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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.

Click on image to see larger view. Visit the artists’ pages on this website to see more of their art, learn more about them, and visit their websites.

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.

Kari Bienert Transforms Space in Color Field Paintings

Kari Bienert is an Australian painter who excels in the use of color configurations and the art of transforming geometric and curvilinear forms.  She explores the unlimited potentiality of chromatic and tonal scales, visual planes and volume within a two-dimensional framework. Viewing her dynamic and exuberant works of art is an exciting kinetic experience.

Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert

About Kari Bienert

Kari Bienert grew up in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia and received her Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from the University of South Australia. During the past 15 years she has traveled and painted extensively in the U.S. and Europe including France, England, Italy and Greece. She has recently returned to Australia after four years in Malaysia.

Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at Worth Gallery and BMG Gallery, in Adelaide; and Flinders Street Gallery, in Sydney. Her artwork is in numerous private and public collections internationally including Artbank and Macquarte University. We welcome her as a Featured Artist on the Manhattan Arts International curated invitational online gallery, New York, NY.

Kari Bienert, Mylands, oil on linen, 26-1/2” x 75-1/2”.
Kari Bienert, Mylands, oil on linen, 26-1/2” x 75-1/2”.

Her Passion For Colors and Patterns

As a Color Field painter Bienert pursues color relationships with fervor.  Her color palette is innovative and complex. She mixes more than 25 different oil paints to create every color in her painting.

Due to the large scale of her paintings, her pictorial scheme appears to extend beyond our peripheral vision. As colorful patterns advance and recede, undulate and coalesce, they emulate the manner in which the universe operates in the energetic realms of both the microcosm and macrocosm.

Bienert’s use of both organic shapes and pixelated forms serve as references to living organisms as well as the world of technology. These patterns cohabitate in harmony, often superimposed upon the other, to create a reverie of unpredictable movement and transparent effects.

Kari Bienert, Adagio Story, oil on canvas, 47-1/4” x 47-1/4”.
Kari Bienert, Adagio Story, oil on canvas, 47-1/4” x 47-1/4”.

The Influence of Music, Precision and Instinct

Bienert emphasizes that music plays an important role in her source of inspiration.  As we can see in “Adagio Story”, like a perfectly composed symphony her creative process integrates a balance of innate precision and spontaneity.

The artist relies on quick decisions as well as instinct to bring a fresh diversity to her compositions. The brush becomes more than a tool… She refers to it an extension of her body that is guided by the beat of her heart, as well as the quiet melody that exists in her mind.

Kari Bienert, The Story, oil on linen, 35-1/2” x 78-3/4”.
Kari Bienert, The Story, oil on linen, 35-1/2” x 78-3/4”.

Her Unique Innovative Style

Bienert brings an extensive mastery of color theory, innate sense of rhythm, and compositional elements to each painting.  As an abstract painter she is an optical illusionist whose art defies spacial limitations. Her art is visual poetry bursting forth with relentless energetic expression.

Indeed, Bienert has developed her own visual vocabulary and inimitable style. With utmost proficiency she invites us to view the world as a magical, fluid and invigorating panorama.  Through her paintings we experience our universe with a new expansive and compelling perspective.

Kari Bienert
Kari Bienert, Colour Babies (Garden for the Children, oil on canvas, 78.7″ x 35.4″. Featured as the banner image.

Visit Kari Bienert’s website at www.karibienert.com

Join Kari Bienert in Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karibienertartist
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karibienert

Jane Caminos ~ Featured Artist Award-Winner

Featured Artist Article by Renée Phillips

Jane Caminos has long been highly recognized as a proficient realist painter known for having “the spirit of the raconteur”. Her bold command of color, design and composition in several mediums captures our immediate attention and keeps us enthralled. That feat is  easy for the prolific artist who has many huge messages to communicate.

Caminos
Jane Caminos, Grenade, oil and colored pencil, 24″ x 30″

Winner of First Place Featured Artist Award in The Healing Power of ART Exhibition

An artist activist, Caminos is driven by a purpose to raise awareness about the vitally important issues that are in dire need of social change. Because of her extraordinary talent and purpose she was selected to win the Featured Artist Award in “The Healing Power of ART 2016” juried competition. From the several hundred entries we received Caminos’ art was the most compelling. It is an honor to share her powerful art and story with our Manhattan Arts International audience.

When Caminos submitted her entries to the juried exhibition she wrote, “I am stronger than the fear and pain I experience as a disabled  cancer survivor. I am a narrative painter of women across all cultures whose lives contain more fear and pain than my own. By telling their stories, I become empowered to increase awareness of suffering in those who are unaware; I am free of fear in living.”

