My Statement is in my painting “Transfiguration".
A human left this material world and merged with the divine, with the sublime. He left his material life, however great and successful (see-imperial crown) as the point of the pyramid of a terrestrial life, and merged with the light of the "supreme truth", supported and elevated by its wings, the archetypal symbol of elevation. His head became the head of a bird as accomplishment of his spiritual transfiguration. Birds are a symbol of the friendship of God with humans.
I was born in Zlin, Czech Republic, where I attended the School of Industrial Arts, Uherske Hradiste. I studied graphic design and illustration and I have illustrated children’s books in the Czech Republic, Canada andthe United States. I have had exhibitions of my paintings and illustrations in Czechoslovakia, Austria, Canada and the United States. I am presently living and working in Montreal, Canada.
Brigid Marlin was born in Washington DC. She lives and works in Hertfordshire, England. In 1998 she founded the Society for Art of Imagination to promote Visionary and Fantastic art worldwide. She has exhibited her work all over the world and is part of the Arts Festival in Dubai, at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel August 2001. Among the portraits she has painted are the Dalai Lama, the Queen Mother, Lord Longford, Gertrude Crain of Crain's, Communications, and Princess Mata'aho of Tonga. Her portrait of J G Ballard hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London and her portrait of Cecil Lewis, founder of the BBC, hangs in Bush House. Her work is in the collections of President Nixon, Lord and Lady William Butlin, Stanley and Christiane Kubrick, and Virginia Rogers of Chicago.
Within my work I tend to think of creating a meeting place, a bridge in space time that blends the past and the future, and is expressed into the present. They are like vessels that house lines of connection to the mysteries of our past, the understanding of who we are now, and to the wonder of what we will become tomorrow.
Catherine Smith was born in London, UK in 1961. She has lived both in France and the UK and currently works from her studio in Bedfordshire, England.
Catherine studied art both at Southampton and at Chelsea school of Art, London and later learned the Mische technique at Brigid Marlin’s Atelier. She has taught art for many years as well and set up a ceramics studio in the South of France in the early 90s.
Influences in her work have been Salvador Dali, Rossetti, Michelangelo as well as Patrick Woodroffe.
Recently Catherine has specialized in imaginative art and imaginative portrait painting. This style helps to reveal the character of the people she paints and bring out their depth of character.
Her most recent portrait commission was that of well-known conductor Hilary Davan Wetton. Smith has exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London, H R Giger Museum in Switzerland, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as well as many other exhibitions internationally. She was a featured artist at Woburn Abbey, UK.
“I have a special interest as a woman artist in emotional responses to the world, and in particular within human relationships. Wordsworth makes the point that "poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility" I believe the same can be said of painting.”
I feel blessed as a creator as I was afforded an opportunity to work privately as an artist and visual philosopher until the work itself was ready to be born into a larger context. For many years my professional creative life as an actor acted as a patron of sorts that allowed me to work unfettered by contemporary tastes and fascinations. Over a quarter of a century ago I took a page from the American Transcendentalists and began hosting discussion groups and gatherings at my home, Olandar. These gatherings are to ask the questions of how do we live an examined life, seek to understand and then creatively challenge all beliefs that enslave perception. Let us not fight over form but unite with vision. The art works I present here and on my website are the outcome of love and a willingness to attend to the garden of wonder at the base of human knowing. These visual entities and ideas have taken me on an amazing journey through the realms of archetype and Watchers, through multidimensional environments, orbs, Phoenix birds, alien languages and sacred alchemical mysteries to name but a few. This journey has been a blessing, even in its darkest hours and so I hope you enjoy my work and please let me know not what you think of my art but rather what my art makes you think.
My creative inclination arose during early childhood, although it was not allowed to come to fruition until the early 1990s. Never having the opportunity to go to art school because of a congenital heart condition, I am mostly self taught, having but a few pieces of encouragement from some wonderful wildlife artists.
Living high on the Welsh mountains surrounded by Red Kites and Buzzard and a plethora of bones and skulls left by nature, I began painting in earnest. When relocating to London I began looking for something that would make the metaphor real and began to paint the more hidden areas of the centre of flowers. Where I am now, with a studio high up in Parndon Mill on the River Stort, I can let my journey go in which ever direction it wishes and who knows where it will take you. My inspiration comes from artists such as O’Keeffe, Fini, Khalo, Carrington - all women surrealists - as well as nature in all its wonderful guises. I look for that ineffable hidden mysterious thing within a subject and paint it big to enable the viewer to experience something special, to be surrounded and immersed by it all.
My images are of dreams - they are of memories, intimate and personal.
My world is one beyond the conscious mind. As I draw, I am in another world, experiencing a type of spirituality akin to a trance, or meditative state of mind. I believe that one can obtain this state without the use of any mind-altering substances through diligent practice and dedication to one’s creativity and self-expression.
I allow my subconscious to control my work and I am seldom compelled to over-intellectualize the symbols and hidden meanings. My intuition tells me to allow for an open-ended response, and to allow for ambiguity. Usually not until the entire drawing is completed do I fully understand what is being said.
It is this purging of my soul, that I am addicted to. For me - to draw is to breathe. I cannot survive without it.
I was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts ‘ Nicolae Grigorescu’. In 1996, I moved to the United States where I earned an Associates degree in Applied Science, specializing in Textile/ Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York, in 2002. In spite of all the difficulties and complications, I managed to have my own website and began promoting my art through the Internet in 2003.
Painting is part of myself, a spectacular ordeal with so few satisfactions, regardless, nothing is more wonderful than the time spent in the studio, when you isolate yourself from the daily turmoil and, with an eagerness comparable to that of before a competition, you start working. It is a unique moment, when fatigue and loneliness- which crushed you like a fatality, devouring you without haste- disappears...at last the painting is ready and speaks...Around you, there is silence. Everything has its own meaning, and exhausted by the achieved flight, you feel like the chronicler of the time, who recorded the results of these experiences to leave them to those who will follow the same path...
