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Preoccupation by Beth Sistrunk, Oil on Three Translucent Acrylic Panels, 26x30
Five-Year Anniversary Group Exhibition
September 6 - 26, 2015
Opening Reception for Anniversary
Thursday, September 17, 6:00-9:00pm
Dacia Gallery cordially invites you to our Five-Year Anniversary & Celebration. This exhibition embodies an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that focus on representational art. The collection of work contains a mosaic of figures and portraits through a life long study of anatomy, depth, color and light through the unique vision of each artist. From renowned representational painters, Victoria Selbach and Diana Corvelle to classically influenced Patricia Watwood and rising stars Beth Sistrunk and Daniel Maidman. Fusing together an achievement of what is currently being created in representational art at the peak of a new movement by young inspiring artists. Come celebrate with us and meet some of today’s most intriguing figurative artists.
Featured Artists
Erin Anderson is a fine artist working in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The focus of her work is centered upon portraiture and depicting the human figure. More specifically, her interests lie in the emotional nature of human dynamics, both internal and interpersonal while simultaneously exploring the duality of spirituality and consciousness throughout the course of people's everyday lives and interactions. Her work has been featured in major magazines and is in the home of collectors around the U.S.
Jose Borrell is an unassuming person who enjoys the natural beauty of things. He does not like urban environments, neither cars nor impositions of the present day society, which drag us into an artificial and stressed life. He attended the Arts and Crafts School in his hometown where he studied technical drawing from 1984 to 1988. He lives in the country with his wife Aranza and his son Izan (10 years).
Diana Corvelle - Engaging with the traditions of folklore and allegorical narrative, her work reimagines personal experience as myth.  Using mythological and iconic imagery to depict real-life issues establishes a protected space in which to examine the emotional content of each experience. Symbolic cut-paper imagery alludes to, without entirely revealing, the complex realities explored in each hyper-realist portrait.   Innumerable layers of delicately cross-hatched color give a solid presence to each portrait, while boldly graphic and precise paper cuts form a fragile landscape of paper and shadows.  Like remembered experiences, each component is both elusive and concrete.
J. A. Cook had her first solo show at Dacia in 2012 and has exhibited at galleries and institutions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2013 she participated in the Fountain Art Show, at the Armory, NY and had her work shown in France, Germany, and Romania as part of Dacia Universal Art Project. Museum shows include a four-person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ, Mattatuck MuseumCt, National Academy Museum, NY, Hudson River Museum, NY, and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands. Cook’s work was also featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code' and has appeared in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ, The American Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, and the Gallery and Studio Magazine, The Times Square Chronicle, TheGreatNude.tv, Fine Art Connoisseur and The New York Optimist.  Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America and Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, and The Allied Artists of America. She teaches at the Pastel Society of America and runs workshops in France. Her work is many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ. Originally from the UK, Cook studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University, England, UK.
Jennifer Gennari is a classically trained figurative artist and Illustrator. She began her professional studies at the Ringling College of Art and Design where she majored in Illustration and upon graduation in 2005 she began a career Illustrating for Hallmark cards. In 2007 Jennifer left her job to pursue further artistic studies in classical fine art and was accepted into the Florence Academy of Art in 2008 where she spent three years abroad studying classical realism under Daniel Graves. Jennifer returned to New York in 2011 and works both at the National Academy Museum and School and at the Jeff Koons studio.
Travis Little is a primarily self-taught Contemporary Realist painter. A graduate of The School of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio, he worked as a graphic designer and freelance marketing consultant until 2001, when he refocused his time primarily to fine art, illustration and photography. He started "Hommage Studios" to manage and market his fine-art, illustration, photography and interactive media work. The primary mission of Hommage Studios is also to support other artists by hosting networking events and workshops, and sharing facilities and other resources among creative hobbyists and professionals alike.  He is proud to support several local youth art education programs and facilities, including the Indiana School for the Blind. Most all his paintings are made from a combination of pigments (watercolor, gouache, dye, acrylics, pencils, pastels, etc), materials and applications that are sometimes handmade and unconventional. Some pieces use only a select few mediums, while others use anything available. Travis starts with an idea and a pencil sketch. Working in very controlled thin layers, the artist builds up the work and controls the tooth of the surface by additives and surface prep, using the interference and nature of dislike media to create finer detail than would be possible or practical by more conventional methods. The process is laborious, and a piece can easily take between 18 to 30+ hours of work. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and Oro Valley, Arizona, and works from a studio in Downtown Indianapolis in the historic Stutz Business Center.
Stefano Losi was born in Lake Como, near Milan, where he was raised and classically educated in fine arts.  After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi Universityof Milan in 1993,he worked in different senior management roles at the EBRD in London and other International Institutions, and currently works at the United Nations in New York, where he is also President of the UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle. In 2005 he was nominated Knight of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. After a long series of events organized since the early 1990s in Europe, including several shows and poetry readings in formal and alternative spaces, ranging from galleries, to workers unions and social centers, in December 2008 he presented "The imperfect dialectics of experience", a solo exhibition of paintings and poems at the United Nations in New York. Stefano Losi’s work has been featured in different publications, among which a book on Italian contemporary artists curated by Renato Miracco, and published under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  In March 2011 he presented "Under The Burnt Walls", his second art and poetry solo exhibition at the United Nations in New York. The author continues to create visual art and poetry in his Studio on 23rd street in Chelsea, New York.
