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Gold Award Winner of the ArtCurated Prize / September Classic

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Congratulations to Anara Abzhanova 
from Almaty, Kasakhstan!!


1st Place Gold Award WINNER of the Art Curated Prize September Classic! 

Watch for Anara's feature article showing her art and interview in ShowArt Magazine and international PR launch sponsored by ShowArtists.com.

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Jean-Claude Langer, USA    www.jean-claudelanger.com

“Although a risky path, I do not stick to one style or one subject matter. That is how I find my balance: precisely in the imbalance.”

According to the Artist, Jean-Claude Langer, “I will disrupt an area of colors that I find too harmonious with contrasting colors until a new harmony or an interesting clash occurs.

Lines sometimes define a recognizible shape. Other times they are just borders or scribbles to keep the joy of drawing alive. The subject matter is often a pretexte to start, and sometimes an unexpected ending.

I often start with a figure and, as I go, it may get lost, partly or entirely. This representation of humanity, however indistinct, is a safe, grounded element for me to dialog with. I am looking for a presence.

Contrary to a possible first reading of images of loneliness and isolation, I feel that my paintings are an ode to the difficulty and ultimate beauty of life.”

 

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Raymond Quenneville, Canada  www.raymondquenneville.qc.ca

Born in 1956, in Trois-Rivières (Qué­bec), Raymond Quenneville grew up in La Tuque where he learned the basics of drawing and painting. In 1975, he was already exhibiting oil works in a few boutiques in the Mauricie region. Raymond Quenn­eville now lives in Boischatel in the Quebec City region. He produced illustrations and nature interpretive panels for the Québec Govern­ment.

From 1980 to 1990, his job for Parks Canada gave him the op­portunity to live in many scenic locations, which obviously had an influence on future events in his life. During this period of time, he explored a variety of media, includ­ing watercolour, ink and soft lead pencil. In 1992, he went back to oil painting, and decided to perfect his style in expressing landscape and light. There is a permanent exhi­bition of his work at the Galerie Royale in Québec City, at the Gal­erie Beauchamp in Baie Saint-Paul (Quebec) and at the Owl 57 Gal­lery (New York). He has held many solo exhibitions and participated in numerous collective exhibitions and symposia. Winner of several national and international awards he is a member of the Institut des arts figuratifs and of the Society of Canadian Artists.

I like to paint peaceful environ­ments, places where it is good to stop and just be for a moment. I take my inspiration from various locations I have visited ... I try to seize what made me feel so good that I wanted to paint it. ... I add the rest of the ele­ments freely as I work towards cre­ating a balance. Then I transfer the sketch onto a canvas and complete the whole painting in the studio. I like to see true colours when painting, and prefer not to be too distracted by the surrounding environment ... I search for a feeling of peacefulness and light that will draw the viewer into a state of well-being.”

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Yvette Kaiser Smith, USA   www.kaisersmith.com

Yvette Kaiser Smith specializes in crocheting continuous strands of fi­berglass into large geometric shapes. These are formed and hardened with the application of polyester resin and the use of gravity. Her work engages math as a structural foundation by utilizing the grid, prime numbers, the numbers e and pi, the Fibonacci se­quence, and Pascal’s triangle.

Using traditional methods, she cre­ates artwork that has been contem­porized by the use of industrial ma­terials, mathematics, and the language of art and architecture. Her current work the “Identity Sequence” Series, considers identity codes: internal pat­terns that code the individual, exter­nal codes, and individBorn in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1958, Yvette Kaiser Smith now lives in Chicago. She re­ceived an MFA from the University of Chicago and a BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Yvette has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions at regional museums, art centers, and univer­sity galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Rome, Berlin, and U.S. Embassies in Moscow, Ankara, and Abuja.

The sculptures refer to dialogues deal­ing with the nature of being human, of individual and collective identity. The “Identity Sequence” Series consid­ers identity codes: internal patterns that code the individual, external codes, and individuals and masses.

Math is inseparable from nature, from us. Numbers represent the human search for knowledge, as the search for num­bers went on for thousands of years. The material and process itself speaks to identity. A body of crochet resonates culture, society, history, tradition, labor, time. The work is as much about pro­cess as it is about identity. Process of making, process of questioning, process of abstracting. Identity issues are a tool within the process of finding a new form.”

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Daniëlla Hulme, New Zealand   www.daniellahulme.co.nz

She has featured in many art awards and exhibitions, where her vibrant colours and motifs inspired by Tapa cloth designs, wood carvings and Tivaevae patterns, immediately capture viewers and convey the emotions of Pacific life, be it in urban environments or from the homelands. She has a loyal folow­ing of collectors.

