Contemporary Art Projects USA will present a group of selected Artists who had been exhibited in Art Fairs, Public Spaces or at Museums and have received awards, some of their artworks are in Collections in the USA or abroad. Among the artists we are honored to present Patrizia Casagranda/Germany; Andre Paul Croteau/USA; Leonardo Di Tomas/Italy/USA; Adriana Dorta/Venezuela; Emery Gregg/USA; Luis Kaiulani/USA; Mher Khachatryan/Armenian; Peter Mclennan/Canada; Zammy Migdal/Israel-USA; Wuilfredo Soto/Venezuela; Bill Stone/USA; Scott Trexel/USA; Michele A. Utley Voigh/USA; Diana Vurnbrand/Peru; Amber Warren/USA.
The Krefeld based artist Patrizia Casagranda creates expressive symbioses with elements of collage, painting, stencil technique, street art and typography. Her motifs are mostly arranged as thematically homogeneous picture series in which the artist follows a certain subject or a special aspect of materiality.
In a time of increasing digitalization, which does not spare the arts, Casagranda consciously utilizes a perceptibly tangible materiality in her works. She creates relief-like, fissured surfaces of waves, furrows, mortar and studs on plywood panels, jute or truck tarpaulins. Casagranda works with the collage principle as well as with its opposite, the abrasion of the décollage: she scorches the upper layer of the corrugated cardboard in order to expose the underlying corrugated profile. She covers paper with fabric and applies graffiti-style writing. The dot grid applied from a mortar-gypsum mixture and later coated with paint plays a vital role. The created studs are reminiscent of works by Roy Lichtenstein and Sigmar Polke. In Casagranda’s work, however, they protrude three-dimensionally.
Her compositions are made up of up to 15 layers creating a fascinating depth effect. At close range, the art piece appears as little more than an abstract relief. But if you step back just a few steps, the individual fragments suddenly come together, and an expressive portrait of a woman emerges out of the sea of dots.
The paintings from the Belief series are part of Casagranda’s most recent series from 2018/2019, which, in the broadest sense, deals with religions. They are portraits of women belonging to different world religions and cultures, both familiar faces of our culture “models, actresses, activists” and people from the artist’s personal circle.
But a public figure or unknown private person, Casagranda uses the “warmth of their universal female charisma” to emphasize the unifying and common values of love and peace in the world religions of Buddhism, Shinto, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity.
All pictures in the series have the word “Belief” in the title, merely the colourfulness changes. Applied to the question of faith, each picture carries the humanistic message that personal faith can take on many appearances, manifestations and shades. However, the language of charity and peace remains the same.
A typographical fragment of a poem by a poet, a friend of hers, written especially for Casagranda’s series is situated in the picture´s background.
The paintings in the Kabelia series are part of a widely acclaimed series of works whose protagonists are young Indian women from the Kalbelia caste. Though the Kalbelia, formerly nomads and snake charmers, belong to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, they still remain at the bottom of the caste system and now live from dancing and collecting garbage. Patrizia Casagranda works regularly in her studio in northern Indian Rajasthan and has personally met many of the Kalbelia women. She films, photographs and drinks tea with the women. Again and again she is impressed by their strength to live in the here and now. By doing so, they overcome the difficult living conditions with astonishing joie de vivre and mutual solidarity.
ANDRE PAUL CROTEAU
Andre Paul Croteau, a successful Visual Artist and Fashion Designer, resides today in Miami, FL. It is interesting to point out how a skillful merger of two creative disciplines, such as Fashion Design and Visual Art, has the potential to form an exquisite balanced eye for beauty, composition and equilibrium, which are an important foundation for the development of the Artist career, when conceiving his oeuvre. In the work of Croteau we can admire his mastership in the use of color, texture and a diversity of unique objects or materials to conceive attractive original Artworks that are on the borderline of Abstraction with interesting figurative sparks. His works glow creates feelings and are extremely pleasant to viewers, as well as very appropriate for enhancing the spaces in which they are installed. Abstraction is constantly evolving with new meanings and ways of representation, and today we can contemplate an interesting fusion among the nonrepresentational and the figurative based on common issues and images that experienced Andre Paul Croteau, transforms in intriguing and provoking depictions that engage viewers, creating relevant thoughts and personal feelings. To contemplate his artistic collages is a visual and intellectual experience. Andre Paul has a keen eye for detail and a great talent with the medium. He plays with symbolic images that in his artwork acquire a distinct meaning. Russian Abstract Master, Wassily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, told about 100 years ago: “Sensibility will always remain as the last instance…” and, I would add: “…as the first source for human inspiration.” Art leads to simultaneously experience the effects of colors, forms or symbols to depict feeling. Viewers reach intimate sensations that artists provoke in their works. Emotion is paramount, taking over subject with simplified or created forms, re-inventing movement and volume.