Her Source of Motivation

Jane Caminos, One of Three, oil and colored pencil, 24" x 30".
Jane Caminos, One of Three, oil and colored pencil, 24″ x 30″.

Several years ago, after watching a PBS documentary about the brutality and lack of freedom endured by women around the world, Caminos was motivated to use her art as a voice of protest. She states, “I believe it’s the responsibility of artists to use their talent as a means of changing the world for the better.” That event sparked the inception of her major ongoing series, “On Women Bound”.

This major collection of work exposes the violence perpetrated against girls and women throughout the world focusing on such issues as acid maiming, breast ironing, female genital mutilation, wartime rape, rape in the United States military and in colleges, sex trafficking, and more.

Jane Caminos, Up on the Roofie, oil and colored pencil, 24" x 30".
Jane Caminos, Up on the Roofie, oil and colored pencil, 24″ x 30″.

The artist who champions womens’ rights proclaims, “It would be an easy matter to choose horrific scenes that shock and disgust, but with respect for these suffering women, I’ve decided to choose a more mannered approach. Although many of the paintings carry a narrative that can be uncomfortable to deal with, the message must express the demand that these gender specific crimes can no longer be ignored.”

Many Career Accomplishments

Manhattan Arts International is not the first venue where Caminos’ art has been featured. The artist and her art have appeared in many publications including the front page of the Boston Globe Sunday Edition, Tribeca Trib,
 At the Edge Magazine,  and the Kessler Foundation calendar, among others. Her art has been published in several exhibition catalogues.

Jane Caminos, “Saint Malala”, mixed media, 29" x 29".
Jane Caminos, “Saint Malala”, mixed media, 29″ x 29″.

Her extensive career, has included many solo and juried group exhibitions that have taken place at Arc Gallery, Chicago; Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY; Gallery U, Westfield, NJ; and Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ; among others. She has also had several exhibitions with the National Women’s Caucus for Art, a leading women’s arts organization. Her artwork was selected for the important “Social Justice” juried exhibition presented by Cornett-Gutfreund Unite Women, Inc, in Santa Maria, CA,

Caminos has also created another highly recognized body of work that depicts women from other generations. Her subjects are often pulled from family albums. In her inimitable style, these paintings do not merely reproduce the photographs. They narrate the stories of the subjects with the inclusion of an assortment of “props” from animals and fruits to a variety of foods, such as fried eggs or pasta, perhaps shrimp floating in the air, set in lush, decorative landscapes.

Jane Caminos, Empower Me, oil, acrylic gouache, colored pencil, 36” x 28”.
Jane Caminos, Empower Me, oil, acrylic gouache, colored pencil, 36” x 28”.

Education and Professional Background

Jane Caminos received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and worked in the book publishing trade in Boston and New York for many years before she established an independent design and illustration studio. The narrative themes that have made her so popular can be traced to vast experience as an illustrator.

We hope by sharing Caminos’ art and intentions with you that her art can continue to serve as a catalyst for bringing about positive change. She deserves and receives our highest esteem and support.

Visit Jane Caminos’ website at www.janecaminos.com

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Gail Postal ~ Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Gail Postal

Gail Postal is a multi-award-winning New York artist who creates extraordinary figurative mixed media works of art using graphite pencil and oil paint. She is a recipient of the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery Award in “The Healing Power of ART 2016” juried exhibition. She received this award for her superior technical prowess, impeccable detail and unique creative vision. She illuminates the spirit of her subjects and captures a quiet, reflective moment in time.

All rights reserved. Do not copy any images without the artist’s permission.
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Gail Postal, Cynthia; graphite, oil paint, and Swarovski crystals, 72" x 24".
Gail Postal, Cynthia; graphite, oil paint, and Swarovski crystals, 72″ x 24″.

With her entry to The Healing Power of ART 2016 exhibition the artist wrote, “I do a graphite drawing and then add gold paint and many layers of transparent oil or acrylic paint to create an icon of a contemporary ‘saint.’ I have had two major influences on my work – old hand tinted black and white Japanese photographs and Russian Orthodox icons.”

Throughout her successful art career she has had more than 200 one-person and juried group exhibitions in museums, galleries, universities and art centers.

Gail Postal, Mamadou, graphite and oil paint; 72” x 29”.
Gail Postal, Mamadou, graphite and oil paint; 72” x 29”.

The artist has been featured in numerous publications including “INCITE 2 Color Passions: The Best of Mixed Media,” published by North Light Books, edited by Tonia Jenny and “Strokes of Genius 5 – The Best of Drawing,” North Light Books, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf.

