Paintings of Things That Bug Artist Janette “JKay” Borland

Light Orchestra, Janette "JKay" Borland

Light Orchestra, Janette “JKay” Borland  (click image for details)

Flootie online gallery artist Janette “JKay” Borland describes her painting Light Orchestra as a “stylized beetle conducting the summer’s night light show of fireflies,” a painting and a title that reveal her humor, wit, and interest in the metaphorical and the surreal as subject matter for her art.  As JKay says, “I am a particular fan of Surrealism.”

Dinner Train, Janette "JKay" Borland

Dinner Train, Janette “JKay” Borland

JKay also admits to “dabbling in poetry,” and this is apparent in her written descriptions on each of her artworks found on Flootie–her words equally enjoyable as the stories she tells with her brush. In the artist’s words for another richly colorful work in her Beetle Series, titled Dinner Train, JKay writes that she is depicting “beetle, riding on beetle, with dinner available and about to be served.”

Guardians, Janette "JKay" Borland

Guardians, Janette “JKay” Borland

“Location does change ones inspirations a great deal,” says JKay. “Pine trees won’t be in many of my paintings anymore.” JKay relocated in May of 2014, moving from the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of Arizona in the South East. “Spokane was a wonderful place to live with wonderful people and the arts were truly alive. But I’ve always had the dream of living in the desert. It is lush with vegetation and gorgeous mountains and skies that speak. The wildlife and the cactus entertain me daily. I feel the desert in my very soul,” she said, describing how the textures of the desert allow her to “take a wonderful journey and let my mind flow.”

With her move to Tuscon, JKay now works on her art outdoors on her huge patio with Ramada, especially in the earlier, cooler part of the day until 11:00 a.m. From her patio she observes the birds, and cactus blooms. In a chat I had with the artist, she described the wildlife she sees in her yard, such as Gopher snakes and King snakes as “very lovely creatures. She watches the scorpions, coyotes, deer, owls, hawks and roaming Javelina, a type of wild pig. “Every day is full of wonder. And, there are some VERY interesting bugs here! I found that Sharpie pens attract bees,” she said. “I do grab my Nikon and head out to the edges of the wild. I’ve never been surrounded with so much subject matter…so beautiful everywhere I look. But, then again, beauty is in the eye of the holder. I have an eye for texture. This is why cactus totally appeals to me…and there are so many varieties. Rocks! Love rocks. Rusty things! Love rusty things.”

Helmet Head, Janette "JKay" Borland

Helmet Head, Janette “JKay” Borland

Now in Tuscon, in addition to painting on canvas, she paints murals indoors and has also “re-entered the world of clay,” saying that “it is a joy to have the clay center here.”

Same Old Sh*t, Janette "JKay" Borland

Same Old Sh*t, Different Day, Janette “JKay” Borland

More humor and insects in her painting Same Old Sh*t, Different Day, for which JKay wrote, “Just another one of my moments … In the work-a-day world on the east coast, we used to say this all the time. “Same old sh*t, different day.” I decided to use it visually and I laughed while I painted it. This is why art is NOT a job to me … :-)
In Walks a Stinker, Janette "JKay" Borland

In Walks a Stinker, Janette “JKay” Borland

In her painting titled, In Walks a Stinker, JKay revealed that it “was a great source of fun and yes, the stinker represented someone I knew.”

“Every tavern has one … a loud-mouth Stinker. Ha, ha! But, he’s just part of the scene.”

“I felt a little prankish when I created this piece. Bugs and beetles were my entertainment for humorous art as I incorporated them into human settings… or sometimes into a totally human frustration we could all identify with.”
Over Achievers, JKay Borland

Over Achievers, JKay Borland

An ant carriers the earth on his back, in Over Achievers, for which JKay says, “I just had to say it … visually.”

