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Art of Faces and Figures Teach Us About Ourselves

Extraordinary Women Artists Express Their Artistic Visions

Featured Artists Article by Renée Phillips

I doubt that we will ever lose our curiosity about human nature and forms. When viewing art of faces and figures we gain profound insight about ourselves and our place in the universe.

Metropolitan Museum

For example, I’ve been completely transformed while gazing up at the magnificent sculptures of figures by Rodin and Guidi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The powerful beauty expressed in each detail of the form transmits an undeniable force of energy and exaltation.

Like the great artists through history who have shared their visions of themselves and their perceptions of the world the following artists reveal so much about humanity through faces and figures. In honor of Women’s History Month I chose a few of the many extraordinary women artists from the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery. Please use the links to visit their pages and write your comments below.

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

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Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Quote, photograph

Susanne Buckler uses photography, video and mixed media to creates series of art devoted to the human condition. In her “Surprised Survival” series she documented her personal struggle with a life-threatening illness and transformed her challenges into powerful healing works of art. Her newest series is titled “Vagina Dialogues”. She views the artistic process as a liberating, creative journey of pure human expression.   Visit Susanne Buckler’s page.

Bren Sibilsky

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

Bren Sibilsky is a self-proclaimed “seeker of truth and of our place in the universe.” In her style of classical representation with baroque undertones she has created an ongoing series of timeless mythological figures. Through sculpture she unveils a reality that transcends the physical properties of her forms and materials. She illuminates her subjects’ intrinsic idealized beauty, grandeur and magnificence.  Visit Bren Sibilsky’s page.

Barbara Rachko

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Epiphany, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Barbara Rachko is internationally recognized for her unique pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that are inspired by Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects. In her series titled “Black Paintings” we see an array of exotic and primitive masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys. She travels in search of figures that will later populate her pastel paintings and photographs.   Visit Barbara Rachko’s page.

Rose Adare

Rose Adare
Rose Adare

Rose Adare is a Classical Realist painter whose luminous paintings and powerful exhibitions provide a voice to important social concerns. Her 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. Visit Rose Adare’s page.

 Joanne St-Cyr

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

Joanne St-Cyr’s awe-inspiring allegorical paintings originate from her philosophy and life experiences. They communicate powerful and timeless truths about humanity. She applies the techniques of the Renaissance Masters and uses symbolism to represent various subjects in the guise of metaphorical references, a visionary state of mind, or an abstract concept. Visit Joanne St-Cyr’s page.

Bea Donne-Merena

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

Bea Doone-Merena brings her innate sensitivity and fondness for her subjects to her portrait paintings and imbues them with a powerful life force. She has mastered the Renaissance oil painting techniques and combines them with an exuberant and bold contemporary style that reflects aspects of our current society.   Visit Bea Doone-Merena’s page.

Jill Pankey

Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.

Multi-award winning artist Jill Pankey explores body image in her paintings, often with a humorous flair, to accent observations or ideas about women. A masterful use of color, pattern, and movement bring a strong voice to her concepts. Her compositions encompass, as she explains, “an interaction with the figure in a variety of settings where the figure has no age.” Visit Jill Pankey’s page.

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