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City Lights by Vincent Giarrano, Oil on Canvas, 24x36
 
PICTORES AESTAS 
 
Group Exhibition
June 20 - July 8, 2016
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 23, 6:00-9:00pm
 
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 
Featured Artists

Dean Adams, Erin Anderson, Arik Bartelmus, Diana Corvelle, Janet Cook, Joseph Daily, Brian DiNicola, Vincent Giarrano, Christopher LoPresti, Daniel Maidman, Afnan Rauf and Victoria Selbach.

ARTIST BIOS

Erin Anderson: Born in 1987 in the small town of Waterville, Ohio, Erin was immersed in art from a young age. Enrolling in her first art lessons at seven years old, she spent her early years learning to paint and draw copying works of the old masters and spending summers drawing from life at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2009 she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Entrepreneurship from Miami University. Upon graduation she decided to enroll in an independent program called The Waichulis Studio and later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she lives and works today. Her work has been featured in national publications as well as exhibitions throughout the U.S. Most notably she has exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as well as the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York.

Arik Bartelmus: was born in Germany, grew up in Kenya and now lives and works in New York. He has made innumerable illustrations for companies as diverse as the Wildlife Conservation Society, Just Kids, Inc, the Rhein- Neckar Zeitung (Germany),M┼ętiiri Publishers (Kenya), etc. He paints and draws extensively, and is currently working on a series of portraits of friends. He is thoroughly spoilt by the culinary diversity of New York City and reads every chance he gets.

Diana Corvelle: is an artist and curator born and raised in New York.  She received her MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.  Her public works include large scale and commemorative projects at South Nassau Community Hospital and the Rockville Centre Public Library.  She has shown in exhibitions across the country and internationally, including her residency at Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barths, French West Indies, that culminated in her solo show The Delicacy of Memory: Studies on Paper.  Most recently, she curated the group exhibition Love It, Locket, Leave It at Island Weiss Gallery in Manhattan. Diana currently lives and works in New York.

Janet Cook: recently participated in a four person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and was featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code'.  Her work was featured in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ. The American Artist Magazine and The Pastel Journal, have also published featured articles on her work. Cook has also won numerous accolades and prizes in both state and national competitions including two first prizes at the National Academy Museum, School of Art, Best 2d work in show at The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Silver Medal at the Allied Artists of America  and the Gold Medal Master Circle Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies. Cook is an elected Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Her paintings are to be found in many collections including the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ, The Buckingham Hotel NYC, and numerous private and corporate collections through out America, Israel and Europe. She studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, with Sharon Sprung, Mary Beth Mckenzie, and Peter Cox and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University in England.

Joseph Daily: has been making artwork for as long as he can remember. The son of two illustrators, he began his formal art training in high school and continued his education at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, where he was awarded a four-year scholarship. Joseph's time at college deepened his love for depicting faces, and he began working professionally as a portrait painter immediately upon graduating. Two years later, he won both Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award at the Portrait Society of America’s prestigious International Portrait Competition. Since then, Joseph has painted over a hundred commissioned portraits, and his work hangs in collections across America and the U.K. Whenever he can, Joseph enjoys seeking out paintable subjects in the gardens, fields, and woods surrounding his Vestal home. 

Brian DiNicola: received his BFA in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2011.  In the fall, he enrolled in their MFA program pursuing a discovery in color.  In 2013, he received his MFA and continues to paint and apply to exhibits. Tattoos are constant narratives. A subject’s skin provides the viewer with a story. They are visual literature written across anatomy.  I’ve been painting people with tattoos for a year and a half now, and am still reaching new levels of context.  The chosen images on someone’s body are a visual compass to their identity as well as a studying goldmine. These samples from my “Mira” series, speak simple stories by someone with dynamic skin. Mira’s dermis is quite unique.  But I’m learning its uniqueness derives from her normal every-day life.  I paint her in every-day poses doing things we all do. We all can relate to someone who drinks coffee or lies with his or her dogs.  It’s here, at this crux where I’m finding a particular language with her. A dialogue forged through studying and looking at simple actions that speak chapters of value, color, thickness, and shape. I prefer using non-acidic Gamblin Galkyd Gel.  I learned to paint with acrylics and always mixed used Matte Medium as my primary agent. The Galkyd Gel has a similar function - transparency.  However with oils, its consistency is relative to Elmer’s Glue. It can get pasty and often times, tacky. It’s my primary agent that convinces me I’m a painter who wants to sculpt.

Christopher LoPresti: grew up in Virginia where he developed a taste for painting and playing music.  In 2006 he moved to New York to study anatomy and the figure, working in various schools under the tutelage of many inspiring artists and academicians. In 2008 he earned my MFA in traditional painting and drawing techniques at the New York Academy of Art,  and continued to study at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. He lives and works as an artist in New York City.

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.

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. 

 
 
Artwork by Vincent Giarrano Artwork by Victoria Selbach Artwork by Joseph Daily Artwork by Daniel Maidman Artwork by Janet Cook Artwork by Dean Adams Artwork by Christopher LoPresti Artwork by Afnan Rauf Artwork by Brian DiNicola Artwork by Erin Anderson Artwork by Arik Bartelmus Artwork by Diana Corvelle