Aparajita Sen

Aparajita Sen Evokes A Sense of Mystery in Abstract Paintings

Her Mixed Media Art Explores The Dynamic Force of Metamorphosis

By Renée Phillips

Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen

Aparajita Sen began her artistic journey at a very early age while living in New Delhi, India. She enjoyed drawing and sketching and was inspired by her maternal grandfather, who was a well-known Indian artist who trained with the renowned poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan.

Her art resonates with a sense of mystery, poetry and the transformation of dynamic forces in living forms.

The artist who currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey explains, “My background and rich influences of different cultures have steered me to explore the concept of symbolism and imagery. The mythical implications in various cultures have always intrigued me.”

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Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen, Metamorphosis I, mixed media,  28″ x 22″.

Inner and Outer Realms of Existence

Aparajita Sen engages in experimentation with different mediums and artistic expression. Her  lyrical and poetic abstractions in mixed media are sublime and mysterious. Her compositions continuously evolve, expand, and raise our awareness about the inner and outer realms of existence.

Her backgrounds are atmospheric and ethereal, resembling the expansive sky, water and cosmos over which she applies tactile forms in contrasting colors and textures. This technique enhances her art with  depth, dimension and movement.

Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen, Metamorphosis II, mixed media, 28″ x 22″.

A Study of Transformation

Sen reflects her understanding that all living forms — in nature and in humans — are in continual transformation and growth. Her images invite contemplation and inquiry into the mystery of metamorphosis and form. She describes her Metamorphosis series as, “the study of a transformation as well as a unification of two states of being reflecting a change of a form from everyday life.”

Through her paintings we explore the depths of living forms that rest in natural phenomenon and the changes we go through as individuals and as a society.

Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen, Metamorphosis III, mixed media, 28″ x 22″.

Following Her Artistic Passion

Although she graduated from St. John’s University, New York with a Computer Science/Finance major her passion for the arts led her to acquire her art education.

“My strong desire to study art led me to make the decision to forgo my career in banking and pursue a career in Fine Arts and I enrolled in art classes at the Visual Arts Center in Summit, New Jersey. I have since completed several years of training with many award winning artists and worked with various mediums such as oil, pastel, acrylic, charcoal and watercolor as well as mixed media.”

Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen, Into The Storm, mixed media, 24″ x 36″.

Exhibitions, Awards and Honors

Within the last seven years Aparajita Sen has exhibited in several juried group shows in the tri state area. A few of the exhibitions include those with the Pastel Society of New Jersey, Indo American Art Council in New York, and The Center for Contemporary Art in New Jersey.

The artist was awarded the Award of Excellence from the Pastel Society of New Jersey, in its Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., U.K., and India.

Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen, Reflection 3, oil on paper, 4″ x 4″.

She Invites Viewers’ Interpretations

Aparajita Sen’s paintings are open for viewers’ interpretations about the natural elements continuously evolving as well as the elusive worlds and occurrences beyond our comprehension.

As she states, “I enjoy capturing the effects of the unification of visual ideas or subject matter and evoke a sense of mystery in my work.  I also take delight in exploring the compositional possibilities in creating abstractions from everyday life.”

Visit Aparajita Sen’s website at www.senjita.com/


The American Society of Contemporary Artists

American Society of Contemporary Artists 97th Members Exhibition

Leading New York Artists Organization Exhibits High Standards of Artistic Creativity

ASCA exhibition at Broome Street Gallery, in New York, NY, 2009. Photo: Hank Rondina.

The American Society of Contemporary Artists (ASCA) is presenting its 97th annual members’ exhibition at the High Line Loft, 208 West 26th Street, New York, NY, from October 18 – November 1, 2014.

The opening reception, which is open to the public is October 18, from 2-4:30 PM.

On view will be a variety of extraordinary paintings, sculptures, collages, photographs, wall hangings and mixed media works created by ASCA members.  All exhibiting artists have been juried into ASCA’s membership based upon the highest standards of artistic creativity and quality.

There is no charge is associated with the exhibition.

The American Society of Contemporary Artists

President’s Statement About This Exhibition

According to Barbara Browner Schiller, ASCA’s current president, “It is ASCA’s great privilege to annually honor the remarkable talent and creativity of its members via the members’ annual exhibition. Their artistic vision is presented in the exhibition and many, if not most, of the members have achieved professional and commercial recognition by achieving distinguished awards as well as sales. ASCA wholeheartedly welcomes the general public to its 97th annual exhibition.”

About ASCA

The American Society of Contemporary Artists
An exhibition of the ASCA Artists

ASCA was launched in 1917, in Brooklyn, with initial exhibitions at Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In the 1930s, exhibitions were held at the Brooklyn Museum among other venues.

Unlike many other artists’ organizations, which excluded women from membership during the early and mid 20th Century, ASCA always included female artists among its membership. Past prominent artists have included Chaim Gross, Minna Citron and Adolph Gottlieb, among others.

100 Outstanding Members

The American Society of Contemporary Artists membership is comprised of about one hundred artists, curators, critics, teachers, and members of other important art organizations. Networking and community are very important components of the organization.

Members benefit from attending receptions, meetings, and studio visits, exchanges of ideas and friendships. These experiences add to the vitality of the organization and explain its longevity. Through its exhibitions, sales, and connecting with fellow artist members, the needs of the painter, sculptor, and printmaker are met.

The organization is always open to accepting new members and holds meetings twice a year to review its submissions. Artists should visit the ASCA website for more information.

“A Forward Thinking Organization”

In a review of a previous ASCA exhibition in Gallery & Studio magazine, art writer Marie R. Pagano  stated, “ASCA is one of the more forward-looking of such artist’s organizations, less mired in tradition than some others, and its annuals in-variably yield a number of surprises.”

To learn more about The American Society of Contemporary Artists visit the organization’s website at www.ascartists.org.


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Georgia O'Keeffe

Iconic Georgia O’Keeffe Painting at Sotheby’s Auction


Sotheby’s to Offer One of the Most Iconic Works by Georgia O’Keeffe Ever to Appear at Auction

Sotheby’s is honored to announce that it will offer one of the most iconic works by Georgia O’Keeffe ever to appear at auction, as the centerpiece of its American Art sale in New York on 20 November 2014.

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is one of the most well-known examples of O’Keeffe’s celebrated flower paintings, which stand among the most recognizable images in both art history and popular culture.

The painting is one of three works by the American artist that are on offer from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund.

Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower #1

About Jimson Weed/White Flower #1

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 will be on view in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, before returning to New York for exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries beginning 15 November. The work comes to auction with an estimate of $10-15 million, well in excess of the artist’s auction record.

O’Keeffe first saw Jimson weed growing in northern New Mexico – a setting that would come to define much of her career – and painted the present work in 1932.

At a significant 48 by 40 inches, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is one of the rare instances early in her career that O’Keeffe chose a canvas size noticeably larger than her usual format. The same year, the artist had started plans for a mural construction for Radio City Music Hall, which was then under construction in Rockefeller Center. This may have led her to experiment with a larger format in her paintings.

Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe, On The Old Santa Fee Road

On The Old Santa Fee Road Also In Auction

Also on offer from the Museum’s collection and sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund is On the Old Santa Fe Road, estimated at $2/3 million, and Untitled (Skunk Cabbage), estimated at $500-750,000.

“This deaccession is part of the maturation of the Georgia O’Keeffe institution and aligns with our future collecting strategy, coupled with planned giving and donations,” said Rob Kret, Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Income Will Benefit O’Keeffe Museum

Kret also stated, “This has been a thoughtful process that has unfolded over the course of more than a year, and the deaccession is fully supported by the donor of the three works and was unanimously approved by the Georgia O’Keeffe board of directors. All of the income from this sale will be used for future acquisitions to support the growth of our dynamic, vibrant O’Keeffe collection.”

About The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

To inspire all current and future generations, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum preserves, presents and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and modernism through innovative public engagement, education, and research. Opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997, the Museum counts O’Keeffe’s two New Mexico homes as part of its extended collection. The Museum’s collections, exhibitions, research center, publications and educational programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve a diverse audience.

For more information please visit www.okeeffemuseum.org.


