Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Alan Tarbell has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Alan is an award-winning artist based in Oakland, California, USA. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 21st Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Alan’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Alan’s Artist Biography and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Alan is inspired by nature’s infinite combinations of form, light, texture, atmosphere and rhythm. He finds richness in the weather and weathered objects, in the land and its layers, in the wind patterns, waves and great rock formations found on Earth. They seem to speak volumes on time, regenerate cyclically, all the while telling a profound story. His environmental pieces are a call to reflect on our vital and delicate relationship to the Earth and hopefully inspire its protection.

Through his painting practice Alan attempts to reveal vitality in his subject matter through dynamic color and movement. He often uses his camera to compose ideas upon which he translates them to canvas in a layered approach. The initial surface is textured and built upon with subsequent paint crusts, like the ancient sediments of the Earth. Here he allows the process to guide unique conversations between the evolving surfaces

Alan has an MFA from the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and a BA in Geography with a minor in Geology from UC Davis in 1997. His work has been exhibited in galleries in San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro, Toluca, Mexico and, Point Reyes, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA. His work is held by numerous private collectors in Mexico and the US.

Artist Statement

Bonsai California

These paintings of conifers are intimate portraits of trees from the wilds of California. My painting process starts with my camera, composing the tree amongst its environment, a stoic presence against the infinite sky. Texturizing the canvas mimics the immense layers found in the bark of these ancient trees. The painting is infused with memory of place, expressive brushwork radiating with color and rhythm juxtaposing movement with the seeming stillness of time. My intention is to portray a tree’s unique and persevering character, inspiring awe, and veneration. There is wisdom in the trees.

The resilience of these conifers can give hope to the challenges of our own survival. Especially during these very trying times: of sickness and desperation, of division and upheaval, of dramatic and catastrophic climate change. They have survived many fires and droughts over the millennia, which has helped to forge their character and growth. Fire is a great destroyer, but equally it is an essential element of renewal. May their majestic presence inspire us towards better days ahead, helping us to see the depth of the forest and ultimately becoming stewards for their future preservation.

California’s Native tribes have traditionally maintained the forests through periodic prescribed burns to enhance their productivity and facilitate passage. 5% of sales from these paintings will go to the Karuk Tribe’s Wildland Fire Program (

https://www.karuk.us/index.php/departments/natural-resources/eco-cultural-revitalization/wildland-fire-program) as they look to rebuild and promote eco-stewardship through integration of tribal wisdom practices.

Enjoy viewing Alan’s Bonsai California series of paintings. To see more of Alan’s work, his website is www.alantarbell.com.

 

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce the winning artists of the gallery’s recent 21st “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  

The “Solo Art Series” competition closed on May 7, 2022. 12 artists were selected as finalists. From that selection, 4 artists were chosen to have individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  The remaining 8 artists were awarded Artist Showcase features.

The Solo Art Series took place within an extremely competitive atmosphere.   The task of selecting only four top winning artists from the 71 artists who entered was extremely challenging.  The high quality of submissions made creating the final rankings extraordinarily difficult. 

The competitive process considered not only the quality and depth of the artist’s work but also the overall entry presentation, including the artist’s biography and artist’s statement.  The following are the 4 winning Solo Series Artists and the schedule of their solo art exhibitions.

Solo Art Exhibition Schedule

David Wigner May 15, 2022 to June 14, 2022  
Brian Mark June 15, 2022, to July 14, 2022  
Judy Fan July 15, 2022, to August 14, 2022  
MB Mosk August 15, 2022, to September 14, 2022  

As part of the selection process, the other 8 artists who were in the top 12 have been awarded an Artist Showcase feature. The artists who were selected for the Artist Showcase features (with one Artist Showcase being be posted every 2 weeks) beginning on May 15th are:  

Artist Showcase Artists

Alan Tarbell May 15, 2022 to May 31, 2022  
Zsófia Vincze June 1, 2022 to June 14, 2022  
Andrew Lincoln Nelson June 15, 2022 to June 30, 2022  
Lorna Beecroft July 1, 2022 to July 14, 2022  
Hazel Thomson July 15, 2022 to July 31, 2022  
Maureen Ravnik August 1, 2022 to August 14, 2022  
Vasiliki Siampi August 15, 2022 to August 31, 2022  
Aarti Gupta Bhadauria Sept. 1, 2022 to Sept. 14, 2022  

Out of the 71 artists who submitted to this Solo Art Series art competition, 15 were eliminated due to deficiencies in their Biography, Artist’s Statement or with their art. From the 56 artists who were left, 31 artists were then selected as finalists. 12 artists were selected from the 31 final artists and any of the finalists could have been included in the final 12. 

