Biography of Tank- A Gabriliants
Tank- A Gabriliants is internationally recognised as 3-D Mystical Realism Artist, Sculptor and Artistic Jewelry Designer.
Tank-A has the title of Academician of Fine Art and Sculpture, USA.
Tank-A was born on Sakhalin Island, Russia (formerly Japan) and was classically trained since childhood in Fine Art and Sculpture in the Art School for gifted children in Moscow, Russia.
From 1976-1980 she was a Member of Nonconformist Art Society for rebellious artists in Russia and participated in many Underground Alternative Art Exhibitions in Moscow.
In 1981, she moved to the United States and passed the final stages of development to be known as a Jeweller and Silver Fashion Designer with an avant-garde direction . Created a furor when displayed in 1992—1997 on Palm Beach, Fl., Miami Beach. Fl. and in Manhattan, but in spite of all temptations remained true to herself, her soul, did not stop to paint 3-D Mystical Realism Oil paintings.
Since 2004 Tank-A received recognition at leading London, New York and Miami Auctions.
2009-- Tank-A received the title of Academician of Fine Art and Sculpture, became a member of the International Academy of science , education, industry & arts at the Silicon Valley in the State of California of USA.
Her works are in nine museums around the globe, including the Vatican , and many private collections in Europe, America and Canada.
Each Artwork of Tank-A is hand-carved and wholly original.
Copyrighted with the Library of Congress, Washington. D.C.
France Garrido was born in New York City, N.Y. Her primary medium is collage/mixed media and secondary medium is acrylic paint. She has been greatly influenced by Hannah Hoch, Salvadore Dali, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo, Jorge Gonzalez Camarena, and many others, as well as 'primitive cultures' worldwide. There have been other influences in her life, which have inspired her artistic growth. Nature and Spirit are key to that growth.
Experimenting with many mediums (pen and ink, fabric, acrylic paint, graphite, colored pencil, collage and mixed media) all presented different challenges, characteristics and possibilities to the execution of a piece of art. Now she is focusing her attention on collage/mixed media, which has limitless fascination for her. Garrido works on an intuitive level, and allows the piece to speak and guide her during the process. These creations provoke a sense of mystery and spirit.
"I am seeking to touch; deep within the viewers spirit a truth or essence. To awaken/nudge/shift the unconscious."
Seduction into another world...A world of vision and dream.
Neil has an OND in Graphics and Illustration and is well known as a creator of pagan and visionary art. He has had work published on magazine covers, such as 'The Vegan' and 'Pagan Dawn' and has recently illustrated a book cover for Capall Bann Publishing. Neil recently appeared on the Channel 4 documentary series "In Your Dreams" with his wife Alicen, where he was seen talking about how dreams have influenced some of his paintings.
Valentin Georgiev is a Bulgarian artist who paints in oil and aquarelle. He graduated from "St. Cyril and Methodius" University of Turnovo in 1995, his speciality being Painting. He was a participant in the International Biennial of "Humour and Satire" in Gabrovo. His works are in galleries throughout the country and abroad.
H. R. Giger is recognized as one of the world's foremost artists of Fantastic Realism. Born in 1940 to a chemistís family in Chur, Switzerland, he moved in 1962 to Zurich, where he studied architecture and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts. By 1964 he was producing his first artworks, mostly ink drawings and oil paintings, resulting in his first solo exhibition in 1966, followed by the publication and world-wide distribution of his first poster edition in 1969. Shortly after, he discovered the airbrush and, along with it, his own unique freehand painting style, leading to the creation of many of his most well known works, the surrealistic Biomechanical dreamscapes, which formed the cornerstone of his fame. To date, 20 books have been published about Gigerís art.
Can Göknil (born in Ankara, 1945)
After graduating from the Fine Arts Department of Knox College (Illinois), in 1968, she received her MA degree in 1969 from The City College of the City University of New York, School of Fine Arts.
The images of Can Göknil’s personal exhibitions dwell on mythological subjects. For her, mythology is the richest and most universal of sources an artist can reach out to. She finds her themes within the beliefs and traditions of her cultural heritage, exploring each phase in depth, creating her own interpretations through application of different techniques of artistry most suited to the theme at hand such as ceramic renderings, lead fixtures, acrylic painting, printmaking and wood sculptures.
Can Göknil also writes and illustrates picture books for children. In 2010 Turkish section of IBBY has chosen Can Göknil as a candidate for the international Hans Christian Andersen Prize for her original and uique quality that provides lasting impression for children. Several of her books have been translated into Dutch, German, French, English, Surinam and Arabic and have been awarded nationally and internationally.
She lives and works in Istanbul.
"I always treated art as the highest form of communication and I am trying to portray the existence in a very intuitive way, leaving behind the necessity of investigating and analyzing . In a natural way, the form takes over the subject, creating a perfect platform to express what is more of a feeling rather than an intellectually constructed vision."
I have enjoyed painting for many years, and over time have had some interesting commissions.
In 1995, I met Bernie Marsden, a member of the 70's Rock Band, 'Whitesnake' and he asked me to design CDs for his band 'The Snakes' which then went on to sell in Europe and Japan! Hampshire Brewery also commissioned me to design beer bottle labels for them in the same year, so I decided to try being more professional!
I continued to take commissions, mainly of Pet Portraits but then in 2002, I won the overall first prize for the 'Paint a Wildlife Subject' competition, held at the Business Design Centre London. A particularly busy 2006 got me my first sole exhibition at Highcliffe Castle, Dorset, and I also exhibited with the Best of Hampshire Artists at Hillier's Garden Centre, Romsey. I then won first prize in an Oil Painting Competition at the Goodchild Gallery, Renaze, France, with my Wildlife painting 'Mfalme', ('King'). I exhibited as a member of Marwell International Wildlife Art Society for a number of years, selling well and continued to participate in other exhibitions at the H. R. Giger's Museum, Gruyeres, Switzerland with The Society of Art of the Imagination....this time with Fantasy work, 'Guinevere', which is currently on display today at Moontree.