My painting has been strongly influenced by the metaphysical surrealist painters Giorgio De Chirico “ the poet of emptiness” and Rene Magritte through his philosophical investigation and impossible settings. As for my painting technique, I feel comfortable with oil on canvas and the black backgrounds always represent Time and Outer Space for my soliloquies.
Welcome to my world!
I'm a self taught artist, all my life I've loved to draw paint or create. I remember when I was 18 seeing a friend's new tattoo. Immediately I knew this
was the genre I wanted to work in. So 1987 I was apprenticed as a tattoo artist. My mission as a tattoo artist was to use my artistic skills to help clients
express their inner visions on their skin, and mark their rites of passage in a time honoured way. I owned and ran a tattoo studio for many years. In
this time I met many fantastic people, who enriched my life; it was very fulfilling to share this holistic, shamanic experience with them.
Towards the late nineties deep inside of me there were new missions growing that I felt compelled to express, but they were outside of the tattoo
genre. So in 1999 I stopped tattooing.
I then visited the USA and Canada. While in the USA, I spent time with the Navajo and Hopi tribes. While in Canada I lived and worked with the Huron
[Mohawk/Mohican] tribe on their reserve. I feel privileged to have been embraced by these peoples, some of whose traditions, craft skills and
mystical healing arts I now incorporate into my own art and my life today. This internship was the catalyst for my mission of carving the crystal skulls
[The Sedona crystal Skull, the Stonehenge skull, and the Rose Quartz Crystal Skull], and then moving onto my visionary paintings.
I am inspired by the unseen, the mystical. When I am painting I go to a different world that is dark and symbolic. Painting is the medium I feel is best suited
to share these visions with you.
I'm currently working towards my next solo exhibition 'Saturnalia, A Feast for Fools' in London 2009.
I still own Sacred Symbols body art studio, but I now dedicate my time to painting.
A selection of my original paintings and sculpture are on exhibition at Sacred Symbols fine art gallery, LTD edition fine art prints are offered
for sale to collectors. For more information on my art or to visit please contact
After working in the graphic design field, I found that I had become serious about my art and had forgotten how to play. Then in 1998, I began having
mystical experiences that I could not explain or understand. An angelic presence appeared several times to deliver a message to me. At first I dismissed the visions but eventually realized there validity. I was guided to create art that would remind people of their own inner greatness and divine guidance. Then it was necessary to recapture the freedom of expression that I knew as a child. I blew bubbles, played jax, practiced meditation and other activities to reawaken my ability to imagine and play.
Many mystical experiences have occurred to me since then. These experiences have changed my life and guided my artwork from traditional graphic design to inspirational visionary art. I use chalk pastels on paper to reveal the images of the secret worlds of spirit and the collective unconscious. My specialty is creating Soul Art for people that shows them the energy that radiates from their own spirit. From Texas, USA, I recently relocated to Tokyo, Japan.
The artist is self-taught and has been involved in photography for the last 35+ years, specializing in Art Photography since the early 80’s. Richard's images have been exhibited in art shows in New Jersey and galleries locally, in New York, and are currently being shown at the John Lynch Limited Editions and Collectibles Gallery in Collingswood, New Jersey.
Richard has won numerous awards in art shows and competitions and his images have been published locally, nationally and internationally.
His experimentation with manipulative photography began in the 80’s and the advent of the computer has enabled the artist to pursue new directions in creating digital images. He calls the resulting images Digographs.™
The artist Richard Montemurro is currently creating computer images using combinations of his original photographs, acrylic paintings and digital art, and he has been exhibiting with several local art groups inCamden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey.
My work is a combination of merging my photography, abstract paintings, and computer art into digitally manipulated images. I begin with either an original photograph, abstract painting, or computer generated image and manipulate them, either by combining segments of several different images into one final work, or individually enhancing the original piece until I have created an image to my liking. No image is ever really complete, however, as I may rework it in the future.
My objective is to create images that are unique in themselves and to present the viewer an opportunity to view an image that is something other than "just a pretty picture."
I use digital cameras to first photograph the image(s). They are then uploaded into my computer, where they are manipulated in Photo Shop, and, on occasion, other programs depending upon the effect I wish to achieve, in order to create a result, which is different from the usual photographic image.
All images are printed on an inkjet printer, using archival inks and paper.
Other than physically photographing the actual images, all of the artwork, etc., is performed using computer technology.
"Art is a language older than literature, cinema, jazz, or ballet. It is a theatre that takes place at a spotlit corner in the twilight horizon of the skull. Art, as I have seen and felt it, reflects existence and spirit, as those things themselves are filtered through the central nervous system. Man began painting on the walls of his cave with the mud on his fingers and the blood of his dinner. I began drawing on brown paper bags from the grocer, with which the dinner was wrapped. Purple crayon was the gateway to the inner world, and I floated above many an entombed continent on that world, landing thus far, on only a few."
"After fighting my way through art college and eating modernism three times a day, I found myself illustrating comic books and magazines for a living. This led to my two credos in philosophy; “The media is the gallery of the present”, and, “I’d rather not be a two-headed creature” (a statement about being an illustrator vs a fine artist, let’s forge a fusion!!) To date, my work has been published world-wide up to 300 times, and I have taught/lectured nationwide. My work has always been, and remains today, about the inner life being presented to the outer world. I am from a small, country town, where self expression and introspection were seen as crimes against nature. Art, in all it’s forms and media, became and remains the promethean centerpiece of my existence."
Seer and Seeker – Brad Moore
My name is Christine Morren. I was born in Belgium, Louvain in 1966. Since I was a little girl, I longed to do something in the Arts. Art school was a dream, but my parents wanted me to study something else. So I did.
I believe it was in 2002 that my husband bought me some brushes, paints, and an easel. I was ready to start painting. My first paintings were in Acrylics. After a few months of struggling with the Acrylic paint medium, searching the Internet to view paintings, and find technical tips, I resolved to find someone who could teach me more about the techniques I was seeking.
I found a painter in Antwerp called Maarten Boffé who began to teach me the technique of fine painting in oils. In 2008, I met Jef Bertels, and he supervised some of my projects during a period of one year.
