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Tips from Artist to Artist
EXHIBITING SPACE FOR YOUR ARTWORK
By Elly Potamianos
ACQUIRING YOUR OWN SPACE You’ve just completed a theme of an inspirational subject that captured your concentration to finish ten paintings, (photographs, sculptures, or other medium) and that mentor has approved the artwork. Renting your own exhibit space is the ultimate gratification, as well as, total profit. It may be easier at some areas, but there are many options depending on the funds and the length of the exhibit… read more
A friend indeed
June 5, 2012
Yesterday, Richard Brady of Maynard, Massachusetts wrote, “I’ve begun a working relationship with a friend. He’s taken the initiative to introduce my paintings to potential clients. I’ve given a 10% finder’s fee in the past to a person who made a referral which led to a sale or a commission. Not much effort for him. Beyond just an introduction, is a higher percentage appropriate if the intermediary makes phone calls and sends e-mails to hard sell the work? Is the finder’s fee to be paid for additional work the client may purchase later? If the intermediary puts a higher price on the work than I initially sought, would that additional money belong to the intermediary?”
Thanks, Richard. First, the term “hard sell” makes my teeth squirm. Art should never be hard sold. A good agent shares the magic of his connection with you and looks after the interests of your clients. Read more
Alicia H. Torres
Alicia H. Torres was born in Columbia. Studied in Barranquilla at Marymount School. Spent four years in Switzerland where she studied Art History at the Institutes La Pelouse in Bex and Montcalme in Lausanne. Alicia had the chance to visit European museums and enjoy and admire what she loves most – art and all of its expressions… read more.
The roots of my life and work are steeped in Russian art and culture. My earlier works had a whiff of Russian Constructivism (purely unconsciously; I was thrilled when it was pointed out to me). I am still searching for a way to express the breadth of feelings and emotions and the struggle for meaning and life’s anchor. My major influences are Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall. My heart leaps when I see their work and I think ‘how do I do THAT’… read more.
Max Tzinman was born in Romania and lived in Israel and Canada, immersing himself in a multitude of cultures that influenced his artistic philosophy. Formerly an architect, since his move to New York City he has returned to his first love, art. He has recently participated in art and photography shows at LACDA (Los Angeles Center For Digital Art), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft. Collins, CO), BAG (Brooklyn Art Gallery), Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Gallery, Moss Rehab/Einstein, Atlantic Gallery, MOCA (Museum of Computer Art), and the William Penn Foundation… read more.
My passion for photography goes back to thirty years ago during my university education in science and my first and only scientific photography class. Since then, I have been pursuing my skills, mainly in nature photography. For the last 7 years, I have shifted to digital photography and I have participated regularly in contests on this topic, especially in macro photography… read more
Displaced to Athens, Greece from a small modest villa on an island across Italy, Argostolion, Kefallinia, Greece, after a devastating earthquake arriving to the US was inevitable. Tutored prior to age five helped in advancing in school and previously knowing the English language. Already noticed and encouraged by teachers and the principal in Greece, to draw the passion continued in all arts. Here in the US, the encouragement was the same by many wonderful teachers in Illinois, with art projects phenomenally full of creativity, and fun. Meeting some master artists at this time was a most exciting treat with an intellectual reciprocation upon interacting that contributed in confidence, creativity, and stretching the imagination beyond… read more
Throughout my life I have always had a greater visual sense about how the world looked versus other senses. This visual dominance in perceiving the world has profoundly affected my work as an artist. My art offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, the viewer is then asked and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction presents. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. The techniques to achieve these photographic abstractions and reconstructions are a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication, creates this style of fine art… read more
Based in Chicago,USA, Jason Fairchild is a modern artist that currently uses painting as the fastest and best way to get his message out there.
Women are the center of the art of Jason Fairchild: or to be more accurate women and the unique forms of space that surround them. (*Untitled*)
The women he portrays are not the everyday women we see on the street waiting for buses or shopping in the neighborhood supermarket, they are sexually charged nude or semi-nude figures that seem part lover, part mother, part dream girlfriend, part wife, part earth goddess. They are figures of beauty, pleasure, pain, mysticism and fantasy. (*Angel of Destruction*) His figures are also involved in differing ways with processes of metamorphosis and transformation. They are attempts to portray the journey’s of the soul through various stages and roles in life but in a way which emphasizes the ambiguity of humanity floating through time and space. His figures seem in the midst of travel in journeys that are infinite; his images frozen moments in endless voyages where the model poses for a second in a fantastic landscape, let’s the artist capture her image, but will soon move on to travel onward to another place and another time and another role in her existence. (*Shore’s Left Behind*)As such his woman have a slightly ambiguous dream like quality that hints at, but never overtly states, elements of the human condition… read more
We can sense all the depth which marks the vital and creative process of Gabriel Gross, an artist in constant dialogue with the different scopes of contemporary art, and who above all is interested in a presence that is in his intense path, in his neofigurative periods, as well as in his abstract research.
Those of us, who have had the privilege to visit Gabriel Gross’s atelier and house, have found there not only the testimonies of works of art committed to the humankind, with its history, with our contemporary, but also with the tangible footsteps of a passionate experimentation, vigorous, and always renewed with the most unusual techniques, without leaving aside any of the possibilities offered to the artist of the XXI century, immersed as we are in what bad or good we call it the post modernity, the most advanced technologies of the visual arts… read more
A heart beat. It is one pattern that we all feel. Through the heart of each of us love flows both primal and eternal. Touching the sacred space of eternal love leads to wondrous worlds that can be explored, viewed and understood, and as this is done, you will facilitate your own healing, at a deeper subconscious level.Inside of that space deep, within the universal heart, the love of existence flows. It is a vibration that is timeless and shapeless yet with clear form. It is waiting to be explored, understood and coaxed from the source.From this deep wellspring of cosmic awareness come natural archetypes. They flow past our mind’s eye and pause. Waiting to be discovered, found and eventually to be painted. Their fulfillment is found in the healing of our spirit, essence, and souls.Elle Nicolaϊ has followed this shaman’s path through an opening in time and space to unveil the most clear and pure images of the elemental origins of our human souls. She paints them with the clarity that allows your soul to recognize the visions of awareness that they explore. Elle reaches to the far ends of the dream state to harvest these images from within the passing flow of our universal heart. She returns to paint what she finds there and because of that these images are spectacular. They invoke the healing heart that connects us to the spiritual existence of our universe… read more
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 more
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… read more
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… read more
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, Craiova 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… read more