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Michael Amrose – Photography

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Michael Amrose

Michael Amrose creates abstract photography which is influenced by abstract expressionism and is heavily informed by his studies of filmmaking at Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo. His images convey a sense of tranquility and the sublime.

All rights reserved. Do not copy an image without the artist’s permission. Click on images for larger views.

Michael Amrose, Primordial, Untitled #11 photograph
Michael Amrose, Primordial, Untitled #11, photograph

Like filmmaking, each photographic project, unique in theme and subject, is executed using filmic techniques, such as movement—camera, subject or both—and pulling focus. Another strong influence on Amrose’s work was at CEPA Gallery where he learned photography fundamentals and the aesthetics of photographic art.

Michael Amrose, Primordial, Untitled #12, photograph
Michael Amrose, Primordial, Untitled #12, photograph

Amrose has exhibited his work in Toronto, Canada and Western New York in one-person and group exhibitions such as the Echo Art Fair, in Buffalo, and The Artist Project, in Toronto. His portfolio was also published online in the “Journal on Images and Culture” at VASA-Project.com.

Michael Amrose, Primordial 1, photograph
Michael Amrose, Primordial , Untitled #11, photograph

He received First Prize at the Artsphere Gallery, Buffalo, NY “Movement” exhibition. He won a Featured Artist Award in the “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” exhibition, an Award of Merit in the “Hot Topics” exhibition, and an Honorable Mention in “New Beginnings” exhibition – all from Manhattan Arts International.

Visit Michael Amrose’s website at www.michaelamrose.com

Join Michael Amrose in Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.amrose.9
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-amrose-194264a0
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mamrose1
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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.

Visit the Artist Showcase Gallery Directory.

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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Resources, Opportunities and Services For Women Artists e-Book

All artists need to know about opportunities that are suited for them at every stage of their careers. Because there is an unequal share of opportunities for women artists in the art world it is essential for women artists to know about the wealth of resources, opportunities and services available for women artists.

I have been compiling this information for several years and I am going to produce a comprehensive, detailed e-Book to help advance the status of women artists around the world.

To sum it up briefly, it will inspire, inform, support and motivate women artists in their professional art careers. This ground-breaking e-Book will be published in April, 2017 in conjunction with the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory” exhibition that will run from April 20 – June 20, 2017.

All Entrants Will Receive A Complimentary Copy of The e-Book

All artists who submit their entries to the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory” exhibition will receive a complimentary copy of this e-Book when it is published.

A Quick Glance At Some of the Contents of The e-Book

This comprehensive e-Book will include such topics as listed below and many links to invaluable websites for further reading.

  • Statistics That Reveal The Inequalities in The Art World
  • Positive Strides Being Made
  • Non-Profit Women Arts Organizations
  • Galleries & Other Exhibition Venues for Women Artists
  • Grants and Other Financial Opportunities for Artists
  • Calls For Women Artists
  • Curators of Women Artists’ Exhibitions
  • Comments & Advice from Women’s Activists & Other Professionals
  • Inspirational Quotes and Messages By and For Women Artists
  • Things We Can All Do to Advance The Status of Women Artists
  • Additional Resources for Women Artists

Do You Know of Any Resource That Should Be Included in this e-Book for Women Artists?

I want to make this e-Book as comprehensive as possible. If you know of any organizations, funding sources, services and resources  that fit in the categories listed above, anywhere in the world, and that should be included in this e-Book, please send me an email to renee@manhattanarts.com. Please supply the name of the resource and its website address and write Women Artists as the subject of the email. Thank you!

Learn about the the Manhattan Arts International “HERStory” exhibition.

HERStory 2017 Entry Payment Page

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HERStory 2017 Entry Form

This is the Entry Form Page for HERStory 2017

Before you complete this entry form read About HERStory 2017  for details and schedule.

By submitting your art to Manhattan Arts International “HERStory”, should your art be selected for the exhibition, you grant Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts International permission to use your image, artist’s statement, and website address for publicity purposes related to the exhibition.

IMPORTANT: Please follow these requirements if you want to avoid disqualification:

Images: You may enter 1-6 images.
Size: 700 pixels on the longest side. If you don’t know how to resize your JPEG here’s help: http://www.wikihow.com/Resize-a-JPEG
Maximum file size per image: 700 kb.
Resolution: 72-100 dpi.
How to Label Your Images: Provide your last name, first name initial, first word in title of your art and the number of your entry that corresponds to your entry form. Example: Phillips_R_Sunset-1.jpg
Your Artist’s Statement: Write your artist’s statement in the first person (“I”). Maximum length: 60 words. This statement will be used if your art is selected for the exhibition so proofread it and make sure it is no longer than 60 words.
Additional Reminder: You must be  a female artist, 18 years or older, and have a website.

After you Click “Submit”- Entry Fee Payment

After you complete the form and click on the Submit button you will be taken to the “Entry Payment Page”. You can pay the non-refundable entry fee using safe and easy PayPal. All credit and debit cards are accepted through PayPal.

If you follow all of the instructions above and you experience any problems uploading your entry form please send us an email and describe your problem to entries@manhattanarts.com.

Thank You for Your Entry

After we receive them we will send you a confirmation by email to the address you provide on your entry form. Please add these email addresses to your email address book: entries@manhattanarts.com and renee@manhattanarts.com.

We look forward to seeing your entries and appreciate your participation in “HERStory 2017”.