“Overachievers. They are out there …out doing those around them. Yes, they are amazing. But, sometimes, they just make a spectacle of themselves in their efforts. Heh, heh!
Some see this painting more literally as “carrying the world on their shoulders.” That’s fine …if it makes you feel better. We all know that feeling as well. But, the concept of the Overachiever makes me giggle a bit more…”
JKay spoke optimistically of her new Tucson home, “There are many new incoming residents… With an era in common. They just may be looking for what I have to offer.”

Looking for More, Artworks by Yves Wilson in Exhibition Through Sept 17th

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Looking for More

Opening Night Thursday, September 3rd  5:00 – 7:30

Featuring the works of Peter Konsterlie & Yves Francois Wilson.
The exhibition includes a collection of artworks, that explore images derived from found objects and appropriated images. In his latest investigation Mr. Wilson makes literal and abstract representations of the remains from America’s manufacturing past and the people who make up its landscapes.  Konsterlie uses both found objects as well as appropriated images to procure a kaleidoscope of imagery spanning abstraction to figuration.

The show features paintings, photos, sculpture, drawing, digital arts, and installation. The reception is free and open to the public.  Snacks and beverages will be provided. Off street parking is available.

New photo and sculpture works by Yves F. Wilson at UCONN’s Stamford campus gallery

New photo and sculpture works by Yves F. Wilson at UCONN’s Stamford campus gallery

Art exhibition will run from August 17 through September 17, 2015

Gallery hours are:
August 17th to 29th 
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm
August 31st to September 17th 
Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm, Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm

Please call in advance for a visit

University of Connecticut – Stamford
One University Place
Stamford, CT 06901
stamfordartgallery@uconn.edu

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Hildy Maze: Abstract Contemplative Drawing, Painting, Collage

as the earth is poisoned so am I, HILDY MAZE, 2015 oil painting and mixed media canvas, 72 x 84

as the earth is poisoned so am I, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil painting and mixed media on canvas, 72 x 84

“For me, abstract contemplative drawing is a way of navigating my mind and it remains the fundamental vehicle of my practice,” says Hildy Maze. Her latest work displays her physical process in clearly visible gestural line, brushstrokes, and oil stains. Her active process is even revealed in her title for the artwork folded & placed on top of each other (below) that describes the action involved in the manipulation and placement of the layered collage materials that form the piece.

folded & placed on top of each other, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 20 x 27

folded & placed on top of each other, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 20 x 27

Hildy’s contemplation appears in her painting titled, as the earth is poisoned so am I, a large 72 x 84 inch mixed media oil painting on canvas that came directly from the artist’s meditative practice. As Hildy stated, this painting is “based on the principles of heaven, earth and human. The first space is heaven, basic, complete space. Earth is in response to that and the human principle occupies this space. When relating to the earth principle as a response to vast space a sense of grief took over contemplating the ways humans have poisoned the earth.”

three roots that obscure - passion, aggrssion, ignornace, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil painting on paper, 24 x 30

three roots that obscure – passion, aggression, ignorance, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil painting on paper, 24 x 30

Although Hildy Maze was born in Brooklyn and educated at the Pratt Institute, she characterizes her “genuine education” as beginning with the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Shambhala art and culture, Dharma Art, brush stroke meditation practice, and Ikebana Japanese flower arranging.

is anyone listening?, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper collage 28 x 32

is anyone listening?, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 28 x 32

After 12 years of living in New York City and working in her studio, Hildy relocated to East Hampton, New York to live near the bay and Atlantic Ocean, where she feels very connected to the sand beaches and sea gulls.

folly of believing, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper, 15 x 22

folly of believing, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper, 15 x 22

It’s been during the last several years that Hildy Maze’s work has involved simple paper. She says, “paper has an organic environmental quality. It responds immediately to causes and conditions, is impermanent, meaning it ages, becomes fragile, is affected by light, yet will remain as those things we search for and cherish, possibly in the attic or basement, an archaeological site, or a memory. It is the nature of all things to decay yet remain.”

