“The best way to describe Caterina’s work is bridging the inner world with intellectual forms.”
Caterina Michela La Mazza was born in Messina, Italy. At an early age she knew that drawing and painting would be her passion. Attending Moore College of Art in Philadelphia she earned a Fine Arts degree in Fiber Arts. She has worked as a design director in the textile fashion industry in NY and LA. Recently she has studied interior architecture at UCLA. Caterina freelances and lives in Los Angeles where she creates her water colors.
Caterina expresses her love of harmony and beauty through color and abstracted shapes. She utilizes this balance of precision and delicacy called “The Music of the Spheres” by Pythagoras.
My work reflects the energy and vitality of my surroundings. I am constantly playing with color and shape in both my sculpture and painting, although my palette seems to remain the same!
The subject of my painting changes with my mood, and my sculptures are merely maquettes for large pieces that I envision in my dreams in outdoor public spaces.
Matthew Snow is very interested in Native American mythology and the Native American's relationship to animals and the environment. The ancient Native Americans were always seeking to improve their relationship with Mother Earth and the Great Mystery - to live in greater harmony with the world around them. All creatures were to be honored - all had life lessons to impart to anyone astute enough to observe and understand. The characteristics assigned to each animal are very different from our modern ideas, which are often cute, simplistic and demeaning, and provide the modern seeker with a journey to places they may not have experienced before.
The Eagle represents the realm of Spirit. It "represents a state of grace achieved through hard work, understanding and a completion of the tests of initiation which result in the taking of one's personal power." In this painting the eagle is depicted from three different angles - in profile, in three quarters view and than a close up of the head and beck. It is seen soaring through an atmosphere of letters and numbers. Cell phones, computers, all our latest devices make use of radio waves. We move through a sea of invisible words, chatter, information that exists all around us yet we are unable to experience them with any of our five senses without the electronic device that renders them tangible. But because we cannot see them or feel them without electronic assistance does not mean they do not exist. There is a lesson there. The painting is an attempt to bring together the ancient and the new, to better understand the world we have created for ourselves and to remind us that long before our modern world there already was an organized belief system in place that help focus and shed light on the human experience.
The Bat represents rebirth. In this painting the image of the bat pulsates with certain tenderness, and suggests something fragile and vulnerable that is about to be unfurled - like a butterfly about to break out of its chrysalis. The stenciled letters also suggest the possibilities of what is to come. It should be commented on here, that while in the 1950’s, Larry Rivers and Jasper Johns had already pioneered the concept of stenciled letters, in their treatment it was an innovation and novelty - a groundbreaking gesture deliberately meant to shock and to violate the highly formalized structure of classical painting. Here the idea is invested with a different purpose. Not for novelty but rather to draw awareness to the idea that though something might be invisible, it nevertheless still does exist and impacts on our lives.
For thirty years I've sought to make my art a process of spiritual research. My goals are to find, create, and share in visual forms, those connective patterns, structures, and principles that underpin the nature of our personal realities. Though I consider myself fortunate to have received a traditionally grounded formal fine arts education, the older I get the more it serves as a part of departure.
I endeavor to make my works speak to their processes of creation, rather then the self referential context of the object as the 'art'. On occasion I achieve my objective, which is to reveal the Self, as creator and creation. I like to believe that my works are spiritual attractors to those viewers that will 'know' and 'Re-Member' what is revealed. For lack of a better phrase and since categorization of art and artists are inevitable, I'll say I'm a practitioner of 'postmodernism'. It is a truism that the term, 'postmodernism', is indefinable. In my work, I embrace the shifting definition of 'post modern' as encapsulated in the philosophies of Michel Foucault, Jean-FranÃ§ois Lyotard, Nietzsche, and Derrida. My working process is not bound by style, genre, subject, or technique. To my thinking, both influences and appropriation, inform my work. The artist influences in my work are not primarily visual, but rather a shared idea of certain other artist's philosophical approach to the creative process. The act of appropriation is part of that philosophy. I draw my inspiration and materials, from many different paths, histories and ways-of-knowing.
My work is your inspiration and your inspiration is my work.
Roy Lawaetz who originates from the tiny Caribbean island of St. Croix is an internationally exhibited artist whose concepts and prototypes have been promoted worldwide in juried exhibitions, biennials, articles, books and websites. In 2000 he published his ”Modular Triangular System” theory offering alternative support structures for painting. Although no particular school of art attached to these specific formulations has hitherto been established his Caribbean Weltanschauung has already attracted some important attention.
He has caused some to see his particular style as a unique contemporary niche that is fresh and at the same time layered with cultural re-affirmation potent. With its archaeological base of the Caribbean’s Taino Indians as a fountainhead of inspiration the artist’s often combines modern age thinking and elements and components in his structural pieces. Already in 1996 he was the first invited artist from the U.S. Virgin Islands to represent his country at the prestigious Biennale de Sao Paulo. He has also participated in other world class juried exhibitions in museums such as the Castle Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, the Grand Palais, Paris, and the Documenta Halle, Kassel, Germany, The Florence Biennale, Italy etc.
