As a child, Zaria Forman traveled with her mother, a renowned professional photographer, to some of the world’s most remote landscapes. The beauty and majesty of these places hasn’t left her and on 2012, she led an epic expedition which aimed to trace the 1869 journey made by painter William Bradford up the NW coast of Greenland. The expedition, aptly called “Chasing the Light” was actually her mother’s idea. Sadly, Rena Bass Forman wasn’t able to make the journey as she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died before the expedition could get under way. Zaria created this amazing iceberg series as a tribute to her mom. She also donated all of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings to 350.org, an organization that aims to raise awareness on climate change. She said: “During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. My hope is that these drawings bring awareness, and invite viewers to share the urgency in a hopeful and meaningful way. Art can facilitate a deeper understanding of any crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes.“
Denis Peterson is one of the pioneers of photorealism in New York. He’s also acknowledged as the founder of Hyperrealism – an artistic segment quite similar to photorealism. Think of it as photorealism on steroids. The difference between the two lies in the work’s color, depth of field, and composition. While photorealism focuses more on still-lifes, portraits, and lots of reflective surfaces (in the form of glass and water), Denis’s hyperrealistic art focuses more on ‘socially conscious messages about contemporary culture and politics’. His work has been showcased extensively in places like Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Paris, Milan, and London. He also has upcoming shows in Hong Kong and Corsica.
Georgy Kurasov was born in 1958 in the USSR, in what was then Leningrad. He still lives and works in the same place, but now the country is Russia and the city is called St Petersburg. Without any effort on his part whatsoever, Georgy seems to have emigrated from one surreal country to another. His native city was irrational from the very moment of its foundation. Situated on the same latitude as the southern shores of Alaska, on the swampy delta of the River Neva where no one had ever settled before, this new capital city grew up on the very edge of a monstrous empire. Here on the totally flat surface carved across by rivers, streams and canals, European architects laid out, like images on a canvas, straight avenues, streets and squares, they built Greco-Roman porticoes and Baroque palazzi, erected sculptures and fountains, amidst something akin to permafrost where half the year is dominated by ice and frost and the other half by damp and rain. It is hard to find a more artificial – more artistic – city.
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David Renshaw is a British artist who love to paint with vibrant acrylics. As a child, his father taught him some of the basics of drawing and from then on, he dreamed of one day becoming an artist. He studied graphic design and worked his way up from being a picture framer in a local art gallery. It was only in 2005 that he decided to go into full-time painting. He said: “I always try to make my work feel atmospheric, and I like to pay particular attention to sky and cloud formations as I consider this element of my work to be extremely important to the mood of the finished painting, whether it be a dramatic sunset or a misty moonlit night.”
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I was born and grew up in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire. My interest in portraiture developed at an early age, during the seventies, when I used to draw my favorite pop idols such as David Bowie. My love of art led me to study Art and Design at the local college, and then later to specialise in Textile Design at Huddersfield Polytechnic.
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Kim Jacobs has been a professional illustrator for over 30 years. Her art is featured prominently in numerous greeting cards, calendars, toys, fine art prints, and stationary products. The comfortingly homey themes of her art makes the viewer want to step right into the illustration. Kim lives and works in the far coast of Maine with her soul mate Bob and her feline friends. She said: “If in ‘visiting’ these places I’ve created in my paintings, even one person experiences a bit of joy or peace, I can feel that I’ve achieved something worthwhile.”
Elizabeth Patterson is an L.A. based artist who has figured out the knack in recreating the fascinatingly complicated formation of raindrops on a rain-streaked windshield. What’s more unusual still is that instead of acrylic or watercolor, she uses colored pencils with a bit of solvent to create her art. She uses a composite of several of her own photographs to get a feel for her drawings. In 1984, Elizabeth was involved in a car crash which resulted in the complete loss of use of her drawing hand. For a while, she put her artistic aspirations aside and traveled to Hawaii to explore the magnificent underwater vistas. It wasn’t until around 1999 that she picked up her pencils and, to her delight, found that her artistic talent was unaffected by her injury. She continues to explore her favorite subject matter, demonstrating an admirable mastery in graphite and color pencil drawing.
Johannes Stötter was born in south Tyrol, Italy. He is also a msician who plays the violin, guitar, and the bouzouki. Johannes won the Bodypainting World Championship last 2012. It’s not at all that surprising given his talent and the level of skill he has applied to his work. He usually paints his subjects to perfectly blend into their surroundings. His work is so detailed that it would take an observer a moment to figure out where the human is in the picture. Often, the only telltale sign would be an open eye, or a pair of slightly open lips. One of my favorites is a frog on a leaf. The frog itself is composed of five carefully arranged and strikingly painted women.
Patrick Kramer is a painter by profession and a perfectionist by nature. It’s no wonder he got drawn to realism where everything and to be ‘just right’ in order for it to be convincing. As his technique and style improved, his work started putting photographs to shame. After all, oil paints doesn’t pixelate when you look at it closely. Bu why paint when you can simply click? In response to this question, he said: “I came to realize that the appeal of representational painting since the advent of photography is due in a large part to the painting process. Although the image itself may come to resemble an ordinary photograph, a psychological intensity can be felt in the handmade work, as the artist’s laboriously slow method, intense concentration, and myriad of artistic decisions lie behind the creation of the image. In my work, I hope the viewer senses this tension between photography and the handmade — the instantaneous and the prolonged, the ubiquitous and the unique, the impartial and the personal.”
Brenoch Adams, if his description of himself is to be believed, is inhumanly tall, a baseball player, a gifted musician, and a numerically-gifted-dog owner (his dog Toby happens to have a furry, white number ‘5’ over his right eye) whose right shoulder is an eighth of an inch lower than the left. His first name means “wounded but not dead” in Gaelic. Brenoch obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Animation from the San Jose State University in California. He was hired by Nihilistic Software directly after graduation to work on the video game Conan which came out in Xbox 360 and PS3.