Innovative Artists

Innovative Artists Share Their Creative Process

How Do They Do It?

Shared by Renée Phillips

This week we chose Kari Bienert, Joanne St-Cyr and Philip Noyed from the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program to share glimpses into how they create their art work. These innovative artists possess exceptional technical skills and use unique artistic approaches to create extraordinary works of art that beg the question: How do they do it?

To  view more of their art work visit their full page articles that appear on this website using the links provided. And, visit their websites to learn more about them.

Kari Bienert Applies Time and Patience

Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert, Clouds, oil on linen, 42.5″ x 37.8″

Kari Bienert creates dynamic Color Field paintings that provide an endless supply of visual fascination and optical illusion. Her art is an energetic synthesis of colors, geometric compositions, biomorphic shapes, and pixelated forms.

Her creative practice involves a slow, deliberate and patient process of mixing many oil colors to produce a unique palette. One color may result from a mixture of 25 different oils. Her paintings require many weeks to complete and the layers of oil paint take months to dry.

She emphasizes, “Nothing in my works is computer generated or constructed prior to painting. Once my composition is hand drawn using minimal pencil marks, I use many different brushes according to the work.” Her process is very healing and meditative. “Each breath, each brushstroke, each note brings me back to the present moment of now.”

Read more about Kari Bienert

Joanne St-Cyr is Inspired by Mood and Masters

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Ré-création (Re-Creation), oil on canvas, 18” x 24”.

Joanne St-Cyr creates awe-inspiring allegorical paintings with the same technical prowess as the Renaissance Masters.

The artist fluctuates between painting in oils and acrylic paints, “whenever the mood dictates the inspiration of the moment.”

She describes painting in oils as a daily ritual. “I will analyze, look at and softly stroke my creation. I contemplate and meditate on its future, what it will become. Many emotions will be shared through its growth. I will feed it and in return it feeds my soul and I will not let go until complete maturity.”

Painting in acrylics is a quicker drying medium than oils. She writes, “I like to abandon myself to the call of its colours and to the impulsivity it demands. It is rebellious and fiery and has no patience for contemplation.”

Read more about Joanne St-Cyr

Philip Noyed Uses A Multi-Media Process

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Blue & Red Triangle (left) Red, Orange & Yellow Triangle (right). C-type Lambda prints mounted on ¼” acrylic, 3-sided triangle interior lit by LED lights, 40” x 16”.

Multi-media artist Philip Noyed uses bold colors, light, and high-voltage geometric compositions to produce versatile artworks that he transforms into wall-mounted or free-standing sculptural objects. He provides viewers with a mesmerizing experience as a myriad of transitions occur naturally as light passes through the art work.

He explains, “I begin by photographing subjects, usually my own oil paintings, at slow shutter speeds, transforming hard-edged, dimensional shapes into vibrant light-emitting compositions.”

The artist then reworks the photographic images using digital technology, to enhance the color, saturation, temperature and form. “I also skew, distort, cut, replicate and merge the sampled images, creating new kaleidoscopic shapes.”

Read more about Philip Noyed

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Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper Hewitt Museum Reopens in NYC

Reported by Alexandra Shaw

A Museum Devoted Exclusively to Design

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Housed in the the Carnegie Mansion, the former residence of Andrew Carnegie, it is located on the historic Museum Mile, 2 East 91st Street, near Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

Following a three year restoration project the museum is finally reopening on December 12, 2014.

With this major renovation this art mecca now offers 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

Cooper Hewitt Museum
The Pen in use on the interactive tables and the “digital river” of collection objects. Concept, design, and production by Local Projects LLC. Initial Pen concept by Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Copyright: Cooper Hewitt

Touch-Screen Tables Offer An Interactive Experience

The museum’s expansion continues to serve the public through innovative education and outreach programs. At the time of the opening, visitors will be able to experience a full range of new interactive capabilities thanks to Bloomberg Connects, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ digital engagement program.

This will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables. They may also draw their own designs in the Immersion Room, and solve real-world design problems in the Process Lab.

A newly developed Pen, which further enhances the visitor experience through the ability to “collect” and “save” information, will launch in early 2015.