For each solo art exhibition, the gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News, and social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

Each of the 8 Artist Showcase feature artists will be promoted to over 350+ News Outlets with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtWeek/ArtJobs. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

In addition to the above, the winning solo artists receive a YouTube Video presentation of their Body of Work, Event Postcard and a Press Release for their art portfolio.  There will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package.

Here is a link to the gallery's Solo Art Series Archives.  The gallery’s next Solo Art Series competition will be held in August 2022.

Thank you for everyone's participation and interest in our Solo Art Series and congratulations to the winners. 

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Paulo Delgado has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Paulo is an award-winning artist based in Canada. Paulo was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Paulo’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Paulo’s Artist Biography and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Paulo Delgado is known for his faceless figures that intrigues his audience. He was born in Mozambique and grew up in a little village in Portugal. He completed his degree in Graphic Design and worked in that area for almost 20 years. In 2010, he immigrated to Canada.

“I like to paint the everyday life of the country that took me in. The light and the colour of the prairie sky is so impressive.”

By simplifying each figure, he can capture their essence. The backgrounds are made up of geometric shapes and lines that contrasts with the central figures.

Artist Statement:

With a 20-year career in Graphic Design, my paintings reflect my acquired habits in this profession. I am a self-taught painter and never received any formal training. Acrylic is my chosen medium and I have worked to perfect my technique using this medium. I like the simplification of form and the shapes take in a poster-like feeling.

The face is the mirror of the soul and with it, we can understand their state of mind. The simplification of the face is done on purpose. It is incredibly challenging to use shapes and colour to transmit what is in your soul.

Some of my favourite themes include landscapes and the Portuguese ethnography. I also enjoy exploring the colours of the Manitoba prairies. The light of the skies fascinates me and inspires me, especially sunsets. The use of geometric shapes in the background’s contrasts with the main figures in the foreground as if it were a set of a play. The use of strong colours and different nuances is a constant in my work. Painting for me is a stress reliever which allows me to relax and find balance in my everyday life. I want to tell stories through my painting.

Paulo’s website is www.pdelgado.ca.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Carina Imbrogno has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Carina is an award-winning, self-taught artist based in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. Carina was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Carina’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Carina’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Carina is a disabled self-taught artist and now an inspirational artist. She feels she is being guided by God in her life and she’s alive to tell her story and share her art with the world. Carina loves to draw and paint realistically and one of her favorite mediums to work with is pastels, which is her medium of choice.

Carina has gone through many struggles in her life. In 2015, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic illness, Elhers Danlos Syndrome. She has endured over 10 operations since the age of 10. Carina believes she is truly a walking miracle and today she is thrilled and grateful to be creating art.

Photography is another passion of Carina’s and she uses photography to create her art as she artistic style is realism. She loves to draw and paint nature, animals and wildlife and people, animals, kids, landscapes and architectural pieces in mediums such as oils, acrylics gouache, graphite, charcoal. Carina finds animals beautiful and strives to capture the essence of the animals and all her subjects.

Artist Statement:

My inspiration for these pieces come from the love I have of animals and portraiture. I love drawing people with their pets.

Carina’s website is https://caimbrogno.wixsite.com/mysite.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Gabiko IoMo has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Gabiko is an award-winning digital artists based in Canada. Gabiko was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Gabiko’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Gabiko’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Gabiko IoMo has always been fascinated by art and, skillful in various crafts, she practiced it successfully in one form or another, from an early age. In the last decade, she replaced the brush with the mouse — the result is just as spectacular — and, as a digital artist, she built a substantial portfolio.

She does not use sophisticated tools — only MS Paint and Jasc Paint Shop 9, in an old XP. She prefers to be the person who does the job, not the machine. Since she wasn't taught, but "invented" computer graphics, she does everything her own way, playing with volumes and lights to keep forms in balance and nuances in harmony.

Gabiko’s paintings are, invariably, square in shape, made with vivid colors and tinted, quiet often, with a drop of irony. Transferred on canvas, they are highlighted by a black floating frame. She just started my journey (from anonymity to light) as a digital artist — her background of expos and memberships in the field is very limited — but she has two mini-galleries that you can visit online. Please find them listed below.

Artist Statement:

I believe art is essential for humanity. It reflects the mind, the soul and the philosophy of each nation and its expression punctuates the history.

I like everything related to art — music, dance, literature — but what make me vibrate are the paintings. So it was easy for me to pass from the art crafts that I practiced for long years to the art assisted by computer. Easy because, when I paint, everything else disappears — it’s only me, the mouse and my subject. And the subject, I can feel it. I know exactly how it must look once transposed on canvas. I "see" the whole as if it were ready and framed. It only remains to materialize what had germinated in the imagination.