beneath the turbulance, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper, 30 x 36

beneath the turbulence, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper, 30 x 36

These new works on paper display Hildy’s subject and process as pathway to intellectual and contemplative work and artistic production.

acceptance of imperfection, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil paint on paper collage, 33 x 34

acceptance of imperfection, HILDY MAZE, oil paint on paper collage, 33 x 34

Hildy Maze has exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, in Europe, and in Beijing, China. Locally she has exhibited in Poughkeepsie and the eastern end of Long Island, including an invitational at Guild Hall. Her work is in several private collections in the U.S and Europe.

thoughts are blind but talkative, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper, 25 x 42

thoughts are blind but talkative, HILDY MAZE, oil paint on paper, 25 x 42

The artist Hildy Maze has a vast body of work that you may view on her website HildyMaze.com

like the ocean looking at it's own waves, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper collage, 25 x 27

like the ocean looking at it’s own waves, HILDY MAZE, 2015, oil on paper collage, 25 x 27

 

interrupting the continuity, HILDY MAZE, oil painting on paper collage, 2015, 28 x 29 inches

interrupting the continuity, HILDY MAZE, oil painting on paper collage, 2015, 28 x 29 inches

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Metrov: POP Renaissance — New Look at an Old Master

Pop: People of Pax portrait of Marie Kazalia, Metrov

Pop: People of Pax portrait of Marie Kazalia, Metrov

A last spring we featured Metrov’s POP (People of Pax) Spring Goddess Portrait Series in an article on the Xposy magazine site here.  Now we are announcing Metrov’s the availability of a series printed on the highest quality archival mediums reproduced with archival, museum quality inks– NEW! “Renaissance POP” Limited Edition Print Series  jumbo format prints based on the great Leonardo!

SERIES #1: “Renaissance POP — New look at an old master.”  

Mona-tones 1, Metrov

Mona-tones 1, Metrov

These jumbo format prints are available in signed, limited editions of 100 each image (see specific prints for sizes). Each artwork is meticulously printed on the finest, acid-free, museum quality, archival paper with archival ink, and comes with a Certificate of Authentication.

Madonna 1, Metrov

Madonna 1, Metrov

Price: $2500.00 USD ea (+ $20 shipping & handling) contact the artist’s studio for more info. (NOTE: This series is also available IN A VARIETY OF SMALLER, OPEN EDITION SIZES for as little as $37.50 ea in Metrov’s PRINT STORE.) 

Madonna 2, Metrov

Madonna 2, Metrov

Here's Johnny 1 (John the Baptist), Metrov

Here’s Johnny 1 (John the Baptist), Metrov

The Fantastical Human Art Forms of Olga Zavershinskaya aka Armene

Drop, Olga Zavershinskaya

Drop, Olga Zavershinskaya

Russian fine art photographer and artist Olga Zavershinskaya aka Armene lives and works in the Czech Republic. Olga has exhibited internationally and is represented by the Art Gallery AFK in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work contains combinations and contrasts–the beautiful in conjunction with the unbeautiful–as in Drop, above, where the controlled perfection of the lovely neck, face and hair of the model unexpectedly expands into an erratic splash of wet black ink, and in Dark Thoughts, where the model falls forward streaming ink from her hair in impossibly suspended lines, runs and drizzles.

Dark Thoughts, Olga Z

Dark Thoughts, Olga Z

Jellyfish, Olga Zavershinskaya

Jellyfish, Olga Zavershinskaya

In Olga’s photographic image titled Jellyfish, the diaphanous fluther of seaforms float as a backdrop for a lavender colored corpse-like human figure, the combination in such a scene causes wonderment in the viewer at the possibilities of this visual narrative.

Angle VI, Olga Zavershunskaya

Angle VI, Olga Zavershinskaya

Olga Zavershinskaya, master of anatomy, photographs the human form in elegant nudes, solo and minimal, as in Angle VI. Or nudes with props, such as the texture of the sheer wet fabric simultaneously covering and revealing the figure in Transparency IV.

