The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.
"Landscapes" 2014 Show
This show will run October 1-31, 2014. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work and we were pleased with the response we received. (110 works entered and 108 accepted) Multiple accepted entries came from 20 different states plus the District of Colombia in the USA and 8 other countries, Canada, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, oil, watercolor, Knifed Watercolor (TM), mixed media, photography, digital, collage, egg tempera, ink, pressed flowers, and spray paint. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, also contributed to the decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.
We were very happy to present a check to the Global Food Crisis Fund with 10% of all entry fees from this show. Click here to see more about our donation. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else. Please visit herehttp://www.brethren.org/gfcf/ for more information.
Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.
Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.
Best of Show
"Abandoned" (oil on canvas) by Katy Kann
Born in 1994 in Russia, Katy Kann is a contemporary realist painter. She grew up in Monaco, a small principality in the South of France. Her hometown has inspired her with all its beautiful landscapes and luxuries and from as early as 10 years old she was recognized in her school for having evident artistic talents. Her progression in painting flourished till the age of 17 when she was invited to have her debut solo exhibition at the Yacht Club of Monaco. Being raised in an artistic family with her mother being a classical ballet dancer and her grandparents mastering in the arts, it gave her the love and desire to produce art that is intense and rewarding. Her grandfather introduced her to the delicate and mystical theme of nudity which can be seen in her upcoming ‘Carnality’ series. Having several other fascinations in the industry of the arts she received a GIA diploma as an accredited jewelry professional and in 2012 left abroad to study Architecture at the University of Manchester. Nevertheless painting to this day remains to her as a profound passion and a full-time commitment as she continues to accept both small and large scale painting commissions using the highest quality oil painting pigments.
For me, the process of creating a painting is not only technical; it also involves intellectual, spiritual and deeply emotional dimensions. I try to cause my paintings to be works of beauty and sense. When painting in realism, I am always fascinated by the visual intimacy of my creations. Realist painting involves a rather dynamic interaction that has no formulas, is inventive and constantly pushes the limits of both my creativity and skill in a tenacious quest to achieve and perfect, the value of human effort. I consider these paintings to be the ultimate artistic challenge.
"Kaas Valley of Flowers" (fabric collage on canvas) by Dattatreya Phadke
I, Dattatreya Phadke am a Pathologist by training. Having spent a long time pursuing medicine, and with its busy and demanding schedule, my art suddenly took a back seat, but never really left me. I always kept in touch in the form of visiting art shows and art exhibits in museums. This inspired me to take up painting again. In an attempt to brush up my painting skills I came across many new techniques that I felt excited about and was eager to know more. Apart from attending a few day workshops to brush up my art skills and learn these new techniques, I do not have any formal art training. I have found that painting a few brush strokes can really take away the stress of the day. It can be a great way to relax. I like working in different media as I believe they bring different dimension to the art being created, each with its unique style. However, in a particular piece I try to stay true to only one medium and generally do not mix different media. Using fabric as my paints has been my most recent venture. Their vibrant colors and their different textures in cotton and silks have always fascinated me. So, I have tried to include this beautiful material in my art work. I use several textured fabrics, cut them in numerous pieces that are then glued or fused onto a canvas background in layers until I am satisfied with the correct shape and color value. Each one of us has this creative side which just begs to be explored. It can be uplifting, inspiring and a great creative outlet for our inner feelings. I hope my art inspires others to take up the pencil or the brush or even scraps of fabric to create little pieces of beauty and share it with all. Joy doubles only by sharing and so does art.
Kaas plateau, also known as Maharashtra, India’s “The Valley of Flowers”, is nestled in the lush green western mountain range. It comes to life just after the monsoon. As far as the eye can see, the land is carpeted with a spectacular display of wildflowers. Endless stretches are covered in hues of pink, blue and yellow. Interplay of light and clouds especially in the early hours adds to this mesmerizing beauty.
I use fabric as my color palette instead of paints. Most of the time, I use photos that I have taken from my travels, as an inspiration to make a particular piece. Canvas board/panel is used as a base. Depending on the piece I decide to create, several different colored fabrics of different textures and types such as cotton, silk, synthetics are used. Iron on adhesive is used to fuse the fabric to the canvas board. Sometimes, fabric glue or an acrylic adhesive is used to fuse delicate fabrics such as silk. Fabric is cut into numerous small shapes and then the entire canvas is adhered with these pieces in layers to create the collage.
"The Wake (American Flag)" (oil on stainless steel) by Jovan Karlo Villalba
Jovan Karlo Villalba (b. 1977, Quito, Ecuador) was raised in Miami, Florida. He is an alumnus of New World School of the Arts in Miami and the Cooper Union School of Art (BFA) in New York City. Jovan began to exhibit his work in New York City while working from his art studio located in the Chelsea Art District. Over the last decade he has exhibited his work at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States, including in solo exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles and Miami. His work has been published worldwide, and was recently featured in biennial exhibitions at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center and at the Queens Museum of Art. Jovan presently lives and works in Miami, FL.
My interest is in the imagination. My work is an attempt to initiate a refreshing experience by stimulating contemplation and escapism in a viewer. My painting process is an additive and subtractive one, that enables me to continuously cover and expose the underlying –reflective– steel surface until the desired balance of paint and steel is achieved. Determined by form and subject, this balance plays a crucial role as it allows the painted image to coalesce with reflected light and motion. The result is work that is in constant flux, navigating between a depicted and a “real” environment.
"The Wake" comments on the negative effects present-day civilization has on our people, our land, and "America" as we know it. The dual imagery of a desolate, torn landscape and the receding depiction of a rippling American flag that emerges from the topography serves as the personification of the uncertainty and certain loss of pride that is apparent in the present-day American. "The Wake" is intended to lean against a wall from the floor. This presentation allows me to deliver a conceptually complete experience for a viewer by physically placing them in a viewing position that evokes the experience of observing a wake.
by Kasie Fisher
"Landscape with Cauliflower Florets"
(oil on canvas)
by James Tormey
by Matthew Derezinski
by Elizabeth Burin