|Portrait of a Young Man by Yuki Kano, Oil on Canvas, 16x20|
|Friday March 11, 2016|
|Friday, March 11, 6:00-9:00pm|
|Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm|
Jessica Charton, Sabrina Etheridge, Ariane Garnier, Kristy Gordon, Yuki Kano, Tessa Kennedy, Laura Montealegre, Zeynab Movahed, Mihaela Savu and Rosanne Walsh
|Dacia Gallery is pleased to present Pictura Fontis, a group exhibition comprised from artists that came from all over the world to New York City to attend Dacia Gallery’s artist Residency for spring 2016. This collection of work displays the endeavor of these notable artists that have been working on figure painting for the last few weeks to create a developed body of work. The paintings were created under the instruction of artist Kristy Gordon, whom herself is one of the top figurative painters today. Stop by Dacia Gallery on Friday night to meet the artists, hear what they have to say during their artist talk and view an impressive collection of figurative art.|
Jessica Charton: is a Los Angeles based artist. She earned her BFA from the University of California, Irvine with a focus in painting, drawing, and photography. Jessica also has a background in education and teaches art and art history at elementary schools. She is inspired by these children as well as the bright, lively colors of her Mexican heritage. Jessica has participated in art shows in Southern California and is excited to have her first show here in New York.
Sabrina Etheridge: has over forty years of experience in fine art. She has won numerous awards internationally, including best of show at the Orlando Museum of Art. Since moving to Orlando in 1992, she has been known commercially as a conceptual artist/painter with producers of amusement parks worldwide. She's a recognized artist in numerous galleries and museums around the United States.
Ariane Garnier: “I have always believed that art is a manifestation of the Universe. It doesn't belong to the artist who is the channel in which the idea, the concept or the spark emerges.” Ariane has held seventeen solo exhibitions in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina and the United States. And forty collective exhibitions in Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, Spain, Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Bolivia, Argentina, Honduras,United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Poland and Italy. Her relational participatory art experiences have been held in museums, art galleries and public spaces in Spain, Nicaragua,Guatemala, and in Costa Rica, in Central Bank Museums, Gallery Valanti Dreams and various public and private spaces. She holds a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Costa Rica. In 2006 she received the First Prize at the IV International Biennial of Textile Art and was invited to participate in the VIII Art Encounter in Genalguacil, Málaga, Spain. She also participated in the 2008 Armory Show in New York and in 2009 she was invited to participate in SOFA New York and Chicago. More recently she participate in the Art Hamptons fair, SOFA, AMARTE, and many national and international exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Costa Rica.
Kristy Gordon’s: paintings are a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people, transformations and self-discovery. She has exhibited her work internationally with solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Her awards include Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2010, 2013 and 2015), finalist placement in the 2013 Kingston Prize, and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014). Kristy has been widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Gordon holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Her paintings hang in more than 500 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.
Yuki Kano: is a visual artist from Tokyo, Japan that lives and works in New York City. Her artistic passion was formalized at Long Island University where she earned a BFA in Mixed Studios, studying drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in New York, including a show at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY and Dacia Gallery in New York City. Her work is inspired by her childhood experiences in China and Japan as well as her life in both the city and suburbs of New York.
Tessa Kennedy: Painting for Tessa Kennedy is an emotional outlet that releases something that feels bigger than herself. She is a self-taught artist from Seattle; now that she lives in New York Tessa has exhibited in various galleries in Manhattan, including Dacia Gallery in the Lower East Side and the Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea. She is currently under the guidance from master painters Kristy Gordon and Lee Vasu. Tessa has also shown in the surrounding area in Queens and Long Island including Long Island City, Kew Gardens, and Islip. She also sits on the board of a non-profit organization called Rego Park Green Alliance with whom she has worked numerous projects, including the annual "Queens Art Intervention" that she curates. She also is invited as an artist to the inaugural Queens Book Festival this summer at Citi Field, where she will be displaying her paintings and selling a children's book she illustrated and published. Tessa believes the desire to artistically express ourselves is what makes us as humans unique and explores this concept in her work.
Laura Montealegre: Painting for Laura is a vehicle for self-expression and discovery. She has participated in numerous art exhibitions in Costa Rica and New York City, including at the Costa Rican National Gallery and at the United States-Costa Rica Cultural Center. Laura has been painting for ten years, having gotten her start in the Mercedes Pinagel painting studio, and then at the Arianne Garnier Studio. These experiences inspired her to explore other artistic disciplines such as working with glass. She has studied glass in various schools around the world, including the renowned Corning Museum of Glass Studio. She currently teaches glasswork techniques in San Jose, Costa Rica and is an active member of the Costa Rican Association of Glass Artists.
Zeynab Movahed: was born in 1981 in Tehran. She has a BA and an MA degree in painting from Tehran Azad University's Arts and Architecture College. “I have had six individual exhibitions in Tehran and in Kuwait City, and I have participated in more than 20 group exhibitions in Tehran and in Los Angeles. My figurative paintings started being recognized after I started serious painting in 2010, and I need several collections, "The Clothesline," "The Way It Is," and "I Was There." These works comprised some 45 paintings using the acrylic on canvas technique, all in large dimensions. The main and shared characteristic of all these works is the deliberate elimination of the woman's face and sometimes whole head, which is a soft protest to too much emphasis placed on a woman's body, both sexually and the way she is expected to do a lot of house chores, bear children, and of course, ignoring her thoughts and awareness. The patterns and motifs represent the old and cliché ways imposed on the lives of a woman, who, despite her beauty, has been driven into restrictions and limitations. The lace is a symbolism for marriage, sex, or maybe the bedroom, and on a broader level, a woman's private domain. The woman in my works is a knowledgeable and educated woman who is aware of her conditions and protests them. She reads books and newspapers and it's as if she is saying, "I haven't given up on my dreams, and I don't want this day-to-day life to dissolve me in itself, and I want to keep on growing." Sometimes, she objects to her restrictions by tearing the lace. Her objection does not include shouting and chanting slogans; rather, it is always carried out with a feminine character and dignity. I rather like these symbolisms myself, and I think that the limitations and the censorship in Tehran have led me to give my message in a veiled way, which has in return strengthened my artistic work and has been able to get me closer to my own, personal language.”
Mihaela Savu: Earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Rinehart School of Sculpture. She exhibited in solo and group shows in Baltimore, Washington, Rotterdam, London. Savu taught at MICA "Smart Textiles", a course combining robotics and art. She was awarded the The C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Studio at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore.
Rosanne Walsh: Holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M. Ed from Lesley University. As an art teacher for eighteen years she has nurtured the love of creativity in hundreds of students while maintaining passion for her own work. Rosanne's paintings are an allegorical exploration of the dismay she feels at catastrophic environmental changes. A recent transplant to New York, she has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in New York City and the Hudson Valley Region.