His prototype range is wide with depth now comprising more than 125 support formats as compared to the standard conventional and hegemonic rectangle used in painting. And some like the playwright Franklin Dominquez have posited that “The artist combines painting and sculpture in an artistic category that is still considered Avant-garde.”
Roy Lawaetz’s unique Caribbean background and early art instruction in the U.S. have now awarded him the role of inventor/theorist. His first mentor Hungarian-American Victor Candell of Provincetown Workshop, Cooper Union fame impressed upon him that “Art was invention.” Indeed his “Modular Triangular System” art certainly departs radically from the classical rectangle as a support medium and portends unlimited potential for visual expression in the 21st Century and beyond. Lawaetz’s studio work features a startling array of form proto-types comprised of triangles in various combinations. He is currently active in promoting his “Modular Triangular System” in schools, lectures, books and foreign exhibitions.
Utilizing the new Apple ipad digital technology, Roy’s prolific artistic style has produced an outstanding collection of Apple ipad images in both printed bodies of work and explorations which have been posted on Roy’s face book page and his website – www.roylawaetz.com
Roy Lawaetz’s Apple ipad artworks are stunning, vibrant color journey’s into his splendid, intricate and sensual landscapes that are both provocative and intriguing bringing you into the world of the visionary artist, Roy Lawaetz. Each artwork is accompanied by exquisite titles and compelling prose that take you into a place that you never want to leave.
The worldwide reaction has been outstanding. For example: Desiree Devaud stated. “Belle mouvance.bravo”, Sarika Kanyone, stated, “invariably beautiful work”. Norma Krieger stated,” Roy we know your work is unbelievable but your prose leaves me breathless, it is stage worthy. I see you on the stage like a Shakespearean”.
His one of a kind sculptures reflect his Crucian heritage and the mystery of the Caribbean Sea. Junie Bomba Allick, a native of St. Croix, has immortalized the marine environment and the region’s conch shell by combining its natural beauty with his inspired artistry.
Allick, a well-known member of the St. Croix community and an accomplished artisan, musician and entrepreneur, works with shell as another sculptor may use marble or stone. He envisions the incredible multi dimensional images, cutting and smoothing surfaces to bring new shapes to life.
He has gained worldwide acclaim over the past decade for his Intricate pink porcelain-like patina designs with natural curves, spirals, and distinctive cuts which are both modern and timeless.
Proud and passionate about his Crucian heritage and the island's natural resources, Allick wants to give back to others and pass on his talents to future generations and has given workshops to young people on the conch shell.
Norma Krieger is a Pratt Institute graduate, trained as a curator with a B.A in Arts Administration and a minor in Art Education. Since studying photography at Pratt it has been her passion and creative expression of choice.
Norma was born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and raised in N.Y.C. Her sepia tone photographs of St.Croix, entitled, “VISIONS: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1700s to Present”, celebrate the beauty and history of Norma Krieger’s beloved birthplace. The photographs showcase the sustained aesthetic glory of the island’s architectural and cultural history. Norma also serves as an ambassador to the U.S.V.I. “With an eye that composes light and form into compositions that both reveal and intrigue, Norma Krieger’s photography is a revelation,” says Che Baraka, head curator of the Skylight Gallery at The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“With an elegant control, she has taken the iconic elements that inform the landscape and history of St. Croix and rendered them into compelling images of sunlight and shadowed edifices. Under Krieger's lens, land, sky, objects and structures are transformed into relational constructions that touch spirit and mind. Her photography encapsulates the edict put forth by the dean of American photography, Ansel Adams,‘you don't take a photograph – you make it.”
Linda Hiwot has lived in New York City since childhood. Most of those years were spent in Brooklyn. Where she lives now. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island into a family of visual artists. Her grandfather Humphreys Becket was her mentor and one of The Harmon Foundation artists during the depression era. He was also a student of African American artist and activist Edward M. Bannister. Landscape painting was his area of expertise. Linda remembers her grandfather constantly encouraging her during her “journey” as an artist.
When Linda began to paint she approached the canvas intuitively. When investigations required more complex technical information, she sought higher education. Still retaining her original creative sensibility. Linda graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A in painting and drawing. Since then she has been exhibiting locally, internationally and throughout the tri state area.
Linda’s canvas paintings are frequently collaged and constructed. Her work is noted for her use of color, shape and composition. She has developed a courageous personal idiom. A key component of her work is her use of color and how this manifests in unusual relationships. While her palette emphasizes primary colors and strong hues, the actual color harmony is sometimes startling. In “The New York Times, Weekend, Art in Review”, October 25, 2002. Grace Glueck says, “A fine, subtle colorist with a playful sense of form. Ms. Hiwot, retains a welcome fresh voice.”