Joining the Society for the Art of Imagination that year gave me many more opportunities especially to exhibit abroad, and to explore my Spiritual Artwork, most of which can be seen here today.
2007 proved just as productive; in April I entered an exhibition at the Mall Gallery with my Surreal painting 'Duality' and as a result, the Gallery retained me to paint a large, (8ft x 5ft) religious work for one of their clients. 'Go through the Gate' is that client's vision.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, Cancer has played an important role in my life. My daughter had Leukaemia at the age of 4, so spent much of her childhood in hospital where she relapsed at the age of 6 and underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant from her little brother, my son who was only 4 at the time. She survived and has lived a full and active life for 20 years, but my connection with Piam Brown Ward has remained. I have continued to visit the children and paint murals on their walls and windows.
Sadly in 2008, ill health hit the family again, and I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer!! Lightening does strike twice it seems! so I took some time out to recouperate, however, my Cancer journey has led me to discover the Penny Brohn Centre, where I went for respite after extensive treatment and surgery. I found a deeper spirituality there, and began to understand the true meaning of the 'Divine'. 'Deliverance' was a vision, given to me at this point in my life, I produced it after a particularly powerful healing session............and since then, I have been painting 'visionary paintings' which I now know illustrate my personal journey.
Tapping into this 'Divine Matrix' has been a real privilige, and honour and taught me so much, I am still only just learning how much more there is. Once the crisis point is over we enter into the long hard slog to get back to normality which is difficult, and requires huge stamina and fortitude. Despair and depression are part of the Seven Stages of Grieving, they include anger, denial, depression, bargaining etc. and finally lead on to acceptance. It is important we all navigates our way through each phase because there are no short cuts. Dealing with the loss of life expectancy is hard to bear, but I have learned that depression and anger thrive in the lower frequencies of the Matrix, and Healing comes through the higher vibrations, such as energising music, love and laughter.
Ill health, although devastating in many ways has hit my family once more, but in doing so, has revealed how precious life is. The remarkable parallels between cutting edge scientific thought and the ancient creation myths is clear. A 'new' science Psychoneuroimmunology is now being practised, and is the interaction between the psychological, neurological and immune systems. It is a branch of medicine that is now widely accepted and for which there is a great body of evidence, backed up by common sense and our everyday experiences. We are as human beings made up of body, mind, emotions and spirit. Working together these determine health and the combatting of disease. The influence of emotional states on the nervous system is something we all experience daily when experiencing stress or enjoying happiness, Holisitic Healing. After a serious life event occurs, the outcome is shaped to a great degree by our resilience, buoyancy and will to succeed.
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"Primarily a figurative artist, my images explore the Sophianic (wisdom) mysteries of the body. And through the inspiration of Western and Eastern esoteric symbolic imagery, the figures are sublimated by transfigurative energies, exalted in glory and destiny, made transparent to the transcendent by the dramatic union of the sensual and celestial."
"I do not consider my work fantasy art or surrealist, and although influenced by romanticism, symbolism and idealism my work comes closer to the purpose of a Transpersonal Tantric art."
Wolfgang Grasse was born Dresden, Germany in 1930. He studied art under his grandfather, Friedrich Grasse, until the war broke out. In 1948 Grasse was arrested by Soviet authorities for anti-Soviet cartoons. He spent eight years in prison. Once released, he resumed his artistic career in Europe, prior to moving to Australia in 1966. Grasse's fantastic realist works are in the grand tradition.
"I paint objective, figurative art with high technical perfection to create beautiful, valuable and qualitative works with interesting visions. My art is called Fantastic Realism (Vienese School) influenced also by French surreal and Japanese art (Hokusai, Kunisada, Hiroshige)."
Anastasia Grebovna grew up in Minsk, Belarus. She studied Russian poetry and classical guitar. Inspired by the writings and art of Nicholas Roerich, she began her spiritual quest at an early age. In 1998 she emigrated to the United States. Here she traveled to Kripalu and Omega Institute where she had a chance to meet Alex Grey. Shortly after the encounter, she created 50 color panels exploring the theme of death and immortality. Upon receiving her arts degree, she traveled to Florence to explore painting and restoration techniques. In 2009, she was blessed to study with Brigid Marlin. currently, she travels between New York and Texas, painting and practising yoga.
The intent of my art is to bring light and spiritual transformation into the world. The images for my paintings come to me from meditation and observation of human form. By revealing the harmony and unity in elemental forms and shapes, my purpose is a healing one. It is designed to transfigure the human experience of life and death, and to awaken mankind to enlightening power of unity with the universe.
Deeply influenced by the concept of collective unconscious of Carl Jung, my paintings contain archetypal images and figures, such as Anima and Animum, Guiding Spirit and Persona. Exploring the relationships between different aspects of the Self, I approach painting intuitively. Each painting is a mirror, a bridge that connects people of all cultures, races and backgrounds.
Igor Grechanyk was born (1960) and raised in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. He graduated in 1978 from the Republican Art School in Kiev and in 1984 from the State Art Institute in Kiev (now National Academy of Art), Sculpture Faculty. In 1985 he became a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine. He participates actively in national and international exhibitions. Since 1997 he is a leader of the group "The Golden Gate", united artists who has similar vision of their tasks in art and close to modern surrealism and fantastic realism style. Igor also works on large monuments. He currently resides and works in Kiev, Ukraine.
Myth, Unknown, existing after the verge of ordinary existence ñ is the basic impulse of Igor Grechanykís creative works. It makes his images full of signs and Mystery, mystic. Mysterious combinations of textures, gesture, character of silhouette enter the spectator in the sphere of Supernatural. Igor Grechanykís sculptures are filled with powerful internal energy of tense life of image realizing itself as a part of mysterious and magic Universe. Mastery of artist allows him to represent both force and energy, as well as grace and charm with the same lightness. The world of Igor Grechanyk is filled with the manifestations of mysterious ñ penetration in the world of Myth allows to embody Unknown in the material plastic image, inspired with the spirit of Supernatural.
