From modern Africa to contemporary, Beau van Zyl’s vibrant works of art are close to being the Africa of one’s dreams. Her colourful art is a pleasure, no matter what perspective one takes, and her modern interpretation of Africa is her key to success.
Korean artist Jeong-Ah Zhang majored in sculpture and painting at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Jeong-Ah Zhang’s works take its basis in traditional philosophies and the pursuit of unchanging truths to express contemporary expression through proven materials and practice that reflect the phases of time.
Australian painter Yolanta Desjardins shows the exuberant hints of life through her skillful application of oils in her portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. DesJardins displays a well-versed knowledge of traditional painting styles, which brings forth realistic images that are beaming with the life of her subjects.
German painter Dagmar Wankowski’s euphoric abstract canvases are a vibrantly blended example of the process-led abstraction that resonates with her international audience, brimming with visceral scrawled textures and the residue of monochromatic patterns and spontaneous drawing.
The bounds with which mixed media can be used has expanded and Charlene Frances newest piece, titled Desert Flower, is a brilliant representation of paint, substance, and of course, color. This cultural piece is part of a series titled Afro Art.
Christina Thomas is an accomplished contemporary artist, who has carved out a niche for herself in abstract expressionism.
Robin Babitt brings a whimsical creative experience to the art of cooking. In ‘Bon Art-Petit Recipe/Art Book,’ she brings to life her intimate relationship with colors and letters to keep the thrill and adventure of learning alive.
Maya Vinokurov’s love for art began at a very tender age. Now an accomplished artist, Vinokourov, creates works permeated with life and purpose, representing what she describes as a “harmony between nature and life.
Maribel Matthews is a Gibraltar artist, who exhibits both traditional and abstract works. She remains connected to her roots and has made a name for herself both locally and internationally. Matthews enjoys her time in travel, and promotes the rapturing beauty of her home town through soft textures and dreamy color palettes, capturing the romanticism encompassing abstraction to Impressionist and landscapes to urban views.
”A photo, a fingerprint, a signature, and DNA are all methods we use to identify a person, but they are just a means to match a name or face to an individual, not to describe who they are or to translate their identity. For as long as I have been using portraiture as the main focus of my paintings, it is not the identity or recognizable face in which I use to describe my portraits, but more of a blueprint of how I approach portraiture. Many levels go into what makes a person’s portrait. It’s a fabric of many layers, intertwined with a person’s favorite foods, music, and movies. I have used all of these concepts in building my portraits. Stemming from my lifelong love of the cinema, many of the subjects of my paintings are actors and actresses. However, I am not commenting on the celebrity or the star system, but I use the celebrity as a hook to bring then viewer in. My work has never focused on the face to describe or examine a portrait. Instead, by cropping or hiding certain features of the face, I add more mystery to the picture, bringing us to question who we are and what’s beneath the surface.”