Michel de Saint Ouen was born in Central Afica and educated in France. Self taught and with a unique way with inks, his work has been widely exhibited and is in many important collections. A critic once described him as a phantasmagorical symbolist.
He now lives in London and has taken on the editorship of the Society's magazine Inscape. He is also Chairman of the Society for Art of Imagination. For many years he has searched for a way to portray the Western Occult Tradition. Magic is, and always will be, a fundamental mainspring of human aspitational behavior, and the most potent symbol of the Western Tradition is the Holy Grail.
The origin of the Holy Grail cannot be traced to a given point in time or space, but the hold it has exercised on the imagination of Western culture has spanned centuries.
From the Celtic belief that the Grail was a cauldron which held the secret of Life and Death, and promises of sharing the gods' table, to the Christian interpretation which links the Grail with the chalice in which some of Christ's blood was collected, or that it is an emerald from the crown of Lucifer - the Lightbringer - which fell to earth when he was expelled from heaven, the goal is consistent - the Grail is a life-enhancer, bringing changes and enlightenment to those who seek it.
The search is often long and arduous and can take the seeker through many levels of experience.
I have a broad interest in the arts that spans traditional media as well as research and development in digital imagery. At New York University I studied computer science as well as painting, drawing and sculpture. I also took courses in painting and sculpture at the Art Students League. My PhD work at Rutgers University applied cognitive principles and artistic practice to imbue computer generated imagery with the carefully controlled abstraction and communicative clarity of fine art.
In my fine art, it is important to me that every work suggests an ongoing narrative, a story well told, but only half told, that the viewer must complete. These stories speak of the spiritual in a modern context and explore the central question of how to finding meaning in dreams and visions while staying involved and in love with the reality and people that so often seem to betray those dreams. In exploring these themes I've worked with a number of media, including sculpture in bronze, stone and wood, but am primarily a painter in oils and watercolor. Working in several media, I am interested in how choice of media and style can enhance the narrative possibilities of an image.
One could certainly define my artistic activity as polyvalent. Easel paintings, murals, mosaics, bronze and polyester resin sculpture for private clients and for public entities, I have had the privilege and immense good fortune to try my hand at a myriad of fascinating techniques and forms of expression. Here the viewer will find examples of my oil paintings and sculptures.
Stylistically speaking, these works would fall into the category of magic realism or imaginative realism. The viewer will sense a strong preoccupation with ethnic groups different from my own. Travel made the conception of the paintings possible, by removing me from my known universe and exposing me to other ways of life. And I like the idea of taking my audience with me on an inner and outer voyage.
I believe we are living in exciting times, and searching for meaning in a world that is in total transformation. I try to express this constant metamorphosis of our view of reality in my paintings. Mystery lurks everywhere underneath a seemingly banal reality. It is this mystery that I pursue.
India is an amazing country, and it is quite a challenge to attempt to express its elegance and complexity. The spectacular tapestry of daily life is overwhelming, and subjects bombard the artist from all directions. I have chosen a figurative approach to all subject matter because it is my desire to share my feelings with the largest audience possible. Yet this realism is subjective to the point of sometimes slipping into the hyperreal or surreal, in an attempt to evoke the invisible - ideas and emotions related to my chosen subject.
The paintings are executed in oil on linen canvas, in a technique which can be considered a contemporary version of the procedure used during the Flemish Renaissance by painters such as Jan van Ecyk and Rogier Van der Weyden. The technique involves employing both an oil medium and a glue emulsion in successive layers, the realisation of a monochrome in raw umber and flake white, the rendering of the entire image in optical grays before the final stages of color glazing. Paintings done in this labor intensive fashion require months of work; an average length of time for a medium size work being 2 or 3 months.
The sculptures are responses to public art commissions, and concern themes that are both of local and universal pertinence. I have always enjoyed, and been grateful for the communicative aspects of public art; of the opportunity it offers to explore and express the ideals latent in the human psyche.
DE ES SCHWERTBERGER was born in Gresten, Austria in 1942. He graduated from Technical Engineering School and began his first paintings at that time. Shortly thereafter, he proceeded to study with artist Ernst Fuchs, of the renowned "Viennese School of Fantastic Realism.
"De Es has had numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. The works featured in most of the prints and posters on his site and in his book HEAVY LIGHT represent De Es' popular "Stone Period," which he developed and focused on in the mid-seventies. De Es' works from this period have been featured in a variety of magazines. Americans may be most familiar with his art through its many publications in Omni. In addition to his work as a painter, De Es is an accomplished sculptor. The city of Bern, Switzerland exhibited forty large De Es sculptures in an outdoor showing in 1991, in commemoration of the city's eight-hundredth anniversary.
I was born in London in 1944. I had been immersed in Science until the age of sixteen when I discovered Art, Zen and the Beats all at once and I entered a creative flow which took me into psychedelic 60's and later the Environmental Movement.
My paintings have several threads running through them: nature, natural patterns and imagination. My focus on nature is inspired by Zen; natural patterns are simply amazing in themselves and the imaginative elements link to Dali and theViennaSchool.
I am a painter of the darkness for a drop of good.
Irretrievably, I immersed into the darkest corners of spiritual destructiveness of a human being in hope to describe it, to stay for a while. Humbleness of those who suffer captured my sensibility.
I resist it, I seek for the way out.
My images tried to be a message, no one replied.
Now, they are just a scream and I am not sure anyone can hear it.
Robert Sholties has been painting for over 35 years. His work has evolved from elaborate doodles to detailed figurative paintings. His ideas spring from his subconscious mind after contemplating swirls of paint applied to cardboard. His work is his response to human life on this planet, our interactions with each other, with other living things, and with our environment. He highlights our hypocrisies and shortcomings, but doesn't neglect the beauty and humor that can coexist with the darker aspects of our lives. He has exhibited throughout the U.S., with 5 NYC solos, and is the recipient of 3 arts fellowships. He believes that being aware of art history is fine and necessary, but not in using it to calculate one's maneuvers to satisfy critics and curators who can't see beyond categories and the need to establish a historical continuum.