I work nonstop (always following a plan) and any element around — vistas, textures, sounds — can inspire me. My creations are full of colour and joy — strong and sometimes hyperbolic, but always honest.

Painting is my pleasure, my life — without my art, what am I?

Gabiko has two websites: https://gabiko-iomo.square.site and https://gabiko-iomo.wixsite.com/portfolio.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Susanna Patras has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Susanna is an award-winning fine art landscape and travel photographer based in Nevada, USA. Susanna was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Susanna’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Susanna’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Susanna Patras is a professional award-winning fine art landscape and travel photographer whose images convey simplicity, elegance and a touch of mystery. Born in Romania, and American by adoption, Susanna Patras often travels between Europe and America. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Thomas Edison State University, and diplomas in Multimedia and Professional Photography from Sessions College for Professional Design and New York Institute of Photography.

Although she loved to paint as a child and play with her parents’ SLR, Susanna Patras started writing poetry in high school and interned at a local newspaper while in college. She won several poetry awards before making the transition to photography. In 1998, Susanna Patras moved to the United States. Soon after, she bought her first video camera and started to experiment with a new way to tell stories.

After working as an assistant in a fashion/beauty photography studio in New York, she discovered her true passion for travel and fine art landscape photography. She dedicates a good amount of time photographing nature, or natural subjects in her studio, in particular low-key black and white landscapes, seascapes, plants, and abstracts. Her work has been mostly influenced by minimalism and American modernism. Her work won several international awards, was exhibited in art galleries and was featured in several magazines, such as Landscape Photography Magazine, Dodho Magazine, Light, A Journal of Photography and Poetry, Daily Mail Newspaper, and others.

Artist Statement:

Influenced by minimalism, American modernism, poetry and film noir, my images are sometimes minimal compositions, other times contrasty, low-key black and white nature scenes using shapes, textures and space as key elements, or color landscapes with balanced perspectives and natural tones. I find my subjects in both wide and small landscapes.

Photography can relate to poetry, in particular, haiku, because it can operate with the same distillation of vocabulary. As poet Octavio Paz famously said: “I do not see with my eyes: the words are my eyes”. (Paz, 1990) Photographing in the winter or in the desert can sometimes reveal abstract or minimalist compositions that may resonate with traditional Japanese ink paintings. Composition is not only about the careful placement of the subject in the frame, but also an experiment with the space between things. This is based on the concept of “Ma”, a Japanese word that means “space” between two parts.

In my images, I express simplicity, elegance, a touch of mystery, and a quiet moment of contemplation in nature.

Susanna’s website is https://patrasphotography.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Paul Kenens has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Paul is an award-winning artist based in Belgium. Paul was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Paul’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Paul’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Paul Kenens was born in Brussels (1947) as the eldest of six children, a childhood without a father. The lack of money soon forced him to be self-sufficient. As a 14-year-old and the family's breadwinner, he found work in a printing company. He worked up to a color mixer and offset printer for luxury printing, which was still a specialized craft at the time, and he discovered his sense of composition and color. Thirteen years later, he left the print shop. He no longer wanted to be dependent on third parties and started acting. In the same period, he discovered the art of ceramics.

Paul is passionate about these two disciplines, which has resulted in two parallel careers. As an independent actor in film, TV and theater, he made international theater independently. As a ceramist, he specialized in color glazes, designed decorations and tile panels, copied old Art Nouveaux panels, made ceramic architectural ceramics for protected monuments and carried out artistic ceramic commissions for other artists. Paul always immersed himself in the subject matter, searched for the core of the craft and its characteristics and followed his own path in it.

In 2010, he decided to study painting and immediately began painting with ceramic glazes, the final color of which cannot be seen immediately. It was a revelation. He sold the ceramics studio, stopped acting and threw himself completely into painting. During this time, he also takes a Master class with the Brazilian Hyperrealist Omar Ortiz.

Paul has exhibited in Paris (Hilton), The Hague (Gallery Heyningen - Painting of the Year 2019) Sterckshof Castle in Deurne, Cortewalle Castle in Beervelde, Royal Greenhouses Van Bouchout Castle in Laken, BOZAR Brussels, etc. Galerie NOVIA in Doorn (N) etc. He participated in art fairs ADAF (Annual Art Fair in Amsterdam, BAF (Brabant Art Fair in Breda) Lifestyle Fair in Oud Turnhout etc. (continued: see CV) and has been nominated numerous times.

Artist Statement:

My subjects come from the immediate environment: it concerns people. If it is not myself, they are children or women where I notice in a split second a movement, an attitude or trait that arouses a thought that goes beyond the image (or goes against it). A personal detail that lingers in the memory. An image that establishes itself and grows in its emotionality (one has to fall in love with your subject, even if it is a banal thing like a child's toy or a piece of clothing).

