The Gallerist Balm for the soul Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:38:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Gallerist 32 32 Paintings by Zhiwei Tu 涂志伟 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:36:59 +0000

Zhiwei Tu, American painter: Using the illusion space of light, depicts the story of Chinese history. Tu Zhiwei’s works are appreciated and collected by collectors from the United States, France, Britain, Canada, Japan and other countries. In 1990, Zhiwei Tu, who had been studying hard for three years, graduated from Drake University with a master’s degree in fine arts. His main mentor wrote: “Tu Zhiwei is an outstanding artist… His skill is superior, his ability to control and grasp the art picture is rare among his peers today. He is integrating and developing modern art. ”

After graduating from Drake University, Zhiwei Tu came to Chicago and began his career as a professional painter. Since 1991, he has created hundreds of works, held one or two exhibitions of individual oil paintings in the United States each year, and participated in international exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Singapore, Taiwan, Vancouver, London and Paris.

In 1993, he joined the American Association of Oil Painters, the largest association in the American oil painting industry. In the association’s annual national oil painting exhibition, his works “Bride” and “Bird Morning Song” won gold medals in the competition. With his talent, diligence and dedication, Tu Zhiwei has created the glory of his artistic life and established his position in the American oil painting industry. In 2013, Neil Patterson, president of the American Association of Oil Painters, awarded Zhiwei Tu a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Paintings by Tan Jianwu (谭建武) Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:00:24 +0000

Tan Jianwu (谭建武) , was born in Leiyang, Hunan (China) in 1971. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Hunan Normal University in 1991 and has been engaged in professional oil painting creation since 1993.

His works advocate neo-classical style, and his painting skills are profound and simple, especially in the field of classical portrait painting. He has painted portraits for many political and business elites, and many works have been collected by institutions and private collectors in China and abroad. Now he is a painter of Shanghai Great Oriental Contemporary Art Center.

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Paintings by Jaime Vasquez Sat, 21 Nov 2020 07:35:15 +0000

“It is difficult to classify the painting of Jaime Vasquez, as a modernist, as post modernist, or neoclassic. He is a poliedric virtuoso ; Vasquez escapes any class of ideology, for his love of beauty”-Paola Antonelli, Curator, MOMA

” My works proceed a long and strict thematic and technical study along my 29 years since 1980, when I studied at the National School of Fine Arts (Peru), from here my pictorial creations developed 9 periods to the present time, “Agony in the Port” 1981, “Waves of Mystery” 1985, “Wings of the Time” 1988, “Paradigms in the Time” 1994, “Utopias” 1996, “Spiritual Archeology” 1997 Sensitive relief of the Spirit” 2001,” Construction of Dreams” 2004. Each period has a main protagonist, the man and his environment, a supreme theme through metaphors, supported in an exacting processing of the technical conception, as for light, color, structures and pictorial matter in their diverse possibilities. The general conception is fundamentally classical, focusing themes of the mythology and the universal history, trasmutada in actuality. It can be said that my work is inserted in a neon contemporary symbolism.” – Jaime Vasquez

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Paintings by Martin J Leighton Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:55:52 +0000

Born in Montrose Scotland in 1951, Martin has lived in Weymouth in the beautiful county of Dorset from the age of 2 years. Martin is a self-taught artist specialising in oils on canvas and he has been painting professionally since 2003 when he opened his own gallery and working studio close to Weymouth harbour side, situated on the first floor of a beautifully converted Grade II listed building. However, from 29th October 2016 the art gallery has closed to enable Martin to concentrate on new works for various exhibitions & commissions.

His paintings are a very diverse selection of subjects, not only local coastal scenes inspired by his surroundings, but also landscapes, seascapes, still life, wildlife and his favourite subject, figurative including nudes. Martin is passionate about portrait and figurative subjects and has undertaken many commissions. He strives to achieve realistic yet not photographic images, painting from life with the added help of photos taken of clients or models at his studio or on location. Achieving skin tones is a big challenge but he finds himself getting totally engrossed in his painting until he is satisfied with the finished work. The challenge is to create evocative and thought provoking images, especially when painting the female form.

