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.
"Human Nature" 2017 Show
This show will run April 1-30, 2017. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 88 accepted entries and they came from 16 different states in the USA and 13 other countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, Germany, Israel, Macedonia, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, chalk, charcoal, colored pencil, collage/ found objects/ mosaic, digital, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, plastic, photography, tempera, 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 entry fees from this show to Your Safe Haven, a nonprofit agency that serves victims of all serious crimes and their families. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Your Safe Haven. 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.
My name is Nyle Major. I am a freelance visual artist from Auckland, New Zealand. I have been actively creating, studying and exhibiting for over 9 years. I have studied locally and overseas, and as a result, have developed and promoted my practice to a conceptually sound, technically adept and highly professional practice.
My practice is based upon the 19th century techniques I learned while studying in France. Coupled with a contemporary background, my work has evolved into strong and visually intense atmospheric scenes which attract the viewer to experience multiple levels of visual and conceptual detail.
Nyle Major 2017
“Near Light”, is a painting based on the classical tradition of painting; development of a personal creative vision; and an expression and definition of humanity through pictorial form, whereby a relationship is established between an artist and artefact- the real and ideal.
This painting uses theatrical elements of lighting, costume, drapery and music- conventions of the stage that dramatise the subjects as players set in another time and place, in an ideal space where the lines between reality and the imagined become blurred, not only through the setting but also through the man-made instruments the musicians are playing and the music being created.
Grace and beauty are the two qualities to which these works aspire.
“A painter possesses grace only as a gift of nature; he himself does not know whether he possesses it, or in what degree, or how he communicates it to his works. It surprises the spectator, who feels its effect without penetrating to its true cause. Grace is what pleases and wins the heart without passing through the mind. Grace and beauty are two different things; beauty pleases only by the rules and grace pleases without them.
The beautiful is not always graceful. And the graceful is not always beautiful. But grace joined to beauty is the height of perfection.”
Roger de Piles 1699
My interest lies in the exploration of the figure, particularly in the context of isolation, longing and identity.
I often choose teenagers as my subject, as this social dislocation is particularly intriguing in the adolescent world, one so painfully full of angst in the desire to belong. Discomfort actually becomes a security blanket, a veiling of the uncertain inner self. Choice of clothing, expression, attitude are all details that emerge in my images, with the goal of capturing what is lost or purposely hidden.
I work in graphite or colored pencil, the marks on the paper immediate and permanent. The drawing builds up, similar to sculpting, each detail adding to the whole. There is a simplicity in its graphic quality, intentionally so, to reveal as much of the sitter as possible.
This image is a drawing of my Mother, who passed away in 2014 after a five year struggle with Alzheimer's. I took this photo the week of her death, I decided to draw her, primarily because, although she was not completely aware of who I was, I saw in her eyes the compassion that I grew up with. I cannot explain the wonder of having my Mother in my studio with me. The drawing is a bit larger than life size and hangs in the middle of my wall. I still add marks to the drawing, slightly changing her expression to allow me to touch her through her eyes daily. It has changed how I make art, and I am so thankful to be able to do what I do.
My name is Morgan Broome and for me, creating is my release. It is an extension and an expression of who I am. Art, in all its forms, cultivates in me an excitement to explore endless possibilities to communicate a message to viewers, regardless of culture or origin.
I have practiced and experimented with mediums, including acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal, clay and most recently, found objects, to create assembled art/collage. Working with found objects has been one of the most interesting mediums with which I have worked. When creating a found object portrait like the one you are viewing (whose name is “Shoham”), I choose between thousands of objects, including puzzle pieces, bottle caps, buttons, small toys from my childhood, remotes, marbles, etc. I use each piece in its original color- never changing an object’s color or texture. “Shoham” is a portrait of a young girl from Israel which is the third of an expected 9-12 piece found object portrait series. The total collection will represent children from around the world and reflect the beauty each child possesses. In the case of all of my portraits, I try to foster a connection with the child, which often times arises as a result of a relationship the child has to my family and friends. I love the opportunity presented to me to link my circles of relationships to each portrait, as often times it is those relationships that have provide so much support in my career as an artist.
It has been an exciting journey, full of learning experiences and opportunities to mature in the arts. With each piece completed, I get an ever increasing excitement for the next and I would like to thank the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery for the chance to continue the journey.
by Monika Gupta
(plastic, acrylic paste, ready-made materials)
by Natasha Van Budman
"Before the jump (Russian sportswoman)"
by Evgeniya Zavialova