|Equilibria 75 by Adriano Farinella, Oil on Canvas, 22x22|
|LANDSCAPES & CITYSCAPES|
|THE NATURAL & MANMADE|
|February 15 - 26, 2016|
|Thursday, February 18, 6:00-9:00pm|
|Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm|
Jackie Clark, Luis Colan, Jim Ebersole, Alexandra Evans, Adriano Farinella, Blond Jenny, David Kammerzell, Dimitrina Kutriansky, Natalie Levy, Griselda Lechini, Haley Litzinger, Adrianne Lobel, Walter Mosley, Sally Novak, Janet Pedersen, David Pullman, Nick Savides, Dori Spector, Boris Tyomkin and Tony Winters
Jackie Clark: is a life member of the Art Students League of New York where she continues to work on the figure and the portrait. Jackie is also a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Association, and has participated in competitions and events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region since 2009. From 1981 to 1983 Jackie studied with the painter and illustrator Frank Liljegren and from 1984 through 1985 with painter David Leffel and currently with Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Students League of New York. Additional studies include photography at the International Center for Photography, NYC; scenic design and painting with Lester Palakov- Studio and Forum of Scenic Design; and the decorative arts with Marc Guderou in Paris. Jackie is a specialist in the field of the decorative arts and has worked on many historic theatres, churches and state buildings throughout the country.
Luis Colan: is an emerging artist committed to the tradition of oil of painting, focusing in recent years in landscape painting, both in the studio and in Plein Air. Working from direct observation allows him to think quickly and to respond to light and climate changes as they occur during the painting session. Plein Air painting allows him to see and record colors and moods accurately while acquiring the knowledge necessary for the development of studio pieces. The limited time he has working outdoors forces him to focus, enabling him to connect emotionally to his surroundings, creating paintings that explore and celebrate life as it happens. Luis has been active in New York City since 2004, after graduating with a BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. While at H.A.S. he studied under distinguished realist painters Stephen Brown, Jeremiah Patterson, and Fred Wessel. Under Pat Lipsky, Luis was introduced to abstraction, a style of painting vital to his sense of color in the work he’s produced since his time there. After moving to New York, Luis has continued his education by attending the Art Students League of New York, the Teaching Studios of Art in Brooklyn, and partaking in numerous events and workshops, including a Plain Air workshop in Tuscany in 2013. He has been exhibiting in New York and surrounding areas in several group shows, two solo exhibitions and in 2010 became a Junior Member at the Salmagundi Club where he remains active and exhibits continuously.
Jim Ebersole: is a painter based in Brooklyn NY. He paints Landscape and urban scenes in a traditional style. Most of his work is done en plein air. In addition to documenting his environment, his paintings endeavor to convey a sense of spirituality through composition and the depiction of light and space. By focusing on these qualities he hopes to share through his work a sense of serenity and a spiritual presence that is accessible through our experience of everyday life. Often these moments are found in unexpected and mundane settings. His work is strongly influenced by landscape painting throughout western art history from Dutch painting of the 17th century up through American painting of the 19th and 20th centuries. Major influences include Van Ruysdael, Constable, Turner, Corot, Kenssett, Church, Hopper and Burchfield. He often deliberately borrows motifs and compositions from these masters to make a connection between the present and the past.
Alexandra Evans: was born in Cleveland, OH in 1982, but spent most of her childhood growing up between Florida’s gulf coast and the forests of rural Pennsylvania. She had an early interest in painting as a child, which was fostered mostly by her mother, a self-taught painter. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design and later moved to New York City in order to complete an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Fine Art. Her work is inspired by both the natural and imagined landscapes of all of the places in which she has lived and traveled. Themes in her work include paradoxical ideas of the real vs. the imagined, the beautiful grotesque, and the tragic comedy as seen through a theatre of human emotion. She is inspired by Slavic and German fairytales as well as myths, archetypes and fairytales from around the world. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Croatia and Germany.
Adriano Farinella: approaches studio work as a spiritual practice, painting landscapes from both memory and imagination with a focus on the sky and clouds as symbols of impermanence. If the sky is a metaphor for consciousness, the clouds then represent the infinite ideas, inspirations, emotions, and choices available at any moment. They are full of purpose and presence but are in constant motion, perpetually changing and evolving into some other form, yet, ultimately remaining themselves. They are at once the beginning of things and the end of things. The filter of memory helps transcend the obstacles of time and space. By cultivating the art of memory, the feeling of a time and place becomes more prominent than the actual place itself and the temporal gives way to the eternal. The clouds become figures who have been painted at a time in their lives and who, like human figures, are born, live for a time, change frequently, and then leave. Adriano is most inspired by paying attention to the present moment and the evolution of memory. He teaches painting, drawing, and figure drawing at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, Pennsylvania and runs several plein air painting workshops around the Lehigh Valley.