Her subject matter is autobiographical, mystical and mythical. She operates in the world of imaginary tropical foliage. Her work applies itself to the realm of lush, natural, unspoiled worlds of nature.
Linda is a graduate of Pratt Institute and New York University. She work is in local, national, international and public collections.
Anthony Barboza, born in New Bedford Massachusetts in 1944, is an accomplished and world-renowned African American photographer and historian, who is an equally gifted and recognized artist, painter, and writer. With roots originating from Cape Verde, and work that began in commercial art over forty years ago, Barboza’s artistic talents and successful career helped him to cross over and pursue his passions in the fine arts where he continues to make important contributions to the American art scene.
His prolific and wide range of both traditional and innovative African American thought inspired works have been exhibited in public and private galleries, and prestigious museums and educational institutions worldwide. Barboza’s special fondness for jazz music and musicians is reflected in a large portion of his work done both professionally and artistically in a span of around ten years between the late 70’s and 80’s. Barboza’s creative talents are portrayed in his book, “Black Borders,” published in 1980 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In an article printed in 1984 in The City Sun, he said, “When I do a portrait, I’m doing a photograph of how that person feels to me; how I feel about the person, not how they look. I find that in order for the portraits to work, they have to make a mental connection as well as an emotional one. When they do that, I know I have it.”
His work is innovative and unique because he has a very special interpretive technique that synthesizes individual elements to transform his photography into the realm of art. He accomplishes this through the careful use of lighting and shadows, artistic manipulation of the backdrop, shutter speed to create movement, composition, and many other techniques and mediums at his command. He may also have other individual ideas that are unique to that subject in that moment in time, and are conceptually based to interpret his subject in a meaningful way. It is here where the music is transformed into a realm of being seen, felt, and brought to life in his signature photography.
His most recent innovative and contemporary photographic artwork, Black Dreams/White Sheets, has toured internationally and was shown for the first time in New York City at the Bill Hodges Gallery in November and December, 2010. Like many of his works, Barboza takes a critical look with an artist’s eye at the role and experiences of the African Diaspora in the context of race, sexuality, gender, politics, and social issues left to the interpretation of the viewer concerning American society and culture, past, present, and future. His photography takes on an innovative open narrative effect while at the same time he invites self reflection and dialogue with the viewer. This is done not to just interpret what he is saying, but to allow the viewer to question his or her own interpretations of the work.
Career | Barboza came to New York right after graduating high school in 1963 at the age of 19 to study photography with Hugh Bell, a successful Black fashion photographer who became his mentor and allowed Barboza to work for free in exchange for the opportunity to gain experience in the field. Prior to that, he met Adger Cowans, another of the few successful Black commercial photographers of the time, who would introduce Barboza to a group of Black professional photographers who were members of “The Kamoinge Workshop.” The main purpose of the group was to create a serious dialogue about photography at a time when African-American photographers were still being discriminated against and excluded from mainstream professional photography. They were professionals who joined forces to support and help promote each other’s work by offering group commentary and criticism, and they worked together to mount exhibitions. The group, originally directed by Roy De Carva, is currently headed by Barboza who is now President and continues the tradition of supporting other African American professional and aspiring photographers in their work.
In 1965, Barboza was drafted into the Navy and became a full-time photographer for their base newspaper located in Jacksonville, Florida. It was there that he developed his craft and launched his career in a one-man exhibition at the Pensacola Art Museum and the Emily Lowe Gallery at the University of Miami.
Photojournalism/Editorial Spreads | Barboza’s career skyrocketed upward and his work has appeared in photojournalist and editorial spreads for: The New Yorker, Newsweek, Business Week, TV Guide, National Geographic, Town and Country, Village Voice, Vibe, US, Vanity Fair, People, Esquire, GQ, Home, Elle (US, Canadian, French, and Spanish editions) Elle Decour, Vogue, McCalls, Interview, Details, Black Book, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Glamour, Ms., Women’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Geo (Germany), Art News, Washingtonian, Modern Maturity, Mode, Audobon, Redbook, Telegraph Mag (U.K.), The Sunday Times Mag. (U.K.) Forbes, Fortune, USA Weekend, Dance Magazine, and Life Magazine.
Advertising | Other work Barboza has done has been for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, General Motors, Kraft Foods, HBO, Kodak, Revlon, AT&T, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, SONY, Miramax Films, Burger King, Aetna Life Insurance, Arista Records, Nissan, Coors, Absolute Vodka, Reebok, Random House, Hanes, Clairol, Amtrak, Bahamas Tourist Board, Avon, Columbia Records, L’Oreal, and many more.
TV | He was a Co-Director for a TV commercial featuring his friend and famous jazz legend Miles Davis for Dentsu Adv. Japan
ARTIST STATEMENT | "Photography allows me to be honest, to be free, to be ever present, and to honor my subjects and the world around me."