I hope you enjoy my paintings.
Originally self-taught, surrealist visionary artist Tim Moseley was born in California. Tim was nurtured initially by San Francisco bay area visionary artists and psychedelic poster art. He was primarily inspired from his early teen years by the surrealist philosophy and techniques of the surrealist writer Andre Breton and the veristic surrealist painters Max Ernst and Salvador Dali. After receiving scholarship from The Texas Fine Art Association in 1974 he attended The University of North Texas but became disappointed by the rise of conceptualism and the politicization of the visual arts within the school. He transferred mid curriculum to The University of Texas at Austin where he received his BFA in Studio Art. Since graduation he has worked in a variety of art related positions.
" I paint because it is my nature to do so," says Tim, "I like to have at least one painting in progress at any given time. When I do, I am totally focused on it. When I am not working, I am usually meditating through my daily tasks while visioning my next painting." Tim paints in the traditional medium of oil on canvas and with a command of technical skills that includes sophisticated modeling, precise draftsmanship, contemporary composition, and a refined color sense that defines him as a surrealist visionary.
At first glance, his paintings are both abstract and surreal. They are metaphysical, illusionist, and sensual. Even though Tim has a formal education he draws from his essentially self-taught years of life experience. He notes, "I benefited technically from my formal education but I had to regain my personal vision upon graduation from University." The paintings shown here represent a recent past. Tim is currently residing in Austin, Texas where he devotes his life long faith to the surrealist vision of love and liberation by fusing the real and the unreal.
Born: August 17, 1953, Durham. NC. USA
Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts cum laude in History of Art
Exhibits and Shows:
Beginning Sculpture, 2005
Arthur Williams, Davis Publications, Inc.
The Soho/Chelsea International Art Competition
New York, NY
July 16-August 02, 2005
Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art
New Members Show
New York, NY
January 11 - 29, 2005
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
December 10, 2004 - February 10, 2005.
One Person Show at the Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art
New York, NY
November 30 - December 18, 2004
Invited one person show at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pa.
April 4- June 15, 2003
and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
June 27 - August 30, 2003
Juried One-Person Show at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
December 4, 1999 - January 30, 2000
Jury Selected as one of the Top Twelve Emerging Artists
for the 1995-1996 Challenge Competition
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial
Sculpture in Permanent Collection
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
August 16, 1999
"Rose and Material Girl"
Sculpture in Permanent Collection
National Museum of Women in the Arts
May 13, 1999
Sculpture in the Permanent Collection of the State Museum
July 10, 1997
Sculpture in the Permanent Collection of the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
April 3, 1996
International Sculpture Society
Pleiades Gallery, NY
Society for Art of Imagination
Ntinyari is my African name from the Ameru people of East Africa, Kenya. It means 'the beloved one" and my father loved to call me by this name as a little girl growing up in the village. I was named after his mother, my grandmother Rabbeka.
My first encounter with art was as a five year old girl. I made an impression of a naive female face that greatly amused my father, whose art was more in the guitar playing than in the fine arts. From that first experience, I am inspired much by the human face and the diversity of the human characters of all races. This could be due to the fact that humans are so imperfect, yet so ingenious and resilient!
Color too inspires me because it is the light that illuminates a work of art - and certainly the human being is full of light and spirit. Our spiritualism light our path or darken them.
My aspirations are to create artworks that will inspire people of all generations and races and bring joy in the human spirit...
Art that is pleasant and therapeutic.
Experience the "Anne Mwiti art"- you deserve it.
I was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1956. I have always been and outsider, and had lots of problems in school with concentration and also being strange.
Now they call us Indigos. With difficulty I found my way through life, more or less...My works are my visions, I live in a world of dreams and feelings.
Sometimes I am in heaven with the Angels and other times I go down into a nightmare. I would like to share my work with you ....
Helena Nelson-Reed has long been fascinated by myth, fairy tales, legends, and mysticism as well as history, cultures, and spiritual paths different from her own. Born in Seattle, Washington, she grew up in Marin County and Napa Valley, California, but eventually made Illinois her home. Helena attended the American Academy of Art, studying graphic arts. She returned to university later in life and holds current certificates in family violence, gang psychology, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, cult and occult duo diagnosis. Technique and subject matter of both writing and art emerge from life experience, vision, dreams, and an innate love of creating.
Helena’s work is inspired by traditional Native American and Celtic culture, spirituality and myth. About her imagery, she says: "I'm a simple person. My imagery communicates a personal interpretation of archetype, dream, and life experience. It flows from the heart, often almost creating itself as I move into and through the work. Some dimensions are not readily apparent. I love that beauty exists in nature for no reason at all, and in this spirit sometimes give voice to a vision or dream by painting or writing about it, simply because the act of doing so, the color, and line pleases something within."
I have wanted the faces I paint to contain tons of current information... without lines of demarcation between anatomy and technology-- man-machines which, glowing strangely from within, nevertheless prevail as man.
My conviction is that all material innovations are evoloutionary extensions of human senses and today have become inseparable from us. Each of my personnages embody mechanical/ electronic/ cybernetic elements to uniquely express this concept.
Amid the horrors and hopes of today's turbulent world, I want my works to sound a warning and strike a deep chord in humanity's heart.
Elle Nicolai is a Los Angeles artist and philanthropist dedicated to creative projects and philanthropic activities in health & healing, art and consciousness, as well as rainforest preservation.
Elle Nicolai has been exhibited at galleries throughout North America, from Los Angeles, and Northern California to New York and Boston, from Florida to Canada.
The poet Brett Simpson, and NY Times best-selling author Dr. Harold Bloomfield have recently written about her work. Her art images have been published in numerous journals and magazines.
She creates original paintings on canvas, digital photography, ink & pencil drawings on paper, and mixed media work.
The nature of her meditation and dream creative process as an artist links to the tradition of the 20th Century Transcendental Painting Group's Raymond Jonson and Emil Bittstram, and also famous artists of the Pacific Northwest's Visionary Art School, Morris Graves and Mark Tobey.
