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.
"Open" 2020 Show
This show will run January 1-31, 2020. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 74 accepted entries and they came from 16 different states in the USA as well as 10 other locations: Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Israel, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, construction paper, digital, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, pastel, 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, 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 Feed the Children. Feed the Children exists to end childhood hunger. For more information about them, please visit http://www.feedthechildren.org/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Feed the Children. 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.
As we grow up, social patterns push us to fit in the unknown: causing us to hide our deepest thoughts from others due to the fear of what they might think about us. We condition and mask our natural essence so it fades away as we become adults. Therefore, instead of pretending to fit in a box, I decided to challenge those patterns and rescue my childhood atmosphere through art.
“Locrio” is from a series of realistic acrylic portrait paintings of the witnesses of my childhood: my family. Each painting is like a journey to rescue my identity and courage from my past. The brilliant colors are from my kindergarten days. In contrast, its squared format alludes to the Post-its, where the chaotic schedules, things to do, and the strict complexity of Adulthood are written. Because children inspire me, sometimes I let them draw freely over my realistic portraits with crayons. Also, unlike adults, children are less affected by stereotypes and social norms, which is why I collaborate with them. Since they do not pretend to fit into what they are not, they do not have prejudices, they do not need acceptance, they are fearless, and they are just being themselves.”
I used to draw everywhere since I was a kid, including the back of my school notebooks, my art began with this self-taught approach, it was like a home-based hobby. Then, around 16 years old, I started using the most simple and accessible tool in Art: pencils. After a while, my graphite and charcoal portrait
drawings gave me the possibility of building a portfolio. With it, in 2016, I applied for a scholarship in Altos de Chavón La Escuela de Diseño (prestigious art school in the Dominican Republic). I got accepted! It seemed to be that Aviation (the career that I was studying back then) wouldn't take me as far as Art would.
After graduating with Summa cum laude in Fine Arts in Chavón La Escuela de Diseño (2018), I got a full scholarship from Parsons School of Design, New York, to finish my Bachelor of Fine Arts. I'm currently studying in New York, eagerly waiting to graduate next May 2020.
As I was growing up, around 17 to 18 years old, I felt that my childhood days were missing. Somehow, childhood itself became my own inspiration. My goal is to rescue and bring back the courage from those days in order to create and to express myself without any type of filter.
BIO – Corrie van der Wath
Corrie van der Wath was born in August 1964 in Bloemfontein and resides in Johannesburg (South Africa), a city that inspires him through its cultural diversity, business buzz and political rivalry. Experiencing South Africa as a young and great nation giving birth to a new identity, Van der Wath continuously engages with its story.
From early in the artist’s life he was obsessed with understanding the human condition and what is called the “examined life”. He realized that everything revolves around three “realities”: The world out there – the physical world, other living beings and his own existence represented by an internally created “view” of it.
Through his work he examines the phenomenon of “Reality” and that of the creation of the individual’s “Conceptual World”. To him we are defined by the story we carry in our minds; how WE see things. We each create and live by our internally created conceptual world.
What began as a personal journey of self-exploration has translated into his understanding of our conceptual world. This, according to him, is reflected in images of us dying twice; the first time the sun rises without us and the second time when the last word is spoken about us. Physical death does not erase the “Me” other People created in their minds of “Who they think I am or was”. People do not give us credit for who we are, they give us credit for what we and they have created in their minds!
His love for artistic expression and individual identity created the awareness of how the message conveyed through Art defines society. Art to the artist is a universal language that allows the telling of the human story, capturing history and defining the future, aesthetically and narratively expressed through the combination of colour, form, technicalities and composition.
To Van der Wath, photography, contemporary mediums and painting define a language he is developing to communicate his own authentic inner experience from the inside out “through his conceptual world” and from the outside in “experiencing the earth and other beings”.
His art creates and shares images that enables quiet self-expression, self-fulfilment and finding your own inner message, a place of meaning; a journey that seeks to invite, rather than to guide.
Having a passion for collecting art since the late 1990s spurred the desire in 2005 to also take up art as a hobby for self-expression and relaxation. A very fulfilling journey that turned serious in 2019 when he became mentored by Dr Elfriede Dreyer, Professor Extraordinarius at UNISA (University of South Africa). Under her hand the artist has been introduced to the broader spectrum of art concepts and art history, with new art pieces seeing the light. This has created the opportunity to express himself and share concepts he has experienced in the world of business, engineering, people development and psychology. He understands that life is best understood by living, experiencing and deeply understanding it, as Defined by his personal life experiences of being a father, a partner, ex- soldier, unionist, endurance athlete, adrenaline junkie, life coach, businessman, engineer and passionate artist.
In his other passion, that of being a business professional, he is a multi-award-winning CEO for the Matleng Energy Solutions Group. Van der Wath holds various formal qualifications in engineering, commerce, business management, industrial psychology and psychology. Most notably, a BA Honours (UNISA) in Psychology. During his formal studies, his insight into art techniques were further developed with his engineering studies in subjects like drafting, drawing and television (colour theory) engineering. His Psychology studies brought insight into how the mind and psyche see depth, attach meaning to images and process other sensory inputs.
In the artist's first attempt at displaying his artistic efforts, he was rewarded with a silver and two bronze medals at the Grahamstown Eisteddfod (2005).
He is currently creating pieces for the Refuge series (a place for the mind to explore) and a second series to reflect human expression, our personal journey.
I'm an undergraduate college student concentrating in oil painting. I also work in drawing, printmaking, and digital. My interest in art began as long ago as I can remember. I only started painting a couple years ago, but I quickly came to love the medium and its history. I created this piece in my painting class during the fall 2019 semester, hoping to create self-portraits using expressive color and surface. Through my work, I aim to explore themes of gender, liberation, and humanity.
by Alexis Walker-Story