The above LOVE painting is an example of text-based art by artist Tammie LaMountain.
American artist Tammie LaMountain creates mixed media artworks, paintings, photographs and drawings employing poetic and often metaphorical language. In her own artist statement, she tells us how she creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer around in circles. Her mixed media artworks appear as dreamlike images where fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse.
Time and memory always play a key role in her work. By applying abstraction, Tammie LaMountain finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes human vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking human who experiences a continuous loss. Her works isolate the movements of humans and objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound.
By experimenting with aleatoric processes, the artist formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works.
The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.
Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of seemingly certain reality is questioned.
By choosing mainly formal solutions, Tammie LaMountain wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
Her works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections, combining unrelated aspects that lead to surprising analogies. By questioning the concept of movement, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. Her works doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
Tammie LaMountain currently lives and works in the US city of Los Angeles, California.
If you are on the look-out for unique gifts–nothing does it quite like real art!
UK artist Clare Haxby–with studios in both Singapore and London– offers her beautifully packaged (unframed) fine art prints for international delivery in 3-10 days. The artist offers custom framing and delivery of framed prints in Singapore (only) in 10 days from when you place your print order.
The artist’s feng shui Good Luck Buddha art prints could be the perfect gift for the home or office of your feng shui afficionado friend of family member. These feng shui Buddhas come in 4 styles–
Emerald Lotus Buddha represents enlightenment and self-acceptance, Scarlet Lotus Buddha enhances the feeling of being grounded and creative, the Emerald Mudra Buddha increases harmony and peace, Indigo Orchid Buddha awakens one’s intuition allowing in higher spiritual vibrations.
These Buddha art prints are not considered religious objects, but are viewed as images symbolizing good luck and well-being.
Other Clare Haxby limited edition fine art prints to consider for gifts, include 7 prints in her floral botanical series, 9 prints available in her Equestrian series, and 19 available prints in her Singapore Landmarks and Skylines series.
With so many colorful art prints to choose from, perhaps you’d like to give a Clare Haxby gift card instead. A gift card allows your business associate, family member, friend or loved one to choose their favorite print.
“I know how special it feels to open a beautifully wrapped gift and that is why I take such great care with the presentation and packaging of my Fine Art Prints, from the crisp wrapping tissue to the beautiful ribbon and cylinder packaging.” Clare Haxby
This is an amazing collection of vintage film clips of Frida Kahlo in her studio-home Casa Azul or Blue House. I visited Casa Azul in Mexico City, which is open to visitors as the Museo Frida Kahlo museum, and contains many of Frida Kahlo’s things, including her bed, easel, wheelchair, paintings, jewelry, clothing and many other items from her collections.
The Singapore F1 takes place this month from 18-20 September. Artist Clare Haxby is Celebrating Singapore’s Formula One Street Track Night Race With a Fine Art Print Give-Away on Instagram. Read more about the race and Clare’s art here and here.
PLACE // functional design & photography places art for a home in a home, aiming to bring a mix of people and ideas together in a peaceful living space that reflects powerfully felt encounters, perspectives and memories expressed by the 9 artists who have created this exhibit’s interior design.
22 Haviland Street Gallery, South Norwalk, CT, USA, presents “PLACE // functional design & photography” art for living by Joseph Dermody – furniture; Shiela Hale – furniture; Liz Pagano & Hayne Bayless – lamps; Hayne Bayless – functional ceramics; and photographers Dru Nadler, Yolanda Petrocelli, Andrew Sullivan, Yves Francois Wilson.
Of the 5 photographers in “PLACE”:
International Cinematographers Guild Member and photographer Yves François Wilson (Bridgeport, CT) combines technology, found objects and African-American visual traditions to create small dialogues. His cyanotypes (or “photograms”) trace found objects collected from various neighborhoods around the city and from his own family’s life, leaving an imprint on paper in various patterns and arrangements that turn these everyday household items into beautiful abstractions. Wilson says “I was influenced by Man Ray’s silhouettes but also by the large cyanotypes of Christian Marclay but i wanted to use the items found in my family’s dresser drawers and basements so that it would present our experience.”
22 Haviland Street Gallery, named for its 19th century address in historic downtown So. Norwalk, celebrates nine inspired artists in a new exhibition called “PLACE // functional design & photography”. A free Opening Reception will take place at the Gallery on Thursday, Sept.10, from 6pm-9pm. Gallery hours for this show will be Thursday–Sunday, 3-6pm, through Oct. 8.
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
“Every tavern has one … a loud-mouth Stinker. Ha, ha! But, he’s just part of the scene.”
An ant carriers the earth on his back, in Over Achievers, for which JKay says, “I just had to say it … visually.”
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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.
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
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
These new works on paper display Hildy’s subject and process as pathway to intellectual and contemplative work and artistic production.
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.
The artist Hildy Maze has a vast body of work that you may view on her website HildyMaze.com
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.”
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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–
Here is another stage in the development of his portrait–
Final stage in the development of the portrait–
Five stages of development in Cameroon artist Tangwan Elice’s portrait of a young woman–
Tangwan uses both graphite and charcoal in rendering the skin and hair textures in his portrait–
Here are three more stages of the portrait drawing–
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photorealist artist Doug Bloodworth paints portraits of The Three Stooges
The Theme of the Festival, in June – July, is Displaced2015, Displaced Persons Around the World
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!!
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:
Find out how to get your own portrait art from any photo here.
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.
Read the details on how to turn your own favorite selfie into a fine art portrait here.