REMINDER: Review your entry form before you click the SUBMIT button.

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HerStory 2017 Awards

An Exhibition of Women Artists

“HERStory 2017”, an online exhibition, from April 27- June 27, 2017, will feature the artwork of more than 50 outstanding women artists from around the world.
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Read About HERStory 2017  

Go to HERStory Entry Form

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More than 50 Artists and Top Awards

At least 50 artists will have one of their entries, their artist’s statement and a link to their websites, presented in this online exhibition at www.manhattanarts.com and also featured in an e-Book, “HERStory 2017”, published in May, 2017.

Renee PhillipsRenee Phillips

Founder/Director of Manhattan Arts International, curator, writer, arts advocate and artists’ mentor, www.renee-phillips.com, will choose the 50+ exhibiting artists and also the following top awards:

  • Featured Artist – Interview Award: This artist will have 6 images of their artwork, their bio and artist’s statement featured on www.manhattanarts.com for 12 months.
  • 30+ Awards of Excellence Winners
  • 20+ Awards of Merit Winners
  • 3 Cash Award-Winners: $200, $150, $100
  • Artist Coaching Award: An artist who lives in the U.S. will be selected to receive three one-hour art marketing consultation sessions by phone with Renee Phillips “The Artrepreneur Coach”.
  • Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Online Gallery: An artist whose art exemplifies the healing power of art will be featured on healing-power-of-art.org

“As the curator, I will be awarding those artists who demonstrate superior technical skill in their chosen medium, an innovative approach to their medium, a coherent communication of their unique artistic vision — in their images and their statement — and the ability to retain the viewer’s interest after multiple viewings. When selecting the top awards, I am not only choosing works of art for an exhibition, I am also choosing under-recognized artists to promote  to our widespread international audience. ”

Special Recognition Awards from A Distinguished Panel of Guests This Year

I am honored and delighted that the following reputable art leaders have accepted my invitation to join the Awards Committee for the HERStory 2017 art exhibition. They have agreed to select an artist from the 50+ exhibiting artists to receive a Featured Artist Award that comes with widespread promotion and publicity. Visit their websites to learn more about them.

Carolyn EdlundCarolyn Edlund

Founder of Artsy Shark, www.artsyshark.com, “Inspiring Artists To Build Better Businesses”, is a renowned art marketing expert and writer who presents workshops throughout the U.S. She promotes artists in all mediums on her website.

She will select an artist to receive a featured article on her popular website and promoted throughout her large social media networks.

“In the selection process, I will be searching for the spirit and vision of the artist as expressed by the story she tells through the art she creates. There is an intangible quality found when viewing certain collections of work that is more than just the sum of its parts. There is an emotional connection that compels the viewer to want more.”

Karen GutfreundKaren Gutfreund

Artist http://karengutfreund.com/ is also a curator of feminist exhibitions in museums and other venues. She is a partner at GutfreundCornett: “Changing The World Through Art”.  She has worked in the Painting & Sculpture Department for MoMA, the Andre Emmerick Gallery, and The Knoll Group, and is also an art consultant – renting artwork to corporations and individuals. She served as the National Exhibitions Director for the Women’s Caucus for Art and the No. California TFAP Representative (The Feminist Art Project).

She will select an artist to be featured on her website and promoted on social media.

“I am initially drawn to art that is visually arresting, provocative and emotionally charged. I lean towards art that is focused on social issues, and of the human condition with the intention to challenge prescribed social norms. I look for works that evoke a response and inspire reflective thought and dialogue with the intention to “change the world through art”. The artist should demonstrate a unique voice and style and have perfected their craft.”

Jill PankeyJill Pankey

Manhattan Arts International award-winning artist, www.jillpankey.com, and former Senior Lecturer at Texas State University, School of Art & Design. She has received several awards from Manhattan Arts International, including a top award in “HERStory 2015”.

She will select an artist to promote throughout social media and feature on her blog. The artist will be invited to be promoted on pantsuit.org.

“I am looking for a unique or dynamic representation of the female form, in any style or medium, that reflects a positive vitality and spirit. The overall composition, addresses ‘real women’ in mind, body, and/or spirit and engages the viewer in a relatable way. Perhaps it’s HER story.”

Nancy ReynerNancy Reyner

Manhattan Arts International award-winning artist,  www.nancyreyner.com, author  of several art books, and instructor, she has appeared on television for HGTV’s “That’s Clever”,  and worked as a technical consultant for Golden Paints.

She will select an innovative artist to feature on her website and promote throughout her social media networks.

“I am looking for a visually exciting contemporary painting that reveals an inventive use of mediums. Any style of 2D works that show a collaboration between artist and paint (i.e. through processes involving happy accidents or playful experimentation) where the medium has a strong dynamic voice. The art should engage the viewer with interesting design and/or spatial arrangements for prolonged viewing, and offer a uniquely personal story, situation or viewpoint.”

Bren SibilskyBren Sibilsky

Manhattan Arts International  award-winning sculptor and painter brensibilsky.com,  she is also an instructor and and founder of Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art.  She has exhibited with the prestigious National Sculpture Society, New York, NY, and has collectors worldwide. She has won top awards in several Manhattan Arts International juried competitions including a top award in “HERStory 2015”.

She will select a sculptor to be promoted extensively on social media and featured in a press release that will be widely distributed.