"All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly the soul", John Ruskin says in The Stones of Venice. It is the inspiration of the artist's knowledge and emotion that breathes life into ink, paper and other media. Without it, art ceases to be anything more than pure decoration. Aesthetic, emotional or spiritual value derived from art results from self-discovery. This is the true nature of art; Rick Simpson's art embodies the essence of this philosophy.
Rick Simpson's work is characterised by innovation and experimentation, and is primarily intuitive. He "invents" and portrays imaginary objects and figures not found in reality. To determine the course of his creations, he draws from both representational and nonobjective genre, and the resulting works display contrasting images of fantasy, beauty, and sometimes disturbing darkness or humour. The individual viewer ís personal vision, imagination, emotions and experiences determine the interpretation of each image. Rick's themes involve deeply personal and current social issues, but also include invented or interpreted elements of nature in the form of imaginative plant or floral images. The viewer should consider each image in terms of its psychological scope in addition to its visual impact.
Rick has lived abroad for more than 20 years (Europe, Asia, Middle East); his exposure to numerous foreign cultures, religions and art forms has forged a very eclectic artistic perspective. His many years of travel and immersion in the world ís foremost galleries and museums have directly shaped his approach to creating art. Many of his works reflect his lengthy stay in Germany, where he studied the works of classical German Masters and contemporary European artists.
Although he received his formal training and Master of Fine Arts degree in traditional printmaking, he mixes digital and other media. Rick is based in Seattle, but is a member of several international artist groups, including The Society for Art of Imagination and The Saatchi Art Gallery, both in London, and The Malaspina Printmaking Society in Vancouver BC. As a painter, he was previously accepted into the Parsons School of Design in Paris and was recently asked to join the Agora Art Gallery and the Museum of Digital Art, both in New York City.
Rick Simpson has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking from the University of Oregon. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, he taught stone and plate lithography for three years. He has exhibited throughout the Northwest United States, and has participated in juried international shows in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Canada. His long-term residence in Europe, where he studied the work of both contemporary artists and Old Masters, influences much of his work.
Art is a language that I am ever exploring. It is liberating and challenging to paint from one's imagination. Using symbols as psychic touchstones, images emerge as visions from my soul. Much of my work evolves on the canvas in giant artistic leaps of faith. Sometimes I fail and sometimes am rewarded with touching ethereal realms.
Luis Soler was born in Málaga , Spain in 1943. In his youth, he traveled around the world as a merchant marine for 7 years. He moved to New York City at the age of 25. While in Málaga, he studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes ( Academy of Fine Arts ), which is well-known for its famous alumnus, Pablo Ruiz Picasso. He has also studied at the Pratt Institute and at the Brooklyn Museum .
Luis Soler has a keen interest in the history of art, especially in the works of the Surrealists. In many of his own pieces, he attempts to express ideas and feelings through a symbolic surrealism that has deep roots in classical painting. He casts an Andalusian light onto his subjects that attempts to reveal the mysteries of the subconscious. His paintings range from religious themes to folkloric subjects from his native Spain and other countries. He counts among his many influences the works of Dali and Velazquez. He also has a great passion for portraits, the human figure, and the classical still lifes. His favorite medium is oil, but he also works in watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, and sculpture. Furthermore, he is a master craftsman in metals and jewelry design.
He has had exhibitions at various galleries in New York City, including a one-man show at the Lawrence Gallery. Additionally, his work "Amigos" hung in the Brooklyn Museum.. In 1995, he was commissioned by Next Experience Press to do cover design for their book Two Wheels to Florida. He was also commissioned as the sole illustrator and cover artist of the book Parabienes, a Spanish primer for high school students published in the United States. He is affiliated with various artists’ organizations in the United States, such as ACA (All Community Arts) and GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos). His works have become part of several private art collections in the United States and Europe.
C.G. Jung tells us that each period in history has its sacred myth and that these myths evolve over the millennia. The myth forever transforms, as it must, to reflect our ever-changing psychic needs. According to Jung a new sacred myth is in the process of evolving and is inextricably bound to the process of individuation. As some artists work intimately with the unconscious, they are in a unique position to be the first to perceive these new trends within the psyche. My paintings are a documentation of these trends as presented to me from the unconscious. Of course, the images are colored by the lens through which they are seen, this lens being the individual artist. Only by their effect on the viewer can the value and clarity of this lens be determined.
“Art is the spiritual counterpart of the evolutionary process. It helps the cultural mind evolve. It wants to serve cultural consciousness by impacting it. Creative energy isn’t just for the artist but is working through the artist and demanding access to the culture.” -- Gary Sparks, Jungian analyst
Carl Jung defines spirit as that factor which creates images in the inner field of vision and organizes them into a meaningful order. Each ensuing image is a progression and development. This is the action of the spirit. Thus the spirit leads you somewhere.
It is the artist’s task to release these images that lie deep within the psyche and express them in a way that speaks to and can be accepted by the viewer. The artist endures the primordial fire of the creative process and, in so doing, endeavors to allow others access to an understanding of the spirit of the age in which they live. In every age there is an unknown aspect of the spirit waiting to be discovered. By sharing his or her experience of the spirit, the artist provides a point of departure and recognition for those who, willingly or unwillingly, are encountering the spiritual world. This recognition can be essential, especially for those who are not contained within a church or dogma.
These paintings are created over the course of many months of receptivity to the inner world. Therefore, the images that are received cannot be considered mere fantasy but are the depiction of actual processes occurring within the psyche. These processes have their own timetable that cannot be dictated by the artist. They also have a goal—to be incorporated into the life of the artist and, perhaps also, the viewer.
Olga Spiegel, was brought up and trained in Europe , lives and established her studio in New York.
Her work has evolved from the abstract and optical energy fields influences of the 1960s through later study of the Old Master's technique with Ernst Fuchs, to her current unique visionary alphabet, that has lately included computer, digital paintings.
Nurtured by Psychedelic Art, European Fantastic Realism, Surrealism and Science Fiction, her art points to an inner process, a chemical visual interaction were the inner self's, messages are deciphered through images and symbols taking the viewer into an edgy realm of realism and unnamable forms.
On the wings of improvisation free flowing images and color create associations to uncover a mysterious universe.
Ancient icons, space-age imagery with metaphysical overtones, that reveal an evolutionary flowering , nature and its organisms populated into myriad of forms.
Her work has shown in galleries and private collections in Europe and America and has been cited in many books and publications.