Elle Nicolai is a spiritual artist dedicated to healing and transformation through transcendental art.
She translates what is seen through the inner eye, by taking dream images and meditational glyphs, then placing them in our 3 dimensional reality, for us to see.
Ancient, shamanic, as well as tribal symbols and aesthetics, appear in her visionary art to manifest her intention. Natural archetypes, in her glyphic images, along with the use of light and color, in her dancing forms and lines, help the viewer feel, reflect, and expand consciousness.
These Alchemies of the Transvisible, as Elle Nicola refers to them, display intuitive dream art steeped in a universal language of animatism and sacred geometry... the way of the shaman.
I was born in 1959 in a small city called Lenczyca, Poland - a city with 1000 years of history and many beautiful castles, old buildings and churches. I started to paint when I was about 8 years old.
Penetrating old buildings and old ruins of castles looking for treasures and antiques, I one day found an old box of oil paints and some old paintings. I was charmed by the beauty of really old things and started to collect them, love, and appreciate them. I had the opportunity to regularly visit the museum, which was located in our castle, admiring old furniture, sculptures and of course paintings.
Those experiences and mysteries that surrounded Lenczyca had a huge impact on my work and life. The darkness of dungeons and legends about the greatest guardian of Lenczyca's treasure - Boruta the Devil - appears on my canvases quite often.
Since then, I use oil paints and old master techniques which I was influenced by( John Martin, Gustave Dore, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyk )to create my own magical world from my imagination and dreams, about life and death in the atmosphere of mystery.
To me, my imagination is the most powerful tool I have. Second to that, is the patience and determination to bring my images to earth. The main source of my inspiration is the astral plane. In the mornings, I write my dreams in a "dream diary" and try to recall and analyse every detail. I have been doing this for some years now and can read my dream diary like a bizarre fairy tale. There are patterns in my dreams as if the Dream-weaver is communicating through me. As I create I am led on a journey. I would like, if I may... to take you on this strange journey.
I was born in a town near Tokyo, and live in Tokyo now. I was in a Japanese contemporary performing art group when I was young, around the end of 1970's. In those days I painted pictures, made strange dolls, wrote poems, and occasionally was a performer. Now I'm making artworks by pastel, oil painting, tempera, oil clay, photo, computer graphics, and so on.
I want to make it possible to see what I do not normally see. And I want to make it possible to remember the places where I can never return. Then I'll be able to float very freely with my imagination before long.
Steve Ohlrich is an artist who comes from an artistic heritage including painters and wood workers. He has been drawing since early childhood and received awards at an early age. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in psychology. After serving the psychology community in and around Chicago for three years, Steve pursued artistic training at The School of Representational Art. He received a certificate after four years of extensive training in academic drawing and painting, and the study of composition and impressionistic color.
Steve draws inspiration from a wide variety of artists including the Old Masters, American and European Impressionists, and modern painters. His work includes realistic figurative works, portraits, still life and creative compositions. Steve’s creative compositions are a combination of artistic skill and imagination, which give voice to his unique perspective on life and human endeavor past and present. Currently, Steve works on commission and pursues independent projects. He has sold his works to private collectors and has displayed in public exhibitions. He is an instructor at the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Wisconsin, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and also teaches at public art centers and in the homes of individual art students.
Presently he resides with his wife and son in the city of Milwaukee.
Each sculpture is a trans-posable space, portable truth, kind of itinerant place, a place of exchange, of resonance, as a skin stretched between several worlds.
Child, I was constructed fire and little altars. Then for a long time I looked into signs, symbols and other traces, penetrating the transcription that men had from their own connection to nature.
Today by my art, I simply continue to explore this nature-culture link.
Gaia Orion has gained international recognition by receiving awards from Manhattan Arts International, a review from New York art critic Jill Conner and by participating in many worldwide projects that are working toward constructive world change.
Her artwork has been featured in over 35 different publications in Canada, USA, France, UK, Taiwan and China, with 10 cover pages and numerous articles and interviews. Her greeting cards and art medallion jewelry can be found in 80 stores across Europe and North America.
In 2012, Gaia has been chosen as one of 144 visionary artists from across the world for the Galactik Collector's Cards. This global arts initiative by Delvin Solkinson, is a collection of art cards that celebrates the spirit of world inspired imagination and artists.
Gaia was interviewed for the book and filmed documentary “Un Nouveau Monde En Marche” (Toward A New World). The book was written by the French fair trade company Alter Eco in collaboration with Gandhi International. She is one of the 25 interviewees with other main personalities of French politics, economy, ecology, philosophy and arts.
Gaia's painting won three awards of excellence from Manhattan Arts International and a review from New York art critic Jill Conner. She has been exhibiting internationally in Spain, France, Mexico, USA and Canada,
Gaia originally hails from Paris, France, where she graduated with honours as an architect from Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1997. With her creativity she has found her way of sharing and connecting deeply with people. Focusing on living a simple and healthy life allows Gaia the time and space to be sensitive and express the inspiration that arises.
Helen O’ Sullivan started drawing and painting at the early age of 3 when she discovered, much to the annoyance and frustration of her mother, that she could draw on the stone floors using charred sticks from the open fire. Throughout her school days her passion for expression through drawing and painting stayed with her and continued to amaze and fascinate her.
Helen finished secondary school in Milltown, Co. Kerry to go on to study art in the Sligo I.T. and receive her degree in fine art. It was in college in Sligo that she found a place where she ‘Grew and blossomed as an artist’ she says.
She married young while finishing college and had four beautiful daughters in quick succession and her flair for expression took another turn for a number of years until she could once again give herself over to her art.
In the past 12 years she has returned to her original passion of expression through painting where she explores her inner landscape which is an emotional mix of fantasy and myth, feminine and the politics of being a woman. She calls her work ‘Soul Painting’ and they are teeming with the imagination and artistic creation that flows through her.
Helen has been involved in successful solo and group exhibitions throughout Kerry, Cork and Dublin over the recent years and is continuing to grow as an accomplished artist.