His biography says: Croteau received his formal training at New York’s renowned Fashion Institute of Technology and remained in New York for the majority of his fashion career, creating for such luxury houses as Saks Fifth Avenue, Piero Dimitri Couture, Paul Stuart and Alexander Julian, before relocating to Metropolitan Miami. His frequent research travel, throughout Europe, Asia and South America has yielded a well-informed creative base of aesthetics upon which to draw. Sometimes the freshest vision can be born from a cross-pollination of the creative disciplines. After 30 years, designing men’s fashion, Andre Croteau has turned his seasoned instincts towards the fine arts. Croteau creates “luxury friezes” … resin-based canvases that evoke a glossy, shiny sense of life, energy and well-being for those that experience them. The study of “color and light” has long held a fascination. Light, and the way it interacts with these colorful, abstract features is an integral part of every artistic dialogue. Initially looking for a contemporary sensibility, within which to capture his love for the brilliance of stained glass, Croteau has coined an opulent and organic style that’s infused with an amalgam of color, movement, shine and depth. Beneath the surface his work captures a more-personal, expressionist conversation. The genesis of every “visual exploration” is a conceptual destination that points the process in an aesthetic direction. That said, Croteau does not seek to firmly control the outcome, but rather allows each piece to pragmatically evolve until it reaches its’ own peaceful conclusion… when it’s finally “at rest”… yet a more-random transformation continues-on, right until the point that the composition becomes frozen in time, forever. The artist has used this same approach throughout his creative career and sees it as a greater metaphor for the unscripted, worry-free way in which he ultimately aspires to lead his life. The ideas of imperfection, transformation and chance are central to his work.
Andre Paul Croteau Artist Statement: “Light-reflective “opulent friezes”. Hand-poured, resin-layered panels collaged with sculpted fabrics and objects. The subtleties of varied light absorption and transparency are central to the work, as well as the ideas of transformation, imperfection and chance.”
LEONARDO DI TOMASO
Leonardo Di Tomaso is an Italian-Venezuelan Artist specialized in photography. He is a sensitive and human person, with an acute eye for detail, balance and composition. Di Tomaso cleverly and rapidly captures the exact action, subject and background to portray, expertly selecting to develop it either in color or in B & W. His images are an invitation to action and to experience. His goal is to understand and share other people’s feelings, as well as to promote solutions or improvement for good, making images more joyful to the viewer. One artistic photograph by Leonardo Di Tomaso was awarded 2nd place in the Conceptual Art Category at the International 2017 Competition of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. During many years, before becoming an artist on his own, Di Tomaso created Di Tomaso Photography to develop his talent for photography providing exquisite personalized service on-location for a large number of well-known artists, galleries and studios, as well as at his studio located in Wynwood Art District. Represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA, Di Tomaso exhibited in Art Boca 2018. Today, while conceiving more innovative interpretations of the image in the field of Photography, Leonardo Di Tomaso says about his new body of work: “In the search for the fundamental decomposition of the basic component of the image and inspired in the studies made during the 60’s by Salvador Dali (1904-1989,Catalonia,Spain) to follow the invention of the digital image by NASA,I begun to combine pixelated elements to conform images. Sometime later, I observed the results of the advancement in Quantum Physics and the concept of ‘fractal’ and I decided to combine both, in order to create images, whose foundation was the pixelation of the resulting image made with images that repeated themselves almost infinitely.” Quantum Physics is a fundamental theory that describes nature at the smallest scales of energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles. The word quantum derives from the Latin, meaning “how great” or “how much”. A Pixel is the smallest element of an image that can be individually processed in a video display system. Presented by Contemporary Art Projects USA at Art Santa Fe 2018, Leonardo Di Tomaso will exhibit two remarkable Artworks from his creative inspiration by using an endless number of his own photographs on the subject as pixels for the final resulting image. In the first Artwork, entitled Fractal Mona Lisa, the image is based on a photograph taken by Di Tomaso of one of his posters’ collection of paintings by Colombian master Fernando Botero (b. 1932). The second Artwork, entitled Fractal Pet and made in the pixelated fractal manner devised by Di Tomaso, depicts a lovely friendly dog, directly staring at his viewers. For their inspiring meaning, so significant and fitting to our time, as well as for their unique mastered technique, these innovative images will be an impact for our Booth at Art Santa Fe and also a novel depiction for the ALLURE theme of this year’s Fair.
