Emil Alzamora harnesses a wide range of materials and techniques to deliver unexpected interpretations of the sculpted human figure. He often distorts, elongates, deconstructs, or encases his forms to reveal an emotional or physical situation, or to tell a story. Alzamora's keen interest in the physical properties of his materials, combined with his hands-on approach, allow for the process to at once reveal and inform the aesthetic and the conceptual.
Selecting stone and marble from quarries and stone yards of Carrara, Italy, M.J. Anderson brings sculptures to fruition in her studios in Italy and on the Oregon Coast. In addition to her personal figurative and abstract work for gallery exhibition, M.J. Anderson works with architects and designers on public and private art commissions, including liturgical art.
Ashley Andrews is a contemporary mid-career New York artist. Andrews began developing her intuitive approach to abstract painting at the New York Studio School and the Harlem Studio School in New York. She also attended the legendary Art Students League of New York, where she studied under Larry Poons. Andrews has cultivated a distinctively dynamic and emphatic style of gestural abstraction that is instantly recognizable as her own. The late Walter Liedtke, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has likened Andrews’ confident brushwork to that of Willem de Kooning and compared her mastery of color favorably to Helen Frankenthaler and Henri Matisse. However, Andrews’ canvases are also enlivened by her compositional risk-taking and the unpretentiousness of her “drop cloth aesthetic,” both of which give the work a raw, contemporary freshness that speaks to the energies and attitudes of the present age.
Jaq Belcher is an Australian-born contemporary artist who lives and works in Harlem, New York. Belcher’s elegant cut paper works explore consciousness, visual perception, and states of being. By cutting, she utilizes a reductive and repetitive process that fosters and requires stillness. She sees the white expanse of a sheet of paper as a beautiful void and cutting as a way of subtracting from the void in order to produce shapes, images, and ideas. The work is meditative and serene. It is a recording of time and the seeds of potential.
Stanley Casselman is a mid-career New York artist whose richly textured paintings subtly reference the history of abstraction. His works often self-consciously appropriate the signature styles of twentieth and twenty-first century artists from Mark Rothko to Gerhard Richter, while at the same time introducing novel techniques and procedures that expand the discourse and material possibilities of contemporary painting. In a 2017 interview with Casselman, David Anfam (Senior Curator of the Clyfford Still Museum) describes the artist’s work as so “tantalizing and complex” that it “makes you want to come back to it,” and he sees the “mix of randomness and pattern” in Casselman’s paintings as “a figure of life itself.” Casselman has also been favorably reviewed in such publications as Wall Street International, New York Magazine, Forbes, and Huffington Post. He has been interviewed by Brainard Carey (author of The Art World Demystified) for Yale University Radio, and Jerry Saltz has praised his “highly crafted minimalist works.”
Internationally acclaimed artist Richard Erdman makes the impossible occur on a routine basis: From the seemingly grounded to the truly ethereal, his sculptures express a vitality which transcends their temporality. The inspirations for his creations are multi-faceted and varied. They do, however, have a common thread evolving from the artist's own reverence for nature, which was crystallized during his early years in Vermont. Erdman grew up in Dorset, Vermont at the foothills of the oldest marble quarries in the United States. Not surprisingly, these early experiences greatly influenced this sculptor’s life and work. He marveled at the cavernous shapes and formations of the quarries whose weather-beaten layers and textures unveiled the mystery of stone. He also engaged his passion of joyous physicality and risk-taking, leaping from high quarry walls to the water below, challenged by new heights and dreams. These two elements, a love of the medium and an intimate relationship with nature’s raw energy and beauty, inform his work today.
Caio Fonseca is an internationally acclaimed contemporary painter with studios in Manhattan’s East Village and Tuscany, Italy. His works are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institute, and many others. Fonseca constructs syncopated compositions that counterbalance an internal geometry with elements of fresh, startling, jazz-like improvisation.
FRANCO DE FRANCESCA
A native of Toronto, Franco graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD) in 1990 and returned to the University of Guelph in 2004-05 to further his studies. As a multidisciplinary artist since 2004, Franco has been exhibiting art and art projects ranging from sculpture/installation, photography, digital art, and sound art exploring narratives and representations that materialize notions of media, technology, art history, and pop culture.
With his recent “Plasma Gel”, series of digital/mixed media “picture objects”, Franco explores digital media as a mode of abstract image production in the creation of an art object. Visualizing ephemeral and elusive environments that allude to a non-delineated, but deep pictorial space, these works recall the colour-field and the elemental geometry of mid to late twentieth century post painterly abstraction, minimalism and op-art. Franco’s work has exhibited in Canada and the United States and is included in various private and corporate collections throughout North America.