Her more than 50 awards include those from the National Arts Club,  The Salmagundi Club, Greeley Art Association, and Gadsden Art Association, among others.

Gail Postal
Gail Postal, Tserting, graphite and oil paint, 36” x 24”.

Gail Postal, who lives in New York, NY, received her art education at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, Art Student’s League, Sculpture Center, and the New School in New York, NY. She has a Ph.D from Fordham University and she received her MA and BA degrees from Brooklyn College.

Banner image: Jamal, graphite and colored pencil, 23″ x 30″.

Visit  Gail Postal’s website: www.gailpostal.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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Richard Smith ~ Photomontages

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Richard Smith

Richard Smith creates spellbinding photomontages which he has named “Handcrafted Surrealism”.  To produce his black and white images he does all of the photography and editing via his smartphone.  The artist captures and then fuses diverse subjects such as those from nature, his travels, commissioned images and pedestrian objects into otherworldly images that transcend their origins.

All rights reserved. Do not copy any images without the artist’s permission.
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Richard Smith, Be The Butterfly, photomontage, 30.4” x 22.8”.
Richard Smith, Be The Butterfly, photomontage, 30.4” x 22.8”.

His art has been featured in numerous exhibitions, magazines, blogs and through organizations world-wide.  He is a recipient of the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery Award in “The Healing Power of ART 2016” juried exhibition. He received this award for his captivating style that blends modern technology, innovation and inspirational beauty.

With his entry to The Healing Power of ART 2016 exhibition he wrote, “I blend scenes from my surroundings into surreal photomontages. What you see are stylized amalgamations of my everyday world. I hope to bring about healing by revealing the serendipity and potential of unexpected connections in our ordinary environments. Through contrasting elements presented with an underlying harmony, I seek to create metaphors for transcending into positive or encouraging realms.”

Richard Smith, Oceani Templum Spritus, Photomontage, 30.4" x 22.8".
Richard Smith, Oceani Templum, Spritus, Photomontage, 30.4″ x 22.8″.

In a featured article about Richard Smith on the Mutant Space blog  he explained, “My process is like carving a sculpture, with the edges of my fingers forming lines to define shapes and reveal serendipitous relationships — not unlike physically placing individual elements as in a paper collage — except I do this through masking, blending and mimicking established photographic techniques like solarization or vignetting. Each piece is meticulously crafted with these and other ingredients, using direct touch to form a hierarchy of narrative.”

Richard Smith, Love Is The Guide, photomontage, 24" x 24".
Richard Smith, Love Is The Guide, photomontage, 24″ x 24″.

Smith, who lives in Winston Salem, NC, calls our attention to the beauty that often goes unnoticed. He states, “Art surrounds us, whether in architecture, words, music, or just in nature. And having an appreciation for that can make life more meaningful.”

Visit  Richard Smith’s website: rsmithings.com

Visit his blog: www.rsmithings.com/blog-rsmithing/
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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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Top Award Winners

The Healing Power of ART 2016

This exhibition presented the art of 49 artists from around the world, July 20, 2016 – September 20, 2016.

Top Award-Winning Artists

Jane Caminos

Manhattan Arts International
Featured Artist Award
and Third Place Cash Award

Jane Caminos
Jane Caminos, Grenade, oil and colored pencil, 24″ x 30″.

I am stronger than the fear and pain I experience as a disabled  cancer survivor. I am a narrative painter of women across all cultures whose lives contain more fear and pain than my own. By telling their stories, I become empowered to increase awareness of suffering in those who are unaware; I am free of fear in living.
www.janecaminos.com

Bren Sibilsky

First Place Cash Award and
Artsy Shark Featured Artist Award

Bren Sibilsky
Bren Sibilsky, Esoteric Promises, Clay for Bronze, 10.5″ x 19″
Bren Sibilsky sculpture
Detail of Esoteric Promises

Motivated to understand mankind’s place in the universe I use myths and stories to journey into our inner darkness in search of the blinding light of our truth. Using symbolism and nature, I create works with permanent messages, to facilitate understanding and healing. We can find truth in nature, especially when charged with emotional energy like love. www.brensculpture.com

Carol Scott

Second Place Cash Award and Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Gallery Award

1Pure Life, Colored pencil on encaustic board
Carol Scott, Love, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″.