“I am looking for a dynamic and creative sculpture that evokes clarity and the HerStory theme.  Overall design including structure, depth, contours, angles and use of space that takes the viewer on a visual journey and pulls them into the sculpture’s story. A solid idea with pleasing mass and proportions with a strong understanding of artistic foundations and fundamentals, equal to the emotional theme and executed to what I call the ‘wow’ factor.”

Read About HERStory 2017

HERStory Entry Form

HERStory 2017

An Online Exhibition to Promote Outstanding Art & Advance The Status of Women Artists

April 27 – June 27, 2017

Why “HERStory”?

For centuries women artists have inspired, enlightened and informed us with their enormous talent, vision and commitment. Many have served as creative trailblazers. Unfortunately, their contributions have gone under-recognized.

When artists lack necessary exposure and recognition they often abandon their dreams of sharing their art with the world. Manhattan Arts International has been presenting “HERStory” exhibitions on this website since the year 2000, under the direction of Renee Phillips, artists’ advocate and mentor. The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a venue for outstanding yet under-recognized women artists.

Our “HERStory” exhibitions will continue until there is a fair and equal balance of women artists represented by art museums, galleries, art book publishers, major private and public collections, auction houses, and the media.

50 Artists — All Styles, Mediums, Subjects & Themes

For “HERStory 2017”, an online exhibition, we are inviting women artists from around the world to submit their entries. At least 50 outstanding contemporary women artists will be shown.

All subject matter and themes will be accepted.  We are accepting all styles — from realism to abstraction — and of any subjects (not only female subjects). Any 2D and 3D mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, works on paper, mixed media, photography, digital art, fiber, assemblages, installation art, and one-of-a-kind, handmade functional art pieces, including ceramics.
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Some of the winners from HERStory 2016
Some of the winners from HERStory 2016. First row: Susanne Buckler, Mary Lou Dauray and Jill Pankey. Second row: Allison Coelho Picone, Ruth Soller, and Cherilyn Sunridge. Third row:  Gunilla Lofgren, Ruth Geneslaw and Bren Sibilsky.

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Schedule

Entry deadline: April 16, 2017
List of winners listed on this website and sent to all entrants: April 24, 2017
Exhibition: April 27 – June 27, 2017
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Requirements

Women artists 18 years and older.
Artist must have an art website or blog.
Submissions made online by using the Entry Form.
Payment of entry fee: $30 for 1-3 entries. $10 each additional entry.

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Every Artist Who Enters Will Get An e-Book

This e-Book contains dozens of opportunities and resources for Women Artists by Renée Phillips, such as  Non-Profit Organizations and Galleries for Women Artists; Grants and Other Financial Opportunities for Artists; Annual Calls For Women Artists; Curators of Women Artists’ Exhibitions & Women Activists; Additional Resources; more. This e-Book will be published in April, 2017. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS E-BOOK.
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Special Recognition Awards Presented By Our Distinguished Awards Committee:

  • Renee Phillips, curator, will select at least 30 Awards of Excellence, 20 Awards of Merit, 3 Cash Awards, Featured Artist / Interview Awards, and more.  In addition, there will be Special Featured Artists Awards selected by:
  • Carolyn Edlund, Founder of Artsy Shark “Inspiring Artists To Build Better Businesses”.
  • Karen Gutfreund, artist and curator with GutfreundCornett  “Changing The World Through Art”.
  • Jill Pankey, award-winning artist and former University lecturer.
  • Renee Phillips, artists advocate, director & curator of Manhattan Arts International.
  • Nancy Reyner, international artist, author and instructor.
  • Bren Sibilsky, international sculptor and founder of Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art.

READ MORE ABOUT THEM & THEIR AWARDS.

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GO TO ENTRY FORM – SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES

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About Manhattan Arts International

Our purpose is to promote artistic excellence by under-recognized, artists on this website, to our thousands of subscribers, and across our social media platforms.

We focus on promoting artists and driving traffic to their websites. We don’t sell art on this website. We invite visitors to  view the artists’ artwork, read about them, visit their websites and contact them directly to exhibit and purchase their art work.

Learn more about Manhattan Arts International.

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Professional Artist magazine is the ultimate career resource for fine artists everywhere.Thank You Professional Artist Magazine,  the ultimate career resource for fine artists everywhere  for announcing our “HERStory 2017” Call For Artists.
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Interview with Artist Mason Mansung Kang

With great pleasure I  present this interview with artist Mason Mansung Kang who won the Featured Artist Award in the Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” exhibition  which I had the pleasure to curate. Mason Mansung Kang’s art combines artistic prowess,  versatility and a positive vision.

Furthermore, the artist represents “New Beginnings” by embodying the  passion and determination of the human spirit to pursue one’s dreams. The artist, who was born in Korea and lives in California, became a full-time artist after he retired. He has achieved tremendous strides in his career and creatity in only two years.

Mason Mansung Kang, Sunset at Bolinas Lagoon, oil on canvas, 48" x 36".
Mason Mansung Kang, Sunset at Bolinas Lagoon, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

Mason Mansung Kang’s portfolio encompasses superb paintings of landscapes from Korea, California and Europe, as well as cityscapes, still life and figures. In addition to his paintings, his drawings also reflect a keen observation to detail, form and values.

When submitting his entries to “New Beginnings” he wrote: “The visual changes of the natural world, with unending colors and values that exist in light and shadow over each season and over time, create variations of moods and emotions that always affects my mind. I struggle to observe these subtle colors, but also enhance the colors that are usually not noticed by untrained eyes. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts.”