"My vision is like a dream, whether it's a sweet dream, a nightmare or just a trippy dream. I try to see what's really going on in my head, and that's a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-consciousness. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it is and paint whatever I see in my vision with no compromise."
Danny Evo Heinricht was born in Denmark and grew up in Germany. He trained as a graphic artist and now lives in an idyllic village on the coast of northern Denmark. He painted his first oil painting when he was 16 and worked for several years as Art Director, graphic designer and illustrator in Copenhagen before becoming a professional artist.
In the process of finding his ideal form of expression, his work has undergone constant change over the years before arriving at its present form. His art has developed through surrealism and classical landscape painting, always with symbolic content and with the sky as a constant and vital element.
"My intention is to infuse calm, beauty, light and harmony into what I paint, and to everyone who sees my paintings", says Danny, and behind his intention is the desire to elevate awareness to higher ideals. His hope is that art created in this spirit can contribute to beneficial and uplifting effect.
Krzysztof Heksel is a young, thirty-three-year-old painter from Walbrzych (Lower Silesian District).
He has been developing his talent from the earliest age and shared the passion for art with his father, who also had an artistic soul.
The very first discoveries in Krzysztof’s journey of creativity were marked by pencil sketches, but he soon moved on to experiment with watercolor and acrylic painting, to finally explore the secrets of oil painting, which became his favorite technique.
In the early years the artist was inspired by the works of authors such as Hieronymus Bosch, William Turner or Ivan Aivazovsky. But the turning point of Krzysztof’s artistic development was the moment he came across the works of a Polish painter - Zdzislaw Beksinski. This artist has become the greatest inspiration and a true paragon of craftsmanship for Krzysztof Heksel.
The latter has decided to utilize the glaze technique, which is very consuming but in return it rewards the artist with paintings that stand out because of their unusual depth and color effects. Unfortunately, these effects cannot be fully reflected in the photographs.
All of the paintings can be classified as examples of either surrealism or magic realism.
Only now has the artist decided to present his works to the public.
Krzysztof Heksel’s paintings were so far displayed in Galeria na Pietrze przy Katolickim Stowarzyszeniu Civitas Christiana (Gallery on the Second Floor created by Civitas Christiana Catholic Association) in Walbrzych and in Cultural Center Gallery in the town of Gluszyca. The first event was called “Inspirations” and the opening exhibition took place on September 5 in 2013, while the second one - “Magic Worlds” - started on January 23 in 2014. Individual exhibition 'KRZYSZTOF HEKSEL - MALARSTWO' – ‘Impart Gallery’, Wroclaw, November 6 2015r.
His latest paintings are available on http://www.touchofart.eu/en/Krzysztof-Heksel/gallery/
Erik Heyninck's Visionary Art is not always easy to look at because it demands attention. But for those who want to spend some time looking at these masterworks of contemporary Fantastic Art, a world will open, they will find infinite detail and, bizarre as it may sound: a sense of Reality that is more "real" than what we observe with our senses.
Born in Japan, Hikaru (Hirata-Miyakawa) is a man of many talents. He is an award winning artist, musician, dancer, writer, and a Waldorf (Steiner School)
teacher. He lives and works in Boulder, Colorado but have shown his artworks in Japan, U.S.A., Europe (Germany, Italy, Greece, England,etc.), and Australia. He is currently represented both as an artist and a performer by Chiaroscuro Art in Malta.
German-born artist Martina Hoffmann’s paintings are directly inspired by the realms of the dream, the unconscious and the superconscious.
“Bringing back these images is about communication. The painting becomes the otherworldly blueprint from which we can translate into human context. The message is simple: If we allow it, there is no limit to form and content.
This holds the potential for us to be able to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits.”
Hoffmann’s work has been exhibited internationally.
She teaches painting classes together with her husband, Fantastic Realist Robert Venosa, all over the world.
"...she had been painting for almost all her lifetime. Art had been and was - more than ever - a universe of freedom that allowed her to give physical shape and colour to the singular universe inside her. Some of her creations are merely reflections of beauty that she encountered, mostly realistic landscapes and flowers, but women, too. Others articulate a critical reaction to something she observed, the criticism being subtle sometimes, sometimes hidden inmetaphor - realistic or surreal - but always witty. Then there is what she calls "magic art" in which she gives face to her visions and her philosophy. There are abstract paintings, too, sculptures, collages, a great variety. All of her paintings are in vital colors that gain their radiance from the shades of darkness that are always there...."
In the studio of her uncle Werner Holz, an outstanding German artist, Birgit Hüttemann-Holz was exposed to Imaginary Realism/Phantastische Malerei from early age on. Intrigued by the contradictions of the human psyche she first started to write poetry.
While working as a Physical Therapist, she went to study Literature, Philosophy, Education and Media Science at the Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany.
A sudden change of her life, the move to the USA, triggered a stop to her writings, and a universal language was needed, taking visual form.
Birgit Hüttemann-Holz's work is exhibited nationwide and internationally, she lives and works as an artist in the Greater Detroit Area.
When I was a kid I used to love to make models of and paint about my most favourite things; robots, spaceships, aliens and superheroes. When I hit my teenage years I added foxy babes and vampires to the shopping list. Unfortunately when I started art school these were suddenly verboten and a poor subject, in fact one of my tutors once said ‘I don’t want you painting any of the Roger Dean rubbish because it does so much damage’. Its very hard to resist one’s inspiration, so art school wasn’t easy for me.
After leaving art school, I rebelled and got back to what I was originally inspired to paint about, and returned to my inspiration; the book jackets and comic art that had made me want to paint and make things in the beginning. I don’t blandly copy from the art that I love, that would be pointless, rather I use it as a launching point for my own imagination.
I don’t have a main theme in my painting – each work generates its own theme or story through the movement of the form.
