Svava Thordis Juliusson is a Hamilton, Ontario based artist born in Siglufjordur, Iceland in 1966. She began undergraduate studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University in 1997. Juliusson completed her MFA in studio at York University in 2007. Juliusson’s work can be found in the collections of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Art Bank as well as in a number of private collections. Juliusson is the recipient of several grants, namely: 2013 Canada Council for the Arts - Project Grant; 2012 Ontario Arts Council - Visual Artists Mid Career; 2010 Toronto Arts Council - Visual Artists Mid-Career; 2006 SSHRC - Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters.
LINDAJAY: SUR LA TABLEAU, MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE ARTIST firstname.lastname@example.org, 313-515-2627 Linda, a self-taught artist, began early in life exploring design and color. Her travels through the U.S. and Europe inspired her to teach art to youth and to find her own artistic voice through Mixed Media Collage. Her use of metallics, acrylics, paper, ink, embedded materials and waxes has allowed her to express her passion for creating memories. Her artwork has found collectors throughout the U.S and is beginning to create interest internationally.
The leading concept in Barr's art is the deep space and celestial elements, another theme is the beginning of life, embryos, the ovum, the growth of the embryo in the womb, all those inspired from the images of the Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. At 1980 Barr started a set of studies in the many fields he's interested in as Symbolism, Ancient Egypt, Numerology, Kabbala and astronomy. Barr does not sign his name on his canvasses. Instead he rather developed a private symbol that combines his esoteric studies experience, more details can be read at www.tedpaintings.com Barr went through seven years of private learning under the Israeli master Shlomo Tzafrir in Old Jaffa where his first exhibition was opened to the public in 2001 Since then Barr had several exhibitions in New York, Montreal, Palo Alto, Guadalajara, Detroit, Miami, Kathmandu, San Antonio, Florence, Paris, Erfhurt and Tel Aviv
I have been painting most of my life and hold a BFA in painting and a MAE from Wayne State University. Although I do some realistic painting, my heart is with more contemporary and organic work. My paintings are based on my experience as a sailor and I try to capture the feelings from being at sea with the wind and sun hitting my face and the atmospheric changes taking place all around. I use color and iight to create movement in my paintings along with the horizontal glazed bans to represent reflections in the water. I hope to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
Michele Anscombe, a native of Michigan, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. Best known for her ability to explore and capture personality and atmosphere, Michele hopes to connect with the viewer through her expressive painting style. Her paintings include a broad range of subjects and mediums on a variety of projects and artwork, including landscape, insects, mammals and amphibians. Michele's drawings and paintings have been exhibited and purchased throughout the state and nation. She enjoys doing both large and small scale artwork and commissions, as each offers a different creative experience.
Diego Farias is a painter and a photographer with degrees in both Industrial Design and Web Development. The main subjects of his work are nature and the night skies.
