Forms flow, giving away to imagined and mysterious spaces, caves and labyrinths in Lucia Gomez’ multi media paintings, which express metaphysical and shamanic themes derived from her life experiences in Central and South America, Australia and the Far East. Her use of geometric forms and archetypal symbols are given depth by subtle marks, unexpected notes of color and her use of natural fibers, cotton paper and sand, which the artist uses as her own special language to articulate the her existential themes. The artist notes: ”blurred and abstract planes are also found as elements in my work and symbolize the many doubts and arbitrary situations that are necessary to reach…higher levels of consciousness.”
She paints the cottages, gardens, boats, bays and dunes of Provincetown, North light and Outdoor Still Life. Neily also paints contemporary works which are a soulful culmination of her memories of light and color which have been and continue to be her inspiration. Hilda Neily started painting with Henry Hensche at The Cape School in Provincetown in the early 1970's. Hensche started The Cape School in 1933, carrying on and developing the ideas of his teacher, Charles Hawthorne, who started the first art school in Provincetown. It was Hawthorne's school that led to Provincetown becoming one of America's preeminent art communities. Neily worked intensely with Henry Hensche for over 15 years, maintaining a close relationship with Hensche attending daily classes. Now, after more than forty years, Neily continues to paint and teach in this important historic tradition at The Cape School of Art. Hilda Neily invites you to explore and enjoy these paintings that are a part of a great artistic heritage.Type your paragraph here.
For over 20 years Steve Blackwood has been producing sculptures that reside in museums, international and private collections and galleries throughout the US. His work tells stories. The idea the objects have had a unique history of their own. By joining the individual elements together to create new objects he gives them a new life that reminds us of where we have come from. That life is amazing and complex. Our youthful memories are revived once again.
Mixed media is the perfect medium for using color with flair to represent the unconventional. The strong abstract qualities of the positive and negative space give dynamic movement to the composition, which is a creative interpretation of the subject rather than a reflection of it. Both two and three dimensional space is suggested by texturizing and layering shapes and painting.
I create fantastical compilations of human and machine, classical and industrial. There is sound structure within my pieces but they rebel against what we see as reality.
Captivated by the idea of alternative perspectives I want those who inspect my work to see the beauty of form and be intrigued by the mechanical foundations. I want the viewer to be drawn to the illusory patinas and mechanisms – to walk the line between dream and reality and experience the loss of humanity that technology has wrought.Type your paragraph here.
Brenda Gordon’s beautifully rendered paintings in oil and acrylic of seascapes capture instances of dramatic lighting flickering over sand, wave and water. A contemporary realist, Gordon explores the nuances of Florida’s ocean and seaside with particular finesse, virtually recreating a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. A multi-dimensional artist, Gordon’s full body of work often plays capriciously with familiar experiences in unexpected and at times surprising imagery through her use of a trompe l’oeil technique that dances on the edge of surrealism.
The idea of landscape fascinates me for its endless compromise with modernity and how it inevitably becomes informed by architecture, hence human intervention. The bulk of my work resides in the study of residual spaces left at the juncture where indigenous cultures, virgin territories or unclaimed spaces meet with industrialism. By channeling these conceptions by memory onto pieces through an abstract lens, I play on their formal aspects and their materiality and, through an abstract painter’s struggles, try to convey the intangible feel and the subtle characteristics of such universes.
One could say that architecture and abstraction find a common ground in my art through ambiguous sites similar to dreamscapes, resembling unsolved maps to some unknown territories. I am intrigued by appearances of what is left behind and how these places and things evolve.
Janet Siegel Rogers
In Janet Siegel Rogers’ exploration of pure color, her luminous, glowing paintings are energized by a technique original in its application and ancient in its origins called encaustic. Oil paint is suspended in beeswax, allowing layers of pigments and light into the surface of each painting. Her process holds the impression of her brushstrokes and allows her to weave over the surface of her layered colors giving them a rhythmic movesment and a delicate tapestry of texture. As the observer changes positions or the light of a room changes, so do the paintings, creating images that feel as if they are live participants in their environment. Rogers attributes the development of her technique to her observation of the effects of light on water and its visually powerful meeting of the sky in the line of the horizon. The artist notes: “the Everglades, the skies and the waters all influence my work.”
David handcrafts his blown glass vessels from a furnace. His work consists of large vessels, bowls and ornaments decorated with various ancient techniques. In 2004 David moved from the Penland area to his native South Carolina and built his own hot glass studio, Russell Glassworks, in Camden, S.C.
Artistic Digital Photographer. Photography had always fascinated me and was an evolving hobby, until the fateful day in 2001, when I met, Art NeJame and his wife Fatima, owners of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and The Pro Shop for Photographers, which at the time, was located in my hometown of Delray Beach. I was investigating their annual FotoFusion event and cautiously showed Art some of my work in the viewfinder of my point and shoot digital camera. After being mildly surprised that I had absolutely no formal education in the arts and photography, he told me that I possessed the rare gift of an outstanding “natural eye” and that I should pursue my talent to the next level and beyond. I knew I had met my “Yoda”. I immediately went out and bought my first of countless Nikon DSLR camera bodies and Nikkor lenses and enrolled in the FotoFusion seminars, lab classes and photo shoots with some of the world’s most renown professional photographers. Art became my photography guru and because of his constant encouragement and insightful support and critiques, has pushed me beyond the limits of casual hobby photography into the realm of becoming a professional landscape and floral photographer. He is my “Shining Inspiration”.
Attila Konnyu’s early fascination with the art of Abstract Expressionists led him to develop his own conversation with Arte Informale or lyrical abstraction, in which form becomes less important than the expressive impulses of the artist. In his paintings, Konnyu creates vibrant, gestural images as the basis of communication. Painting with both expressionistic and calligraphic techniques and executed spontaneously, he seeks to create a dialogue between gesture, materials and the viewer. The artist notes his concurrence with Karel Appel’s assessment of this movement: “Create your paintings with strong, wild gestures and do it with a pure heart! Shout with the power of wild colors, but create your paintings with the honesty of the sleeping child in you.”
An accomplished wood turner, Tim Carter sculpts locally found and rare pieces of wood into forms that bring his interpretation of the beauty of this natural resource into the realm of fine art ceramicists or glassworkers. His artful consideration of the placement of grain and knot in each piece of limb, branch or tree trunk and his choices to inlay semi precious stones within the natural crevices of his pieces, create one of a kind art rarely seen in this medium. Meticulously varnished and at times so paper thin as to be semi-transparent, his pieces glow with his love of his craft and medium.
Susan's work has an intimacy to it that transports you into the life of the subject. Small towns, the church spires, the barn in the field. Glimpses of the world from the path less taken. Architecture, color and light come together in a synergy that invites you in and whispers its story to you.
"My search for inspiration this past year had me taking the long way home or to my destination. What I found were small towns and often solitary sites of commerce that had been bypassed by the mass movement of people on our highways; the inner part of America that we usually don't see, the part often most affected by the events of our times -- past and present -- and that in one way or another evoke a sense of valiance in the face of adversity.”
Carin Wagner is an award-winning South Florida artist. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Wagner works predominately in oil on canvas, with a message of environmental protection at its core. She has exhibited throughout the U.S., including shows at the Sherry French Gallery, the Silvia Wald, Po Kim Gallery in New York, the Lawrence Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, and the Lighthouse Center for the Arts. Her work has been included in multiple museum shows, including the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Coral Spring Museum of Art, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.