Satoru Morooka

Satoru Morooka – Painting

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Satoru Morooka
Satoru Morooka, #149, oil on canvas, 18″ x 21″.

About Satoru Morooka

Satoru Morooka is a Japanese painter who creates vibrant and colorful “Neon Dream” paintings. He is fascinated by the night life in Tokyo and the mixture of eastern and western culture. The unlimited number of blinking neon lights, sounds of subways and conversations among people, and the smell of alcohol and perfume, all inspire him to create his art and unleash his heart.

Visit Satoru Morooka’s website at homepage3.nifty.com/satoruland/neon.html
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Cheryl Irwin

Cheryl Irwin’s Paintings Invite Exploration and Reflection

She Follows Her Joy and “The Sacred Language of Colour”

By Renée Phillips

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin. Photo credit: Bill Irwin, 2015.

Cheryl Irwin is an artist who lives in Methven, New Zealand with her husband Bill,  a photographer. She is highly proficient in color theory and many different mediums, yet she favors creating art in acrylic on board and encaustic collage.  Her sun-filled colors and lyrical compositions bring immediate joy to the viewer. She also deepens our experience beyond visual boundaries to invite profound reflection and awareness.

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Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, The Alchemical Colour Code For Creating Your Own Game, acrylic on board, 24″ x 24″.

Order and Spontaneity

Positive energy and spatial dimension emanate from Irwin’s paintings. Cohesive geometric forms suggest a presence of order, yet her playful arrangements are spontaneous in nature and express a sense of randomness, adventure and exploration.

We may at first see glimpses of Paul Klee, however Cheryl Irwin is a mindful, liberated artist who creates her own reality and follows her intuition with complete courage and confidence.

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, Barcode for Happiness, watercolour on paper, 7″ x 12″.

She Follows Her Joy

Throughout her abstract paintings, the harmonious juxtaposition of free-flowing, rhythmic brush strokes complemented by precise linear forms and divisions create a rich melodic tapestry of charm and delight.

“My artworks are my observations”, she states. “I gather information and knowledge and catalog it in colour codes and maps… As I follow my joy, the process feels as if I am doing some important record-keeping and it is my mission to state the facts and let others interpret them. I know that my art is important for many reasons, one being that it changes the energetic frequency of the space it is in.”

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, The Alchemical Colour Code For Understanding That You Don’t Have To Understand Everything, acrylic on board, 27″ x 27″.

Her Realm of Mindful Exploration

From her titles, such as her “Alchemical Colour Code”series, we enter her realm of mindfulness, creative consciousness, and quest for knowledge about humanity and how the universe operates.

She credits extensive travel as providing one of the sources of inspiration for her art, and says she seeks to be influenced by the art of the world. She is also an artist whose art positively influences everyone who encounters it.

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, The Alchemical Colour Code for Seeing Yourself As You Are, acrylic on board, 13″ x 19″.

Awards and Exhibitions

Cheryl Irwin is an award-winner of Manhattan Arts International “Positive Art That Lifts The Spirit”, an exhibition that was juried by Edward Rubin, international arts writer and board member of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2014 she won the Heartland Bank Award at the Ashburton Art Society Annual Exhibition. She also won a Watercolour Award in the Aoraki Polytechnic Art Studies Exhibition and was also selected as a Finalist in the New Zealand Artists Guild Awards.

Her exhibitions throughout New Zealand have included those at: Methven Heritage Centre; Bryce Gallery; Selwyn Gallery; Ashburton Art Society;  and the Darfield Art Week Annual Exhibitions; among others.

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, Deep Truth, acrylic on canvas, 35″ x 28″.

Expressing The Sacred Language of Colour

The artist explains, “In my art I am free to seek and explore the constantly moving edge of human consciousness, free to seek anything and everything, each thing the everything of something else and all that I cannot yet articulate or exists in realms beyond words, and free to use my fluency in the sacred language of colour and know that it is enough.”

She studied at Aoraki Polytechnic, has participated in many art and writing courses, and has found that “having the courage to show up to do the work each day is what really counts.”