To improvise freely with an event or style is for me important and necessary. In the process I am exposed to a multitude of choices at the point of the brush, - always with the purpose of renewing and adding to my vision.
My work is figurative, however I transform and reshape the visual environment into an alternative and dramatised world incorporating an individualised freedom.
Resembling dangerously unsettling organic shapes such as elongated insects or birds, French self-taught artist patrice Hubert creates stunning kinetic sculptures, bent on containing the cosmos with his formed metal work.
All of the pieces contain rotating or moving parts and light, adding an interesting dimension to the elegant pieces.
As testaments to the ever -evolving marriage of nature and machine, the work also speaks to the fantastical fiction of future science, and its seemingly limitless possibilities.
Written by JL Schnabel for Hi-fructose magazine
French sculptor Patrice « Pit » Hubert is a self-taught artist renowned for his elaborate Kinetic Mecaniks. This series of sculptures, on different size 50 cm to 6 M high, was born from a fusion of metalworks, lights and motion and is reminiscent of insects, birds and carnivorous plants that might exist in a distant, futuristic world.
The addition of motors, rotating parts and lights infuse movement and life into his 4th dimensional sculptures.
He cuts, bends and welds metal or stainless steel into intricate shapes using geometry inspired by nature, fusing the organic with the mechanical.
The artist’s obsession with dates and numbers is revealed by “serial number” titles engraved into the work. This numeric classification systematically strings his Kinetic Mecaniks together.
Totally immersed in their art, Patrice Hubert’s wife, artist Manu Van H, takes part in the creation by incorporating her own paintings on the sculpture by engraving some pieces of metal.
Written by AFA NYC art gallery
Rich in a diverse array of colour and theme, the art of Susanne Iles embodies a vivid imagination in a contemporary symbolist style. Drawing upon interests in mythology, spirituality, anthropology and ancient history, Susanne explores her passion for dragons.
Nadezhda Ilina was born in St. Petersburg, in a family of artists, and grew up in a creative atmosphere.
In 2007, she graduated from Roerich Art College and, in 2013, graduated from Stieglitz Academy of Art.
Since 2007, Nadezhda's fantasy style appeared, together with her system of images and fine art tricks that determined pictorial diversity of her paintings. Characters of the artist's creations are clearly associated with fairy-tales prompting sweet images of the half-forgotten childhood. They are not, however, illustrations of fairytales or legends that have already been written. Instead they are individual characters brought into the world by the author's memories and impressions. It is generalization of these images and their almost abstract sensual perception, rather than unambiguous association of a certain character with a well-known story, that makes the amazing effect which the works have on the public possible.
Nadezhda calls herself Art-Chef: Art - there is a report of the senses.
"... As in the art of cooking spices creates a unique taste of the dish, so the feelings and emotions in the painting give rise to food for the soul. The viewer , looking at the delicacy , prepared by Chef Art on canvas, captures special, unique flavor of shades of emotions of childhood, a familiar one ... "
Philip is an artist, writer, philosopher, teacher and visionary. He holds undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate degrees (M.A., MFA) in the Studio Arts with complementary studies in Psychology, Philosophy and Comparative Religion. His work has been exhibited internationally in more than 90 exhibitions and his writings have been read worldwide in numerous articles and journals.
Jaelen is a UK-based artist; she has been painting since childhood but feels that she has only recently found the direction that her art has always been destined for… finding a new freedom by breaking away from traditional constraints.
Working in both oils and watercolours, she is inspired by nature and dreams. Her paintings are also influenced by shamanic themes, and the Tarot… she seeks to incorporated a spiritual dimension to her paintings, thereby hopefully portraying the mystical and magical qualities she feels do exist in the world around us.
There are two, closely connected values in my life - the first one is my family, the second one is art. Successes of my family give me the same happiness like a new picture or drawing. On the other hand art brings a glee to our house.
Speaking about art, I think about many various masterpieces. They are an important source of my inspiration. So, beside Hieronim Bosch's pictures, there is Bruno Schulz' literature and film - for example "The city of lost children", or Wagner's music.
Imagination was a beginning of my creation and it's the same to this time. I'm a type of a solitary, contemplating a dark flash of varnish or a drunken brawl, painted by unknown Dutch master. I love strange places, born by a power of imagination - for example "Babilon Library", from Jorge Luis Borges' book or "Prisons" created by Piranesi.
If I could choose a place for life and creation in a real world, I would stand in Holland, in Vermeer's town.
At the age of ten I noticed that even the call of the playground was less insistent than the need to finish a picture. I studied painting at the Central School of Art and did a 2 year postgrad at the Slade.I then earned my living by doing graphics, animation, illustration and textile design.This was to support my painting habit so that I could let it unfold without pressure.
A series of life events sent me into a nosedive and during recovery I found my painting territory and lines of exploration.
"Snowthing" is one of many images connected to leaving my childhood father.
"Looking Back" recognises that, in retrospect, a series of events can sometimes give us a glimpse of a shape and geometric unfolding.
As well as landscape being a the major influence upon and within my paintings, a more immediate source of inspiration is music - Dub Reggae with its expanding space & echo; Brian Eno's "treatments" and ambient works; the brutally honest & emotionally intense music of Joy Division; the wonderfully discordant/ harmonious sonic textures of Wire - they've all painted pictures in my head and left me wanting to be sharper.
I combine music with personal feelings & friendships - these all tinge, sometimes saturate each painting with religiosity & symbolism; the combinations of colours juxtapositioned with subects when viewed as a series can spark thought along Tantric lines. I'm always developing this to a greater and deeper intensity.
Human experience is another source of influence, basic humanity in its raw harsh colourful existence; this is my way of surviving the cruel, careless & carefree, an instinct inside inherent from millenia ago, when humans made churches within caves to paint the animals they lived amongst and upon whom their survival depended.
Our ancestors punctured the landscape within their own psyches when they entered the caves, to direct their need to a more calculated purpose via their paintings, then to emerge and influence their existence. Art is my - and our - source of survival and upon this futures are decided.