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Ren Crawford

Ren Crawford Shares Magic and Healing in Abstract Paintings

Her Colorful Art Brings Joy to Others

By Renée Phillips

Ren Crawford Artist
Ren Crawford in her studio.

Ren Crawford is a full-time artist working from her studio and gallery in Strasburg, Virginia.

Her exuberant abstract paintings express universal states of being and strong nuances of perception. Rendered with color harmony and informed brushwork they  reflect her powerful command of communication.

Throughout her illustrious art career Ren Crawford has traveled extensively and has exhibited her work in many countries. She attributes the pleasure of living in such colorful places such as Hawaii, California, and Japan as having influenced her radiant palette and her robust spontaneous style of painting.

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Ren Crawford
Ren Crawford, Tribute for Tara, mixed media, 30″ x 36″.

She Communicates With Color, Form and Line

In the style of abstract expressionism, and her proficiency in a range of mediums, one of the words that characterizes Ren Crawford’s artwork is versatility. Her use of both complementary and analogous colors generates a visceral intensity. Spatial depth, contrast and harmony are achieved by the the juxtaposition of broad, sweeping areas combined with rhythmic gestural lines. Her expansive vocabulary includes organic forms as well as geometric shapes.

As the artist, with a plentiful supply of joie de vivre exclaims,  “I feel compelled to communicate with color, form and line.”

In one series she adds words to emphasize a powerful message. In another series she provides several interchangeable small canvases to create larger compositions.

Ren Crawford
Ren Crawford, Puzzlement, mixed media on canvas, 24″ x 30″

Her Many Collections Include Healing Arts

Ren Crawford’s art is included in numerous collections throughout the world including The Wellness Center and The Concord, both in West Virginia; and Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia. An artist who is aware of the healing impact of art she is pleased that her art has found its way into many healing and medical facilities.

She states, “I feel that when I paint I bring happiness, balance and joy to my own life and that it speaks to others in the same way.” She is very proud that her art is included in many healing art collections so that it can reach many people who need it most.

Ren Crawford
Ren Crawford, River Rises, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Her Galleries and Art Leadership

In addition to her own studio and gallery that is open by appointment her art work is on display in Gallery One, Winchester, Virginia; Shenandoah Art Works, Strasburg, Virginia; and Little Gallery at SML, Monetta, Virginia.

In addition to being a formidable artist she has contributed to the arts community. She is the former director and owner of the Danner House Art Gallery in Middletown, Virginia. She was also president of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of National Pen Women’s organization promoting both writing and visual art for women.

Ren Crawford
Ren Crawford, Etude For Erin, oil on canvas, 36″ x 30″.

Contributions to Art Education

Providing art education has been very important to Ren Crawford. She was an art teacher in North Carolina Public schools and was selected by the Cultural Arts Program to begin a pilot program for the schools on the coast of North Carolina.

She taught painting at the Rockbridge Fine Arts Workshop on the campus of Washington and Lee University. She also served as a volunteer in art programs for the Special Ed programs in elementary schools, Lexington, Virgnia.

Ren Crawford
Ren Crawford, My Garden, mixed media on canvas, 36″ x 30″

She Shares The Magic and Miracle of Creative Expression With Others

From the time she was a child Ren Crawford has been mesmerized by the many possibilities that await her whenever she approaches a blank canvas or sheet of paper. She refers to her creative talent as being “under that spell” and explains that she has felt that way ever since she received a gift of a “Magic Box of watercolors” when she was four years old.

“I have seen art as a healing and as an expression for many who have no other means to express themselves. That is why I have volunteered countless hours in special education classes. To witness a person being able to connect through art is a miracle.”

Ren Crawford received her BA degree in education at Behaven University, Jackson, MS and continued her art training with John Brady, Charlotte NC and with Akira, in Japan.

Visit Ren Crawford’s website at http://rencrawford.com


Gaia Orion

Why Do Artists Create Art?

Michael Amrose, Linda S. Watson, and Gaia Orion Share Their Inspiration

One of the most magical questions of all time is why do artists create art? What are the sources of their inspiration? The replies are as diverse as the art they create.

For this article we selected three different artists from the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program to share their insight.

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Michael Amrose

Michael Amrose is an artist who creates ethereal abstract photographs that convey a sense of tranquility and the sublime. His unusual subject matter, striking compositions, and unorthodox digital photographic techniques all serve to enhance his poetic works of art.

Michael Amrose Abstract Photographs
Michael Amrose, C1-Series, photograph

Michael, when did you first become interested in art and why?

MA: My interest in art began at an early age, however, opportunities to cultivate this interest were limited. It was not until I met my girlfriend who later became my wife that I developed an obsession for photography. With the use of her 35 mm single lens reflex camera (Konica) I became infatuated with the camera—how it worked and captured reality. I started reading books on 35 mm photography and the photographic image, taking photography courses, and looking at photographs. This was the beginning of my journey into fine art photography.

What does Art mean to you?

MA: Art is like a good book—story telling, political statements, documentation of events, places, or things and/or expressing great depth of emotion. Much like a good book, art teaches, informs, entertains, and best of all, it reaches into my heart and soul to move me. When I started in photography art was, and still is, a great source of gratification and enjoyment.

Read more about Michael Amrose here: http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/michael-amrose-abstract-photographs/

Linda S. Watson

Linda S. Watson creates awe-inspiring, tactile and colorful mixed media abstract paintings. Her paintings, that are inspired by the cosmos, the volcanoes of Hawaii, and minerals, remind us of the mystifying relationships we share with our natural environment.

Linda S. Watson
Linda S. Watson, Nebula Rising, watercolor, ink, and mixed media on paper, 6” x 8”.

Linda, when did you first become interested in art and why?

LSW: Iʼve loved making art ever since I was a child. My desire to become a painter was solidified by a visit to the M.H. de Young Museum in 1971; it was there that I saw a major exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh and my life was changed forever.

Do you have a particular philosophy or belief that guides your creative expression?

LSW: I think Andy Warhol said it best when he quipped: “Donʼt think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if itʼs good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

Painting abstract art gives me the freedom to throw out all the rules. Abstraction allows me to tap into my feelings, intuition and inventiveness, and work in a more spontaneous manner. I enjoy a creative process in which nothing is ‘wrong’ and the joy comes from playing with materials, colors, shapes, ideas and design.

Read more about Linda Watson here: http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/linda-s-watson-abstract-paintings/

Gaia Orion

Gaia Orion has received international acclaim for her visionary paintings and for her participation in many worldwide projects that strive for positive change.

Her universal themes that embrace love, unity, equality, and harmony have led to numerous exhibitions and have attracted many awards and collectors.

Gaia Orion
Gaia Orion, Wholeness, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″.

Gaia, what message would you like viewers of your art work to receive?

GO: I find that my work takes people into the world of self reflection: even though each painting has a story and a reason to exist that is in relation with my own personal journey, they are often interpreted according to the viewer’s state of being and life. This is a way for each person to learn about themselves.

What is the greatest reward you receive from being an artist?

I find it so gratifying when I can engage with others and when we share personal stories in relation to my pieces. I learned that when presenting my art it is essential to be present. People are not just buying something they like, they also take home the experience and connection that they had with the artist. These many moments of intimacy and sharing with people from all walks of life has been the greatest reward I received from being an artist.

I am looking to embrace and touch as many people as possible in the understanding that we are all looking to live a peaceful and meaningful life.

Read more about Gaia Orion here: http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/gaia-orion-visionary-paintings/

Header image: Equilibrium, painting by Gaia Orion

Cubism at the Metropolitan Museum

Cubism at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

An Exhibition of Cubist Art by Braque, Gris, Léger and Picasso

Reported by Renée Phillips

An incredible exhibition of Cubist Art will be coming to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, NY this fall.

Cubism is recognized as the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century and remains a major source of inspiration for many artists today.  Cubism marked a major turning point in the whole evolution of modernist art in this century. It is credited for having paved the way for the pure abstraction that dominated Western art for the next 50 years.

The Cubists, led by masters Picasso and Braque, dismantled traditional perspective and modeling in the round in order to emphasize the two-dimensional picture plane. By doing so, they destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world.

An important introduction to this period was Cubist collage. This art form introduced fragments of mass-produced popular culture into pictures, thereby changing the very definition of art.

