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

 

AfricanPPLynette Swanepoel, South Africa Lynette Swanepoel, South Africa

 

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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

 

Theopencil at work

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.

USA, Canada, Asia: Art Dealer Renowned For Print Editions

Patrick Painter is an American art dealer who in 1991 began Patrick Painter Editions in Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong. He is also the owner of Patrick Painter Inc., which he opened in 1997, that includes two art galleries in Santa Monica, California.

Last month, Patrick Painter launched his Facebook fan page as a Public Personality–find it here.

Early in his career, Patrick Painter was mentored by famed art dealer Leo Castelli and curator Walter Hopps.  According to Wikipedia,…” Patrick Painter Editions was established in a depressed market, [yet] he managed to build his business upon the success he had turning editions. Fine art prints, or multiple editions, were looked down upon at the time by many critics and collectors; Painter created a unique approach to the market. In 1996, 20 galleries worldwide had shows of exclusively Patrick Painter Editions.

Click here to view Current exhibition at Patrick Painter gallery.

 

Get the International Art Gallery Directory  here and here, and our e-list of Art Print Sales Resource here and here. Find more Artist Marketing Resources in our web stores here and here.

For artist who need help making submissions of their art, get the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook here and here.

 

 

 

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First Time the Art of an Outsider-Artist Featured On US Postage Stamps

 

Martin Ramirez drawing

Martin Ramirez drawing

 

Martín Ramírez is widely known as one of the preeminent self-taught masters of the twentieth-century. Ramirez was born in Mexico in 1895, relocated to the United States in 1925, and spent most of his life in Auburn, California at the Dewitt State Hospital. During his stay and until his death in 1963, he created some five hundred complex and compelling drawings and collages. His early art he worked primarily in crayon producing works characterized by their clean yet brazen draftsmanship. His art imagery is both suggestive and nostalgic as he merged his own life experiences– Mexican madonnas, animals, cowboys, trains, and landscapes–  with scenes of American culture. Compositionally, he renders space into multi-dimensional almost theatrical layouts using sharp geometric forms with strong linear qualities.  Later in his life, he began creating collages using newspaper clippings and his previous drawings for additional depth and texture.

Ramírez’s talents were recognized in small exhibitions as early as the 1950s. Today his work has been the subject of numerous museum shows, including the retrospective “Martín Ramírez: Pintor Mexicano,” at the Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, in 1989, and two major exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum, NYC: a traveling retrospective titled “Martín Ramírez” in 2007, and “Martín Ramírez: The Last Works” in 2009. In 2010, the 20th century master was the subject of a comprehensive exhibition curated by Brooke Davis Anderson at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reína Sofía, in Madrid, titled “Martín Ramírez: Reframing Confinement.”

Martin Ramirez | USPS Dedication Ceremony and Opening Reception | Thursday, March 26th 6-8 pm | RICCO/MARESCA GALLERY | 529 West 20th Street

The current exhibition: Martin Ramirez: Forever, is a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Ramirez. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the United States Postal Service and the release of a set of 5 commemorative “Martin Ramirez” Forever stamps. This momentous occasion is the first time an Outsider artist and Mexican-American artist has been featured on a USPS Stamp — a testament to the public’s growing appreciation for the field of Outsider art.

On behalf of Ricco/Maresca GalleryFlowers Gallery and the US Postal Service, I would like to cordially invite you to the Dedication Ceremony and Opening Reception of Martin Ramirez: Forever. This event will mark the release of a set of five Martin Ramirez forever stamps and will be held in conjunction with a solo exhibition of Ramirez’s artwork. The reception will be held on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor.

Jerry Saltz will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Other ceremony participants will include: Frank Maresca (Partner, Ricco/Maresca Gallery), Joseph Corbett (Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President, US Postal Service), Edward M. Gómez (Art Critic & Senior Editor of the magazine Raw Vision), and Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain (Consul General of Mexico in New York).
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"Africana III" by Elias Mung'ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm

Startling New Faces From the African Portrait Project Artists

"The Initiation", 100 cm x 70 cm. 2014, Acrylic on Paper, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa.

The Initiation, Lynette Swanepoel, Thabo Mofutsanyane, South Africa, 100 cm x 70 cm, 2014, acrylic paints on paper

In February, we announced the launch of African Portrait Project and you can read that article here. We also published an article on unconventional portraits and included work by African artists. Read the article, The Unconventional Portrait: Moving Away From the Literal Likeness here.

