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.
Blue 2016 Show
This show will run December 1-31, 2016. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 119 accepted entries and they came from 15 different states in the USA and 17 other countries: Australia, Belarus, Bosnia, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Herzegovina, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including acrylic, digital, dot paint, felt, gouache, graphic, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, pastel, pencil/graphite/colored, photography, print, 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, as well as relating to the theme, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.
We were very happy to donate 10% of all the entry fees from this show to Natural High. They are a nonprofit drug prevention program inspiring and helping youth to discover and pursue their natural high instead of an artificial high. For more information about them, please visit http://naturalhigh.org/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Natural High. 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.
I was born in 1968 in Minnesota. A favorite tale of my childhood is that my mother would often find my brother playing war games with army men, as I sat in a corner drawing them. I was four. Regional artists Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Roy Lichtenstein inspired me.
My early teenage years were spent in Cairo, Egypt. My work is influenced by the great architecture, sculpture, symbolism, hieroglyphs and expressive colors used in their paintings. At the age of fifteen, diagnosed with dyslexia, I moved back to the States to continue my education at the GOW School in South Wales, New York. Here I received encouragement and guidance from Fine Arts teacher Bill Parsons. Upon leaving the GOW School, I lived in Paris, France for a year which fueled my creative instincts further. I returned to the States and pursued a degree at Eastern New Mexico University.
After traveling the world for several years, I made my home in South Carolina where I use imagery to turn my life experiences into visual stories such as you will find here in The Night Garden.
Religion, politics, and human conflict are all important themes in my body of work. It is my desire that these images evoke moods and memories and create a compelling narrative. I am always looking for new visual symbols to reflect an emotion or ideal.
My work has been shown in galleries in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina and was recently featured in a Juried Exhibition in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
I hadn’t done crafts since elementary school. Even then, I loathed them. I couldn’t draw. I couldn’t cut a piece of construction paper in a straight line. I got more glue on my pants then on a project. Getting older I was relieved that no one asked me to do a project that involved art cause it showed my inherent inability to draw even stick figures well. Then it all changed one day. It began innocent enough. “Lets make home slippers that look like foot prints.” Why not, its cold and we have hard wood floors. “If cut strips of felt and glue them together we could get the picture were thinking of. Great! Lets do it.
We never made the slippers. It took too long to cut and roll each of the individual strands of felt. And after taking that long, how could we ever justify walking on them. They needed to be on a canvas and admired by everyone we knew. That thinking has led me on a 4 year journey with felt. An unhealthy/healthy obsession with collecting colors and creating new pieces of art.
I slowly started making pieces from the 8×12 sheets and Michael’s. It wasn’t enough. The art was getting too big. So I started getting tons of felt and the boxes started adding up. Now there isn’t a room in the house that doesn’t have a hidden and not so hidden stash of felt. My girlfriend created this monster and doesn’t know how to feel about it. She was the crafty one after all. She has a sewing machine and make patterns. She’s the one that can draw anything and everyone with no problem at all. But now i have my own rotary mat and Martha Stewart scissors that will not be used for anything except for felt. So put them down!
I’ve never been more grateful in my life for her and what she started in me. I’ve since quit my job in San Diego to pursue fiber art full time in Washington state. It’s never brought me more joy to be able to convey my artistic thoughts for the first time in my life and I have no plans of stopping or slowing down.
Victor Ovsyannikov was born in 1947 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute, where he received the basics of art education.
Victor Ovsyannikov few decades almost no paint. He devoted himself entirely scientific work related to architecture (history and theory of housing, sociology, environmental psychology). He was well known among researchers around the world, he had a large number of scientific publications, the degree of Candidate of Architecture.
Victor kept his love for drawing and painting, but rarely painted with watercolors. During this time he made no more than a dozen watercolor sketches, which had little to do with today's painting of the artist Victor Ovsyannikov.
With extensive experience, Victor Ovsyannikov became a full and original artist only in the early 2015. Since then, he has created more than 150 works in various artistic techniques and styles. It was a difficult but fruitful search for himself in the art. The artist remained faithful only to his penchant for the art of painting on water basis - watercolor and acrylic. He created his own style, which he called "syurexpressializm".
An important feature of the artist Victor Ovsyannikov is a lack of commitment to mass tastes and preferences. For him, the priority is his own vision of the world in all its beauty and complexity. Often, this vision does not coincide with the views of others. Even in many of his landscape works we see a completely different facets of the artist's character, affecting the perception of the uniqueness and emotional mood. This also applies to architectural subjects work Ovsyannikov. They are sometimes very different from the traditional concepts of architectural painting and drawing.
Victor Ovsyannikov in recent years lived alternately in different parts of the world - Russia and the United States. This fact suffered a strong imprint on his work. We can see lyrical and subtle landscapes Russia, the unique architecture of the ancient cities. Next to these works coexist clear and expressive American landscapes, views of cities in the US. The author has visited many states and cities of America, creating a series of landscape and architectural landscapes.
His work has been exhibited in various galleries and online contests. He is a prize winner of several international competitions. Many of the works purchased by art lovers and collectors.