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Artists

Serge Bushchyk

Serge Bushchyk

Biography

I was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. My father is a well-known artist Mikola Bushchyk , master of color planted passion for art into me. Observing my father working in the studio I started to learn the basics of drawing skills which led me into art school. After Graduating from Collage of Art in 1996 I have spent many years on mastering skills of creating the illusion of 3 dimensional space of our world we live in. I was discovering the secrets and techniques of building the right perspective and depth of our world on a flat surface of the canvas, learning myriads of shapes, forms and composing them so they would create the beautiful illusion of the world we see. But since I remember myself I was fascinated by the color and what color can do on the flat surface of the canvas.

Endless experiments with color and its ability to create depth and space when properly used brought me to the conclusion that color vibrations, not lines and shapes on the canvas , is what create the perfect illusion of the world. This idea resonated with me immediately, simply because portraying the world we see by copying its elements as is, would never tell a story of what you actually saw and felt. There are no ways of painting the ocean breeze or feeling evening sun gently relaxing the nature around you. All this sensational experience can not be expressed by redrawing the sunset scene on the ocean. Understanding of this aspect has always pushed me to search for ultimate ways of expression of the momentum where I was inspired by something. I realized that color will be the method I will be creating these sensations with. Finding out the exact colors that were experienced and recreating their vibrations on the canvas would interpret the mood the best. Composing my color library from the nature never stops; I constantly collect the color interplay samples, just by observing and contemplating nature.

This practice is what led me to the discovery of ABSTRACT SPACE. Abstract space is what we do not see, is what beyond the visible world. The color spectrum is unknown, the shapes are non existent, there is no time and form as we know it, but it still exists! These another dimensions( such as light ,sound dimensions…) are being discovered as we evolve as humanity and my goal as an artist is to search for new dimensions and share my discoveries with people.
We live in a new era, era of fast technologies where we can risk to lift the veil of unknown and start looking for something new, invisible to the eye.

I am looking for spaces we can not see, non linear dimensions, where pure energy exists at the quantum level and have no time, space or traditional height, width and depth, but still exists as a vast continuum of fluctuating charge.
My task as an artist is to find the way to make those dimensions alive, make them vibrate thus creating illusion of other world, not a 3 dimensional world.SERGE BUSHCHYK

Nemo

Victor Nemo

Biography

Medium : mixed media

Born in 1968 in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, a land of vineyards, forests, lakes and fields.

His childhood was spent in a village with his grandfather. It was at that time that his interest in art began. Later he graduated from the Moscow Peoples University of Art, where he attended the Fine Arts Department. Influenced by his childhood memories, he creates paintings that capture places and scenes from his native home.

His first exhibition was held in 1987 in Moldova, where he received a warm reaction from art critics and viewers alike. Then he participated in the Moscow International Exhibition where he was noticed by critics as the best painter in show. Victor's experiments in art lead him to paint in style of avant-garde, surrealism, and impressionism. His travels brought him in constant search of interesting places that capture the heart of the countryside.

Recently, he discovered exciting views and landscapes of Italy, France, Moldova, USA, and Canada. Victor uses mixed media to create his scenes on canvas and board. His latest collection was recently presented at some of the biggest Art Shows in Atlanta, New York and Toronto. His paintings have become a part of personal collections in many countries.

Michal Rotman-Laor

Michal Rotman Laor

Michal Rotman-Laor

Biography

Born in the ISRAEL (1960), I absorbed the smell and life experience through many channels - my childhood in Holon, immigrant parents who went through the inferno in Europe during WW2, the youngest child in the family.
Alongside a secure and happy childhood, I was also exposed to feelings of alienation stemming from my family story, a world my parents lost.
My home was filled with a sense of the new ISRAEL and full of promise.
These were interspersed into my life routine.

My parents inspired me deeply, my mother with her joy of life, and my father, a well-educated, intellectual person.
Most of my life I was painting. The Love of colors, the ability to express feelings and emotions and create something out of nothing is a feeling arising from deep inside.

Painting for me is the emotional expression enfolds the totality of experiences and sights, everything beyond words.
The reality of daily life in ISRAEL does not pass without leaving an impression on me. Placing a color using different techniques fascinated me ever since. Using lines, spots, different textures and rhythms on the canvas creating eye-catching composition. It is a journey into the mind that ends on canvas using a personal and unique language.
I studied history of modern art and I take part in a painting workshop directed by Bruriah Hesnare.

I am currently attending a class at "AVNI institute of art" at Tel-Aviv.

Jacek Rudnicki

Jacek Rudnicki

Biography

The idea of thresholds has permeated all of my work for over a decade. By threshold I am referring specifically to a state of uncertainty / possibility which comes from the act of abstract painting. A nexus is to me, a threshold that not only implies an inside and an outside, a universal truth, but also a point of intersecting forces. I find this to be an astounding concept that a nexus is both a beginning and an end for the variables involved. In respect to the paintings, I feel that the viewer completes each work by bringing their perception into the nexus.

