Malcolm Stanley is a poet, visual artist and musician. His work combines words and symbols as tools of expression. He was born in Meriden, CT to a single mother who was also an artist. His mother studied art in college before being hospitalized for metal illness. As a child Malcolm loved being creative, inspired by his mother and the world around him. Malcolm has studied at Columbia College Chicago, Emerson College, and Southern Connecticut State University. (His work explores self expression as well as self-reﬂection) and the goal of his work is to connect with other individuals and be loved on a personal level. On a grander scale he wishes to seek the truth through art, and challenge ideas and preconceived notions that do not serve our world. Some common themes throughout my work are clouds (symbolizing creativity, imagination, innocence, and the idea of afterlife), ﬂowers (symbolizing beauty, vulnerability, and emotional openness), and the notion of outcasts/icons. Mediums range from sculpture, acrylic, collage, photography, airbrush, and marker.
I’m a traditionally trained, realistic painter. Many say my art is photo-realistic and it may look like a photograph, but my style is more painterly using abstract layers of color built up to achieve the effect I’m looking for. I create my paintings using traditional methods of laying down thin transparent washes of color until I reach the result.
My original subjects are how I see America, usually larger canvases using acrylic or oil. I was influenced by Robert Cottingham and Richard Estes during my studies, sparking some of my early work. Soon after my formal schooling and apprenticeship under artist Armando L. Balboni, I took a sabbatical from painting and left to travel the world as a Naval Officer and Intelligence Operative. This experience culminated with me living and working in over 50 countries, and being a veteran of foreign wars in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These travels made me appreciate the wonderful world of art, but more importantly how different American style was.
In this body of work I explore mixing figurative art with abstraction. I take great joy in the landscapes and narratives that form once a figure is properly placed. These paintings are self-portraiture, when working with figures I choose poses that I identify with. I draw inspiration from my dreams and from the joy I get from living life! I aim to inspire passion and joy.
Photography is like meditation for me.
Whenever I pick up my camera I feel like I have a different connection with the world around me. I interact more freely with people and my environment and I notice things that I might otherwise overlook. If I can get a person to see something in a new way, I feel like I've accomplished something.
Born and raised in Connecticut, with a generous helping of travel, has given me a wonderful collection of landscapes to paint.
In 2008, I was given a gift of art lessons with Ira Barkoff. Since then and for the past years I has been taking classes and attending workshops with Ira Barkoff.
As a world-class rower and Master Gardener, I have spent most of my life enjoying the outdoors rowing, hiking and gardening. The vast majority of my works are creations from collections of sunrises, sunsets and landscapes I have experienced while boating, rowing, traveling abroad or just being immersed in the outdoors.
I’m in an encore, new performance of my life emerging as an influential artist, inspired by my world travels, as an accomplished ballet dancer, as a scientist and cancer survivor (more than once), and a life-long public school educator with five teaching certificates.
My journey is unfolding with training at the Silvermine School of Art and direction from Dmitri Wright. I have shown at Silvermine, The Fairfield Public Library and the Maritime Garage Museum in Norwalk, CT. I work in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. My work is modern, geometric, scientific and abstract. When I’m not creating, I can be found at the beach and rescuing dogs.
Painting is like some kind of magic for me. I start a painting with a shape of an idea of what the outcome will be and then I chase the idea with paint. I always come short of the idea and am often disheartened at the outcome. But then as time wears and the idea fades from memory the painting takes on a life of it’s own. The painting becomes the reality and it is as if I had no part in it’s creation. In the end it is the magic of paint.
This work comes from the simple desire of a full-time art teacher to make art of her own and yet still see the art process through the lens of her children. These drawings ended up reflecting the inseparable bond that I have with them, their degree of affection and love that I rely on, their influence on me and on one another. As teacher this is so little time to make my own art, as a mother, there are no moments when my children and family are not present in my thoughts. There is a recklessness, the freedom to draw outside the boundaries with abandon, which goes beyond parameters and canons of beauty that I, as an adult, desire. As teacher and artist, I want to move within a degree of control and perfection, and that had to be released the moment I passed each drawing onto my children, given the array of markers, pencils and crayons on the table, and asked them to participate however they felt inspired to do so.