Adriana Dorta Sáez, born in Caracas, Venezuela, graduated in Business and studied Visual Arts in the American Art Institute of Miami. From early age, she developed an inclination towards the art inspired by effects of light through shades and color in the stained glass of France’s old cathedrals, like Chartres and Notre-Dame en Vaux. Dorta says: “… As an adult, I now perceive my paintings as a form of multicolor light through precise lines that reflect the influence of my passion for stained glass and how it reflects the straight lines that moves throughout the day. That’s how I try to transmit the magic that can only live in those sacred windows.” Adriana Dorta has also a great passion for Geometric Abstract Art. Geometric Art was significant in the art of native cultures in the Americas, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa or Oceania. These primeval artistic languages inspired international great masters of Kinetic, Optical and Geometric Abstraction from which Dorta takes great motivation, such as Yaacov Agam, b. 1928, Josef Albers, b. 1888 – d. 1976, Kenneth Noland b. 1924 – d. 2010, and Frank Stella b. 1936. Artist Adriana Dorta cleverly studied and reinterpreted them, reaching her own new dimensions and unique creative conceptions through her exquisite innovative artworks. In 2017, Dorta very successfully exhibited, represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA, at Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton, as well as in Art Santa Fe. Adriana is also part of an important group show at the Gallery Art Nouveau in Wynwood, FL. It is remarkable the versatility on how Dorta recreates her own Geometric shapes and lines, her achieved perspectives capture and give great emotions to the viewers of her artworks.
The works and the world of Gregg Emery are inherently imperfect: purposefully paradoxical marriages between simplicity and complexity, clarity and confusion. Emery uses each of his works to complicate his two recurring forms: the circle and the rectangle. He uses sheer physicality to drag his paint into these two shapes, allowing the colors and individual marks of each bristle to interact with one another on his muslin base in ways that are both entirely intentional, yet also left slightly to chance. Each of Emery’s pieces contains a unique, yet often limited, color palette, often inspired by unexpected sources. Derived from his everyday life, a movie scene, sunset, food or even a rusted dumpster. Through his powerful color selections and movements, Emery awakens something primal within his viewers. He triggers associations both intended and unexpected, allowing the viewer to continuously enjoy the works with their own, ever-evolving interpretations. His own inspirations combine western mystical experiences with his Quaker grandmother and a long-time study of and within Eastern cultures, particularly Zen traditions and the Gutai Movement in Japan. Emery identifies himself as an artist as “My process is athletic. My decisions are purposeful, passion with purpose, living in the moment… entering the field of ‘play’ the battle, the fray and trying to act without being self-conscious…trusting and moving forward, trying to be perfectly human, while not trying…human which is inherently imperfect…and in those imperfections are moments of clarity and beauty. That is where,…when experience, passion, skill, intuition, inspiration all come together, that is where I hope to reside, looking out in order to look deeper inward. The past couple of years have been particularly strong for Emery as he has received critical acclaim for his exhibits around the globe. From Brussels to Beijing and back again. Since 2017, Emery was commissioned and completed an 8,000 sq ft mural around a pool on Roosevelt Island that was featured in Time Out NY, the Gothamist and was listed by The New York Post as one of the top instagrammable places of the summer. He was selected to exhibit in the 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, dubbed by the New York Times as the Art Fair of the 99%. From there it was off to Brussels and the Cube Art Fair, where Emery’s paintings could be viewed alongside the work of Chuck Close and other American greats. This past year his paintings were featured during Art New York at Pier 94. Notably, they appeared prominently this spring in Season 2 of the widely acclaimed TV Show, ‘The Last O.G.’ Emery returned to Art Basel Week 2019 with Contemporary Art Projects USA at Scope Miami, Booth #F13 with two of his main abstracts, acrylic on muslin.