Transparency IV

Transparency IV

Fantastical works of fantasy, as in the lush Peacock with several cyclopic eyes that gaze back at the viewer while other orbs in the image stray off to one side or the other and up, in one of Olga’s most enigmatic and surrealistic scenes, recalling tales of fantastic Magic Realism in a puzzlement at how she could have created the image!

Peacock, Olga Zavershinskaya

Peacock, Olga Zavershinskaya

Olga’s visualizations start her off on her use of the model to realize her unusual ideas and creative concepts, that she completes with with skillful post-production processing methods to produce the final images.

Spots, Olga Z

Spots, Olga Zavershinskaya

 

Artists Featured in Magazines and Art News Feed

 

In the studio of contemporary African artist Benon Lutaaya, one of the subjeects of Lioda Conrad's portrait series

In the studio of contemporary African artist Benon Lutaaya, the contemporary African artist is one of the subjects of Lioda Conrad’s portrait series

Artist Marketing Resources does a lot of article marketing. This past week, we’ve written and published articles for artists Metrov, Clare Haxby, and Lioda Conrad, among others.

We featured Lioda Conrad’s series of portraits of contemporary African artists in an article on Xposy magazine–read it here.

We also published news of California artist Metrov newest portrait series, on the international Art News site–see it here. Look for more forthcoming on Metrov’s Renaissance POP limited edition print series.

One of Metrov's Renaissance Pop portraits of the Mona Lisa

One of Metrov’s Renaissance Pop portraits of the Mona Lisa

Artist and designer Clare Haxby’s Singapore waterfront paintings are more relevant than ever, as the international city of Singapore celebrates its 50th Birthday, and made it easier for us to promote her art on the Art News Portal here.
Clare Haxby's Lotus Flower Building is a painting of Singapore's Art & Science Museum

Clare Haxby’s Lotus Flower Building is a painting of Singapore’s Art & Science Museum

We have many more articles in the works, but if you are an artist and would like to find out more about our article marketing program click here.

Photos Show How 3 African Artists Start and Develop Their Portrait Artworks

 

Cyrus Nganga Kabiru and his eclectic eyewear, oil painting, Lioda Conrad

Cyrus Nganga Kabiru and his eclectic eyewear, oil painting, Lioda Conrad

South African artist Lioda Conrad’s expressive oil painting of Cyrus Nganga Kabiru, a Kenyan artist and his eclectic eyewear, began as a drawing–shown below–with the first oil paint and medium the artist added to start her painting.

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Ghana artist, Enam Bosokah uses his trademark blue ink ballpoint pen technique to systematically build up layers of line to develop a three-dimensionality in his portraits. It becomes easier to understand his technique by view images of various stages of completion, like in this early stage example–

Early stage of Enam Bosokah blue ballpoint ink pen portrait

Early stage of Enam Bosokah blue ballpoint ink pen portrait

Here is another stage in the development of his portrait–

Enam Bosokah portrait in progress

Enam Bosokah portrait in progress

Final stage in the development of the portrait–

Enam Bosokah portrait

Enam Bosokah portrait

Five stages of development in Cameroon artist Tangwan Elice’s portrait of a young woman–

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 1

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 1

Tangwan uses both graphite and charcoal in rendering the skin and hair textures in his portrait–

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 2

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 2

Here are three more stages of the portrait drawing–

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 3

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 3

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 4

Tangwan Elice portrait stage 4

Tangwan Elice portrait step 5

Tangwan Elice portrait step 5

Tangwan Elice, Enam Bosokah, and Lioda Conrad are three of nearly 30 Africa artists represented by the African Portraiture Service. This service connects you with portrait artists in Africa who are experts at creating original art working from your photo selfies. You can work directly with there artists who live in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, and South Africa, with the assistance and guarantees of the African Portraiture Service.

