Sanja Milenkovic was born on 17 November in 1983, in Nis, Serbia. At the age of 18 she moved to Milan. She graduated in painting and completed her post-graduated studies (MFA) in Visual Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts Brera in Milan, Italy in 2009. She has had numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Currently she lives and works in Milan.
Mixed media painter Vanessa Lam creates dialogue between collage and expressive gestural painting. While pursuing a career in health care, she maintained an interest in art that began with studies at the University of British Columbia. Progressing this interest, Lam entered into Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. For the past five years, Vanessa has sold and exhibited her work at artist-run and public galleries both locally and internationally. She was awarded the Vancouver Regional Award and Grand Prize Award for the 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Her work was also featured in Create Magazine and Uppercase Magazine. Vanessa Lam was recently an artist-in-residence at Takt Projektraum in Berlin, Germany. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Chantal Khoury (b 1986) is originally from New Brunswick, Canada but has been based in Montreal since 2006. She obtained her BFA with distinction from Concordia University in 2012 and has been developing her practice ever since. Ongoing themes in her work examine the figure within contemporary portraiture, most often through her female characters. In recent years, her interest in memory and group dynamics have lead her work in a narrative direction. Her latest series Home and Haven was exhibited most recently in a solo exhibition at The Belgo Building in Montreal and will travel to Eastern Canada for another solo exhibition in 2018. She has exhibited widely across Canada, in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work was part of the 2017 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. She has worked as an instructor at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and her work is found in both private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the University of New Brunswick. She is represented by Gallery On Queen in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
My artistic practice works both within and outside the conventional aspects of representational painting and drawing. It is anchored in the realm of figuration and landscape, with an expressionist approach to image-making. During the past several years, an ongoing theme has addressed the female ‘self’, where my characters’ identities are repurposed and re-imagined.
More recently, my interests lie in selective memory as I examine my own childhood, my place in the Lebanese diaspora and my relationship to ‘longing’ within the Canadian landscape; these subjects act as a point of departure. My work takes on site-specific locations and addresses them through an idyllic lens. My resource material is pulled from found images and family photos while experimentation plays a major role in my process. My current series, Home and Haven explores the effects of selective memory over time by focusing on my own relationship to my childhood in Atlantic Canada. My practice always involves an exploratory approach to colour experimentation and composition, no matter the theme I am working on.
Fun Fact: My resource images are from my father's photos ( he is a photographer) which are already idealized. My works takes the images even further into the ideal and the utopian.
Jay Riggio, a self-taught visual artist, was born in Long Island, New York in 1978. Utilizing original source material from discarded magazines and books, Riggio’s work brings new life to once forgotten imagery through complex, handcut and pasted, mixed media collages. His works depict dream-inspired stories through unique, surrealistic visual pairings: a reflection of the artists interpretations on life, love, humor and the human condition.
In addition to exhibiting work in galleries around the world, Riggio has done commercial illustrations for brands likeGather Journal, The New York Times, Brooklyn Magazine, Alice McCall, A24 Films and more.
Jay currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by the Minster Gallery in the UK and online at Paraphe.art, SaatchiArt.com and Ugallery.com.
I paint to find out what I think about the world; to discover the things I do not have words for. I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings about the person being painted. I am interested in the conversation between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photo realistic illustration. My paintings explore the tension between what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.
Fun fact: "I am a recovering lawyer."
Minga Opazo currently resides in Ventura, emigrating from Chile a decade ago. Her mixed media work consists mostly of prints and textiles, as well as wood burning, paintings and drawings. Dominga’s greatest inspiration, and often the subject of her art, is the natural world seen through the lens of her childhood. Drawing inspiration from her native Chile and incorporating elements from her new serein coastal home, Dominga is a fine artist and innovator, graduating from UC Berkley in 2016 with a B.A. in Fine Art.
Repetition,... of the same movements, and the same set steps..... Repetition is the core of my practice. It begins with an idea followed by experimentation which is then followed by research. From there, the process is narrowed down to a few single movements, repeated until I have created a final piece. The size of the work may vary, the colors and materials may vary, but this basic repetitive process is intrinsic to what I create. This practice reflects my experience growing up in the countryside of Colina, Chile where in local agriculture, I witnessed a poetic repetition of the same actions and interactions with the natural environment. As a child, I admired the meditative and repetitive work that the farmer did in tending to his farmland. I believe that this experience instilled in me the values of discipline and commitment which is such an integral part of my art.
My work is also influenced by my heritage, my identity, and the natural world as I see it. One of the crucial evolutions of my identity was immigrating to the United States as a non english speaking fifteen year old, which wove together in me the cultures of Chile and the US. As a young adult I still feel very connected to my Chilean roots and as I continue to visit Chile I see more and more of the environmental and social issues affecting the country and how they connect to the rest of the United State and the rest of the world. Much of my work incorporates the intersection between my developed culture, the landscape of my childhood and often the environmental issues tying it all together.