Cubism at the Metropolitan Museum
Juan Gris, Pears and Grapes on a Table, Céret, autumn 1913. Oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 28 3/4 in. / 54.6 x 73 cm. Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection

Exhibition of The Leonard A. Lauder Collection

Over the past 40 years Leonard A. Lauder, the philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon, has selectively acquired masterpieces and seminal works to create the most important collection of Cubist Art that has existed in private hands.

This unsurpassed collection is now a promised gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and will be shown in an exhibition “Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection”.

The exhibition will be on view from October 20, 2014 – February 16, 2015.

Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955). Composition (The Typographer), 1918–19. Oil on canvas; 98 1/4 x 72 1/4 in. (249.6 x 183.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

79 Masterpieces by Four Preeminent Cubist Artists

Included in this unprecedented exhibition are 79 paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973).

Works by Picasso and Braque will surely serve as the exhibition’s focal point, however, the exhibition will also include a number of exquisite papiers collé by Juan Gris and a stunning array of Léger’s most famous series, his Contrasts of Forms.

Cubism at the Metropolitan Museum
Pablo Picasso, Nude in an Armchair, Horta de Ebro (present-day Horta de Sant Joan), summer 1909. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 × 28 3/4 in. / 92.1 × 73 cm. Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection. © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition Traces History of Cubism

The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles coined the term Cubism after seeing the landscapes Braque had painted in 1908 at L’Estaque in emulation of Cézanne. Vauxcelles called the geometric forms in the highly abstracted works “cubes.”

The exhibition and accompanying publication will trace the invention and development of Cubism using iconic examples from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Cheryl Rau

Artist Cheryl Rau and The Healing Power of Art

She Shares Her Inspirational Story

Shared by Renée Phillips

Cheryl Rau is an extraordinary photographer and digital artist and courageous individual. She discovered her passion for photography in her 40s and has since explored a wide range of subjects and genres.  In 2013, while recovering from eye surgery and adapting to life with decreased vision, she began to experiment with digital art forms in the style of abstraction.

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Cheryl Rau
Cheryl Rau, Rolling in the Deep”, digital art, 12″ x 12″.

Winner in Celebrate The Healing Power of Art

Cheryl Rau’s art has been selected for numerous regional, national, and international juried exhibitions. You may recall she was one of the artists selected for the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” juried competition earlier this year. The exhibition was expertly juried by Lilly Wei, art critic and curator whose articles have appeared in Art in America and ARTnews magazines, among others.

In this competition Cheryl Rau won a distinguished award from Aletta de Wal, who is an author, artist advisor, and certified visual arts coach. Through her Artist Career Training   (A.C.T.) de Wal  “helps artists make a better living making art – and still have a life.”

Cheryl Rau
Cheryl Rau, Take the Long Way Home, digital art, 12″ x 12″.

Cheryl Rau Creates Art Despite Vision Challenges

When I asked Cheryl Rau to comment about her art and award I was surprised to learn about her personal journey and her enormous  inner strength and fortitude.  Her poignant statement is sure to provide inspiration to many people who face uncertainty and change.

The artist states, “Just over two years ago, I was diagnosed with a degenerative cornea disease that I had never even heard of, and my initial reaction was terror at the possibility of losing my vision and with it the ability to do what mattered to me most, my photography.

“The best cornea surgeon in the city has told me that most of his patients are 20-30 years older than me, and he has never seen corneas degenerate so rapidly. The normal progression is very slow over 10-15 years for this disease.”

Cheryl Rau Healing Power of Art
Cheryl Rau. I Can See Clearly Now, digital art, 12″ x 12″.

Find New Ways to Make Art

Her inner strength is reflected in her statement: “Obviously, the universe was sending me an important message: ‘Make art a different way.'”

“In the months just before and following my cornea transplant in my right eye, I simply could not see well enough through the viewfinder of my camera to shoot. I began experimenting with digital collage and painting on my computer. Last year, I made a lot of really bad art that never saw the light of day.”

She continues, “Early this year, I began creating the abstract digital art in the series from which my winning entry came. With the cornea transplant in my left eye scheduled for later this year, I am uncertain what sort of art I will be making by this time next year, but I am determined that I will be making art.”

Cheryl Rau Healing Power of Art
Cheryl Rau, Accidents Will Happen, digital art, 12″ x 12″.

Cheryl Rau’s Statement About Her Art

“Take The Long Way Home”, the award-winning art work, and the other images you see here, are from the artist’s “Abstract” series.

About this collection of art she states, “Each image in this body of work began with one of my conventional photographs, which I completely transformed in Adobe Photoshop using multiple effects, filters, and layers. As you may guess from the titles, I always listen to music while I am working at the computer. When I begin each piece, I have no clear idea of what the final image will be. The genre, tempo, and lyrics influence the movements of my hands during the creative process.”

The Award Sent A Message to “Keep Going”

Rau explains, “Being selected for this exhibition was both an honor and a validation from respected jurors that this new work has merit beyond the great satisfaction I derive from creating it. I believe that winning the “Aletta de Wal Artist Career Training Award” was the universe hitting me over the head just in case I still wasn’t getting the message. ‘Yes, you are on the right path. Keep going.’”

Sharing Artists’ Stories Is Also Part of the Healing Process

As many artists who submitted their art to the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” competition prove their art often is a healing process for them and it may also provide a healing experience for the viewer. Sharing artists’ stories, like the one Cheryl has graciously provided,  brings this to light. It adds another important aspect about the value of art and its ability to heal.

If life throws you a curve ball and you are faced with a challenge, no matter how traumatic and frightening it may be, remember Cheryl Rau and her inspiring story of courage and commitment. She reminds us of the relentless creative spirit within that inspires us to “make art a different way” and to “keep going”.

Visit Cheryl Rau’s Website at www.cherylrauphotography.com/

Celebrate The Healing Power of Art 2015

Manhattan Arts International is now preparing its next Celebrate The Healing Power of Art for 2015. We will announce the details soon. We will be asking artists to submit their stories and we will share the winning artists’ statements with you.

You may also want to read Artists With Courage and Commitment.


Louis Esposito

Louis Esposito Reveals Drama in Digital Photo Art

He Creates Bold Portraits with A Hint of Pop Art Culture

By Renée Phillips

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito

Louis Esposito creates bold and dramatic works of art using digital photo manipulation. His strong compositions are the result of  his highly skilled and creative use of digital techniques and photographs.

Portraits of people are the main focus of his art work, while he also enjoys creating pet portraits and other subjects of interest.

The artist who lives in California earned his BA and MA degrees in Art from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Before exploring mixed media techniques as a digital photo artist Esposito worked in ceramics and glass blowing. Color was an important factor in his art then as it continues to be in his current digital photo art work.

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Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Cynda, digital photo manipulation, 20″ x 16″.

Commissioned Portraits in Digital Photo Art

Esposito is a versatile artist who enjoys producing commissioned portraits, a special skill that requires attention to details.  It is important for him to express the personality and character of each subject.

In order to achieve likeness he studies the expressions in their eyes, mouth, hair and cheek structure.  “The face can tell you a lot about an individual and that’s what I try to depict in my portraits,”  he explains. “I talk with them to get a sense of their personality so I can give the portrait my personal footprint. “

Louis Esposito, BJ, digital photo manipulation, 16" x 20".
Louis Esposito, BJ, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

Portraits Reflect A Pop Art Influence

Esposito’s subjects are enlivened with his unique artistic touches, such as coiffed flowing hair that adds movement to the composition. He also imbues his subjects with a certain iconic persona and theatrical flair. Heightened eye shadow and airbrushed softness reflect an influence of the celebrity culture, advertisement and billboards that flourished during the Pop Art era.

As the artist reflects, “As a product of the 60’s I was influenced by Frank Stella, Robert Hudson, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and my friend artist Robert Strini.”

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Tracy, digital photo manipulation, 20″ x 16″.

Exhibitions and Awards

Esposito’s exhibitions include those at Colorado Mesa University gallery, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Ar, among others. His artwork has been selected for exhibitions organized by Upstream People Online Gallery and Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.

His digital photo art has appeared in the Photographers Forum magazine in the “Best of Photography” 2014 issue. He also received an Honorable Mention in Art Buzz, 2013 Collection.

