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.
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.
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
The gallery’s competition for May 2021 was the 11th Annual “Animals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D, artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s June 2021 online group art exhibition.
Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Animals” theme by submitting their best abstract or representational art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in April 2021 and concluded on May 27, 2021.
The gallery received 895 entries from 29 different countries from around the world, as well as from 35 different states and the District of Columbia.
The exhibition has been divided into three media categories. Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Art categories. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.
The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.
All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of June 2021. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.
Congratulations to our artists who made our 11th Annual “Animals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.
Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Animals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.
Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category. Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Animals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.
Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.
In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Animals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.
Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.
In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Animals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.
3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth. Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material that can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the Animals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Lyn Darlington 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.
Lyn Darlington is an Australian based photographer. Lyn specializes in nature photography. Lyn was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #8. The placement in this competition qualified her photography to be showcased in this feature.
Lyn'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 photography in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Lyn’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Lyn Darlington is a passionate nature photographer and digital artist from the Central Coast Australia with a natural flair for creativity dabbling into many creative hobbies from an early age, her true talent began eight years ago when her love of photography, nature and wildlife integrated together as one.
Over the years Lyn has had the opportunity to attend some workshops to enhance her creative inspirations. Lyn enjoys working with Photoshop and various software.
Lyn has traveled around the world to destinations such as Botswana, Italy, Greece and many places in Europe which have allowed her to capture the hidden treasures of the world. Lyn has had images published in the Australian and New Zealand Artists Down Under magazine truly highlighting the raw beauty of Africa.
My love of nature started at an early age. I have always felt passionate about wildlife and through my love of photography I draw my inspiration for creating art. My love of nature, photography, and art merge together as one.
I am inspired by the wildlife of Africa. All of the photographs are captured in the wild. Photography is the first step in the creative process I then enhance the scene as I see fit. All are a part of my photographic art journey.
You can view Lyn's work through her website www.sabvaningphotoart.com
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Sheri Emerson 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.
Sheri Emerson is a Canadian and Arizona based photo artist. Sheri hopes with her art she can draw attention to the absolute majesty and beauty of nature, and inspire people to do their part to help protect and conserve animals all over the world. Sheri was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #7. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.
Sheri’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 550+ News Outlets, Premium News Outlets (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC TV & Radio Sites and inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, we will also be featuring and promoting her art in our various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Sheri’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
Sheri Emerson has been a photographer her entire life, from a child snapping pictures with her 110 camera, to her first SLR, and finally into the digital world. She also has been an artist her entire life, winning her first art competition at the grand old age of five.
In the past few years, she has intensively studied both Photoshop and Lightroom to learn how to enhance her photography and turn it into digital art.
In the past year, she has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life” ten times, Readers Digest “Our Canada” magazine, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine three times, and “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography twice, received the “Best in Show” award for “All Weather of the Seasons” and the “Judges Choice” award for “All Animals” in Contemporary Art Gallery Online competitions, placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition, and has been recognized for her work in ShiftArt.com challenges as well as winning numerous Facebook “Photo of the Day” challenges.
Sheri is also a two-time top ten overall winner in the Light, Space and Time competitions and has received several honorable mentions. Sheri splits her time between Arizona and Labrador, Canada, and is dedicating herself to pushing her photography and digital art even further.
Sheri is deeply concerned about the future of animals on this planet. Global climate change, pollution, game hunting, and humans pushing animals out of their natural habitats, just to name a few, are causing so many species to disappear.
She hopes with her art she can draw attention to the absolute majesty and beauty of nature, and inspire people to do their part to help protect and conserve animals all over the world. "We all need to do our part to be certain these magnificent creatures will continue to share the earth with us for many generations to come."
Her work is currently being sold on the curated ArtBoja website, and can be seen at website is www.sheriemerson.com.
VICTORIA, BC, CANADA – March 17, 2016 - / Artist Richard Wong has announced the launch of his portrait art. This is a line of fine art which specializes in pet and wildlife portraits.
Richard Wong is an artist living and creating in Victoria, BC, Canada. He did not even know how to paint a few short years ago. Richard explains his artistic journey in the following statement, “Art has definitely become a personal journey. I did not know how to paint until I decided to take up watercolor as a hobby after I retired. It was working for the Ministry of Environment for the Province of British Columbia that exposed me to all that is nature and wildlife. I took that interest and started painting as a hobby, not knowing where it will lead. Capturing nature in all its glory is now a passion.”
Since then, Wong has taken his new found passion and turned it into a unique style, second career and a business. He describes his style as Oriental Watercolors on Japanese art paper.
Richard continues his thoughts about his art, “My art has evolved since studying the Asian and Western approaches six years ago. I remember finding a unique Japanese art paper called masa, and started experimenting. It wasn’t long before I found I can create unique marks and images. This opened the doors to public and peer recognition, and led to amazing opportunities at home and out-of-country. Painting wildlife and pets is an absolute joy, and seeing that joy expressed by viewers is most rewarding and gratifying.”
About the Artist:
Richard Wong is a professional wildlife and pet artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada. His background in the traditional ways of Chinese art, contemporary western watercolor and experimentations with Japanese art paper has resulted in unique imagery, international opportunities, recognition and awards.
Wong has used his attraction to capturing and displaying the essence of wildlife to include pets. He now works closely with all animal lovers, including pet owners to capture the lives and memories of their favorite wildlife and pets in vibrant Oriental Watercolor.
For more information about Richard Wong and his art, please visit http://richardwongwatercolors.ca