Cheryl Irwin is also the author of “Another Word for Sister.”

Visit Cheryl Irwin’s website at www.cherylirwinarts.com

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Sally Willbanks

Sally Willbanks – Painting

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Sally Willbanks
Sally Willbanks, London’s Burning, acrylic and oil pastel, 36″ x 36″.

About Sally Willbanks

Australian artist Sally Willbanks creates abstracts that delve into the disparities of intense mark-making and areas of quiet, bold colors and subdued harmonies. Her work is a personal journey in the creation of her own artistic language, with which she speaks to viewers in an effort to take them on a journey of their own.  In addition to her original art work you may also purchase canvas prints reproduced from her originals.

Visit Sally Willbank’s website at www.sallywillbanks.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Casey Shannon

Casey Shannon Creates Award-Winning Sumi-e Paintings

Her Unique Contemporary Style Blends East with West

By Renée Phillips

Casey Shannon

Casey Shannon is an international and award-winning contemporary Sumi-e artist who creates “The Soul of Nature” paintings using sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on Xuan, a paper that originated in ancient China.

The artist, who lives in California, is the Director of The North America Branch of ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She also teaches presents “Artitude” art and healing workshops.

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Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Cathedral, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Beyond Traditional Methods

Sumi-e is a 2,000 year-old art form of Japanese brush painting, spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism. Although Shannon follows the traditional sumi-e principles and philosophies she pushes beyond the traditional limitations of this specialized ancient method.

As a devoted student of Western painting and of Eastern ink painting Shannon  creates her own unique contemporary style that merges East with West. The artist has the ability to express the essence and poetry of her subjects that originate from a pure and joyful heart. Her  magical images leap off the paper and become cherished, timeless treasures.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Lonely Cypress, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Spirit, Grace and Elegance

Shannon explains, “Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process that I consider spiritually personal. Understanding this concept is the center of my art.”

She creates art from a quiet centered place with the intention of capturing the object’s spirit. She states, “I strive to ‘become one’ with the object in the painting. I continue to increase my understanding of the secret of beauty, grace and elegance with each painting.”

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Wabi Sabi-Rising Up, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor and tea on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Exhibitions, Honors and Awards

Casey Shannon is an acclaimed international artist and has exhibited her work locally and world-wide. Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at: Napa Valley Art Museum; CA; 303 Grand Gallery, NY; Larconia Gallery, MA; and California State University; among others.

She has won many awards for her work including the prestigious ‘Sumi Art Cultural Award’ from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China.

The artist holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Choiunard Art Institute Los Angeles, CA. She has earned her teaching credentials from California State University, Los Angeles, and has a Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach. She also studied with renowned Chinese Painter Lian Quan Zhen and Master Sumi-e artist Henry Li.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Peace, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Professional Organizations

She is an active member of Sumi Society of America and a featured artist of the Carmel Valley Art Association and Oregon Society of Artists. She is also featured in the elite Seal Carving Gyoku-seki Society in China.

Master Sumi Painter Ransui Yakata of Tokyo, Japan, asked her to become the Director of The North America Branch of ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She has held this position since 2010.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Carmel Valley Moon, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Xuan Paper, 24″ x 14″.

Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Casey Shannon is the survivor of a massive brain-stem stroke and paints solely with her non-dominant left hand. This remarkable artist, who has turned a tragedy into triumph, credits her art as being an integral part of her healing process. ‘As soon as I could sit up in a wheel chair, I began drawing with a vengeance. I just intuitively knew art would save my life. There is something about the creative process that is absolute healing.”

Shannon has shared her talent as a teacher of art in public high school for 10 years. She currently teaches in community college.

Visit Casey Shannon’s website at http://www.caseyshannon.com

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Roopa Dudley

Artful Symbols of Love and Romance

February has long been celebrated as a month of love and romance.  We decided to curate a selection of art with many different interpretations of this theme from the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program and the Artist Showcase Program.

