Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Melissa Moss, who explains how her grief over the loss of a friend became her motivation to create a beautiful and delicate series of paintings.
Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Monica Lerda, who talks about her colorful Wonderland series; a beautiful collection of people, animals and objects that emerged from her life and dreams.
I’m an Italian artist. Fifteen years ago I moved from the Langhe vineyards of Piedmont to Milan in order to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. Recently, I’ve focused my creative energy mainly on acrylic painting, without neglecting the sheer source of inspiration I still find in sculpture.
My artistic experience made me realize the profound influence of the creative process on my own personal and spiritual growth. When I paint I feel I can get a deeper insight into my inner self.
The structure of my works originates from a blend of old memories and daily visions. I paint animals, people and objects that I meet both in everyday life and in my dreams: I merge them by producing new colours, dimensions and stories. The characters I narrate seem motionless, as if suspended in a frozen contrast with the background which is defined by bright and intense colours.
The chromatic impact, sometimes extreme and prevailing, is my representation of the violence of our times.
Each painting is the tale of a visual and spiritual journey. I envision this as the beginning of a story that claims to be continued and finished by others.
The “story” begins with a sort of epiphany of images coming to me without any logical consistence. I sketch them on paper and try to assemble them until I get an unmistakable recognition of their intimate relation. Then I begin working on the reciprocal dimensions of these subjects according to the meaning I want to enforce. At this point of the creative process I begin working on the colours that can better represent the interior quality of every single image, their relation to each other and to the background in order to evoke a narrative emotion in the audience.
I think it is very important for artists to get a feedback on their work. In my case, since the stories I tell through my paintings have open developments, people’s response is even more crucial. This is the reason why I decided to show my works online.
Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Graham Brown, whose beautiful and diverse paintings are influenced by culture, devotion to the sacred and imagination.
“Painting, for me, is a process of creating intricate visual poems that become worlds in themselves. Imagination has always been the source of my work, and I am fascinated by the way imagination and dreaming transform objects in the world. I have always loved the tradition of sacred art from various cultures, particularly Indian miniatures and Russian icon painting. I find that devotion is a wellspring of creativity if it is not bogged down in any particular religious dogma exclusive of others. And a sense of the sacred can emerge in a simple still life painting, not only in an altar piece.
I enjoy exploring different styles, from the naive to the realistic, and different genres, from landscape to still life. Always seeking a jewel-like quality, I have tried various media. Gouache is a favourite because of the richness and purity of the colours. In my commissions for CD artwork, I have experimented with digital painting and collage, and this is something I would like to pursue further. At the moment I am learning some of the oil techniques of the old masters, such as glazing.
Painting is a meditative process, in which I become totally absorbed. I am largely a self-taught painter, though I did enrol in a art college for a year at one stage. A degree in architecture introduced me to the discipline of design and aesthetics, and allowed me to meet some inspiring and well known artists who were teaching the history and theory of art in the architecture faculty.
For several years I lived in Western Australia, where I had several successful exhibitions in well known Perth galleries. In recent years, rather than exhibiting, I have concentrated on executing commissions for paintings and book illustrations, but I look forward to doing more gallery shows in the future.
I was born in the UK in 1967, and I am now based in Sydney.”
Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their art. This week we give the word to Shari Weschler Rubeck, who explains how her stunning painting series each focus on different, fascinating subjects:
“Working in series that materialize simultaneously, my imagery is primarily figural in nature. These figures represent all of us – humans and humanness. Some pieces are more symbolic of my own self and direct experiences, while others are observations from distant perspectives.
Fascinated by the human psyche, my Ego paintings ultimately shifted to the Alter Ego. The first Alter Ego portrays a human wearing a bunni mask or a bunni wearing a human – there is some ambiguity. We are all mask wearers of vast meaning, purpose & backstage mystery.
Animals are present in my thoughts, dreams and work and are my connection to the subtle workings of the world. They are magical, intuitive, fierce and connected and make wonderful story tellers. The ubiquitous Bunni characters, with their silly but slightly cynical senses of humor, became my visual narrators and continue to do so at random. He or She is in a mood, communicating a specific experience. They are metaphorical messengers who relate to us easily, begging for us to look at ourselves and perhaps find humor in the serious.”
New Beginning is where my obsession lies presently. This expanding body of work deals with the future direction of ‘Us’; how we are communicating, connecting & disconnecting. We are transforming – rapidly merging biology and technology. I envision a divide in our human race where some link in to a technological world so extreme and others choose or are forced, to hide within what little nature remains.
I fluctuate between giving color & detail to the areas surrounding my characters and leaving them alone in their space. Negative space is carefully considered and expresses tension, while also allowing for areas of visual repose.
Remarkable Women was inspired by the strength of women during the age of Tudor and how they related to modern day women and motherhood. In Odd Women, figures are leaning, almost falling. Missing limbs and strange gazes convey an uncertainty correlating with my diagnosis of MS in 2008.
Shari Weschler Rubeck earned her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of art in 1992, with a Major in Painting and a Minor in Art History. Her beautiful works are exhibited in various galleries across the U.S.
New Beginning Series
Circus Freaks and Tuned In series
Odd, In, Remarkable Women series
Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell something about the ambitions behind his or her art. This week we give the word to Mixed Media artist Toby Penney:
“My goal is to appreciate and learn from everyday and every experience. Small, simple moments are what really matter in a lifetime. Long lasting relationships are built out of enduring and appreciating the everyday.
Color is absolutely one of the most memorable elements of a moment for me. I often start a painting with a quick sketch or mark and then a flood of color. The memory of a color can often be the catalyst for an entire painting or even series of paintings. After my initial mark making and color choice, each layer of the work is created in response to the previous one. After several layers are applied the painting has a history of its own. The texture of this history can be seen in the layers of paint and collage that build up.