Lee, Ji-Ho A brief artist bio, CV -degree Chosun University, Ph.D. in Fine Arts 2010 Master of Fine Arts Graduated School of Hongik University 2000 Mokpo National University of Fine Arts Graduated 1989 -Solo Exhibition (1989~2013 - All 30th) 2013 Baiksong Gallery Planning Invitation Exhibition (Gallery Baiksong, Seoul Insadong) 2012 Namdo Gallery Invitation Exhibition I (Provincial Library Gallery, Jeollanam-do) 2012 Lotte Gallery Planning Invitation Exhibition (Lotte Gallery, Gwangju) 2011 La Mer Gallery Planning Invitation Exhibition (Gallery La Mer, Seoul Insadong) -Art Fair (2007~2012 - All 34th) 2012 Hong Kong Contemporary(Hong Kong) 2012 BAMA. Busan Alternative Market of Art Fair(Korea Busan) 2012 Jeon Buk Biennale(Jeonju Sori Arts Center) 2012 Art Kyoto(Japan kyoto )
-Studio Artist -Co-founder of North End Studios, Detroit -Involved in the Splash Murals, Detroit I am into; Resin pouring, Painter, Sculptor, Mixed Media, Collage, Found Object, Installations, Sound, Photography, Graphic Design, light , and fire installations! I Do; -Work as a Vocational Tech, Art Instructor at Therapeutic Rehab Universal, In Troy MI -Community Development and assist in Gallery shows at NORTH END STUDIOS ,Detroit -Show work currently at Art Space Birmingham, MI -FIne Arts Permanent collection CCS -Graduated ; College for Creative Studies 2009 with Honors BFA w/ minor in Art Therapy -Fine Art Senior Selection Award 2009 CCS -participate in national and international shows From Chicago, San Diego,Detroit,- New York -
I have shown work all over West Michigan. (Purchase Award, Festival of the Arts in GR, 1st Place West Michigan Regional Art Show, 1st Place, Calvin Alumni Show). Last year's entry, "7,000 Loves" was at Park Congregational Church. I am an Art Teacher in the Forest Hills Public Schools
Materials that come from the earth along with nature’s beauty have always been amazing and most fascinating to me. Upon completing my first basket from a kit using a “bunch of sticks,” I realized I had found my passion. Several months of study under a master basket weaver, along with gourd workshops and reading many gourd artists books on various techniques, enabled me to continue my journey. I was featured in the Detroit Home Magazine, the Jewish News and other local newspapers and I have appeared on TV2. I also received the “Best of Show Award” in the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair. Creating art from what nature provides, participating in art fairs and exhibiting my art work continues to bring me joy while pursuing my goal of elevating gourd art from a craft to an art form.
I am a abstract painter who has painted for 36 years. I am currently an artist member and on the board of directors of Buckham Gallery in Flint, Michigan.
Shayne Davidson studied painting and drawing at Cooper Union in New York City and received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with conceptual artist John Baldessari. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan in medical illustration. She has exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators and has worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for many years. In addition to her background as an artist, Shayne is an experienced genealogist. Her book, about the ArtPrize 2013 entry, is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Soldiers-Discovering-Colored/dp/1492935107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386282442&sr=1-1
Jason Eisner, a native son of Illinois, migrated to NYC to study art at the New York Studio School (1996-1998.) He lives in Brooklyn NY, where he continues his image making. His exhibitions include: FOUNDATION BS Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011; Students of Matter Five Alive (On the Backs of Animals) Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn, NY, 2009; Knuckle Head Blues Bushwick NY, 2007. Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, 2010, and many more. Chris Protas and the Firebarn Gallery sponsor this artist. www.firebarngallery.com
Jason Dowd - Biography Embracing traditions of the 19th century, Jason Dowd explores beautiful form through an extensive process of paint layering. Oils became his choice of medium early on, as they offered an unparalleled richness of color and texture for his subjects. Graduating with distinction from Art Center College of Design, Jason sought the instruction of several living masters with whom to continue his artistic training. David Leffel, Carolyn Anderson, and Morgan Weistling are a few of those who have reinforced his drive to excel at his craft. Jason has shown with many prominent galleries including John Pence (San Francisco), Waterhouse (Santa Barbara), Altermann (New York/Santa Fe), and most recently “The Comedy of Life, the Death of Caesar Augustus” was a finalist at the Art Renewal Center Salon Show. He continues to teach at the Laguna College of Art and Design.
Tim Burke has been a leader in the outsider art movement in Detroit for the last 28 years. Mastering the found object genre. Tim has spearheaded a one man recycling operation and recover'd 10 tons of Granite from the renovation of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Many beautiful Terra Cotta pieces from the Riveara Theatre. travertine from the Detroit Collage of Law. as well as many more gone but not forgotten historic landmark buildings that have been torn down in Detroit over the last 25 years. Tim has turned some of these pieces into functional as well as surreal pieces of art . From a bench in the new Downtown Y.M.C.A. to tables and chairs that were being sold in the gift shop of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tim's work has been shown locally as well as internationally. Tim has many public art installation to his credit, most recently the installation of his four whimsical robot looking creatures in the children's section of compuwares Lafayette Garden, Dowtown Detroit.
