European Design & Art
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso
“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are extremely proud and honored that we have the opportunity to represent our select, contemporary European artists. Our artists are a solid value on the European continent. Most of them have had expositions in different countries and are represented all over Europe. Every artist has his story and puts his soul into his works. Every work has its own story, and we want to tell that story!
Philippe Timmermans studied sculpture in Gent, at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts. For more than thirty years, Philippe made three-dimensional prototypes, performed sculptural commands for museums and provided for design and publicity work. Since 2011, he has especially been focusing on his own free work. His figurative sculptures are a contemporary attempt to incarnate non-tangible emotions and reflexions. The more realistic statues find their roots in the tradition of the classical sculpture and they try to give cautious, vulnerable answers to ranging questions and considerations.
Chantal De Block created a foundry with her husband using lost wax casting (also called “investment casting”, “precision casting”, or cire perdue in French) where they create bronzes for many other artists. Chantal also creates her own works and her imagination leads to her two very different styles: children and nymphs. After more than 20 years of working for other artists, they now dedicate all of their time to Chantal’s personal creations. She has watched the attitude of her young daughters with great sincerity and inspirational interest. In her works, you often will see naive children with multiple attitudes. Her sculptures inspire much joy and innocence.
Patrice Murciano is a visual artist born in 1969 living and working in the South of France. He has regular exhibitions all over Europe and in New York, Osaka, Los Angeles and now on permanent representation by EDA Gallery. Women are his muses that he represents with a style he has termed “Courbisme” or curvism in homage to women’s curves. They are highly colorful women—exaggerating the elements that he likes most, an overstated mouth and expression, an African curved back, and more. He exhibited his new style for the first time in New York in 1998 at the Soho Rez Namasi Gallery. Ten years later, he fell in love with the artistic style of American painter, Jackson Pollock, and his dripping technique emerged. He found it highly erotic and it enabled him to apply a different approach to his permanent quest for feminine beauty. Murciano then called his new style “Pop Grunge.”
Sol Hill Studio
Santa Barbara, California
Sol Hill was surrounded by the arts his whole life. His parents were artists and opened the first contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, NM. His early memories were of his parents in their studios and of Hill’s Gallery. The mysterious objects that pervaded the gallery intrigued him. Looking at those artworks felt like observing some secret alchemical language that he yearned to understand.
In college Hill wanted to major in art, but in the end studied International Affairs and German Studies at Lewis & Clark trying to “do something practical” as his parents wished. Afterward he built earthen and straw bale homes before co-founding Zen Stone Lighting, a lighting design company, with his wife, a former paper artist from Brazil.
After an intense medical crisis, Hill dedicated himself to pursuing art full time. He earned an MFA in Photographic Arts at Brooks Institute and has been working full time as an artist since 2010 still seeking to decipher that alchemical language, or at least to invent his own. His artistic practice is divided between working with contemporary digital imaging technology to create what he calls Metagraphs, a mixed media hybrid blending the use of artifacts, generated by digital photographic technology’s recording of energies other than light, with the aesthetic valuation of painting and by using art as a form of social activism through creating hard hitting social justice art projects and installations with strong presence.
LDX Artodrome Gallery
LDXArtodrome Gallery, managed by the art historian Christine Kunkler, focuses on Enigmatic Realism—a kind of art, music or literature that acknowledges that there is an enigmatic or mysterious component of our life. The artwork explicitly demonstrates this component. The name covers the contemporary work of many artists whose work intends to guide their viewers’ aesthetic perception towards a reflection on metaphysical issues. Artists of the Enigmatic Realism movement seek to question what they see as the scientific consequentialism of the modern world but without rejecting the importance of science. This art movement embraces the idea that despite the scientific advances of the past millennia, the great philosophical questions remain unanswered.
Ulrike-Riggi Hinterleitner studied decorative painting and graphic design and worked in the area of media illustration and graphic design for many years. All her paintings reflect the kind of approach she has taken in the arts right from the beginning: reduced, figurative forms, which because of few colour gradations and clear outlines lead the viewer directly to the essence of her paintings. Despite her images being critical towards general culture, they spread a great sense of humor. Hinterleitner’s art is based on the interplay of image and text: texts, sometimes only titles, point directly to the contents of her paintings. Thus they limit the possibility of interpreting her paintings and anchor their reading within the scope of our times. Her works have certain features in common with pop-art. Primarily graphical, they are in the great disegno-tradition, which has always been rooted in reason and rationality as the basic principle for representations in art. The easily detectable wit in her paintings evokes a critical view on our Western society.
Gunter Langer’s initial training was in the field of electrical engineering, then moved on to drawing and painting with Rosso Majores at the TU Dresden, as well as the study of drypoint-technique. Since 2007, he has worked intensely on ‘color in painting’ and ‘nude-painting’. Langer feels especially inspired by artists with highly developed technical skills and exceptional inventions. One may notice the influence of Matisse and Egon Schiele in his drawings. And yet, his paintings speak a language of their own. He captures his models in swift and adept line drawings while paying special attention to their posture and look. Some seem to be more aggressive or outward going, others are more introvert, shy or dream-like. Gunter Langer studies the body in a very classical way, full of artistic expression and verve. Often he makes more than 100 sketches before he considers one good enough for exposure to his collectors.
