Collector’s Choice: Fran Skiles


 

IMG_1344Lyrical and sensitive, Fran Skiles’ paintings bring a peace of mind and a clarity of life fulfilling purpose to a world filled much too often with confusion and disruption. I invite you to meditate upon the paintings of Fran Skiles for a calming yet deep state of mind.

Jan Kirstein

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Hudson River Valley Art Workshops:

http://www.fiberartworkshops.com/fiber-art-workshop-instructors/fran_skiles.htm

Paper Collage by Fran Skiles

Oct. 15 – 21, 2017

Medium: Mixed Media

Level: All Levels

5-Day Studio Class

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated in Our Classrooms


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Dawn Smith’s Spanish class and my Visual Art class joined together for a week long unit on creating paintings influenced by Mexican Alebrijes this week at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Painting and creative writing combined together for a learning experience in Social Studies, Spanish and Fashion Design.

To learn Global challenges of how to resolve conflicts, students had to work in groups and combine at least 2 animals from 2 different continents. They had to paint the animals, list their conflicts, how the animals could resolve those conflicts and capture these conflict resolutions in their choice of creative writing from poetry to dialogue to narrative writing. The writing portion was inspired by the book “Fantasy Animals” by Janis Kirstein, where a South American anteater and African lion are joined together and have to learn how to get along. This book was inspired by Mexican Alebrijes from Mexico, created with bright floral patterns in the 1930’s of conglomerations of various animals all in one being.

To see lesson plans for this unit,  go to:  https://kirsteinfineart.com/2016/07/27/lesson-plan-for-fantasy-animals/

To see the book written by Janis Kirstein inspired by Alebrijes,  go to: www.amazon.com/author/janiskirstein

 

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This Painting was inspired by Mexican Alebrijes, by Janis Kirstein in Mercedes Harn’s art class this summer. This class was for a teacher Inservice given by The Academy with the Kentucky Center for the Arts, combining the teaching of Social Studies, Visual Art and Spanish Language.

 

 

Collector’s Choice: Shelley S. Davies


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Art to Zucchini and Everything in Between
I’m an illustrator who lives beside the sea on the west coast of Canada with my family and an imaginary dog. Sometimes two. I have a background in animation, film and graphic design. I also love to take photographs, which gets me away from my desk with all those teeny, tiny bits of paper!

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I’m a Canadian artist living by the sea on Vancouver Island, creating paintings, collages, and photographs that are bold and colour-infused. All my work, aside from the photography, is proudly handmade with scissors, glue and paint; many with 3-dimensional aspects.

 

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With a background in animation, feature films, television and theatre, my many creative pursuits have led me to the joys of illustration. Colour, wit and a good dose of play are what I aim for, using collage, paint and a strong graphic design sensibility. For the past ten years, I’ve contributed illustrations to numerous magazines and newspapers on a regular basis with editorial, fashion and botanical themes, while my heart still belongs to children’s illustration.

 

 

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I’ve created a line of greeting cards, which you can find at my Etsy shop, and I’m delighted to be creating an ongoing series of photo-collaged jigsaw puzzles for Cobble Hill Puzzles/Outset Media. I also write the blog ‘Children’s Illustration‘ with author/illustrator extraordinaire Julie Fortenberry. You can find all my social media sites at the top of my home page, and my Instagram page has all my daily photographs.

Collector’s Choice: Victor Slepushkin


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About Victor Slepushkin

 

What is Objective Reality? Does it exist independent on us, or everything around us is nothing else but the fruit of collective fantasy?

 

 

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When we fall asleep, our subconsciousness starts creating its own reality, free from causal-consequent limits, chaotic, sometimes frightening, but always beautiful in its own special way. In my works I try to set my subconsciousness free when Im awake, to get free from causes, meanings, and to get back to the primordial Chaos. But without a particle of Order, Chaos wont be the absolute one.

 

 

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I believe that every person,every living being is the fractal God, in other words, everyone of us is God himself capable of changing the surrounding reality or creating the new one. I mean God not in the religious sense, but rather in mystic-cosmological, God who has embodied into the infinity of similar copies to realize the Reason of all reasons – God Himself.

 

 

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Thus to me my works mean something more than just pictures – I consider them avatars of thought-forms and new realities with their deities….