I paint and draw, especially looking at the trees, landscapes, flowers, humans and surroundings such as the laundry. I uses a variety of media such as acrylics, watercolors, oils, dry and oil pastels as well as pencil, charcoal, sepia, and sanguine. I concentrates on evoking emotions by usage of gestural vigor and nervousness of her lines as well as thick impastos. Very often my colors are intense, long lines cut open compositions on canvases, as I was painting and drawing at the same time. Sometimes I paints angrily and my canvases are full of sharp, aggressive lines accompanied with heavy brush strokes. Light and shadow play major role in my pieces as I feel that they help set mystery in her work; something that is made evident in my body of work. I feel satisfied when someone leaves my exhibit feeling happier or retains one of my pieces in the heart.
I am guided by the relationships and art of other creative minds in my personal life, always humbled by the next project. By featuring some drawn portraits of people in my life, I get to show my journey. My journey through the people I meet and idolize, become a large part of the work ultimately. As a result, my work culminates more than West Coast fandom. It culminates something deeper; Spirituality, Art, Culture, Love.
With a multidisciplinary approach, I construct, photograph, paint, and sculpt a melancholic and fanciful existence. The natural world, full of its flora and fauna, whisper the lore of the mysterious and unfamiliar. Heavily influenced by a childhood year in Germany, my work takes on a Romantic European aesthetic and philosophy.
I draw inspiration from my memories and imagination as well as colors and music that surrounds me as I paint. Applying oil paint with brushes and palette knives, I use a variety of techniques to create layers of texture. With bold brush strokes, I achieve a level of abstraction that challenges the viewer’s perception of nature
Kayla Ek is an american fine artist and, curator based in Connecticut - New York City area. Her paintings, illustrations and sculptures often depict emotive surreal portraits that are inspired by her deep love for music illuminations, psychology, philosophy, saturated colors and poetry
As a painter and photographer, I express my life experiences and personal identity through the use of repetition and rhythms, representing visual forms both natural and man-made.
My interpretations of inner struggles and social conflicts rely on the unique visual cadence of rocks, trees, and hills… or the orderly patterns in objects, shadows and structures. The permanence of a landscape…the fragility of a birch tree. These images help bring me to a place of greater self-awareness and understanding.
My art is influenced by people and places I've experienced in my lifetime. Be it American history, a city scene, abstract images, or a rock star portrait, my work symbolizes familiar and sometimes conceptual images. It allows me to think, invites them in to possibly take their shoes of and stay awhile.
I've always worked with line, but is has been controlled. Through an intense period of experimentation and creation I've developed a process of layering short organic lines that are in constant motion creating value, texture & depth; forming relationships as the color and value transition and interact altering how they are perceived. Although the line may seem chaotic, it forms rhythmic patterns that unifies and attempts to superimpose structure. It is not the line, but the structure that creates chaos and isolation; forcing the line to function within the world it is apart of, usually bound within a perfect square that the line wants to step out of; apart of a variety of relationships, significant in relation to the greater whole.
She studied painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Belgrade and graduated as one of the top students in her class. She received numerous awards from the University of Belgrade for her accomplishments in mosaic, drawing and painting. She left Yugoslavia for Canada in 1980 and has since then established herself in Vancouver’s artistic community. Ella exhibits her works frequently throughout Canada, the United States and internationally.
City Bench grew out of our passion for building beautiful objects with meaning and a story. It also grew out of a reverence for the trees that line our streets, fill our public spaces, and enliven our campuses. Those trees represent our shared space and generations of common stories—they are also a vital and overlooked resource.
I am drawn to all things ephemeral. My goal is to reveal the essence of a subject before nature’s inexorable force changes it forever. Documenting these fleeting moments captures an element of immutable truth. This inherent contradiction, irrespective of the subject matter, ignites my creative process and the shifting interplay of value, color and shape becomes the template for my designs.
Once a graphic designer for a Boston publishing company, Joan has been a full-time artist studio for the past 35 years. She has worked in many areas of art including drawing, painting, sculpture and collage. Her primary tools of statement in painting are color, space, texture, and movement. There is a modern and lyrical quality to all of her work. She has enjoyed numerous successful one-woman shows in Connecticut and continues to exhibit her sculpture and paintings in prestigious galleries throughout the region.
I thought it was about time to take another adventure in my art. I always knew that I would go to the abstract, and I felt it was now or never, so I put my imagination to work. Cradled boards, mainly birch or maple is another favorite surface of mine to work on. I like it’s hard surface versus stretched canvas. Imagining something from nature is what I try to think of when creating, but even if I do, one cannot discern where it came from, although at other times, it is a definite landscape. The love, hope, and terror that I find in painting abstracts is unsurpassed. It is always a new moment, a new challenge.
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