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Paintings by Val Escoubet Tue, 17 Nov 2020 07:09:15 +0000

After having exploited the theme of landscape for a long time, Val ESCOUBET has distinguished herself for ten years in the art of portraiture, in a figurative style, rather hyper-realistic. The artist seeks to highlight a posture, an emotion, which she captures in the daily life of women, men and children.

Most of the time, her characters are painted in shades of black and white to mark the contrast with very colorful backgrounds. She does not hesitate to use several techniques for the same work; oil painting, which she loves more than anything for the characters, acrylic, ink and collage for the backgrounds. Her artistic affinities are varied and eclectic, but Val ESCOUBET draws most of her inspiration from Street-art and fashion illustration.

“I want my painting to be alive and to have the impression that the subject is going to come out of the canvas” … this is the goal she pursues with each new project. The characters are never frozen in their posture and this thanks to the work of fabrics, textures or even hair. The colors and the contrast between the foreground and the background also contribute to this impression. “I come from photography, with a predilection for the ‘black and white’ photo from which I am mainly inspired”. We find this influence in her work; The figures are painted in “black and white” with variations of sepia, shades of blue, green, ocher, barely perceptible, but essential in the desired harmony.

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Paintings by Aja Trier Sun, 15 Nov 2020 06:40:34 +0000

Aja Trier is a contemporary artist from the USA who evokes memories of Vincent Van Gogh in her own style. ” Although I’ve been painting since my age was measured in months (my mom, a toll painter, would give me scraps of wood from her projects, a cup of water, and a brush for me to “paint” with….) I really became serious with it in ’99 during my last years of high school. Resigned to my profession I was accepted to Montserrat College of Art on scholarship and concentrated on painting.

The first painting I ever sold was called “Inside”, a 30x40x1.5 inch oil on canvas I painted in November of my Sophomore year at college, 2002. It was an impasto, brightly colored image of the spine and kidneys. I used literally 12 tubes of oil paint on the piece and had to hang it wet for one of the campus art shows, with a note asking people not to touch it (since everyone wanted to!) I listed the painting on Ebay and sold it for 75.00. I am positive I spent more on the paint and canvas than I made selling the piece.

Sagittarius Gallery, my business, was started in April of 2003 and since then I have been blessed to have over 1000 patrons on 5 continents. I have shown at several galleries including at the World Monument Fund Gallery / Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan, Karin Sanders Fine Art in Sag Harbor, NY, Robert Dowling Studios and Gallery in Bangor, ME, the gallery walk at Memories on Market LLC in Oshkosh, WI, as well as a solo show at the Gallery and Grille in Newburyport, MA.” – Aja Trier

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Paintings by Amy Judd Fri, 13 Nov 2020 05:56:45 +0000

Amy Judd (Born in 1982) is a London-based painter. Her paintings are a collection of sensitive silent moments; some full of whimsical intrigue, others more surreal and seductive.

Inspired by Mythologies and folklore her pieces capture surreal stories of women and nature. Her work always strives to be striking, beautiful and feminine. Amy Judd hjas always ben drawn to life drawing and capturing the female form.

It wasn’t until after seeing Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House that her work shift, captivated by Odette’s transformation to and from a swan. The work has always drawn inspiration from woman’s connection with natured, especially in folklore and mythology. Her figures are depicted in many different ”narratives”: they can be powerful or vulnerable, seen with a sense of whimsy or smouldering sensuality, just as in traditional mythologies.

All figures are anonymous, never looking at the viewer. They have an ambiguity about them, often physically obscured with feathers, big blooms and petals. The compositions are full of intrigue and always an attempt to make something beautiful.

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Paintings by Maria Oosthuizen Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:45:13 +0000

Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen was born in Paarl (South Africa), raised mostly in Gauteng, currently residing in Mossel Bay. ” I took my first breath in 1972 in the small town of Paarl in the Boland. My dad was a teacher at HS van der Walt Girls’ High and our family also lived on the school grounds.