Katrin Alvarez initially study law, worked as an editor and issued several satires and a novel. But simultaneously, she has also worked as an artist. The much awarded artist sees life through the eyes of an editor; however, as artist she does not use words, but describes life with color and line. Alvarez includes and finds artistic expression for all aspects of life, both the beautiful and positive sides as well as the dark and negative sides of being. The Neurologist Dr. Gosciniak once wrote about her works: “Alvarez paintings neither want to explain, nor educate, nor teach—they do not contain any message either. However, they leave a strong imprint on the viewers’ mind. As if a stone cast into a lake, the emotions and dreams disseminate like ripples, and a new way to the Inner self inside opens up.”
Chuck Thomas Studio
Brooklyn, New York
Chuck Thomas lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Glendale, California, he earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Arts from Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, where he studied painting and sculpture. He also attended the New York AICA Studio Program. Thomas’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and Europe, and held in private collections and foundations around the world.
He describes his vision and inspiration behind his work: “Sometimes I think of an asteroid covered in frozen water hitting a molten rock, forming oceans with captured microbes set free, that are nurtured by the sun, the formation of life. Painting is my medium of choice for capturing these primordial images that exist in my mind. My work lives in this intersection of the terrestrial and the imagined, a portal between this world and perhaps an unseen parallel world.
I utilize references from places I have been to in different parts of the world to create forms thereof, materializing. These new forms have their own specific realities, imbued with an inherent spirituality that is nevertheless grounded in “the real world” around us. The possibility to make this connection between the seen and the unseen is what drives me to the studio, each day.”
Chairborne Arts – Victory
Chairborne Arts, presents the Victory, an unique exhibit of gigantic sculptures created only from chairs. Victory is a collection of six sculptures that reach a maximum height of 28 feet. The collection of sculpture consist of: Victory, Brother Love, The Guardian, The Soulman, The Sentinel and The Creator. On a national tour after winning the Best Sculpture Award at Artexpo New York in April 2018, Victory will amaze you with its creativity and message.
Victory is the tangible presentation of Steve Farland’s vision in collaboration with artist Brian Sartor to evoke the latent power within the chair, an everyday object Steve has worked with over his entire career. Steve’s intimate connection to the chair allows him to understand its presence as deeply rooted in an historical journey from tree, to seat, to junk, and then to an artistic space beyond. Playing on the themes of fragmentation and rebirth, Victory creates bold enigmatic characters out of dull, used chair pieces, demonstrating how fragmentation, ruin, age, and pain can be reshaped and presented as brave, evocative figures. In its refusal to let chairs be an idle seat of comfort, Victory activates these discarded chairs to redefine their function. These chairs no longer offer a place of repose, but rather they reach out reminding us to find solace in action and the ability to stand up and lift ourselves from the rubble. The sculptures beseech us to offer up our seats in the efforts to build something with compassion and empathy which may then provide great comfort and support to humanity.
Victory, by Brian Sartor with Stephen Farland of Chairborne Arts, presents an immense warrior-like depiction of life emerging from rubble–constructed entirely out of recycled wooden chairs from Poland.
Rose Tanner, Rose Tanner Fine Art – Booth 315
Rose Tanner is an award-winning artist who loves spending time outdoors studying birds. She is dedicated to portraying her subjects using traditional oil painting techniques, and with each delicate brushstroke, Tanner tries to show something about the bird’s beauty, life, and character. A nature enthusiast, she travels widely for her subjects and is active in supporting endangered birds and their habitat.
“Birds sing, dance, fight, court, breed, and fly,” Tanner says. “They claim territory, pair for life, hold funerals, have socials, eat fermented berries, and perform mating rituals that leave us baffled. The subject matter is endless. When I sit quiet and stay patient, the birds eventually let down their guard and carry on their daily life. I capture a range of emotions and actions. It’s those moments of humanlike behavior that inspire me to paint.”
As a professional artist, Tanner has dedicated years to the arts and is constantly seeking ways to develop new skills. She studied illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and oil painting with Daniel Keys as well as other contemporary master painters. She is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and shares her passion with aspiring and experienced wildlife artists by teaching them her own techniques to bring beautiful bird moments to life.
Lori Ryerson, Focalocity – Booth 516F
Spending 16 years on the flying trapeze and traveling the world has had a profound influence on how Lori Ryerson sees the world. Finding the narrative in abandoned urban landscapes, conveying the wonder of our universe, capturing what silence looks like—these are the stories she tells through her lens and interprets into her art.