Sungyun Park (Blond Jenny): Have you ever lived in different country? Would you move to a different country for a better life? This is the first time in my life that I have been separated from my family and country. I wanted to live the life of an artist so I decided to move to New York. During the holidays most people spend time with their families but people like me who don’t have a family in New York miss our countries and families. We are alone. I have friends, a new life, and a dream, but I still miss something about my motherland and my mother who has loved me my whole life. I miss my parents, friends, and the familiar roads that I walked as well as the food, music, and everything I had before in my country. Even though I have made new friends who are from Korea in the United States, I have also made many American friends. We are close to each other and hang out together, but I’m still nostalgic for Korea. Even though I’ve left my history in the past, it is still a part of me. I will perform at the exhibit. Also will have an installation of my New York photography and short stop motion movies. I want to talk about my nostalgia for Korea and my life in New York. In my work two different images are connected by one. My work is based on things I love like a bears, family, friends, and my national identity. Taking the bear as an example, I made a story which about an American bear. I talk about the American bear and Jenny which is my fantasy character. They are strangers that become friends. I like telling a story using a character in short stop motion format as inspired by Charlie Chaplin movies.
David Kammerzell: was born in Houston, TX but was raised and lives in Denver, CO. He attended Arizona State University and Metropolitan State College in Denver studying Fine Art. In the mid '80's he began a career as an illustrator. He had many clients including Coors, Playboy, and Keystone Ski Resort. In the early 90's he began working in television creating graphic animations for CBS Channel 4 in Denver. Three years later he moved to Starz, a premium cable network with more than 17 channels. David received many industry awards there including regional Emmys. He was promoted several times, eventually to Director Of On-Air Design. During all of that time David painted on the side whenever time would allow. Early in 2013, after nearly 20 years at Starz, he left his position there to pursue painting full time. David paints objects, landscapes, figures, and collage-type imagery with a distinctly romantic air. All of his paintings are grounded in visually strong compositions and executed in vibrant colors. He employs the vocabulary of advertising and illustration, especially harkening back to the golden era of advertising of mid 20th century. He seeks to put the viewer in a narrative where the boundaries of memory and longing are blurred. David’s work is informed by the great illustrators of the early 20th century and pop culture. Either overtly or subtly, these influences are usually prevalent. His work often includes the juxaposition of natural and man-made environments.
Dimitrina Stamboldjiev Kutriansky: was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. The daughter of an Eastern Orthodox Priest, Dimitrina immigrated to the United States as a child, when her father was sent by the Holy Synod to serve as a parish priest in Youngstown, Ohio. Recognizing that Dimitrina possessed innate artistic talent at a young age, her parents invested what little they could in purchasing art supplies to encourage her artistic ambition, despite the financial strain of struggling to support a family of four on a priest's meager salary. Eventually, Dimitrina attended the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville on a full-tuition scholarship, receiving her bachelors of arts in fine arts. She then obtained her masters of arts, specializing in printmaking, from the University of Iowa's nationally renowned program, where she studied under Mauricio Lasansky, one of the "Fathers of 20th Century American Printmaking." Several of Dimitrina's works are now part of the art collections at both universities. Dimitrina’s artwork is collected internationally, and she has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions and competitions. Over the past decade, Dimitrina has had seven solo gallery exhibitions and her artwork has been featured in multiple publications, websites, and art blogs. Notable features include being selected as one of the Newest Emerging Artists in Painting by ArtSlant, being profiled on the popular blog Empty Easel, and being chosen for inclusion in Fordham University’s publication Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action. Dimitrina is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. Recently, Dimitrina was selected as one of the winners of North Light Book’s national competition Strokes of Genius 7: Depth, Dimension, and Space and will be featured in their publication this November. Dimitrina is represented by Compônere Gallery of Art in St. Louis, MO and Studio b. Gallery in Three Oaks, MI. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Metro St. Louis, MO area.
Natalie Levy: is a city dweller who looks to her surrounding for inspiration. She reacts to the emotive presence of place through artist’s language of color, perspective and light. Her sightings are those of intimate strolls and viewings during a quiet time of day. Levy paints a city as one familiar with a different pace of life, a slower and more meditative one than the bustle and energy of rush hour. She is drawn to the more permanent elements, not the traffic nor the people but the very structure than form the city. The juxtaposition of these structures form a patchwork design on the canvas. Old and new coexist side-by-side testifying to the ongoing growth and change of the city. Her art education began when he artist uncle presented her with her first set of oil paints and gave her lessons in the backyard of the their Brooklyn brownstone. Levy’s life took many turns but there were opportunities for study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the National Academy of Art, the Art Students League and a variety of workshops.