Liba Waring Stambollion was born to American parents but grew up in South East Asia. She moved to the USA in her teenage years.
She did a year of art and environmental studies at Simons Rock of Bard College and went on to receive a scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, wood working and bookbinding. She graduated in 1988 and stayed in Chicago exhibiting, teaching art and working for a cabinet maker until she was swept off her feet by a handsome and charming Frenchman. Today they have two sons and a furniture company - Matahati which employs a network of artisans to hand make their furniture designs in recycled and renewable materials.
She has been living in Paris since 1993 where she paints, writes, makes books and designs furniture. Ecology, erotica and the sacred are the recurrent themes in her work.
“My sacred art is sourced through my dreams, meditations, vision quests and my relationship with nature. I am inspired and resonate with the message of Love from people of all cultures and from all ages.”
Liba exhibits her paintings with surrealists, fantastic artists and visionaries in the USA, throughout Europe and virtually in the Australian visionary arts project: The Sensorium.
Liba has been making handmade books and small collaborative artist editions for over twenty years. She recently launched a project called Dreams and Divinities which unites visionary artists from around the world and showcases an eclectic mix of creativity through a series of books and exhibitions in Europe.
Her designs, poems, paintings and interviews have been featured on television, in several books & numerous articles online and in print.
These paintings are part of a new series entitled "Shared Consciousness" in which I wanted to explore the web of connections among humans, between species, and with the earth.
Artwork by Susan St.Claire Bennett
"Everyone should turn towards the Mystery of their own nature the way a sunflower turns toward the sun. This is what living has revealed to me and what I seek to embody in the images that find their way out of me and onto the canvas.
I am deeply fascinated by the many shapes and forms that spirit takes in the mundane world. I peer between the seams of things and look for their origin.What is born on canvas is as much a surprise to me as to the incidental viewer. Like a pomegrant, the paintings have as many meanings as the seeds found within...each one enchanted. In this way one can travel above, below and within."
Susan Bennett studied old master techniques at the Boston museum School working with egg tempera and oil glazes. She later studied tibetan art restoration in Paris for several years and continues to repair tangka's (sacred scroll paintings)that date back to the 14th c. She has studied kashmir shaivism and vajrayana buddhist meditation practices for many years and has traveled to Tibet,India ,Nepal and Japan exploring the art and spiritual traditions of each culture. She currently resides on the Columbia River gorge in Oregon where she is learning the uses of the local herbs, enjoying the company of her 3 American indian dogs as well as sasquatch.
Born in Montreal, it is at a very young age that she discovers her love for drawing and it is with originality and a full imagination that she is initiated to painting in oils. From then on she will try to paint in the way of our great Renaissance Masters. But it is in the deepest roots of her imagination that she will discover her own style, that she will re-invent new and symbolic worlds from her philosophy and life experiences. She worked as a Graphic Artist before settling down in Quebec City in 1990 where she has been teaching painting and drawing. She has studied Fine Art at Concordia University and UQAM in Montreal, Canada. After many years of exploring different mediums she now switches from oil to acrylic whenever the mood dictates the inspiration of the moment.
Je suis Adèla Stefanov, artiste française vivant à Nancy, une ville "Art Nouveau" marquée par une grande tradition verrière, et artistique en général. Je suis membre de « Visionary Art Gallery » et et « The Society for Art of Imagination »
J'ai étudié l'architecture, optant pour la spécialité en Scénologie et j'ai travaillé pendant 6 ans dans l'architecture navale. Depuis mon plus jeun âge, je suis une mystique, une contemplative, une rêveuse qui s'exprime avec ses pinceaux, ses crayons, son appareil photo et caméra...
Peu d'intérêt pour le coté pratique de la vie mais une forte attirance pour la spiritualité. Ceci explique ma curiosité et ma préférence pour le matériau verre, étant le seul matériau traversé par la lumière...Exprimer l'immatérialité_ c'est le désir qui m'a poussé à étudier pendant deux ans l'Art et Techniques du verre, à chaud et à froid. Défi difficile car nécessite une grande force physique et un investissement technologique important. Pendant 6 mois, j'ai travaillé dans l'Atelier de l'artiste Antoine Leperlier, en Normandie, pour me perfectionner dans la sculpture en pâte de verre. Depuis pas très longtemps je suis revenue à mes premiers amours, la peinture.
En tant qu’artiste je me définie étant une mystique, une visionnaire. Mon Art exprime mon questionnement sur nos origines, sur le présent et le future de l'humanité, sur mon espace intérieur, ma vraie nature…. Je suis spirituelle et respectueuse de toutes cultures et religions, et de toutes formes de vie. Je crois que l'homme est fondamentalement bon, même si très souvent destructeur. Je suis pour l'égalité et respect des droits de chaque être humain, pour la non violence comme seul moyen de résoudre les problèmes de l’humanité. Je suis végétalienne, et je pratique le yoga et la méditation. Je suis très marquée par Gandhi, Dalaï Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Paramhansa Yogananda, Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, etc, que je considère mes principaux maîtres spirituels. Je m'intéresse à l'illumination.
Expositions : J’ai participé à des expositions collectives en France, au Salon des artistes Lorrains de Nancy, j’ai été exposée à la Préfecture de Clermont Ferrand, j’ai réalisé une Fresque de 2 m* 8 m, pour l’Hôpital Hôtel Dieu de Clermont Ferrand, j’ai été exposée en Californie à Santa Anna, j’ai participé à l’exposition collective « Surrealism Now » qui a eu lieu au Portugal , en mars 2012 je participe au Salon de Nancy et aujourd’hui, j’ai l’honneur d’être exposée à PHANTASTEN MUSEUM WIEN avec « The Society for Art of Imagination ».
"The rings resembling agates may also be interpreted as circles produced by waves in a stiff body of water: a wonderfully beautiful, clear 'drop' producing ever growing circles, spreading out until the impulse is spent and broken on the shores of a different world. The two columbine flowers stand for beauty, tenderness, but also vulnerablility, and accompany the growing child, two trustworthy protectors, in spite of their own frailty."
Born on March 10, 1931, Otto graduated from the Graphic College with honours. He designed more than 100 large posters and 157 postage stamps. He was awarded the Honorary Cross for Science and Art. In 1988 he was granted the honorary title of Professor.