Mason Mansung Kang, Cable Car, oil on canvas, 24" x 36".
Mason Mansung Kang, Cable Car, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″.


Although born with an innate talent, the artist only began to pursue his passion for painting full-time after retirement. He studied at the Graduate School of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and he obtained his MFA in Painting in 2016. Since 2015 his artwork has won 17 awards from various organizations throughout the U.S. and Korea. He is currently represented by the Bill Hester Fine Arts gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

I would like to recommend people never to hesitate to put anything you want to do into action realizing that we still have much longer time in our lives than expected or estimated before. Once you tried, you would realize again that time flies and the new world appears so close to your eyes.
~ Mason Mansung Kang
Mason Mansung Kang, On the Hill, California, oil on canvas, 30" x 40".
Mason Mansung Kang, On the Hill, California, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″.

RP: What do you try to achieve with your paintings that you would like people to experience when viewing your art?

MMK: In short, I would like to express this world more beautifully than it looks, not than it is as it is actually, and truly, a lot more beautiful than it looks. I would be very happy if the viewers of my paintings can feel the same sublime sense of warmth, happiness and contentment.

RP: Do you paint en plein air or from photographs and sketches?

MMK: I definitely prefer plein air painting to the studio-only-work, as the beauty of a scene is not only the objects themselves but also the combination of the moods and the feelings I had at the sites. Due to a shortage of opportunities and the time allowed, I have mostly painted in the studio from photos that I took myself. But I’m seeking the opportunity to paint en plein air as much as possible.

Mason Mansung Kang, Busy City, oil on canvas, 24" x 18".
Mason Mansung Kang, Busy City, oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″.

RP: What personal beliefs do you have that influence the kind of paintings you create?

MMK: I, as a Christian, thank God for the creation of this beautiful world and for allowing us to be able to feel, see, touch, and even own these ‘Beauties’ of the world. I think this ‘Beauty’ originally comes from various mysterious sources of ‘light’ by which we all can see anything exists in the world. The dramatic combination of light and shadows always enraptures me and lures me to paint it on the canvas.

RP: You are so prolific and achieve excellence in many different subjects – from  landscapes, seascapes and citycscapes, to figures and still life. What series of paintings are you current working on?

MMK: I’m mostly focusing on the landscape at the moment, which actually includes some combination of other areas like cityscape or figures too because what I love is actually the dramatic balance of light and shadows regardless what kind of objects they are.

Mason Mansung Kang, Morning Light at Namwon, oil on Canvas, 18"x 24".
Mason Mansung Kang, Morning Light at Namwon, oil on Canvas, 18″x 24″.

RP: It is admirable that you returned to school to earn a degree after your retirement. What advice would you like to offer people who may be timid about following their passion later in life?

MMK: I think I’m very much lucky that God gave me such a talent and even such a passion to actually carry it out. Many of my colleagues envy me for that. But I would like to recommend people never to hesitate to put anything you want to do into action realizing that we still have much longer time in our lives than expected or estimated before. Once you tried, you would realize again that time flies and the new world appears so close to your eyes.

RP: What art career goals do you have for 2017?

MMK: I will keep painting and want to expose myself more as I’m now just a baby in the art world. I hope to get more chances to win in various famous international competitions in 2017. If there are some paintings that I can sell at good prices, that will be additional bonus I would welcome.

Mason Mansung Kang, On The Way to Vienna, oil on canvas, 30" x 36".
Mason Mansung Kang, On The Way to Vienna, oil on canvas, 30″ x 36″.

RP: When is your next exhibition?

MMK: Many people in Korea want me to have it here in my home town. I plan to do it sometime in October 2017 in Korea. I need such time to prepare the new paintings as I have consigned most of my recent paintings to the Bill Hester Gallery in Santa Fe, NM before I returned home last September, 2016.

RP: How do you define “success” as an artist?

MMK: Basically they shall have no financial difficulties to continue to create their art works. And I think the real success as an artist is to obtain the same level of respect and consensus intended by the artist from as wide an audience as possible.

Mason Mansung Kang, Companions, oil on canvas, 24" x 36".
Mason Mansung Kang, Companions, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″.

RP: What advice would you like to offer younger artists who are on their way to becoming professional full-time artists?

MMK: This is the very serious question for me and I am a bit gloomy to think that it looks like there are not enough opportunities for youngsters to be successful as professional artists in their future.

But I even have recognized that there are still many ways, routes, and systems which assist and support young artists to be successful. Manhattan Arts International is one of the good examples for this, I‘m sure. Therefore, I can definitely say that anyone who pursues anything with more passion will surely be able to obtain the better position in this very much competitive world. I recommend they never give up!

Visit Mason Mansun Kang’s website www.masonmansungkang.com/

Join Mason Mansun Kang on Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mason.kang
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mason-mansung-kang-11b62a45

Award of Excellence Winners

Each artist was asked to submit works of art that reflected the theme “New Beginnings” and to provide an artist’s statement relating their art to the theme. I selected 30 artists to win Awards of Excellence.

As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved more than 100 hours of viewing the several hundred image entries and visits to the artists’ websites. After assigning scores for each of their image entries I selected those artists with the highest average scores and who demonstrate cohesive individual styles, superior creative and technical  skills, and how well their art reflected the theme.”  ~ Renée Phillips

 

New Beginnings Exhibition

The mission of Manhattan Arts International is is to reward under-recognized artists and promote them to a world-wide audience through our curated art programs, theme exhibitions, email newsletters, and widespread publicity on social media platforms.
Find out about the current Call For Artists.