I am blessed to still have both of my parents in my life, my dad Willie and mom Raché Swart, and also have two sisters, Lézl Potgieter and Raché Gerber. My brother Bennie was born 14 years after me. We had a wonderful childhood, of which many hours were spent under the jacaranda trees and playing in the vineyards.

Early in 1991, I left my parental home to spend a year at the SA Army Women’s College. Right through school it was my dream to attend this college and I also wanted to study drama and art in Stellenbosch. ” – Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen

Paintings by Steve Henderson Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:38:25 +0000

Steve Henderson has seen a lot of the world on the back of a bicycle, having pedaled his way through Latin and South America three times. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Art from Central Washington University in 1984, he and his wife, Carolyn, settled for a year in the mountains of Colombia, living in a broom-closetturned-bedroom at the home of Colombian friends. (Thirty years later, Steve’s son Jordan reconnected with those same friends in Medellin, Colombia.)

Upon returning to the United States, Steve embarked upon a successful career in illustration, providing general and medical work to a lay medical publishing company. In 2006, right around the time of the Great Recession, Steve launched his fine art gallery, and the first thing he did was take Best of Show at two separate regional art shows. But prizes are different than sales, and he and Carolyn quickly learned that a fine art business requires two things: a quality product (and although Steve himself is adamant about creating highly skilled, truly well done paintings, contemporary business does not demand this as long as whatever is being sold is heavily promoted in the right places) and 2) incredible perseverance in getting that product out in front of people.

About his art, Steve says: “I look for, and paint, beauty, as a counteracting effect of our media-saturated fascination with ugliness. Yes, the world is a brutal place, but it is also our home. There is peace, serenity, quietude, thoughtfulness, majesty, grace, joy, and hope in this home of ours — and that is what I paint.”

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The Origins of Fairies | Myths and Folklore Mon, 09 Nov 2020 07:24:06 +0000

Magical, mysterious, and mischievous, fairies never fail to enchant us. But what are they really? Most people consider fairies the products of human imagination—cartoon characters in animated movies or charming creatures in stories we read to children at bedtime—and unless you’re under the age of six, you probably don’t believe they exist.

Or, if you’re into fantasy games, you might think of fairies as personae you can assume in order to engage in mock battles with other pseudo-fairies. But if you delve a little deeper, you’ll discover that all sorts of fanciful folk have populated the fairy world for thousands of years—and they’re as diverse as the animal species who inhabit our planet.

Back in the days when life was much more mysterious and people believed in an enchanted world, mortals feared offending the fairies who might cast spells or inflict curses on a whim. Calling a powerful supernatural being by its real name was considered disrespectful, so humans referred to fairies in euphemistic terms such as the Good People, the Gentry, the Shining Ones, and the Neighbors. The English word “fairy” (or faery) may have come from the Latin fatum, meaning fate, as did the French derivative fée, the Italian fata, and the Spanish fada. Middle English used the term faierie (faeire in Old French) to refer to the land of enchantment and its inhabitants; today we call it Faerie. Of course, each culture not only had its own names for fairies, it also recognized various types of fairies.

The Origins of Fairies | Myths and FolkloreMany folklorists believe that fairies descended from ancient gods and goddesses. For thousands of years, these deities had dominion over the earth, the heavens, and all the inhabitants therein. They governed day and night, land and water, the seasons, the growth of plants, wild and domestic animals—just about everything. Their all-encompassing powers made them awesome beings indeed, and people in virtually every culture around the world worshipped some sort of divine ruler(s). But the rise of Christianity coincided with the decline of many early gods and goddesses. The Church not only discouraged belief in the old ways, it persecuted people who clung to them. Legend tells us that when people stopped honoring and paying homage to the old gods and goddesses, their powers began to wane. Consequently, some deities were demoted to mythical beings—including fairies. This development didn’t exactly please the fairies, which might be why they play tricks on humans.