I am a representational artist working in a surreal, visionary style. I explore images of the world around us through the prism of the dream experience, which serves as a reference for my compositions.
Born in 1963 Sacramento California. My family moved around the country during early years before settling in Texas. I have drawn since childhood and began working in oils at around age 12 or 13 at the encouragement of my uncle, who is himself an actor and artist at heart. Schooling brought about an interest in the sciences as well as anatomy and physiology, which still informs my work. My working background is rooted in technical drawing and mechanical engineering, which involves using 3D modeling for the design and manufacture of automated lighting.
By contrast, in order to produce my visual art, most of the familiar mechanical reproduction techniques are excluded, e.g. photocopying, tracing, image projection, digital manipulation, etc... In other words, each line is directly drawn, painted or sketched freehand with only the slight exception of hand-cut frisket masks for airbrushing. I believe that cultivating craftsmanship from the head, hand & heart working in unison is of primary importance in visionary figurative art.
Starting with a blank sheet and various grades of pencil, I begin by working from my figure sketches and notes to create narratives which express basic qualities of the human condition and then moving the subject through mythic proportions or esoteric avenues. An initiatic experience is often encountered by contemplating the divinely creative and stark destructive forces of existence; this in turn leads to higher vantage points from which to view both the miracles and tragedies of our times. Like handmade photography of a dream that loses none of its acute vividness upon awakening, my work originates from direct experience and lengthy reflection, which may sometimes reveal unpleasant aspects.
Meditating from this occult point of view, my goal is to endow humanity’s struggles and potential with true dignity yet without sinking into false sentimentality. Modernity has limited mankind within the wiles of utilitarianism and made a caricature of humanity. I wish to tear away this veil of deception and reveal some intimation of our divine nature.
To speculate much more about "themes" or "motivation", is of course, only to do a disservice to what these pictures would truly have to say to you…
In 1989 I finished the National Academy of art, in Sofia-Bulgaria specializing in conservation and restoration of art. Since I was 33 I have lived in Albuquerque New Mexico.
Through my paintings I want to force people to imagine and fantasize. I want to free them from the mass culture and societal clichés that have been put on them.
The darkness and obscurity can not be removed, but with a single candle can be lightened.
The arts will save humanity, eventually.
I try to find the darkness in light and light in darkness.
I graduated from a middle school of Applied Arts in 1981 and The National Academy of Art in 1989.
Meeting my wife and muse Daniela in 1985 helped me find my own idiosyncratic style and, from her, I also learned icon-making techniques. Art is beautiful and I am glad to be part of it.
Born in 1963 - Sofia Bulgaria.
1996–Present - New Mexico USA
Christian Parkes is an emerging artist having first exhibited in 2006. He was born in the south west of England in the rural county of Devon. The south west is famed for the stunning beauty of its coastline, battered by swell from the Atlantic and its wild, free, windswept moorland. Steeped in myth and legend the area was once part of the ancient Celtic kingdom of Dumonia. The power of this landscape has deeply inspired him.
Christian has always been touched with the creative fire and the expression of this fire has been a lifelong activity. Drawing and painting consistently through his life. He studied Film at Art college but returned to painting as a purer medium in which to channel his passion and explore the spiritual and philosophical themes that recur throughout his art. He developed a unique style of oil painting working mostly in isolation inspired by the beauty of creation and great artists from the past. After his first exhibition he opened himself up to a wider community of related contemporary artists. Traveling to Canada, meeting and studying under the visionary artists Alex and Alyson Grey in 2009 added new depth to his work.
Christian’s art can be seen as visionary in that his paintings translate the visions of inspired imagination. He can also be counted amongst a number of artists who aim for their work to have a positive impact on the wider world by actively helping to create and evolve a new vision for humanity. A vision of greater peace, beauty, love and harmony. To this aim much of Christian’s work attempts to highlight the true brilliance of our nature as human souls and the true gift and vast opportunity of this existence.
In 1969 Donald Pass had a mystical experience in an English churchyard that changed his art and his life : "I sense God when I do the drawings. I have a tremendous sense of his compassion and I have actually wept as I have been drawing, because I was so moved". He is convinced that the resurrection is not just a belief but is true. "I have seen it", he says.
Donald Pass's work is represented in museums and public collections both in Britain and Eastern Europe. In 1999 he won the prestigious 'Art of the Imagination' Award at the Mall Galleries in London.
"A spark of genius, a very rare talent" -- Sir John Rothenstein. Director of the Tate Gallery, 1938-64.
My paintings are a kind of diary, record of emotions, dreams, memories which are very personal.
In my works, I'm looking for the relationship between what is real and transcendental, metaphysical. Painting is my passion.It's a kind of a meditaion, emotional and spiritual cleansing. It's the thing that lives deep inside me far beyond the consciousness, that I bring into the day light. In this way, I'm getting to know myself.
White paper, pencils, tobacco, coffee.......
Once my starting point has been established the rest is created mostly be elimination like a roomful of junk somewhere in my mind where I pull out objects and shapes to throw onto the paper.
Once started the picture begins to draw itself depending on the evolution and juxtaposition of surrounding shapes and forms.
Generally not much is preconceived.
Each piece has probably seen a few hundred different images all of which at some point have been constructed and deconstructed gradually. I view my deconstruction very much as a progression as it shows me what I don't want, half of the time spent is breaking down the image. I could easily spend an entire night drawing shapes, lines and forms, erasing parts, redrawing and exploring different angles just to find myself destroy it all during the fuzzy battle that is morning.
I've been scribbling since i was a child and am totally self taught.
Every drawing I've ever made is either 31cm x 52 or 60cm x 52. The paper is always the same Strathmore 400/500. Currently I'm using Polychromo's colour pencils which I'm liking more and more, up until recently I only ever used Prismacolors but supplies to Europe have been stopped (a very sore point indeed).
I was born in Perth Australia, one of the most isolated cities in the world. My family moved across the desert settling in Melbourne where I studied art.