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, founder/direction of Manhattan Arts International, and Curator of “New Beginnings”.

“New Beginnings”  was a recent online exhibition of 61 artists from around the world, December 27, 2016 – February 27, 2017.  As founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, I was delighted to serve as the curator for “New Beginnings”. We received several hundred entries and an array of creative expressions on the “New Beginnings” theme — from nature-inspired and figurative life-affirming images to innovative works of art made with new materials and mediums, to art that reflects the artists’ personal transformation. We invited viewers to view the art on all of the pages, visit the artists’ websites, and contact the artists directly to purchase or exhibit their art.” ~ Renée Phillips

The banner image above on the top of this page is a painting titled “Over The Hill” by Mason Mansung Kang. He received the top Featured Artist Special Recognition.

View the Top 6 Award Winning Artists

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Find out about the current Call For Artists – HERStory Exhibition

 

Top Award-Winning Artists

We received so many excellent entries making this competition a challenging experience.  As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved a laser sharp concentration, numerous sessions in which I viewed the several hundred image entries, and prolonged visits to the artists’ websites. After more than 100 hours of deliberation I chose the top award-winning artists based on their highly developed individual styles, cohesive and expansive bodies of work, their superior creative and technical  skills, and  how well their submissions and statements reflect the theme New Beginnings. ~ Renée Phillips

Mason Mansung Kang – Featured Artist Award

Mason Mansung Kang creates awe-inspiring landscape paintings with admirable proficiency. His professional art career began after retirement and he returned to college to earn an art degree in 2016.  We are inspired by his art and personal journey that reflects new beginnings. Read an interview with the artist.

Mason Mansung Kang, Morning Light at Namwon, oil on Canvas, 18"x 24".
Mason Mansung Kang, Morning Light at Namwon, oil on Canvas, 18″x 24″.

Artist’s Statement: The visual changes of the natural world, with unending colors and values that exist in light and shadow over each season and over time, create variations of moods and emotions that always affects my mind. I struggle to observe these subtle colors, but also enhance the colors that are usually not noticed by untrained eyes. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts. www.masonmansungkang.com

R. Geoffrey Blackburn – First Place Special Recognition Cash Award

R. Geoffrey Blackburn has created a spectacular and cohesive body of paintings that take viewers on sojourns with nature — specifically the Red Rock region. His dramatic images inspire feelings of profound reverence, introspection, discovery and renewal.

R. Geoffrey Blackburn, "Indian Summer", Oil on Linen, 28" x 36".
R. Geoffrey Blackburn, “Indian Summer”, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 36″.

Artist’s Statement: I focus upon the juxtaposition of the flora and fauna of a scene against the spectacular ancient red rock geology which speaks to the endless renewal of nature and constant cyclical new beginnings. Moreover, by virtue of the detail and technique, I provide a way for the viewer to “walk into the painting” and experience a personal renewal as well. http://rgeoffreyblackburn.com

Denisa Prochazka – Second Place Special Recognition Cash Award

A superb artist with the utmost attention to detail, Denisa Prochazka creates outstanding figurative sculpture that inspires the highest aspirations in humanity. Her art work has been commissioned as awards of achievement.

Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20" x 11" x 9".
Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20″ x 11″ x 9″.

Artist’s Statement: The sculpture ‘Namaste Flower’ was created to inspire healing and strength of the female spirit. It resides at a Woman’s Shelter as a symbol of a new beginning. The sculpture relief ‘Embrace of Indigenous Wisdom’ symbolizes reconciliation, a new beginning. The sculpture relief ‘Gabriela’s Roots, the New Canadian’ symbolizes a new life of an immigrant of an African-Dominican origin. www.denisaprochazka.com

Jill Pankey – Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award

In her vibrant well-composed award-winning paintings, Jill Pankey celebrates women in a joyful reverie of fun,  vitality and camaraderie. Their expressions of exuberance and colorful attire exude optimism and negate all misconceptions about aging.

JillPankey, Strut Your Inner Muse, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Strut Your Inner Muse, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.

Artist’s Statement: The intention of my work is an exploration of life around me, and experimenting with color. I have experimented with the theme of the aging female with a focus on new beginnings, humor, color, pattern, and movement. I have been exploring the notion of a dreamlike quality. We may age but dreams and goals cannot be taken away. www.jillpankey.com

Sue Miller – Artist Showcase Award and Coaching Award

Sue Miller creates spellbinding realistic and detailed scenes of places she encounters around the world. She arouses our senses and encourages us to view our surroundings and the shapes, colors and reflections of man-made and natural objects with a new perspective.
View the artist’s page on this website.

Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.
Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.

Artist’s Statement: Inspired by places I have visited, I aim to capture the effects of light on colors and forms as I have witnessed all over the globe. The pieces selected for the “New Beginnings” exhibition were all inspired by transformation…one day turning into the next, or a historic city in the midst of great change…new beginnings all. www.smillerart.com

Francene Levinson – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Gallery Award

A highly versatile artist in different mediums including Chinese modular paper sculpturing, Francene Levinson has recently mastered the use of challenging digital parametric programs to paint dramatic images. She brings us new interpretations of the natural world.  View the artist’s page on The Healing Power of ART website. (soon to come)

Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9' x 7".
Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9′ x 7″.