"The complex themes of a rich imagination full of a humour ones suspects metaphysical, questions the viewer , addresses his sensibility, reminds his soul of the world's vanities."
Dominique Girard, Ambassador of France in Australia
Mildred has been called a Romantic Surrealist. Her works are destined to be mood pieces, invoking a wide range of moods from Whimsy; to Humor; to Fantasy; to the Romantic. Mildred alternates between the three very disparate sides that make of her artistic persona, the playful side, the technical side and the romantic side. Some of the works evoke nostalgia, drawing on childhood memories. Mythology lends the inspiration for other works, which are fashioned into dreamscapes of classical serenity.
I create paintings that tell stories of joy, desire, challenge and encouragement. I consider the magic in our reality, and depict it to the best of my ability.
Using oil or acrylic paints, I draw from my own life to create art experiences for viewers across the globe. I paint in a tightly rendered realistic style with contemporary, Trompe L'Oeil and classical influences.
I specialize in small paintings. Part of my process for creating miniature fine art involves the use of magnifying lenses and close range binoculars. I enjoy demonstrating these techniques for art lovers.
Originally from Detroit, I have a degree in biochemical engineering and worked as a corporate engineer at pharmaceutical facilities for fifteen years. During that time, I built my commission business. In 2010, I was able to begin painting full time. In December 2012 I was offered representation at Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery in Rockville, MD and Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. In October 2014, Ellis-Nicholson Gallery asked me to become one of their artists.
I am an Art Renewal Center Living Artist. I am proud to have signature memberships in The Miniature Artists of America, The Miniature Painters Sculptors Gravers Society of Washington D.C., Cider Painters of America and the Hilliard Society in Wells England.
The artistic vision of Sanna Kemgren is to transform the unseen and bring it unto this world. Through her art she is trying to find a common human nominator beyond the time, beneath the cultural constructions and within the very core of what it is to be human. She wants to turn the observer into a receiver of the art.
Born 1985 in the small industrial town of Oskarshamn in the south east of Sweden, Sanna is drawing out an artistic path far away from the intellectually driven contemporary art scene. She believes that art have the power to create a positive change in humans, but trying to do this through intellectual means instead of going directly through the heart, will only be a detour.
Born in Ottawa/Canada 1974, animal and nature lover, passionate about the hidden mysteries of life, art books and expressing myself through sculpture painting and music. Taking inspiration from nature’s beauty and my love for life’s strengths I strive for perfection and ensure each piece is given my undivided attention to ensure balance, detail, and completeness. Each piece reflects it’s own spirit which I hope may leave a lasting impression.
If you like what you see email me.
Paul N Khoury
I am a visionary artist based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. I was born in Manchester in 1969 and grew up in the Calder Valley. I studied for an MA Hispanics at Glasgow University and have taught and painted since. I have travelled widely in Portugal, Spain and Latin America, where the intensity of light and colour profoundly influenced my work.
I have been creating visionary art for the last sixteen years and have exhibited in London, Leeds, York, Berlin and Valencia. I am inspired by icons, myths, archetypes, sacred places and people, intuition and, of course, the imagination.
I try to make the possible and the impossible merge together seamlessly on the canvas to create a world inhabited by strange creatures.
Fascinated by an ever-changing world through new technology I've experimented with such subject matter. Integrating and abstracting the latest social trends and inventions. Attitudes in the 21st century also play a role in my creativity.
I've used inks, collage, 3D works in the past but acrylics are my chosen medium. They are much more versatile to work with, I find.. When using acrylics I like to express myself with lots of bright beautiful colours.
My ideas and inspirations come to me all the time. Sometimes I will see the whole picture in my imagination. Other times, it’s an idea. Then I begin mixing and merging it with other ideas to create a finished piece.
Equally embedded in reality and fantasy, the artwork of Zsófia Kölcze reflects the artist’s subjective visions of life, death, nature and the human condition through the encounters of light and shadow, darkness and colour. Often moving between dream and nightmare, the motifs reflect not only a dualistic perception of the world filtered through a lively imagination, but a dedication to the richness of ancient mythology, legend and story-telling.
Zsófia Kölcze was born in Transylvania, Romania, in 1984 and moved to Denmark in 1988 where she grew up in the beautiful and harsh environments of Northern Jutland. She has studied archaeology and art history and worked with several spiritual and occult directions. Beside the heavy influences of Transylvanian and Danish nature, history and art, Zsófia Kölcze’s artwork shows her fascination of folklore, myths and fairytales deeply rooted in collective human consciousness. Moreover, many of the motifs are inspired by music, film, theatre and literature.
Currently, the main medium is acrylics on canvas, but Zsófia Kölcze has also been working with pen/pencil drawing, watercolour as well as oil. The preferred technique is a chiaroscuro with strong contrasts between light and dark, often accompanied by cascades of strong colour, and the compositions are undulating and organic.
A Transcendental part of human nature always looks for its own Eternal source and inevitably has doubt regarding visible reality. The conditionally perceived illusionary surroundings require examination and overcoming... Surrealism, through it's inner absurdity and paradoxes , destroys trust in reality. It is an aesthetic game of the human imagination with a nostalgia for everlasting spiritual liberty. But Visionary Art has a different field of the play, the Contemplative artist is a participant of the action himself, he doesn't play with the help of mind by the symbols and their mechanical constructions anymore, but operates with energies, forces which bear the images, intuitive way ... A Visionary artist can not be Atheist, he always serves a certain Power and represents it by own creative activity and life. I would describe my art as a Contemplative one, which embodies a certain cognitive model of Mystic Reality and actually devoted to a Contemplation of a beauty of invisible Divine things...
My artistic expression is composed by a mixture of spirit from old and great artistic schools with a force of certain sophisticated social criticism divided between dimensions of time and space. In that parallel reality the relation of aesthetic- existential is the essential for development of artistic metaphors and paradoxes.
