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.
"Water" 2017 Show
This show will run June 1-30, 2017. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 82 accepted entries and they came from 13 different states in the USA as well as 9 other countries: Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including but not limited to, acrylic, glass, gouache, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, pencil, photography, and watercolor. 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 our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to their special recognition.
We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to The Water Project. The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing sustainable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. For more information about them, please visit their website https://thewaterproject.org/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with The Water Project. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.
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.
Brian LaSaga was born in St.Teresa's, Newfoundland on November 1, 1955, and moved to St.George's Newfoundland in 1965. Brian's journey as an artist began when he was very young and Roger Tory Peterson and Don R. Eckelberry's bird paintings struck a chord with him when he was a teenager. He has a special place for birds in his life and feeds them throughout the winter months. Although he may not be a bird painter, he may incorporate a bird into his work from time to time. He has always been a very visual person and with no formal training, art is more instinctual, full of discovery and experimentation which has continued with him today. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, Brian has always remained faithful to his subjects, and his imagery. Although he has experimented with watercolors, gouache, egg tempera, and oils, the artist soon realized that acrylics suited his style and technique. Today he paints primarily with acrylics on masonite panel, and prefers acrylics because they dry faster, and this allows him to layer rather quickly. His work is greatly influenced by nature, and feels that he is just a student and instrument of nature. Brian's subjects often include rural settings, weathered textures, landscapes, seascapes, and sometimes he may incorporate figures or some form of wildlife into his work as an extension of nature. The artist prefers to paint familiar experiences and subjects indigenous to his area. An area that he feels is raw and sacred. The artist's main interest is in capturing the essence of his chosen subject.
Brian's studio is located in his hometown of St.George's, Newfoundland. The island of Newfoundland is Canada's most easterly destination and offers the artist a sanctuary for his work. It has many rugged coastlines,rivers, forests, wildlife, ponds and marshes. It has also been the inspiration for Brian's work for over 36 years. When not in his studio, he can be found hiking, kayaking or making field trips to gather material for his paintings. Many of his works hang in corporate, public and private collections in Canada, United States and Europe.
"Nature is my muse and inspiration simply because of her endless subject matter and surprises. This collaboration offers me something I never even thought of. Although I prefer to paint nature themes, weathered objects and rural settings, I'm open to other things that may catch my eye. As an artist, I feel that I'm just a work in progress, and there is always something to learn. Exploring and collecting material for paintings is a great adventure for me, and always a thrill to wonder what's around the bend or beyond that ridge. I like to create a sense of place that is somewhere but nowhere in particular. I hope each and every viewer sees and takes something a little different from my work and has an experience rather than just be viewing a picture. My goal is not to paint life, but to paint life into my work and create an emotional connection that I hope will inspire my viewers."
My name is Valdengrave Okumu. I am a self-taught artist from Toronto, Canada. I am always restless in the pursuit of improving my art. For this reason, my style is constantly changing and diverse. My paintings usually depict human beings and nature in a unique artistic mood. Inspiration for my work can originate from something tangible, an event, or even other works of art and literature. Nature is a constant inspiration for me. Through my art, I hope to inspire, evoke criticism and delve into the unknown by reflecting on and questioning reality.
“Trapped”, is a painting exploring the power and duality of water. I decided to initially paint this piece with the central figure of painting at sea and then added the glass barrier with water droplets. The background is blurred so there is no distinction between the where the water and sky meet, further enhancing the feel of powerlessness. It is left to the viewer to decide whether the figure is rising out of the water or slowly immersing herself in. One can both feel powerful or powerless in this state, trapped or free. This is dual nature of water.
Sometimes starkly real, and other times other-worldly, Jennifer Cronin’s style of captivating realism pulls the viewer into the world of her paintings and drawings. From exploring inner psychology to highlighting income inequality, Cronin is constantly working to explore what it means to be human. This past summer, Cronin embarked on a trip the remote Native Alaskan village of Newtok, where she documented the effects of climate change. She is currently in the process of developing a new series of work about this trip and our changing planet.
Jennifer Cronin is a Chicago-based artist, born and raised in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a dual BFA in painting and art education. As the capstone of her education, she studied painting at Camberwell College of Art in London, completing her education in 2009. Since then, Cronin has exhibited widely in the Chicago area, as well as nationally and internationally. She has had solo exhibitions at Elephant Room Gallery and 33 Contemporary Gallery, among other galleries. She has been featured in many publications, including New American Paintings, and has earned numerous awards for her work, including Best in Show at the Buchanan Center for the Arts show America: Now and Here juried by Eric Fischl. Most recently, Cronin has been awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to support the development of her upcoming series of work.
Wandering. Looking for something to follow. Hoping to find a hint of something that is genuine and true. In my early work, it is a playful tale of imagination weaving itself throughout my daily life. It is a dream that has taken grip in my consciousness and won’t let go. A wistful yearning for something more. A quiet reflection on the mystery of the everyday. The brilliance and beauty that can be lost if you don’t try to catch it.
As time has passed, I have turned my search outward. Searching for meaning in the lives of others and the surrounding world. Hoping that we can all connect through our lives lived, our sense of empathy, our individual stories, our hopes and aspirations, and our shared struggles and disappointments. Chasing after the mystery and complexity of our lives, and the fingerprints that we leave behind in this world.
About "Drifting no. 1":
As a city dweller always searching for pieces of nature, I find myself often drawn to the shores of Lake Michigan. The surface of the water absorbs my thoughts as they flow by in a steady stream. It is beautiful to say the least, but nature within a city is never pristine. The meditative rhythm of the water often punctuated by floating detritus, which serves as a grounding reminder of the impact that we are all having on this planet.
"Time for Food"
by Anna Kuchma