I am an illustrator living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from Grand Valley State University. I use graphite and watercolor to create my personal work, and this artprize entry will be my first venture into the world of stained glass. My collaborators and I believe that my history with narrative illustration will bring a fresh perspective to stained glass design. My concept design for Ninkasi was intended to celebrate the brewing culture of Grand Rapids, and I was inspired by Mucha advertisments, and graphic novels.
Oren G. is a video artist living and working in the Cass Corridor of Detroit. For the past ten years he has been making feature films, documentaries, video art and installations.
MFA in Painting at Keoung-Hee University, Seoul, Korea. She has been selected numerous Solo and group exhibitions as well as multiple International Art Fairs.Every human being lives a life with sorrow, pain, agony, wound, love and pleasure and the life itself is consists of such emotional categories. In every life, the moment of today gathers and makes yesterday and tomorrow. The day becomes a history of human being and history of the earth, and these histories are made by efforts of people and efforts of nature under the plan of God. Within this, there is no way but to live together with people and nature. This is reflected on the fact that people's world cannot be made without support of nature and vice versa. However, the nature cares human more than what they receive from human. This is a silent patience and complete adaptation; it must be a great present that God gave people as a guide to look on how to live. We have to open our eyes and ears to comprehend such messages.
Early in her artistic career, artist Jennifer Brandon delighted in capturing the charm and personality of all kinds of animals. From beloved pets to working class farm animals to million-dollar racehorses. Oil on canvas is the medium, while artistic passion brings movement, power, and grace to the brushwork. Having grown up a farm girl, raising horses in Dalton, PA, Jennifer Brandon has an ingrained understanding of the nuances of animal portraiture. Using a modern, stylistic approach, she brings a liveliness and energy to her pieces seldom seen in traditional oil portraits. Jen graduated from Marywood University with a BFA in Illustration. She's illustrated a number of published children's books, and in 2007 she officially launched her painting, illustration and design company, Jaché Studio. Besides being a full time painter, Jen is an active member of her community, loves the Lord, and in her spare time enjoys rock climbing and fishing with her hubby, Jared and Great Dane, Mac.
As a professional metalsmith from Denver, Colorado, I was introduced to jewelry making at an early age. Working in the garden with my father and handling the flowers began to give me an appreciation for my environment which is where much of my inspiration for design comes from. As time went on I was naturally drawn to the arts and the outdoors, taking art classes and spending time living in some of the most stunning areas of the US. In college my passion for metalsmithing and teaching emerged and it was during this time in school that I began to realize my path. After school I tried a few career paths but my passion for creativity and education overcame everything else when day after day, my time was being spent joyfully creating new metal work. During this time I took a workshop on anticlastic raising and I was forever hooked. As a young emerging artist, I love showing others how to pursue their creativity by teaching classes as well as volunteering with non-profit organizations.
I was born and raised in California and have lived in Mexico, Iowa and Michigan. My wife, Gloria, and I have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Education has been the main focus of my career and I now serve as president of Kuyper College. Since I was a child I have enjoyed working with wood though it is only in the past 18 years that I have been designing and executing interpretive, spiritual themes in wood. In this period I have created nearly three dozen pieces that range in size from small mantle objects to a 19 foot high waterfall.