Artwork by Christina Maria Stowasser
"Naive child eyes saw a limitless blue sky. Nice cotton bags were lining this sky and I learned that water's filling them. The elements were born. My heart raced as I heard that my sky is an air bubble, in the midst of endless sky. Space was born. When I felt that life has to be death in order to live, consciousness was born."
Every being is equipped with creative skills. Something distinguishing it from others. Discovering my mother's fashion drawings as a child brought my own creativity to arouse and it's still these naive eyes who guide me when drawing with the pencil, painting or designing graphics on my computer. All I need to do is to let come the inner image who will step by step appear on a yet blank surface. Creating images and writing has become my passion and an opportunity to express my feelings, who so become reality in the 2nd and 3rd dimension. During some art courses later on, I was taught to plan the process of creating an image in order to obtain the result I wish to have. But I realized that doing so is not my way, because the image in my head is in a constant process itself. When I paint and draw I'm drawn into some magic enchantment, from which I sometimes awake only hours later. In some sort i'm in the colour.
Then I step back to capture what has become, practically by it self and the result could
only be limited due to my technical skills. This inexplicable information flowing through me, in connection with time and my own respective state, decides over the result. Therefore, the paintings shown are testimony of going with the flow rather then careful planning or sheer coincidence.
"Information" is the buzzword of the present and art in any form is the mediator. Understanding my own psyche and especially my responsibility towards my environment and society represent to me the essential aspects in my art, as human development has become a major importance in my life. I therefore see my creations more like a mirror of life, containing information who's effects will dependon to the human capacity to read the message. Am I, like all, a bundle or source of information?
The capital materialism takes increasingly space in the world of fantasy and often superimposes their potentiality, I think. It is my wish to offer the viewers an insight into possible worlds, in order to study the origin of the information, their effect and the possibilities for future usage. They may serve as food for human awareness, thus, for the benefit of all existing as for all possible forms seeking to come to life.
Like Albert Einstein did, I focus on to the source of information which can transform the energy into materia and back again. Mentioning the death, it also is material transformation. These thoughts are individually interpretable, but they are the foundation of my thinking. I am an Autodidact, devotedly following her intuition.
My work is the result of the need in our time to see the unity of Spirit, psyche, and body. Visionary Surrealism is a way of life based on the desire for inner exploration. I work in oil and egg tempera, which I learned in 1975 in New York from one of Ernst Fuchs' students, the Visionary artist, Philip Jacobson.
Since the late 60's I have painted and studied mysticism, symbolism, and philosophy, knowing that, as the psychologist Carl Jung said, Archetypes come as symbols from the subconscious not only to be seen and painted by the artist, but understood.
It’s what’s under the skin that intrigues me, not the public mask, but the private face. What is hidden or ignored, I perversely want to dig up, an archeology of the mind and senses and guts.
I like digging in the shadows, I’m a scavenger at heart. The beautiful in the grotesque, and the strange in the familiar have always seduced me. I like the in between spaces, that grey murky area of what does not easily fit in a predefined category. I enjoy the tension between opposites, intersection and reciprocal action, things that are neither / nor and both at the same time.
My imagery is focused on a merging of figure and ground, of shadow and reality, probable and possible, of illusion and paint. What I find most alluring is where things are in flux, difficult to grasp and hard to define. Breaking of boundaries is both literal and metaphorical.
It is easy to cling to a sense of permanence--about the natural world, other beings, and ourselves, as if these were each fixed, separate and distinct from the other. But that is a delusion, for we are in intimate connection with our world as it continually transforms. We share our basic atomic and subatomic quantum components with both the animate and inanimate. Our air and food, blood and bone, quarks charm and strange, have been part of something past and, with a single breath as well as with our death, will become part of something future. In the life span of a skin cell, an individual, or in the evolution of a species, change and fluctuating identity are constant. Our bodies change, our thoughts change, our feelings change.
My reality is a piece of theatre and I am its author and protagonist. This metaphor of 'theatre' allows me to approach my own inner reality. I can explore the parade that my own psyche offers--absurdity, grotesquerie, a carnival of demons and freaks, which may frighten, fascinate, and seduce.
Born in Shawinigan (Quebec), Sybiline studied visual arts at Laval University. Particularly fascinated by the painting and the work of great masters, she then began the study of ancient techniques. She specializes in portraiture and is particularly inspired by literary, imaginary and symbolic worlds. Member of Portrait Society of Canada, Society for Art of Imagination and Illustration Quebec, she works as a portrait painter, specializing in fantasy painting, particularly as an illustrator in several publishing houses. Honored to date by multiple mentions, you can see her artwork in several events and publications around the world. You can also become familiar with her surprising and enchanting world at http://www.sybiline.com/.
I have always been intrigued by the way in which both dreams and waking life can present us with strange and paradoxical combinations of images. These are most apparent in our dreams, but by paying careful attention to the natural flow of moment to moment experiences, they can be seen in waking life as well. Once found and focused on, these strange combinations often hint at truths and multiple meanings.
The inspiration for my work comes from my fascination with this "natural surrealism" that occurs spontaneously in daily life. By modifying and combining pieces of pictures found in every day sources, I create collages that allow me to explore the possibilities for seeing life from a more transcendent perspective.
My interest in surrealist art originated in my childhood when I lived in the Chicago, Illinois area and was able to make many visits to the Art Institute. This interest eventually led me to a B.F.A. degree in Art History from the University of Illinois. I later attended the San Fransisco Art Institute and Stanford University, where I received an M.A. degree in painting.
For many years I have been making collages. Finding the technique to be the best form in which to express my ideas and visions, it has become my major medium. My collages have been exhibited in group shows at museums, including the Grand Palais Museum, in Paris, as well as in solo and group exhibitions at colleges, universities and art centers throughout the United States. I have been the recipient of numerous awards, and am a Signature Member of the National Collage Society. My work has been published as magazine illustration, book and album covers, and greeting cards. Both paintings and collages are in private and corporate collections.
Miguel Tió, a native of the Dominican Republic, began his studies of painting with the Dominican artist Elias Delgado as well as the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes.
