Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hanna Nyman (present)

Hanna Nyman, a Swedish textile designer, specializes in intricately-designed wallpaper that is both three-dimensional and interactive. Having graduated from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm, Nyman works mostly with patterns that change shape, as she enjoys the tension when something beautiful transforms into something new or acquires an unexpected function. She also creates origami sculptures and lights. Her work has been exhibited at A World of Folk, a craft and design fair in Norway. Nyman admits her work is more about telling a story, saying that her work is "narrative rather than functional."

Frederick Brosen (1954-present)

Frederick Brosen born in New York in 1954, is an American watercolor artist. He began his career at City College of New York. He then moved on to the Art Students League and Pratt Institute where he received his MFA in 1979. Brosen has been recognized with a Silver Medal of Honor by the Royal Society of Arts & Letters in London as well as a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. His work, including his most famous series, "Still New York: Watercolors by Frederick Brosen," has been exhibited in the Museum of the City of New York.

"A true son of the city who celebrates every urban detail from our most lavish and opulent landmarks to our most humble neglected curbsides, Rick Brosen paints with exquisite virtuosity. He is an artist who helps us see anew the treasure that surrounds us."
- Susan Henshaw Jones (President/Director of the Museum of the City of New York)

Gregory Colbert (1960-present)

Gregory Colbert, born in Toronto, Canada in 1960, began his career in Paris creating documentary films regarding social issues. Colbert's filmmaking led him to become a fine arts photographer. His first public exhibition as a photographer was in 1992 at the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland. For the next ten years, Colbert traveled around the world to places such as India, Egypt, Kenya, and Antarctica, where he filmed and photographed the interactions he saw between man and animals. His most famous exhibition, launched in 2002, is titled "Ashes and Snow," which is an ongoing project. More than 10 million people have attended his show since its debut in 2002.

“When I started Ashes and Snow in 1992, I set out to explore the relationship between man and animals from the inside out. In discovering the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards restoring the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals.”
- Gregory Colbert

Elizabeth Turk (1961-present)

Elizabeth Turk, born in Pasadena, California in 1961, is a sculptor who's main medium is marble. Other art projects of hers include works in metal, glass, and porcelain, as well as drawings, photography, and video. In 1983, Turk received her B.F.A. in International Relations at Scripps College in California, then, in 1994, she received her M.F.A. from the Rinehart School of Sculpture in Maryland. Some of her most famous sculptures are a part of "The Collars," a series of sixteen delicately carved sculptures that explore both organic and geometric patterns. What drew me to Turk's work is her ability to take such a heavy medium and make  something that looks seemingly weightless and pliable.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Paul Alexander Thornton (present)

Paul Alexander Thornton's work is definitely out of the ordinary. He takes different mediums and combines them to create one unified piece. In one of his series, he uses photographs of people's heads then creates their bodies with pencil, marker, and other mediums. Another one of his series, he creates quirky looking plants using things such as biro, colored pencils, and maker pens.

Sannah Kvist (present)

Sannah Kvist, who is based in Gothenburg and Stockholm, is a freelance photographer. She is currently studying in Gothenburg for a BFA in photography. Her photographs range from portraits to random and simple objects in everyday life. She has done work for People Magazine, Neon Magazine, and many others. While her work is fairly simple, her compositions are what make her pieces so interesting. She takes simple subjects and displays them in an unexpected way.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Eduardo Recife (present)

Eduardo Recife began his work with just creating fonts. He eventually branched out into drawings and collages. His personal works and projects now are all a mixture of collages, drawings, as well as some of his fonts he has created. Recife's art gives off a vintage feel to them and intrigues the audience with interesting compositions, colors, and subject matters.

Meagan Chaney (present)

Meagan Chaney is a talented artist, specializing in ceramic sculpture. She received her BA in studio art with a concentration in sculpture from Meredith College. In 2004, she was awarded an Artist Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Her work has been shown nationally and resides in several locations. Chaney recreates feelings of comfort and harmony through composition, color, and texture within her artwork.