Born in Honolulu, Kaiulani grew up in Hawaii influenced by a mixture of culture, nature, geography and philosophy, absorbing the Hawaiian forests wonders, playing in secluded beaches’ sand, meditating on mountaintops and diving into one of the world’s most amazing bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean. He credits his serene affinity toward nature to this idyllic time, yet another side of him is fiery, passionate and asking for excitement. For twenty years, his attention to fluidity, mindfulness and color dimension takes his Art into its own unique area. Luis creates works motivated by his Hawaiian and Venezuelan background expressed in sculptures, paintings and art objects. For the viewer, his Art is strong and imaginary, like the archipelago he comes from. His focus on line and color bring to life his work’s objective. Luis says, “My art is a metaphor for nature’s constant quest for growth through learning, experience and contribution… After various years painting, I decided to make sculptures, choosing wood as the element of transformation. I created my ‘Totems’, mystical ancestral pieces conceived through my vision and sensibility… A new chapter in my career started using metal for my Artworks, allowing me to present projects on a higher scale, monumental sculptures, and art in public spaces, among others. The series of aluminum sculptures begun with “Solid Drip”, followed today by the “Lines” series (Flat Line, Cross Line and Shape Line). My creative process was influenced by great international master artists: John Henry, Marc Di Suvero, Anthony Caro and Franz Weissmann.” Solo Exhibitions: White’s art Gallery “Evolution” Miami, FL, 2014; 68th Anniversary Country Club Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 2007. Group Exhibitions: in 2018, Art Boca represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA; Art Expo Las Vegas, NV; in 2017, Red Dot Miami; Artscape Lab Gallery, Miami; in 2016, Red Dot Miami; Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL; in 2015/14, “Giants in the City” monumental inflatable sculptures, Miami and Fort Lauderdale; 2015, Art Wynwood, Miami; 2014, Home Box Office(HBO), Corporate Commission, aluminum sculptures “Spiral”, Miami; in 2013, Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Irreversible Magazine Project, “Do not fear your fear” and MIA Encore Sea Fair Mega Yacht Venue; 2011, Shanghai Art Fair, Latin American Pavilion, China; in 2011/07, Wynwood exhibitions with Elite Fine Art Gallery, Miami; 2009, Miami Dade College, “Doral Uncovered”, West Campus, FL; 2008, Durban Segnini Gallery, “Art Auction Step by Step”, Coral Gables FL; in 2006: Art on 5th Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, and Piag Museum “Opening Windows”, Coral Gables, FL; 2005, Cirque d’ art Gallery, Bedford Hills, New York,; in 2004: Jose Maria Vargas University, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Power International Gallery, Coral Gables, FL; 2003, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Gallery, “The color of our World”, Miami. Presented by Contemporary Art Projects USA at Art Santa Fe 2018, Luis Kaiulani exhibited two impressive and elegant Artworks of exquisite abstract conception, a blue wall sculpture entitled Flat Shape 1943 and a large self standing sculpture entitled White Flat Line. Uniquely refined, his Artworks are an attractive for the ALLURE theme of the Fair. During Art Basel Miami 2019, he was represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA with a new body of work including a monumental sculpture for outdoor.
“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
Smoke, created from extinguished flame, carries remnants of light, of life. Smoke is the lingering connection between the living and the dead, between the past and the present, between the tangible and the elusive. Smoke is ethereal- delicate and other worldly.
Watching smoke, studying smoke, I am mesmerized. It pulls me into its fragile yet compelling grasp and guides me away from convention, from our limiting reality, into a space where everything is possible.