You’ll find a diverse array, from “Dhalinias” by Arthur Jacob, to  “Fertility” by Allison Coelho Picone, to “Aphrodite” by Bren Sibilsky. We also reflect upon our love for humanity in art by Rose Adare about the subject of subcultures and the painting “Wholeness” by Gaia Orion, about transformation.

Header image: Painting by Roopa Dudley.

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Marnie J. Blum

Marnie J. Blum
Marnie J. Blum, Offering, mixed media: acrylic, ink, tissue, polymer clay, pastels, marker on canvas, 24″ x 36″.

“Each piece begins with a strong personal connection to a short phrase, song lyric, or idea that matures into a deeper ‘story’ in my imagination.”

Read more about Marnie J. Blum.

Arthur Jacob

Dhalinias.
Arthur Jacob, Dhalinias, creative photography

“I ask you to accompany me in a journey of discovery that explores shapes, colors and movement.”

Read more about Arthur Jacob.

Allison Coelho Picone – Fertility

Allison Coelho Picone
Allison Coelho Picone, Fertility, acrylic, pencil and ink on canvas, 16 x 12″

“There is a magical tranquility in nature which connects mind, body, and soul; we being living entities connected by earth, air, and water.”

Read more about Allison Coelho Picone.

Bren Sibilsky – Aphrodite

Bren Sibilsky, Sculptor
Aphrodite, clay for bronze, 67″ x 24″ x 20″

“As I work with the alchemy of sculpture, I am forever amazed by the magic of nature.”

Read more about Bren Sibilsky.

Joanne St-Cyr – Sisters in Arms

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

“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!”

Read more about Joanne St-Cyr.

 

Rose Adare – Castro Madonna

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

“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 .”

Read more about Rose Adare.

Gaia Orion – Wholeness

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

“In sharing my artwork and connecting with others I discovered that these transformational images are part of a larger visionary movement that is active in society today… as deep ecology, social justice, conscious politic, alternative economy, and so on…”

Read more about Gaia Orion.

Helena Domenic – Sea of Love

Helena Domenic
Helena Domenic, Sea of Love, watercolor, 16″ x 12″.

“My work follows a very intuitive process where I am drawn to subject matter – often drawn from myth, which is full of symbols – and I create work around that as I feel moved.”

Read more about Helena Domenic.

 

Roopa Dudley – Sweet Heart

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

“I try to tell a story with the paintings I create… I use saturated colors to capture the intensity, to provoke the senses and to delight the intellect.”

Read more about Roopa Dudley.

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Isabelle Gautier

Isabelle Gautier Captures the Energy of Nature

She Creates Universal Paintings

By Renée Phillips

isabelleIsabelle Gautier was born and grew up in Normandy, just a few miles from The Mont Saint Michel in north-western France. In 1991 she attended l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1999 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she currently resides and maintains her studio.

Since her early artistic development Gautier has been inspired by a love of nature, color and design. Her extensive international travels have imbued her art with a sophisticated universal perspective of the world.

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Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Panther Creek, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

Light-Filled and Expansive Vistas

Gautier creates impressive works in Energy series using such titles as “Energy From the Mountain”, “Energy From the Water”, and “Energy From the Weather”.  Her awe-inspiring and expansive vistas embrace the poetic nature of land, sky, and water.

Her compositions combine restful areas with animated energetic fields. With an expert and confident handling of palette knife she retains the depth of the pigments with alluring spontaneity and rich texture.

The artist’s style demonstrates an affinity with the atmospheric light-filled qualities of Claude Monet’s lateImpressionistic paintings. We also see influences of the robust gestural expressions of  Wassily Kandinsky and the  ethereal mystique of Mark Rothko’s Color Field painting.

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Bird’s Eye View, acrylic, 30″ x 30″.

Honors and Distinctions

Gautier’s art work is greatly admired by galleries, collectors and professionals in the home design field.  HGTV selected her as the primary artist for the program “Smart Home” in 2013.