A move to New York in 1994 led him to Izquierdo Studio Ltd. for film and Television Production, window displays, opera and theater, which had a great influence on his artwork. His paintings show a dramatic and complex portraiture, irresistibly sensual and visionary, which exploits scale and luminosity without eschewing the personal and the poetical; works that entices the eye and rewards the mind. He has done five solo shows, the latest, ”Memories and Dreams” at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn NY. Group shows in New York, include: “Forms of Divinity” Williamsburg Art & Historical center, “New works by Artgroup”,SK417 Fine Arts gallery, New York. “Art Expo New York”Jacob Javits Center, New York. and “fragments of Illusions” (five Dominican artist), Peter Madero Gallery New York.
Froukje Torensma was born in 1977 in the city of Leiden, The Netherlands. As a child each flower caught her attention. When she came home from school she’d rather have a color pencil then a piece of bread in her hands.
Living in the countryside, nearby the dyke of the Waddenzee, she absorbs nature every day. The nights when there is no wind en it’s hard to tell where the sky stops and the sea begins are magical to her. Thus, nature is a big source of inspiration, often in (mystical) relationship with the psychological processes that man has to face in life. Motives from religions and myths are also being found in her work.
Sometimes only after finishing a painting it becomes clear why she painted a particular subject. Something from the subconscious reveals itself through the painting. Despite this seemingly personal character the painting can act as a mirror for the spectator. This way, painting unites itself with her former background as a psychologist.
Plastic Construction: a prosthesis and or extension of the body, which has been created by the deconstruction and analysis of a given object.The content is provided by the physical strucure itself, in an attempt to create meaning in purely organic terms.
It is my intention to create images that are ordered and yet nonsenical, defeating any attempt at a rational interpretation.
Most of my work is largely influenced by theatre, poetry, Shakespeare, myth. The central themes that emerge in my paintings are arts capacity to transform and change our perceptions of the everyday into something vivid and strange.
Born south London 1965.
Dedications to figurative and exhibition material dating from 1995.
I consider my present paintings to be iconic figurative and derived from biblical accounts and visions. I like my images to appear solid and tangible to the touch, out of keeping with the generally ghostly emphasis in spiritual painting. For example as a man I will have a propensity to feature the more warlike aspects of an angelic being fusing together herculean and slender beauty as a means of artistic license.
My testimony for the benefit of many aspiring artists with no formal training, background, qualifications, or little external encouragement are that my works have been built on those very same foundations, in addition to approximately 15 years of trial and perseverance under my own steam, solo and in isolation.
Originally inspired by the works of Aubrey Beardsley: what I call the kick-start period for me in around about the mid-1980s was his ability to play with the simplest natural form and beauty and seemingly enhance it with highly expressive ingenuity.
Studying his works summoned and enlightened the creative possibilities within me at that time that I endeavoured to tailor to my own framework of expression. Thus I began to water that seed and the potential within me to what it has become today, I trust bearing no resemblance to Aubrey Beardsley in any shape or form.
Technically my choice of materials to work with will be those items that most easily come under my charge in rendering a particular image and form true and pleasing to myself.
Typically I will use FW inks, Indian ink, airbrushed and brushed to the smooth black side of artists mountboard with occasional use of pencilling. This has generally proved to be the most satisfactory approach to my cause for the last 15 years.
Most certainly a creature of the Belle Epoque, Delphyne V. is nevertheless born nearly a century later in Paris during the Fall of 1980.
This miscalculation of time and space is complicated further when she finds herself in the heart of a modest and religious family where logic, reason, boxing and classical music lay the foundation of her upbringing. It goes without saying the idea of devoting herself to life of an artist, a painter no less, is a heresy. A burning fever push her to explore the world of
theater, then fashion, to ultimately helping her to realize, and accept, that the lure of painting is becoming increasingly strong...
A decade is spent teaching herself to paint, punctuated by courses at Paris' Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique and then ESMOD International. Despite of having simultaneously created a line of jewelry and designer clothings, a deep upheaval jettisoned those distractions in 2007: her first solo show, giving birth to the new Delphyne V. style.
I paint because I feel compelled to explore the beauty and mystery of dreams and visions tat linger at the edge of consciousness.
Over the last thirty years I have been creating paintings in a style that is uniquely personal, yet based in the classical technique and perception.
I indulge in painstaking attention to detail, vibrant color and glazes , jewel-like surface shining with inner light.
Each painting is a glimpse of a mysterious universe, just beyond the grasp of full understanding, hinting at a deeper reality of
dreams and intuitions.
The symbolic and mystic language of the images is enriched by the creative response of the viewer, opening and drawing from the wells
of their own imaginations.
I think of my paintings as visions of an inner reality, landscapes that echo with memories of their creation, peepholes into paradise.
Christophe Vacher is a two-time Emmy Award Winner and 2010 Annie Award Nominee Art Director who has provided artwork for the Animation industry and most major Hollywood Studios since 1989.
Originally French, he now lives in California. His personal work can be seen permanently in several galleries and various collections in Europe and the United States.
The style of Christophe’s personal imagery has multiple influences; from old painting schools like the Hudson River, The American Realists, The great American Illustrators, The Romantics and the European Symbolists for their grandiose, theatrical scenery, to more contemporary artists like Sandorfi, Beksinski, Ugarte and The Visionaries (Les Visionnaires) in France.
Annelies van der Sman (born in Amsterdam in 1950) lives and works in Woerden, the Netherlands.
Her first art lessons were given to her by her father, Wim van der Sman (†), who had studied and copied Flemish and Dutch masters . He introduced her to the wonder world of art and painting and since then she has greatly admired the mystic painters Goya, Klimt and Dali and the present day painters Eddy Stevens, Rene Zwaga, Wout Muller(†) and Pieter Pander.
Her career as artist began after she had painted portraits of her three daughters, resulting in more and more assignments.
After her training as art teacher, her work has got a symbolic atmosphere with magic-realistic tendencies that can be found in her free work where she presents the world of inner self experiences, strongly related to nature.
She builds up her paintings in different layers so that, in the end, they have a warm glow in which it is her strive to show this through the touch of paint.
The portraits she draws and paints give a realistic view of the person she is painting, although her oil portraits also can have a symbolic setting if the person so wishes .