“Nike”, one of his pet portraits shown below, was awarded “Special Recognition” in Light Space Time Online Art Gallery’s “Animals 2014″ Art Competition. The same organization awarded him with a “Special Recognition” for one of his Wings series works of art in its “Abstracts” competition.

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Nike, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

His Digital Photo Art Manipulation Process

Espositio’s current tools of choice include the Wacom pad in conjunction with Photoshop and Illustrator. He explains, “I begin with the original photo and proceed to work in Portrait Pro and Photoshop using different tools to create the finished portrait.”

The artist works from digital images and photographs that he organizes into categories. His works of art are printed in different sizes and on different substrates including high quality printing papers with sizes up to 40″ x 40″. The portraits can also be printed on canvas in the same sizes.

Louis Esposito
Louis Esposito, Barbara, digital photo manipulation, 16″ x 20″.

Challenged by Diverse Subject Matter

“I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and techniques. This is reflected in my ever changing artwork,” says the artist who enjoys the creative challenge of diverse skills and subject matter.

About his  Wings series he explains, “The challenge is to capture the beauty of wings and place them in a dramatic setting with other objects and textures.” His Egypt series originates from  his avid interest in pyramids and the Pharaohs in which he includes the elements of that time in his own style and invites the viewer to create their own story from what they see.

Visit Louis Esposito’s website at www.louisespositoart.com *******************************************

Peter Treiber

Peter Treiber Creates “Ethereal Luminescence” Photography

He Creates A Visual Symphony of Color, Light and Motion

By Renée Phillips

Peter Treiber
Peter Treiber. Photo credit: Stephen Perloff.

Peter Treiber‘s dramatic abstract photography may be described as a mesmerizing symphonic explosion of color, light and motion. He takes viewers on other-worldly journeys through space and time and preserves those  magical, ephemeral, fleeting moments that make our hearts beat faster and our spirits soar.

Treiber currently lives in Bethlehem, PA. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in a family of painters and photographers. He earned an associate degree in Advertising Design at the State University of NY at Farmingdale and a BFA in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in California.

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Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #0230, photograph.

Exhibitions and Accolades

In addition to being an accomplished photographer in the field of advertising, Treiber launched his fine art photography career with the advent of digital photography. He has had numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. When his art was juried into “Unhinged” a group exhibition in Brooklyn, NY, the juror, N. Marshall Price, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at the National Academy Museum, in NY, NY, selected Treiber among those artists “who approached traditional mediums in new and creative ways.”

His dynamic photographs have been purchased for many private, corporate, college and public collections including the Library of Congress which acquired seventeen of his images from his “Steel” series.

Many magazines have published his photography and it most recently appeared with an interview with the artist in  Photo+, a full-color Korean magazine.

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #7540, photograph.

About His “Ethereal Luminescence” Photography Series

Peter Treiber’s most current art work is inspired by dazzling public displays such as fireworks, light shows, and amusement parks.  He captures events that are associated with exhilaration and freezes those moments with chromatic intensity, depth, and dimension.

When asked why he refers to his series as “Ethereal Luminescence” Treiber explains, “In the English language, ‘ethereal’ means light, delicate, airy, heavenly, celestial, or not of this world. ‘Luminescence’ refers to the light not created by heat. Since my favorite light sources are LEDs, I felt that ‘luminescence’ applied to my work. My most delicate and out of this world (ethereal) photos are those made using LED light sources which create luminescence.”

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #0216, photograph.

His Unique Process and Inspiration

Treiber takes his photographs using a high resolution digital camera as single exposures with a technique he has created which he calls “camera painting”. He explains, “Only very minimum color corrections and cropping were made during post production.”

In a recent interview by Julia Kim in Photo + Magazine when Treiber was asked about the inspiration for his “Ethereal Luminescence” series, he stated, “I was looking for a way to illustrate both the dynamic lighting effects of a light show in a forest and the joy and exhilaration of the people viewing the show. I was not intending for the photos to be abstract, but the experimentation with my camera showed wonderful images that were abstract by chance. I was not happy with traditional photos at night using a tripod. My wife and I were so pleased with the my experimental results that I decided to use my technique at other light shows, amusement parks and even fireworks shows.”

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #6394, photograph.

He Offers Several Options For Buyers

Treiber offers his photographs to suit a variety of sizes and mediums. Buyers may choose from photography produced on archival fine art paper, UV inks on brushed aluminum, and face mounted Chromogenic Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper face mounted to Plexiglas.

His portfolio also includes other subjects such as florals, an ongoing project that contains several hundred images by the versatile artist who is an orchid collector. Treiber has also created a series of extraordinary infrared fine art photographs.

Peter Treiber
Ethereal Luminescence #26156, photograph.

Peter Treiber’s Books

Previously as a photographer Treiber held positions at International Nickel in New York and Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, PA. With co-author and writer Bette Kovach he published Inside Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century. They contain Treiber’s photographs that capture the dynamic beauty, scale, and danger of steel making.

His new book Ethereal Luminescence: Color in Motion features 56 color images. The book is available as a signed limited edition of 50 copies.

Visit Peter Treiber’s website www.ethereal-luminescence.com/


Nancy Christy-Moore

Nancy Christy-Moore Creates Spirited Colorful Artwork

Her “Inner Painting” Style Reflects Her Joie de Vivre

By Renée Phillips

Nancy Christy-Moore
Nancy Christy-Moore

Arizona artist Nancy Christy-Moore is an internationally recognized, award-winning painter and instructor. Vibrant color, energy and movement characterize her paintings.

The artist’s career spans more than 30 years, numerous awards, and more than 20 solo exhibitions world-wide, including two in Japan. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and the Louisville International Airport Altitude Travelers Club, among many other venues.

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Nancy Christy-Moore
New Horizon, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 30” x 40”.

Her Colorful Artwork is a Powerful Fusion of Styles and Techniques

Nancy Christy-Moore’s colorful artwork is  a fusion of dynamic overlapping figurative and abstract shapes and vigorous brushstrokes. Her  free-flowing rhythmic compositions are imbued with translucent  shimmering colorful shapes and circular lines that emphasize the continuous crescendo of motion.

Her inimitable signature style, known as “Inner Painting”, is a spontaneous artistic expression that originates from her subconscious. To the viewer’s delight she delivers “Inspired art for the spirit within you.”

Nancy Christy-Moore
Thunder, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 24” x 30”.

Animated Horses, Florals and Abstracts

Christy-Moore’s life-long love for horses is apparent in the  grace and vitality that emanate from her paintings. Her horse paintings are so full of vitality you can almost hear the sound of hoofs resounding on the Arizona terrain or flying across the expansive skies.

She lives in close proximity to horse farms and displays an awareness of the innate qualities of her subjects. However, rather than depict horses literally, she elevates them to metaphorical expressions of beauty, exaltation and triumph.

She also paints floral works of art that she refers to as her “Bloom” series, and pure abstract paintings and collages with the same intensity and robust energy as she brings to her horses.

Nancy Christy-Moore
Blooms 80, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 16” x 20”.

Many Collectors, Commissions and Accolades

As shown by the painting above, Christy-Moore’s “Bloom” series provide insight into her passion for nature.  Their buoyant colors and energized motifs reveal the artist’s joie de vivre.

It is no surprise that her colorful artwork is in many private and corporate collections world-wide. The artist accepts art commissions and frequently works with individual clients as well as interior designers. In addition to having sold many original paintings her limited edition prints were selected for the Hyatt Regency hotel chain.

Kennedy Publications selected her for it’s “Best of America Mixed Media Artists and Artisans Vol. 1″. She was featured as the cover artist for an issue of “Horses in Art” and the Official Artist for Menlo Charity Horse Show. She received the honor of being selected as a Signature Artist at IEA (International Equine Artists).

Nancy Christy-Moore
Twilight, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 36” x 60”.

Current Exhibitions

The artist is represented by several galleries in Arizona. Her current exhibitions include those at: Surprise City Hall, in Surprise, AZ; Blank Canvas, The Arts HQ Gallery, Surprise, AZ; Flourish: Artworks inspired by Our Gardens, Vision Art Gallery, Chandler, AZ; and The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul, IEA Signature Member Exhibit at the International Museum of Art of El Paso, El Paso, TX.