 

The Blessings of Water in the Portrait Art of Ghana Africa Artists

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Dripping wet faces with water drizzling from chins caught my attention in the portrait art of African artists in sub-Saharan Ghana.

Some of the artists refer to their wet imagery as the blessings of water and showers of blessings.

 

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It’s true that all humans everywhere on earth need the amazing resource of water to live.

But these contemporary Ghana artists–Theopencil, Kwabena Nature, Enam Bosokah, Jeffery Appiatu– uniquely portray water in a visual anointing of their subjects in the wet portraits above and below.

 

"Monica Belluci", 29 cm x 42 cm. 2015, Charcoal and graphite, Jeffrey Appiatu, Accra, Ghana, Africa

“Monica Belluci”, 29 cm x 42 cm. 2015, Charcoal and graphite, Jeffrey Appiatu, Accra, Ghana, Africa

 

I agree with Dr. Keith McFarlane, administrator of commissions for the African Portraiture Service, who said that these wet portraits, “demonstrate the rendering skills” these artists possess.

 

Enam Bosokah, Ghana

Enam Bosokah, Ghana

 

But I also think that there may be deep roots in the culture of Ghana and the climate of the sub-Saharan location that connects all four of these artists to the theme of dripping wet faces in their portrait art.

When I asked some of the artists about the symbolism, the reply from Kwabnea Nature referenced the Bible, the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 34 verse 26–  “I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessings.”

Theopencil, Kwabena Nature, Enam Bosokah, Jeffery Appiatu are just four of over 25 artists participating in the African Portraiture Service. If you are interested in viewing  more artwork by these artists or in getting details on how to commission a portrait, click here.

If you would like to communicate directly with one or more of these artists, please visit the African Portraiture Service Facebook page here.

 

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Wish-Cushions : Call Out for Artist Participation for Schlachten Contemporary Arts Festival

Ocean, Emily Putter

Ocean, Emily Putter

Artist Emily Pütter, one of the artists in our Amazon store–view her art on Amazon here— is exhibiting her painting Ocean at the Schlachten Contemporary Arts Festival. The Festival site is in English and German here.

The Theme of the Festival, in June – July, is Displaced2015, Displaced Persons Around the World

 

Poster Design by Emily Putter

Poster Design by Emily Putter

Wish-Cushions : Call-Out for participants

Join us! Cushions needed! Wish-Cushions, filled with your good wishes for those who have suffered and need to start all over again.

Sew a colourful pillow, put in it your good wishes for the refugees who arrive in the state of Brandenburg from around the world, and we will place it inside tents provided by the German Red Cross, ready for you to comfortably sit on and watch the films and videos we have lovingly selected for you which explore this important issue.

The tents will be erected within the Mendelsohn Hall, whose architect and the original owners were exiled from Nazi Germany in the 1930s: a reminder and an opportunity to uncover to what extent flight, displacement and expulsion are woven into our lives.

The messages you all send us inside your cushions, placed in the restored hall, will be a colourful, soft, and joyous welcome – an opportunity for interaction and discussion.

We’re very grateful for your participation!!

If you have any questions about the Wish-Cushions, please send us an email to displaced2015@schlachten.org (subject: “Wish-Cushions”) or fill out the form on the site here.

Part Two: 20+ African Artists Offering Portrait Commissions via International Service

Part one features the first eleven artists here. Find out how to get your own portrait here.

For Part Two, we’re featuring these artists–click on each artist’s name to read their bio and view more examples of their portrait art:

 

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Lateef Olajumoke, Nigeria

 

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Enam Boscokah, Ghana 

 

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Tangwan Elice, Cameroon

 

Jeffrey Appiatu, Ghana

 

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Ivana Basa, Kenya & Serbia

 

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Okpeyowa Moses Marquis, Nigeria

 

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Waweru Gichuhi, Kenya

 

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Gideon Fasola, Nigeria

 

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Clara Aden, Nigeria

 

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Victor Binge, Kenya

 

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Albert Dorgbadzi, Ghana

 

Find out how to get your own portrait art from any photo here.