She uses oil pastel for her pastel portraits which is brought on in layers in certain areas but other areas are left open giving the painting a certain airiness.
Annelies gives workshops and lessons in drawing and painting in Woerden.
The Visionary art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and European aristocracy. In addition to painting, sculpting and film design - pre sketches and conceptual design for the movie Dune, and Fire in the Sky for Paramount Pictures, and Race for Atlantis for IMAX - Venosa has added computer art to his creative menu.
His work has been the subject of three books, as well as being featured in numerous publications - and on a number of CD covers, including those of Santana, Kitaro, Ornette Coleman, et al.
New York City born, Venosa was transported into the world of fine art in the late 60's after having experimented with psychedelics and having seen the work of the Fantastic Realists - Ernst Fuchs and Mati Klarwein in particular - both of whom he eventually met and studied under. Of his apprenticeship with Klarwein, Venosa says, "What a time (Autumn, 1970) that turned out to be! Not only did I get started in proper technique, but at various times I had Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Jackie Kennedy and the good doctor, Tim Leary himself, peering over my shoulder to see what I was up to."
Venosa moved to Europe in the early 70's settling in the celebrated Mediterranean village of Cadaques in Spain, where he enjoyed the honorable and mighty pleasure of getting to know and hang with neighbor Salvador Dali, as well as the numerous notables in the world of art and literature who gravitated to that magic locale.
Much of Venosa's work and attendant exploits have been published in his books, Manas Manna (Big O), Noospheres (Pomegranate Artbooks), and. most recently, Illuminatus (Fine Arts Press), which features the poetic text of Terence McKenna.
Presently Venosa maintains studios in both Boulder, Colorado, and Cadaques. He also devotes a few weeks each year giving workshops with his wife, the artist Martina Hoffmann, at such institutes and locations as Omega in NY; Naropa in Boulder; Manaus, Brazil; Skyros Institute, Skyros Island Greece; Cadaques, Spain; Kona, Hawaii: and Esalen at Big Sur, California.
Venosa had the crux of his creative existence insightfully encapsulated in these comments by author Nevill Drury:
"If the most exciting art-making one can hope to encounter is an exploration of the furthest realities of the imagination, then Robert Venosa must surely rank among the luminaries of our era. His unique approach to Visionary art is nothing less than a fascinating scrutinization of the mysterious realms of being. Venosa's imagery enfolds us with its magical power - truly a mythology for our times."
In his confrontations with the transpersonal, other-worldly offerings of the entheogens, Venosa discovered the magic and magicians of the Fantastic / Visionary world of art. Having ubermeisters Mati Klarwein and Ernst Fuchs as mentors, while discussing art and decadence with Salvador Dali, Venosa was suffused with the energy and dynamics that transported him into the realm of the Fantastic, while providing him with the palette and paints with which to make it manifest.
Through his participation in various workshops and seminars, Venosa now shares the techniques and experiences that entice and enchant one and all as to the magic and mysteries of the transcendent realms he inhabits...and paints.
Natalia began exhibiting professionally after graduation in 1995 from the Stroganov Academy of Art, Moscow. She was qualified with a Master of Art Criticism and as a Designer.
Her longing for inspiration and fresh ideas takes her through Asia, as a member of geological expedition.
Ultimately, Natalia’s travels led her to the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1997. Natalia opened her Studio of Art and Design, where she teaches and works.
Her paintings are internationally collected by private collectors.
I have been painting for over thirty years. Since I can remember, I have been fascinated with science fiction and the possibilities of other dimensions and other realities. Inspirations and influences for my art have come from many sources such as dreams, artists, nature, sacred peoples, sacred sites, and primitive-ancient cultures etc.
My art has been created through many different processes. Sometimes my dreams inspired an image. Contemplations of my dreams led me into studying symbols and learning their meanings. Symbols appeared in my art and I would study them. Soon my art, my imagination, and dream life intertwined with my waking life. My art and dreams gave a new clarity to my waking life.
Other times, long periods of contemplation, would cause me to have a direct and clear vision for the image. Sometimes I do detailed drawings with a set painting in mind, and yet, I always allow for the intuitive process to occur and allow the image to transform. At times, I start my painting by just letting my brush loosely dance upon the canvas while listening to music. Sometimes I’ll paint with two hands at once. After about ten minutes, I’ll step back and look at the images that want to come through, just as we look at clouds in the sky to see their images. Then the details are painted.
Dreams beckoned me to travel to sacred sites around mother earth. Being adventuress and seeking to bask in the mystical energy in sacred places, I have traveled extensively around the world to experience pyramids, temples, ancient ruins, and to art museums. I have traveled through Europe, Greece, Egypt, United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Central America, Tahiti, Thailand, and India. Questioning, contemplating, and traveling, along with meeting wonderful sacred beings has led me into the mystical realms. Asking and contemplating the questions, “What is a powerful love, a love beyond sentimentality, a love that includes self, family, friends, and all humans and all life forms? And what would these images of love look like?” has guided my art, heart, and spirit. I seek that the viewers of my art are inspired to pursue their own individual soul’s journey.
Over the years, I have been experimental with art techniques and self-expression. I have always loved using glazes or transparent layers of paint over each other and on top of opaque layers of paint. I like color showing through color. I have experimented with both acrylics and oils. During the past five years, I have been painting my art using an old master technique of egg tempera and oil. The paintings emit a luminous light. In order to speed up the process, I’ll use a similar oil glazing technique with oil over oil or oil over acrylic. I am open to my souls growth as I seek new techniques to express my visions.
The artists that influenced me are diverse, many, and varied for different appreciations. Some of the artists that have influenced me are William Blake, Dali, Magritte, Vincent van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, Siqueiros, Tamayo, Gustav Klimt, Kokoshka, Kathe Kollwitz, Odilon Redon, Federic Church, and Caspers etc. Some of my contemporary influences are Artemio Sepulveda, Ernst Fuchs, Philip R. Jacobson, Cynthia Re’ Robbins, Martina Hoffmann, and Robert Venosa etc.
Vonn Stropp b.1962. This self taught visionary artist is represented in many private and public collections throughout Europe and the United States. These include The Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Bethlem Royal Museum, where his work is exhibited alongside that of Richard Dadd.
Private collectors include the musicians Jimmy Page and Michael Stipe.