I like to recycle and create art. Education: Kendall College of Art & Design Bachelor Fine Arts in Illustration 2005 Graduated with Honors Shows: Gaylord Area Council for the Arts 4th Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibiton 2006 1st Place SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling 2009 (Sold Work) KCC Part-time Faculty Art Show 2005-2012 2010 Warbler Wildlife Festival Featured Artist Northwest Michigan Regional: A Juried Exhibition of Michigan Fine Art 2012 Viewer’s Choice Award Employment: Kirtland Community College Part-time Art Faculty Member Sculpture Paraprofessional Design 1 Instructor Photography 1 Instructor Welded Sculpture 1 Instructor
A third year returning to Art Prize, Sky Black leads his paint strokes with a narrative and compelling edge. The paintings are stories and scenes that show the exact moment before a happening. Most of the time it is the viewers job to finish the story. Within the stories one may recognize many strange juxtapositions and paradoxical images, however, the composition always follows a basic feeling to tell a beautiful story. Sky Black is local to West Michigan but now resides in Flagstaff AZ where he pursues the full time precarious endeavor of being an artist. His work and murals can also be found in schools and businesses in the West Michigan. www.skyblackart.com
Primarily a self taught sculptor I started my sculpture career as a figurative and portrait sculptor. Since that time I have evolved into product prototypes for the toy industry, miniatures for sports themed collectors, props for films and more recently prosthetics for special effects. I enjoy the challenge of creating both soft edge and hard edge sculptures. I do my own mold making & casting and always look forward to new projects.
As an art educator, gallery owner and artist, I have experienced unique perspectives on the creative process. Nurturing high school students, and working with professional artists has helped me form an introspective evaluation of my own aesthetic philosophies. I have come to value personal intent as an integral component to my compositions. Through my work, personal aspects of relationships are revealed, with hopes of engaging the viewer to contemplate their own interactions with those they love.
I believe artistic talent is a gift that we build upon with a lot of hard work, study and practice. The innocence of children, the beauty of nature, vivid color, interesting patterns and little surprises inspire me. I have been painting with watercolor for twenty years. Currently I am focusing on creating a collection of plein air watercolors from around the state of Michigan.
Defining one’s self being can be a strenuous process. Becoming a Fine Artist was not easy for me. It has taken many years and numerous trial and tribulations. My feelings, strengths and weakness are a benefactor for maturing in my career. International relations as well as living in a foreign third world country had confined me to dig deep within and express all. In 2010, on a small tiny island called Mauritius I was tricked into going to the country there I was held captive for two years. Imprisoned with the thought of what freedom really was, as time passed I began to forget what it felt like. My journey of painting Freedom Flyer began long ago. In January 2012, as I was returning on a flight to America. It is then the idea of Freedom Flyer came to mind. Freedom Flyer will become an organization to aid other Americans who need a flight out of captivity.
I am a man of many interests and passions. I have loved creating artwork since high school and now enjoy giving back to the community as an art teacher. I have been married for seven years to my wonderful wife Rachel. We have two boys Henry (3.5 yrs. old) and Owen (2 yrs. old). I have a blast being a father and husband! I have a passion for both landscaping our yard and growing a vegetable garden. I play golf often, but not very well! I am active in my church leading a small group and volunteering for kids programs from time to time. In my artwork, I try to capture the joy of life and things around us. I usually create abstractions of nature or non-objective designs that tend to have an organic feel to them. In my drawings and paintings I like to get people's attention through the use of bright vibrant color. In my sculptures, I like to use found objects (assemblage) to bring something beautiful for people to experience from stuff that would usually have been thrown away.
I am drawn to color, movement and texture in nature and try to capture all three in my photography. I have been serious about photography for about 3 years now and continue to find myself in awe every time my eye looks through the lens.
Edward Riojas has lived in the Grand Rapids area his entire life, and graduated summa cum laude from Aquinas College, where he earned a BFA degree. He has worked as a staff artist for The Grand Rapids Press/MLive.com for more than 27 years. Beside his Press illustrations, Mr. Riojas' fine art can be seen in institutions, sanctuaries, private collections, and markets throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His work has also been published nationally and internationally, and a large body of work comprising hundreds of sacred illustrations is still being used to benefit teens and young adults through higherthings.org.