of great civilizations in Mesopotamia and Eurasia. The Egyptian tombs of the Pharos and highly ornate Etruscan tombs present the viewer with episodes from daily life as well as spiritual beliefs. By painting and sculpting the human form, artists have created a language that expresses and resonates their culture across time. At the height of the renaissance portraits and figures dominated art and great artists were coveted by the affluent and powerful to depict their likeness. The evolution of portraiture and figurative work took a sharp turn with the invention of photography and enabled artists to have a new perspective on how the figure is presented. Today, artists employ traditional and newly innovated techniques to visually express their vision of the human figure. Join us at Dacia Gallery and experience a stunning display of masterful figurative work by today’s contemporary artists.
Rachel Burgess grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Literature from Yale University in 2004, and an M.F.A. in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in 2007. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries in New York and around the country. Her artwork has also been on the covers of many books and magazines. She currently lives in Manhattan, where she divides her time between teaching and printmaking.
Michael J Berkowitz: Attended the Art Student’s League as well as numerous university art courses. After high school, he attended the Philadelphia College of Art, studying with Raphael Ferrer, Ree Morton and Cynthia Carlson. For several decades he was a sculptor, performance and installation artist exhibiting widely in museums and galleries nationally. For 10 years, he exhibited with the Robert Freidus Gallery in NYC and showed alongside numerous photo artists including Larry Clark, Lee Friedlander, Jim Dow, Robert Fichter, Danny Lyon and E.J. Bellocq. A selection of his work is included in an upcoming exhibition at the Jewish Museum entitled, “Reinventing Ritual”. His piece is in the permanent collection and was included in the book, “Masterworks of the Jewish Museum”. Michael’s photography has been selected by curators such as Andres Serrano and Judy Dater for exhibition, as well as appearing in many photo books. Over the years, he has actively lectured about his work in museums and universities and instructed as a visiting artist/ professor at The State University of New York and Florida State University.
Eva M. Connell is a sculptor originally from San Diego, CA. She designs and creates bronze figures as well as glass. Her work has been exhibited at the Mendocino Art Center gallery and “The Blacksmith” became the cover photo for the May-June 2008 issue of the California Blacksmith Association newsletter. Besides bronze, Eva has been doing blacksmithing and bladesmithing.
Jamie Greenfield holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Studio Art and currently teaches at The Lawrenceville School on the Bunn Family Distinguished Teaching Chair. She works in various two-dimensional media and sculpture, and has exhibited throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. From her first Life Drawing class as an undergraduate art student she has been devoted to the beauty and the challenges confronted when capturing the forms of the human body. Its potential as a subject is limitless, as each change in view or position presents an entirely new visual experience. There exists always a connection between the artist and the model; each pose becomes a shared experience, augmented by the play of light on forms and the inherent compositional structure dictated by the body in space.
John Hampshire is a painter originally from Chicago, IL. He received his Bachelor degree from Skidmore College in ‘94, and his MFA from SUNY, in ’97. John has had numerous solo exhibitions that include: “Layers and Labyrinths” at The Show Walls, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, NYC, “Expressive Eccentricities”, State College of Florida, “Labyrinthine”, at Phoenix Gallery, NYC and "Recent Work" at the Walsh Gallery, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. John currently lives wand works on his art in New York.
Kiseok Kim was born and raised in Korea. He received his B.F.A. in painting from Dong-A University in Busan, Korea in 1999 and M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2008. He moved to New York City in 2006, currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in and around New York City. His recent work is the portrait related to contemporary people in the media and he entitled this series “Plastic” connected with the idea of plasticity. The plastic series is featured in public and private collections throughout the United States and Korea.
Thomas Legaspi is a representational painter, his work centers on portraiture, figure painting and landscapes. This New York City artist has studied academic classical training from The New York Academy of Art in 2001. The artist has exhibited in various shows and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, and the State Museum of Kazakhstan. Currently, he also teaches art at St. John's University, New York.
William Nelson graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Biology and Illustration. William relocated to New York City in 1985 and began his career as a freelance illustrator. In 1991,William Nelson was accepted into the Masters of Fine Arts program in Computer Graphics at the School of Visual Arts. While working toward his MFA, William worked as an illustrator and animator for Instructional Techniques Consultants in Medical Education, Ltd. In 1993 he earned his degree and received the Institute for Computers in the Arts Award demonstrating a devotion to fostering creative uses of computers. William currently paints in oils on canvas and uses digital photography and computer imaging as conceptual tools. Nelson has guest lectured and worked as an artist in residence in the MFA Computer Art Department at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His paintings are privately collected nationally.
David Rockwell: Originally from California, David lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles before moving to New York in 1999. He studied art and design at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. It is there that he began studying landscape and figure painting, working regularly in both watercolor and oil pastel. Since coming to New York, David has been developing a body of work inspired by the organic geometries found in the natural and scientific world. While painting abstract works based on particle tracks (bubble chamber diagrams used by physicists to study the collisions of subatomic particles) the simple beauty of the curves and spirals led him back to the figure, seeking parallels in the human form and the activation of space implied in every pose. His influences come from science, literature, art and design and the relationships that can be found between them.
Maud Taber-Thomas achieved her BA from Bowdoin College and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She also spent a year studying at Oxford University. She has shown her work most recently at the “Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again” exhibition at Sloan Fine Art in New York City, at the Scope Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland, and at various shows at the New York Academy. In addition to a Merit-based scholarship for each of her years at The New York Academy, Maud was awarded the Portrait Scholarship, which involves painting a portrait for the donor of the scholarship. During her undergraduate studies, Maud was awarded the Martha Reed Coles Undergraduate Research Fellowship to create artwork inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian Literature. She has completed several portrait commissions for people in the Washington, DC area. Maud lives and works in New York City.
Shawn Yu is a painter, originally form Beijing, China. He immigrated to the United States to continue his painting career and received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Shawn continues to paint and experiment with his unique technique of placing portraits of human heads juxtaposed in metallic still lives that have a touch of surrealism and abstraction. He has exhibited in New York and can be found in numerous national collections. Shawn currently lives and works on his art in Brooklyn, NY.