She was also recently chosen as the featured artist at the Trinity Spotlight on Art, one of the largest and most prestigious art market in the Southeast region of the United States.

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Smokies, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″.

Exhibitions and Worldwide Collectors

Gautier is represented by Muse and Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. She had a recent exhibition of her art work at Trinity Artist Market, Atlanta, Georgia. A one-person exhibition of her art will be presented at Aimée Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery, March 1-31, 2015.

Her  paintings are included in many private collections throughout Europe and the United States. She has a strong and devoted community of followers and collectors who appreciate her profound aesthetic sensibilities.

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Mountain Spirit I, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

A Celebration of Beauty

Gautier poses the question:  “Is there a better way than art to bring people from all over the world together in a celebration of beauty?” She also shares her belief: “Painting is the way I reach out to people.”

She explains, “My quest is not to create the illusion of reality but to suggest with colors and composition the inherent nature of the aesthetic object.”

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Outer Bank II, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″.

She Achieves Balance and Harmony

Gautier’s art offers her the foundation from which she can release her emotions “beyond the conventions”. It is through creating her compelling paintings that she finds balance and offers us a sense of harmony and appreciation for the innate essence of nature.

Visit Isabelle Gautier’s website www.IsabelleGautiersArt.com.

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Healing Power of Art

Healing Power of Art Awards 2015

About The Award Sponsors & Awards

More than 25 Artists will be selected for this online exhibition April 30-June 30, 2015.

  • The Artists will have one image selected, their statement, and a link to their website.
  • They will be featured in Manhattan Arts International Email Newsletters which reach art enthusiasts, fine art galleries, art writers, corporate art buyers, independent curators, and more.
  • Social Media Promotion: The exhibition and winning artists will be promoted on several social media platforms used by Manhattan Arts International and Renee Phillips including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Scoopit, and more. We reach more than 100,000 individuals, organizations, and businesses every month.
  • Press release announcements and event listings will be distributed.

Special Awards to Be Presented

Manhattan Arts International Awards from Renée Phillilps

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International

25 Artists will be featured in the exhibition.

Three  Artists will receive cash awards: $200; $100; and $75.

Two artists will be selected to join the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program. Each artist will have 5 images and a 500 word article written by Renee Phillips and a link to their website. They will receive weekly promotion via social media platforms.

Three Artists will be selected for the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Program with an image, brief bio, and link to their website for  one year during which time they will receive promotion via social media platforms.

More than six artists will be featured on the new The Healing Power of Art website.

 Click here if you would like to see some winners from previous “The Healing Power of Art” juried exhibitions.

 

Artsy Shark Award

Artsy SharkCarolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, will select a winning artist for an article on the Artsy Shark website at www.artsyshark.com. She will be looking for an artist “with a thoughtful body of work, an outstanding presentation and a clear message that relates their vision to the topic of healing and well-being in the viewer”.  In addition to images of the artist’s work, the article may also include studio shots and in situ photos. Carolyn Edlund will also share the link to the story across social media networks. The Artsy Shark website has 9,000 visitors each week.

 

Luxe Beat Magazine Award

Luxe Beat MagazineSherrie Wilkolaski, The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Partner of Luxe Beat Magazine, will select three artists to receive publicity on Luxe Beat magazine website at www.luxebeatmag.com.  Renée Phillips will write an article about the selected artists. Luxe Beat magazine is also published as a subscription-based monthly magazine found in all major online newsstands worldwide and is available in print, on-demand. Its readership is comprised of high income world travelers, primarily executives and/or self-employed individuals.

 

Exhibitions Without Walls Award

EWWLogoExhibitions Without Walls (EWW), a leader in the photography and digital art field, will select a photographer and/or digital artist.  Ed Wedman will select the winning artist  based on impact, creativity, technical ability and consistency with the theme. The artist will win a Featured Artist profile on its website at www.exhibitionswithoutwalls.com. EWW will also promote the artist’s article through its social media platforms including selected EWW groups on LinkedIn and its Email Newsletter that will go to thousands of subscribers comprised of leaders and collectors in the field of photography and digital art.