Leonardo’s comments on darkness and light reflect my artistic transition to exclusively study and create images in smoke. In an academic setting, I teach different styles and encourage exploration. I want artists to develop the skills that enable them to present and share how they see the world, how they feel. Personally, about six years ago, I began to concentrate on the beauty of the image and the hidden fragility of a concrete shape, rather than the colors of an object. Starting with a black canvas, I honor nature’s darkness and light’s significance in exposing truth. Painting smoke images builds a connection from the artist and the viewer to another world, another life.
Some people close to me say they have seen the soul leave a loved one’s body, through the mouth, at the time of passing. Mimicking smoke, the delicate, yet strong and powerful, soul drifts through the air toward the heavens. Like this soul floating toward eternity, we do not know when a smoke trail will end. I hope that my art helps the viewer to connect with the delicate, yet strong and powerful, world we cannot see.
Using oil, I work on black canvases of varying size. I find that an intimate image can be conveyed on large and small canvases. Some of my larger works are 8 ft x 26 ft, like 9/11 and The Last Supper. 9/11 is dedicated to the victims of one of America’s darkest chapters. I painted 2,977 candles to represent each innocent soul lost on that tragic day. Amongst the smoke is the light of hope and remembrance for the victims of 9/11 and the great city of New York. The Last Supper was a personal project in which I referenced numerous iconic paintings within one depiction. Honoring past artists and art works relates to my use of smoke because I am acknowledging a connection to the past while also interpreting it. I rearranged the order of the apostles, for example, to physically tie Judas Iscariot with the image of Christ’s crucifixion.
Smoke is a reminder of how fragile life is. In this fragility, there is a gift. Remembering that life is precious, delicate, and elusive will help us appreciate loved ones, new acquaintances, and experiences. I hope that my paintings allow you, the audience, to stay connected to this world and the one beyond, even if just through a grey trail of light, of life.
My work is an attempt to capture the feelings associated with life, memory, time and space. If I were to create a term to describe my style it would be something along the lines of intuitive emotional impressionism or expressionism. I tend to follow my emotions rather than a rigid plan both while I photograph and in post-production. I get inspired by what I see and what I imagine and allow my emotions to guide me. In many ways my images are more about how I feel than what I see. Peter’s interest in photography began at an early age while embarking on long road trips across North America. He wanted to find a way to capture the feelings he experienced while looking out at the vast landscapes. After studying photography at Ryerson University/Humber College and Art History at the University of Toronto, he continued to explore the world around him through his lens. Using his emotions as his guide, he examines themes of time, space and our relative place within them. Having recently been diagnosed with ADHD, he has come realize that in many ways his images are an escape from his own cluttered mind. Peter’s work belongs to personal and corporate collections around the world.
1996-1998 Ryerson University, Continuing Education, Photography
1998-2000 Bishop’s University, Humanities, Art History & Religion
2000-2003 University of Toronto, Trinity College, Double Major in Art
History & Religion
2007-2008 Humber College, Continuing Education, Photography
Besides his formal education, Peter has been participated at numerous groups shows in Europe, Canada as well as a recent show solo show in New York.