On completing my BA of Fine Art I started to exhibit. Gradually I took an interest in the animated image and FX. This led to me to move to London to continue my work in Digital Special FX. Primarily as a Technical Director, I worked on movies such as Harry Potter and Batman Begins.
Now I spend as much time as I can Painting and Drawing. My influences are broad from Hans Memling, Durer, Frida Kahlo to Walton Ford and James Gleeson.
My current body of work focuses on how we connect/disconnect to our environments both natural or man made. I make my own wood panels and use traditional gesso for priming (following centuries old recipes). This is by far my favourite painting surface.
Isabelle Planté was born in Pau in the southern part of France. She has been painting for almost all of her lifetime. She held her first exhibition in TAHITI in 1974. Her painting has moved over the years in the brilliance of more light, colours that take on a thousand nuances, moving from figurative to fantastic. Her art enters a land of mystery as though the artist has broken through her canvas to a word beyond, to reveal the unknown.
With perfect mastery of composition and perspective, Isabelle juggles with proportion like a magician. In these canvases the artists and dreamers grow huge and dominate the world.
You must not merely look at her canvases, you must enter them . It is our world, the world we live in, but we feel it with a different perception, we enter it with the intuition of a painter who reveals hidden truths. Our anguished world has perhaps too much neglected aesthetic comtemplation, that is infinitely more revealing than the phoney search for occult that flourishes to left and right.
Isabelle is a provocative artist who challenges each of us. Behind her canvas, her mocking eye looks at us looking at her, laughs at our reaction, and wonders what we can see in what had only sensed.
In our pragmatic world, her work teaches us to dream in a tireless quest, makes us feel the other side of the scenery, urges us to see more deeply into people and things. She reveals the multiple facets of beauty and, in a burst of colour, brings forth the infinite richess of life. As she said:” When the eye sees without seeing, when it becomes merely the simple servant of thought, when all becomes magic, Oh, the fantastic power of painting”.
Gail was born May 24, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Chicago in 1988 and pursued studies in painting, architectural history, and photography.
Gail's paintings pursue narratives of relationship, and trust, and passionately explore the struggle between human desires and the order of nature.
Influenced by the elegant strength of Anthony Van Dyck and the melancholic mystery of the late 19th century French and Belgian Symbolists, her expression is rooted in compelling realism, and branches seductively into the realms of possibility.
Gail was the First Prize winner of the 2002 International Juried Online Symbolist Art Show "The Dreamer and the Dreamed".
M. E. Procknow studied art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She has worked in the arts as an illustrator, jewelry designer, sculptor and painter. She has shown in local, regional, national, and international venues, winning awards in most of them. Her work can be found as far away as Moscow, Russia, and Sidney, Australia.
She continues to study in workshops and seminars with artists like Maxine Masterfield, Katherine Chang Liu, Robert Venosa, and Carole Barnes. Her work has been published in a national newsletter and can be seen in two books by Rockport Publishers.
Jean Pronovost’s art is not decorative. It is not abstract nor simply figurative. His art is visionary, allegorical. His creations are opened books leading us in an universe where the strange and mystical are kings. With the whip of a paintbrush, he carry us to the heart of an Inca legend or in the urban jungle. With a strike of a spatula, he reanimates a God faded from our memories or questions our humdrum. With striking realism, his paintings and sculptures unveil a world where yesterday signs can interact with our modern world.
Fascinated with history and mythology, but also inspired by the magic of symbolism, Jean Pronovost uses archetypes rooted in ancient civilisations. He breathes life in Gods and legends which constitutes the background of his creations. He skilfully blends anachronisms and ancient pictorial techniques, thus offering creations to contemplate but also to decrypts as so many details subtly illustrating his allegorical vision of the world. Delicate touch of colors and richness of shapes then overwhelm paintings and sculptures, giving depth to contemporary life scenes and ancient metaphors. Elegy of the essential and critic of all false values, the work of Jean Pronovost opens the door of an alternative universe.
In the world where we feel submerged by technological tools, where the conscience lose its way towards the quest of material gain, where the meaning of our life decays inside a society praising individualism and the power struggles, the artist questions our origins and offers his own personal vision of the world.
My path is the path of beauty. Through my work I strive to communicate the inherent mystery of the living fire breathing throughout all things. My art is an expression, a vision materialized, where past, present and future come together harmoniously and in so doing crystallize into a positive living magnet.
The focus of my work is engaged in revealing, even but a glimpse the interconnectedness of all that exists; what lies beneath the tip of the iceberg. I see myself as the alchemist searching, exploring and inventing, through the crucible of my own creative experience, a visual language that communicates the ceaseless joy of striving to ever greater heights.
Born in Felixdorf, Lower Austria, I lived and was educated in Vienna, where later I worked as a clerk in the Transport and Insurance Business. After completing service in the Austrian Air Force, I traveled throughout Europe, eventually settling in Stockholm, Sweden. As a Painter I was initially self taught, studying in the various Galleries and Museums. In Vienna, I was often ‘hanging out’ at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, where I admired the work of the "Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus" represented there by the Professors Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner and Arik Brauer. I emigrated to Canada in 1968, later entered the UofL Fine Arts Department and graduated in 1982 (BFA). I worked for the CPR until my retirement in 2006.
In January 2009, I started a Private Network of Visionary Artists on the Ning Platform with a handful of friends. Since then, the Membership has steadily grown and includes some of the very best Visionary Artists in the Universe. Many of these artists had been friends for decades, others are new to the fold. In September, 2009 I opened a virtual gallery, Visionary Art Gallery, to showcase the work of our members.
My painting is the yearning to overcome the physical world, to penetrate into open, boundless space and to allow the emotions to take effect.
Born in 1958 at Geneva. After graduating from high school, entered the Basel Academy of Art. Spend various years studying aspects of
art. Trained and qualified in graphic design.
Actively working as a graphic designer up to the present, with art and painting playing an increasingly important part.