Iconography is made by stylized human portraits or figures, composed in a caricatural way, but with gesture which doesn’t lead to strong irony and without intention to laugh at. Their faces are covered by kindness and longing: they are surprised in a world they exist, but more than all - these characters search for collocutors from the other side. Main motive is to find more conversationalists.
Born on 10th of March, 1974 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Graduated at Belgrade Faculty of Fine Arts, at class of Professor Academician Radomir Reljić in 1998.
MA at the same faculty, at class of Professor Andjelka Bojović in 2002.
Member of ULUS – Artists Association of Serbia since 2000.
Had individual exhibitions in Belgrade, Paris, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Igalo, Zrenjanin and Pivka, and took part in group exhibitions in Serbia, England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Montenegro.
Wim Kuenen was born in Volendam, the Netherlands, in 1947, and attended Famous Artists school from 1968 till 1972 in Amsterdam. During his career he created diverse works of art, like mural paintings, and also designed and decorated several city busses with various themes. His artwork was exhibited both at home and abroad and is widely known.
As an artist, Kuenen works under the pseudonym Prema. He is inspired particularly by Indian Vedas, such as the Bhagavad Gita, but also by his personal experiences in everyday life, which form a great source of imagination. His spiritually tinted subjects deal with themes like birth, illness, age and death, as well as deliverance, Karma and the circle of life.
Being a fantast as well as a painter, Wim Kuenen uses both these qualities to make large, magic realistic paintings with unconventional composition and subject matter. The application of colours forms the finishing touch, and his use of exquisite light lends a magnificently magical personality to his art works. His method of work compels respect. Kuenen1s paintings reflect traces of an inner struggle and are testimony to his remarkable talent, which he uses in an exceptional way. Art is emotion, says Kuenen; it appeals to an inner experience, and affects us spiritually.
Art, experiencing beauty and fascination, reveals the spiritual essence of
his world and is therefore of major significance to him. Kuenen feels that our yearning for beauty in art stems from an inner desire for the source all human beings eventually originate from. It is a source of infinite beauty and purity.
Incubated in the filth and pandemonium of New York City, Nick Kushner's artwork speaks not only of pain and disillusionment through the themes of love, death, and abuse - but of the ultimate catharsis that can be attained through the artistic distillation of the emotions evoked by these. Kushner says "...creativity acts as the catalyst for transformation by allowing one’s works to 'purify' the metaphorical alchemist throughout the journey, so to speak, of the creation process." While influenced by such disparate misanthropes and anti-heroes as Otto Dix, George Grosz, Hans Bellmer, Friedrich Nietzche, The Marquis De Sade, Charles Baudelaire, Aleister Crowley, Marilyn Manson, and Sid Vicious, Nick's inimitable use of art as alchemy stands totally apart.
The end results are highly-detailed, darkly sensual pieces that evoke a visceral response in those who view them, reinforcing the artist's belief that "The act of creating is only the first half, the truly magical aspect (in the occult sense of the word), is how each work of art or creation affects the world and in turn how that affectation comes full circle and back to the creator." Each project furthers his exploration of inverse Classical themes executed with expressionist and chaotic overtones.
While bringing to life several all-blood pieces executed by using the medium as watercolour, NK is also responsible for The Nachtkabarett [ http://www.nachtkabarett.com ]. Featured on MTV Germany, it is an expansive and meticulously researched website dedicated to the occult and the esoteric, soon to be published in book form by a major indepenent publisher. Nick has also designed the Official website for the "Coolest Magician on Earth", Rudy Coby, and designed, maintains, and administers the Official message forums of renowned musician and artist Marilyn Manson.
ARTIST UPDATE DECEMBER 2010
Recently I was an on-camera interview (with my art featured) for the Marilyn Manson BIOGRAPHY special which premiered on the A&E television network earlier this Fall. Here's a link to where a streaming video of the program is being hosted : http://www.mansonwiki.com/wiki/Marilyn_Manson_A%26E_Biography
Krisztina Lazar is a visionary artist, ritual performer and healer. She has studied the mische technique with some of the greatest visionary artists of our time and has been teaching the technique herself for almost 10 years. The mische technique, a technique of the Renaissance masters, allows an artist to create an image out of highlights and transparent glazes rather than shadows and outlines. This transforms the world we see into brilliant light and glowing colors that lasts well beyond just working on the canvas. She’s taken this technique and adapted to several forms of healing through the art making process, creating mandalas and magic images that continue to inspire this new way of seeing. Coming from a background of yoga, meditation and visionary journeys, Krisztina combines the teachings from a variety of sources, focusing her energy on awakening the voices of our inner gods and goddesses. Through performance and ritual she channels these energies that live within pop culture and transmutes them into timeless archetypes. Through painting and performance, Krisztina creates a unique visionary world combining myth, storytelling, science, dreams and contemporary culture. She lives and works in Oakland, California with her two parrots and cat who are her constant companions. She is available for private healing art sessions as well as group classes. http://transcendentbird.com/home.html
Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1951, Lenkovic' earned degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy at Zagreb University's Faculty of Arts. She studied privately with Marino Tartaglia of Zagreb's Art Academy and briefly in London before refining her skills by drawing in the Classical ballet class at Balet Akademi in Stockholm. She became an honorary member of the Society of Ballet Artists and wrote poetry. In 1986-7 a book of her poetry and seven prints were published, titled, "Reflections". She has had a number of solo exhibitions in Croatia, Austria, and Germany. She designed Ballet and opera posters for the Croatian National Theatre, where she has also exhibited. Her works were printed in New Art International books.
She participated in the year 2000 exhibition of the Society for Art of Imagination in London. In 2000 she received a special award at the 100 Sacred Visions Exhibit in Payerbach, Austria, which was organized by Prof. Philip Jacobson, with Prof.Ernst Fuchs as juror.