My work regularly starts with photos of a fixed photo model. I take a few hundred photos that are stored on a PC. They are viewed and reviewed several times, each time creating new thoughts. The images must "ripen". After that, various photos are edited and adjusted until a certain image cannot be recognized. Multiple versions are made in an atmosphere of excitement. During the preparation, uncertainty about the future painted version flashes in all directions. The state of mind, the emotional attitude, determines the direction in which the image takes. Sometimes the image itself indicates a natural direction, or is this even the result of the interpreter's character?

I paint the underlay as detailed as possible, as if I want to finish the canvas. Then I repaint the entire painting, adjusting shapes and colors. I like saturated canvases without pasty painting. They bring depth to the color. Until the provisional end, I bring details, highlights and I emphatically paint over any points of attention.

Although the starting point is photo material, it is always a challenge to make a difference between photo-realism and painted image during the execution. Each painting is an attempt to increase the distance between the two and perhaps with the aim of painting beyond realism. With a painted image, you bring something else that you don't see on a photo. The whole of my work is not sterile but emotional; it shows what moves me. Over time, I view the painted canvas more critically and each time from a different state of mind or point of view, with corrections as a result. Sometimes an element is added months later that breaks the ambiguity or shifts the focus.

Some works are poetic, sensual. Others arouse curiosity through the use of unexpected elements or unusual setting or combinations. My tittles sometimes raise questions; make the spectator think. In the painting, I try to bring an underlying, perhaps enigmatic reading, a space to give the viewer the opportunity to fill in their own interpretation, to ask an unanswerable question. In the end, it comes down to the fact that by making the choice I reveal part of the inner drive that the spectator reinterprets.

Paul’s website is www.paulkenens.be.

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Jay Johansen has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Jay is an award-winning artist based in California, USA. Jay was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Jay’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Jay’s Artist Biography and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Raised by his artist-father in Oakland, California, portrait artist Jay Johansen, began his journey into the art world at a very young age. Painting ballerinas, matadors, and Hawaiian dancers, Jay established an international collector base, ultimately leading to commissioned paintings of music icons, world dignitaries, as well as a long list of celebrity collectors.

After a brief hiatus, Jay returned to painting full-time in his studio with an interest in creating nearly photo-realistic figurative paintings. Today, Jay enlivens monochromatic faces of women with vivid colors that bring life to the canvas. Using broad strokes, as distinct from his previous style, Jay enjoys a freedom he's never felt as a professional artist.

Imbued with an energy of renewal, Jay is creating art with the verve he had as a child in his father's studio. He refers to his work as Pop Fusion Art.

Jay’s website is www.johansenfineart.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Kong Ho has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Kong is an award-winning artist based in the Pennsylvania, USA who specializes in representational-imaginative floral-spiral paintings. Kong was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Kong’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Kong’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Kong Ho utilizes his bicultural background as a teaching artist and muralist professionally trained in both Chinese and Western visual art to teach and practice art. Currently, Ho is a full-time artist and muralist based in Pennsylvania. He earned a M.F.A. in painting and drawing at Texas Tech University in 1994. Since then, he taught as art professor and practicing artist at several universities, including USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, University of Southern California and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Brunei Darussalam, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Hong Kong Baptist University, and University of Hong Kong. Ho has received several fellowships, including Visiting Research Fellowship; Fulbright U.S. Scholarship, taught mural painting at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, for 5 months; VSA Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship; Hong Kong Baptist University Fellowship; Sasakawa Fellowship; International VSA arts Festival Fellowship; and Fellowship for Artistic Development. Always looking for new opportunities to inform the public of the educational and cultural value of community murals, he founded the Hong Kong Mural Society in 1997. After that, he has organized and painted numerous school and community murals in the past 23 years.

In addition to his mural art, his representational-imaginative paintings have been exhibited in 16 solo exhibitions and more than 120 international and national exhibitions including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong. His art work has been exhibited in venues such as the United Nations Headquarters, Chelsea Art Museum and American Council for the Arts Exhibition Space in New York City; World Bank Art Gallery and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC; the US Ambassadors' Residences in Macedonia; Clymer Museum and Gallery in Washington; Amarillo Museum of Art and Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Texas; Fine Arts Museums in New Mexico; Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg; San Diego Museum of Art and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in California; Sunny Art Center in London; Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Canada; Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin; Atelier Montez in Rome; National Academy of Art and New Bulgarian University in Bulgaria; Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and Peking Museum of Art in China, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, National Institute of Education Art Gallery in Singapore, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts in Thailand, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art in Hong Kong. Moreover, Ho has participated in several residency programs, including Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts in Canada, Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, Bethany Arts Community in New York, Soaring Gardens in Pennsylvania, I-Park in Connecticut and British Council in Hong Kong.