Jeff Muhs is a contemporary American artist known for both his paintings and sculptures. His compositions often suggest natural, atmospheric, or geological processes. Engaged in exploring art history as well as using found materials, the artist’s practice includes blurred versions of Titian paintings, expressive abstractions based on the Long Island landscape, and concrete sculptures of female torsos tightly bonded by bikinis. Born on June 24, 1966 in Southampton, NY, his father was a sculptor who taught Muhs wood carving at a young age. Going on to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York during the mid-1980s, Muhs directed his focus towards painting before returning to sculpture later in his career. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, among others. Muhs continues to work from his studio in Southampton, NY.
Carol Prusa is a mid-career contemporary artist known for her meticulous silverpoint technique and use of unexpected materials. In the 2015 catalogue essay for the British Museum exhibition Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, Bruce Weber calls Carol Prusa “one of the most innovative artists working in metalpoint today.” In 2018, Prusa was exhibited in The Future of Craft at The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), and in 2019 she will have a major solo exhibition at the Boca Museum. In 2017, Prusa was featured in the seven-city exhibition Glasstress, which opened at the Palazzo Franchetti during the Venice Biennale and included new works by Ai Weiwei, Sarah Sze, Ugo Rondinone, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Fred Wilson, among others. Born in Chicago, Prusa lives and works in South Florida and exhibits internationally.
Rorschach is the pseudonum of a contemporary artist who draws inspiration from the work of Hermann Rorschach, the early 20th century Swiss Freudian psychoanalyst best known for developing the Rorschach inkblot test. The Rorschach test was designed to reflect unconscious parts of the personality that the individual “projects” onto abstract visual stimuli. In the test, individuals are shown a series of ten inkblots – one at a time – and are asked to report what objects or figures they see in each of them. For Rorschach the artist, the classic “Rorschach test” provides both a conceptual framework for exploring the viewer’s subjective response to works of art, as well as a novel method for generating wondrously enigmatic forms. The artist Rorschach’s compositions, unlike those of her namesake, are never perfectly symmetrical. They spin and swirl and undulate across the picture plane in delightfully unexpected ways. Rorschach is also considered a master colorist, whose juxtaposition of related colors produces subtle and beautiful tone poems.
Eric Starosielski graduated from Mass Art in 1999 receiving the Helen Blair Crosbie Sculpture Award. He then received the Emerging Artist Award; from Corning INC and was a Nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award 2011. Starosielski was invited to exhibit at the 2012 The Armory Show in New York, by Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently working on a series entitled Recalling Memories, which are collage pieces from MRIs and Diffusion imaging scans of the brain. This work reveals how we reflect on memories and nostalgia. The source scans in this sample work are from Nouchine Hadjikhani MD, PhD, an Associate Professor in Radiology at the Harvard Medical School/MGH/MIT. Most recently his work has been acquired in the permanent collection of 3.1 Phillip Lim. He is published in 100 Artists of New England and most recently Star & Stripes. Starosielski has exhibited his work in the windows of Barneys New York and Oneworld Alliance Headquarters. Starosielski is represented by Brintz Galleries in Palm Beach, FL.
Chris Trueman is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist who has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Portland, as well as internationally in Milan, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, and Brisbane (Australia). The Lancaster Museum of Art and History presented a solo exhibition of his paintings, titled "Slipstream." His work was also included in the group exhibitions “To Live and Paint in LA” and "The Subterraneans" at the Torrance Art Museum. His work has been featured at numerous art fairs including: Dallas Art Fair, Pulse New York, Art Aspen, TX Contemporary, Pulse Miami and ArtMRKT San Francisco. He is represented in Los Angeles by Edward Cella Art + Architecture, in Washington DC by Adah Rose Gallery and TW Fine Art in Brisbane, Australia. Trueman’s work has been included in the publication New American Paintings MFA Edition #87 (2010) and the New American Paintings Pacific Coast Issues #103 (2012) and #121 (2015).
Upon a midlife crisis near age 50, New Zealand-based artist Max Gimblett moved from the nonreferential, hard-edged geometry of his early work to a new, defining frontier of his oeuvre. In an exit from the formalist paintings he created in the "Radical Painting" group in San Francisco, Gimblett began his best known work which he painted on canvases in a variety of unconventional shapes, most notably the four-petaled quatrefoil (a shape loaded with both Eastern and Western religious symbolism.)
Renowned painter and sculptor, is best known for his figurative paintings, which combine a loose, luminous formal style with iconic works from art history, commercial culture, and everyday life. Rivers was born Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg in New York, and changed his name while a teenager. Interested in jazz as a youth, Rivers played the saxophone and studied music at The Juilliard School. Following a brief period of service in World War II, Rivers began to paint at the encouragement of his friends. He studied with Hans Hofmann in the late 1940s and, though he was influenced early on by Abstract Expressionist artists, chose to apply his skill in draftsmanship to works depicting naturalistic subject matter with loose, flowing brushstrokes.