By Victor Slepushkin

 

 

 

Postcards from Colorado: Helen Frankenthaler


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Many thanks to Postcards from Colorado for allowing us to share this wonderful feature on Helen Frankenthaler.

Collector’s Choice: Stéphane Leberloa


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Stéphane Leberloa

The paintings, drawings and sculptures of Stephane Leberola, of France present close encounters with the bare souls of the individual. Sometimes alarmed, sometimes perplexed, sometimes dubious, yet always aware and present in the moment, Leberloa’s figures emerge directly from the collective unconscious mind to engage the viewer with convincing urgency, immediacy and insight.—Janis Kirstein

 

 

Interview with Leberola

When did you start painting?

In 2009, before I was a collector, now I am a “an artist” who would see his name on top of the poster !!! To quote my friend Ben Vautier “everything is a matter of ego.”

What techniques do you use most often?

No, I’m not a technician.

 

 

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Are there any artists that you could cite as an influence on your work?

Since the Chauvet cave, artistic creation is a perpetual issue in art history.
Certainly Influential artists have had an effect, but I’m more interested in the artistic movement and artists. Dada, the Cobra movement, the Situationists, the Bazooka, free representation … very large artistic adventures that haunt me.
Arthur Rimbaud said he had to be of its time otherwise die.
The influence is very XX century with mostly masterpieces–the urinal by Marcel Duchamp, “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso, “Riding with Death” of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
I fear that the XXI century is that of pathos or bling. Fortunately there is still outsider art.

 

 

 

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What are your future projects?

Again tomorrow.

What is the experience?

A die faster.

You are what you do?

I undo what I am.

 

 

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When does a plastic work (work in progress)becomes a work of art?

At that time mysterious, interior, above all plastic creation. I do not know to explain it is a fleeting moment and that troubles me. The epitome of a work of art is where the flamenco is the duende and jazz his blue note. The rest is just sweet talk.

This work she has an independent existence outside its creator?

The work is inseparable from its creator. The artist’s DNA is in his work.

This interview of Stéphane Leberloa is taken directly from his website http://www.leberloa

KIRSTEINFINEART would like to thank Stéphane Leberloa for sharing his art work and interview with us today. For more exciting, insightful features on some of today’s very best contemporary artists working today, subscribe to KIRSTEINFINEART by clicking on the subscribe button at the bottom of the page. Thanks so much.

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Collector’s Choice: Anna Hryniewicz


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Anna Hryniewicz draws us into her colour fields by her vigorous, dramatic and energetic painting. I want to live in these colourscapes – whether they be landscape, mindscape, or heartscape. Once we had to travel to immerse ourselves in the experience of other visual art traditions; now the vibrancy of other traditions comes to us in the guise of an incoming generation of artists from other parts of the globe. Anna Hryniewicz is part of this new force which will invigorate and augment visual art culture on this island, in particular the practice of abstract painting.

Paula Meehan

 

 

 

Magda Snarska on the work of Anna Hryniewicz:

… The works of Anna Hryniewicz result from artistic considerations of the light problem in the picture. In her abstract compositions she makes an unusual record of light which constitutes a synthesis of her personal experiences. With great patience and inquiring mind she creates colorful compositions and in this way she presents her emotional and visual feelings by means of painting. The intensification of such a mature artistic ‘translation’ comes from the clear composing of colorful ranges in which the author moves with natural grace and intuition. Spontaneity of painting expression, deep sensitivity as well as humbleness in arriving at interesting solutions all determine the values of this painting. The meeting with her pictures is a journey through extraordinary lit up remote parts created on canvas thanks to great sensitivity and imagination of the author…’

Magda Snarska

 

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Artist statement:

I create art that resonates with my life and I hope it brings emotional experience that others will recognise in their own existence. As I struggle with life’s difficulties, loss, and defining who I am in the world I try to capture moments in time. This is how I feel the real beauty and flavour of life.

I have been painting abstract art since I obtained my MA in Fine Arts in 2004. But I have loved and leaned towards abstract ever since I can remember.

I create works that are about colour and line, I explore surface in search of light, gesture, space and motion. I have an open and dynamic practice, which doesn’t have a formula, it’s all about experimenting and looking for interesting solutions. Once I begin to paint the original idea evolves in unexpected way through a messy, intuitive process of collecting marks, traces lines and overpainted surfaces.

