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Hi everyone!

First, I want to let you know that I am getting ready to feature more awesome, creative fine artist painters in the very near future, but I have been recently sick. I think I’m finally getting better because today I had the strength to plant some herbs and flowers. A very God sign (I meant to type good, but God works just as well) ,  I think!

In the meanwhile, I wanted to share my new line of mix and match “Circus Buddies” items to delight your Inner Child! I am opening up a Shopify outlet on my Facebook page Kirsteinfineart in 5 days, but you can get your items at a discount early  click   here.

Browse the collection, and let me know if you have a favorite! If you choose to click the above link, it will take you directly to my manufacturing outlet Fineartamerica. Here is how it works. Click on an image you prefer in all Circus Buddies images. Then look to the right for a menu of all the various items. You will see many choices: pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, prints, posters, cards, totes, beach towels, etc.

Have fun “shopping” with my Circus Buddies!

I hope to be back in gear in a few more days, so can get out some more artist features! Meanwhile, enjoy your summer!

 

Jan Kirstein

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Check out 11 Female Abstract Expressionists Who Are Not Helen Frankenthaler on Artsy


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Check out 11 Female Abstract Expressionists Who Are Not Helen Frankenthaler on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-11-female-abstract-expressionists-who-are-not-helen-frankenthaler

Miroslava Rakovic: Dreams and Perceptions


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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel…..” said the revered writer Maya Angelou, who passed away yesterday at age 84, leaving us her legacy of great poetic writings of wisdom.

 

This quote by the late great writer Maya Angelou directly applies to the paintings of Serbian artist Miroslava Rakovic.

In her paintings, Miroslava is following feelings and dreams. In her collages, or other works where she uses different media on paper, canvas or in digital work, she reflects a strong symbolic character; an iconographic search that follows the changes in her personal life.

 

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Biography

Miroslava Rakovic was born in Novi Sad, Serbia (former Yugoslavia).
She graduated at the Academy of Art Niv Sad . She works in the area of illustration, design and painting, and currently she is a professor of graphic design.
Her work has been display in a selection of various exhibitions in Serbia.

 

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Contact artist:

 

http://www.arteafk.com/miroslava-rakovic-art

Nancy Hirsch Lassen: Collectors’ Choice


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https://www.nancyhirschlassenartist.com

ABOUT NANCY HIRSCH LASSEN
Artist’s Statement

I adore color. . .that’s my passion and, I think, my special gift. I especially love the juxtaposition of color and the evolutionary interplay of color on canvas. Purely contemporary, non-representational paintings intrigue me most at present. I begin my process with lots of texture, line, brushstrokes and glazes, then follow the paint’s lead. The challenge is to keep the excitement of the process evident in the final product. . .fresh and exhilarating!

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The Artist

Nancy Hirsch Lassen is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She discovered her passion for art early on, and pursued a career in art and interior design. She received her BA degree from Newcomb College in 1975, where she spent her junior year attending the University of Madrid studying art history in the Prado. After Newcomb, Nancy remained in New Orleans where she started her own design firm, Interiors & Extras, now in it’s 30th year.

She is currently represented by Bev’s Fine Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, Bay Life in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and has produced numerous commissions in New York City. Recently, forty-eight original pieces were commissioned and installed in the new University Medical Center in New Orleans and she was one of twenty finalists in the Bombay Sapphire New Orleans show. She has commissioned works in the Federal Reserve Bank of New Orleans and her paintings have also been featured in movies and television shows filmed in the New Orleans area. Nancy always looks forward to and welcomes exciting and inspiring new projects and commissions.

 

Howard Sherman: A Bombastic Roar


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Tangled and textured, the paintings of Howard Sherman assert a relentless pace of movement, churning through space with electric momentum. In the reach of brash color, swirling shapes and juxtaposed surfaces, a kind of certainty escapes from the turbulent surfaces of each piece. While frenetic in pace, these pieces do not necessarily incite anxiety, but rather introduce the possibility of peace in the inevitability of constant transformation.

Jan Kirstein

 

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http://www.howardsherman.com

 

 

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“The Chronically Aggrieved And The Super Touchy”
Acrylic, Canvas and Marker
100(v) x 80(h) inches
2017

 

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“Whirling In It’s Own Feedback Loop”
Acrylic, Canvas and Marker
72(vertical)x64(horizontal)x4 inches
2016

 

 

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Whir Of The Big Machine #5″
12(v) X 9(h) inches
acrylic and marker on acid free paper
2016

 

 

Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2006, Howard Sherman has been leading a new generation of bombastic contemporary painters in the Texas art world. Sherman’s typically human-scale canvases carry traces of his background in cartooning, offsetting the loud, raw power of his aggressive paint strokes with a playful sense of humor. His smaller works on paper show an intuitive use of material in a distilled yet assertive manner.
The large paintings facilitate the immense physicality within Sherman’s work, while leaving space for his keen sense of formal resolution. The frenetic and muscular heft of the work is balanced with a measured precision and a thoughtful integration of a number of art historical styles. Sherman’s cartoonish figuration complements his bold use of abstract mark making, embedding into the canvases what could be read as portraits, punch lines or poems. He is constantly refining his visual and conceptual vocabulary, experimenting with sculptural surfaces and collage.
Only two years after completing his M.F.A., Sherman was featured in a solo traveling exhibition originating at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. His work is in several museum collections and is on permanent display at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Sherman has been profiled several times in New American Paintings, his work appears in the 2010 book Texas Artists Today and has been chosen for the cover of the recently released art history book Texas.