 

Dynasty Brush Award

DYNASTY BRUSHESThe Dynasty Brush Company represents over 80 years of experience and the dedication of four generations of Mink family members. It manufactures artist’s paint brushes for the Dynasty® brush collections to the highest quality standards. Karyn Meyer-Berthel, an artist, writer and social media representative for The Dynasty Brush Company will select a winning artist to be featured in an interview on the Dynasty Brush blog at blog.dynastybrush.com/.  The artist will be widely promoted via social media networks. The artist will also receive a supply of  the finest brushes valued at $200.

 

The Haggus Society Award

haggus-society_w_copyrightTerri Lloyd, Artists and Executive Director of The Haggus Society will select a  woman artist and give her a 1 year membership with full benefits to the Haggus Society.  She will receive a featured artist article in the Haggus Society electronic newsletter, which will be distributed throughout various social media channels and The Haggus Society blog/website at www.thehaggussociety.org. This award will be presented to a woman artist “who nurtures herself through her artistic practice and also inspires and brings hope and healing to the viewer or recipient of her art”.

Click here for The Healing Power of Art Entry Form

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Mary Karlton – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

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Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton, Road to Mount Olympus, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 18″ x 24″.

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton is a California artist who creates highly textured paintings that combine pure abstraction with mystical overtones. Her sources of inspiration are direct experience, the imagination, myth, and metaphor. Her award-winning work has appeared in galleries, public venues, corporations, publications, and on wine labels.

Visit Mary Karlton’s website at www.marykarlton.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Katerina Kaloumenou

Katerina Kaloumenou – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

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Katerina Kaloumenou
Katerina Kaloumenou, Stream, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 32″.

About Katerina Kaloumenou

Katerina Kaloumenou is an artist living in Greece who graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Painting. In her unique styles of realism and fantasy she often  expresses the feeling of the water element in various forms. She is adept in the use of different materials and techniques including oil, acrylic, mosaics and mixed media. She also creates art known as Hagiography.

Visit Katerina Kaloumenou’s website at http://www.katerinakaloumenou.com/?new_lang=en
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Jonathan Ralston

Jonathan Ralston – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

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Jonathan Ralston
Jonathan Ralston, Charlston, oil, 24″ x 36″,

About Jonathan Ralston

Jonathan Ralston is a Massachusetts based painter. He is fascinated by architecture and the interplay of light, the geometry of the space, and the material (marble, granite, limestone). His work is held in many private and corporate collections all over New England. His use of color is influenced by the Dutch masters.

Visit Jonathan Ralston website at http://www.jonathanralston.com/

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Ruby

Ruby – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

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Ruby
Ruby, Life’s Creations, mixed media on canvas

About Ruby

Ruby is a Brisbane, Australia based painter. Her dream-like, semi-abstract paintings are held in private collections across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Her work, known as “Ruby Purple Creations”,  thrives on expressive color and texture. Much of her inspiration originates from nature with the wider Australian landscapes often reflected in her choice of color.

Visit Ruby’s website at http://rubypurplecreations.weebly.com/

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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Elaine Hunter, Sunset Mirrors

Elaine Hunter – Photographic Art

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

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Elaine Hunter, Sunset Mirrors
Elaine Hunter, Sunset Mirrors, photographic manipulation.

About Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter creates visionary photographic art which she describes as “Chimerical” art. She is an expert in photographic manipulation. Her bold and dramatic images have won numerous awards, including “Best in Show” from Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. She lives in BC, Canada, and has had many exhibitions in Canada as well as New York, California and Europe.

Elaine Hunter is also a member of the Manhattan Arts International curated Featured Artists Program. Read about her at http://www.manhattanartsblog.com/elaine-hunter-photographic-art/

Visit Elaine Hunter’s website at http://www.elainehunter.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Nancy Staub Laughlin

Five Artists Express Their Visions

Elliot Appel, Nancy Christy-Moore, Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Louis Esposito, and Nancy Staub Laughlin

Header image art by Nancy Staub Laughlin

Here are five extraordinary Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists who have chosen different creative paths to explore and convey their unique personalities. Observe how these artists express their visions, special talents and creative skills. Also learn  what they strive to bring to viewers. Use the links provided to read more about them. I welcome your comments. (Artists appear in alphabetical order.)