Fairies can be of benevolent or malevolent, exerting good or bad influences over the lives of humans. They are as diverse in personality as they are in appearance. They come in all habits and tempers. Some fairies are helpful. They guide travelers who are lost in the forest back towards home. They help with household chores, often going to work overnight, so that their hosts wake up to a happy surprise. If they are particularly fond of you, they might even lead you to treasure, give you magical gifts, help you win your true love’s hand in marriage, or cast a lucky charm over your life. If you’re hoping to gain a fairy as a friend, leave a saucer of milk, cream, butter, or ale for the fey people to enjoy at night. If you do this on a regular basis, you might be rewarded!

Others are mischievous. They delight in misleading travelers or luring them into exhausting dances that go one for days. They also like to taunt domestic animals, pinching horses to make them gallop, stealing milk from cows, and playing cat-and-mouse with cats.

And then there are some fairies who are dangerous—so dangerous that, for centuries, they were called “the good folk,” “the little people,” or “the neighbors” because people were too afraid of them to say their name aloud. These fairies usually live in hierarchies, where the king or queen is the most dangerous of all. They don’t just get travelers lost; they lead them into deadly bogs. When they take a liking to a human baby, they don’t cast a charm over its life. They steal it from its cradle and replace it with a sickly “changeling.” And if they ever share their dances or treasure with you, be sure that the gift comes with a curse. The most dangerous fairies can declare ware over small disputes. Fortunately, they are more likely to go to war with other magical creatures, like pixies or trolls.

As magical creatures, fairies have almost unlimited power. They can fly. They can make flowers bloom. They can conjure up gold. They can glow in the dark. They can create and cast new charms for any situation, and their curses can last for hundreds of years. Their magical attributes endow them with the ability to appear or disappear at will, or change shape into animal forms (Sayce, 1934). Fairy entities, in their restricted sense are unique in English folklore, though these non-human spirits abound Celtic and Germanic folk beliefs. Among European folk and fairy tales the fairies of French and Celtic romances are often merged with the elves of Teutonic myth. Similar stories of fairy-like creatures occur in other European traditions including the Latin and the Slavic, as well as their historical origin distilled from Celtic, Welsh and Breton medieval French romances and tradition. In many regions, including China, India, and Arabia with the Jinns, there are found beliefs in the existence of supernatural, sometimes dwarfish or pygmy-like ethereal entities. Their diminutive size and appearance was cultivated in response to the tales of Victorian ‘nursery tales’ read to children “…as a supernatural race existing in the fancy of the folk or North and West Europe.” (MacCulloch, 1912).

Where Do Fairies Live?
Even if you can’t see them, fairies live nearby. In fact, a fairy might be sitting right beside you or dancing in your yard at this very moment. The reason most people don’t see fairies is because they occupy a parallel universe, which exists alongside our own but functions at a different resonance. One way to understand this concept is to compare it to TV or radio channels. When you’re watching or listening to one channel, you can’t see or hear the others—but they’re still there. The same holds true for the land of fairies or the “realm of the fey.” Legends say that fairies went into hiding to avoid the humans who invaded their lands.

In some cases, the fairies literally went underground, making their homes in caves, burrows, and underwater fortresses. A folklorist on the Scottish isle of Arran told writer Moyra Doorly that “the fairies left when electricity came.” As modern people took over the earth, cutting down trees, building roads, and creating cities, fairy folk withdrew to more remote locales and finally into the spirit world. An invisible “veil” separates the world of humans from the fairy realm, which makes it challenging for us to interact with them. At certain times of the year—specifically on Beltane (May 1) and Samhain Eve (October 31)— that veil thins, enabling people to see and communicate more easily with spirits of all kinds. Midsummer’s Eve, as Shakespeare tells us, is another good time to cavort with the fey.

Mythology tells us that long before humans dominated the landscape, fairies of all kinds populated the earth’s wild places. The Welsh Tylwyth Teg, for instance, lived deep in the woods and on isolated islands off the coast of Wales. Germany’s nixies dwelt in secret regions beneath streams and waterfalls. The Hungarian tündér perched high on mountaintops. Perhaps these beings were more substantial and less ephemeral in those days than they are now.