I use crystal as a metaphor for life, balancing strength and fragility, being natural but with manmade facets. To create these requires me to go deeper and deeper into a meditative intensity that envelops my entire self-transcending sickness to wholeness. Life is beautiful when with crystal clarity we envision healing.
www.carolscottart.com

Richard Smith

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery Award

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

I blend scenes from my surroundings into surreal photomontages. What you see are stylized amalgamations of my everyday world. I hope to bring about healing by revealing the serendipity and potential of unexpected connections in our ordinary environments. Through contrasting elements presented with an underlying harmony, I seek to create metaphors for transcending into positive or encouraging realms.
http://rsmithings.com

Gail Postal

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery Award

Gail Postal, Tserting, graphite and oil paint, 36” x 24”.
Gail Postal, Tserting, graphite and oil paint, 36” x 24”.

I do a graphite drawing and then add gold paint and many layers of transparent oil or acrylic paint to create an icon of a contemporary “saint.” I have had two major influences on my work – old hand tinted black and white Japanese photographs and Russian Orthodox icons.
www.gailpostal.com

Opportunities For Artists

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Photographers Share Their Visions

Teri Leigh Teed, Dana Klein, and Martha Coaty

So much has transpired in the world of photography since around 1800, when Thomas Wedgwood made the first known attempt to capture the image in a camera obscura by means of a light-sensitive substance. The following members of Manhattan Arts International have chosen photography as their medium. Here, we share their creative visions and sources of inspiration.

Banner image: Photograph by Teri Leigh Teed.
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Click on artists’ name to visit their pages.

Teri Leigh Teed

Teri Leigh Teed, Edge of the Forest, Treetops, photograph
Teri Leigh Teed, Edge of the Forest, Treetops, photograph

Teri Leigh Teed  “cajoles the camera to paint the subtle and lyrical qualities of Nature’s canvas.” She captures tranquil landscapes, woods, and water scenes that take us to mystical worlds.

The artist, who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina,  writes, “When walking through a forest, the Light and the Spirit of the Place leads me to the right moment in time and the right subject for the photograph. I believe that the healing energies of a place are channeled into the photograph, the stories, poetry and songs, and reach out to the viewer and audience and inspire them to open their hearts and minds for the union with the Divine.”

Sharing her stories and artwork with the world is part of her life mission. “My sincere hope is that these personal gifts will help you find your own inner peace, and perhaps bring a remembrance of who you are.”

Dana Klein

Dana Klein, Hope, Photography, 16” x 24”.
Dana Klein, Hope, Photography, 16” x 24”.

Photographer Dana Klein captures beauty and creates storytelling images with uplifting messages.

“I focus on capturing life and creating magical images using natural light. I specialize in stylized whimsical shoots tailored to the unique vision of my clients.” Her photographic sessions begin with a rough sketch of her and her client’s vision, and  ends “with my customized detailed editing technique that makes each and every image a work of art.”

She has a special mission as a photographer. “I have combined my love for art and passion for photography to create storytelling images with uplifting messages of hope, strength and resilience. My work features breast cancer survivors and the important message they want to embrace and share with others.”

Martha Coaty

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

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.

“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. ”

Visit our Art and Artists’ page for more art, artists and featured artists articles.

Rose Adare – Paintings

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase Gallery

About Rose Adare

Rose Adare brings an evocative realism to classical portraiture with sensual expressionism, dynamic colors, and a meticulous attention to detail. In her highly recognized “Restraint & Revolution” series of oil paintings she portrays 21st century counterculture icons embodying courageous vulnerability.

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Rose Adare, Venus Unbound, oil on Belgian linen, 36 x 48".
Rose Adare, Venus Unbound, oil on Belgian linen, 36 x 48″.

Adare’s “50 Shades of Real” exhibition “explores modern sensual taboos without the fiction”.  Her other long-running projects include “Mahalo Nui Loa”, an homage to indigenous cultures and “Modern Muses”, a reimagining of archetypal myths.

A graduate of SF AAU and the Temescal Atelier of Classical Realism, Adare has exhibited at the San Francisco Legion of Honor, and other venues. She is a guest curator and an invited artist at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, 2016, where she will present her paintings, lectures, and workshops.

Rose Adare, The Eleventh Hour, oil on Belgian linen, 48" x 24".
Rose Adare, The Eleventh Hour, oil on Belgian linen, 48″ x 24″.

Adare’s educational art tours include detailed and inspiring biographies, her book “Restraint & Revolution: The Art of Adare”, and emotive DVD documentaries.

Her paintings that celebrate diversity have earned many accolades including a top award in the Manhattan Arts International’s, “Hot Topics-Bold Expressions” exhibition in 2015-2016.

Visit Rose Adare’s website at http://roseadare.com

Join Rose Adare in Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoseAdare
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rose-adare-2aa710a1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseAdare
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/roseadare/

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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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