The African Portrait Project has grown to include even more accomplished artists from several African countries. Many have fewer resources than most of us are accustomed to, such as cell phones only to photograph their art and to connect with the rest of the world via social media. Therefore these African artists have elected to join together in a group on Facebook to share images of their work and offer portrait commissions with the assistance of Dr. Keith McFarlane. View the Facebook page and more art here.

Dr. McFarlane’s African Portrait Project seeks to provide these African artists with an income from patrons in more affluent nations, by offering art lovers outside of Africa opportunities to commission portraits at extremely affordable prices. A win-win for all and when you participate by commissioning an artist, gives you an original fine art portrait of yourself or your family members.

Portrait III, Elias Mung'ora, Naibobi,Kenya

Portrait III, Elias Mung’ora, Naibobi, Kenya

 

These commissioned portraits are real fine art, one-of-kind, and may be hyper-realistic pencil drawings on paper, an oil painting, or expressive painting in other fine art materials.

Portrait artists in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries will be happy to consult with you one-on-one to determine the best options for your portrait.

You can also read more details on commissioning a portrait here.

 

"The wrinkled woman" by Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana,  Pencil on paper, without frame. 41cm x 51cm

The wrinkled woman, Theopencil ( Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong ) of Accra, Ghana, Pencil on paper, 41cm x 51cm

 

If you have questions, or wish to find out how you can commission your first portrait, contact Dr. Keith McFarlane via email: editor@negativeentropy.com  Please remember that Dr. McFarlane is based in Amsterdam, and asks you to keep in mind that Amsterdam time is about hours ahead of your time zone in the USA. Here is Dr. McFarlane’s phone number: +31 20 89 32 791

Commissioning a foreign artist for a portrait, and the artist accepting foreign commissions involves a high level of trust on both sides. Recognizing this, Dr. Keith McFarlane, scientist and owner of the Amsterdam based company Negative Entropy and the owner and creator of the ArtWorld app available on iTunes, created this commission service. He will safeguard the payment while assuring quality and delivery of the commissioned artwork, and will only take a 5% commission to cover international transaction fees, currency exchange rates, bank transfer fees and like expenses.

 

"Africana III" by Elias Mung'ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm

Africana III,  Elias Mung’ora of Nairobi, Kenya, Charcoal and watercolours on ivory paper, 60cm x 84cm

 

 

 

 

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Free Shipping When You Purchase Any Painting From Marmet Fine Art

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Lighthouse, above, an abstract painting by Randall Marmet’.

“This painting feels like a lighthouse to me, with the water splashing up from the rocks below,” says Randy Marmet’.

 

The painting dimensions are 16″x 20″ x 1 3/8″ deep hand-stretched gallery quality canvas.

 

This original acrylic fine art painting is hand painted and clear coated with archival artists varnish for protection against dust and abrasion.  The painting extends around the edges providing a very elegant look with no need for a frame. Just hang it and enjoy! $399.00USD  To acquire this painting click here.

 

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Lighthouse (Detail 1)

Lighthouse (Detail 2)

Lighthouse (Detail 2)

 

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Lighthouse, Randall Marmet’

 

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The Unconventional Portrait: Moving Away From the Literal Likeness

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Face of Me And My Art, 41 cm x 30 cm,  2014, painting, graphite and charcoal on paper by artist Gideon Fasola of Ibadan, Nigeria, Africa.

The artist Gideon Fasola offers commissions of original fine art portraits capturing elements of you in combinations symbolizing your personality, profession, passions, collections, fantasy life, cos-play roles and creative activities in a visual yin-yang.

To discuss a possible commission from the African artists here, as well as other, and review their fees and details click here.

The unconventional portrait below, of a woman with her eyes closed, conveys her interior– thoughts, feelings, her mood– and gives us a glimpse into her inner sensuality.

"Virginity" by Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi of Abuja, Nigeria. Fine point pen on paper.76cm x 46cm

Virginity by Kolapo Obadiah Olorunyemi of Abuja, Nigeria. Fine point pen on paper. 76cm x 46cm

 

The remarkable portrait below, by an artist that goes by the name Theopencil (his full name Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong), from Accra, Ghana, Africa is a demonstration of his accomplished photorealism rendering techniques used to depict this image from the artist’s imagination. 

 

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Artist D.A. Metrov was recently invited to conduct a public portrait session at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art as part of Marinella Senatore’s highly-acclaimed Building Communities exhibition. The event was a huge success. Portraits from the exhibit definitely fit the category of the unconventional–

 

Kelsey, portrait by Metrov

Kelsey, portrait by Metrov

Metrov portrait, Unidentified 2

Metrov portrait, Unidentified 2

Metrov portrait, Kevin

Metrov portrait, Kevin

Metrov portrait, Chien

Metrov portrait, Chien

Metrov portrait, Connie

Metrov portrait, Connie

Metrov is known for his uncanny ability to capture his subject’s “spiritual essence.” “It’s not something I try to do, it’s simply what comes naturally. Some have called it a psychic ability,” says Metrov, an artist living and working in Santa Barbara, California.