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Elliot Appel Captures The Essence of NYC

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, West Side Diner, acrylic on canvas 16″x20″.

New York artist Elliot Appel paints street scenes and storefronts of New York City that capture the mood, drama and intrinsic character that make this city unique. With a superb command of depicting his subject matter in his signature style of realism he transports the viewer immediately into the composition. His art engages our five senses and we find ourselves completely transfixed and enamored by a delicious cornucopia of colors, flavors and architectural details.

He takes time and deliberation when selecting his much loved subjects. He states, “There are many sides to life in the city. Frenetic, fast-paced and intimidating as it may be, the city can also be a spiritual, quiet, place where one can find self-enrichment and renewal.”

Elliot Appel shares his unique artistic vision in this manner,  “I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories — the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.”

Read more about Elliot Appel.

Nancy Christy-Moore Discovers The Inner Spirit

Nancy Christy-Moore
Nancy Christy-Moore

Arizona artist Nancy Christy-Moore is an internationally recognized, award-winning painter and instructor. Her inimitable signature style, known as “Inner Painting”, is a spontaneous artistic expression that originates from her subconscious. As she says, she delivers “Inspired art for the spirit within you.”

Vibrant color, energy and movement characterize her paintings. A fusion of dynamic overlapping figurative and abstract shapes and vigorous brushstrokes appear in free-flowing rhythmic compositions.

About her creative process Nancy Christy-Moore states, “Rather than planning a composition I start with colors poured on the substrate in a loose abstract design, then discovering hidden images, develop them. Building the painting using this layering process keeps my paintings freshly spontaneous and engaging to me. Using strong color with energetic movement expresses my emotional attachments to the subject matter while telling the story I find within each painting as I bring it to completion.”

Read more about Nancy Christy-Moore.

Barbara Kemp Cowlin Evokes A Sense of Mystery

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

Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a painter who lives in Arizona. The subjects of her paintings range from natural bodies of water to architectural environments that often include figures.  She conveys subtle shifts in natural movement and imbues her art with an evanescent atmospheric quality.

About her artistic process Barbar Kemp Cowlin explains, “I work in layers of glazes, gradually building luminosity and adding details until the painting feels complete.”

When discussing what she strives to bring to viewers she explains, “I am most inspired by spaces with an air of mystery, a sense that there is a story to be told. Turning a corner and seeing a vision that is as beautiful as it is unexpected takes my breath away. I want my viewers to experience this.”

She continues, “The meaning may be loneliness and alienation, or perhaps joy at a snippet of overlooked beauty. I hope that my work will have an impact on the viewers’ perception of and appreciation for his/her surroundings.”

Read more about Barbara Kemp Cowlin.

Louis Esposito Portrays Bold Dramatic Images

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

California artist 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. He states, “I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and techniques.

Portraits of people are the main focus of his art work, while he also enjoys creating motifs inspired by Egypt and  his avid interest in pyramids and the Pharaohs. He invites the viewer to create their own story from what they see.

When asked what he wishes to bring to the viewer Louis Esposito writes,  “The face can tell you a lot about an individual and that’s what I try to depict in my portraits.”  About his “Pyramid Oasis”, shown above, the artist writes: “A pyramid stands in the desert like a monolith, with what appears to be an oasis before it. Is this oasis filled with hope or is it filled with despair for those who come upon it.”

Read more about Louis Esposito.

Nancy Staub Laughlin Reveals An Unreal World

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

Nancy Staub Laughlin, from New Jersey, is an innovative 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 work has received critical acclaim, including reviews in The New York Times. 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.

About her creative inspiration Nancy Staub Laughlin 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.”