Nancy Christy Moore
Mesa Spirits, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 24”.

Art Workshops and You-Tube Videos

Nancy Christy-Moore shares her innovative techniques in classes and workshops in which she emphasizes creative play with a range of materials, mixed media techniques, and many mediums. She has a series of instructional videos on water media techniques featured on You Tube at www.youtube.com/user/nancychristymoore.

The artist attended Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. During the early ’80′s she studied art with highly acclaimed watermedia artists in southern California. This experience influenced her method of painting which she has combined with her own colorful, expressive signature style.

Visit Nancy Christy-Moore’s website www.nchristy.com


Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler Provides Healing Through Fine Art Photography

As A Process Artist She Captures Body Images in Unique Works of Art

By Renée Phillips

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler  is an extraordinary individual who has transformed her personal challenges into innovative healing works of art.

The artist lives in New York, NY,  and her art is in personal collections around the world.

Having developed a unique technique that combines fine art photography and changing ink on paper she creates arresting limited edition prints that are available on archival paper and canvas.

Although she began her artistic career as a sculptor, it was fine art photography that has held her fascination.  She states, “I came intrigued by the immediacy of photography and began to use it as my primary vehicle for aesthetic exploration.”

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Susanne Buckler
Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

A Process Artist Inspired By Elements of Surprise

Buckler is an artist inspired by the Process Art Movement in which artists view the artistic process as a liberating, creative journey of pure human expression. Process Artists rely on randomness and improvisations that occur during the artistic process. They often use nontraditional and/or perishable materials and deal with issues related to the human body.  As Buckler states,  “In my process art I capture the images as they perish and as changes happen to my body.”

She explains, “The element of surprise has always intrigued me. I aspire to spark curiosity about the intimate visual relationships I attempt to create, in turn wanting the viewer to be roused to see more.”

Susanne Buckler
Surprised Survival/Black and Blue. Signed limited edition archival inkjet print. Available on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

Her Surprised Survival Series Documents Her Personal Struggle

In her current series titled Surprised Survival, Buckler has documented her personal struggle with a life-threatening illness and the ravages of cancer on her body. She explains, “The images capture me and the disease at discrete moments but they have been modified by my aesthetic process and by machines much like my own body.”

She reflects, “I would never have done this work if not for my diagnosis. I use photography to document my situation. Surprised Survival has provided a lifeline and allowed me to continue to lead my life and to create my work.”

Susanne Buckler
Surprised Survival/Illumination. Signed limited edition archival inkjet print. Available on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

A Healing Experience For The Artist and The Viewer

Buckler exemplifies extraordinary courage in her ability to confront her personal challenges and use her creative talent as a catalyst for healing.

She explains, “As a long time photographer, I began documenting my radiated body in order to send images to a health practitioner. Not wanting to look at the image, which was so horrific to me; I made a printing error. When I looked at the result of what I had printed, I was stunned by the glowing visual. It took my breath away. It was such a contrast to my damaged body-reality.”

Through her art Buckler communicates hope and reveals the beauty that may exist in transformation and uncertainty — even in the most horrific situations. “It is my aspiration that these personal images can be a shared healing for myself and for others.”

Susanne Buckler
Disposables/Flight. Signed limited edition, archival inkjet print on paper, 22″ x 17”.

She Transforms Images of Disposable Items

Buckler’s series titled Disposables is what she refers to as “an exploration of the mundane.”

Plastic containers, light bulbs, toilet paper and other utilitarian objects are distorted and emerge as beautiful new compositions full of movement, luminosity and depth. The engaging images offer a myriad interpretations for the viewer that continue to evolve and dance before our eyes.

The artist conveys, “Despite their humble origins, I try to emphasize their luminosity, opacity, tactile qualities and sheer beauty.”

Susanne Buckler
Disposables/Crescendo. Signed limited edition archival inkjet print on paper,  22″ x 17”.

Achievements and Accolades

Susanne Buckler has been featured in many publications such as Photo District News, The Wonderful World of Photography, Photo Design Magazine, Ad Directions and others. In American Photographer magazine writer David Kalish stated, “Susanne Buckler records beauty with her intuitive eyes and her moving imagination.”

Her photographic studio, Foto Imagerie, was a major contributor in the world of commercial photography for more than two decades. Her clients included Unilever, Saatchi & Saatchi, Food and Wine Magazine, and many others.

The artist has exhibited at The Soho Photo Gallery and The Professional Women Midtown Gallery, both in New York, NY.

She earned a BFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art and also attended Syracuse University. She taught at The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Visit Susanne Buckler’s website www.susannebuckler.com


Rose Adare

Rose Adare Creates Dynamic Luminous Paintings

She Communicates Diversity and Freedom of Expression

By Renée Phillips

Rose Adare Paintings
Rose Adare. Photo: Anita Nowacka.

Rose Adare is a Classical Realist painter who places her own powerful handprint into her luminous paintings and powerful exhibitions that provide a voice to important social concerns.

She has achieved a world-wide reputation with many important exhibitions and contributions to her credit. The artist currently lives in Hawaii and previously lived in California where she studied and exhibited her art.

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Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Cupidon: Portrait of Alex Stitt, a LGBTQ writer, fire spinner and psycho-philosopher, oil and gold leaf on Belgium linen, each painting 48″ x 24″.

Masterful Luminous Paintings

She follows the classical master painters’ process of applying many translucent layers of oil paint to achieve luminosity with museum-quality proficiency. Her large, dynamic paintings in oils may be  reminiscent of those by Vermeer and Pearlstein yet they possess a robust contemporary edge and perspective.

The artist purposely blends around the edges of the canvas to provide a soft, impressionistic quality in some areas, while she deftly applies more details in other areas where she wants the viewer to focus. The results are dramatic and hypnotic.

Adare’s art work is included in many private collections in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Dublin, and London. Among her many commissions is a mural in Guatemala.

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Rhinos on Fire in the Garden: Portrait of Sarah Soward, Rose Adare, Sharon Eisley, artists, oils and gold leaf, 36″ x 48″.

Her Powerful “Restraint & Revolution” Portrait Series

Adare’s compelling “Restraint & Revolution” series of portrait paintings communicate “the astounding diversity of life, and the arduous journey to free expression.” They pay homage to the many diverse and colorful subcultures of the 21st century .

In these paintings Adare explains that she uses corsetry as a symbol of the struggle for freedom of self-expression. Her subjects wear handmade waist-synches or bustiers. The artist emphasizes,  “Because the edge is always cutting, and once prude corsetry is now scandalous lingerie.”

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Acceptance: Portrait of Stembot, a fetish model, oils on Belgium linen, 48″ x 24″.

“Restraint & Revolution” Traveling Exhibition

The artist has had many exhibitions including her most recent portrait exhibit “Restraint & Revolution” that was presented at Hawaii’s prestigious Maui Art and Cultural Center’s International Gallery. More than 2,500 people attended the opening reception.

As a traveling educational exhibition, “Restraint & Revolution” features 30 large oil paintings that portray “the lives and lifestyles of fringe culture.” The exhibition is accompanied by a 45 minute documentary, a soft and hard bound 116 page color book, art talks, panel discussions and performances from some of the amazing talents in the series of paintings.

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Castro Madonna: Portrait of Eve Volution, a Sister of Perpetual Indulgance, oil paint and nail polish, 48″ x 24″.

More of Her Exhibitions and Achievements

In Hawaii Adare has volunteered annually with the Abled Artists of Hawaii (AHA), while becoming a Board Chair of the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art (HMOCA) in Hilo.

She was featured twice at the Seattle Erotic Festival; the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s coveted Schaeffer Portrait Challenge; and the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery’s Best of the West.

While she was living in Berkeley, CA, she exhibited her art at the Sutter Gallery and Epic Arts. One of her paintings was included at the Legion of Honor’s Museum of Fine Art, for the 2000 “Toulouse-Lautrec: Life is a Cabaret” exhibition. This epic exhibition compared the works of contemporary artists with that of Montmartre’s bohemian master. Adare also co-founded the annual Muse Studio Showcase: A Celebration of Art and Music.

Adare is a graduate Alumni of the San Francisco Academy of Art University, where she was awarded a full, three year scholarship to the Atelier School of Classical Realism, in Temescal, CA. She studied under David Hardy, a highly acclaimed master artist.

