Year in Review: Our Top 5 Fav + Most Popular Visual Artists of 2015

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

To start off the new year we’re reviewing our top five featured artist articles of 2015. These 5 featured artists have the highest number of views, tweets and Facebook shares of all artists we featured. At the time these feature articles published, we tweeted each, shared on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. During the last week of 2015, we began tweeting these artists again as part of our review.

Hildy Maze was our most popular artist and with readers sharing her featured article to Facebook 123 times!   Hildy ‘s art images on Twitter got lots of re-tweets from followers. You can follow Hildy Maze on Twitter here.  Tweets us your art and we will ReTweet your art tweets from our 3 growing Twitter accounts @Artozon, @Transmediartist, @TransArtGuide.

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

Another of our most popular artist feature in 2015 was The Fantastical Human Art Forms of Olga Zavershinskaya aka Armene–read it here.  Follow Olga Zavershinskaya on Twitter @ArmeneImages.

Jellyfish, Olga Zavershinskaya

Jellyfish, Olga Zavershinskaya

Another of our wonderful featured artists, New York City artist Jane Dell exhibits regularly in galleries and is a popular artist with curators seeking new, skilled, and innovative work. You may view more of the art of Jane Dell on her website here.  Follow Jane Dell on Twitter here.

painting by Jane Dell View more of the art of Jane Dell on her website: http://www.janedell.com

painting by Jane Dell

Our feature article here, of the Fluid Paintings Chilean Artist Mauricio Paz Viola contains lovely and colorful images, much retweeted on Twitter.

Mauricio Paz Viola

Mauricio Paz Viola

Another popular feature article Photographic Art of Miles Schuster (read it here) includes this lovely image–

Miles Schuster photo

Miles Schuster photo

We have a forthcoming feature article on New York City artist Ula Einstein and her sculpture paper works and color prints . We’re looking for more great artists to feature in 2016, and to share widely via social media. If you’d like you work in an article please contact Marie via email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

 

Feature image: Drop, Olga Zavershinskaya

 

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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