Read more about Nancy Staub Laughlin.

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Gaya

Gaya Paints Colorful Tactile Abstractions

She Creates Variations of Themes Inspired by Nature and Music

By Renée Phillips

GayaGaya is an abstract artist from Toronto, Canada. Adept at using the  power of color and texture she creates paintings that capture the intrinsic poetic beauty of nature.  Most of her art is a celebratory  profusion of gestural strokes. Her use of the impasto painting methods manifest in producing highly tactile works of art. The raised surfaces of her paintings are lush, reflective, and alive with movement.

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Gaya
Gaya, When Magnets Bloom, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

Her Unique Artistic Expression

Gaya’s aesthetic approach and painting techniques combine many of the best painterly elements from Impressionism  as well as the spontaneity and experimentation of Abstract Expressionism.

She explains, “To define the underlying aesthetic concept of my artwork, it is an abstraction which represents an amalgamation of various streams in the contemporary art.”

Her paintings can be described as continuous abstract variations on the theme of the beauty of nature.  In addition to being inspired by nature the artist also attributes music as a powerful source of inspiration, and states, it “induces my profound emotions, plays on the strings of imagination and culminates in a refined creativity of artwork.”

Gaya
Gaya, Blue Glories of the Snow, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″.

Honors and Awards

Gaya’s paintings have received many awards including a number of Special Recognition Awards from Light Space & Time Gallery. She also received Publisher Choice Awards from Art & Beyond Magazine.

The artist was among winners in the competitions by the Contemporary Art Gallery Online and a nominee of Palm Art Award 2014, an online art program based in Germany. She was also selected for an exhibition by Still Point Art Gallery and inclusion in the Winter 2014 issue of the Still Point Art Quarterly, which is based in Maine, in the U.S.

Gaya
Gaya, Tradition, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

World-Wide Exhibitions

Gaya actively exhibits in Toronto art spaces and galleries. Her exhibitions have included those at the Insomnia Salon Soirée by the Red Head Gallery as part of the Nuit Blanche cultural program, Artify, and Silver Moon Show in Art Square Gallery.

Outside of Canada, he work was showcased in Barcelona during the prestigious BCN 2014 International Art Fair in December 2014. She has been invited to exhibit in several art shows and fairs in major art meccas in Europe.

Gaya
Gaya, Timeless, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

Additional Achievements and Recognition

Gaya’s works have been published in Volume IX of International Contemporary Artists art book, an established edition distributed internationally to art collectors, curators and major galleries and museums in the U.S. and Europe.

Last year, Gaya started her remarkable collaboration with Google Open Gallery, which makes the technology behind Google Cultural Institute’s cultural projects available to artists to publish and share their artwork and other cultural content. Her artwork was also selected by the Curatorial Team of Google to show in the newly launched Chromecast feature.

She is a member of CARFAC and Federation of Canadian Artists.

Gaya
Gaya, Twilight Visions With a Piano, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″.

She Has Found Her True Calling

With years of graduate studies ranging from a degree in biology to event planning and after extended years of professional experience in different fields of occupation, Gaya says she has found her true calling of being an artist.

She states, “Creation through abstract art is the sublime freedom to express oneself. To be an artist means to me to gain that ultimate and sought-after freedom.”

Visit Gaya’s website at http://gayaartstudio.com

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Karl H. Szekielda

Karl H. Szekielda Creates Compelling Abstract Paintings

He Creates A Synthesis of  Science and Art

By Renée Phillips

Karl H. Szekielda

Born in Germany, Karl H. Szekielda started painting in Berlin. After his studies in Germany and France, he came to the United States to work as a fellow under NASA. In 1990 the artist moved to The Hamptons,  where he currently maintains his studio.  Located on Long Island, in New York, this locale is known for its vibrant community and attracting such renowned artists as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

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Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

Expressions in Color and Form

Szekielda believes that science and art are “connecting, interspersed and overlapping”. His professional background in science brings a unique vision to his compelling paintings and three-dimensional montages.

