Africa's creations are highly influenced by how he sees life. His subjects are depicted in a non-formally trained rendering yet enlightened in a cohesive portrait of form and color. Textured, and with a higher visual enhancement, his portrayal of how he perceives items and events show life in a lighter stance.
My paintings are a synthesis of color, line, form and texture. They begin as a problem of two or more color relationships to be explored through form. The form is loosely defined by a drawing that acts as a skeleton and ecto-skeleton both beneath and above the finished work. The application of the media to the painting surface is of utmost importance to me. The paint is applied with great bursts of energy, creating a surface, if I am successful, that is supercharged with texture and color. I work multiple, usually around 10, paintings at the same time, all centered on the original problem. This multiple approach allows me to go in different directions; very quickly building the energy that is critical to a successful painting. I strive to create intense, even and stunning color relationships that are balanced by form and texture into a controlled elegance. The challenge here is to create a vibration in the work that energizes it without separating.
– Michael Hedges
As a representational painter, I am partially bound to the historical lineage that informs my work. That work however, cannot escape contemporary context and phenomena that may influence or change the interpretation of the viewer. In an age increasingly defined by information, painting maintains the ability to live in those regions in between experience, actuality, memory and fiction. While it can be information or idea, question or observation, representation or abstraction, it is always an illusion.
– Sioban Lombardi
I have always been drawn to stories. The most intriguing stories to me are those that creatively reveal truth through words, images, and humor in a way that is peculiarly subtle, yet unmistakable. That is the sentiment that I strive to capture in my work. Using tools of irony, humor, and childlike sappiness; I strive to create images on canvas that read like a storybook to a child, but are weighty enough to provoke deeper levels of sophisticated thought. My paintings are essentially whimsical, childlike parables with a Biblical worldview.
– Kevin Luthardt
My paintings discuss relationships, where fabric bodices represent people. The human form is redundant, and the collaged fabrics can talk and think. Through these forms I portray our outer personas leading their superficial lives. I grew up in New Delhi, surrounded by old buildings and monuments from centuries ago. You see them here in the backgrounds I create, the scribbled-upon walls of my ancient playgrounds.
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My focus has been on figurative abstraction and spiritualism in art. My paintings are often layered and textured, relating to raw essentials and at times minimalist purities. Bold and expressive lines as well as refined and specific shapes, reflect the complexities of life, the need for connection and the desire to create balance and equilibrium in the process. The intricacies, simplicities and universalities of human existence are rendered symbolically in an attempt to find balance and hope in an often contradictory world.
– Karen Parisian
My work is figurative because I am fascinated by the human form. I believe the form is very pliable and that there are no barriers. Though there is a universal language to the human form, each individual still brings something to it which is uniquely theirs. This allows me to construct, deconstruct, manipulate, and abstract the form while still conveying an idea, or an emotion that is understandable.
– Eric Skaggs
Art has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Movement plays a huge role in my work. When painting, I love utilizing bright colors, bold brush strokes and obvious shapes we see in our everyday life. I never have a plan when I begin, yet I always know when the piece is finished.
– Ben Synstelien