Cooper Hewitt Museum
Poster, Blowing in the Mind/Mister Tambourine Man, 1968; Designed by Martin Sharp for Big O Posters Ltd.; lithograph on wove paper. 74.8 x 50.5 cm (29 7/16 x 19 7/8 in.) Gift of Sara and Marc Benda.

Comments from Caroline Baumann, Director of Cooper Hewitt

“With the unveiling of the newly transformed Cooper Hewitt, the public will access four floors of exhibition galleries—including the first full-floor installation devoted to works from our collection—in spaces completely reimagined for 21st-century audiences.”

“The new Cooper Hewitt is a must-see and must-do destination to experience historical and contemporary design in a way like never before. The museum’s dynamic exhibition program, enhanced by interactive experiences that draw the visitor into the design process, will shape how people think about the power of design and ultimately, its capability to solve real world problems.”

Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Mansion exterior. Photo by Matt Flynn © 2012 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Copyright: Cooper Hewitt.

More than 210,000 Objects, Museum Café and Shop

The transformation of the historic into a 21st-century museum is an astonishing work of design in itself, with an esteemed team of 13 design firms involved.

Displayed throughout four floors of the mansion the museum’s permanent collection contains more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries.

The museum will also open with the new SHOP Cooper Hewitt and a café operated by Tarallucci e Vino. The café will feature a greenmarket-inspired menu and will open daily at 7:30 a.m., so neighbors, tourists and Central Park enthusiasts alike may enjoy a morning coffee in the garden, which will feature an updated landscape design when it opens fulltime for the summer season.

Unique items on sale in the SHOP will include a glow-in-the-dark edition of Making Design, the Irma Boom-designed limited edition handbook of the museum’s collection; a suite of designs by Boym Partners that features a Carnegie mansion made of emoticons; and a special series of plates, mugs and trays in collaboration with notNeutral, which are inspired by the museum’s extensive textile collection.

Header image: Installation view: Immersion Room. Photo: Matt Flynn © 2014 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Visit the Cooper Hewitt Museum website http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

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Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Barbara Kemp Cowlin – Painting

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Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Water Jazz, acrylic on canvas, 58” x 80”

About Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a painter living in Oracle, nearTucson, Arizona. Her ethereal acrylic paintings balance between realism and abstraction. Her series “Water” and “Nooks & Crannies” deliver a peaceful calming effect on the viewer where time seems to stand still.  She is a certified Golden Artist Educator and presents art workshops. Her art is in many corporate collections and has been exhibited throughout the U.S.
Visit Barbara Kemp Cowlin’s website at barbarakempcowlin.com/.
Read an article about her on this website: www.manhattanartsblog.com/barbara-kemp-cowlin-paintings/
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Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Philip Noyed

Philip Noyed Creates Luminous Artwork

He Explores Light, Color and Space in Two and Three Dimensions

By Renée Phillips

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed is an innovative multi-media artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He creates luminous photographs, geometric light box illuminations, videos, paintings and mixed media installations.

His art work represents the quintessential contemporary art movement making use of creative technology that is changing the way art is viewed today.

Bold colors, light, and high-voltage geometric compositions characterize his versatile artworks that he transforms into wall-mounted or free-standing sculptural objects.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Medallion, C-type Lambda print mounted on ¼” acrylic, framed with white ½” acrylic and back lit by LED lights, 36” x 42”.

About His Artistic Process

Noyed’s art is printed as translucent Lambda C-type transparencies, surface-mounted to clear acrylic, framed in white acrylic, and back lit by LEDs or fluorescent lights.

About his process he explains, “I begin by photographing subjects, usually my own oil paintings, at slow shutter speeds, transforming hard-edged, dimensional shapes into vibrant light-emitting compositions.”

The artist then reworks the photographic images using digital technology, to enhance the color, saturation, temperature and form. “I also skew, distort, cut, replicate and merge the sampled images, creating new kaleidoscopic shapes.”

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Solarium Prism, C-type Lambda prints mounted on ¼” acrylic, framed with white ½” acrylic and back lit by LED lights. 20″ x 40” x 3”.

A Myriad of Animated Transitions

Noyed provides viewers with a mesmerizing experience as a myriad of transitions occur naturally as light passes through the art work. When viewed with 3-D glasses the animated surfaces of his paintings become more hypnotic.