This year, he was represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA at Scope Miami Beach 2019 during Art Basel Miami Week 2019
Zammy Migdal, born in Tel Aviv, Israel, served in the Israeli Army, 1975-79. From 1980, lives in Miami, FL. Before devoting his life to Visual Art, as a B.A. Hospitality Management from Florida International University, he was general manager and partner at Indian Creek Hotel, Miami Beach, winning awards for restoring the hotel to its 1930s glamour. He has big interest in the Arts, being their supporter: 2002-05, Board of Directors of Maximum Dance; 2005-09, Board of Directors Member of Ballet Gamonet and 2006-09, as its President; 2008 to present as Member of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Trust. At Lincoln Road’s Art Center of South Florida, he studied art in metal with Carolina Sardi and Daniel Fiorda. In 2005, as full-time sculptor developed his artistic creativity in self-standing sculptures and wall installations. His abstract Art depicts images from his imagination that he wants to share with others. Three-dimensional creation always interested him. He brings life and motion to new or recycled metal, connecting his works to each other, as their textures reflect a inner world of fertile vital imagination. His first Abstract Series Tropical Metal, inspired by the plants in his garden, was followed by Square Chain and Construction Series, motivated by our environment’s construction. A visit to Morocco inspired his Levitation Series. On his Turbulence series he made viewers visualize motion over each metal piece, some like imaginary wooden surfaces in contrast to others looking as metallic boiling elements, to remind the Universe’s changing evolving nature composed by opposite forces that create the equilibrium for unexpected peaceful end results. Moved by nearby nature and people, he expanded creating new shapes, reaching balance, essential form and grace, obtaining the equivalent of perfection of any form of Art. Raw materials and powerful images assembled by Zammy create vibrations by penetrations, provoke contrasts, inner spaces and deep holes projected to the infinite, while metal filter the backgrounds as these works become intriguing beauty. Composition, equilibrium and balance are qualities of his Art. At once we experience the effects of color, form and symbol. On the Series of Polygon Graffiti he combines geometric shapes that interact representing non-real objects based in real images and experiences. On his poetic artworks, inspired by his life and travels, nothing is left to improvisation. Assembling artistically designed elements on a flat surface, he transforms it into a rich surface plentiful of texture and color to interact among metal elements, backgrounds, attaching pins, space, light and shadows. Raw materials are used without additional decoration. On a recent work, a new ingredient appears on top of the raw color coated material. A simple metal stripe becomes a unique vibrating element under the masterly creative act of the Artist. For Zammy emotion is paramount in the symbiosis of abstraction and feeling. He depicts emotional instants of life using paint, wood, metal, acrylic, creating a variety of textures, colors and visual effects to suggest stress, torsion, equilibrium or pain. “Art was always within me!” “I create sculptures that transform spaces and walls into shapes, colors and shadows. Every piece is strong, clean, often undulating and at other times straight clean lines. In my work, energy flows to form clarity and purpose. While water and words are easy to pour and impossible to recover, metal shapes into form. But it is the emptiness inside the forms that holds the shadows.”
He was born in Caracas in 1961. From an early age he felt a desire to express themselves through drawing and painting. However, having not sufficient financial resources he kept it as a pending task, until the mid- 90s began to develop an interest in art, through extensive research of the works about the great masters of painting, optical geometric trend basically. Moreover, based on the geometric abstraction he started making spontaneous paintings with the freedom to choose and combine his palette. The desire of the artist consist in creating and innovating in each sample, being free to interpret his visions, colors, lights and forms, transforming the space he develops.
His plastic has been defined under a constructive approach, gathering techniques that emphasize textures, a diversity of building materials and reinforce the interaction of colors towards a relentless pursuit of the idea. In this sense the expression has no limits, because despite the obstacles, this profession has allowed him to achieve a balance where the positive prevails.
His preparation has allowed diversity and creation; he keeps a kinetic optical discourse, where the shape and color take a dominant role in the composition. This implies a systematic and rational work of strong visual impact. These paintings don’t seek to express an eventual plot, but the viewer would interpret the content in a different way. Under this latest trend the artist has developed a work with double set of perception, movement and vibration of the composition.
Furthermore, his work has developed with a contemporary approach, influenced by the design and architecture. The passion and the effort is his source of inspiration, under that instinct can imagine the impossible, make it a reality and transform the space. He has special attention to details, being diligent and patient and organizing color areas, where perception and imagination reconstruct reality in a positive and constructive manner.
The artist believes that color is a subjective experience that depends on three key factors: light, object and observer. Looking in his compositions the viewer is attracted with great force by that energy. He believes that art can meet other consciousness using different media and materials, creating optical illusions like motion.
Bill Stone is an artist working out of his studio in Algonquin, Illinois. His roots are grounded in Massachusetts where he grew up in a rural community south of Boston. He graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston, studying commercial and fine art. This is where he fell in love with painting. His professional art career began as an illustrator/graphic designer for a local magazine publisher and then as an art director for a small ad agency in Boston. Bill went on to become an award-winning Creative Director for a major international advertising agency in Chicago, although throughout his career, he never stopped painting. Most of Bill’s work is influenced by the color, movement and texture found in the natural world around us. His deliberate bold strokes create a weight and sense of elegance to his vibrant abstract works and adds intense spirit to his expressive figures. Mr. Stone’s work invites the viewer to become lost in a myriad of color, texture and movement while challenging internal reflection, emotion and response. In 2004 Mr. Stone began exhibiting his work and can be found in many private collections around the world. Additional Info: I want you to see something new in the painting every time you view it and I don’t want you to look away. The painting may appear complex but my technique is simple. For the base colors, I mix large pools of oil paint with a gloss medium. Working in layers from dark to light, I paint very fast. I attack the canvas and must finish in one long session because I need it to stay wet in order to achieve the desired texture. I use an extra large palette knife with a point at the end, which I use to reveal the layer underneath while applying a new one. Thick layers of oil build on top of each other creating a deep, rich texture that is accentuated by a coat of Damar varnish, once the canvas is dry.”