Mary Capan (present)

Mary Capan is an abstract painter who focuses on space, color, and texture in her artwork. She is fascinated by combinations of colors and their effects on people as a type of energy. Most all of her paintings span multiple canvases, as shown in the picture above. Capan's use of color and texture help engage the audience while her abstract designs create a sort of rhythm throughout her pieces.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Karen Gelardi (present)

Karen Gelardi is an artist who focuses on generating customized raw materials and components that used to create 2-D and 3-D collages. She uses materials such as paper, taped elements, drawings printed onto fabric, sewn fabric, and plastic elements to create her artwork. I love her creativity with using different materials as well as her use of bright colors and bold patterns.

Erwin Olaf (1959-present)

Erwin Olaf, born in Hilversum, Netherlands, is a renowned photographer, famous for his commercial and personal work. Some of his most famous series include "Grief," "Rain," and "Royal Blood." Olaf has worked with many big companies, such as Levi's, Microsoft, and Nokia. His work is often controversial because of his daring images, however, he has won many awards for his photographs.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ann Marshall (present)

Ann Marshall, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since then, she has worked in a gallery, illustrated an award winning children's book, and has traveled all over the world as an ethnographer and consumer anthropologist. Marshall creates all her figures by hand, using either oil paint or pastel, then creates an intricate collage on top of that to complete her art. Her artwork has been exhibited in Lincoln Center's Gallery in New York City.

Rebecca Sawyer (present)

Rebecca Sawyer is an artist who specializes in altered books, a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and meaning. Sawyer started creating altered books after going through her family genealogy. She realized how important it was to document our current times with old photos and keepsakes. Sawyer intricately decorates the books while creating pockets and niches inside to put pictures and memorabilia in.

Katerina Jebb (present)

Katerina Jebb isn't your typical photographer. Instead of using a camera to take her photographs, she uses more unconventional methods by utilizing an industrial size photocopier machine to capture her subjects. They lay on top of the photocopier long enough for their image to copy and print. Jebb's shots are made unique by her use of color and composition. I admire Jebb for thinking outside the box with her creativity. As a growing artist, I strive to go above and beyond what people expect of me.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ralph Helmick (present)

Ralph Helmick, who is interested in the mechanics of visual perception, is an incredibly talented sculptor. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and received an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Helmick has exhibited his work in Boston, New York, and museums all throughout New England. His sculpture titled "Impulse" (shown above, second picture) was what drew me to his other works of art. From far away, all one can see is a giant bird. When you look closer, you notice that it is made up of many smaller birds.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mark Rothko (1903-1970)

Mark Rothko, born on September 25, 1903, was a Russian-born American painter, classified as an abstract expressionist (although he rejected that label given to him). His work is characterized by his keen attention to color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale. Rothko's earlier works were a series of colorful rectangles and abstract paintings on large canvases. During the 1940's, his work became increasingly symbolic, expressing the tragedy of the human condition through his art in an entirely different light. I was captured by Rothko's work through his use of vibrant colors and abstract designs.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Elliott Erwitt (1928-present)

Elliott Erwitt, born in Paris France in 1928, is a renowned advertising and documentary photographer. He is known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday life. One of his series, appropriately named "Hand Pix," is a collection of black and white photographs focused solely on the human hand. Erwitt also has books, journalistic essays, illustrations, and advertisements that have been featured in publications all over the world. I was drawn to Erwitt's work because of his use of lightness, darkness, and shadows in his photographs. He captures his subjects in a striking way with his use of lighting.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Jonathan Bartlett (present)

Jonathan Bartlett is an American illustrator based in Manhattan. He combines pencil drawings, layers of scanned objects, and Photoshop to create his illustrations. His work has won several recognitions and has been shown in the New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and OC Weekly. Bartlett uses realistic subjects to produce surreal scenes that engage the onlookers with beautiful colors.

Dale Chihuly (1941-present)

Dale Chihuly, born on September 20, 1941, is an American glass sculptor. He studied art at a variety of universities around the country, and later studied glass in Venice, which inspired him to open the Pilchuck Glass School. In 1976, Chihuly was involved in a car accident, permanently blinding him in his left eye. He could no longer blow glass, but instead, hired others to do it for him while he directed. The use of colors, shapes, and designs in Chihuly's work was what initially captivated me.