His kinetic images provide a dynamic presence that grace many residential and corporate spaces. They combine a modern architectural sensibility with the power to induce relaxation.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Improv Tube, (Front and back views), C-type Lambda prints mounted in ¼” acrylic tubes and lit by LED lights, 30” x 7”.

Geometric Illuminations

Noyed’s background as a ceramic artist and also an expressionist painter have imbued his artwork with dimension and movement.  In addition to skillful application of design elements, color has always been a constant source of inspiration for the artist.

His “Geometric Illuminations” series demonstrate the culmination of his exploration of light, color and space. Accurately named, they successfully embrace the essence of of geometric abstract painting and produce a light-filled ambiance.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Blue & Red Triangle (left) Red, Orange & Yellow Triangle (right). C-type Lambda prints mounted on ¼” acrylic, 3-sided triangle interior lit by LED lights, 40” x 16”.

Exhibitions and Accolades

Noyed’s many one-person and group exhibitions include: Jeune Lune and The Marsh Gallery, both in in Minnesota; Bashimi Art House Gallery, in Salzburg, Austria; and Red Bluff Art Gallery, in California; among others. His upcoming exhibition “Geometric Illuminations” will be presented at the Phipps Center for the Arts, in Hudson, Wisconsin, May 22 – June 21, 2015.

The artist has been featured in several publications including Visual Art Beat Magazine and on television.

He has also won many national and international awards for his outstanding work in graphic design, digital design, video and brand development.

Philip Noyed
Philip Noyed, Improv Triptych in Blue, Magenta, Green and White, Lambda prints mounted on acrylic and backlit with LED light panel. 11″ x 36″ x 2″. Each image framed by white acrylic.

Poetic Works of Art

Noyed’s images are poetic and tranquil in nature as exemplified in the above piece titled “Improv Triptych in Blue, Magenta, Green and White”.  The atmospheric qualities of his art are always prevalent.

Philip Noyed received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Hamline University. His perspective on art is influenced by living in Japan for three years where he studied ceramics, calligraphy and Noh Theater.

He is clearly a visionary and pioneer in art, design as well as the performing arts. He was the first American to perform at the National Noh Theater in Tokyo, Japan.

Visit Philip Noyed’s website at http://www.philipnoyed.com

You can also view his video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/GloBtG_jVzs

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Roopa Dudley – Painting

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Roopa Dudley
Roopa Dudley, Sweet Heart, acrylic on canvas board, 12″ x 12″.

About Roopa Dudley

Roopa Dudley is a Chess Painter and the founder of new genre of art called “Epicureanism: Art that Delights”. She is also the author of ‘A Strategic Painter: Mastermind Your Craft’.  She is an award winning artist and her paintings have graced many Art & Literature national and international magazines and journals over the years. Visit her website to see more of her Epicurean Paintings at www.roopadudleypaintings.com/

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Nancy Reyner

Nancy Reyner – Painting

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Nancy Reyner
Nancy Reyner, Wishing on a Star, acrylic and (gold) metal leaf on panel, 36” x 48”.

About Nancy Reyner

Nancy Reyner uses unconventional painting materials to create mixed media paintings “that intermingle natural and magical phenomena to create luminous notions of air, water, earth and light.” She exhibits, lectures, and teaches locally and nationally. She is an author of several books and DVDs and is a technical consultant for Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Visit Nancy Reyner’s website www.nancyreyner.com/
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Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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James B. Campbell – Sculpture and Painting

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James B. Campbell
James B. Campbell, Installing the Sundogs, acrylic on linen and aluminum, 31″ x 52″.

About James B. Campbell

James B. Campbell’s “Installing the Sundogs” was selected by Lilly Wei — New York curator and art critic — for inclusion in the Manhattan Arts International 2014 “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” online exhibition. James B. Campbell is an artist from Indiana who creates abstract sculpture and fine art paintings. His art is on view in various art galleries, and exhibitions throughout the United States. Visit James B. Campbell’s website campbellarts.net/

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists featured on our website have been invited to join or received awards in our art competitions that are juried by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Mano Sotelo – Painting

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Mano Sotelo
Mano Sotelo, Waking Up From The World of Thought, oil on panel

About Mano Sotelo

Mano Sotelo is a Manhattan Arts International award-winning artist. His art has two categories: observational and allegory. His paintings have been shown in many museums including the Coutts Museum of Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, and Tampa Museum of Art, in addition to many juried and invitational shows and galleries. Visit Mano Sotelo’s website www.sotelostudio.com

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists featured on our website have been invited to join or received awards in our art competitions that are juried by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Valerie Patterson – Painting

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Valerie Patterson
Valerie Patterson, Summer Afternoon, watercolor, 27″ x 35″. This painting won an award in the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art”, 2014.