ABOUT | Nicole Canegata is a commercial, editorial, and fine art photographer with over seven years of photography experience. Upon completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, Nicole returned to her native St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she specializes in architectural, food, portraiture, and wedding photography.
Nicole has interned for and been published in Santa Barbara Magazine, and is also a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a non-profit photography association. Her fine art prints have been featured in several exhibitions in the USVI and California.
Her first solo exhibit, "The Traveling Lense" was the catalyst that inspired her to quit her financial research job of 8 years and pursue photography as a full-time career. Nicole also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Duquesne University and is an alumna of the Institute for Shipboard's Education, Semester at Sea, study abroad program.
A traveler at heart, Nicole has visited 6 continents, 48 countries, and 185 cities across the globe, and is available for travel worldwide. She is an avid reader, and when not working on photography / art projects, she finds peace and tranquility on her yoga mat.
Client Listing: Santa Barbara Magazine; Paul Mitchell: The School Santa Barbara; Sotheby's Real Estate; Coldwell Banker Realty; The Cornell Group; Design Lab; Serenity Garden Luxury Villas; The American Riviera Bank; Utt Construction, Inc.; Thompson Naylor Architects; Aqua Sounds Studio; Diageo USVI & Sugar & Spice Salon & Spa.
I am currently celebrating my 51st year as an artist, in that time I have always been a fiber artist but have also been a writer, illustrator, painter, wearable art maker, costume designer, muralist, and printmaker.
My work is the fusion of traditional needlework (skills given to me by my mother and grandmother) with fine arts, painting, drawing, and printmaking, along with a lot of mixed media.
I work intuitively, each work is made using multi layered processes; exploring what if and experimenting with what might happen if I mix and match whatever medium I’m exploring at the moment. I paint, dye, draw, collage and print into fabric and or paper, which are then quilted, beaded, hand or machine embroidered and embellished with things from “my collections”.
Carol Dronsfield is a New York, Brooklyn based photographer specializing in advertising, portrait, lifestyle, editorial photography. Carol began her career as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City with a passion for photography. Drawn to her unique, emotionally engaging style, Agency clients began asking Carol to step behind the camera to shoot their ads.
Today, Carol is a full time commercial photographer specializing in lifestyle portraits of children and grown-ups, food and travel. In addition, she has photographed décor and interiors for editorial clients.
Beyond capturing an image, Carol’s work captures a moment—revealing, resonant, brimming with life. She can be found most days basking in the creativity of her studio in Industry City, an old warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront.
John Pinderhughes has been a working photographer for over 40 years. He has worked as a commercial photographer in New York City for more than 35 years; operating his own full service studio for the past 30 years. At the same time he has been honored with a continuous series of shows over that period.
Pinderhughes’ commercial work can best be described as “real people” and “illustration” photography. He numbers major advertising agencies, record companies, magazines and major corporations among his regular clients. Recent projects include Con Edison, Publix Supermarkets, Sony, Verizon, American FamilyInsurance, BMW, ChaseBank and Anheuser-Busch Companies, Canon, Columbia University, Prudential Insurance, American Express …
With multi-faceted interests, Pinderhughes has pursued both a commercial career and one in fine artphotography. His striking images have garnered the recognition of both commercial art directors and gallery / museumcurators, as well as satisfying the interests of their diverse and separate audiences. Pinderhughes’ talent and reputation forexcellence have beenrecognized with many awards; including awards from The Art Director’s Club, Design competitions, The Clio Awards, The CEBA Awards, magazine competitions and others.
Pinderhughes’ fine art photography is not an appendage of his commercial work, but a separate sphere of influence. His images explore variations in pattern, texture, light and line. He has been widely exhibited and is represented in major collections; including The Picker Art Gallery / Colgate University, The Museum Of Modern Art, The Studio Museum In Harlem, and The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Pinderhughes has been the recipient of numerous grants including most recently The Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute where he worked in post Katrina Louisiana.
Pinderhughes has been featured in numerous publications including: Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Photo District News, Reflections In Black: A History of Black Photographers by Deborah Willis; Committed To The Image by The Brooklyn Museum; The Pleasures And Terrors Of Domestic Comfort by Peter Galassi / The Museum Of Modern Art, to name a few.
Pinderhughes in the author of a cookbook, “Family OF The Spirit” (Simon & Schuster, 1990) four children’s books (McClanahan, 1999), “Coming Together” (Hyperion, 2003), a collaboration with author Harriette Cole and has other in the works. Pinderhughes has served on the board of The Advertising Photographer’s Of America. He currently serves on the board of the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has served on the board of Advertising Photographers Of America. He has been a spokesperson for Canon cameras and printers. He has been an adjunct professor of Photography at New York University.
Dick Griffin is a rare breed, a visual artist and musician. With a musical career spanning over 40 years, renowned trombonist, Dick Griffin is one of today’s leading trombone players having performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Soul.
