Pushing The Creative Boundaries
Innovative artists who embrace the challenge of using difficult materials or fusing mediums are often pioneers in new creative realms. Artists who fit that description include: Philip Noyed, Gunilla Lofgren, Nancy Staub Laughlin, Elise Pittelman, and Frantisek Strouhal. They are all members of Manhattan Arts International.
Banner image above: Multi-media art by Philip Noyed.
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Philip Noyed – Multi-Media
Philip Noyed is an innovative multi-media artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He creates luminous photographs, geometric light box illuminations, videos, paintings and mixed media installations.
He explains, “I begin by photographing subjects, usually my own oil paintings, at slow shutter speeds, transforming hard-edged, dimensional shapes into vibrant light-emitting compositions… I also skew, distort, cut, replicate and merge the sampled images, creating new kaleidoscopic shapes.”
Gunilla Löfgren– Reversed Alchemical Processes
Gunilla Löfgren’s imaginative use of materials positions her among leading contemporary artists. The artist from Sweden applies reversed alchemical processes and incorporates such diverse materials as Salix, textiles, sculpture, thread, metal leaf, and earth.
She has been known to use wasp nests, metal leaf, and mirrors in her artwork. One such mixed media painting recently won an Award of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International’s “HERStory” exhibition.
Nancy Staub Laughlin – Pastels and Photography
Nancy Staub Laughlin, who has been reviewed in The New York Times, has created a new concept of the “still life” working with pastels on paper and photography.
The artist from New Jersey applies many layers of juxtaposing elements, such as photographs of a landscape in different seasons and detailed photographs of glowing or glittering moments. After photographing her “stills”, she incorporates the photograph into the pastels to complete the final drawings.
Elise Pittelman – Paint and Crystals
Elise Pittelman is an internationally recognized artist from Kingston, NY who is skilled in many different mediums. She has an innovative approach to combining various elements to bring texture and vibrancy to her art.
Most recently she has been creating assemblages utilizing crystals, rhinestones and paint “exploring the realm of sparkle.” She has a thriving business as a jewelry designer with her company Pididdly-Links.
Frantisek Strouhal – Lithography and Paint
Canadian artist Frantisek Strouhal creates “Art Embracing Awareness” in mixed media that captures figures in dreamlike metaphysical realms. His choices of brushes, papers, textures and lithographic inks determine the quality of his images. It takes him many hours to build up a depth of ink, layer by layer, to create the desired image.
He explains, “The processes I use are slow but intense; the result is an image that asks for that time back from the viewer. “