Mario Lenkovic works as Director of a Museum near the town of Zagreb. He is the museum curator, dealing with naive art that is also highly imaginative. He is very involved in research of Naive art and represents one Naive phantastic Croatian painter. He has been a fine art photographer for many years and has had more than 20 one man exhibitions. He has taken part in hundreds of collective exhibitions in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Guernsey, France, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, USSR, Switzerland, Turkey, Tanzania, and USA.
I began drawing at two years old, developing a passion for making pictures which has continued throughout my life. My aim is to produce technically immaculate paintings which often contain subversive imagery, a paradox at once seducing and challenging the viewer. I paint because it is an obsession, something like a drug, and therefore occasionally exhilarating but more usually a necessity. My pictures are compositions of the imagination, perhaps a modern “vanitas”, a personal interpretation of the allegories of the senses.
Sam Lightwing was born at 2.19 am on 28th March 1986 in Sidcup, UK, at Queen Mary's Hospital. He doesn't know which ward, though. He studied at UCL and got a BA in Classics, of all things. His entire formal art training amounts to a 'B' in GCSE Art obtained in 2002, in which he proved to be better at drawing than he was at organising coursework. One of the many strange things about Sam, aside from his preference for writing autobiographical statements in an unjustifiable third person format, is that, in spite of loving both Art and Classical Civilisation, he doesn't think much of Classical Art, although people expect him to.
Sam Lightwing has been drawing, and intermittently painting, since he was old enough to pick up a biro and begin defacing whatever important documents had been carelessly left within his tiny grasp. He began to paint on canvas only at the end of May 2007, and prefers acrylics, both because of the diversity of achievable effects, and because his bizarrely hooked left-hander's grip tends to rub across the painted surface and destroy any slow-drying work. His work tends toward the fantastical, combining flowing and leaf- and feather-like shapes with biorobotics and shapeshifting angels. His paintings almost always attempt to convey some deeper meaning, be that philosophical, religious, sociological, or related to the subject matter, but he normally ends up having to explain it to people.
Jack Lipowczan was born in 1951 in Poland. He attended the most important Polish art college - the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, which he finished in 1976 obtaining a Master’s Degree in Graphic-Design. Directly after his studies, he worked as an Assistant Scene Designer for the Polish Film Studios and also had a few exhibitions showing his works: oil-paintings and drawings.
Jack left Poland in 1981 and lived in Sweden, Australia, and finally settled in Germany. Until 2002, he worked as an Art Director, first in a film studio, and then in different advertising agencies.
Since 2003 Jacek has been devoting his life to painting and working as an independent artist-painter and illustrator.
Jack Lipowczan was always fascinated by the art of Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Breugel, Holbein, and, later in life, by the artists of the Italian Renaissance. Those influences can be clearly seen in his paintings, which show meticulous attention to detail, composition and colour.
Jack’s style of painting can be best expressed as fantastic realism intertwined with surrealism. He has a very personal attitude to his art: his paintings are the ironic but benevolent synthesis of life seen through the mirror of the soul. Each one of Jack’s paintings has a few allegorical stories to tell, but he leaves the interpretation to the spectator.
The American artist Laurie Lipton has had numerous one woman shows in England, Belgium, Holland and America. She was previously represented by the prestigious Vorpal Gallery, and has had her work exhibited in both New York & San Francisco. She recently had a major retrospective show at the Chamber of Pop Culture, a fine art book of her drawings is planned for early next year.
Laurie has lived and worked in London for the last ten years.She is an award winning artist at the annual exhibition of the Society for Art of Imagination. She is represented by Henry Boxer Gallery in London.
ERIC LOBBECKE’S works are a continuation of his fine
art oeuvre which he has been showing and developing
for many years away from his daily work on
The Australian Newspaper.
LOBBECKE is interested in the imagery that arises from
RANDOM THOUGHTS that manifest when
confronted by the blank canvas.
He relies on the “visually loaded library” in his mind,
informed by the repetition of drawing figuratively and
metaphorically for a deadline. He has developed his
own iconography, which he recalls when executing his
thoughts onto canvas. The imagery can be viewed
upside down working to reveal a unique
“Are thoughts of the past or present more prevalent in the
manifestation of these luminous paintings?” This is just
one of the many questions that feeds his
practice. The image presents itself by allowing the mind
to guide the mark making. The result is
influenced by the cognitive links and discoveries.
The first significant moment I can remember was the first day of first grade when I realized my mother was going to leave me there, alone. I cried, while sitting at my little desk, until there were no more tears. I think it was the first time I had been out of my sandbox in the small farming community of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Just a few short years later, I was hardened to the realities of survival and tested on a frigid winter morning in 1969. A deep blanket of fresh snow covered our tiny house and I was sure I heard the fire horn blast, to testify there was no school. Ma would have none of it, and I followed her instructions to the letter, getting dressed and eating my cereal as I would on any other school day. I remember the sense of bewilderment rushing over me as we pulled up to the deserted school. Ma cursed the school bus driver during the entire 3 1/2 mile drive for not showing up that morning, and now she was telling me to get out. I made my best effort to protest and her tone only became more forceful, so I quietly exited the vehicle. A paralyzing wind took my homework, while I watched my mother speed away.
Several hours later, Ma stood in front of a sink full of dirty dishes when I arrived home. She was not looking for me, nor did she show much concern for my half-frozen condition. She only asked why was I home so early from school. This was the same winter my youngest brother Frank was born. I am the oldest of five children. Frank’s birth created a housing problem that was quickly resolved when I was sent with my clothes, to the chilly basement and an old green couch in the corner to sleep on. Here was my first studio, and while the TV news spoke of the Vietnam war, the real war was raging at my childhood home. I would escape to my basement to draw, and to listen to the soothing voice inside, that was always telling me that things would be just fine. I would draw flowers and death, the trees that I loved and the girls I desired, and I have made all the typical mistakes. I let the bullies who honed in on me make me feel weak. I let my parent’s inability to express their love make me feel like I was not important. I allowed my lack of formal education to make me believe I was not good enough. I let my career path lead me in many wrong directions. And always I would hear that same voice inside saying, never mind all that, just create.