He has also given the world more than his unique musical genius receiving critical acclaim for his fine art paintings. Griffin’s work is in private and corporate collections worldwide. In 2015, he launched his international and U.S. music and fine art tour. He exhibited on March 28th at Edward Williams Gallery, Petrocelli College Farleigh Dickinson University and in April for a second year travelled to Sweden where fourteen of his paintings are on exhibition in a travelling exhibition. In March, Dick appeared in Jackson Mississippi to perform at the Yellow Scarf Jazz Club to do a recording of Al fielder.
ARTIST STATEMENT | Griffin’s original interest in the visual arts began in high school and continued as he performed around the world as a professional trombonist. The passion to paint became stronger when Griffin lived in Paris from 1985-1986. These tastes, sounds, smell, and sights of Paris inspired Griffin to translate his sensory stimulation onto canvas. As Griffin explains, “When you hear me play, what I put out there is what I’ve experienced: and when I paint, I put the same thing on canvas-in a different way.”
Ademola Olugebefola is a noted contemporary artist whose work has been shown in hundreds of major exhibitions at American museums, cultural centers and universities here and abroad. His distinctive art and career references are noted in thousands of books, catalogs, periodicals, videos, media articles, journals, public and private archives and extensively noted on the internet and social media. His innovations in theatre scenic and graphic design has earned kudos from prominent directors, producers and playwrights Ed Bullins, Woodie King Jr, Passion, Robert MacBeth, Rudy Shaw, Joe Papp, Barbara Ann Teer, Voza Rivers and others over the years.
Ademola is one of the founders of the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem. Dr Olugebefola also represents the NY Metro M.L. King, Jr Center for Nonviolence in the NGO/DPI at the United Nations.
Selections of his art from the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture was recently published exhibited and touring in a major traveling exhibition "WITNESS: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties", organized by the Brooklyn Museum and travelled to the Hood Museum in New Hampshire.
Among his many achievements is the Harlem Week 30th Anniversary Arts Award and the 2005 AUDELCO Board Of Directors Award for his support and commitment to Black Theatre. Ademola's most recent design work for NFT's critically acclaimed Spring 2014 revival of Ed Bullins' play "The Fabulous Miss Marie" at the midtown Castillo Theatre, has recently earned him a AUDELCO "Best Scenic Design" nomination. This is his fourth set design commission from New Federal Theatre since 2006.
Mark T. Smith’s artwork embraces the classic skills of drawing and painting with the balance of a modern mindset. The artist has a primary interest in the tactile experience of making beautiful expressions in the traditional forms of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.
Throughout his career, he has carefully sought out opportunities to display and apply artwork in a manner that will reach as many people as possible, while maintaining tight control on the quality and content of the artwork.
He has spent his career participating in a small but influential circle of galleries, art fairs and museums. Mark T. Smith believes that artwork’s primary function is to ennoble the public, which means it must be connected to and integrated into our daily lives. Without applications that create understanding and implant the desire to have the Arts as a permanent partner in our everyday experience of life, he feels Art will lose its purpose.
This presentation of his artwork is an overview from a variety of different series. These works include paintings, drawings and sculpture. Many of the works selected contains imagery about transitions and journeys. It is rare when we have the luxury of time or presence of mind to reflect on a journey prior to embarking on it, which much of Smith’s work examines — from the journey of self-discovery to the journey into the realm of religious archetype and insight.
Smith continues to develop his personal visual language, working in a dizzying array of two-dimensional media, including works on paper, canvas, found objects and wood. The artist also has an affinity for linoleum block printing and started working in sculptural media in 2008.
His approach to the creation of work is traditional, starting with observation, then drawings, then revised drawings, works on paper and then on to larger works on canvas, linen and paper, then finally to three dimensional media.
“No matter how well an artist is integrated to the society at large, the artist cannot help but stand apart from the larger culture; it is simply the nature of the artist to observe and to see the world in a manner that others do not. For instance, the William Blake / Inferno series was an important subject matter for me at this time because of the subject’s flexibility in tackling cultural issues with a more universal tone.
After spending a great deal of time in Washington DC and observing the ruling class of the United States in close proximity, it became apparent that the text of the Inferno would always ring true, for the sins of the past are the sins of the present and of the future. This series was also important for me as an artist because it allows a more direct comparison of my artwork to artwork created in the great time line of human visual expression. This will allow the viewer another access point to understanding the nature, context and content of my artwork.”
