Abstract artist Kay Griffith, born and raised in Texas, paints naturally, exuding passion and energy in every painting. Griffith has sought out technical training — a course on colour and design, basic oil painting and high-level technical training for detailed oil painting. She merges technical training with what she naturally does as an artist to create her own brand of abstract work. Each Griffith abstract is characterised by its own colour palette, rhythms, and textures. She paints with oil paint, wet-into-wet. Palette knives are employed to skilfully manipulate the paint. The result is masterful abstract expressionism. Griffith’s abstracts speak personally to each viewer, often evoking intense emotion, lively discussion and passionate reactions and one cannot expect her abstracts to evoke the same emotion in all viewers. Interpretations are always illusive and her abstracts know no cultural or geographic boundaries; they connect to commonality deep within us. The work has been described as complex, haunting, and exhilarating. Not wanting to direct the interaction between viewer and art, Griffith seldom names a painting beyond an identifying number. She insists that the viewer’s interaction with the paintings is far more important than her relationship to the art. Griffith has shown in the U.S.A., Europe and Canada. In 2014 Griffith showed in the Art en Capital exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. She was one of 29 international artists invited to participate in the event in conjunction with the Independent Artist Association of France. Griffith was chosen to represent the U.S.A. at the 2015 Art of The Americas Exhibition held in Toronto, Canada during the Pan Am Games and in 2017, Art Tour International Magazine named her as one of the Top 60 Contemporary Masters in the world.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Carol Carpenter is a self-taught painter, specialising in abstract expressionism. A graduate of Antioch University with a dual major in Psychology and Art, she spent her early adult years working as a research associate in psychiatric settings at the National Institute of Mental Health, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also married, raised a family, created a catering business, taught painting at a community college and finally made art a priority. While her paintings often tackle familiar subject matter such as landscapes and floral elaborations, her rich colours set her depictions apart, approaching a Modern Expressionistic style. She utilizes her intuition and experimental processes mixed with a saturated palette to create vivid and energetic works. Oil, acrylic, watercolour and ink are her preferred mediums, with which she produces nonfigurative layers of paint beneath the final image which provides a new perspective, inspiration and vision in creating a unique way to view the outside world. She is “inspired by the ever-changing elements and beauty in nature” and says, “I use colour as my primary focus to transmit energy, meaning and emotion in my art.” About her work, Carpenter says, “creating works of art is a compelling life force. It encompasses passion, spontaneity, intellect and self-discovery. My art is not politically sensitive or culturally eye-opening. It is simply meant to appeal to the senses and heighten the human experience.” She has exhibited her art in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe, and continues to work with local art organisations, such as the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Maryland Federation of Arts. Her paintings are included in private and institutional collections.
John Nieman has worked in the creative arena for 30 years, for which his works are influenced by his background as an international advertising creative director, music director, author and chef. He enjoyed a successful career in the advertising business, most recently as Chief Creative Officer of D’Arcy Worldwide. In this capacity, he directed and oversaw the creative output of more than 100 offices. Five years ago, he devoted himself to the visual arts. He studied with Julie Lester in New York and quickly moved on to a prolific output of still studies. His work is characterised by striking composition, crisp colours, and strong shadows. He favours the high contrast media of pastels or a combination of pastels and watercolours. Given his background in the mass communication world, from which he draws pop references (movies, famous actors or food, for example), as Hamilton and Warhol did, he creates immediate and straight images. John Nieman has been exhibited in 16 different venues over the past two years and has been featured in national and international juried competitions. Last spring, a collection of his paintings and poems was published in a book called Art of Lists. He is represented by Agora Gallery in New York City. He resides in Dobbs Ferry, New York with his five children.
Born in Cali, Colombia, Bardales draws upon his experiences and culture to influence his work. He works mainly in the ancient paper folding technique origami to create original pieces of art and relies upon the implementation of lines, repetition and geometric shapes. The use of repetition, besides providing a structural quality to the compositions, also questions what time really means when one is lost in the artistic process of their creation. He is interested in exploring the meditative state acquired by this process and the relationship this has with the meaning of presence and time. About his process Bardales says, “growing up in Colombia, I went through difficult situations that have taught me to look at things from many points of view. I also craved structure and organization in most of my work. For this reason, origami was a perfect outlet to show the audience my perspective. Bringing together different experiences and elements allows me to create unique pixelated images and abstract compositions that speak to an aesthetic that has become more recognized and used by artists in the post-internet era.” He incorporates recycled paper, newspaper and old encyclopaedias as the main materials, by which he gives new life to these sources of information. According to Bardales, “all the information beneath my compositions are the major subject in my pieces, even still in an increasingly digital age where printed materials are slowly becoming obsolete. By transforming them in the work, they are given new relevancy without losing the printed wealth of knowledge.” Bardales has exhibited in several galleries and is part of numerous private collections. He currently lives and works in Miami.