 

 

Abstract:Modern/Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards. Rice University is now collecting his personal artifacts for their research center. He has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, School of Visual Arts, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artist Residency Program and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Sherman has been in a number of solo exhibitions across the United States, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions in Texas, California, New York, Florida, Spain, India, and Peru.

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Brewster: To Capture a Moment in Time


 

 

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If an artist can capture a moment in a lightening strike of eloquently drawn lines and painted strokes of pigment, then why do so many artists feel it is necessary to overlabor over creating ? Is a rendition of the moment with dutiful work ethic, and a heavy sense of responsibility always more valuable than a direct moment of complete insight?

By viewing paintings by  Lee Brewster, one can see that it is entirely possible for  an artist to perfectly align with the universe in a delightful harmony, and capture this moment of spontaneous truth. When this happens, you have a major miracle.

This is the work of painter Lee Brewster, who’s baby steps capture the larger heart and soul of reality in a most certain, profound and complete way.

Jan Kirstein

 

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“today in the studio I had one of those sacred moments. it brought me back to why I love art-making & came when I added a thin layer of white to parts of this little paper piece. I can’t say that it’s done, but it is much improved by what was added today. this piece has been sitting in my studio…waiting. i never gave up on it when it was ugly & awkward, because I saw something worth saving in it compositionally. i love the messiness (or mistakes, if you choose to call them that) from the past & that you can still see shadows of them. mostly I love what I learned about life: that for all those times when I didn’t look like much, someone saw something in me worth keeping around & investing in. someone had a vision for what I would become. so…this little piece of paper with black & white marks on it was my teacher today. she’s is imperfectly beautiful & wise & worthy and I’m calling her “grace”

Lee Brewster

Artist

Franklin, TN.

 

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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos: Field of Dreams


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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos’ paintings combine the best of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives to present paintings rich in surface, sensitivity and sensibility. Some of her paintings are created on rolls of rice paper and some hang from the wall in a scroll motif, extending down to and across the floor in a continuing flow of tactile viscerility.   References to Eastern calligraphy combine symbology, characters and scroll format with Western influences of the freedoms inherent in abstract expressionism to envelop the viewer in an ocean of texture, shape, movement and tactile presence.

Jan Kirstein


Canal Cheong-Jagerroos (b.1968) is a Chinese contemporary visual artist who grew up in an artistic family in Macau. She currently lives and works between Helsinki, Nice and Berlin.

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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos has since lived and worked for 25 years in numerous countries from Asia to Europe and Africa before settling with her family in Finland. The unique experience of having lived in such culturally diverse cities and countries, namely; Hong Kong, Shanghai, France, Switzerland, Italy, Africa and Finland has influenced her work greatly. Therefore, whether as consciously or subconsciously, these exceptional cultural experiences have shaped Canal’s later works. Canal has discovered that walking the line between the east and west, facing different cultures, can be both constructive and destructive, but always inspirational.


In 1992, Canal began working in Chinese freehand style brush-strokes inspired by Chinese ancient abstract great master Bada Shenren’s (1626—1705) and influenced by her mentor Laozi (530 BC), a contemporary of Confucius during the 5th century BCE. This has motivated her shift of focus to ancient Chinese symbols and combining them with modern daily elements to extract the utopianism world. In the process of this exploration——through tearing, destroying, separating or even inadvertently trampling on the rice paper on which the artist has already painted, she was then overlapping layers and layers of the paintings with Xuan paper on the canvas. The whole creation process is fully involved with construction, deconstruction, and reconstruct. By using multiple layers of rice paper, acrylic, ink, traditional Chinese pigments and ready made objects which are incorporated together, the artist makes it possible to derive a sense of depth on canvas.; again, by blending ancient Chinese motifs and modern elements, she integrates the past with the present through symbolic creations that depict the peace and harmony of a Utopian world.


Canal Cheong-Jagerroos has won international recognition and acclaim for her unique works of fusing ancient Chinese motifs and contemporary elements. She has enjoyed considerable success over the last 20 years with over 50 worldwide solo and selected exhibitions to her credit. Her artworks have been represented in numerous prestige galleries in Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Macau, Hong Kong, Africa and she was included in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. The majority of Canal’s works are in public and private collections worldwide.

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Canal Cheong-Jagerroos is the co-founder of the ongoing ‘Blue and Red Art project,’ which will be holding exhibitions in numerous museums in China and Finland from 2018 – 2020.

Upcoming Exhibitions:
2017 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
2017 Art Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2017 Art Boca Raton, Florida, USA
2017 Artist In Residency, Beijing, China
2017 ‘Waking / 苏醒’ Solo Exhibition, Being 3 Gallery, Beijing, China
2017 Art Southampton, NY, USA
2017 Finlayson Art Centre, B&RAP, Finland
2017 Basel Art Center, B&RAP, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Xian Art Museum, Xian, B&RAP, China

www.canaljagerroos.com

Arturo Pacheco Lugo : A Statement of Presence


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“In the beginning of painting is a struggling soul,

thus painting is a phenomenon of the soul.