PRICE LIST FOR 1ST (10) ARTWORKS
1– “The Letter R - Regret" / Mixed Media / 27"HX22"WX3/4"D / framed work on paper / 2008 / $1,500
2 - "Dog head Chaos" / Mixed Media / 48"WX48"HX2"D / Stretched canvas / 2010 / $15,000
3 - "Cut out Horse" / Hand colored cut paper / 33"HX25"WX1"D / framed work on paper / 2009 / $1,500
4 - "Pieces of Eight" / Mixed Media / 9"WX12"H / canvas / year unknown / $2,300
5 - "Florida State Bird" / Mixed Media / 30"HX40"WX2"D / Stretched canvas / 2016 / $7,500
6 - “Parable” - The Man of Lawlessness" / Linoleum Block Carving / 24"WX30"HX3"D / Shadowbox framed carving / 2016 / $7,500
7 - "Cut out Horse" / Hand colored cut paper / 33"HX25"WX1"D / framed work on paper / 2009 / $1,500
8 - "Get away car" / Mixed media / 21"HX17"WX2"D / framed work on paper / 1997 / $1,500
9 - "Plan B Sketch" / Mixed Media / 25"WX33"HX1.5"D / framed work on paper / 2010 (est) / $1,500
10 - "Playing Card Candidate" / Mixed Media / 36"WX48"HX2"D / Stretched canvas / 2016 / $10,000
All Images©2016 by Jarrett Alexander
Jarrett Alexander is an American artist whose work is now creating a buzz in the New York and Los Angeles art scenes. Alexander has been creating through visual and other media for over three decades.
His exciting and provocative watercolor illustrations have taken center stage, rendering iconic images of internationally recognized figures. He has also delivered a fresh and unique spin on cartoon and comic book characters, and has riffed on the ‘designer toy’ and ‘sneaker culture’ art forms.
Alexander’s genius is demonstrated in his masterful illustrations of single heroic figures. These powerful portraits acutely capture deeper truths of these prominent individuals and the culture they represent.
I am bound. I have no choice. I do not create art because I want to. I create art because I have to. It is the thing that I cannot NOT do. It is my highest excitement. It is my greatest joy. It is my first love. It is my first memory. In the beginning, I created art. And I saw that it was good.
As above, so below. Each of us is an artist. Each of us is the artist of our selves. Painting with a spiritual brush. Creating the canvas of our reality. As The All That Is, The Infinite Living Mind, what the Illumined call SPIRIT, creates Universes mentally, so does man create mental images that make up his experience of existence.
As stated in The Kybalion: “He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” The great work of influencing one’s environment is accomplished by Mental Power. Each of us is a spiritual being, manifested in physical form, in order to have a human experience. For the purpose of loving and being loved, expressing our creativity, and aligning our personality with our soul. And in so doing we elevate our individual consciousness, as well as the collective consciousness of the cosmos.
Injecting space with mansions of ideas, taking thought beyond that which it has ever been before. We are geniuses on the leading edge, responsible for the evolution of the human race. We are created to be the Creator. So Create.
As an only child born in Cleveland, OH, and raised in the DC-suburb of Upper Marlboro, MD, Jarrett Alexander’s vivid imagination sprung forth visions of larger than life superheroes. He filled numerous sketchbooks with their depictions in colored pencils, stacks of notebooks with short stories narrating their mythology, and countless hours with self-starring reenactments of their amazing feats.
Alexander’s creative talents were rivaled by academic excellence and he earned a full scholarship to American University in the nation’s capitol, where he became the first person of color to receive the university’s highest undergraduate honor, The President’s Award. He also earned a full graduate fellowship to NYU, where he achieved a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. He spent several years working on behalf of New York City’s low-income communities and later operated a shelter for homeless families in Washington, DC.
Throughout his academic and professional pursuits, Alexander continued to create. His watercolor portraits revealed a powerful and distinctive style, and the precision of his brushwork pushed the boundaries of the medium. In addition, his desire to bring his characters to life in the most powerful manner possible led him to embark on a career as an actor/screenwriter. He has starred in critically acclaimed films and popular TV shows, and has also been featured in commercials and fitness videos.
After finding professional success in the nonprofit world, as well as in the world of entertainment, Alexander launched a journey of self-discovery that literally took him around the globe. That pilgrimage brought him back to his deepest passion and first love, visual art, and the joy of creating fuels each addition to his expanding portfolio. Alexander’s exciting vision quest continues to unfold, fusing undeniable raw talent, disciplined technical prowess, and unlimited imagination.
LAUNCH EXCITEMENT! - Saturday, February 3, 2018!
THE NORM RESTAURANT | BROOKLYN MUSEUM | 2:30-4:30PM | Art, networking, ambiance, culture, connecting, appetizers and drinks | The NORM Restaurant | 5:00-10:00PM | The Brooklyn Museum -First Saturday's arts & entertainment programming.
HERE IS WHAT YOU MISSED! | What an extraordinary moment it was to meet the 12th and first women president in our 130 year history on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the launch of the Pratt Alumni NYC Network at The NORM, the exclusive restaurant in the Brooklyn Museum's on First Saturday programming.
THE EXPERIENCE | Our alumni enjoyed, connecting and engaging with fellow alumni in an environment of art, great conversation, delicious appetizers, and drinks with the added value of the arts & entertainment programming of Black History Month | First Saturday’s events.