Deep in Russia’s immense forests, known as the taiga, woodland fairies ruled supreme. These nature spirits, called leshiye, were master shapeshifters who sometimes appeared as tall as trees or as tiny as mice. They could assume the forms of animals or human beings, too, or as composite creatures with green beards and hair and the horns and hooves of a goat. These trickster fairies were known for confusing mortals who intruded into their territory, causing them to become hopelessly lost in leshiye land. Whether the fairies did this for amusement or to safeguard the forests and wildlife from woodcutters and hunters is unknown -perhaps both are true.

Fairies still abide in lakes and mountains, forests and fields. You might also find them flourishing in flower gardens and vegetable patches. They still take seriously their role as nature’s stewards, nurturing and protecting not only plants, but stones, animals, and other creatures as well. Many fairies, legends tell us, also possess magical healing powers and excel in the use of herbs and minerals to cure ills of all kinds.

Usually, fairies stay out of sight of humans, going about their business without fanfare. But if you detour off the beaten track and into the peaceful, unspoiled places on our planet, you may get lucky and enjoy a close encounter with these nature spirits. Just be careful not to get too close or to fall for their ruses—you might never come back from the fairy realm!

In ancient times, fairy doors were portals between the realm of the fairies and the human world. Most of the time, mortals are denied access to fairyland. But at certain times of the year, people could catch a glimpse of the spirit world through these openings. A fairy door might resemble a pathway through a heavily wooded area, a narrow entrance into a cave, a gap in a stone wall, or a knothole in an ancient tree. Shamanic journeys sometimes begin with entering portals such as these in order to visit unseen worlds.

Myths and legends tell us that fairies have an arsenal of supernatural powers that they can use for good or ill—and mere mortals are no match for them. Throughout history, friendly fairies have helped humans by protecting crops and livestock, healing the sick and delivering babies, granting wishes and bringing good luck. Angry spirits, on the other hand, reportedly stir up storms, wither crops, conjure plagues, cast curses that last for eternity, and turn humans into toads, stones, or worse. So obviously, you want to stay in the fairies’ good graces.

But here’s the conundrum. Fairies don’t feel emotions the way humans do, nor do they share our sense of ethics—although they have their own codes, which can be quite rigid. At best, fairies could be considered amoral. Our ancestors sought to understand the ways of the fey in order to win the fairies’ favor and avoid incurring their wrath. You might want to do the same, because even though these spirits seem pretty innocuous in the way they’re depicted by modern media, they have a long tradition of being anything but. They may not be immortal, but fairies live a whole lot longer than humans do—ten times as long, maybe more. According to some legends, they populated the planet eons before people came on the scene. During all those millennia, they’ve had time to learn everything there is to know about mortals. Furthermore, as fairies age they hold onto their powers instead of growing feeble and senile like humans. Not only do many fairies have keener vision than humans, they can see into the future. ”The Sight” (clairvoyance) is natural to them, so they know what’s going to happen before it does. Obviously, this eliminates guesswork and gives them the upper hand in most situations.

Now you see her, now you don’t. Just when you finally think you’ve spotted a fairy, she throws a cloak of invisibility over her shoulders and vanishes before your very eyes. Maybe she simply merged quietly into the shadows or greenery around her, or she might have slipped back through the veil that separates the land of enchantment from our own. The truth is, you’ll only see a fairy if she wants you to. What’s more, fairies can cause their entire kingdoms to appear and disappear in the blink of an eye, leaving you wondering if you dreamed the whole thing.

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” — John Lennon

This article is a short excerpt from the book:
Fairies: The Myths, Legends, & Lore by Skye Alexander and the online presentation from The Origin and Lore of Fairies and Fairy Land, by Eric Edwards


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Paintings by German Aracil Sun, 08 Nov 2020 06:31:38 +0000

Spanish artist German Aracil was born in 1965 in Alicante (Spain). In 1985 he began his studies at the San Carlos School of Fine Art in Valencia, Spain. Aracil’s first one-man show was held in his home town of Alicante, followed in 1990 by exhibitions in New York’s Liz Liberatore Gallery. Two years later he took part in the Art Miami International Art Fair.

