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" 2018 Show
This show will run April 1-30, 2018. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 71 accepted entries and they came from 10 different states in the USA as well as 6 other countries: Lithuania, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, digital, gouache, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, 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.
This painting is about a newborn baby coming into this world with the mother and the brother welcoming a new member of the family. This theme can be referenced back to paintings by old masters such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Titian, etc. for it being as if it’s Madonna and Child, Adoration of the Magi, or Madonna and Saint John the Baptist with infant Jesus. In the execution of this painting, I referenced back to artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo. Raphael for his Madonna and Child themes and Michelangelo as well but with the divine sense that comes through his work such as in his Doni Tondo which hangs at Uffizi Gallery in Florence. This painting although not that large in size took me over a year to paint due to the fact that I wanted every square inch of the painting done with utmost love and care. This was a very intimate and spiritual project for me as I felt somewhat connected to the Renaissance masters of the past with their traditional themes.
This is a triangular composition with the three figures forming a triangle. The eye also gets its way to go around from one figure to the next with the attention on the newborn baby. The lines on the fabric as well as some objects in the composition point back to the three figures to get the viewer’s attention at the main scene.
The triangulation of the figures also has a smooth organic type of transition from one to the other, guided by the mother’s portrait and the direction of her hands. The older brother’s hand leads the attention back to the newborn, as do the faces of both mother and her older son, looking at the baby. It’s a Classical/Renaissance type of composition, which is also possibly the most stable in art (Mona Lisa is also a triangular composition). The stability of it implies the strong bond/love connection between these three figures. The warm tones of their skin in contrast with the cools of the fabrics suggest the life among the inanimate objects surrounding the skin. It also suggests that all that matters in this painting are the three figures in it with everything else being of second importance. I however didn’t treat any part of this painting as a second importance when painting it, yet the three people in it are what make up the significance of this painting. I signed my signature with the basic skin color tone of the figures suggesting the intimacy of the scene I felt when painting it as well as that I put my heart and soul into this painting.
I used a 6-color palette for this entire painting, keeping it limited and resonate with the type of palettes old masters used.
Biography: Eugene Kuperman is a published and an award winning artist. Eugene’s work is in many private collections including in a private collection of Robert Harris Rothschild who has many notable works in his collection by artists like: Rembrandt, Chagall, Dali, Ernst, Lichtenstein, and many more. An art catalog came out in 2012 featuring many of those artists as well as the work commissioned from Eugene. From 2010 to his passing in 2014, Eugene Kuperman studied with a renowned Russian artist Leonid Steele whose works are in many museums in the world, including pieces in the notable Tretakov Gallery in Russia. One of Leonid’s former teachers was a student of a famous Russian landscape painter: Isaac Levitan and another teacher he had, was a student of the famous Russian artist: Ilya Repin. From the end of 2014 since Leonid’s passing, Eugene studied painting with an award winning artist Lance Richlin until 2016.
Eugene has been exhibiting since 2006. In 2008, Eugene traveled for a study abroad trip to Paris, France to study the old masters from life at the Louvre. He was very much inspired by the Rubens room there as well as the two Michelangelo sculptures; Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave. Another piece that left an impression on Eugene was Theodore Gerricault’s The Raft of the Medusa. In October 2017, Eugene Kuperman traveled to Italy to study the great Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters. He’s witnessed the greatest works by Michelangelo first hand, such as Statue of David, St.Peter’s Pieta, Sistine Chapel, Tomb of Pope Julius II, Doni Tondo, Pieta Palestrina, the unfinished Slave sculptures, Dome of St.Peter’s Basilica and more. Michelangelo serves as his greatest inspiration for his incredible sense of design and composition. Since late 2014, early 2015, Eugene took a new direction in art. He took upon himself to create works of social commentary which to any extent educate, enlighten, and promote change in society. Eugene Kuperman is a listed artist and his work has been published in various art books, magazines, and newspapers.
My paintings and animations tend to be representational – fleeting glances through windows, around corners, or over hills onto otherwise unseen worlds. Onlookers have labeled these worlds somber, ominous, low-brow, cartoony, weird. Who am I to argue?
Painting: The creative process takes long enough as it is, so I paint in acrylics. Even with the rapid drying time, I often use a hair dryer to speed things along. This allows for quicker glazing, scumbling, and outlining, which are my favored techniques. Influences include Bruegel (the elder), Dürer, Doré, Wyeth (the eldest), Frazetta, Wood (both Grant and Wally).
Animation: Actually, we’re talking animation and assemblage, since my cartoons need somewhere to live. Cast-off furniture, plumbing parts, various doodads and gizmos interlock to house the art-in-motion. To create the cartoons themselves I use 2D and 3D software, as well as punched paper and an animation disc. Influences include McKay, the Fleischer brothers, Avery, Clampett, O’Brien, Harryhausen.
Takeaway thought: Creating art is a perilous enterprise, a trek through uncharted territory on a moonless night. It seems the only thing more difficult is not creating art.
(The "Unstrung Ukulele" painting is a self portrait)
My name is Tatiana Dzhus. My surname in Russian sounds like "Juice", so I chose my own pseudonym "Tatyana Juice". I live and work in Russia, in St. Petersburg. I graduated from the St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture Repina (drawing classes). I am a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia.
I work in various techniques and genres. The nature of nature in a realistic manner of performance and portrait genre are closest to me. I am a repeated finalist and winner of the international contest "Portretisto. The great masters of the portrait". I am the winner of the international competition "THE BEST ARTISTS OF 2017 - AMERICAN ART AWARDS ".
As an artist I am inspired by nature, cinema, theater, literature and of course the person himself. It is important for me to convey to my viewers the vision of this world, to try to convey the nature of man, his deep essence, emotions. My works are in private collections at home and abroad .