When I start painting I step into the “unknown” to discover something new, that I cannot plan beforehand. I am constantly looking for lines and colours that create evocative, emotional image. I draw and paint over until I feel the work is complete. Each piece becomes very personal and evolves through “chaos”, with marks and traces of the previous layer. I carefully decide which of them will stay, and which will go in order to let others exist.

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Biography:

Anna Hryniewicz born 1975 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Graduated with distinction from Wroclaw School of Music (Piano Performance);

and University in Poland (Art Education, Painting) and in 2004 received Masters in Fine Arts with distinction.

Alongside my painting work, from 2000 to 2007 I was a graphic designer in multimedia companies, and illustrator for children magazines, and a teacher of art and music.

I moved to Ireland in 2007 and until 2010 I worked with preschool children running creative art activities. From 2011 to 2015 I ran art sessions for adults and children with disabilities in Dublin.

But first and foremost I am a painter.

I was shortlisted for the Winner Prize Award in RUA RED 2015 Winter Open Show in Dublin, and my works can be found in private collections in Ireland, the UK and Poland, as well as in OPW Ireland’s public collection.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Nathalie Collange


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About Nathalie Collange:  Addressing the human being, no frills ..

Born in Africa.

Autodidact.

Her painting is direct without pomp, delivering pure and violent emotion ..

“Painting to tell all … and if the echo is, peace finally arrives …
Paint to clear up darker, until the final agony.
If burn because there is not other way. ”
Her first series “Face to face” is an encounter with the world, a step toward “the other” in the psychoanalytic sense.
Her painting is unvarnished, gushing like a too long withheld verbal flow.

 

 

 

“Nathalie Collange, fascinating or disturbing, her expressionism is very strong and very current. “- Jean-Henri Maisonneuve – The Brigade Contemporary

 

 

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Exhibitions / publications:

  • Galerie du Temple Lourmarin 15 March to 28 June 2016
    Nathalie Collange approaches a human being with no frills…
    Her art work being direct and unpretentious….thus sending a violent and pure emotion.. »Painting to say it all…if an echo resounds the calm will return..
    Painting to reach the deepest depths, to the ultimate fears.

 

 

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No alternative but to burn yourself. Her first series  ” En tete à tete ” is a ” rendez vous ” with the world, a step forward towards ” the other ” in an psychoanalytic sense.
Her work is open minded,powerful, like an unleashed verbal flow.

“Nathalie Collange, fascinating or disturbing, her expressionism is not only very strong but of today.” Jean-Henri Masioneuve-La Brigade Contemporaine

 

Nathalie Collange’s expressionistic art works  capture the heart of the human soul in its transformative wrestling with the inner self, the outer world, and the many complexities of emotional and energetic release. –Janis Kirstein

 

 

 

KIRSTEINFINEART would like to thank Nathalie Collange for sharing her work with us in today’s feature. To see more informative features on the best contemporary artists working today, subscribe to KIRSTEINFINEART  at the bottom of this page using the subscribe button. Thanks so much.

Alice Vander Vennen


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Alice Vander Vennen, born in 1957, in Canada, has worked as a professional artist since 1980. A child of immigrant parents who left war-torn Holland, Alice has used her art to capture stories of loss and hope; courage and strength. First trained as a sculptor at Calvin College, USA, with further training at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Alice now works in three-dimensional assemblage, participating in numerous exhibitions throughout North America. Her work is in public, private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

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Artist’s Statement
“I work with multiple materials, such as fabrics, branches, wire, copper, paper and ceramic shards, creating an assemblage as part of a visual language suggesting a story. The narrative speaks of gathering the work of divergent cultures, histories and generations. Materials from around the world, created by many hands, are represented in a single multimedia assemblage. Fragile branches may be used as framing devices; tapering willow twigs and knotty grape vine tentacles are bent as if resisting the interstitial pull of perhaps a hundred different textiles, each attached with thread, strings, wire and weighted with smooth stones or other found objects. The assembled sculptural form may be reminiscent of a quilt, a canoe or a totem. I strive to have the materials form a new voice of a gathered people, a celebration of the human spirit in relation to its Creator, whether from secret spaces or the most flamboyant expressions.