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Queen Takes B4: Portrait of Carol Queen, Leading sexologist in America, oil on Belgium linen, 48″ x 24″.

Her “Mahalo Nui Loa” Series

Another series in Rose Adare’s creative treasure trove is her “Mahalo Nui Loa” series which reflects the natural beauty of the sacred sites of Hawaii’s Big Island and celebrates the feminine spirit and the diverse youth of the state.

Mahalo Nui Loa literally means “Thank You Greatly.” Each painting in this series recognizes the beauty of gratitude and reciprocity in its own, unique way.

Visit Rose Adare’s website at http://roseadare.com


Stephen Perloff

Photographs by Stephen Perloff Capture West Philly Days

An Historical Exhibition by A Leading Photography Expert

By Renée Phillips

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff

Stephen Perloff is a photographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope which he launched in 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market.

Photography Expert, Curator, and Educator
Perloff is an author of numerous articles about photography, and has served as a curator for numerous exhibitions at such venues as The Painted Bride to the James A. Michener Art Museum. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities.

Recipient of Grants and Awards
He is the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. He was the recipient of the Sol Mednick Award for 2000 from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Society for Photographic Education, the first annual Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image in 2007, and the Colin Ford Award for Curatorship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2012.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: Young Boy, West Philadelphia, 1971. Archival pigment print.

“West Philly Days” at The Gold Standard Café

Significant historical moments are brought to life in an exhibition of photographs by Stephen Perloff.  It is comprised of images Perloff created on the University of Pennsylvania campus and in his West Philadelphia neighborhood between 1967 and 1976. During that time he was an undergraduate and graduate student. This was a colorful time of increasing political awareness and civil rights movements.

Titled “West Philly Days,” the exhibition of photographs by Stephen Perloff offers a slice of life from the artist’s perspective. The exhibition will be on view from September 8 to October 29, 2014, at The Gold Standard Café, in Philadelphia.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: Anti-war teach-in, The Palestra, Philadelphia, PA, 1969. Archival pigment print.

Perloff’s Photographs Reflect
A Colorful Time in History

Perloff, who has exhibited his work at various galleries and museums, views his show at The Gold Standard as,  a kind of celebration of the spirit of the community organizing and the antiwar movements against the Vietnam War, which Perloff participated in while he attended the university.

This exhibition reflects a plethora of iconic moments and personalities — from an antiwar teach-in; a basketball game with Penn’s Jim Wolf jumping center against the University of Massachusetts’s Julius Erving (Dr. J to us now), as well as a portrait of Charles Frank, Philly’s famous “Doggie Man”; an image of an alumnus of the class of 1900 proudly carrying his class flag at the 1975 reunion; and an evocative portrait of the world-famous architect Louis Kahn.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: The Gaze, West Philadelphia, November 1973. Archival pigment print.

Portraits of children and teens are also presented in the exhibition, some of which Perloff photographed while he served as a substitute teacher for a semester in West Philadelphia junior high and elementary schools.

Perloff’s exhibition also includes a photograph of a local tailor, a newspaper vendor, a Red Cap at 30th Street Station, and a family portrait of his next door neighbors in Powelton — father, mother, and two young daughters — all dressed up for the Easter Parade.

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff: Tailor, West Philadelphia, 1971. Archival pigment print.

Perloff’s Photographs At Special Prices Are Available

Perloff says he hopes people will come and enjoy some of the events and the extraordinary people he met who lived or worked in West Philly in the late 1960s and 1970s. During the show, as part of this celebratory event, he will offer exhibition prints at reduced prices and an extended series of 8″x10″ prints at only $100 each.

Stephen Perloff ‘s “West Philly Days” will be seen at The Gold Standard Café, 4800 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, from September 8 to October 29, 2014.  Café hours are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Monday, September 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Visit Stephen Perloff’s website at www.perloffphoto.com

About The Photo Review

Stephen Perloff
Stephen Perloff is founder of The Photo Review

The Photo Review is a critical journal of national scope and international readership. Publishing since 1976, the Photo Review covers photography events throughout the country and serves as a central resource for the Mid-Atlantic region. With incisive reviews, exciting portfolios, lively interviews, the latest in books and exhibitions, The Photo Review quarterly journal has earned a reputation as one of the best serious photography publications being produced today.

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Richard Pousette-Dart

Richard Pousette-Dart Founder of the New York School of Painting

An Innovative Artist With A Desire to Express the Spiritual Nature of The Universe

By Renée Phillips

Richard Pousette-Dart, born on June 8, 1916, is recognized primarily as an Abstract Expressionist and founder of the New York School of Painting. Although  he did not achieve the same level of prominence as his fellow abstract expressionists, his work influenced many artists, especially in his abstraction of primitive scenes and his pointillistic techniques.

Richard Pousette-Dart
White Undulation, 1941-43. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Pen and ink, transparent and opaque watercolor, and oil paint on handmade wove paper. Sheet: 31″ × 23″ (78.7 × 58.4 cm). Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art, 2008-2. © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Early Signs of Talent

The artist was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to a family of artists who encouraged his interest in art. His mother, Flora Pousette-Dart, was a poet, pianist and musician. His father, Nathaniel J. Pousette-Dart, was a painter, collector, art director, educator and arts writer.

Richard Pousette-Dart began painting and drawing when he was eight years old. At the age of twelve he was featured in a New York Times photograph that showed him and his father sketching each others’ portraits.

While in high school he expressed his educated views of abstract art. In a psychology paper he wrote, “The greater the work of art, the more abstract and impersonal it is; the more it embodies universal experience, and the fewer specific personality traits it reveals.”

Richard Pousette-Dart
Garden Poem/In the Forest, 1956-58. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Opaque watercolor with brush and pen and ink on wove paper, Sheet: 7 3/8 × 10 3/8 inches (18.7 × 26.4 cm). Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart. © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Pousette-Dart Achieves Prominence in NYC

In 1936 Pousette-Dart attended Bard College for only one semester and left to pursue his art career.  He frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History and became inspired by the the formal and spiritual aspects of African, Oceanic and Native American art, especially carvings produced by Northwest Indian cultures. He sought “to express the spiritual nature of the universe”.

During the 1940’s he become widely regarded as an Abstract Expressionist, maintained a studio at 436 East 56th Street in Manhattan, and exhibited in New York galleries.

Pousette-Dart is most recognized as a founder of the New York School of Painting. This was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Violet Garden, 1960s. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Oil paint over opaque watercolor, gold metallic paint, and ballpoint pen on wove paper, Sheet: 9 5/16″ × 11 5/16″ (23.7 × 28.7 cm). © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

His Artistic Evolution

During his career Pousette-Dart applied an innovative diversity of materials and techniques as well as a remarkable evolution of imagery which he expressed in many different styles.

He embraced a wide range of intense color within paintings and works on paper from the 1960s through the 1990s and also created black-and-white paintings of geometric forms.

His early paintings, created during the late 1940s, emphasized line, which he created by directly applying paint from the tube onto mixed-medium grounds that included sand, poured paint, and gold and silver leaf.

Beginning in the late 1950s, he experimented with building form through small, individual dabs of color, creating paintings and works on paper that exhibit all-over, field-like compositions.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Center of Remembering, 1960s. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Oil paint over opaque watercolor, with glitter paint on wove paper, Sheet: 11 5/16″ × 11 7/8″ (28.7 × 30.2 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Glowing Auras of Light

In the 1960s, he developed a method of creating glowing auras of light by using carefully modulated dots of color, impasto and gestural marks. These works vibrate and suggest allusions to space.

His works of the 1970s and 1980s often focused on large shapes—orbs and geometric forms — that serve as mandala-like focal points.

His works on paper from about 1976 to the end of his career are comprised on many new approaches to vibrant imagery employed in unique combinations. They include evocative graphite drawings accented by white paint; delicate hand-colored etchings; and colorful acrylics on handmade paper.

Richard Pousette-Dart
Light Gathers to the Question of No, 1979. Richard Pousette-Dart, American, 1916 – 1992. Graphite on paper, Sheet: 22″ × 30″ (55.9 × 76.2 cm), Framed: 33″ × 40″ (83.8 × 101.6 cm). Agnes Gund Collection. © 2014 Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Richard Pousette-Dart “Full Circle” Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Full Circle” is an exhibition of Richard Pousette-Dart at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that runs from September 13–November 30, 2014.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include “world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and decorative arts”.

The exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will survey Pousette-Dart’s works on paper created over the course of nearly seven decades. It will include about sixty of the finest examples created by the artist, on loan from the estate of Richard Pousette-Dart and other public and private collections.

“Full Circle” is generously supported by The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions. The accompanying publication is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Fernando Botero

Contemplating Fernando Botero – The Artist of Voluptuous Forms

Botero’s Round Bodies Helped Him Become One of the World’s Wealthiest Artists

By Renée Phillips

Fernando Botero is an internationally renowned modern master whose art work is characterized by exaggerated forms and disproportionate volumetry.

The artist was born in Colombia in 1932. He attended a matador school for several years in his youth, and then left the bull ring to pursue an artistic career.

He had his first exhibition at the age of 16 years old and his first one-man show two years later in Bogota. His artistic idols included Diego Rivera, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, The Street, 2013, oil on canvas, 26-3⁄4″ x 28″. Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska.

Fernando Botero Has Achieved Wealth and Major Museum Status

Throughout the 1950s, Fernando Botero began experimenting with proportion and size. After he moved to New York City in 1960 he began developing his trademark style.

He is reported as one of the world’s wealthiest artists. His paintings and sculptures sell for millions of dollars and are in the collections of more than 50 museums. In the last five years, he has had exhibitions at museums and galleries in Hungary, Turkey, Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Mexico, England, Portugal, and the United States.

Botero spends much of the year in Monaco, but he also has homes in Paris and Colombia, Pietrasanta, Italy, and on the island of Evia, off the coast of Greece.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Seated Woman, Marlborough Gallery

What is Fernando Botero Trying to Express?

When I first became acquainted with his art I was simultaneously appalled and intrigued. Questions whirled through my mind. I couldn’t help but wonder, was he insulting people who suffered from obesity? Was he making a statement about gluttony, materialism, and over indulgence? Is he poking jabs at aristocracy?

I didn’t know whether to love his art or hate it. I did know, that as I examined his art more closely, I began to see beyond my first impression. My curiosity and fascination began to increase.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Entombment of Christ, / Entierro de Cristo, 2010, oil on canvas, 59″ x 79 7/8″

He Appropriates Themes From Art History with A Sense of Drama

His sense of drama and theatrical flair is compelling, especially noticeable in the painting “Entombment of Christ”. The subjects’ expressions, bright colors, lighting and theatrical stage props add dimension.

Botero appropriates themes from various times in art history — from the Middle Ages, the Italian quattrocento, and Latin American colonial art to the modern trends of the 21st century.

There is something aesthetically alluring about sensuous, fleshy, round forms. Botero portrays loving couples and nudes proudly displaying their swelling bodies. He presents portraits and self-portraits of figures with a balloon like quality.

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Dancers, 2011. Bronze, 53″ x 35-1/2″ x 21-1/2″. Edition of 6.

He Has A Penchant For Playing With the Concept of Volume

“Sculptures permit me to create real volume… One can touch the forms, one can give them smoothness, the sensuality that one wants.” ~ Fernando Botero

Regardless how many round, bloated humans and animals Botero has painted and sculpted, it has been said many times that it is a common misconception of ours, that Botero is trying to comment on how society views the human figure. Instead, he implies, he simply  has a penchant for playing with scale, an activity that profusely delights many artists.

As he transforms them to his own particular style I ask, is he celebrating grandiosity, plentitude and the beauty of form in a positive manner? How does he compare with other artists such as the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens?

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Society Lady, 2011, oil on canvas, 75.2″ x 41.4″. Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska.

Is There More Beneath These Fleshy Surfaces?

“Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that make up art – to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life.” ~ Fernando Botero

Botero has had his share of criticism however he has also been praised for his homage to Renaissance classicism “with a touch of social commentary and wit.”

So, I contemplate this: Is Botero’s art a commentary about gluttony, materialism, and over indulgence? Is he poking jabs at aristocracy? If so, this wouldn’t be the first time an artist took such a stand.

Should we invite his art to serve as a catalyst for a discussion about body image, especially when obesity, discrimination, nutrition and health, and over-indulgence are such hot topics?

If any of these concepts play a role in Botero’s artistic process, we may begin to understand his inimitable irony, humor, and ingenuity. Does this quote offer a glimpse into his mind?

Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Woman on a Horse, outside Christie’s, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY.

Botero’s Sculptures As Public Art

His large bronze sculptures are visible in public spots throughout the world. A large collection is on Museum Island in Berlin.

Several of his outdoor sculptures are on display as public art throughout New York City. You can find sculptures of his “Adam” and “Eve” greeting shoppers at each escalator at the mall at Time Warner Center and “Woman on a Horse” displayed outside Christie’s at Rockefeller Center.

Fernando Botero at Marlborough Gallery

When I think of Botero, I immediately recall the extraordinary exhibitions I’ve seen at the voluminous 10,000 square foot Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street, New York, NY. There is also a beautiful outdoor sculpture terrace on the premises.

Marlborough Gallery is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art dealers. In addition to Botero the gallery represents Magdalena Abakanowicz, Claudio Bravo, Richard Estes, Red Grooms, and Tom Otterness. It also represents a new generation of artists and programs at Marlborough Chelsea.

Botero’s Mother Thought He Would Die of Hunger

While Botero was exhibiting at Marlborough in January, 2014, Milton Estrow, Editor and Publisher of ARTnews magazine, did an interview with him titled ‘Botero: You Can’t Be Liked By Everybody’. In the article Botero is quoted as saying, “My father was a traveling salesman. He died when I was five. He sold clothes and other things and he traveled on a mule. My mother was a seamstress. When I told my mother that I wanted to be an artist, she said, ‘You’re going to die of hunger.’”

How very wrong his mother turned out to be!

Elaine Hunter Photographic Manipulations

Elaine Hunter Creates Visionary Photographic Art

She Invites Us to Enter Her “Chimerical World”

By Renée Phillips

Elaine Hunter Photography
Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter is a self taught contemporary artist who creates visionary photographic art.  For more than a decade Hunter has been perfecting her skills and creative vision through photographic manipulation.

Accurately describing her art as “Chimerical” Hunter delivers spell-binding drama, a sense of mystery, and a transformative experience to the viewer.

She currently lives in BC, Canada, where she produces her work in her home studio in Halfmoon Bay.

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Elaine Hunter
Elaine Hunter, From The Cave, photographic manipulation.

The Influence of Dance and Movement

Hunter was born in the UK and moved to Canada where she has lived most of her adult life.

From the age of three she studied ballet, jazz and tap. Her happiest experiences were when she was dancing  or outdoors enjoying the peacefulness and power of nature.

Her innate sense of movement is a major influence and characteristic of her highly expressive one-of-a-kind photographic images. She explains, “Where I used to choreograph my dance students, now, I choreograph nature. ”

Elaine Hunter Photographic Art
Elaine Hunter, Welcome Beach, photographic manipulation.

She Takes Us On A Metaphysical Journey

Her captivating images are created with her imagination and skillful use of digital photography. She takes the viewer on a metaphysical journey where infinite possibilities for discovery abound.

Although her images begin by photographing subject matter in her surrounding environment, she transforms them into visions that could easily be interpreted as other-worldly images from a space odyssey or science fiction drama.

The artist’s desire is to take the viewer on what she describes as “a wildly fanciful terrestrial paradise.” Her  intention to make us wonder if the visions that she created were actually there when the photograph was taken.

Elaine Hunter photographic art
Elaine Hunter, Moon Lake, photographic manipulation

Exhibitions, Collections and Awards

Elaine Hunter has exhibited in many galleries and art venues in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast in B C Canada as well as New York, California and Europe.

In addition to having her art in many private collections, several of Hunter’s images are in the Admiral Lounges in JFK and Miami airports. Her Pine Tree images have been placed in many rooms in the newly renovated Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

In 2013 the artist received an Award of Excellence for her work “Winter Ocean Storm”, from Exhibitions Without Walls, in its “Strong and Powerful” online juried competition. Her art appealed to the judges whose criteria was “impact, creativity, composition and consistency with the theme”.