His research in community murals and transcendental paintings led to the publishing of his two books, Larger Than Life: Mural Dreamscapes and A Stroke in Time: An Artist's Memoir of Kong Ho in 2016. Moreover, his research papers have been presented in 38 conferences and published in 10 peer-reviewed journals and 12 conference proceedings, such as Teaching Artist Journal, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, History Research, Journal of Art and Design, The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities Official Conference Proceedings, Arts Education Conference Proceedings, and The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology. Moreover, his work has been reviewed in Studio Visit, Vol. 19, 2012; Direct Art, Vol. 18, 2011; New Art International, Vol. 14, 2010; United States Embassy Skopje – ART in Embassies Program, 2006; Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest, 2006; Asian Art News, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004 and The New Art Examiner, 21 No. 5, 1994 and Art in America, Feb. 1994.

Artist Statement

Sumptuously painted in a technique consisting of free-flowing wave-like patterns held in check by subtly controlled washes of glaze and exacting trompe l'oeil floras and shells, my floral and nautilus paintings exemplify the theme and style indicative of my ongoing body of work, the "Luminosity Series."

In my recent series, I have created an asymmetrical composition by off-setting the circular shapes of the primary spiral of the nautilus shell and the floral images against the angular edges of the squared off canvas. Further interest is added to the composition through the articulation of the nautilus shell's segments and the structure of natural flora. I achieve a feeling of dramatic motion by obliterating portions of my ornately patterned objects by merging them with a background of sweeping ribbons, rippling draping, folding petal veins, floating seashells, and dancing stripes. My composition is supported by a dense spatial field of interpreted interactions of forms and patterns found in nature. These patterns include repetitive clusters of meandering lines and portioned color filled areas that suggest ambiguous space. Rhythmic movement is created from a simultaneous saturation and pastel dissolution of the aforementioned contrasting colors within the pictorial space. A sense of fundamental transformation for which no beginning and end can be discovered evolves from this body of work. Contrasting colors with meandering lines, and precisely rendered floral images and improvised random patterns, add to the feeling of engagement with rather than separation from my life experience of Eastern and Western cultures and transcendental belief in Zen Buddhism. Through my art, I try to explore traditionally popular garden flowers in a contemporary context. By bridging the gap of tradition and contemporariness, I connect the opposing aesthetics of the celebrated garden flowers with the transcendental world of spirituality. My Luminosity Series is classic in some respects because it pays homage to traditional floral still lives. The ambiguous space settings of my floral and nautilus painting is a departure from realism because the space depicted is abstract or non-representational. The ambiguous space creates the transcendental or spiritual illusion that is a vital expression in my work.

The distinctive palette of my Luminosity Series is about new sensory experience mingled with nostalgia for familiar one. No matter where I have relocated to in the past, the local plants and flowers always bring back old memories or pangs of yearning in my heart. Nostalgia is more powerful than memory alone. The shades of blue and magenta, like Yin and Yang, help to capture the timeless and transitory moments of my life’s journey. I believe that incredibly delicate and complex plant blooms display not only the beauty of nature but also the transcendental longing of humanity for a world beyond this one. The motivation behind my floral and nautilus paintings is to hold on to the essence of the transitional feeling, memory, time and space of an ephemeral moment. In the Zen Buddhist sense, daily life experience is unique in itself. It is essential to live in a moment of my daily life. It may seem contradictory to try to rematerialize what is already gone, but a part of the large historical rational behind humankind’s reasons for making art seems to favor into this endeavor. The beauty of a short-lived flower evokes a melancholic sense of transience of life and leaves a memory trace that speaks to me about the inevitable processes of change. My art embodies the experience of transition, a sense of the bitter-sweet—of the time in-between—a feeling of the loss for a past that is left behind, and the excitement of new connection in the future.

Kong’s website is www.kongho.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Patrick Egger has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Patrick is an award-winning artist based in the Mont-Blanc Massif above of the Marécottes in Switzerland. Patrick was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Patrick’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Patrick’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Self-taught painter, Patrick Egger was born in 1957 in the Jura Mountains in Switzerland. First a forest engineer, then a teacher, he later turned to painting.

It is in the enchanting place, in the heart of the mountains and nature, that he lived his whole childhood. The young Patrick was already very sensitive to the beauty of his environment, captivated by the rhythm of the seasons. Curious about the landscapes that surrounded him, he walked alone on the ridges and valleys of his native home. There he contemplated the splendor of the mountains, regardless of the weather. These snow-capped peaks still occupy a special place in his heart today and are the source of deep inspiration for his art.