Artist’s Statement: New beginnings suggest taking a fresh look at what we know. Therefore, I create original digital paintings inspired by my Oregon environment. I see the strength of the earth and the fragility of life through mathematical concepts and principles of art. Now, I seek beauty in the absolute simplicity of line and form and reveal it through empowering digital media. www.francenelevinsondigitalart.com

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Sue Miller – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Sue Miller

Sue Miller creates spellbinding realistic and detailed oil paintings of places she encounters around the world. As we meander through her scenes, she arouses our senses and encourages us to discover shapes, colors and reflections of light on natural and man-made objects with a new perspective.

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Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.
Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.

Sue Miller won the Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” online exhibition which I had the pleasure of curating.

When she submitted her entries to “New Beginnings” she wrote, “Inspired by places I have visited, I aim to capture the effects of light on colors and forms as I have witnessed all over the globe. The pieces selected for the ‘New Beginnings’ exhibition were all inspired by transformation…one day turning into the next, or a historic city in the midst of great change…new beginnings all.”

Sue Miller, Havana in Transition, oil, 20" x 32".
Sue Miller, Havana in Transition, oil, 20″ x 32″.

Miller’s main focus is urban landscapes and she excels at recreating the unique color and characteristics and cultural aspects of the locale she visits. She takes time mixing colors to achieve the ideal hue and tone, and explains, “For me, painting provides a total break from reality, by immersing my energies, thoughts, and complete focus into the time and place of the work’s subject. Painting has helped me to indulge in a deeper mindfulness while visiting new locations around the world. This has allowed me to better absorb and appreciate the full experience of what I have seen, heard, and felt—to more fully perceive and understand each unique and inspiring place.”

Sue Miller, Evenings Golden Light, oil, 24” x 24”.
Sue Miller, Evenings Golden Light, oil, 24” x 24”.

Miller’s art is in many collections and she enjoys working on commissioned paintings. In a short period of time she has had more than a dozen solo and group exhibitions. She is also the recipient of Silver Award, OAA Juried Exhibition, Ontario Power Generation Award, PineRidge 16th Annual Juried Art Show, and an Honourable Mention, PineRidge 16th Annual Juried Art Show.

The artist received her art education at the Ontario College of Art and Design with a focus on communication and design. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and also enjoys her membership in the Whitby Station Gallery, PineRidge Arts Council, and the Oshawa Art Association. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise.

Visit Sue Miller’s website: www.smillerart.com

Join Sue Miller on Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014557297523
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suepmiller/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suepmiller?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

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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.

Visit the Artist Showcase Gallery Directory.

Artists Who Use The Power of Black

Black is one of the boldest, most powerful colors. As Matisse stated, “Black is a force: I depend on black to simplify the construction. “On this day of “Black Friday”,  we selected from our online gallery some extraordinary artists who use the power of black as one of their predominant features. Here,  you’ll find a beautiful display of those artists’ work from the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery.

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Barbara Rachko

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

Inspired by Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects Barbara Rachko creates dramatic pastel-on-sandpaper painting.
Visit her page.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith, Be The Butterfly, photomontage, 30.4” x 22.8”.
Richard Smith, Be The Butterfly, photomontage, 30.4” x 22.8”.

Richard Smith creates spellbinding photomontages which he has named “Handcrafted Surrealism”.
Visit his page.

Arthur Jacob

Arthur Jacob, Dehlia II, creative photography.
Arthur Jacob, Dehlia II, creative photography.

Using “Creative Photography” Arthur Jacob’s florals come to life against black backgrounds.
Visit his page.

Cynthia Lund Torroll

Cynthia Lund Torroll
Cynthia Lund Torroll , The Witness, pencil drawing on paper, 22″ x 22″.

Cynthia Lund Torroll creates creates mesmerizing, enigmatic and celebratory pencil drawings.
Visit her page.

Matti Sirvio

Matti Sirvio, I Will Go Up, oil on canvas, 39" x 47".
Matti Sirvio, I Will Go Up, oil on canvas, 39″ x 47″.

Matti Sirvio creates bold paintings with dynamic  expansion, depth and contrast.
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Peter Treiber

Peter Treiber, Ethereal Luminescence, photograph
Peter Treiber, Ethereal Luminescence, photograph

Peter Treiber creates a vibrant symphony of color and movement in his “Ethereal Luminescence” fine art photographs.
Visit his page.

Jessie Monaco – Digital Art

Manhattan Arts International
Artist showcase Gallery

About Jessie Monaco

Jessie Monaco is a multi-talented and prolific artist and the creator of a new awe-inspiring artistic style known as “Nature Draws Itself”. Her art is characterized by her keen view of the natural world and human nature and translating her observations in a unique artistic format.

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Jessie Monaco, Friends With Fish
Jessie Monaco, Friends With Fish, digital art.

She conveys her sense of discovery, humor and imagination through her skills in digital fine art, cartoon art, and design. Her signature style has developed from her keen sense of perception and her desire to provide viewers with a heightened visual experience.

As she explains, “It is my mission to find visual ideas that will entertain and invoke insight to the viewer. To see a concept come to life by creating art around it is my passion. My ‘Nature Draws Itself’ series is my creation and original way of working out images.”

Jessie Monaco, Smells Like Spring, digital art.
Jessie Monaco, Smells Like Spring, digital art.

