Marco Gallotta: “Art for Me is Love.”

Artist name: Marco Gallotta Featured Works 1 and 2: Diandra and Rain (“Thank you to amazing Diandra Forrest and her beautiful baby Rain”) and so hard to say I love you Gallotta’s fascination with exposing and questioning the edges of figures and other forms in his work is mesmerizing. His characters appear to us dissected, layered, revealed and also veiled in a surreal…

Nik West: “I am making ME.”

Artist name: Nik West Featured Work 1: Nik West playing Michael Jackson’s Get On The Floor–she says, “Great bass line by the late great Louis Johnson! I added a few more percussive notes and ghost notes than the original just to add more of a drum feel to it.” Also, check out this song she wrote called LOUIS J here….

WOOL & LATA 65: “AWAKEN, MOTIVATE and EXCITE the Elderly through Urban Art”

Art Organization name: WOOL (& the LATA 65 project) Featured Work 1:  A wall painted by artist Pantonio for the WOOL Covilhã Urban Art Festival This piece is described on the WOOL Covilhã Urban Art Festival site as  “inspired by the sounds of Covilhã, inspired by the short film ‘Da meia noite pró dia‘ by Vanessa Duarte (below).” WOOL: Covilhã Urban Art Festival…

Karl Heinz Jeron:“Serendipity Wherever it is Possible”

Artist name: Karl Heinz Jeron Featured Work 1: Singing Plants This installation allows us to hear plants, using custom electronic oscillators (electronic oscillators make a periodic, oscillating or vibrating electronic signal, and they are used by many electrical devices such as TV’s, radios, and video games).  Jeron’s site explains that, “Wherever electric current exists, magnetic…

Short Focus: Brighton Demerest-Smith

Why do you make art? I have been drawing and painting all my life. It is a part of who I am and has always been there. I paint objects because there is something incredibly meditative about making an everyday object that we take for granted seem like a big deal. It is the everyday…

Don Lisy: “Follow Your Own Vision”

Artist name: Don Lisy Featured Work 1:  “Politically Transmitted Disease,” Oil, Charcoal on Paper Don Lisy’s works capture a  unique interaction between an artist and his medium during a single painting session. Bold, vivid brushstrokes weave and tangle positive and negative space, building striking, emotive compositions. The final pieces are guttural and vulnerable, offering viewers an intimate…

Jungho Lee: “Art is the Potential to Arouse Human Inner Strength.”

Artist name: Jungho Lee Featured Work 1: “Ernest Miller Hemingway” from the picture book, Promenade Illustrator Jungho Lee speaks to the soul of the book lover. In his pale, twilight-hued works, books are understood in many forms; as buildings, vehicles, totems, spells, landscapes, desserts, universes, gateways and undefinable mysteries. As a loyal book devotee, it’s no surprise…

Noah Buchanan: “It’s Important for Artists, From Fledgling to Veteran, to Remain True to Their Vision and Instincts in Making Art.”

Artist name: Noah Buchanan Featured Work 1: I.Crow X Oil on Panel, 12″ x 12″, 2016 Noah Buchanan draws the viewer deep into relationship with his paintings’ subjects. Within both intimate scenes and mythic narratives, each figure’s personal vulnerability and strength; unique physical form; and lush momentary presence is conveyed with a classical sensibility. Buchanan has exhibited internationally, received numerous…

Sophie Argetsinger: “A Way to Understand and Hold onto the World”

Artist name: Sophie Argetsinger Featured Work 1: “Protector No. 5: The Wild” Sophie Argetsinger‘s drawings and illustrations are graceful, poignant and full of life. She conveys mysterious, novel, playful and somber narratives with great detail and sensitivity. She illustrated the wonderful zine, “OMG I’M GAY,” a collaboration between Autostraddle and Everyone is Gay. Her recent series of “Protectors” addresses…

Nargis Naqvi and MY Voice Canada: “Let’s All Work Together to Give Youth a Voice.”

Artist name: Nargis Naqvi and MY Voice Canada Featured Work 1: MY Voice YouTube promo video MY Voice Canada is a non-profit media initiative founded by Nargis Naqvi, which  provides Muslim youth with empowering opportunities for self-expression in written, visual, video, performance and multi-media formats. This largely youth-run organization strives to create a safe, supportive and innovative space for Muslim…

Una: “The Thing That Helps Propel Me Forward Through My Life”

Artist name: Una Featured Work 1: Becoming/Unbecoming Becoming/Unbecoming is the incredible illustrated narrative of one individual’s life as a girl and woman who experiences abuse, misogyny, wonder and growth. The book-length comic is interlaced with meticulous, poignant illustrations as well as deeply personal and lucid reflections on the painful and beautiful experience of surviving and evolving. Featured Works Slideshow:…

Yuge Zhou: “An Essential Rhythm”

Artist name: Yuge Zhou Featured Work 1: Soft Plots Through her video and installation works, Yuge Zhou provides her audience with an opportunity to reimagine human relationships to various environments by presenting them in familiar but transformed dimensions and formats. By fluidly altering the scale, textures and solidity of scenes and individuals, she invites viewers to reconsider their understanding of permanence, movement and…

Smrita Jain: “A Beautiful, Indispensable Obsession”

Artist name: Smrita Jain Featured Work 1: “Creating Durga’s Head Close Up” Smrita Jain is a multi-media artist, designer, photographer, author, public speaker and university professor. Her works include designs with rich palettes and interlocking symbols and photographs documenting traditional idol making. She also shares reflections on her personal history and on violence against women and undertakes a…

Steve Lyons: “The Best Art is That Which is Organic to the Person Creating It.”

Artist name: Steve Lyons Featured Work 1: “At the Mudflats” (Acrylic, 24″ X 36″) Artist Steve Lyons explores and conveys the textures and layers of both the natural world and human experience. Lyons uses rich color and poignant gestural marks to create tangible landscapes, expressive figures and balanced, abstracted works. He also sometimes ventures further into three-dimensional realms with found object incorporation and assemblage sculpture. Lyons is…

Travis Lawrence: “Appreciate More.”

Artist name: Travis Lawrence Featured Work 1: Secret Master (19″ x 6″ relief print, water color and tea, edition of 28) Print maker Travis Lawrence honors and preserves archetypal symbols while re-imagining them within unique, esoteric mythologies. The viewer is transported into striking, balanced and textured scenes imbued with beautiful muted hues and the quiet tension of…