'The visionary work of Vonn Stropp displays an attention to detail and sureness of hand that is worthy of Renaissance masters such as Albrecht Durer. Yet we are faced here with an artist from humble and troubled origins who is entirely self taught'.
'Outsider Art'. Thames & Hudson, 2000. Colin Rhodes.
I have been chronically ill for 5 years since Aug 7th 1999 when my mother drove me to the emergency room at 2 am. I literally bled to death, almost. Within 5 minutes of arriving I couldn't hold on any longer and I felt myself slipping away. My body slumped over but my spirit was still upright and then an angel pinched the back of my neck like a kitten and pulled me out of my body entirely. I had always been interested in the spiritual aspect of the near death experience and now I was a witness. I was no more than 3 inches away from the face of the emergency room doctor (wondered why he didn't push me back) as he said "She's comatose". My mind, my sight and hearing were all with me without my body; however I could not feel the physical world. Regretfully I never turned around to look at the angel behind me. Concerned with returning to my body I started to reach out for myself and panicked when I realized my form was that of a cloud and suddenly I was sucked into my body quickly.
I was rushed by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center, 100 miles away, and endured 2 months of radical cancer treatments. Weakness and constant illness were my constant companions until 5 months ago when a marvelous doctor did everything she could to restore my health and it worked. I am stronger today than I have been in 5 years. The volume of my artistic output has finally started to burst forward, major sales indicated for this summer and all is on the horizon. At the moment my creativity is overflowing.
I begin my painting ritual by relaxing in a perfumed bath or long shower; inspiration comes to me in the water. I allow the cosmic energy and knowledge to flood my mind while in the meditative state, like most artists. Occasionally I see new paintings developed while falling into a deep sleep. This will be a fantastic year for me.
Although her paintings are mainly of fantasies, Josephine Wall's images are based on close observation and sketching from nature. The English -born artist has been influenced and inspired by the illustrative talents of Arthur Rackham, the surrealism of artists such as Magritte and the romanticism of the pre-Raphaelites. This, combined with her own imaginative ideas, has led to a wide and varied range of work.
As husband & wife, Catharyne Ward and Eric Wright currently work collaboratively on exhibitions. They are also artists in their own right and have been working independently for many years.
"We are English & American by birth. We elaborately paint & embellish with ornaments sculptures made from trees."
"A fantasy forest of trees stripped to the bone, painted and adorned with talismanic idylls and magical objects; spectacular, escapist fantasies and fairy tale castles, invested with the seductive and disturbing power of classical Romanticism, evoking bowers where "mad" King Ludwig II and Walt Disney sit together in hyper-real pastorals more perfect than nature itself. Ward & Wright's lyrical forest is a radically joyous exploration of how the revisionism involved in popular myth-making adopts the sugar-glazed guise of candy-coloured artifice. Inspired by a "revelation" in the Hofbraufhaus, Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Germany, it is an ambitious journey into the darkness at the heart of innocence."
-Ian White, The Chamber of Pop Culture
Aleta Welling is primarily a self-taught artist, using acrylic, oil, and occasional sculpture as her medium. Her talent was first recognized by her high-school art teacher who encouraged Aleta to find her style by separating her from the class and giving her free reign to paint however and whatever she desired. Since then, she was acknowledged in 1997 by the CñPop Gallery of Detroit, MI as ìone of the best young artists of the yearî and has been featured in galleries, cafes and studios throughout Germany and the Mid-Atlantic area. "The first inspiration for me to paint came from an Omni magazine article featuring science fiction painters. Soon after that I began trying to find my own style. Having spent many of my teen and young adult years in Germany, I was not only inspired by other great painters, sculptors or photographers, but by music in the industrial, electronic, dark wave and gothic genres as well."
My subject matter and use of contrasting light and shapes expresses the way I view human nature. I have a sarcastic outlook on the human condition and believe there is a side to everyone that no one truly reveals to others. Weíre all hiding behind the mask we're desperately trying to portray to others. In my paintings I try to balance cold reality with the warmth of the unknown darkness of our subconscious.
Dyan Whyte is a visionary painter, teacher and Priestess of Faerie. She is a creative and imaginative Soul who has nurtured a deep and innate relationship with Creator, Nature and the Divine since childhood. The faces, figures and subjects of Dyan's paintings explore Divine Love, inner connection and the Divine Feminine. The underlying essences of serenity, sensuality and innocence interwoven in her work reflect the profound influence of female visionary painters before her. Each of her paintings invites the viewer into an unusual, light-filled dance of prismatic and lively colour.
"I share my paintings because I want others to see what I see in their own way. I'm sometimes asked what inspires my choice of themes and subjects - love, the soul, the feminine; the answer is that this is what and how I see. I see the love and soul of things, in others and all around me. It is this thread that is woven in and through everything, an omni-presence that feels both divine and feminine to me." - Dyan
Artwork by Ulysses Grant Whitehouse
Christina was born in Ipswich, Australia into a creative family. Her mother instilled the love of drawing from an early age.
After completing one year of a BA in Animation, she deferred to concentrate on highly detailed, Surrealistic work.
‘Groovy Gravy’, an independent comic, fostered her first attempt at drawing comics. The exposure led to exhibitions and commissioned work in portraits, tattoo design and illustration.
Moved to London in 1999. Commissions, freelance and volunteer work include theatre set painting and construction, storyboards, comic panels, logos, caricatures, album covers and portraits. Her exhibition in Covent Garden led to painting in the Lyceum Theatre’s Puppetry Department for ‘The Lion King’, and to the commission, ‘Celtic Deities’.
Apart from obsessive painting, Christina is also a drummer and singer. Christina is currently studying for a BSc in Computer Animation.
The artist views the quality of human awareness to be the preeminent issue of our age and art as an essential nutrient for the development and refinement of balanced, big picture awareness. The artworks synthesize across science, meditation, humor and community to heighten the awareness of the viewer.
Pavel Zacek (born 1959) devoted his lifetime to painting, parallel to his medical profession of a cardiac surgeon. He found his expression in the elaborate old masters technique of oil-painting. Throughout the paintings from over 20 solo exhibitions the main enigmatic topics remain love, time and death. His works are scaterred in Czech Republic and abroad. Zacek's artwork was summarized in a monograph...