She is an Auckland-based artist. Her work reflects the union of two cultures, her own Dutch heritage and her husband's Samoan heritage. Themes of bi-culturalism, Pacific navigation,ideal utopian celebrations of Pa­cifica and living in idyllic settings to the ur­banisation of cultures, the need to respect cultural differences and pressures to main­tain identities underpins her work.

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Tim Pfeiffer, United States  www.tim-pfeiffer-paintings.blogspot.com

It's nice to get away from the electronics and actually make art with my hands.”

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Hung Wong, Australia   www.facebook.com/xueniqi

I learned Chinese painting from an art master, Mr Lai Yuk-hay in Hong Kong before I migrated to Aus­tralia in 1989. I have a studio and create my own style in water-color and chinese painting. Drawing goldfish is my favorite which no one did it in this way before.”

The meaning of my artwork:

Means whatever will-be, will be. In our life, we cannot control our fate but if we have good morals and do good things to help others, our fate will change for the better. These days, major disasters happen so often and we as humans are so small that there is very little we can do to predict or avoid them. Let us all show love and show our good heart to each other so this world can change for the better...The background of the pic­ture means life is an unknown but we are all swimming in the same pond. We hope to live in freedom and happiness like goldfish. Free from worries, wars and crimes......

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Colin Perini, Australia   www.colinperini.com

A life not fixed to one address or one lifestyle. A life not bound by possessions and the desire to accumulate. The sea is a symbol of this life – constant change, moving natu­rally to a hidden rhythm of life ...Change is natural, it is the creative urge of all life." Colin Perini - man of change

Colin Perini is a world-renowned Aus­tralian artist. His work hangs in over 26 countries. The sea is a constantly chang­ing dance of colour and passion. Each painting expresses one moment dur­ing it’s unpredictable expression. Even in the most wild of seas, beneath the passion of the moment, I see a heart of peace and beauty, this is what I paint.

Colin Perini’s seascapes are not clever or considered, they are simply Nature ex­pressiing from the heart. It is his moods that captures those who must have his art.

Australian seascape artist, Colin Perini is a man who must be near the sea. Amongst the waves, rocks, sand, sea breezes and storms he finds his home. He is dedicated to painting the mag­nificence of the ocean and capturing its essence.

Following his early years as a mechani­cal engineer, while art was a part-time pursuit, he has progressed through expressions as a musician, an artist in several mediums and a caricaturist in both Australia and abroad.

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Daniel Victor, United States    www.danielvictor.net

I'm also a self taught musician. I play guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano. I play in bluegrassish band in town known as Rhinestone Hobo. I am a big fan of acoustic music, especially those styles with deep Ameri­can roots like blues, bluegrass, and jazz..”

Daniel Victor lives and works in his studio located in the Eastern Townships, in the southern part of Québec, in Canada.

Through his research of the human anat­omy and his quest of the Old Master’s forgotten techniques, this artist has flown in the face of timidity that makes so many of his contemporaries hedge their bets with self protective irony by creating a vision that is both unique and universal.

An International latter day Symbolist, Daniel Victor’s creations reaches far be­yond frontiers to captivate a large pub­lic of art lovers for nearly 20 years. His works capture moments in time that makes the viewer hestitate and wonder, "What's next?"

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ArtCurated PRIZE September Classic Silver Award, Art Competition Finalist

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Mark Holden, Canada    www.markholden.info

I love working with color. Some I did in batches of 4 or 5 or 10 throughout March-Ju­ly/2011. The process to do one takes several days as first I use spray paint, then let it dry, then paint in the colors, let it dry, then paint in the black colors, then let it dry, then use the per­manent oil markers and let it dry.”

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Jenny Hodge, Australia   www.jennyhodge.com

We are writers, wildlife pho­tographers, researchers and teachers, living in Melbourne, Australia and the Gippsland Lakes area, Victoria. Pres­ently we are writing a world first research paper on the prey lift capacity of the White-bellied Sea-Eagles... We teach students of various levels in Melbourne, Australia using the Hodge Inkjet method on clay. The method for teachers and students is listed in the information pages and a DVD will soon be available (on the website).

In 2008, Jenny invented a world first meth­od of transferring detailed photographic images onto clay as a result of experi­mentation with various printmaking tech­niques. Motivated by a desire to see her own drawings faithfully replicated on clay she tried methods that could be applied in classroom settings cheaply and without convoluted stratagems. Many months of failure followed but the inkjet printer, a common household commodity, held the key to success and a breakthrough oc­curred early in 2008 with clear images coming out of the kiln, at first using only body stains. She have since refined the method... The work has been featured in Australian Ceramics Journal, Nov. 2008 and Ceramics Technical. A DVD on the method will soon be available for educators and ceramic artists. Jenny Hodges is a women with artistic vision and education.