Part One: More than 20 African Artists Offer Portrait Commissions Via International Art Service

More African artists continue to join the growing portrait service created by Dr. Keith McFarlane of Amsterdam. The African Portrait Service assists artists in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon to gain portrait commissions from individuals and couples around the world.

Find out more about the process of commissioning a portrait here.

You are also welcome to connect with these artists on the portrait service Facebook page here.

There are nearly 25 African artists ready to create your portrait from your favorite photo or selfie. Examples below show some of the variety of portrait styles available.

Today, here are the first eleven of the portrait service artists–click on each hyperlinked artist’s name to read their bio and view more examples of their work.

Tomorrow we will share more artists with you in our article Part Two of the African Portrait Artists.

Portrait 3, Morney Hans of Cape Town, South Africa, Pencil on Paper, 30c x 43cm, USD $177

Portrait 3, Morney Hans of Cape Town, South Africa, Pencil on Paper, 30 x 43cm, USD $177

Morney Hans, South Africa

 

GREYS by Anton Kilian of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.. Oil painting on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, USD $300

GREYS by Anton Kilian of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Oil painting on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, USD $300

Anton Kilian, South Africa

 

The Zeal of the Oscars' Winner, Richard Machomba, Nairobi, Kenya. Pencil on Paper. 59cm x 42cm

The Zeal of the Oscars’ Winner, Richard Machomba, Nairobi, Kenya. Pencil on Paper. 59cm x 42cm

Richard Machomba, Kenya

 

The builder, Mpho Makhubo of Tsakane, Brakpan, South Africa. Conte and pastels on Fabriano paper, 131cm x 101cm, USD 600

The builder, Mpho Makhubo of Tsakane, Brakpan, South Africa. Conte and pastels on Fabriano paper, 131cm x 101cm, USD 600

Mpho Makhubo, South Africa

 

Portrait of a Young Girl, Elias Mung'ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and pencil on ivory paper, 42cm x 30cm

Portrait of a Young Girl, Elias Mung’ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and pencil on ivory paper, 42cm x 30cm

Elias Mung’ora, Kenya

 

Kimani Maruge, Elijah Mutua of Nairobi, Kenya, Fine point pen on paper, 23cm x 23cm, USD $250

Kimani Maruge, Elijah Mutua of Nairobi, Kenya, Fine point pen on paper, 23cm x 23cm, USD $250

Elijah Mutua, Kenya

 

portrait, Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi, Nigeria

portrait, Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi, Nigeria

Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi, Nigeria

 

The Reverend Oke Omezi, Isimi Taiwo,  Lagos, Nigeria, Pencil on paper, 42 x 30cm

The Reverend Oke Omezi, Isimi Taiwo, Lagos, Nigeria, Pencil on paper, 42 x 30cm

Isimi Taiwo, Nigeria

 

Kofi Annan, Theopencil ( aka Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ), Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper,  51 x 76cm, USD $1,000

Kofi Annan, Theopencil ( aka Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ), Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper, 51 x 76cm, USD $1,000

Theopencil, Ghana

 

Portrait of Anne, David Thuku, Nairobi, Kenya, oil painting on canvas, 61 x 46cm

Portrait of Anne, David Thuku, Nairobi, Kenya, oil painting on canvas, 61 x 46cm

David Thuku, Kenya

 

True Happiness, Seth Odhiambo (aka Seth Sketcher), Nairobi, Kenya, Pencil on paper, 51cm x 30cm.

True Happiness, Seth Odhiambo (aka Seth Sketcher), Nairobi, Kenya, Pencil on paper, 51cm x 30cm.

Seth Sketcher, Kenya

 

Read the details on how to turn your own favorite selfie into a fine art portrait here.