Since then, Aracil has exhibited his work with great success in Spain, Portugal, Japan, Germany, France, South America and the USA. Aracil is a member of the Pastel Society of Spain, ASPAS.

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Paintings by Diego Gravinese Fri, 06 Nov 2020 09:06:58 +0000

After a brief attendance at the National School of Fine Arts, at age 19, Diego Gravinese had his first exhibitions in Buenos Aires, first in the mythical Giesso Space, then the Casal de Catalunya, following the Ibero-American Cooperation Institute (ICI) and eventually at Ruth Benzacar gallery with which he worked for more than 10 years, and in which he made his iconic show “Surfer” in 1997.

He would later move to NY where he made two successful solo shows in 1999 and 2001 with one of the first galleries in Chelsea, De Chiara-Stewart, with whom he would later show in Germany and the rest of Europe. In the following years he worked with other galleries in NY and BsAs, including ZavaletaLab and SlyZmud with whom he made his last individual show in the city.

Diego Gavinese’s work has mutated over the years, from a social critique influenced by the argentine Neo Figuración, the american pop and expressionism, the post-punk movement and the advent of the digital era, towards a more personal search joining a review of the history of figurative painting with an inner return to the search for the immanent mystery linked to the awakening of the feminine conscience, figuratively embodied in her Venus series of recent years.

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Paintings by Darren Baker Wed, 04 Nov 2020 09:04:14 +0000

Darren Baker was born in 1976. He attended Bradford Art College graduating in the summer of 1998. After graduation Darren exhibited in London and at the age of 23 was invited to exhibit his paintings at a UK millennium show in New York.
Over the years, Darren Baker has produced an impressive portfolio of art, which grace many prestigious public and private collections, including 10 Downing Street, The House of Lords, St James’s Palace and the Bahrain Royal household. His celebrated works are becoming increasingly sought after by art collectors around the world. Darren Baker has enjoyed a level of success that most artists only dream of. Often working alongside and produced paintings for such star sporting names as Lewis Hamilton, Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Amir Khan, while his non-sporting portraits include Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Prince Charles and Tony Blair. Darren’s portrait of Pope John Paul II was greeted with a personal letter of appreciation direct from the Vatican.

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Paintings by Annick Bouvattier Mon, 02 Nov 2020 10:55:15 +0000

Annick Bouvattier was born in Nevers (France) in the mid sixties. Her father, a paediatrician and art lover, gave her the passion for painting since her early childhood. In 1982, after graduating with a science major, she broke away from the family patern of medical education to enrol at the “Berçot – Marie Rucki” school of fashion where, for two years, she trained as a stylist.

Her work was then exhibited in Paris and at the Villa Médicis in Rome, and was praised by professionals and published in specialised press. However, she was more attracted by the performing aspect of fashion than haute-couture, and chose film and advertising. As a stylist and costume-maker, she used to work at Cinecitta in Rome. From her italian experience, she has kept the deep, warm and sensual colours – sun-filled ochres, velvety reds, intense blues and deep greens. At the beginning of 1990, she decided to turn to painting exclusively.

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Paintings by Pier Toffoletti Sun, 01 Nov 2020 06:49:31 +0000

Pier Toffoletti was born in 1957 in the province of Udine. His passion for painting was quickly apparent. In June 2015 he was invited to exibit at EXPO CITTA’ inside the circuit MILAN EXPO 2015 at the Palace of Giureconsulti in Milan.

In 2012 he exhibited at Art Basel Miami, in 2011 he exhibited at 54th Biennale of Venice. Pier Toffoletti has taken part to two hundred personal and collective exhibitions including in 2009 at Villa Farsetti of Santa Maria di Sala (Venice). In 2008 personal exhibition at the Museum Correr of Venice, at Palazzo Senato in Milan and at OPEN XI at the Lido in Venice. In 2007 he exhibited at Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona.