Trained as a forest engineer, he eventually headed for a career as a science teacher, teaching physics and mathematics. Seduced by the forces that govern the world around him, Patrick taught with passion to his students. It is only upon early retirement, in his sixties, that painting came to take place, quite naturally, in his life.

He then left the Jura to settle in the Mont-Blanc Massif above of the Marécottes. This new place of residence offered him magnificent landscapes where the mountains reign.

In this inspiring natural environment, Patrick’s creativity was sparked and he began his artistic journey with charcoal and pastel. He then created his first works, which included drawings of homes in the mountains, snow-covered fir forests or the sea and the sky, under horizons of sublime and varied hues. Eventually he added acrylic to his repertoire, always with a fondness for landscapes.

Artist Statement

In these paintings, I express the serenity and joy that my art gives me. Through my works, I present an incessant quest for sensations linked to the beauty of the place that I paint. To best translate what my eyes see and what my heart feels, I meticulously reproduce every detail, right down to the play of light of the moment.

Touched by the contrasting atmospheres, I like to bring together, for example, the peacefulness of the mountain and the harshness of the alpine setting. My paintings are as many decorations as nature has to offer – a vertical world made of rocks or ice, horizons bathed in a cottony mist, undulating under an autumn sun or under the bluish freshness of a winter morning.

Patrick’s website is https://artpegger.jimdofree.com

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce the winning artists of the gallery’s recent 20th Solo Art Series Art Competition.  

The Solo Art Series competition closed on January 5, 2022. 12 artists were selected as finalists. From that selection, 4 artists were chosen to have individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  The remaining 8 artists were awarded Artist Showcase features.

The Solo Art Series took place within an extremely competitive atmosphere.   The task of selecting only four artists from the 66 artists who entered was extremely challenging.  The high quality of submissions made creating the final rankings extraordinarily difficult. 

The competitive process considered not only the quality and depth of the artist’s work but also the overall entry presentation, including the artist’s biography and artist’s statement.  The following are the 4 winning Solo Series Artists and the schedule of their solo art exhibitions.

Solo Art Exhibition Schedule

Calvin Lai Jan. 15, 2022 to Feb. 14, 2022  
Elisabeth Renard Feb. 15, 2022, to March 14, 2022  
Barney Levitt March 15, 2022, to April 14, 2022  
Arlene Buster April 15, 2022, to May 14, 2022  

As part of the selection process, the other 8 artists who were in the top 12 have been awarded an Artist Showcase feature. The artists who were selected for the Artist Showcase features (with one Artist Showcase being be posted every 2 weeks beginning on January 15th are:  

Artist Showcase Artists

Patrick Egger Jan. 15, 2022 to Jan. 31, 2022  
Kong Ho Feb. 1, 2022 to Feb. 14, 2022  
Jay Johansen Feb. 15, 2022 to Feb. 28, 2022  
Paul Kenens March 1, 2022 to March 14, 2022  
Susanna Patras March 15, 2022 to March 31, 2022  
Gabiko IaMo April 1, 2022 to April 14, 2022  
Carina Imbrogno April 15, 2022 to April 30, 2022  
Paulo Delgado May 1, 2022 to May 14, 2022  

Out of the 66 artists who submitted to this Solo Art Series art competition, 19 were eliminated due to deficiencies in their Biography, Artist’s Statement or with their art. From the 47 artists who were left, 25 artists were then selected as finalists. 12 artists were selected from the 25 final artists and any of the finalists could have been included in the final 12. 

For each solo art exhibition, the gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News, and social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

Each of the 8 Artist Showcase feature artists will be promoted to over 350+ News Outlets with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtWeek/ArtJobs. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

In addition to the above, the winning solo artists receive a YouTube Video presentation of their Body of Work, Event Postcard and a Press Release for their art portfolio.  There will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package.

Here is a link to the gallery's Solo Art Series Archives.  The gallery’s next Solo Art Series competition will be held in April 2022.

Thank you for everyone's participation and interest in our Solo Art Series. 

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that BeeHoon Lim has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

BeeHoon is an award-winning artist based in Malaysia. BeeHoon was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

BeeHoon’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are BeeHoon’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

BeeHoon Lim is a self-taught artist, retired teacher, mother and grandmother with a history of passion for art. Denied of the opportunity to pursue this love due to finances, work career, marriage and caring for her children, she finally got time upon retirement to indulge in this passion. Now she devotes her time creating works of art and craft. It is never too late to achieve one's dream. She wants to inspire and share with all her genuine works of art.