Daniel Maidman's work has been shown in juried exhibitions nationally, as well as having been selected by the Saatchi Gallery to be displayed at Gallery Mess in London. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews, Poets/Artists, American Art Collector, Hyperallergic, International Artist, Manifest, The Artist’s Magazine, and the publishing arm of SUNY-Potsdam. He blogs for The Huffington Post and Artist Daily. His writing on Da Vinci is currently taught at DePaul University and Roosevelt University. His paintings range from the figure and portraiture, to still lives and landscapes, to investigations of machinery, architecture, and microflaura. His images occupy a spectrum from high rendering to almost total abstraction. His work is included in numerous private collections, among them those of New York Magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz, Chicago collector Howard Tullman, Disney senior vice president Jackson George, best-selling novelist China Miéville, and author Kathleen Rooney. He lives and paints in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Osiris Rain is a classically trained figurative and portrait painter who aims to capture the struggle, contradiction and beauty of the human experience. Originally from Waxhaw, NC, Osiris Rain began his studies in the European tradition at an early age. He began his formal studies at the age of seventeen at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and later continued in Stavern, Norway under the tutelage of figurative painter Odd Nerdrum. Osiris chooses to focus on representational work because it “provides the most accessible means of connection and empathy for the human condition.” Osiris works full time out of his studio in a historic cotton mill in Charlotte, NC. His work has been exhibited and collected in Europe and North America.
Victoria Selbach is a conceptual realist painter. Her passion for drawing was encouraged from an early age with Saturday classes at Carnegie Mellon Museum of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Her early years of classes at CMU provided a range of course work including drawing from live models, studying anatomy at the Pitt Medical School Morgue and just enough information to supply the questions she will spend the rest of her life answering. Selbach moved to New York City, graduated from Parsons School of Design and continues to live and work in New York. Her paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries across the country and at the Heckscher Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art. She has been discussed in publications such as Artists Daily, LI Pulse and Poets and Artists. Victoria contributes to the next generation of artists as a guest lecturer and one on one mentor to New York High School students.
Beth Sistrunk's contemporary oil paintings feature traditional painting techniques on present day materials. Multiple translucent panels are painted upon and stacked to create atmosphere and dimension not possible with traditional canvas. Sistrunk's interest is in painting the figure—women’s fashion, flowers, landscape photography and nature are carefully and simplistically intertwined in this new series of three dimensional oil paintings. Beth creates a world where tangled swirls of beautifully colored flower petals encircle female figures in serene tonal landscapes. Successive moments in time play out on the different layers of translucent panels as if the depicted woman has been captured in a time lapse; the sequence being carefully laid out for the viewer to enjoy visually as well as contemplate.  Beth's work has been exhibited in many prestigious galleries and museums throughout the country in juried national and international exhibitions. Sistrunk also won a finalist spot in both drawing and still life painting categories in the prestigious Art Renewal Center's 2012/2013 Salon as well as many other notable awards. She received her training at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and also studied painting and drawing privately with Douglas Flynt. Beth resides and works in Naples, Florida where she paints full time.
Patricia Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, Galerie Albert Benamou in Paris, and John Pence in San Francisco. Her work is currently on tour in China in the historic presentation of American Realism, Contemporary American Realism, which opened in September 2012 at the Beijing World Art Museum.  The tour travels to Dalien, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Wuhan, and Shanghai throughout 2012 and 2013. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals opened in October 2011 at St. Louis University Museum of Art, and traveled to The Forbes Galleries, NYC, in the spring of 2012. Her paintings travel through worlds of mythology, allegory, and contemporary human life.  Her images are carefully designed to convey the beauty and emotion of the visual world.  Philosophically, the paintings reflect the artist’s search for meaning and desire for spiritual connection with both subjects and viewers. Her paintings have featured her in numerous art publications, and two covers of American Artist magazine.  Her portrait commissions include the astronomer Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin for Harvard University; the journalist and anti-lynching campaigner Ida B Wells for the Kennedy School of Government; and Mayor Clarence Harmon, for the St. Louis City Hall. Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier, and Ted Seth Jacobs at the Ecole Albert Defois in France.  Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art and has given lectures and workshops across the country.  She is a writer and blog contributor for American Artist and Artist Daily publications. She is also the Vice-President of ACOPAL, a non-profit artist alliance created to build international relations between realist artists in the US and China. Watwood lives with her husband and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.
Beth Sistrunk - Preoccupation Jose Borrell - Esperenza Jose Borrell - Colores de Vida Osiris Rain - Magic Box Erin Anderson - Spirited Away Daniel Maidman - Leah's Back Diana Corvelle - Engagement Patricia Watwood - Pink Sybil Victoria Selbach - The Vision Jennifer Gennari - First Winter Janet A. Cook - AU Girl Travis Little - Vella Stephano Losi - Terra Amara Stephano Losi - Respiro