Monaco’s art is in numerous collections and has been reproduced in greeting cards, textiles, apparel and posters for various clients throughout the world including projects for Pollack – Krasner House and Pepsi Cola Co. She has designed a line of Women’s hosiery called “Tatttoes”, and was commissioned as a Game designer using her line of characters called “Splashes with Glasses.”

Her many exhibitions include those at the NAWA Gallery and SVA Gallery, in New York. NY, and Flyway Gallery, in NJ. She participated in the “Art From The Heart”, an exhibition that focused on problem-solving through non-violence.

Jessie Monaco, Twilight Man, digital art.
Jessie Monaco, Twilight Man, digital art.

Monaco is a four-time Manhattan Arts International Award of Excellence winner. Most recently her work was selected for the Manhattan Arts International’s 11th annual “The Healing Power of ART” exhibition. She has also received several awards from Oakside Cultural Art Center, among others.

The artist and her art have been featured in The Bergenite Newspaper, The Record, and All About Jersey.  She is a member of Graphic Artist Guild, School of Visual Arts Alumni Society, Art Association of Rutherford and other prestigious professional organizations.

Banner image: One For All, digital art.

Visit Jessie Monaco’s website http://jessiemonaco.com

Join Jessie Monaco in Social Media
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jessie.monaco.5
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/e-jessie-monaco-32877375
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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.

Visit the Artist Showcase Gallery Directory.
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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Carol Margreither Mainardi – Mixed Media

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Carol Margreither Mainardi

Carol Margreither Mainardi is a professional artist who continues to explore the archetypal Mermaid as a metaphor for her own journey as a woman. Her recent collage series and illustrations capture the openness Mermaids face by being trapped in two worlds.

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Carol Margreither Mainardi, Shadow Dancing, monoprint 12” x 12”.
Carol Margreither Mainardi, Shadow Dancing, monoprint 12” x 12”.

Mermaids are stargazing, floating, and longing through her expression in drawings on paper or prints with fabric, tough leather, or manta ray skin tails. The artist uses Lumiere metallic and pearlescent colors, oil and acrylic,  and hand- marbled paper to create the Mermaid’s environment.

Carol Margreither Mainardi lives and works in Pennsylvania and is the sole proprietor of Prints and Books. She is also involved with professional conservation of books, artwork on paper, museum quality housing of artifacts, and gallery displays. She offers individual and group instruction in the areas of bookbinding, printmaking, and decorative papers.

Carol Margreither Mainardi, Longing, mixed media, 16” x 20”.
Carol Margreither Mainardi, Longing, mixed media, 16” x 20”.

Her passion for books began when she earned her BFA in printmaking from William Paterson University in 1991. From 1985-1990 she gained her love of the book arts and graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Her clients include; Simon & Schuster, New York Botanical Garden, Sony, and lovers of fine art and books in the metropolitan area. She is currently holding a position as Communications Chair of the New York Guild of Bookworkers.

Carol Margreither Mainardi, Moon Bathing, mixed media, 16” x 20”.
Carol Margreither Mainardi, Moon Bathing, mixed media, 20″ x 16”.

In 1996 she was chosen as Director of, The Gallery, Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes. Carol’s farsighted dedication to the Gallery is reflected in its’ mission statement: “Since the 1960’s the Gallery at the Presbyterian Church has embodied the church’s commitment to the belief that the arts are a vital expression of the human spirit”. Following in the same spirit of community, in 1998 she was involved with the Kinnelon Library Children’s Services managing the children’s special programs.

Banner Image:Tale, detail, woodcut, 8” x 18”.

Visit Carol Margreither Mainardi’s website: www.Bythecpress.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.

Visit the Artist Showcase Gallery Directory.

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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Martha Coaty – Photography

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Martha Coaty

Martha Coaty has been a photographer for over 30 years, specializing in fine art photography of Door County Wisconsin as well as outdoor photography of Northern Wisconsin.

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Martha Coaty, Industrial Yellow, photograph, 16" x 20".
Martha Coaty, Industrial Yellow, photograph, 16″ x 20″.

Coaty states, “Images that are meaningful to me are those that exude an emotion of affection, survival, sadness or joy. I love the happy appeal of color and the broodiness of black and white.”

None of her images are staged. She explains, “Simplicity narrows my approach when finding geometric shapes and color on the landscape. I use stillness to represent the peacefulness of my subjects. I feel connected to my images in a spiritual sense of how I got there, or why I was there to record what I saw. ”

She adds, “As I continue forward, I create small intimate photographs and large format for impact. I want my viewers to enjoy the experience of feeling emotion from an image.”

Martha Coaty, Revival, photograph 16" x 24".
Martha Coaty, Revival, photograph 16″ x 24″.

Born in 1960, Martha Coaty graduated with a BA in journalism/art from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She has been in many juried exhibitions throughout Wisconsin, notably those held at the Racine Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, and Miller Art Museum, WI. She has also shown her work in the PhotoMidwest 2016 Biennial at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI, Coalition of Photographic Arts Midwest Juried Exhibitions, and  Juried Annual Exhibits in Sturgeon Bay.

Manhattan Arts International selected one of her photographs for its “New Beginnings” exhibition in 2015 and gave her an Award of Excellence.

Martha Coaty, Fog Induction , photograph, 16" x 24"."
Martha Coaty, Fog Induction , photograph, 16″ x 24″.”

Coaty’s photographs are in collections worldwide including the prestigious permanent collections of Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI and Mosaic Arts, Green Bay, WI.