About Valerie Patterson

Valerie Patterson earned degrees in art and education and has been exhibiting her art for nearly three decades. “I create images that provoke action, thought and a feeling of commonality. I believe that… my art can be a force for discovery, unity, humanity, healing and support in difficult times.” Visit Valerie Patterson’s website www.valeriepatterson.com/

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists featured on our website have been invited to join or received awards in our art competitions that are juried by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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P.C. Turczyn – Painting

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P.C. Turczyn
P.C. Turczyn, Infinite Health,original painting in gouache. Limited edition prints available.

About P.C. Turczyn

P.C. Turczyn’s gilded paintings are built with numerous layers of resin interspersed with gold leaf, pigments, powdered bronze, mica, mother-of-pearl or abalone. It has been exhibited in museums, galleries and cultural centers, including the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC. Her paintings are in private, public and corporate collections including the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA. Visit P.C. Turczyn’s website www.pcturczyn.com

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists featured on our website have been invited to join or received awards in our art competitions that are juried by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Elinore Bucholtz – Painting

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Elinore Bucholtz
Elinore Bucholtz, From Many, One, acrylic, 48″ x 72″.

About Elinore Bucholtz

Elinore Bucholtz creates abstract paintings that have been recognized as “breaking down the barriers between the physical and the ethereal.” Her paintings are in many private collections throughout the U.S. and in the U.K. It is also in the permanent collections of Andrews Fine Art Museum, NC. Visit Elinore Bucholtz’s website at www.elinorebucholtz.com

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists featured on our website have been invited to join or received awards in our art competitions that are juried by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program.  Learn how to apply.
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Melvin Harris – Digital Art

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Melvin Harris
Melvin Harris, Robin’s Nest, digital art

About Melvin Harris

Melvin Harris resides in Saint Albans, Vermont with a background in painting and drawing. As a digital artist he always begins with a blank screen and uses software programs for creating his images.  “When someone views my work, I want them to experience the dynamism of color and shapes and how these two ‘basic building blocks’ of art have an infinite variety of possible expressions. Visit Melvin Harris’ website www.melvinharrisart.com

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists featured on our website have been invited to join or received awards in our art competitions that are juried by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to the Artist Showcase Program.  Learn how to apply.
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Chuck Close

Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration

A Comprehensive Survey at Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Chuck Close is an internationally acclaimed artist and leading figure in contemporary art. He is best known for his large scale, photo-based portraits created using inventive painting techniques. He has produced many iconic portraits of artists, celebrities and other well-known public figures including Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, Lou Reed, Roy Lichtenstein and President Obama.

A Yale graduate, Close was born in 1940 in Monroe, Washington, the artist has lived and worked in New York since 1967. His art work has been shown in more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries.

Chuck Close
Chuck Close. self-portrait

“I Love Making Art”

In 1988 when he was 48 years old an artery in his spine collapsed  and left him severely paralyzed. To this day Chuck Close  sits in a wheel chair with a brush strapped to his wrist to paint his magnificent, large paintings.

About this tragic event Close stated, “One thing that was clear to me early on was how important it was to have something to do – something that you’re anxious to get back to. I wanted to get back to work because I enjoy what I do. I love making art… It’s largely how I see myself. I’m an artist, therefore I have to make art.”

Chuck Close
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait, 2004-2005

Ignoring Parameters

What many people may not know is the artist suffers from Prosopagnosia (also known as face blindness), in which he is unable to recognize faces. As a result of this affliction Close was first driven to paint portraiture to help him try and recognize and remember faces.

As an artist who transformed his challenges into triumph he stated, “Never let anyone tell you what you are capable of using parameters that don’t apply to you.”

