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Jacob's Ladder by Noah Buchanan, Oil on Panel, 48x48
 
DACIA GALLERY SIX-YEARS ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
 
Six-Years Anniversary Group Exhibition
September 7 - 29, 2015
 
Opening Reception for Anniversary
Thursday, September 8, 6:00-9:00pm
 
Featured Artists
Erin Anderson, Courtney Bae, E. Thurston Belmer, Noah Buchanan, Stephen Early, Blond Jenny, Marshall Jones, Caitlin Karolczak, Stefano Losi, Heather Morgan, Nick Savides, Victoria Selbach and Natalie Tyler.
 
Dacia Gallery cordially invites you to our Six-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 Erin Anderson to classically influenced Caitlin Karolczak and rising stars Marshall Jones and Natlie Tyler. 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.
 
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.
 
Courtney Bae: was born and raised in Sydney, Australia to a German/ American mother and a South Korean father. She studied Fine Arts at the University of NSW. After moving to New York City in 2008, Courtney began studying Fashion Design at FIT and then went on to complete a BA in Graphic Design from SNHU.Courtney’s appetite for painting began as early as the age of seven when she immersed herself in her father’s Chinese painting lessons at their home. This appetite grew during high school but after graduation she focused her creativity on fashion. In New York she began a career as a visual merchandiser, curating retail spaces for luxury designer brands. At 3.1 Phillip Lim she worked one on one with the designer and at Prada Group her work was often done in close collaboration with Signora Prada’s niece, Carolina Prada-Bianchi. Courtney also developed a close relationship with her friend and mentor, Daniele Pirani who is currently Riccardo Tisci’s right-hand man at Givenchy. In January of 2016 sheshifted her career to launch herself as a visual artist whilst still dappling in some fashion work. Courtney places great importance on color, tactile drapery, print, and her composition. But what she is most interested in is the “little moods” that she creates in her work.
 
E. Thurston Belmer: was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His work has been shown nationally, including two, two persons exhibitions in New York City, at Salomon Art Gallery, and Central Booking Gallery. His work has been exhibited at Denise Bibro Fine Art, Murray State University - Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Danforth Museum of Art, Seton Gallery - University of New Haven, Illinois Institute of Art Chicago, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Hinge Gallery in Saint Louis among many others. His work has been published in Hyperallergic, Direct Art Magazine, Artefuse, Beautiful Savage Magazine, Artribune, Hesa Imprint Magazine - Helsinki Finland, and Flavorpill. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Lyme Academy College of Fine Art in Old Lyme, CT.  E. Thurston Belmer currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Noah Buchanan: began his artistic studies in 1994 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied classical painting and drawing as well as extensive studies in human anatomy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 from University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied closely under Frank Galuszka. In 2002, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Steven Assael and Vincent Desiderio. He has participated in exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania and California. He has exhibited internationally in London, Aberdeen and Tokyo. His paintings and drawings are featured in private and public collections throughout the United States. The artist is exhibits with John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. He teaches painting and drawing at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Los Angeles. His work is based in the academic tradition of the figure, and favors themes of the mythic, symbolic and heroic. He is primarily interested in depicting the human figure as an anatomical event, which houses the spirit of the human condition.
 
Stephen Early has received many notable commissions and was a  Finalist at the 2012 Portrait Society of America's Portrait Competition, was also the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence in 2010 and 2008. Early, a Studio Incamminati teaching fellow who joined the school in 2002 at its inception, has served as principal instructor in Nelson Shanks' Intensive and Advanced Painting Workshops at Studio Incamminati, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Workshop, and the New York Academy of Fine Arts Workshop, among others. He also served as Shanks' teaching assistant at the Art Students League of New York. Previously, he worked as an illustrator after receiving his A.S. degree in commercial art from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He completed additional studies at the Art Students League of New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia. Early was one of American Artist's 12 Artists to Watch in 2012.
 