I am a Philadelphia area based abstract artist. From an early age, I have been obsessed with modern art, color and design. I am a painter, sculptor and wall sculptor. Recently, a majority of my work has been in the form of wood mixed media wall sculpture, as I feel I can best express myself with this three dimensional medium. I am always exploring materials and processes. Sometimes I use repurposed and found materials and other times I purchase materials new.
I predominately work with wood as my base medium, due to its strength, dimension and organic nature. The inherent texture of wood combined with paint and other man made materials allow me to explore the concepts of old and young, worn versus new, organic versus man-made and the past versus the present and future. I look to capture a sense of time in my work and often combine the feeling of different eras within a single piece. I see this as a direct parallel with human life, as we too grow older and interact with other generations, both younger and older.
I am also particularly interested in items that were considered technologically or aesthetically advanced, only to be passed on by the consistency and tenacity of time. For example, an airplane boneyard where cutting edge fighter jets from the 60’s sit in forgotten decay. They are still beautiful to look at from a design standpoint, even though these are no longer “modern” in the sense that time and technology has passed them by.
I particularly inspired by mid-century modernism, where wood and organic shapes were combined with other materials to suggest a type of futurism, though now they are considered vintage. Time has passed on, but these pieces remain in that context of when they were designed. I want my work feel this way, somewhat nostalgic, aged and organic with the feeling that it could also be from a future time.
As a purely abstract artist, I explore form, line, color, shape, texture and mass. Since I am usually not relying on a recognizable object in my work, I create through the process itself. I start out with a sketch or design and work through the creative process, hands on. My pieces always take several weeks to finish as I constantly change them, until they just feel right. I really like to give my pieces a feeling of juxtaposition and a balance of opposites, in terms of textures and materials. For example, I will combine a recycled 60-year-old cherry tabletop with a piece of modern manufactured Azek decking. The ideas of young/old, past and future, modern versus outdated, technology, nostalgia and futurism all seem to find a place in my work. I also believe these ties into a distinctly human theme. For example, you can pinpoint a person’s age by the technology they grew up with (Black and white TV, Rotary phone, landlines, etc.). Scott Trexel
MICHELE A. UTLEY VOIGT
Michele A. Utley-Voigt from California, lives and work between Connecticut and New York City. Michele studied at The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA, at Parsons School of Design, Paris, France, has a Bachelor in Pre Law/Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles, CA and in Women’s History at Glendale College. Through complex layers of images Michele examines, embraces and extract humanity’s inner magnificence. One of her celebrated paintings has a woman soaring, rising, flying, frolicking and ascending at any stage or event in her life, or in another Artwork that is round as our World, its characters call to goodness, kindness and beauty to exalt the real best side of human nature, the respect with which a child must be treated, stopping bullying, harassing or cruelty. Recently Michele has added bright colors to her paintings that vividly outstand as a Geometric complement to her unique works.
Michele had said about her Art and inspiration: “I worked in oils since early life… The cause for which I create is my acute foresight and sense of the interconnectedness of all elements of all time. The dialogue I consign includes all elements past and present, their atmosphere and their energy collective interacting with one another. I paint to deliver a vision that others have not seen, what is seen and unseen, beauty after tragedy, existence pictorially fragmented, as the energy and emotion around each being. I engage, evolve and cultivate these works until the moment does arise that I produce them. I recognize the progression in color, form, material, and shape… Current events are capable of influencing and altering the works. Present affairs impact the images but frequently their purpose is so interwoven with the past that they often forecast occurrences before they transpire. My works and their implications are everlasting. I paint stories of the human experience. The soul of life depicted in figures interacting within a realm of time. I carry and grow images from inside myself, until I create.”