The artist reflects, “I started to use photography as an artistic medium in 2008 to fulfill a goal of mine to display and sell my artwork.  Prior to that I would document travel and other findings to create small art shows in my mother’s dining room.”

Banner Image: Hay Bale Carousel, photograph, 16″ x 24″.

Visit Martha Coaty’s website at www.marthacoatyphotography.com

Join Martha Coaty on Social Media
www.facebook.com/MarthaCoatyPhotography
www.twitter.com/marthacoaty

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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. Visit the Artist Showcase Gallery of Images. ************************************************************************ 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. ************************************************************************

Outstanding Canadian Artists Claim Their Own Creative Terrain

Since 1983 Manhattan Arts International has had the pleasure of implementing curated art programs to promote artistic excellence by artists from around the world. In this article I feature outstanding Canadian Artists from our membership — Elaine Hunter, Gaya, Chantal Leblanc, Joanne St-Cyr and Frantisek Strouhal. Although they come from the same country  they each claim their own creative terrain.

Click on the artists’ names to visit their pages and learn more about them.

Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter, Welcome Beach Day, photograph, 24" x 36".
Elaine Hunter, Welcome Beach Day, photograph, 24″ x 36″.

Elaine Hunter is a contemporary photographer who was  born in the UK and currently lives in Half moon Bay, BC, Canada. Accurately describing her art as “Chimerical” she produces images with a sense of mystery and drama.

Hunter has exhibited worldwide and was chosen as one of the TOP 40 by LACDA June 2015. She has won best in Show at both Contemporary Art Gallery Online and Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. She will be exhibiting in Berlin in October 2016 at the Julia M Cameron Awards.

Among her many awards include those from Manhattan Arts International, most recently an Award of Excellence in The Healing Power of ART. She has been featured in Professional Artist magazine and in the Artsy Shark Featured Artists series.

She states, “I love the journey from the camera lens to the computer where I create the finished pieces of art. I begin with reality and create the mystery. My desire is to take the viewer on a wildly fanciful terrestrial paradise. My  intention to make those who view my art wonder if the visions that I created were actually there when the photograph was taken. I hope to bring the viewer peace and happiness.”

Chantal Leblanc

Chantal Leblanc, The Angel Within, mixed media, 48” x 36”.
Chantal Leblanc, The Angel Within, mixed media, 48” x 36”.

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, Chantal is an abstract painter working out of her studio in Montreal.  Her painting ” The Angel Within” was selected for The Healing Power of ART, exhibition presented by Manhattan Arts International and she won an Award of Excellence. The Artist’s Magazine gave her an Honorable Mention Award in its July 2016 issue.

She exhibited at the Women in Art 2016 curated show at Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York, NY and the Montreal Visual Arts Centre. Her art will be in a group exhibition in the Roma Galleria La Pigna at the Vatican.

Her art can be found in private collections in Canada and the U.S. and has been placed in the Montreal’s Ste-Justine Children’s Hospital.

Influenced by Expressionism, Chantal’s creative approach begins as a subtractive and intuitive process as she allows bursts of vibrating colors to emerge which resonate and expand in depth. She writes, “By applying very thin layers of glazes and washes, I allow movement to emerge. In this dance, I seek pulsation, shift and vibration in physical elements…”

Gaya

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

Gaya is an abstract artist from Toronto, Canada. Her aesthetic approach and painting techniques combine many of the best painterly elements from Impressionism  as well as the spontaneity and experimentation of Abstract Expressionism.

Gaya’s paintings have been in exhibitions around the world. She has received many awards including those from the Biancoscuro Art Contest and Art Parma 2016, and Special Recognition Awards from Light Space & Time Gallery. She also received Publisher Choice Awards from Art & Beyond Magazine.

The artist was among the winners in art competitions presented by the Contemporary Art Gallery Online and a nominee of Palm Art Award 2014, an online art program based in Germany.

About her art she writes,  “With the power of colour, I try to capture the beauty of landscapes, light refractions, mysterious fluctuations of water, texture of flowers, and deviational patterns of a moving form. To define the underlying aesthetic concept of my artwork, it is an abstraction which represents an amalgamation of various streams in the contemporary art.”

Joanne St-Cyr

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

Joanne St-Cyr was born in Montreal and now lives in Quebec City.  She creates awe-inspiring allegorical paintings, having mastered achieved the technical prowess of the Renaissance Masters.

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

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

Her  “NATURA” series has to do with the constant duality between man and nature. She writes, “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!”

Frantisek Strouhal

Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Aurora, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

Frantisek Strouhal was born in Moravia from a family of painters and artists. He currently lives in western Canada. As a creator of exquisite mixed media artwork, which he has titled “Art Embracing Awareness”, he is internationally admired for his flawless use of traditional 19th century techniques combined with his unique contemporary yet timeless artistic vision.

Strouhal has had numerous solo exhibitions in British Columbia and many group exhibitions in the United States and Canada. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal at the Rotary Centre of the Arts in Kelowna, B.C. and was selected for the Manhattan Arts International curated art exhibition “The Healing Power of ART”. He also received Awards of Merit at both American Juried Art Salon’s International Fine Art Show and Decorative Arts International Show.

About his art he writes, “My imagery is meant to serve as an oasis of tranquility, permanence and strength and to capture and highlight what is fundamental to our being and society. One of its essential aspects explores thoughts and inspirations of an existential nature and investigates the interaction and harmony between the spiritual and the physical world.”