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When Jacqui Morgan received her BFA from Pratt, she entered a world without any female illustrators. She with Barbara Nessim and Lorraine Fox who passed away very young, were the first and only working female illustrators. During the heyday of the psychedelic, she designed and illustrated the iconic Electric Circus Poster and went on to create more iconic images for the American Optometric Association, Sansui, Scott Printing, Celanese, Exxon, and 7 UP Billboards. Unique covers for American Artist Magazine, Mac Millan Books, Print Magazine and Cosmopolitan along with album covers for RCA, ads for DeBeers diamonds and animated commercials for Burlington Mills and General Mills were among her achievements. She always loved science fiction and illustrated a few anthologies for young readers.
After Morgan received her MA from Hunter College, CUNY, she studied realistic oil painting with Sharon Sprung a student of Harvey Dinnerstein and then applied these findings to watercolor. While far more difficult to handle than oils, watercolor is easier to control than dyes which stain the paper and cannot be lightened, only bleached.The comfort with dyes came when working for two years designing textile patterns right after Pratt graduation. Watercolor had the same seductive transparency. The first illustration of this no line, more painterly, approach was the poster for the Tap Dance Kid Broadway show. Read full biography.
Jacqui Morgan, Illustrator Painter Educator Writer.
Paula M. Smiles
Interest in drawing started at a very young age for Paula who then attended the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Under the guidance of Emanuel Jacobson she focused on life drawings. Most recently she has been doing a series of “Pin-Head People.” The heads are “pin-head” in size and the body is stretched out as the form moves to the hands and feet.
Paula holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Illinois. She resides in Skokie, Illinois where she works as a hospice social worker and continues to draw. She has participated in art shows and exhibited her work in the Chicago area including at The Figurative Art League of Evanston, Art and Beyond, She Art, and The Skokie Art Guild.
Ione’s art has shown nationally since 1998 when, after years of world travel, a successful television, radio, theatre and film career in the performing arts, she decided to focus her richly diverse talents on the visual arts. Ione’s artistic expression, creativity, and passion for communication have resulted in numerous awards for her painting, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage.
Ione is an avant garde artist whose artistic expression takes fantastic shape through her diverse oil and watercolor paintings, bronze sculptures, found object collages and mixed media assemblages. Her contemporary paintings and sculptures range from abstract to realistic to impressionistic – all visionary interpretations from her imaginative soul.
Ione uses only one name but a variety of styles to soothe her wild imagination. A native of Chicago, she is a former television star and commercial voice-over artist. Now she wins awards and sells her creativity through her hands instead of through her larynx. Her art is as original as she is – bold, colorful and highly decorative.
Elisha Ben Yitzhak
Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. Elisha moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, in 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals and private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world, including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London and at the Florence Biennale. Elisha’s paintings have also appeared in numerous publications and electronic media. An art critic wrote about Elisha’s art“Elisha’s pictures have a unique and independent style of their own with so much rhythm. Most of his images combine both figurative and surrealistic elements, as if they were taken from a different world, but yet are strikingly realistic and appealing. When looking at Elisha’s paintings you feel certain warmth radiating from the different colors. As one gazes, one is lulled by the lyrical composition of the delicate lines. These colors have an impact similar to the effect of pastels in the work of the great impressionists. Elisha expresses his feelings, emotions and personal experiences through most astonishing paintings, which are revered around the world and considered extraordinary. The more you gaze at these paintings, the more you love them, so much so that you cannot help but be affected by the artist’s romanticism.”
Quoted by Leon Harari, an art critic in Israel Elisha Ben Yitzhak, Artist
Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan’s art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan’s work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others.
For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Cralowa Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (full list of solo and group exhibition can be found on artists web site).
Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions.
Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Marlene Burns has been a professional artist for forty years. She earned two degrees from the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Art and Architecture.
Her career has included consultation, teaching, and a successful business creating art for clients while working in the design community. She has been represented in galleries from coast to coast.
Judaism has always been her passion as well. Last year, Marlene began a Judaic series of paintings based on some of the Hebrew prayers she studies and shares with those she teaches. Painting in the style of ‘sacred intention,’ her series of 17 paintings so far, has become her most inspired work to date. She prepares for each painting by chanting or singing the specific prayer while her abstract expressionist process unfolds. Most of her symbols are hidden. The translations and explanations of her artistic process become part of her offerings as teachings.