Artist Statement

A significant feature in my paintings is FLOW. I love to demonstrate a FLOW in everything I draw. Each flow tells a story. Drawn with intention, each smooth and graceful twist and turn leads to a certain direction. This is to tell the viewers that the flow that we choose to follow always ends with a mission. Either we achieve the aim we want or we let it continue until it meets its fate. I compare this flow in my paintings to our journey through Life. Life ahead is unpredictable, a mystery and when one sails through, one meets challenges. We have the option to maneuver our way through and let it flow in a positive direction. Adding flow to my paintings give a softening effect to whatever I draw, erasing the harsh lines and edges. When my paintings are hung on the wall, it never fails to soften the hard walls behind bringing forth a calm and soothing effect to the area.

BeeHoon can be reached via her Email.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Heidi Dehncke has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Heidi is an award-winning artist based in New Jersey, USA. Heidi was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Heidi’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Heidi’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Heidi Dehncke majored in Illustration and also studied both painting and photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She won several art contests as a child and teenager and began doing professional renderings and projects for publication shortly after her time at Pratt.

Eventually, Dehncke transformed her art and worked as a video producer, journalist, photographer and editor. Along with the creativity necessary for editing video she was also able to employ her design and photography talents. She worked as a producer for “InSport”, About.com, PLUM TV, and more. She also produced, directed and was the filmmaker for “Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11,” which premiered on The Sundance Channel in 2006.

Dehncke’s photography has appeared and placed in several national juried competitions as well as several publications. She describes her photography as energizing and dramatic and focuses on captivating imagery effected by light and shadow. This includes images that she finds particularly inspiring for her to paint and interpret.

Her photography influences her painting. Dehncke has been painting for years and is pursuing painting as her primary creative endeavor. She showed work in Basking Ridge’s “Exhale” (2020) and was invited to Studio Channel Islands Collector’s Choice 2021. She also recently had work included in Biafarin’s Diversia: Earth - 2021 online exhibition as well as The Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s “Spring Forward 2021,”

She finds her biggest inspiration to be rooted in capturing and reinterpreting nature. Dehncke works in Acrylics and Oils.

Artist Statement

While painting most of my life, I had the opportunity to move back to New Jersey in 2019 and pursue my fine art painting, mostly concentrating on nature. My paintings usually begin with nature exploration - hikes in nature that inspire and provide a form of therapy, renewal, and connection. After I photograph my inspiration, I devise painting my interpretation. I usually work in acrylic or oils and the size of the canvas depends on how I envision the finished art. The process is also about how I feel when I am painting. One influences the other and it is truly a symbiotic relationship between myself and the artwork. I paint in a modern impressionist style – which I am compelled to do, given how painting, the act itself, makes me feel.

Heidi’s website is https://heididehncke.wixsite.com/heididehnckefinear-1

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Suzie Sullivan has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Suzie is an award-winning artist based in County Mayo, Ireland. Suzie was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Suzie’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Suzie’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Suzie Sullivan's lifelong passion for art and craft work began as a child in the UK. Throughout her life she has always had hobby projects on the go but could only have dreamt where it would lead. She has always had a fascination for Ireland and moved there in 2001. She loves what Ireland has to offer - music, culture, ancient legends and fairy tales and the wide-open spaces - and all of this is reflected in her work. She is now known throughout Ireland and beyond for her work in fibre art, polymer clay and flame worked glass. She has won several prestigious awards for her art and craft and has participated in many exhibitions and shows. She has also shared her extensive knowledge with many students over the years. Suzie is a self-taught artist, preferring to work and experiment in the peace of her own studio tucked away in the beautiful wild landscape of the west of Ireland.

Artist Statement

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of Co Mayo, Ireland is a small studio where self-taught artist Suzie Sullivan spends her days creating art and craft. For many years Suzie has been better known as a textile artist working with wool and fibre, but in 2019 she changed direction and started working with polymer clay. This new material has opened a whole new world of texture and creativity. Her work represents a unique vision of an imaginary world of nature, capturing extravagant forms, colours and patterns derived from the natural world we live in. This latest body of small sculptures is titled ‘If you go Down to the Woods Today’. These sculptures are meticulously detailed and are intended to evoke dreams, childhood memories and the desire to escape to a world of one’s own making. They are made with a wire armature built up with layers of polymer clay and richly embellished with unique colour blends and complex polymer clay cane work.

Suzie’s art can be viewed on her Instagram.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Eduin Fraga has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Eduin is an award-winning artist based in Wisconsin, USA. Eduin was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Eduin’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Eduin’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Eduin Fraga was born in Havana, Cuba in 1974. He began painting over twenty years ago, blending newspaper collage into his work in order to capture dynamic fragments of society within the piece. Fraga considers his technique of painting and newspaper collage to be a unique mechanism through which to add complexity and richness to the work while simultaneously transforming the work into a form of historical register of social experience. Fraga formally studied painting and drawing at the Experimental Center of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba, and graduated in 2010. Currently, he divides his time between Cuba and the United States.