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Upcoming art shows for Alice:

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
Thursday July 21 2016 – Sunday July 24 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan

http://www.artfair.org

Thursday-Saturday: 10am-9pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

At the end of July, I’m delighted to be back at one of the largest art shows in the United States, the “Original” Art Show, which is part of three other shows that weekend. I’ll be doing a demonstration at 1 pm on Saturday. My Booth is A226—see you there! –Alice Vander Vennen

KIRSTEINFINEART gives thanks and gratitude to Alice Vander Vennen for sharing her art work with us today. For more exciting features on some of the best contemporary artists working today, go to the bottom of this page and subscribe to the blog on KIRSTEINFINEART.Thanks so much for your participation.

Collector’s Choice: Margaret Fitzgerald


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MARGARET FITZGERALD

BIOGRAPHY:
Margaret Holman Fitzgerald was born in London, England. She grew up in Japan and the United States. She studied fine art and art history in New York City at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. She also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico.

 

 

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She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and South America finding inspiration for her work in the art, architecture and urban fabric of these places. Recently she has been exploring the relationship of the human body and other living creatures to the natural world, the environmental crisis and the hope for the future.
Margaret’s paintings have been featured in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New Mexico. Her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan and Macao. She is currently represented by Lewallen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach, California, and Chandler Fine Arts gallery, San Francisco, California

 

 

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STATEMENT:
Painting is an exploration into the unknown. Its is a process of revealing the underbelly of existence, the part of life that is felt but unseen.

My inspiration comes from the natural world. I am exploring the strength and vulnerability of nature, man’s impact on the natural world and the hope for its endurance.

 

 

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I begin each painting with a collection of imagery and ideas. I hold in my mind vague ideas of things that I have seen or heard that inspire and motivate me to begin painting. The painting process then travels away from and back to these original intentions. With each layer of paint, remnants remain of what is underneath leaving threads of past colors and forms, creating a history. After working and reworking the surface and forms of a painting it arrives at a place that is no longer literal or predictable. A painting is finished when I don’t fully understand it, when it resides in between words and logic.

 

 

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My paintings are large in scale. The surfaces are worked and reworked with attention to detail while remaining raw and unrefined. The shapes are bold, moving forms juxtaposed with an intricate, scraped and tooled surface, The forms in the paintings are figurative but not literal. They are suggestions of animate and inanimate forms but remain abstract.

 

 

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I am interested in microscopic life forms that are the foundation of what we see. I want to show the unseen, cellular structure of life against bold visible forms. I am searching, scraping and layering to get at the potential of life. I am searching for the place that is unspoken but known and the place that resides in our hearts and is felt but remains intangible. Painting encompasses all that is and was. It is an elusive pursuit that is forever challenging and engaging. I paint because I am drawn back to the studio each day to put down a visceral feeling that is tugging at me.

 

 

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RÉSUMÉ:
Education
1992 Graduate Studies in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM
1990 Post BA in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM
1980 BA Fine Arts, Univ. of NM, ALBQ, NM
1984 Arts Students League, New York City
1978 School of Visual Arts, New York City
1976 Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 

 

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Selected Exhibitions
2014 Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.
2014 Ross Art Museum, “New Work, New Mexico” Ohio Wesleyan University
2013 Lewallen Galleries, Scottsdale AZ, “Rising Stars” a group show
2013 Solo Show, Chandler Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Solo Show, Lewallen Contemporary Art, fall group show at Railyard, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach , CA
2012 Albuquerque Museum “Miniatures” juried exhibition, ALBQ, NM
2012 Solo Show “Natura” Lewallen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
2012 House of Figs, Group show, Exhibit 208 , ALBQ, NM
2012 “New Mexico Showcase” juried group show by Peter Frank, 516 Arts, ALBQ ,NM
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Collections
Private collections throughout the United States and in Tokyo, Japan
Venetian Hotels in Las Vegas and Macao,China

 

 

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Publications
2013 San Francisco Chronicle, show at Chandler Fine Art is reviewed by Kenneth Baker
2012 House and Gardens Aug, 20
2012 Luxe. interiors and Design summer issue
2012 IQ Magazine interview
2012 catalogue “NM Show Case” juried show by Peter Frank ALBQ, NM
2010 Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Catalogue, “Arts in Embassies” show, Vatican City
2005 The Magazine, Santa Fe, NM
2004 West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco, CA
2003 The Collectors Guide, Santa Fe, NM
2001 West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco , CA
2000 The Santa Fean, Santa Fe, NM

 

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Thanks so much to Margaret Fitzgerald for sharing her art with us.

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