Both of David Harry’s parents were artists. He grew up in a household with the sweet smell of turpentine, where the shelves were stocked with books about art and the walls were covered with paintings. His grandmother was the well-known painter Beulah S. Bowers. David Harry has had one man shows in Paris and New York City, as well as Hamburg, Potsdam and Freiberg in Germany. Various styles have marked his full artistic career, from early neo-expressionism to a project called Anti-Action painting. His current body of work consists of relatively large-scale abstract paintings. In his artistic statement, David states that “fine art is a form of expression that works as a visual metaphor for a shared experience. My latest work is about a process not unlike jazz composition, action initiated over a familiar structure. The paintings also respond to place. […] Each painting is allowed to feel its own way. There is a charge that builds with time that brings with it presence which is also a goal of my work. Colour, light form, composition and energy are qualities that are important to me as an artist. The deep well of memory, and the light and perspectives that attend colour, give clarity to our own stories and the compositions lend form to emotion. It is important for the paintings to have layers as well; layers that contradict themselves visually, being both foreground and background. The work builds organically through a series of trials eventually coming together as a whole…”
William Braemer’s artwork is the result of an amazing life experience and a personality that hungers for rich, character-defining adventures. As a young man, William was educated in New York and upon graduation, apprenticed in Europe during the 1980’s. While living in Florence, Italy, he was inspired by the city’s rich artistic history and its deep-rooted culture. It was this moment in time of William’s life which inspired him to pursue his passion for art; thus, beginning a life-long journey steeped in a love for self-expression. William’s art can be defined as abstract expressionist, notably accentuated with valiant colours, rich strokes and provocative themes. From the Caribbean enhanced abstract paintings inspired by his Cuban heritage, to the ornately crafted sculptures, William’s artwork appeals to a wide cross-section of collectors. In Braemer’s hands, classical sculptures are given a new skin made of coins and other unorthodox materials, thereby depriving them of sacredness, with irony, typical of postmodern art. Of his work, Braemer states, “my intense passion and extreme love of life is the foundation of my creativity. Elation, contentment and ultimate satisfaction are the feelings I experience when reaching the completion of one of my pieces, thus granting me the drive and ambition to begin creating a new body of work. I like to define my artistic style as abstract in nature coupled with an expressionist quality. My interpretation of a subject matter is transformed into rich, vibrant bold colours – timeless, awakening the soul, uplifting and radiant. My use of colour evokes many moods; each piece I create is a moment in my life and therefore reflects that period of time – my art is my eyes looking into my soul.”
Born in Florida, Veronica Stewart is a contemporary painter, writer and designer. As a child, she excelled in drawing and painting in school and local contests. She began painting seriously after high school when she was living alone for the first time away from her family. After completing a painting of her brother’s favourite musician as a Christmas present, she was flooded with requests and encouragement to do other pieces. She has completed countless landscapes, portraits, album covers and animal paintings in a variety of styles. Veronica also designs bathing suits and like her paintings, they strongly reflect her equestrian background with bold metallic accents and classic American materials. She reinterprets the American traditional figurative painting in a post-modern way by making use of simplified lines and acid and psychedelic colours, along the lines of Keith Haring and Basquiat. She is inspired by music, poetry and literature and often uses the female or equine figure at the heart of her work. Veronica Stewart has an online gallery ARTVTS.com and her designs can be seen on Gunmetalapparel.com. She has been featured in the Glass Gallery Retrospect and Renoartio. About her art, she says “each piece is launched by an idea or emotion that I work tirelessly on until the vision is completed. Celestial beauty, seduction and unabashed raw emotion are layered in my colours and subjects. I was raised breeding and showing horses and exotic animals and capturing their nobility and power on canvas with bold vibrant colours is a natural expression of my family ties and love for all animals. While I’m painting, I am seduced by my subjects with a tunnel vision that is unbreakable, causing time to stand still. Once I decided to make art my life’s work, everything fell into place. Art is a labour of love for me and involves complete focus, attention to detail, and nuance that requires energy and complex thought.”