Chuck Close
Chuck Close, Emma, Oil on canvas. © Chuck Close. Courtesy Pace Gallery. Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, Pace Gallery

His Contributions to Printmaking

Although Close’s reputation is primarily that of a painter he is also a print artist, who has, over the course of more than 40 years, pushed the boundaries of traditional printmaking in remarkable ways.

Chuck Close: “Prints Process and Collaboration” is an exhibition that runs through March 2015 at Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). This is the largest exhibition of Close’s work ever presented in the southern hemisphere and is exclusive to Sydney.

Chuck Close
Chuck Close, Phil, Silk tapestry, edition of 50. © Chuck Close. Courtesy Pace Gallery. Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery

A Comprehensive Exhibition

Chuck Close: “Prints Process and Collaboration” surveys Close’s long involvement with the varied forms and processes of printmaking. It shows the artist’s range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut, among others and features images ranging from early mezzotints to monumental later works as well as water colour pigment prints and a new series of Jacquard tapestries.

This exhibition is organized by Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, and has been made possible, in part by generous underwriting by the Neuberger Berman Foundation and grants from the Lannan Foundation and the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.

About MCA

Located on one of the world’s most spectacular sites on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors to the public in November 1991. Established through a bequest by Australian expatriate artist John Power (1881-1943), who left his personal fortune to the University of Sydney to inform and educate Australians about international contemporary visual art, the MCA is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting contemporary art.

This museum is “dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.”

Visit MCA http://www.mca.com.au

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Joanne St-Cyr

Joanne St-Cyr Creates Awe-Inspiring Allegorical Paintings

Her Art Reflects a World of Fantasy and Symbolism

By Renée Phillips

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr at her easel

Joanne St-Cyr discovered her love for drawing and painting at a young age and started painting in oils when she was 13 years old. Born in Montreal,  Canada the artist now lives in Quebec, and has attracted many collectors and accolades from around the globe.

Her awe-inspiring allegorical paintings are created with the same technical prowess as the Renaissance Masters. In that equally compelling manner St-Cyr uses symbolism to represent various subjects in the guise of metaphorical references, a visionary state of mind, or an abstract concept.

Her vivid imagination has no boundaries or limitations. She has discovered her own powerful style  that originates from her philosophy and life experiences and communicates powerful and timeless truths about humanity.

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Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Soeurs d’armes (Sisters in Arms), acrylic on board, 24” x 30”.

“NUTURA” – Duality Between Man and Nature

St-Cyr’s current theme is titled “NATURA”, about which she writes: “The philosophical thread I am pursuing at the moment has to do with the constant duality between man and nature. Man’s extraordinary efforts to try and control nature, our stubbornness to manipulate, re-organize and mistreat her… she will not go down without a fight!”

About nature the artist continues, “She is magnificent, still unpredictable and resilient. At times she feels harnessed, laced within our control and will let herself drift until she regains her energy, man should be weary and respectful… she, will never give up.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, L’important n’est pas la destination (The Importance is Not the Destination), acrylic on canvas, 24” x 16”.

Praise for Her Art as “A World of Wonder”

Renowned American art critic Brian Sherwin commented on St-Cyr’s paintings, stating, “The paintings of Joanne St-Cyr invite viewers to a world of fantasy and symbolism… a place where each brushstroke pulls together in order to reveal the elegance and magic of the creatures that inhabit it.”

Sherwin adds, “Paintings, such as ‘Sunlit Moons’, beckon viewers to unshackle their imaginations… in order to embrace the world of wonder that Joanne has provided for us.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Ré-création (Re-Creation), oil on canvas, 18” x 24”.

Her Creative Process

The artist fluctuates between painting in oils and acrylic paints, “whenever the mood dictates the inspiration of the moment.”

When painting in oils, which requires time and patience to allow to dry between layers, she describes it as a daily ritual. “I will analyze, look at and softly stroke my creation. I contemplate and meditate on its future, what it will become. Many emotions will be shared through its growth. I will feed it and in return it feeds my soul and I will not let go until complete maturity.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, À la dérive (Adrift …), oil on board, 28” x 20”.

Creating Art in the Present Moment

St-Cyr expresses her feelings about painting in acrylics as allowing her to be in the present moment. It is a quicker drying medium than oils. She writes, “I like to abandon myself to the call of its colours and to the impulsivity it demands. It is rebellious and fiery and has no patience for contemplation.”