His art is a synthesis of art and science and an expression of mystery and wonder.  He evokes a sensual and energetic condition of atmospheric light with effortless movement and soft edges.  His grey-blue backgrounds provide a dynamic presence of infinity.

With a superior handling of graduated tones, gestures, and a variety of translucent and transparent applications of paint he achieves a robust rhythmic  expression. Colors and forms  coalesce in an exquisite sense of harmony, balance and depth.

Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

Nature and Transformation

In many of his works we catch glimpses of tactile earth formations, fluid movement of oceans, and the expansiveness of the sky. However, instead of depicting specific physical properties the viewer experiences the images on a visceral level that reminds one of  the continuous transformation and metamorphosis that exists in nature.

As Szekielda explains, “Earth structures and ocean features are extracted and transformed into captured elements, time and energy and painted onto canvas.”

Karl H. Szekielda

Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

International Travel and Collections

Even though Szekielda pursued a professional career in science his commitment to creating art was always present and very active.

Throughout his professional life he has traveled and worked in many different countries. His work has been exhibited internationally including venues in New York, NY and The Hamptons, and his paintings are included in many private collections in Boston, Long Island, Berlin, Toronto, Vienna and Manila.

Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, oil on canvas, 72” x 60”.

Imagination and Flow

Szekielda states, “Art is for me a constructive process that is based on my imagination and a thorough understanding of material flow that leads to an esthetic arrangement until it pleases me. My imagination goes even beyond because imagination reaches the universe and knows no boundaries. For me this a very important fact to evaluate ourselves and finally owe our achievements in art and science to the imagination of man, to his ability to be limitless in use of form and material, to his wonderment of what he sees and does not see, to his attempts to find the how and why of everything, to his vision, and to his freedom to create.”

Karl H. Szekielda
Karl H. Szekielda, untitled, mixed media, oil on canvas and wood, 60” x 144″.

Career Highlight

A highlight of Szekielda’s exhibition career was during the celebration of the “Einstein Year 2005,”  when he was invited as a scientist/artist by the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany to present a one-person exhibition New York, NY.

Szekielda continues to teach and is involved in the interpretation of satellite data.

Visit Karl H. Szekielda’s website www.szekielda-art.com

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Didier Ventabren

Didier Ventabren – Painting

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Didier Drullion
Didier Ventabren, Gate of Dream, oil painting, sand, and cardboard, 32″ x 25.5″.

About Didier Ventabren

Didier Ventabren lives in the south of France and is inspired by the Mediterranean and its cultural, historical, and literary aspects. His abstract works of art in mixed media are full of material traces embedded in sand or cardboard, to anchor the abstract forms in the concrete reality. His imaginary masks and portraits refer to social theater roles and uncertainty in communication.

Visit Didier Ventabren’s website www.52chemindeventabren.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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Olivia Alexander

Olivia Alexander – Painting

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Olivia Alexander
Sea Drift 1, mixed media on 300gsm paper, 22.5″ x 29.5″.

About Olivia Alexander

Olivia Alexander is an Expressionistic and Abstract painter who uses specialized, mixed media techniques to create bold and emotive artworks inspired by the Australian land and sea. Her works are receiving recognition globally, including several Medal Diplomas from two prestigious French academies. Her work will be on exhibition in Paris, December 2015. She lives south of Sydney in Australia.

Visit Olivia Alexander’s website at www.OliviaAlexander.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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Tracy Fetter

Tracy Fetter – Painting

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Tracy Fetter
Tracy Fetter, Amanda, acrylic, glitter, oil crayon, and epoxy resin on canvas, 48″ x 36″ x 1.5″.

About Tracy Fetter

Tracy Fetter creates exuberant semi-abstract acrylic paintings that are uniquely characterized by bold, saturated jewel tones combined with metallic glimmer and complex patterns. Her light-filled, rhythmic and joyful art work captures the hearts of viewers and collectors throughout the world. The artist lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Visit Tracy Fetter’s website www.tracyfetter.com

About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen 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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