Bruce Rimell is a visual and graphics artist based in Shipley who works with visionary, dreamlike and archetypal motifs and themes rendered in vibrant styles and vivid colours reminiscent of Aboriginal art and Minoan frescoes. The central focus of his practice is to bring the very ancient into the modern field of experience, variously inviting or challenging the viewer to look underneath the contextual aspects of contemporary art and modern experience to view the universalities and disquieting visionary sensations common to all human cultures past and present, and which we have inherited from our ancestors.
He aims to speak to those aspects of us which operate without words – magic, the Palaeolithic and non-rational modes of experience feature strongly – and abstract commentaries or critical positions are abandoned in favour of a direct communion with the very essence of what it means to be alive as a human being.
Come and see, and look within.
Visionary Artist, Cynthia Re Robbins, creates magickal oil paintings which radiate mystical energy and light. She is employing the mische technique, to bring great luminosity and perfection of detail to her work. Her website includes several paintings that show the steps involved in the technique.
Tim Roosen was born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, in 1972.
Blacksmith and metalsculptor.
His current body of figurative work consists of 3 series: 'Angels & Demons', life-size heroic warrior women, ‘Dark Army’, a series of masks and ‘Asylum’, a collection of twisted creatures.
All sculptures are made of a variety and combination of metals, such as mild steel, burnt copper, stainless steel, cast bronze and aluminium.
Inspired by an overdose of Sci-Fi movies in his youth, tons of fantasy literature and more weird dreams than he cares for, his sculptures have a definate dark, warrior-like feel.
Metal, a cold and lifeless material, is cut, hammered, shaped and welded into organic, living creatures of dreams and nightmares.
“Self-taugh artist, MAG and TIG welder, dreamer and illegitimate son of Hephaestos. Let Tim Roosen take you into his strange world of angels, warriors, demons and androids."
Represented by Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, London, New York. (www.strychnin.com)
J. R. was born 1958 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.His family moved to Brasília, the new capital of the country, in 1960, two months after the inauguration of the city. J. R. did his primary and secondary studies in Brasilia. At a young age, he showed already a talent for drawing. At the age of fifteen, J.R. discovered the paintings of Dalí and painted his first picture, an oil on canvas.
Four years later, after being disappointed at the Fine Arts School of the University of Brasília (he frequented it for only six months), he decided to build a career as a painter and began to work with constance and method.
In 1979, he showed for the first time one of his works to the public, in taking part of a "salon" of drawings and etchings. Some months later, he did his first individual exhibition. He showed figurative paintings (acrylics on canvas) and drawings (Indian ink on paper), of surrealistic inspiration.
In 1981, he tried some new experiments in painting: hyper-realism (inspired by the north-american painters like Don Eddy and Ralph Goings) and optical art (in the manner of Chuck Close). These experiments ended six years later, when fantasy took again first place in his production. Even in these years of experimentation, J.R. never abandoned the surreal themes, returning to them all the time.
In 1986, after a stay with the indians in a reservation, he made a series of paintings using Indian themes, mixing their iconography and legends with his personal inventions.
In 1988, J.R. went to Europe for the first time: he was invited to show his pictures in Switzerland. He visited Paris, Rome, Florence and the Netherlands. The next year, he did an exhibition in Rome and participated in a group exhibition in Paris.
These two first years in Europe were decisive for him: he definitively replaced the acrylics with the oils and his painting improved very much with the study of the masterworks that he could see when visiting the European museums.
In 1990, J. R. married Fabienne Gapany, a girl from the typical swiss region Gruyère. He installed his atelier in the village of Riaz, and after in Bulle.
From this year on, he made several exhibitions in Switzerland (Fribourg, Bern, Yverdon, Geneva, Basel, Montreux, Nyon, Lausanne and, mainly, in the International Center of Fantastic Art of the Castel of Gruyères).
In 1991, he published the comics book "La Ville" ("The City"), work that he did in Brazil in the 1980's. In 1993, he published a collection of his best drawings in the book "Roosevelt: Dessins". Besides his paintings, J.R. made several illustrations, especially of the magical trips of The Holiday Passport of the city of Fribourg, commanded by Hubert Audriaz.
In 1996, he made 96 illustrations for Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". In the same year, he published a catalog with the best paintings of the period 1990 / 1995. In 1997, J.R. began to exhibit regularly in Paris. From the following year on, he became a member of the S.N.B.A. (National Society of Fine Arts) of France, and of the SAFIR (Society of Fantastic, Imaginary and Oniric Art), equally in Paris.
The same year, he moved with his wife and his atelier to Lausanne. Between april 2000 and january 2001, he published the comics book trilogy "L'Horloge" ("The Clock"). In this trilogy, he introduces his own oil paintings in a fabulous story with fantastic characters and landscapes. In 2002 J.R. became his own editor. He published the book "La table de Vénus", an illustrated story in black and white where the main characters try to solve the enigma of an old book about the Antichrist. Two new books are planned for 2003: "Derfal le magnifique" and "A l'ombre des Coquillages". For the time being, all his works are available only in the French language.
The main objective of my painting is to contribute to world peace, harmony and unity. By stepping into the fields of the unknown and possibility we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.
By realizing our commonality in creation and mind, we can live together peacefully. I believe the source of all creation is pure consciousness, so I attempt to free the dream (unconscious) and to present it in the moment (conscious). The source of life's power in creation ( the process by which the unmanifest become the manifest) also happens when a dreamer manifests a dream.
I try to express a relationship between life itself and reality, so my work is an interpretation of an internal emotional reaction to the external world's beauty and falsity. Things that happened in our lives are merely like a dream, but a study of them demonstrates universal truths.
I enjoy seeing and drawing creations in action, because every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in Kind. I like to give the action of conscious choice-making to my viewers. Movement and eternal assertions of human freedom. My paintings do not immediately reassure, because they challenge people on both the conscious and subconscious level. However, they express universal truths that we need to understand in order to live together in harmony.
THE SURREAL MYSTIC WORLD OF MOSHE ROSENTAL
THROUGHOUT ALL HIS LIFE HE HE'S BEEN INVOLVED WITH
THE THEME "MAN AND NATURE"
SUCH AS CREATION - CREATIVITY ,LOVE-BIRTH ,LIFE-DEATH.