Blond Jenny: As a child growing up in Seoul, Korea, my parents didn’t let me play with dolls. I was in love with the doll like blonde hair Japanese characters I saw on TV but never had the plastic toys that all my schoolmates had. So, I drew my own characters then made cut outs of my drawings to play with in place of the dolls I couldn’t have. My favorite character was Jenny, a blonde haired cartoon with big eyes. Eventually I made a mask and was able to become my own life sized doll, Blond Jenny. I used her as a way to escape my fears and tell my stories. Moving to New York in 2012 was the biggest decision of my life and I quickly became nostalgic for Korea. Since then my artwork is a dichotomy between my memories of Korea and my new life in America. I’ve been using both photography and painting to convey imagery that consists of true and false, reality and fiction. Recently my work has been focused on finding ways to incorporate nature with the city as my backdrop. For me it is a utopia of different ideas coexisting together for a better good. My favorite mediums I’ve been using are lenticular and 3D prints. They allow me to capture different worlds in a single frame. You can see some recent examples by visiting blondjenny.com
 
Marshall Jones: is an accomplished figurative painter, Marshall was also the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2008.  He was awarded the Mason Grant and The Jean Gates Grant. As a scholarship member of the Salmagundi Club, he has been twice awarded the Richard Pionk award at the annual members show. In 2010 he was awarded the Fantasy Fountain Fund Travel Scholarship, which enabled him to study at the Paris American Academy.  Marshall’s work has been shown in numerous galleries across the county including New York, Vermont, Arizona, Missouri, and Georgia. Marshall Jones has taught figure drawing and painting at the Art Students League of New York, the Salmagundi Club, Studio 371 in Jersey City and privately. This fall Marshall was awarded an artist’s residency at Mana Contemporary Art Center in Jersey City, NJ. He works and teaches out of his studio in Manhattan.
 
Caitlin Karolczak: was born on Minnesota’s Iron Range. While art education was largely missing from her early education she developed an interest in her father's (a nurse) medical books and a fondness for early Catholic imagery through her religious upbringing. Her invented imagery demonstrates this influence. Caitlin intertwines the past with the present through the combination of age-old painting techniques with provocative contemporary themes. Karolczak's painting technique is informed by 17th and 18th century portraiture. She hauntingly captures beauty in the most unimaginable circumstances, especially to a 21st century viewer. Karolczak received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th century medical photography from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, she founded her studio in Minneapolis where she first began to paint in oils.  Since 2013 she has split her time between Minneapolis & NYC. In addition to painting, Karolczak pursues installation, sculpture, and performance art often incorporating objects of biology and antiquity from her personal collection. Karolczak has exhibited internationally in Bogotá, Minneapolis, NYC, Vancouver, Miami, Europe and more. Her work is in numerous collections across the US, Australia, South America, UK, Canada, Israel & South Africa. She has been interviewed by art publications in Australia, South America, Croatia, & the USA.
 
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.
 
Heather Morgan: painter and bon vivant, was born in Staten Island in 1973. She completed her B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1996, making up the “expressionist wing” of the school for the arts and haunting the underground music scene. She received her M.F.A. in painting/printmaking at Yale University in 1999. Morgan spent five years in East Berlin cultivating fluency in German, exhibiting and publishing work with Karoline Mueller at Ladengalerie, one of Berlin’s oldest galleries and a proponent of representational artists of the former GDR. Upon returning to the United States, Heather maintained a studio in Boston and then New York, and has shown at various New York and German galleries and institutions before joiining with Dacia Gallery in 2010. Heather next solo show at Dacia will be held in Spring 2014. Her last solo show was Lascivious, and she has shown regulary in our group shows to much fanfare: Black&White Holiday Show, Dacia's Anniversary Show, Dacia's Universal Art Project, and Hyperboreans.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Natalie Tyler: received her MFA from California College of the Arts and received her BA from the University of California in Santa Cruz in 1997. Natalie additionally studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna, Italy, and art history at the DAMS Program of the University of Bologna. She was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Cornell University, 2011-2012 where she received a Cornell Council for the Arts grant. Natalie has also been awarded full fellowships at both the Vermont Studio Center in 2008 and at The Art Students League of New York in 2010. Her work was reviewed well on RTE Ireland’s national radio arts program Arena, March 2010, and The Irish Times newspaper. Her sculptures have exhibited in New York, California, Ireland and London. Most recently, she was the curator of LUX-Art and Science Exhibition at Cornell University.
 
 
 
Artwork by Noah Buchanan Artwork by Victoria Selbach Artwork by Heather Morgan Artwork by Stefano Losi Artwork by Courtnery Bae Artwork by Caitlin Karolczak Artwork by Marshall Jones Artwork by Erin Anderson Artwork by Stephen Early Artwork by Natalie Tyler Artwork by Blond Jenny Artwork by E. Thurston Belmer Artwork by Nick Savides Artwork by Noah Buchanan