The work must redeem a passionate soul.

In a poetic image, the soul states its presence.”

G. Bachelard.

 

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To look at a painting by Lugo is like sifting through an archeological dig, moving through layer upon layer of earth.  Barely recognizable forms emerge into a conscious gestalt where meanings galvanize through the viewer’s own personal references and connections.

Jan Kirstein

 

 

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Arturo Pacheco Lugo was born in the city of Puebla, Mexico on November 12, 1961.

He studied fine arts in the workshops of painters Jose Luis Hernandez and Sando Berger during the early years of his formation as an artist.

 

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Lugo uses experimental techniques, materials and creative processes and aesthetic applications and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout his artistic life.  His works are sought after by collectors worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Karen Jacobs: Remnants and Patterns


To look at the art pieces of Karen Jacobs is to experience the magic of the dance of organic movement against a stable time frame for reference. Through each window of a partial grid, one sees flickering moments captured in time. At once, the pieces reveal the moment against the continuum of time in a paradox of multiple juxtapositions. These pieces invite deep contemplation.

Jan Kirstein

 

Karen’s work is influenced by the Bokusho – “The term bokusho refers to abstract sumi-e or calligraphic drawings. My rice paper/ India ink gestures are torn, manipulated, collaged and incorporated into textured canvas paintings. ”  Karen Jacobs

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About the Art

“An ongoing interest in the linear juxtaposition of remnants and patterns has led much of my work to be classified as geometric abstraction. Organized by divisions which aren’t always precise and shapes which tend to stack and interlock, the work may remain totally abstract or venture into suggestions of landscape or other elements of nature.”

 

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“There is, perhaps, a seed of an idea when I begin but I am quickly directed by the work, answering the needs, sorting the puzzles and discovering solutions. I work with layers of thick and thin color, washed or scumbled over a textured surface. Traces are left by the pentimento of assorted mark makers and scrached or removed paint; lines are straight, curved or gestural, surfaces are wiped, dripped and spattered; all adding to an eventual sense of accumulation and the essence of time.”

 

 

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“Though most paintings are acrylic/mixed media on canvas, I often venture into other media such as oil, watercolor, encaustic and ink… in addition to other painting forms such as the structural boxes I call Pylons which may be either wall hung or free standing.”

 

 

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About the Artist

 

 

“The early years of my art education and career were pursued as possible, second to the needs of a mobile military family. A move to Washington, D.C. permitted both the time and opportunity for studies at the Maryland College of Art and Design and with outstanding local artists and teachers. My learning experience continued through both outside sources and personal exploration wherever we happened to be.”

 

 

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“From high detail realism to total abstraction, I’ve always sought my own way and allowed the work to develop independently. My preferred medium is acrylic as it allows the impulsive changes necessary to my process, but I’ve worked extensively in nearly all painting mediums from watercolor to oils and encaustics plus several original print processes.”

 

 

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“My professional career has included representation in numerous galleries from Santa Fe to D.C., New York to New Orleans, Memphis and Atlanta. I’ve competed and won awards internationally and my work is in private and corporate collections around the world. I currently live in Birmingham, Alabama.”

 

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Krista Harris: Emerse Yourself


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Looking at paintings by Krista Harris is like stepping out into a cool Spring shower at dusk.  Light flickers off forms and shapes to reveal layers of textured surfaces permeated  with ethereal incandescence.

Jan Kirstein

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Words from Krista Harris:

“My work is driven by an intense curiosity about places and the ways in which they connect, divide or define us. How do we fit in, what’s our place in the world? Is it where we grow up or some adopted location that we connect with on a deeper level?”

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“The individual and unique parts of a place…it’s culture and traditions, the languages, ethnic and architectural components, the quality of light, the color of the wind, the food, climate and terrain are all visual pieces of the puzzle.”

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“A lifelong case of wanderlust has left me with a visual scrapbook of sights and sounds, even smells and bits of dialogue which seem to sneak into my work. I don’t intentionally set out to recreate a scene and I’m often surprised to see them. It’s rarely even a single location but bits and pieces jumbled together. They become blurry postcards and reconstructed maps that help me make sense of the world.”

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“Painting is a very physical process for me, beginning days or weeks before I ever begin. Each step is as integral to the process as the application of paint and mark, including reading and researching, stretching canvases, mixing new colors, searching for new tools and experimenting with methods of working.”

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“Risk and uncertainty are an artist’s friend, and I try to keep the painting open to all possibilities, deviations and directions – where it’s outcome is not yet known and anything can happen. Taking a wrong turn or unexpected direction is often more productive than getting things right, and getting lost can have surprising outcomes. Working back and forth between organic and architectural elements, patterns and textures, colors, tangles of marks is the process that keeps me engaged and the sense of mystery alive and well.”

http://kristaharris.com

Krista Harris currently lives and works in Southwest Colorado.