Griselda Lechini: Is an artist, best known for her impressionistic landscapes. Her subject matter includes forests, roads within them, flowers, and musical instruments. Her distinctive style is characterized by vivid colors that emit energy in all her artwork. Argentine by birth, Lechini has made the United States her home since 2000. Following a successful modeling and television career, she has breathed and lived painting as a career since 2008. Her works are held in private collections in Florida, Washington DC, Louisiana, New York and Argentina and exhibited locally in the Design District in Miami.
Haley Litzinger: was born and raised in the historical town of Peninsula, Ohio. The entire area, as she describes it, is haunted by remnants of the industrial and agricultural revolution. This is where she believes her fascination with mysterious landscapes originated. "I intend for my work to arouse curiosity and absorb the viewer into the environment. She creates her pieces with remnants of vintage books, magazines and drawn or painted images; They are collaged and layered in aerosol paint, dyes, gouache, oil pastels, ink, acrylic and watercolor." She received her BFA at Kent State University with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. She has held numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Northeastern US. Haley is currently experimenting with textures through the layering of various media and materials.
Adrianne Lobel: is a recent graduate of The New York Studio School. She is a member of The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea where she has had two solo shows. She has also been included in group shows at Julie Saul Gallery and Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City. She is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama where she received a masters in stage design and for thirty years had a major career as a set designer in Opera, Theater, Dance and Film in New York, America, Europe, and elsewhere. Both her painting and her theater work can be seen on her website at www.adriannelobel.com
Walter Lynn Mosley: has been an artist all his life. Walter began entering exhibitions and receiving awards in his early 20’s in California where he also received private instruction from Bob Gerbracht and earned a BA in Fine Art at San Jose State University before moving to New York for further study at the Art Students League with Frank Mason and other instructors. Walter is an American Artists Professional League Fellow and has also exhibited with the Allied Artists of America, the Audubon Artists and the Salmagundi Club (all in New York) as well as the Greenhouse Gallery and the American Impressionists Society. He participated in the Easton Plein Air Arts Festival (2007) and the Teaching Studios of Art Plein Air Competition. (2011, 2012, 2013). Walter was the first artist chosen to participate in the Bryant Park Painter in Residence Program in 2012 and consequently the New York Times wrote an article which featured an interview with Walter and one of his paintings. The NY Times article can be read at this address: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/nyregion/bryant-park-hosts-summer-artists-in-residence.html
Sally Novak: received her BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York campus. She graduated cum laude as a painting major. She works in oils, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking. She’s an award-winning artist with numerous art sales, solo and group shows. She also experienced in Art Administration, having co-curated a group show at Westbeth Gallery in Manhattan. She has been represented by galleries in San Diego, Palm Springs and New York, and her work is collected in both the United States and Europe. Sally is the studio manager/teaching artist at Creatively Wild Art Studio in DUMBO, Brookyn. She is currently working on a year-long project by creating a painting a day, which can be seen on her Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/sallynovak3/ For more information and samples of Sally’s diverse body of work, please refer to her website www.sallynovak.org.
Janet Pedersen: uses of color and loose brushwork lend an abstract quality to her figurative and landscape paintings. She exhibits and sells her paintings at Crow Valley Gallery on Orcas Island, WA. and has been in group and ‘small works’ shows at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Most recently she was awarded ‘finalist’ in the landscape category of The Artist Magazine 2014 competition. Her paintings are owned both nationally and internationally.
David J. Pullman: is a versatile painter and illustrator who lives and works on Manhattan's Upper West Side. His work ranges from portrait commissions and fine oil and watercolor paintings [done with his right hand] to caricature drawings [done with his left hand]. David can often be seen painting landscapes in Central Park or sketching people in the subways, restaurants and streets of New York City. His work has been exhibited at The National Academy of Design. The National Arts Club, Walden International, and Juno Gallery, among others. In December 1994, David's three-dimensional figures Mayors Past & Present were displayed in Macy's windows. His illustrations have appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Penthouse, Playboy, The Ribald Eagle, Time Publications, Fairchild Publications, and others. Awards include the Alphaeus P. Cole Award (Allied Artists), the Edward Mooney Award (National Academy of Design) and the John Young-Hunter Award (Allied Artists). David is a former instructor at Parsons School of Design and Marymount College and is currently teaching privately.