REALITY IS MORE IMAGINATIVE THAN FANTASY ,REALISM IS BASED
ABOUT MOSHE ROSENTAL
BORN IN 1946 IN ISRAEL AND GRADUATED FROM TEL-AVIV ART ACADEMY.
FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS, HE HAS LIVED IN EUROPE : DUSSELDORF , PARIS
AMSTERDAM AND NEW YORK .
MOSHE ROSENTAL EXHIBITED HIS ART IN GERMANY , HOLLAND AND FRANCE AND IS
NOW LIVING AND ACTIVE IN ART IN TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL .
Dominic Rouse was born in England in 1959.
His career began in photojournalism in 1977 and has progressed through various stages into the world of fine art.
He makes toned silver gelatin prints from digitally composed, large-format negatives in short limited editions. This later work has been awarded several international prizes and he has gallery representation in Europe, North America and Asia.
The style of his imagery may appear to be rooted in the past but it relies heavily on a fusion of state-of-the-art digital technologies & traditional photographic processes to produce seamless transitions between the world of contemporary digital art and the timeless qualities of black and white photography.
Marie-Noël Bouillé Painter
Presentation & Artistic process
Born in 1975, Marie-Noël has grows up by the St. Lawrence River in a small town called Deschambault, half way between Québec City and Trois-Rivières. It is through these wide areas of land and water, an omnipresent freedom and the constant need to always see more that she nourished her creativity. As a self-taught artist, she shared her life between several interests, from dance to theatre and visual arts in general.
Myths and legends from here and abroad, fantasy and surrealism are the themes that define the nature of Marie-Noël art. Her head is full of images, so everything is a pretext to create and transform so as to compose a series of little unfinished stories. For her, the act of painting is also an act of storytelling.
Technique & Composition
Marie-Noël works with oil paint as well as acrylic. She likes both the power and richness of colours and the transparency of glazing and overlapping of layers. She often integrates textiles, collage and image transfers in her work. She always feels free to choose the medium that will best correspond to the artwork she wants to create. For Marie-Noël, more than technique, it is mostly movement, emotions and some kind of poetry that make up the relation in her work.
Marie-Noël show her work all over Quebec, whether as a solo artist or within a collective exhibit, in gallery, cafés, cultural centres…anywhere ready to display her «Imaginarium » !
Web Site: www.marienoelbouille.com
Follow her on facebook: www.facebook.com/marienoelart
RODICA ALECSANDRA MILLER
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website address: www.rodicaworld.com
Rodica is a Romanian American painter who lives and works upstate New York.
Academy of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree,
Fine Arts major, Specialization: Painting
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, State of University of New York,
AAS degree, Textile and Surface Design major
Art Space 2000-World Web Award of Excellence for www.wodicaworld.com , 2008
Award of Excellence- The Sixth Annual Art Competition Manhattan Arts International,
New York, NY, USA, 1997
Diploma of Excellence- The 5th International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Art Addiction
International Gallery, Stockholm, SWEDEN, 1997
Diploma of Excellence-The 4th International Female Artists Art Annual, Art Addiction
International Gallery, Stockholm, SWEDEN, 1997
McLaine Fellowship Solo Show - International House, New York, NY, USA, 1997
Artist in Residence:
2009- Florsheim Mansion, Chicago, IL, USA
1993- 1994 - Atlin Center for the Arts, Toronto, CANADA
Art & Technology Experience:
2014 – The Living Water, podcast for http://www.estmanradio.com , Kunst
Halle Sankt Gallen, SWITZERLAND
2009- The Living Water, Touch Surface installation art project, Mercosul Biennial,
Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
1995- Adventure in Immortality, screenplay for computer 3D animation and
Special effects for Art & Technology Experience project, Soros Center for
Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Selection of Rodica's exhibitions:
2016 - The Mists of Youth, Empty Mirror, Art & Literary Magazine, Bellingham, WA
2015 - Canadian Society for Art of Imagination Show, Éco-Musée du Fier Monde, Montréal, CANADA, 2015- The Rift In Time, Empty Mirror, Art & Literary Magazine, Bellingham, WA, 2011- The Spiritual Essence of Art, ARTROM Gallery, Rome, ITALY, 2010- Palm Art Award 2010, Art Domain Leipzig, GERMANY, 2010- International Exhibition 2010, Surrealism, Sant’ Anna Convent, Coimbra, PORTUGAL, 2009- Sacred Art, Exhibition at Lofthouse Gallery, Wessobrunn, Bavaria, GERMANY, 2008- Paradise Lost, John Milton’s 400th Birthday Art Exhibit at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2008- Fantasmus 2008, Exhibition at Galerie Brusen, GRØNNEGADE 3 SÆBY, DENMARK, 2007- The Annual Exhibition of the Society for Art of Imagination at the Mall Galleries London, UK, 2006- SurrealismNow, International Surrealist Show online, New York, NY, 2006- A Feast for The Imagination, International Show at the HR Giger Museum and Galleries, Chateau St Germain, SWITZERLAND, 2005- Digital Art Contest, MOCA, Museum of Computer Art, Brooklyn, NY, 2004 - Art et Technologie, Patrimoine et Art Contemporaine avec la participation de la Faculté des sciences et techniques de Limoges, Saint-Auvent, FRANCE, 2002 – International Fashion Fabrics Exhibition, The Javits Center, Jacob K Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, USA
Paintings in Private Collections:
France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Greece, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Japan, Israel and Romania.
Life After Life - Dr. Manfried Wüst, Director of Goethe Institute
Evening Meditation - Goethe Institute Art Collection, Bucharest, Romania
Adventure in Immortality, L'Express de Toronto, Press Bureau of His Majesty
King Michael of Romania, Toronto, Canada
Graal Exercise - Paulina Rieloff, Paulina Rieloff Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Salamander's Magic- Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Land of Dreams - Centrul Cultural Roman, New York, NY, USA