View more of Metrov’s unconventional portraits on his website here. Metrov also offers commissions for your portrait. You can contact the artist here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Video: Rainbow Bethlehem Israël and Palestine

Artist Julien Touchard sent us his  Video: Rainbow Bethlehem Israël & Palestine.

“It’s my new art concept , your hand can become a pixel of the creation…” says Julien.

View more of his work on his website Julien Touchard.

 

 

 

 

Artist Marketing Resources features artist videos each Sunday. If you have a video you’d like us to feature and share on social media–Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Tumblr–send the YouTube or other link to us via email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Artist and “American Treasure” Metrov’s Excursion To Launch Relationships With Gallerists

California artist Metrov’s thirty minute film METROV: A Life in the War Zones of American Art has received accolades from such greats as Robert Zemeckis and others.

“Metrov is an American Treasure. He courageously bares his soul in this amazing and powerful film. A must-see for anyone interested in the Arts.” Robert Zemeckis, Academy Award winning director of BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY.

“Riveting… a great story!” Michael Lantieri, Academy Award winner, JURASSIC PARK.

“A fascinating, enjoyable film. I particularly enjoyed the unexpected humor.” Mark Johnson, Academy Award winning producer of RAIN MAN, BREAKING BAD.

 

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Over the past month, we’ve made first gallery contacts for Metrov sending e-postcards of his wall art. Several gallerists replied positively and each time we reported back to Metrov .  In the weeks to follow, Metrov decided to take an excursion to visit these galleries and launch in-person relationships with the gallerists. Metro reported back to us–

At Gallery A, Metrov met a nice, elderly woman gallerist with  “a nice space and some cool art.” She also has since accepted Metrov’s Facebook friend request and he plans to follow-up further.

At Gallery B, which Metrov described as a great gallery space, Metrov just missed the gallery owner. But one of the gallery curators suggested emailing the owner, which Metrov will do.

At Gallery C, Metrov met the gallery manager; “a very cool dude. We agreed to keep in touch. Later, when Metrov got home, he send a Facebook friend request to this gallery owner who accepted. Now that they are friends on Facebook they can continue to interact with images and notes.

At Gallery D, Metrov met the gallerist who had replied to our e-postcard.  Metro described him as  “A very sweet man with a brand new (although quite small) gallery and a great show”.  Metrov told him the report he had gotten from his  “Marketing Director, Marie Kazalia” from the e-postcards sent. Metro said of this meeting, “You were right! He likes my work. He was very pleased to meet me in person and we agreed to keep in touch. The courting has begun!” It was a good time to stop in, just before the opening that evening and Metrov stayed a while but then had to get going on his long drive back home.

“These are all viable spaces for my work,” Metrov said,  “and once I get to know the owners a little more I will propose exhibits to all of them. Whoa! I didn’t really want to make the 2.5 hour drive to LA (traffic is often nightmarish), but it was well worth the trip! Made me realize how important it is to meet people in person.”

Metrov’s website: http://metrov.org  Metrov’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/metrov?fref=ts

 

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Find out about our E-Postcard Marketing Service for Artists here.

a new short documentary about the printmaking artwork of Mark James Murphy

This is a new short documentary about the printmaking artwork of Mark James Murphy  http://www.markjamesmurphyart.com

 

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The Feminist Art Project Presents a Day of Panels at the Museum of Arts and Design