Nick Savides: Inspired by the works of Edward Hopper, the quiet energy within his art captures a palpable sensation of both light and place. The paintings' range encompasses urban scenes and architecture, landscapes, the figure and portraiture. After studying under Paul Georges at Brandeis University, Nick began a career as a Realist painter. Starting out, he focused on paintings of people in interior settings, drawing on Jan Vermeer as an influence. It was then that the effects of light became ─ and stayed ─ a key ingredient in his paintings. The paintings capture a sense of time and place with a certain understatement, as many of the titles would suggest, such as “Wall Street – Early Morning” or “Grand Canyon at Sunrise”. They grip you by inviting you in with the familiar and showing you more than you expected. As Val Schaffner writes, "Beyond the carefully rendered beauty, complexity, and calm of his art, there is mystery: a sense of something about to be discovered." Since his first solo show in 1980, he has exhibited in many group and solo shows in New York City, as well as Massachusetts, Long Island, Upstate New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, and was featured on June Middleton's "Minding Your Business," which aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in 2010. Twice published by Nabi Press, he had a retrospective of his work at the Berkeley College Gallery in 2012, was selected for the cover of the 2015 William & Mary Review, and has recently been selected for Artview’s 101 Contemporary Artists Catalog. Nick lives and paints in Brooklyn.
Dori Spector:enjoys working “Plein Air”. Along with her figurative and still life work, all paintings are done directly from life with an occasional reference from photo. Her inspiration for landscape painting comes from a farm just a few miles from her Pennsylvania home. She has been painting the lush fields and grazing meadows of “Ardrossan Farm” for over 20 years, and has had several solo show on the subject. The farm has provided the artist with a plethora of ideas about how to paint landscape in a way to capture the beauty of the land and yet preserve the memory of what residents in the area know and love. Ms. Spector continues to draw and paint daily form life being inspired by the changing world around her. She especially is driven to paint seasonal flowers. She also enjoys printmaking, which she has been doing the last 20 years where she works as a shop assistant at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Still trying to refine her skills Ms. Spector takes workshops at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and Grand Central Academy in New York.
Boris Tyomkin: was born in Moscow in 1970. His first experience with art came from his grandfather, Ilya Tyomkin, who was an artist in the Soviet Union and his paintings had a deep impact on Boris’s art later on. In 1980 Boris immigrated to Los Angeles. In college he studied biology, hoping to go to medical school. But at the last moment, he decided to pursue a career in art and made it his life. After studying art privately in Los Angeles, Boris moved to Santa Cruz, California. He became an integral part of the art community of the Bay Area and participated in many shows at galleries and museums, in Carmel, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. In 2009 Boris moved to New York City and in 2011 received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Boris has a strong affinity and love for the old masters and especially the artists of the second half of the 19th century, including the Impressionists. Among these are many Russian artists of that time period who were painting impressionistically. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn and exhibits in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Tony Winters: is a painter and architect living in New York City. In 2014 and 2015 he was awarded the Hudson River Fellowship for landscape painting from the Grand Central Atelier in New York. He received his B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of the South, and was recipient of the John B. McCrady Award in the Fine Arts. Further studies included Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, with continuing education at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Art Students League of New York and the New York Academy of Art. Tony grew up in the small college town of Sewanee, Tennessee, where a mix of eccentric characters from gowned professors to Celtic mountain men influenced his childhood. The college’s 10,000 acres (now 13,000) of largely unspoiled forest on the Cumberland Plateau provided the ideal playground for a young boy. Later, as he began his studies in art, these same forests and their ancient sandstone cliffs became his artistic spiritual home. He was fortunate to grow up during a time many people began experiencing nature through Eastern mysticism as well as through environmentalism. Influences ranging from Thoreau and Emerson to the Grateful Dead also helped reveal the timeless aspect of nature and its cycles, an important element in his artwork. After a few years of carpentry and construction work, he enrolled in architecture school at the University of Texas, where he graduated at the top of his class. The strong environmental movement in Austin marked the beginning of his interest in designing buildings that respect nature and are less destructive to the environment. Since 1999, Tony has owned and directed Pentastudio Architecture, New York, a professional firm focused on design for creative environments such as fine arts studios, galleries, rehearsal and performing-arts spaces. In 2000 this office was joined by the Italian design firm SOHO Architteture of Rome to form Pentastudio Associated Architects. Architectural clients include leading schools and arts organizations including the Blue Man Group, the Olney Theater in Maryland, Cinecitta Studios in Rome and the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. For more on Pentastudio Architecture see web site: www.pentastudio-ny.com. His current paintings focus on three landscapes to which he returns often: the Hudson River Valley, Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Tony Winters seeks to communicate his awe of nature through his art and expansive landscapes.