The *Strange Creature* Drawings of Chris Otley Featured on Xposy

 

 

Harlequin Ladybird, Chris Otley

Harlequin Ladybird, Chris Otley

UK artist Chris Otley creates drawings of creatures–insects, crayfish, scorpions–combined with ancient maps.

Chris was kind enough to answer my questions and send me images of his art works, that all went into my feature article on Xposy Multimedia Magazine–read the article here.

 

Coon Gap Hollar and other Walt Curlee Americana #Art Prints

Coon Gap Holler, oil painting, Walt Curlee

Coon Gap Holler, oil painting, Walt Curlee

 

We are pleased to feature talented artist Walt Curlee, now offering Giclee prints from his oil paintings in our Amazon store. Coon Gap Holler is one of ten new available prints. View five more Walt Curlee prints now on Amazon here.

Coon Gap Hollar, above, is available on Amazon here.

 

Blackberries Rural Farmland Panorama, oil painting, Walt Curlee

Blackberries Rural Farmland Panorama, oil painting, Walt Curlee

 

You’ll find more information of Blackberry Patch Rural Farmland Panorama here.

 

Appalachian Pumpkin Patch, oil painting, Walt Curlee

Appalachian Pumpkin Patch, oil painting, Walt Curlee

 

Appalachian Pumpkin Patch available here.

 

Autumn Wheat Harvest,oil painting, Walt Curlee

Autumn Wheat Harvest,oil painting, Walt Curlee

 

Autumn Wheat Harvest  on Amazon here.

 

Small Town Winter Landscape, oil painting, Walt Curlee

Small Town Winter Landscape, oil painting, Walt Curlee

Giclee print from Walt Curlee’s oil painting Small Town Winter Landscape now on Amazon here.

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Photorealist Paintings of Comic Books, Coke Bottles and Candies

 

Silver Surfer, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Silver Surfer, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth’s first five fine-art oil paintings were shown (and sold out) at Art Basel in Miami in 2011.

Photorealist artist Doug Bloodworth enjoys overhearing visitors to his shows—in galleries from Zurich to Key West to South Beach to, yes, Disney World—say that they “love the photos.” When he tells them that they are actually looking at are oil paintings, “their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a very long time.”

New York Times, oil painting,Doug Bloodworth

New York Times, oil painting,Doug Bloodworth

Viewers are enthralled with Bloodworth’s depiction of such beloved and familiar touchstones of Americana as Keebler fudge stripe cookies, M&Ms candies, Coke bottles, Monopoly games, Batman comics, and The New York Times crossword—in mid-attempt—all blown up to giant 4-foot-by-5-foot size.

Wall Street journal, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Wall Street journal, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

These hyper-real depictions of pop culture items that touch all of our lives is the major appeal of this artist’s work, according to David Muller, president and curator of Photorealism, a Boca Raton–based dealer in solely photorealistic art.

“It’s a combination of, number one, the actual technical skill involved in the works,” says Muller. “I’ve been in his studio and sat there for three hours watching him complete three square inches of a candy wrapper. Watching it appear from a white canvas is totally amazing. Then you have the addition of nostalgia. When one sees the actual works, it takes you back to another time.”

The Cars, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

The Cars, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Other galleries that feature the photo realism paintings of Doug Bloodworth include the Russeck Gallery on Palm Beach Florida’s Worth Avenue and in Soho, New York City. He shows at the Miami Beach, Effusion Gallery, next door to the Versace Mansion.

Wonder Woman, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Wonder Woman, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Bloodworth feels honored to have celebrity collectors such as the American rapper and song writer Lil Wayne.

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Traditional photorealistic who’ve had an impacted on Doug Bloodworth include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole.

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth refers to his work as photorealism, as opposed to pop art or hyperrealism.

Galleries that deal in the photorealistic genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery.

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Doug Bloodworth’s photorealistic oil paintings appear in a feature article in Xposy Multimedia Magazine–view the article here.