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THE FEMINIST ART PROJECT PRESENTS A DAY OF PANELS AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGNSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015   FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  No registration needed.
 The Feminist Art Project (TFAP), now in its ninth year of successfully shining a spotlight on feminist art and its impact on art and culture worldwide, announces the schedule for a special symposium at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. With an impressive list of participants, The Feminist Art Project will present a diverse set of panels that will be of interest to anyone curious about contemporary art and ideas. The 2015 Day of Panels will take place on Saturday, February 14 from 9am – 5pm at MAD. The panels, entitled Collective Creativity: Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice, are organized by Damali Abrams, Artist; Jenn Dierdorf, Artist, Co-Director of the Fellowship Program and Development, A.I.R. Gallery; Kathleen Wentrack, Art historian, City University of NY,Queensborough. The symposium will focus on Collaborative working methodologies and how women’s collectives have been crucial to feminist art practice since the 1970s. As feminist practice continues to evolve, collaboration and collectivity continue to provide an alternative to the patriarchal ideal of individualism. This day of panels will explore both a communal approach to working in a variety of media and group support structures for women artists both historical and present day. Panels and Participants:*Collaboration and Collectivity: The Past or Future of Feminist Exhibition Making – Chair:KalliopiMinoudaki (Independent Art Historian) Panelists: DorisCaçoilo (_gaia), LaurenDenitzio (Artist; For the Birds), KateWadkins (Writer/Curator; For the Birds); Dr. Maura Reilly (University of Sidney),Ridykeulous (curatorial collective).Roundtable: A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G – Co-Chairs: Susan Bee (Pratt Institute; University of Pennsylvania) and Mira Schor (Parsons, The New School) Panelists: Joyce Kozloff (Independent Artist) Sheila Pepe (Pratt Institute), Kara Rooney (Independent Artist, The Brooklyn Rail), Alexandria Smith (Independent Artist).*Gatecrashing: Feminist Collaboration and Institutional Intervention – Co-chairs: KatGriefen (Rutgers University), and Meredith Brown (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Panelists: A.K. Burns (Artist and Educator), Jorge DanielVeneciano, (ElMuseo del Barrio), and the collectiveHOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?.*When the Personal Becomes Political: Creative Activism/Collective Intentions – Chair: Nina Felshin (Independent Curator/Writer/Activist) Panelists/Collectives: Anjana Malhotra (SUNY Buffalo; Visible Collective); Mona Eldahry, (Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media); and Dread Scott (Postcode Criminals).

*Power, Collaboration, and Lies  Chair: Katherine Behar (Baruch College) Panelists: Stephanie Rothenberg (University of Buffalo); Jeff Crouse (Odd Division/NEW INC, New Museum); Larisa Mann (New York University); Sydette Harry (Body Ecology Performance Ensemble); Liz Flyntz (Smack Mellon/Extracurricular).

*Encouragements with Dave – Performance by J.R. Uretsky (Artist) and Emily Dix Thomas (Cellist)

*CollECtive NoW: Artists on the Collective Present – Roundtable – Chair: Dalida María Benfield (Vermont College of Fine Arts; Harvard University) Artist/Panelists: Salome Chasnoff (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Personal Hermitage Productions, and Beyondmedia Education); Celia Herrera-Rodriguez (Artist/Teacher); Davida Ingram (Seattle People of Color Salon); Jessica Resmond (MEI Collectiv); Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz (Beta-Local); Robert Sember (Ultra-red, and The New School’s Eugene Lang College); Sasha Sumner (Hungry March Band, Pratt Institute, and the Pedagogy Group).

For more information and to view the full descriptions and schedule, and location details visit

The Feminist Art Project.
 To obtain jpeg images and to schedule interviews, please contact:
The Feminist Art Project: 848-932-3726  ctell@rci.rutgers.edu

The Feminist Art Project promotes diverse feminist art events and education through its website and online calendar.  Website visitors can find exhibitions, lectures, artist talks, films, educational resources, and other art related activities in their area or to include in travel plans.  The website offers hundreds of links to websites of interest. The Feminist Art Project is a program at  Rutgers University, and is a unit of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For more information about TFAP, please visitfeministartproject.rutgers.edu.

The Feminist Art Project
is proud to include on its Honorary Committee:
Norma Broude, American UniversityE. John Bullard, New Orleans Museum of Art, EmeritusConnie Butler, Hammer Museum of ArtMary D. Garrard, American UniversityChrissie Iles, Whitney Museum of American ArtArnold Lehman, Brooklyn MuseumLucy R. Lippard, Writer and activistMargo Machida, University of ConnecticutCindy Nemser, Author, critic, journalist

Linda Nochlin, NYU Institute of Fine Arts

Faith Ringgold, Artist

Lowery Stokes Sims, Museum of Art & Design

Gloria Steinem, Co-founder Ms. Magazine

The Feminist Art Project
National Coordinating Committee members are:

Judith K Brodsky, Co-Founding Director, Institute for Women & Art,Rutgers UniversityJudy Chicago, Artistic Director, Through the FlowerKat Greifen, Director, A.I.R. GalleryLeslie King-Hammond, Maryland Institute College of ArtCatherine Morris, Curator, Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist ArtDena Muller, Executive Director,ArtTableFerris Olin, Co-Founding Director, Institute for Women & Art,
Rutgers University

Susan Fisher Sterling, Director, The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Anne Swartz, Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design