She also creates drawings, which was her first love and the form of expression she will always explore. Drawing permits her “to come into contact with the first drafts of the inspiration that my soul whispers.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, L’esprit d’Arbutus (Spirit of Arbutus), acrylic on canvas, 12” x 24”.

Exhibitions and Awards

Joanne St-Cyr has participated in many group exhibitions including the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY; the New Canadian branch of AOI (Art Of Imagination) in Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, Canada; Le Grand Palais, Paris, France; and Musée Marius-Barbeau in Quebec, Canada; among others.

The artist has won several awards including Third Prize at Musée Laurier in Quebec, Canada, and two “Outstanding Acrylics” awards through the Boldbrush online competitions. Her art work has been published in Le Magazin’art, a prestigious French Art magazine.

St-Cyr studied Fine Art at Concordia University and UQAM in Montreal, Canada. She has been a member of ‘Institut des Arts Figuratifs’ since 1994.

Visit Joanne St-Cyr’s website http://joannestcyr.com

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MIAMI RIVER ART FAIR

The Miami River Art Fair

The Miami River Art Fair, December 4-7, 2014, paves the way for the arts in our financial district as the pioneer art fair of the Downtown Miami – Brickell areas during the winter art fair season.

The Miami River Art Fair will feature a wide variety of exhibitors showing more than 100 artists from 31 countries.

The City of Miami welcomes the Miami River Art Fair as a herald for the revitalization of the Lower Miami River district, the city’s waterfront destination of the twenty-first century.

Miami River Art Fair
Emma Anna, River Walk Sculpture Mall

Miami River Art Fair is featuring both an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall of the Miami Convention Center and the one-of-a-kind Riverwalk Sculpture Mall, which is featuring monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River, including the work of Australian artist Emma Anna, shown above.

In partnership with the City of Miami and the Miami River Commission, the Miami River Art Fair will act as a launchpad for the revitalization efforts underway for the Downtown Miami/ Brickell areas and the Lower Miami River.

Nina Torres is the Director for Miami River Art Fair. For over 20 years, Nina Torres has been actively participating in the international art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. Nina has curated and overseen nearly 300 exhibitions at international venues, including the “Europalia Biennial of Art; Brussels, Belgium”, and “XII Festival Del Centro Historico Ciudad de Mexico”.

Currently, Nina is the Director and Chief Curator of Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery MIAMI and has partnered with the Miami River Commission to foster and encourage art in public spaces, with the James L. Knight International Center to exhibit a permanent collection of artist from the roster of the gallery and now is opened a permanent exhibition at the Conrad Hotel Miami.

As the only waterfront gallery to open in this location, it aims to serve the local and international community as meeting point where art enthusiasts, collectors, and the general public gather for interactive events in a bright welcoming space.

Torres states, “As the Executive Director and Chief Curator, I will continue to curate exhibitions with the goal of providing new perspectives on global contemporary art practices and
trends”.

The Miami River Art Fair 2014 is endorsed by the City of Miami, the Miami River Commission, the City of Mami Beach, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Art Deco Preservation League.

Miami River Art Fair 2014 is providing a unique fair-going experience during the art fair season as the only boutique waterfront art fair.

Nina Torres Fine Art at 1800 Club will continue to offer special projects that inject curatorial values in a space for cultural exchange while initiating a new phase for this forthcoming District in a premium location.

For more information visit the Miami River Art Fair website http://miamiriverartfair.com
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Thomas Hart Bention at the Metroplitan Museum

America Today by Thomas Hart Benton at The Metropolitan Museum

An Epic Mural Now On View

Reported by Renée Phillips

Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975)  was a painter and muralist at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. He depicted everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Fluid, sculpted figures are prominent in his work.

The exhibition “Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered” celebrates the gift of Thomas Hart Benton’s epic mural America Today from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012.  This  exhibition at the  Museum runs through April 19, 2015.

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton , Instruments of Power, one of the ten panels in this mural.

A Bold Combination of Styles

America Today was Benton’s first major mural commission and the most ambitious he ever executed in New York City. It is a bold work of art that  stands midway between the artist’s early experiments in abstraction, signs of which are still evident in the mural, and the expressive figurative style for which he is best known today.