THE BROOKLYN MUSUEM PROGRAM | All five floors of the Brooklyn Museum were open and alumni were treated to (4) musical performances, (1) Hands on art program, (4) talks/lectures (1) Dance festival (performances/movement workshop.
Did you know? The Brooklyn Museum is NYC’s third largest museum and has an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works?
DON'T MISS OUR NEXT NETWORKING EVENTS | RSVP REQUIRED
Alumni Mixer | Wed., February 21 | 7-9 pm | Redeye Grill - 890 7th Ave. Corner 56th & 57th St. Across from Carnegie Hall
Meet Pratt’s New President | Wed., March 21 | 7-9 pm | Meet President Frances Bronet and see the latest exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery | Pratt Manhattan - 144 W 14th St, 2nd Floor
Networking Cultural Event | Fri., April 20 | 7-9 pm | Rubin Museum - 150 W 17th St
Abstract artist Alexis Portilla is known for his compositions of atmospheric color that feature an expansive range of symbol-like marks.
Alexis Portilla was born in Mexico City in 1965, and has lived in New York since 1970. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Pratt Institute. His work can be found in public and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad, including The New York Public Library, Penn State University, Harvard University, Warner Music Group, Pepsi Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Norwest Venture Partners, and Mikasa Corporation. In addition, his work is in more than 250 private collections in the United States, England, France, and Germany.
For more than 20 years, Portilla's work has been regularly exhibited at prominent venues throughout the United States. His work has been the subject of 11 solo exhibitions at established galleries in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. His work has been exhibited in museum group exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, Hofstra University Museum in New York, and Monmouth Museum in New Jersey, as well as numerous group exhibitions and high-profile art fairs in New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
Portilla’s work has received international press attention and has been reviewed in several publications, including Artnews. He has been a faculty instructor at Columbia University, where he taught printmaking to graduate and postgraduate students. He has maintained his current studio in Long Island City since 2003.
Hans Neleman (American, 1960) is a Dutch-born artist. Neleman studied fine art at Goldsmiths University in London, England. He holds a Bachelor degree in Film and Photography, and a Master of Arts from New York University.
Hans Neleman’s highly individual assemblages draw inspiration from taboos, morbid beauty and the transfiguration of found objects. Neleman focuses on the harmony of opposites as a fundamental part of his imagery, he juxtaposes the vital and the mortal, the myth and the modern tale. While referring at times to dark motifs, the work is also affectingly intriguing, endowed with erotic symbolism and infused with emotional qualities that we recognize immediately as inherent to the human condition. Deeply interested in semiotics and its related disciplines, and a master assembler and conjurer of images, associations and feelings, Neleman reclaims, scrutinizes, and skillfully melds styles, cultures, eras, and emotive states of being into extraordinary works of art. According to The National Book Review, his work invites comparison with the art of Beuys, Duchamp, Cornell, Schwitters and Rauschenberg.
Early in his career, Neleman was known as one of New York City’s leading edge still life art photographers and was highly regarded internationally in the commercial and advertising arena. His accolades include Kodak Photographer of the Year and American Photographer Magazine Photographer of the Year. In 2006 he was awarded the Hasselblad Master title and he is the recipient of the World Image Award for Still Life Photography. Neleman has published three books. Moko: Maori Tattoo (1999) was featured at the Biennale de Lyon, France, in 2000 and 2015. Body Politics, Maori Tattoo Today was exhibited in 2009 at The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Silence (2000) a collection of his large-format still life work was first shown at the Visual Arts Museum, New York City. Night Chicas (2003) an exposé about prostitution in Guatemala, was launched with a one-man show at Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City. Critic A. D. Coleman named Neleman, “A noteworthy addition to Susan Meiselas, Noboyushi Araki and others who have produced substantial bodies of work on sex workers.” Ken Johnson of The New York Times reviewed his work as “stunning, powerfully theatrical and visually lush.”
Hans Neleman’s illustrious career has spanned 30 years. His visual instincts, coupled with artistic sophistication, have produced a serious body of work that is part of many private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Peabody Museum, Massachusetts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon, France, the Saint Joseph Art Museum, Connecticut, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut, and the Norwalk Community College Art Collection, Connecticut. His solo shows include Art Projects International, New York City, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City and Anita Rogers Gallery, New York City.
In the last three years, Neleman’s artistic journey continued as he made a shift to painting and assemblage art. The transition of medium has resulted in the creation of exuberant mixed media works on canvas, wood, and aluminium signs. It ranges from two and three-dimensional work to installations. Neleman’s new artistic manifestations show his ability to create innovative original contemporary art based on years of artistic enquiry.
Renowned art advisor, collector and Whitney Museum patron Thea Westreich describes Neleman’s assemblage work as, “embedded with a unique and original vocabulary, from where abstract and intuitive visual narratives and associations flow with poetic rawness.”
