Pushing The Creative Boundaries
Innovative artists who embrace the challenge of using difficult materials or fusing mediums are often pioneers in new creative realms. Here are some of the members of Manhattan Arts International who fit that description.
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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.
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. “