Amazingly, it has been 37 years since that memorable winter and that inner voice is a sparkling diamond which I can never ignore. I keep a green couch in my studio to this day it makes me feel secure. I am quite certain that every event, every relationship, every challenge since, has been only a matter of perfect timing. Now I know that it is my destiny to paint, and to remain open to the consequences of that purest act. Now, when I sit in front of a blank canvas, I ask the intelligent and loving forces in the Universe, to use me, to help me grow, and to let my creativity be a special message to you the observer, for this perfectly timed moment in your life.
Qahira Lynn was born in Portland, Oregon, USA, and never learned how to color inside the lines literally or metaphorically.
She attended art school, studied painting in college, and art therapy in graduate school, but feels that she has spent her time since then attempting to unlearn whatever it was they were trying to teach. Her feeling is that she is self-taught -- she believes that she never did catch on to whatever it was she was supposed to catch on to. She lives in a tiny village on the Oregon coast and makes paintings. She does not call what she does art, and really hasn't the slightest idea what"art" is -- she just does what she does...
If she is an artist at all, Qahira Lynn is a visionary spiritual artist, a mystic muralist of the dreamtime.
With her images, she attempts to evoke magic…spiraling and emerging through the sacredsymbology of the divine source, the great mother, the One.
She has a passion for reaching into essence to what is deeper than words, making pictures of what is beneath the surface, behind the veil, healing what arises from the depths of the world soul, activating the powers of intention, creating magic and revealing transcendence.
Valeriya Khomar was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she was raised and classically educated in fine arts. Her father, a talented, multidimensional artist, enrolled his daughter in a class at the Art Studio for Young Artists. Later, Valeriya graduated from an Art School. Then she received her training in product design and fine arts at Kyiv State College of Art and Design.
The artist had been participating at the local and regional exhibitions in Ukraine till her arrival to Canada.
In 1995, Valeriya moved to Canada with her family and continued to study art at Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal.
Soon after, she started a successful career in Fashion industry as a graphic designer and illustrator, doing visual presentations and artworks for the main apparel companies in Montreal.
In the midst of a successful run, Valeriya made the life changing decision to go back to her roots and build a creative career of her own as a visual artist.
During the last four years, Valeriya Khomar has won many international awards and has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows.
Valeriya Khomar is participating at the various art exhibitions. She took a part at two incredible shows: the Biennale Chianciano in Italy and at the Toronto Art Expo.
The artist became a winner and got awards from a number of International juried competitions.
Her art has been featured in numerous publicities. “The Free Press” and “Montreal-Toronto” newspapers, “St.Petersburgh” magazine, "The 2014 Collection” book, U.S. Library of Congress "Arts Accolade", AOE Arts Council, “Literacyhead” “The American Juried Art Salon” and many other print and online sources.
Valeriya’s art is represented by Alexander Gallery, Brooklyn, USA and Aliyah Arts Gallery in Montreal.
Her works have been collected by individuals and private collector sin Ukraine, Canada and the United States.
"Trained by four Mentors: Fine Arts, Commercial Art, formal education and my father, I made my choice and started creating artworks using different media and techniques learned through my life.
After a hiatus in my artistic pursuits, it feels so amazing to come back to my roots, to become myself. I am so blessed that I was able to recognize myself as an artist and so grateful that others responded so positively."
Born and living in Quebec city,
I dedicate my life to painting since 1992.
Between reality and imaginary, I explore
a world where characters are at the center of my artworks.
My universe moves around symbolism and fantasy. The singularity of human, nature,
and feelings have always an endless fountain of inspiration for me.
Since my early childhood, the drawing is my sap.
My drive for painting leads me to make my own learning. Experimenting through my
path, old techniques prove to be fascinating for the details, wealth of material and color
depth. They give me the array of possibilities I’m looking for. Drawing and oil painting are
my preferred mediums. They are intimately linked.
I draw from models for the portrait and the human body. I sometimes wear coats and
draped. These ones are a precious help for the achievement of my work, however, the
conception always emanates come from imagination and inner reflexion.
My artistic way reflects a quest for creativity and authenticity.
Let the images that reside in my mind speak and symbolize moods,
wishing my artworks speak for themselves.
This artistic voice is vital for me.
My paintings dance with unabashed honesty of the medicines and challenges of the human life cycle. Existential and contemplative, my work explores the net between psychology and spirituality. I discover what each painting wants to say, translate it and offer my paintings as meditations on existence. I use shamanic journeying, dream work, meditation and energetic healing to pull the physical feelings out of me and onto the canvas.
My process starts within my heart and mind, most often based on experiences of my own personal growth and self-reflection. Emotions turn into landscapes, cognitive processes turn into people and deities. My path is a seeker of truth and I am highly interested in the interconnectedness of energy and the material world. This interest extends into hours of research for each painting concept I explore, to come to an understanding of how science, spirituality, global culture, alchemy and human emotion overlap into one moment of vision.
I paint slowly and deliberately in a style reminiscent of the Renaissance masters. Paintings are labored over for months, being sanded, glazed and meticulously painted until they reach a state of expressive realism. I am now exploring a technique combining Master’s technique and Mische technique.
I live and work in Seattle, Washington, USA. I exhibit my work internationally, vend at psychic fairs and sell my originals and reproductions online. My business philosophy is based on making my art reproductions assessable and affordable. I also create mini originals so that I may offer original, affordable artwork.
In person and online, I teach painting classes for skill building, personal enrichment and healing. My classes vary from Master’s Technique to Personal Power Painting™. I take the Holistic Artistic approach to all of my classes and teach not only how to paint well, but also take good care of yourself as a creative.
I was born in Denver, Colorado, USA. I studied painting there and in Paris and Italy until 2005. I became a copy artist of a Rubens’ painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France in 2006 and earned my MFA from the Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2009.
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