Her photography was also selected as part of the” Celebrate BC Day” in 2013.

Elaine Hunter Photographic Art
Elaine Hunter, Golden Moon, photographic manipulation.

Poetic Expressions of Nature

Hunter shares the imaginative vision of many great poets, writers and artists throughout time who have used the elements of nature as metaphors to express emotions.

The viewer of her photographs is an inhabitant of an enthralling world, mesmerized by the hypnotic moon, the tremendous power of  mountains, a myriad of mirrored reflections, and traveling on a light-filled path flying high above the ocean in an expansive sky.

Her series depicting the moon, that includes “Golden Moon”, “Moon Lake” and “Electric Moon”,  offers many different attributes of lunar life. She satisfies our fascination with the concept of another world, close to our own, and a destination almost every individual longs to travel to in their lifetime.

Elaine Hunter
Elaine Hunter, Electric Moon, photographic manipulation.

Her Desire Is To Uplift, Inspire and Support

Elaine Hunter states, “My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.”

Visit Elaine Hunter’s website at http://www.elainehunter.com


Nancy Staub Laughlin

Nancy Staub Laughlin Brings A New Concept to Still Lifes

She Composes Innovative Assemblages Using Pastels and Photographs

By Renée Phillips

Nancy Staub Laughlin
Nancy Staub Laughlin

Nancy Staub Laughlin is a highly imaginative artist who brings a new contemporary concept to the genre of still life. She composes pastel drawings and photographs to create dynamic assemblages that are rich in texture and color.  Her unique and compelling compositions are the culmination of many carefully executed steps that define her unique creative process.

Laughlin’s innovative art work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and has been reviewed in The New York Times. Her art is in many prestigious collections including the New Jersey State Museum, among others.

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Nancy Staub Loughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Paillettes, Sparkle, Splash, pastel on paper, 42″ x 33″.

Simulated Still Lifes Integrate Pastels and Photographs

The artist works exclusively in hand-milled pastel chalks. Her pastel drawings emerge from her self-photographed assemblages or “simulated still lifes”. Her most current work incorporates photographs onto the drawings that are mounted on a raised surface. As a result the artist achieves a dramatic tromp l’oeil effect with intriguing shadows and dimension.

The artist explains, “My process is as important as the finished pastel drawing, even though the viewer is unaware of the hidden steps. My ‘simulated still lifes’ allow me to enter an unreal world of my own creation. Once this unreal composition is photographed and documented, it becomes a tangible reality.”

Nancy Staub Loughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Gem in the Sparkle, pastel on paper, photograph panels, 32″ x 46″.

She Carefully Arranges Her Props in Layers

Laughlin explains her process this way: “I create these stills by first gathering specifically chosen ‘props’ and then combining them to create a ‘new’ concept of the still life. My extensive collection of mirrors of every kind, glass objects in every shape, sheer fabrics, baubles and sparkles, allows me to create the appropriate balance of translucency, layering and glitter.”

She continues, “Bodies of water, be it bowls, fountains, photographs of oceans, or even a glimmer of a reflection of shimmery water, are also incorporated to add to the controlled, multi-layering of objects. Photographs of landscape are also an added element, incorporated to serve as a natural counter balance to the glitter, sequins and sparkle.”

Nancy Staub Loughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Glowing Fall of the Zinnias, pastel on paper, 39” x 52”,

Honors and Exhibitions

Laughlin lives in New Jersey and has been recognized and honored in her state. She was honored by Secretary of State, Nina Mitchell Wells (under Corzine) with an exhibit at the State House of New Jersey. Her work was also honorably included in a select show “Six New Jersey Masters” at Kean University, Burger Gallery.

She had a one-person exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum along with being included in the museum’s collection. Her most recent accomplishments have been an exhibit at the Noyes Museum, New Jersey, and Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick where she also was a guest lecturer.

Laughlin’s art has been shown in one-person exhibitions in New York City galleries.

Nancy Staub McLaughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Two Sparkles Equal One, pastel on paper, 28″ x 36″.

Publications and Prestigious Collections

Laughlin’s work has received critical acclaim, including reviews in The New York Times, City Arts, and Gallery and Studio Magazine. She has had numerous features in the Star Ledger and Trenton Times.

She is represented in many private and public collections and was honored to be chosen to be in the NAWA collection at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Nancy Staub Loughlin Still Lifes
Nancy Staub Laughlin, Drops, Flurries and Paillettes, pastel on paper, bling, photograph, 24” x 30”.

Praise From Sam Hunter, Art Critic

Her many accolades include being reviewed by Sam Hunter, Art Critic and Historian of Modern and Contemporary Art who found her work refreshingly unique.

Hunter stated, “Ms. Laughlin is drawn to an external world of form, color and texture that beckons to her highly individual and discerning eye. She thus creates for us a fresh and enchanting world of form and chroma that seem to lurk just beyond the normal eye’s ability to grasp the actual scene and its implications fully. Her magical, fragmented still life and landscape reward us richly with the briefly perceived objects of a demanding vision, gloriously, dynamically reflected through the finely distorting fluidities of a fantastic water world.“

Nancy Staub Laughlin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. She also attended Johnson Atelier Institute of Technical Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey, and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California.

Visit Nancy Staub Laughlin’s website at http://nancystaublaughlin.com


Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings

Kari Bienert’s Dynamic Geometric Color Field Paintings

Her Paintings Are Vibrating Fields of Energy

By Renée Phillips

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert

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.

Although influences of Op art  and Lyrical Abstraction are prevalent Kari Bienert’s style is unequivocally the culmination of her own technical prowess and creative innovation.

The artist grew up in South Australia and is currently based in Malaysia. She has traveled and painted extensively in the United States and Europe and she has numerous collectors around the world,

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

Her Color Field Paintings Emphasize Color, Movement and Dimension

Her affinity with the original master artists who created Color Field painting is undeniable, in which color is freed from objective context and becomes the subject of the art. Although Bienert’s geometric paintings give color a prominent role she introduces intriguing shapes that provide an undulating rhythmic movement and dimension.

In her paintings “Clouds” and “Mylands” geometric fields display infinite permutations and serve as backgrounds for  rounded forms that float above the surface to suggest organic and celestial overtones. The layers evoke a sense of limitless space.

The artist describes her art as “fields of energy” and explains, “I have always been interested in geometry and shapes and their relevance to the structure of every living cell. I am fascinated that everything in existence is made up of energy.”

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert, Mylands, oil on linen, 26.58″ x 75.59″.

Her Paintings Are Visual Symphonies

Bienert’s bright, vibrant colors and polyphonic motifs create symphonic images that are orchestrated before the viewers’ eyes. As in music, her paintings embody tension, harmony and structure. She provides many variations of tonal and chromatic scales and endless complex patterns that continuously evolve.

As the artist states, “The accuracy and placement of differing colours and composition is all intuitive. I become part of a co-creative dance between inner vision and brushstroke. There is a distinct three dimensional effect in my work which makes the flat picture plane vibrate.”

Kari Bienert
Kari Beinert, Kari Bienert, Sahra & Starry Kari, oil on linen, 42.5″ × 37.8″.

Her Process is Patient, Focused, and Meditative

Bienert’s 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.”

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert, Shamans Prayer, oil on canvas, 24.41″ x 36.22″.

Art Education, Exhibitions and Collections

Bienert has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney; BMG Gallery, Adelaide; ARTSPACE, Adelaide; BGH Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Gallery Ten Eleven, Melbourne; among others.

Her art work is in numerous private collections throughout the world and many public collections including Artbank; Channel 7 TV; and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, among others.

Many publications have featured her art including the cover story by Catherine Clifton in Adelaide Matters.

Kari Bienert Color Field Paintings
Kari Bienert, New York, oil on linen 42.5″ x 37.8″

Her Art Expands Our Consciousness

Kari Bienert’s engaging and hypnotic works of art are stimulating and also calming. They present an abundance of visual and visceral possibilities that serve to expand our consciousness. As we gaze into her paintings we may contemplate the microcosm of energy that surrounds us and is within us, as well as the vast universe beyond the physical realm.

Visit Kari Bienert’s website at www.karibienert.com


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