Depicting a sweeping panorama of American life during the 1920s, America Today ranks among Benton’s most renowned works and as one of the most significant accomplishments in American art of the period.

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) City Activities with Dancehall from America Today, 1930–31.  Mural cycle consisting of ten panels. Egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012

A Symbol of American Progress and International Modernism

Thematically, the mural evokes the ebullient belief in American progress that was characteristic of the 1920s, even as it acknowledges the onset of economic distress that would characterize life in the following decade.

The mural was commissioned by the New School’s director, Alvin Johnson, who had fashioned the school as a center for progressive thought and education in Greenwich Village.

It marked an important episode in international modernism; the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco was commissioned to paint a mural in the New School at the same time, and the two artists worked on their projects concurrently.

In hindsight this mural stands out  as a singular achievement of American art of the period. It served to legitimize modern mural painting as part of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Project in the 1930s.

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton, Changing the West, one of the ten panels in this mural.

A Turning Point in Benton’s Career

Benton painted the 10-panel mural cycle in 1930–31 for New York’s New School for Social Research to adorn the boardroom of its International Style modernist building on West 12th Street.

The exhibition demonstrates how the work marked a turning point in Benton’s career as a painter—elevating his stature among his peers and critics.

Exhibition Sponsored by AXA

This exhibition is the culmination of an extraordinary partnership between the Metropolitan and AXA, which donated the mural to the Museum and also serves as the exhibition’s sponsor.

“For this, we are tremendously grateful,” stated Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. “The Metropolitan’s presentation of Benton’s great mural will shed new light on this visually and intellectually stimulating landmark in American art of the early 1930s, especially as the Museum will display the mural as the artist originally intended it to be seen. Positioning the mural’s new home in the context of the Metropolitan’s diverse collections, the exhibition also tells a unique story rooted in New York’s own cultural history.”

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art website: http://www.metmuseum.org

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Liesbeth Oudshoorn

Liesbeth Oudshoorn Paints Joyful Artwork

Her Paintings Are Inspired by Dreams and Nature

By Renée Phillips

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn

Liesbeth Oudshoorn creates brightly colored whimsical paintings that express her joie de vivre. She uses the name LbethO Art for her art business which she launched in 2010 with her husband.

The artist  who lives in Ossendrecht, the Netherlands,  has propelled her career into a dynamic international platform with exhibitions around the globe.

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Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, So Pleasant Playing with My Precious, acrylic on linen, 40” x 40”.

Creatures in Colorful  Compositions

In her exuberant paintings dogs, birds, giraffes, reptilian creatures and other non-human forms are personified in rhythmic fantasy landscapes. Their interactions and the titles of the paintings reveal their love for life and each other, and a panoply of other endearing attributes.

While some of her subjects are easily recognizable, Oudshoorn often portrays them in semi-abstract forms that tease the viewer into trying to interpret them. The pleasurable experience of viewing her imaginative images inspires personal exploration and discovery.  Her art is cherished by many collectors around the world.

Her art resembles the qualities of childlike spontaneity and surrealism of Joan Miró and Karel Appel, who were inspired by folk art, dreams and automatism.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, I Thought I Was in Paradise, diptych, acrylic on linen, 40” x 55”.

About Her Artistic Inspiration

“I dream my paintings, Oudshoorn explains. “Often I wake up at night with a vague image in my head. This is the beginning of a painting which forms itself in my head   while I lie awake.”

The artist also finds inspiration from nature.  “I live in the middle of a beautiful forest. During my daily walks I often see things that fits in one of the paintings in my mind: in a fallen tree I see a large insect, in a branch a large snail comes alive and in two trees that lean against each other I see a pair of giraffes making love. That is how I create my own imaginative, colorful animals.”

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, Come on Baby, Let’s Fly Away, acrylic on linen, 40” x 40”.

Her “Passion for Freedom” Series

As lighthearted as her paintings may appear, Oudshoorn demonstrates a sophisticated command of composition, texture and design, and serious contemplation while creating a variety of different themes.