René Gruau

René Gruau

Biography

René Gruau’s illustrations were a favourite of the haute couture world and during his life-long career he collaborated with fashion houses such as Givenchy, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Schiaperelli and Dior.

Born Count Renato Zavagli-Riccardelli in Rimini, Italy in 1909 his father was an Italian aristocrat and his mother, whose last name he adopted, was a French Socialite. He moved to Paris in 1924 and commenced his career as a fashion illustrator. In the 30s he began to sketch for Parisian magazines and newspapers such as Femina and Le Figaro and soon began working with high style magazines such as Marie-Claire and L’Officiel.

In 1948 he moved to America. He contributed to Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and became the exclusive artist for Flair magazine. His advertising campaigns for Moulin Rouge and Lido de Paris utilised an old-world aesthetic, celebrating the traditional poster-art graphics of Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and the pre-1900 Parisian artists.
 He continued to work in advertising, designing the hugely influential cinema poster for Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1959 and working on campaigns for names such as Dior, Air France, Martini and Omega watches. He has been exhibited internationally at the Paris Musée du Costume (1989) and The Musée de la Publicite (1999).

Gruau died in 2004 aged 95.

Claude Fauchere

Claude Fauchère

Biography

Claude Fauchère was born in Paris in 1936. This artist has the distinction of graduating from both the College des Arts Appliqués and the École Supèrieure Nationale des Maitres des Arts.

Fauchère's vibrant portrayals of everyday life in France have elevated his status to a national treasure. From street markets to romantic café scenes, Fauchère's art captures the essence of beautiful France.

Fauchère has won a number of awards including the Gold and Silver Medals of French Artists, the Medal of the General Counsel of Seine-Saint-Denis and the Medal of the City of Paris. His art has been shown at numerous exhibitions in his native France, including Galerie Maig Davaud, Galerie Mars in Paris, and the Galerie Saint-Hubert in Lyons. In addition, Fauchère work has been acquired by the Republic of France, the city of Puteaux, and the city of Hauts-de-Seine. Works by Fauchère can be found at museums and private collections around the world.

Kosowsky

John LaFord

Getting Ready for the Migration 2011 - John LaFord
Getting Ready for the Migration 2011 - John LaFord

John LaFord

Biography

John Laford is an accomplished and successful native artist. John makes his home by the shores of Lake Superior where many of his inspirations come. John Laford has been the recipient of a Canada Council award which enabled him to travel and gain exposure internationally. His works have been shown across Canada and from Phoenix to New York in the USA. He has shown in Barcelona, Spain and many corporations have John Laford paintings adorning their walls.

His works are, perhaps, the most vibrant statement of the natural and spiritual world.

Sabina

Sabina

Biography

Born in Kiev Ukraine and now resides in Canada.

During the early seventies, Sabina completed her studies at the university of Kiev in the Ukraine. Upon graduating she and her family emigrated to Canada.

It is through a vigorous and powerful technique perfected by Sabina that she presents to the spectator contemporary scenes of landscapes and floral arrangements

Her varied colour palette include many brilliant and bold shades all to be counter balanced by subtle hues of intensity. Her use of light adds a very profound sense of artistic maturity in her work.

Her technique includes a very thick application of paint giving a much defined three dimentional aspect to her subject.

To complete the painting Sabina adds fine lines joyously finding their way through the branches and leaves giving a sense of lightness and delicateness to the finished artwork.

Ted Barr

Size: 16 x 9
Oil On Canvas

Biography - Ted Barr

Ted Barr is a painter, published author, teacher, lecturer and curator. In 1980 after his release from his regular army service, Barr started seven years period of studies with the Emin esoteric group based in London. His main areas of research were; Symbolism, Ancient Egypt, Numerology, mathematical relations as well as traditional academic studies. He holds an M.B.A degree in economy and marketing from the Tel Aviv University. Barr has written several books, Krombie, a children book and Frau Gruber Camp which was published in Hebrew in 2006 and translated into English in 2011 In 1995 Barr began his drawing lessons under the Israeli master Shlomo Tzafrir in Old Jaffa where his first exhibition was opened to the public in 2001. Since then Barr has had exhibitions in New York, Montreal, Palo Alto, Guadalajara, Detroit MI., Chianciano Terme, Cannes, Paris, Istanbul, Izmir, Cheshme, Hayward,CA., Dallas TX., Miami FL. and the Burning Man festival in Nevada. A complete list of his art exhibitions appears on his website. Barr does not sign his name on his canvases. Instead he developed a private symbol that encapsulates his esoteric studies experience; more details can be read in the article the Dual Eternity symbol In 2006 Barr had begun his experimentation with tar, which led to the development of the multi-layered tar technique that is used in most of his paintings. A combination of tar, acrylic and oil colors with lacquer. In the deep space series there are 15-20 layers in each painting. "...The white canvas is my ground, imagination the seed, intention the water, the colours are the sun, and the viewer's eye contact the fruit."