Neleman’s assemblages inhabit the space between abstraction and representation. His “Portraits” are an amalgamation of elements pulled from disparate sources, masterfully re-appropriated, assembled with a sharp sense of sculpture, and combined with found images. These orchestrations become an engaging visual duel, between the perception of the actual objects, and the concept of the image created. This charges the work with unlimited metaphysical potential. His “Abstractions” are hand torn and cut paper and fabric, a raw merging of layered, jagged and expressive patterning, mounted and adhered to canvas, wood, or aluminium. Neleman further marks these collages with oil paint and oil crayons, creating and articulating a sensitivity of line and shape that is often charged with erotic intrigue and an appreciation of the male and female form. The surfaces have the capability to transcend materiality, yet are tactile and textural, treated and stained to create patinas that go through various stages and metamorphoses before reaching completion.
Enriching Neleman’s works are multiple layers: a rich personal history, a passion for travel and collecting, an understanding of psychological drama and visual tension, and an undeniable artistic refinement.
Utilizing vibrant colors and confident forms, my sculpture has been called bold and engaging. Each piece is unique in its expressive nature, inviting viewers to engage in its presence. Many of my pieces are intended as seats, benches, and play structures, and have been placed in local parks and other public places, and as additions to sculpture gardens and personal landscapes.
My sculpture distills human and animal forms into representations inspired by a variety of sources, such as folk decorative tradition, with principles of cubism, and elements of geometric abstraction.
I am an established public artist. I have created numerous site-specific projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons and Cazenovia, NY. I have a team of experienced fabricators. My work is durable and interactive.
Important Permanent Exhibitions and Awards:
2006 "Jitterbugs" at Cazenovia College: permanent installation
2009 "Magic Feather Award" from the Dumbo Improvement District for the Pearl Street Triangle installation of "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time"
2012 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time"—permanent installation at The Children’s Museum of The East End in Bridgehampton, NY
2013 6 Funseetz at Greenstreets Plaza on Old Fulton Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn —permanent installation (approved by the DOT)
2015-2016 2 sculptures in the Public Atrium at 180 Maiden Lane, New York, NY (permanent installation)
I see in pictures.... everywhere...always cropping a scene in my mind.
Working with world-renowned photographer Hiro in his studio as a teen ignited my interest in the medium. From there I embarked on my "Street" aesthetic spending much of my time with my Pentax A1A exploring Central Park developing my craft, it was an enlightening experience.
With a world-class advertising and producer background, my work gained exposure through agency photography opportunities. Projects such as documenting the creation of a mural in the agency lobby by street artist Bradley Theodore and photographing ad campaign assignments developed.
Recently, I was commissioned by Manhattan’s oldest society magazine, AVENUE Magazine, the blend of affluence and influence to photograph New York in the Pink. It was a photo essay to support an exhibit at FIT. "Pink Is The New Punk". A look at how the color Pink has influenced fashion.
My new book “Vacant” documents the affect of landlord greed on businesses in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Virginie Sommet is an artist from Normandy, France. She has been active in the New York City art scene for the past 16 years. She is a conceptual artist with strong Pop underpinning. Her focus has been on creating sculptures, installations/collages from familiar objects in our culture that reflect a wide range of uncertainties regarding social issues. Sommet is driven to visually tackle challenging topics that examine societal constraints. The attention is on matters that separate individuals related to gender and various urban subculture issues. She is vigilant and dedicated in spreading awareness of this topic to mainstream viewers.
Virginie completed her BFA and MFA in Conceptual Art at University Paris VIII in 1997. This school is rooted in activism, and was also where Michel Foucault taught and headed the Philosophy Department. In 1998, this artist left Paris and moved to New York, where she primarily exhibits her work to this day.
Sommet was organizing Art Salons in her Chinatown studio and created a collective of 13 artists. The exhibitions of the collective were usually once a month. In addition to being the curatorat the Art Salon and collective exhibitions, Sommet participated in numerous international art fairs, solo and group shows. Including her last group show with Andy Warhol works, Takashi Murakami and many others at the Kate Shin Gallery in 2014.
She also wrote and published a book called “Only in New York, Darling!” written in French and English. The book is about creative underground life in New York City. It was very well received by international press.
Sommet’s creativity and ability to take risks have enabled her Art Salons and exhibitions to flourish. She has been successful in providing visibility for her and invited artists’ work. Although, Sommet is managing a dual role as an artist and curator, she is committed to creating art that is sociologically and aesthetically provocative.
In addition to her various exhibitions and Art Salons, her work is in private collections of President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Susan Sarandon, Terry Georges, Daniel Py and Anderson Cooper. Sommet was commissioned to create trophies by the board of Action Against Hunger for 2004 until 2008 for the annual World Food Day Gala. This event “recognizes individuals who have made major contributions in the fight against hunger”. Besides her high profile collectors, her work continues to be supported by Eyal Levy, Dr. Marvin Rotman of New York and Yolanda Torres Torres of Barcelona, and many others.