Artist Statement

I'm continually striving to represent the complex and subtle realities of daily experience in Cuba and now in the U.S. My work focuses on social themes such as the Special Period in Cuba, struggles of workers to survive on their pensions, loss and separation in families whose members have emigrated to other countries, and tensions around public services such as transportation and sanitation.

In my work I use collage mixed with oil, acrylic, charcoal and other media. I identify this form of mixed media as “collage painting“. It is a unique form of art that includes article excerpts and images from various Cuban and American newspapers on canvas or cardboard as a means of capturing dynamic fragments of the societies in which I live. Through this approach, I intend not only to show objective images of the realities or daily lives of both countries but also to create within each painting an historical register of past events, processes, and predetermining factors that have shaped society today.

Eduin’s website is www.eduinfraga.com

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Nathan Cole has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Nathan is an award-winning artist based in the city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Nathan was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Nathan’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Nathan’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Nathan Cole is an artist, photographer, and writer working out of Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the Honours BFA program from Western University in London, Ontario in 2003, Nathan is now emerging as a professional artist after rediscovering the scratchboard medium in 2013. He is best known for his intricate and emotional portraits of highly expressive animals on scratchboard. He carefully uses negative space and the starkness of black-and-white to create engaging chiaroscuro compositions, sometimes playful, sometimes profound. The intensity and diversity of the lines created with the quill depict colour, texture, and depth all at once. The painstaking, slow, and unforgiving nature of quill on scratchboard works relates closely to the careful approach that must be taken for conservation efforts with these animals and their habitats. The combination of wildlife and domestic animal portraits is meant to create a commonality between the two, asking whether one has more inherent value than the other.

Nathan attended the Mauser EcoHouse artist residency in Costa Rica after winning the Nanci Christopher photography grant and participated in the Farm Studio residency in Andore, Rajasthan, India. He has exhibited his work at the Super Wonder Gallery, Queen West Art Crawl, and Beaux Arts Brampton, as well as Eduardo Lira Gallery in Miami where he was a semi-finalist for ARTBOX.Projects and The Treasury in Pontiac, Michigan where he won 3rd place in the Handcrafted Category. Nathan’s art work has also been featured in Murze and ArtAscent Magazines. Through his work and experiences with the animals that he depicts, he is hoping to challenge some of the myths, perceptions, and preconceptions surrounding wildlife. Stories and imagery are incredibly important, and our understanding and relationship with nature is so often based around them. With the awareness that for some of these species, their very existence is at stake in our current world, Nathan hopes to challenge harmful practices through representation, education, and his own process of rewilding.

Nathan’s work has been greatly informed and enhanced by international artist residencies, and the incredible diversity of wildlife surrounding them. He explored the lush valleys and winding waterways of Puntarenas, Costa Rica during the Mauser EcoHouse, then the desert landscape and rocky hills of Rajasthan while attending the Farm Studio residency in India. He has exhibited his work across North America and internationally, including in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Gallery, Zurich Main Station, and the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. Awards for his work include 3rd place for the Boynes Emerging Artist Award, Best in Show for “Artists of the World” show at the Tall Sequoia Gallery, and a semi-finalist at ARTBOX.Projects Barcelona and Miami. His scratchboard work and photography have been published in ArtAscent and Murze Magazines. Nathan has a BFA from Western University in London, Canada.

Artist Statement

Scratchboard, by its very construction and purpose, is a very fragile medium - you create by taking away and any missed stroke could ruin what you have created so far. Humanity and its relation to nature is quite similar. Humans create their society by taking away, cutting down and stripping the resources to create their cities and culture. Their impact on the wildlife and habitats around them is deeply affected by this process, but also in how they build their culture, the stories told and myths created. The perception of particular animals due to their place in history can very well determine their livelihood. Are the animals viewed as a threat to humans, are they treasured for their fur or meat, do they have mythic properties on the black market, or are they perceived as a pest to be rid of? Does your pet have more inherent value than a wild creature? Creating expressive animal portraits with scratchboard creates a tenuous relationship between viewer and creature, where historical and cultural perceptions can deeply affect how they see the animal in front of them. The painstaking and slow process of creating the art is echoed by the careful approach that must be taken for examining some of the myths and perceptions of these animals and how that may affect conservation efforts. In this way I hope that by creating art, I can improve the relationships of humans and the cities they live in to the wildlife surrounding them.

Nathan’s website is www.artworkarchive.com/profile/nathan-cole

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