From a background revolving around communications—from music to performing arts to writing—she continues to communicate her stories through fine art photography. Today, Ryerson’s photographs are usually the result of serendipity—keeping her eyes and mind open for an alignment of things that convey their story. Whether printed on canvas, metal, or an older technique such as gum bichromate, the presentation of the artwork becomes as much a part of her artistic consideration as the composition. The decision is dictated by the mood of the piece to create a final result that enhances the story.
Ryerson lives in Toronto and captures her stories with a Panasonic Lumix mirrorless camera.
Kate Taylor, Kate Taylor Studio — Booth 226
Kate Taylor’s journey as an artist has taken her from Cambridge, England, to Toronto, Ontario; from the organic lines of photography to the unexpected color combinations of painting; from the tutelage of internationally renowned artist Paterson Ewen to the private collections of abstract art lovers around the world. Known for her abstracted versions of flowers, landscape, and seascapes, Taylor’s work explores the unique forms and colors of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives, bringing contentment, grounding, and joy.
In her studio, Taylor works solely with a palette knife, pulling multiple colors on both sides of the knife and mixing the colors directly on the panel. Working flat, she creates from all sides, ensuring that the piece works compositionally from all directions. The stained wood grain of the birch panel becomes an integral part of the composition and, like a watercolor, is left untouched, creating a dynamic play of positive and negative spaces. The resin enhances the colors and, at the same time, reflects the viewer, incorporating them into the piece and encouraging them to be encompassed by nature and to be more thoughtful of their place within it.
“Humanity is connected to nature, our place within it and the energy we derive from this relationship,” Taylor says. “As the world around us becomes more and more fraught with stress and uncertainty, there is an even deeper need to connect with the earth and consciously integrate joy in our lives. Viewers are encouraged to enter the work and reflect on their current state, reconnect with the natural world around us, and move forward with positivism.”
2016 Spotlight Artists
Jeremy Sicile-Kira – Jeremy’s Vision Gallery, Booth 119
Jeremy Sicile-Kira was born in Paris, France in 1989 and diagnosed with autism at an early age. He did not discover his gift for painting until he was 24, when he began to communicate to his parents about the colorful abstract portraits he was painting in his dreams. As a young child, Jeremy’s interest in color was obvious: he spent hours looking at brightly colored fabrics, images in picture books, and the patterns in rugs. He loved visiting museums to look at the paintings, and cathedrals to follow the patterns on the floor tiles.
Jeremy discovered he had synesthesia in 2011, when he explained to his mother for the first time that he saw letters, numbers, words, and emotions in color. In August 2012, Jeremy began to communicate about the dreams he was having, dreams that he was painting the emotions of people he had met into colorful portraits. One night he had a dream that he painted 10 of his paintings and had an art show. He asked his mom if this could come true, and she encouraged him to paint in real life. In April 2016, his first curated solo art show was held at Space4Art in San Diego and was covered by national media outlets, including People.com, NBC, ABC, Good Morning America, and thecreatorsproject.vice.com, as well as local media.
Currently, Jeremy meets people in person at his art studio at Space4Art or online, and then paints to recreate the portrait envisioned while dreaming. Jeremy uses acrylic paint on wood panels and large canvases.
Carini Arts: The Art of Michael Carini, Booth 415, DW-1, DW-2
Known as the Acrylic Alchemist, Michael Carini received his artistic training in Los Angeles, studying at Loyola Marymount University while simultaneously serving as an apprentice under respected artists Jane Brucker and Roland Reiss. Graduating at the top of his class in 2006 with honors, including the Scholar of Distinction Award in Painting, Carini returned to his hometown in San Diego, where he currently maintains his studio.
Michael Carini’s creative visions will play with your senses and illuminate the human condition as he delves into the uncensored depths of his mind and invites you to catch a glimpse of the other side. Transmuting his medium through what he describes as a poetically alchemical process based upon the principles of equivalent exchange (Acrylic Alchemy), it is Carini’s hope that you will completely lose yourself within these labyrinthine experiences, only to discover a new sense of self and emerge reborn.
Erin Hanson Fine Art, Booth 200
Erin Hanson is a lifelong painter, having begun her study of oils as a young child. Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1981, Erin Hanson was raised in a family of Boy Scouts in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, and camping in the beautiful surrounding landscapes was a staple of her youth. In elementary school, Hanson painted across many mediums, including pastels, murals, oils, and watercolor. At the age of 16, she was accepted into a special scholarship program at the Otis College of Art and Design.
Taking pause from her artistic passion to pursue her ongoing fascination with the world of science, Hanson graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Bioengineering in 2003. Clearly armed with the grit and determination to take on any ambition, Hanson reconnected with the world of art through her love of nature and adventure. Immersing herself in the red rock of Nevada and exploring the rugged terrain of the west reinvigorated her desire to recreate the beautiful sites with powerful oil paintings.
Through her many travels—photo safaris, backpacking expeditions, and rock climbing trips alike—Hanson has been inspired to transform vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms, and raw emotional impact. Her unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, with hundreds of collectors spanning the globe eagerly anticipating her work. As an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, Hanson is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.
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