Having studied art in Philadelphia, I proceeded to live and show work in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently New York City. I consider myself a surrealist. In 2005, I took part in a group show in MicroCOSM for all the artists who contributed to the creation of Alex Greyís COSM gallery, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. In 2006, I have been in a group show at Art Gotham. In July of 2007, I am excited to be included in a group show called ìHeat; The Next Tortured Genius 2î, at Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Also, I am very pleased to be a member of The Society for Art of imagination, along with many talented and inspired artists from around the world, including Mr. Grey, Ernst Fuchs and H. R. Giger. (Please see JWZEH.com, COSM.org. and Artofimagination.org.) I now live and create in Brooklyn, NYC.
Finding inspiration from Leonardo DaVinci, Robert Crumb, H.R. Giger, Alex Grey, Max Ernst, Joe Coleman and others, I use anything I get my hands on to be a vessel representing the pain, sexuality, humor, brutality and beauty of human beings- the most wonderful and terrible thing to be. For some of my creative process, I have adapted a layered method similar to what Max Ernst termed ìfrottageî, which can involve interpreting new imagery from found or created patterns and textures. Frequently, and for the last decade, I perceive these images in maps, allowing the topography to add layers of meaning for the viewer. More recently, I have begun to infuse these pieces with collage including my own photos of nature. I also spend time working with musicians in designing outlandish and eye-grabbing images promoting their records and events, often in a comic style.
All of my work seeks to express part of the constant wailing song that is existence. Representing some aspect, huge or tiny, of the endless struggle. In answering the ages old question "Why are we here?" I reply: We are all here to improve. We are all here to improve as individuals and as a whole. That's it.
Rene Zwaga was born on the 16th of august 1958. He grew up together with his mother, three brothers and a sister in Amsterdam. His father, who passed away in 1962, was a professional housepainter. Before RenÈ Zwaga started to develop his more creative abilities, he at first followed in his fathers footsteps. He went to the school of painting and decorating in Utrecht. After some time he discovered that his aspirations went further than house painting. Therefore, after the NIMETO, he chose to go to an artschool. The creative urge became increasingly stronger, so he decided to follow his dream and become a professional artist.
After finishing his formal art studies in Amsterdam he himself explored several techniques of fine art to develop his own unique style. His images and technique show great versatility. He has always been looking for the ultimate form in which to express himself. This, in his opinion, is a never ending process.
Before, he used to start every painting with a monochrome underpainting in oils. These days he chooses acrylics and color. Over this underpainting he continues with oil paints. The last few years he paints on canvas on board. Whoever looks at his more recent works can also see that texture and technique are more visible then before.
Rene Zwaga intends to continue developing himself artistically, always in service of the image that needs to be expressed. Technique, style and method are just tools in the process. He hopes specifically to combine art with love, realism with fantasy and matter with spirituality. His paintings are sometimes confronting, but always contain a message of hope. His work reflects his life and is a journey of growth and harmony.
1. Biographical Info - SORiaN
Born Sorin Cretu in 1977, of romanian origin;
His artist name is SORiaN, his art is called SORiaN ArT et his style is called visionary
He lives and works on the Island of Montreal;
He studied art (L'École de Beaux Arts Piatra-Neamt, Romania (1984 to 1992)) and philosophy
(Theoretical philosophy and logics - Bucharest University, Romania (1997-2001));
2015 ART CONTEST - Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Dollard Artists Association Spring Exhibit 2015
Montreal en Arts Show 2015
DDO Annual Exposition - 2015
Montreal en Arts -Plaza Show - 2015
ARTRASTA, Montreal - 2015
The 42nd International Exhibit of CAPSQ « The diversity in art », Bucharest, Romania, Military
National Museum "Ferdinand 1er", in collaboration with the Naval Romanian Ligue;
Salon Art Shopping 2015, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France - A contemporary art exhibit;
Annual Fall Exhibition of the Artists' Association of Dollard 2015
Salon National d'Habitation, Montreal, March 2016;
MTL Uncovered at the Paradox Theater, Montreal - Avril 2016;
Dollard Artists Association Spring Exhibit 2016;
Port Credit ON Artfest - May 2016;
Mtl en Arts, Montreal - July 2016;
Dollard Artists Association, Annual Exhibit, Design "Au naturel" - August 2016;
Toronto Artfest - September 2016;
Rotterdam International Art Fair - September 2016;
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal - September 2016;
CAPSQ, the 32nd Gala Contest, Brancusi Cultural Center, Montreal, October 2016;
Canadian Society for the Art of Imagination - SORiaN 2016-2017
SORiaN ArT by Sorin Cretu
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Honorary Diploma awarded by Mondial Art Academia with the occasion of Salon Art Shopping
2015, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France for the paintings: Birth of Self (SORiaN - Oil on canvas -
2015, Size: 40x30 inches), The forest of gods (SORiaN - Oil on canvas - 2015, Size: 24X36
inches) and Dragon of sand (SORiaN - Oil on canvas - 2014, Size: 40x30 inches);
Honorary Diploma awarded by CAPSQ, with the occasion of The 42nd International Exhibit of
CAPSQ « The diversity in art », Bucharest, Romania, Military National Museum "Ferdinand 1er";
High distinction for Abstraction awarded with CAPSQ, with the occasion of The 42nd
International Exhibit of CAPSQ « The diversity in art », Bucharest, Romania, Military National
Museum "Ferdinand 1er" for the painting Conundrum with three graces in the presence of
their demon (SORiaN - Oil on canvas - 2014, Size: 30x30 inches);
Honorary Diploma awarded by Mondial Art Academia with the occasion of Rotterdam
International Art Fair - September 2016 for the paintings Unknown Man crucified (SORiaN - Oil
on canvas - 2014, Size: 28x22 inches), Demons' Reunion (SORiaN - Oil on canvas - 2015, Size:
30x24 inches) and Blind Dreamers (SORiaN - Oil on canvas - 2016, Size: 28x22 inches);
Gold medal awarded by CAPSQ, with the occasion of 32nd Gala Contest, Brancusi Cultural
Center, Montreal, October 2016 for the painting The Psychedelic Clown (SORiaN - Oil on canvas
- 2015, Size: 24x24inch)