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?
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Kari Bienert Applies Time and Patience
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.”
Joanne St-Cyr is Inspired by Mood and Masters
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.”
Philip Noyed Uses A Multi-Media Process
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.”