Widely exhibited, collected and awarded in USA and abroad, Michele was recently represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA, in 2017 at Art Santa Fe, NM, in the group show Variations on the same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry at the Art Gallery in the ArtsPark of Hollywood, FL, and at Red Dot during Art Basel Miami week. In 2017 and 2018, at Art Palm Beach and Art Boca Raton, both in Florida, and in the 2018 Pre-Art Basel Miami Week Exhibition: “ART from Our Earth, the Sea and the Sky” Art Gallery in the ArtsPark of Hollywood, FL. Michele also participated with her exquisite paintings at Scope New York and Scope Miami 2018. At Art Wynwood 2019, Contemporary Art Projects USA introduces a colorful painting by Michele A. Utley-Voigt that portrays the human experience and soul of life, depicted by figures interacting within a realm of time, to embrace humanity’s inner magnificence in a call to goodness, kindness and beauty, to exalt the real best side of human nature.
During Art Basel Miami Week 2019 she was represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA.
I’m inspired by 15th century paintings to create powerful, and yet romantic, portraits of women. Shooting an image is the last step of my artistic process. The real work takes place in the construction of the headdresses and painted backgrounds, with the aim to create an atmosphere of mystery and romance, wherein a symbiosis takes place between mother nature and strong beautiful women.
Diana studied at the prestigious Betzalel Academy of Arts and Design. In 1991 obtained her degree as a professional photographer at the New England School of Photography in Boston.
Starting 2005, she ventured into conceptual photography where she creates her own models or design to shoot her photos.
She has been participated at various group shows in Lima, Peru as well as Solo Shows. In USA, she was at Scope Miami Beach 2018 and she was represented by Contemporary Art Projects USA during Scope Miami Beach 2019 and Mr. C-Group Exhibition.
Amber Warren is an American artist based in New York, NY. She draws inspiration from her passion for travels, music, fashion and personal growth, working in several media, also experimenting with texture and color to create multi-dimensional pieces. She expresses feelings through Abstractionism, composing colors, shapes and forms to obtain an artistic purpose representing real or non-real objects, shapes interacting in endless combinations to achieve new meanings, creating artworks not entirely figurative, nor abstract. We can see in the unique and exquisite Artworks by Amber Warren a variety of themes and styles. Using one only or a sophisticated palette of colors, Amber employs diverse materials like resin, modeling paste, metals or paper to create her artworks. Drawing her subject matter from nature or current events, often incorporating found objects into her pictures, her compositions are richly textured and boldly gestural. She pushes the boundaries of two-dimensional painting. The pigments and materials layering create physical and psychological depth. At the beginning of Abstraction, in Munich, Paris and Moscow, the Dutch master Piet Mondrian, 1872-1944, and the Russian master Kasimir Malevich, 1878-1935, created art without the object, just with color or drawing, expressing only the essential. By 1950, a vanguard of varied styles, the New York School, introduced Abstract Expressionism that was the first American movement to win international recognition with Chromatic Abstractionists and Action Painters. New York Greenwich Village embraced this artistic community that enclosed international artists Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hoffman and Arshile Gorky, joined by American born artists like Jackson Pollock, 1912-1956. Artists radical Abstract styles promoted two ideas: spontaneous concept and dramatic changes on scale. Amber says: “My goal is to be creative every day. Whether it’s making dinner for friends, creating a beautiful piece of art, or dancing to a full moon; that is what feeds my soul… I’ve always had a fascination for textures, whether they are formed naturally outside or intricately woven in textiles. My goal is to bring layers and depth to my artwork so there is always interest for the wandering eye.” Her work is in private and corporate Art Collections. Presented by Contemporary Art Projects USA, Amber Warren recently exhibited at Art Santa Fe 2018, in the group show Pre-Art Basel Miami Week: ART from Our Earth, the Sea and the Sky at the ArtsPark Gallery of the City of Hollywood, FL, during Art Basel Miami week and at Art Wynwood 2019. Later, she exhibited in Scope New York and during Art Basel Miami Week.