Portrait Artist Offering Commissions Featured in TV Interview

 

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TheoPencil at work

 

 

Artist Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong, who goes by the shorter name Theo Pencil and  often written as one word TheoPencil, creates large scale pencil portraits of African’s public figures in photo-realistic detail that he refers to as hyper-realism.

 

"Kofi Annan" by Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana. Pencil on paper, without frame. 51cm x 76cm. USD 1,000.

“Kofi Annan” by TheoPencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana. Pencil on paper, without frame. 51cm x 76cm. USD 1,000.

 

TheoPencil is one of several African artists offering portrait commissions to people throughout the world. Now anyone in any country may commission their portrait with the assistance of a special service you can read about here.

Here is a look into a commission for a client in the United States–TheoPencil working with pencil and charcoal on paper–work in progress.

 

TheoPencil working on a portrait commission for an American client

TheoPencil working on a portrait commission for an American client

 

For the this family portrait, below, THE FAMILY OF AKI-OLA, TheoPencil completed the 30 x 40 inch pencil drawing in 88 hours over 11 days.

 

THE FAMILY OF AKI-OLA by ThoPencil

THE FAMILY OF AKI-OLA by ThoPencil

TheoPencil at work on another amazing portrait in progress

TheoPencil at work on another amazing portrait in progress

 

Watch African Portrait artist Theo Pencil on the KSM TV show —

Karen Fitzgerald Solar Prints Featured in Xposy Magazine

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My article on Karen Fitzgerald’s Solar Prints is featured by Xposy Multimedia magazine today. Karen Fitzgerald’s prints are available in a Pop-UP print sale this month–read the details in my article here on Xposy.com.

Couples Sleep, Dream in the Mixed Media Paintings of NY Artist Nina Hellman

Cats & Cards, mixed media painting + collage, Nina Hellman

Cats & Cards, mixed media painting + collage, Nina Hellman

Artist Nina Hellman was born in New York City and grew up there. She attended the well-known High School of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League. Nina traveled throughout Europe and North Africa, living as an expatriate in Denmark for four years, and exhibiting in art galleries in Copenhagen.

Since the 1980’s, Nina has had solo exhibition in well-known New York art galleries, and exhibited in several group shows with Ceres Gallery, a New York non-profit alternative cultural center dedicated to promoting women in the arts.

Nina Hellman is an artist and has also been an Art Therapist for over thirty years. All these rich and varied experiences “cross-fertilize” according to the artist, interacting in the mixed media paintings the artist creates incorporating collage elements.

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Her paintings of sleeping cats and humans adrift in rich environments alluding to both the physical and the world of dreams.

 

Lloyd's Dream, Nina Hellman

Lloyd’s Dream, Nina Hellman

Nina Hellman offers her available paintings, sculpture portraits, and prints on her website ninahellman.com

 

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Metrov’s “Marie Portrait” for His People of Pax Series

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Artist Metrov has honored me by adding my face to his P.O.P., People of Pax portrait series. It’s nice that he wanted to include me. I’ve written about his portrait series in two previous articles–one for Xposy multimedia magazine– titled Metrov’s People of Pax which you can read here. Also, I’ve published news of how you can participate by having Metrov do your portrait here.

By coincidence, I am in the middle of being interviewed by a magazine, and, if the editor decides to use the interview, will request a photo of me. So I am considering something out-of-the-ordinary by sending my Pax portrait to appear with my interview!

The photograph that Metrov used as the basis of my Pax portrait was taken in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco by photographer Amoreena. (There was a some sun that day so there are some shadows and so I am squinting.)

Double-Selfie Becomes Oil Painting via African Portrait Project Artist Commission

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Thank-you to Jackie and partner for allowing us to share their double-selfie reference photo! The artist Anton Killian turned this photo into an original oil painting on canvas. Jackie chose the color orange for the painting.

 

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You can commission your own high quality yet affordable portrait in a variety of styles from one of several African artists– find the details here.

Read our previous article Startling New Faces From the African Portrait Project Artists here.