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.
"Red" 2018 Show
This show will run February 1-28, 2018. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 112 accepted entries and they came from 18 different states in the USA as well as 11 other countries: Belarus, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to, acrylic, collage, colored pencil, digital, dye, felt, gouache, graphite, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, oleum, pastel, photography, reclaimed materials, spray paint, 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 Red Cross. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. For more information, please visit their website http://www.ifrc.org/en/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with the Red Cross. 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.
In 1964 I was 16 years old and I thought I wanted to be an artist. Willem de Kooning was my art hero. But I became an engineer instead. The Vietnam War might have affected my thinking but more likely than not I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. 40 years later in 2004, I retired from the best job I ever had to become a self-taught, full-time artist. Today my work is exhibited at universities, art centers, museums and galleries and regularly featured in local, national and international publications.
For me the essence of art is the exploration of fundamental issues of our time. I explore intolerance, discrimination, addiction and violence with its victims, witnesses and survivors. This is the larger conversation; the wider dialog that I want to be part of.
My large portraits start with an ambiguous expression, shared gaze and uncertain context calculated to provoke you into creating the narrative. I use a limited pallet of acrylic paint along with metallic and iridescent colors that produce changing patterns with changes in lighting and view angle. Working freely, I drip, brush, pour, scrub and scape paint while applying a variety of lines, dots and other adjustments.
I realize that I lose control of the painting the minute I quit work on it and it is seen, experienced and interpreted by others. It fascinates me to see how viewers react in ways I never intended or foresaw. Meaning, as it relates to art, is subjective and never fixed.
We are captive to our own experience, perspective and anxieties. They influence our perception of meaning, reality and truth. But our perception is fraught with ambiguity and so I think we adapt and respond by looking inward to past experiences and our common sense for resolution. Half remembered memories, after images and prior non-linear experiences all can affect our perception.
RESUME LUIS G. ARDILA
Born: Bogota, Colombia. American Citizen
Graduated as: Master in Fine Arts, Specializing in Painting, National University, Bogota, Colombia. Others: Architecture (4 years) National University. Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia. More than 40 awards, prizes and honorable mentions.
First Prize: Mooresville Arts 4th Annual Winter Juried Art Exhibition, Mooresville, NC, USA. Regional Artist Project Grant Award: Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC, USA. Regional Artist Project Grant Award: Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC, USA. Best in Show: 9th Annual North Ridge Country Club Art Gala, Raleigh, NC, USA. Second Prize, FALL INTO ART Juried Show, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC, USA. First Prize, Mint Hill Arts October Members Only Juried Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, USA. Honor Mention, Annual Anne and Bill Litaker Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, USA.
First Place, RED, Group Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, by Internet.
ONE MAN SHOWS
Between 1984 and 2017 more than 35 One Man Shows in USA, Europe and Latin America. 2017 One man Show, North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh, NC, USA. 2015 One Universe, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA.
Between 1975 and 2018 more than 145 Group Shows in USA, Europe and Latin America.
Winners of 2017 Group Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, MC, USA. RED, Group Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, by Internet. Arte Latino Now, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA.
Annual Anne and Bill Litaker Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, USA. Celebrate North Carolina, Group Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, USA. FALL INTO ART Juried Show, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, NC, USA. Mint Hill Arts October Members Only Juried Show, Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill, NC, USA. Mooresville 35th Annual Artoberfest Juried Art Exhibition, Depot Fine Arts Gallery, Mooresville, NC, USA. Back to the garden, Juried Art Exhibition, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA. 9th Annual North Ridge Country Club Art Gala, Raleigh, NC, USA. 100 Love Notes Art Show, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA. Arte Latino Now, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA. Mooresville Arts 4th Annual Winter Juried Art Exhibition, Depot Fine Arts Gallery, Mooresville, NC, USA. Macondo, a Journey through Magical Realism, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC, USA.
Since my childhood, I’ve been traveling all my life between United States, Europe and Latin America. My work has an expressionist-symbolist style and I use mythologies from eastern and western civilizations. I use Syncretism to develop patterns that reveal how our current culture opens itself into its different art’s functions to reflect our way of living, hopes and mistakes. Syncretism is the combination or fusion of different beliefs, Philosophies, Mythologies or Religions, emphasizing an underlying unity that allows an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism commonly have expressions in art and culture that can join together.
Statement of the artwork.
Title: Helen of Troy
Technique: oil/ canvas
Size: 36’’ x 24’’
The people that have had power throughout history, from the beginning of time, have had their own values of what are “desired objects”. They can be people, things, or ideas and the desire of these possessions, above all considerations, brings to the world wars and destruction. Helen of Troy is a universal symbol created by the Greeks: The Iliad. It is expressed in all seven of the Fine Arts and its emphasis is linked to what greed is or could become.
ARTIGOROV STAS Moscow, Russia
Born in 1983 in Krasnodar (South of Russia). From 6 to 13 years were studied in the private school of Art History and Drawing. First solo exhibition was in 11 years. Graduated with honours from Krasnodar Art College. Studied in art-Industrial Academy. Upon admission scored the maximum possible number of points for Drawing, Painting and Composition. After studying 12 years of working with interior Paintings and complex, creative painting. In order to explore the secrets of the Old Masters have traveled almost all European museums and galleries, making copies. In 2015 he studied at the Academy of Florence, the techniques of Renaissance masters. His works are in private collections in Russia and Europe. He loves figurative painting with complex feelings of the characters and allusions from the World of history and Culture. The artwork, "Final Masquerade", is allegorically depicted the dramatic moment of parting still loving each other people. When removed the mask and remains dramatic and tearing the soul of Emptiness .
(photography/digital mixed media)
by Don Arday
(acrylic on canvas)
by Sean Black Wolf