In 2005, he held major personal exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Arezzo, and the same year he exhibited at Palazzo Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice with the Japanese. In 2004, he exhibited at the Italian Consulate General in Coral Gables and at Art Center in Lincoln Road in Miami. In 2002 he exhibited again at the Palazzo Zenobio in Venice with the japanese and in 1999, he exhibited at the Italian Cutural Institute in Tokyo. Pier Toffoletti has taken part in many international fairs in Austria, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Las Vegas, New York, Madrid, Belgium, Ukraine, Czech Republic, etc.

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Paintings by Daniel Gerhartz Fri, 30 Oct 2020 06:08:26 +0000

Born 1965 in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, where he now lives with his wife Jennifer, and their young children, Dan’s interest in art emerged as a teenager. Studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois and his voracious appetite for museums and the modern masters such as John Singer Sargent, Alphonse Mucha, Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla, Carl von Marr as well as a host of other French and American impressionists have inspired him.

Dan has a particular interest and appreciation for modern Russian art and the sumptuous canvases of the painters Nicolai Fechin, Isaac Levitan and Ilya Repin. As Dan says, their paintings are “completely loose yet deliberate and faithful, not at all flashy.” Indeed, the powerful and evocative beauty of Gerhartz’s paintings are also due in large measure to looseness, honesty and faithfulness of his style. Dan’s paintings embrace a range of subjects, most prominently the female figure in either a pastoral setting or an intimate interior. He is at his best with subjects from everyday life, genre subjects, sacred-idyllic landscapes or figures in quiet repose, meditation or contemplative isolation.

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Paintings by Remy Daza Rojas Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:09:10 +0000

Remy Daza Rojas is a Bolivian painter, born in Cochabamba in 1955. He informally attended the local Academy of Fine Arts and practiced painting from a young age, along with Gíldaro Antezana, Ricardo Pérez Alcalá, and Vladimir Rojas. He studied at the Ernesto de la Carcova School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1978 to 1981.

His paintings are made with a skillful technical handling, in realism in which the human figure dominates and the nude usually becomes the protagonist. The color and, above all, the light are worked very skillfully creating expressive forms, full of harmonious sensuality and that tend to touch certain symbolism or incorporate surreal elements. He has also done still lifes, interiors and landscapes, as well as initial paintings on a social theme.

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Paintings by Min Kim Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:40:33 +0000

Min Kim was born in 1971 in South Korea, the daughter of painter Kevin Kim. From early childhood, she has been drawing and painting, leading her to eventually study at the Jung Ang Fine Art University in South Korea. MIN then worked as an interior designer and illustrator in South Korea.

” I have never been confused about my life as an artist. A moment that has been very special to me occurred during my first travels to Italy in 1992. I met Master works at significant art galleries and the experience I had with them totally transformed my practice. I promised myself I would be a real artist achieved through hard work. I have great admiration for John Singer Sargent and Joseph Zbukvic. They are real masters with the ability to capture beauty from magical brush strokes and tone.

I received my biggest award in 2007 with a second place in the Salon International Award (U.S.A.). I also received finalist placings in the same award from 2008-2012, along with a finalist placing in the 2003 Australian Art Magazine for still life. I have exhibited in Queenstown, in Texas, in Wellington until 2004, and the Bryce Gallery in Christchurch, which I own, is now my main gallery.” – Min Kim

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Paintings by Bruce Harman Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:15:04 +0000

” When I graduated Philadelphia College of Art in 1980, I was floundering. I knew making pictures was my imperative, but the fine-art gallery scene was repellant to me.

Then I read Autobiography of a Yogi, by Yogananda. Reading about reincarnation and karma was like the sun emerging from behind thick clouds, life was transformed. I became a student of esoteric wisdom and started meditating, which led to seeing visions on the inner planes. After a couple of years resisting the call, I dedicated myself to painting those images.

The vivid impression I receive is of a completed painting, already real in the etheric realms. It’s a gift and an invitation to do my best to create it. Some of the images are a visitation from the angelic realms. Others come at random moments of stillness, born of simple beauty. Some are commissions, co-created from someone else’s inspiration.” – Bruce Harman