For example, her most recent portfolio of paintings is titled “Passion for Freedom”.  She explains, the questions behind this new series include: “What is the meaning of freedom? Are wild animals free? Do animals know the concept of freedom? And when you play your part in life, but you don’t want this role anymore, when you need to hide behind a mask to be able to live, when you have to pretend?”.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, Alive and Kicking, acrylic on linen, 31.5” x 24”.

International Exhibitions

Liesbeth Oudshoorn has had many exhibitions worldwide which include the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, France; Galerie Arps & Co in Amsterdam;  Basel Art Fair in Miami, FL, United States; Rotterdam International Art Fair in Rotterdam; Berkhout International Art in Berkhout; and Fine Art Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

She has also had exhibitions in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, the U.K., Italy and Portugal, among other countries.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Do You Wanna Marry Me?, acrylic on linen, 31.5” x 40”.

Donations of Proceeds to Charities

Liesbeth Oudshoorn spreads a joyful and positive message through the  world with her art. She also donates a large part of her profits to charities that support her motto: “To contribute to improve the quality of life, both for people and for animals.”

Every year she creates Christmas cards and nearly 100% of the total revenues are given to several charities for children.

Visit Liesbeth Oudshoorn’s website at www.lbetho.com/en/

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Bea Doone-Merena

Bea Doone-Merena Creates Masterful Portraits

She Paints With Unwavering Passion and Boldness

By Renée Phillips

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena in her studio creating one of her large, bold portrait oil paintings.

Bea Doone-Merena  is an outstanding artist who has received many accolades as a realistic painter of portraits and figures. She has been creating art all her life, from the time she was selected to paint murals in grade school.

Her creative passion has never waned, even while she raised ten children, and she has always focused on achieving the highest artistic standards. She receives numerous commissions for her portrait paintings that capture the likeness and personality of her subjects. Her extraordinary paintings attracted many awards when she lived in Michigan and she continues to have a formidable art presence in Boca Raton, Florida, where she currently lives and exhibits her art.

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Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanity, oil on canvas, 50″ x 50″.

A Master of Renaissance Art Techniques

Doone-Merena has mastered the laborious and challenging Renaissance oil painting techniques. She enjoys all steps of the process — from preparing the canvas and the systematic underpainting, to using chiaroscuro modeling effects to give the illusion of depth, and the rich color palette and glazes  — that are required to produce her museum quality paintings.

She explains, “I let the great Masters of art history teach me their craft. In reproducing the finest art of the masters, I’ve found the best teachers who ever lived! I apply all these wonderful lessons to bring to life the human body, nature and commissioned portraits.”

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”.

An Exuberant Contemporary Style

Doone-Merena brings her innate sensitivity and fondness for her subjects to her portrait paintings and imbues them with a powerful life force. Her current artistic direction combines her expertise in the painting techniques of the Masters with a lively contemporary sense of color and composition.

“Vanessa Robar – Selfie”, a vibrant portrait painting of the artist’s daughter, shown above, is a superb example of her flawless, bold and exuberant style.

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Khalan in Red, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.

Awards and Distinctions

Doone-Merena has received many awards that include First Place, Best in Show, and People’s Choice Awards from such outstanding organizations as: the Boca Museum Guild; Florida State Association National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW); and the Sugar Sand Park Juried Art Show; to name a few.

Her art work is in many private collections. Most recently she received the distinction of being commissioned to paint the portrait of Marilynn Wick, Founder, CEO and Executive Director of The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, in Boca Raton, FL.

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Above Me, oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″.

Many Exhibitions and Publications

Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at Lake Worth Museum of Art, in Lake Worth, FL; Oakland Community College, Oakland County, MI; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, Palm Beach Cultural Council, West Palm Beach, FL; Schmidt Gallery at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL; and Boca Museum Guild, Boca Museum, Boca Raton, FL.

She has been featured with her artwork in numerous publications including Sun Sentinel Newspaper and Palm Beach Post, both in the state of Florida.

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Beatrice Doone-Merena , Hair Brush, oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″.

An Active Leader in the Arts Community

Bea Doone-Merena has been an active artist and advocate and has served as a member of the Board of Directors in such prestigious art organizations as NLAPW; Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; Boca Raton Museum Guild; Women in Visual Arts Professional Artists Guild and Women in Art-Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

She has also received honors for her teaching and volunteer work in art organizations.

Visit Bea Doone-Merena’s website www.beadoone-merena.com

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