Most Recently I have been experimenting with outdoor installations and the different challenges and opportunities that come with it. I am inspired to share my work with those that would not normally see or interact with art and I’m interested to see how an audience experiences my art in a non-formal setting outside the white walls of a Gallery space. My latest outdoor installation is made of raw natural fibers from Chile which I’ve woven into found objects in my local environment such as weathered wooden fences. Working outdoors, especially by the seascape, means that these pieces will change, erode and decompose rather quickly, introducing the component of time into my work. Working with outdoor installations has been powerful and motivating and I'm excited to see where it leads.
Ingrid V. Wells has been painting for close to a decade, having shown internationally, she’s earned multiple degrees in the field. Her work fancies the fantastic and humorous in theme and the charming, the kitschy, and the celebrity in subject. Wells’s paintings investigate the world of gendered consumerism and the ethics of fascination. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, BUST Magazine, and Teen Vogue, among others. Wells currently lives and works in San Francisco.
Born in Yorkshire, England, Clare completed her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Chesterfield Art College in Derbyshire, then moved to London to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Kingston upon Thames University. During her degree, she was awarded a Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to Venezuela and the Amazon Basin in Brazil. This eye-opening trip gave Clare an appetite for travelling and exploring other cultures, and this became a source of inspiration for her artwork.
Clare says, “When I was a child I was always drawing, painting and sewing things at home, and later I made one-off punk clothes for a shop in Sheffield called Hickory Dickory Shock to support myself through my early Art College years in Derbyshire. I have always been at my happiest when I am creating something and I find my inspiration through my environment nature and by travelling to new places'.
"I've created an abstract environment in which its spaces are always changing and expanding. Each individual work exists for people to explore, as a view to another place inside of the environment. There are recurring elements that move from piece to piece, and provide an abstract narrative. Things between images are revealed, extracted, and exchanged.
I'm interested in buildups and breakdowns, interaction between disparate elements, and the chaotic disruption that is present in these narratives.
My practice is grounded in drawing and painting. Recent experimentation with stop motion animation has allowed for me to introduce qualities of time into the abstract environment."
"My father used to say that he got me from gypsies in exchange for box of orange flavoured popsicles. This being a modern version of my great grandfather’s story that my high-spirited grandmother arrived by way of the gypsies, traded for a crate of oranges. It was the opening statement that began to define my life as an artist living among pragmatists.
My handmade collection of images is the result of hours spent in thrift shops, years spent salvaging the cast-offs from high school storerooms and libraries, and offerings from helpful friends, ambitious suitors and a vintage loving landlord. Michelangelo said of his art ‘every block of stone has a statue inside and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it.’ This quote holds true for the construction of all my handmade collage and mixed media work. Sorting through hundreds of images until the magical moment when you get to say: that vacuum belongs in that dinosaur’s hand."
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"Painters are the vessels through which their paintings are distilled. The aware painter puts their person in communion with (their) higher consciousness, perceives the painting, and expresses it. The painting then exists as the physical artifact of the artist's act of communion."
- James Wyper
Canadian artist James Wyper was born in British Colombia in 1971, and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, home of modernist painter William Perehudoff, whose work was particularly inspiring, and the excellent Mendel Art Gallery, which was an influential childhood sanctuary.
His bright, geometric paintings explore the idea that state-of-being (consciousness) is causal. They illustrate states of meditation, ecstasy, spontaneous spiritual realization, and transcendence. James' liminal paintings are active devices which emanate the energy of the intention of their making, and reflect to viewers their own state(s) of consciousness.
James lives on Pender Island, near Vancouver, with the author Marlo Johnson, and their rescue dog Ana. His work is collected and available internationally, and he welcomes mural and painting commissions. For more information, or to arrange a studio visit, please contact the artist.
The work of Michigan based painter, Jeff Kraus, is characterized by loose, aggressive gestures and messy layers of swaths of color and anxious, minimal shapes that often resemble unspecific architectural surfaces and landscapes. Kraus’ paintings are the result of a performative process, a full embrace of chance towards a continually evolving series of experimentations into abstraction and the formalities of painting. Employing objects used to support, protect, contour, and transport artworks, for this new series, Kraus works with plastic paint tarp, manipulating its translucency and malleable properties to build dense illusions of space. The uniform monochrome pallet combined with futuristic silver accents allude to aerial views of cityscapes and eroded concrete spaces void of place and time.
Happy Sunday! We have been following Erin's work for some time, but recently ran across an image of her colorful art studio. Enjoy her vibrant, contemporary portraits and the lovely space where they are made.
Erin Fitzpatrick, Baltimore native and graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, began her current series of portraits in 2008. This body of work now contains hundreds of paintings and drawings of notable artists, musicians, business people, Fitzpatrick’s peers, and commissioned subjects. Exhibiting extensively in solo and group shows, she has gained collectors throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
When Erin is not in her studio she is probably somewhere being really good at summer, pretending not to be on Instagram too much, listening to rap music, lying by a pool, traveling, watching/listening to/talking about baseball and/or all of the above.