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Inspired by modern-action painting as well as ink-painting traditions across Asia, Michelle Yap paints heavy and expressive brushstrokes on minimalist backgrounds to yield dynamic paintings. Based on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Yap holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Central Saint Martins. She has exhibited her work at the Shanghai International Art Fair and The Other Art Fair in New York and Chicago. Her work is held in galleries, hotels, and private collections around the world, including in the United States, France, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore.
The paintings by prominent Slovak artist Orest Dubay do not leave anyone cold. They are especially admired by cultured painting lovers, those who like the soft and gradual passage of one color to the second—a varied game of light, colors, and the harmony of shapes. From his paintings, he immediately senses how lovingly and sensitively he is painting and inserts all of his soul into them. Works by Orest Dubay are among the top paintings of contemporary, modern abstract, and op-art.
Julia Pinkham has been a full-time artist since 1979. In addition to fine art, Pinkham has created a line of clothing that features her hand-painted fabric designs, a line of bestselling prints for a textile company in New York, and a series of cloisonne jewelry designs for Zarah Company of California. She also wrote and illustrated a series of Nature Encyclopedia coloring books for Stemmer House Publishers. Since January of 2000, she has concentrated exclusively on her fine art practice. Pinkham’s artwork is strongly influenced by the natural world, particularly the ocean. Her current abstract, surrealist works in mixed media and acrylic reflect her ongoing interest in natural forms, movement, and energy.
Born to Hungarian and Dominican parents, Paul Antonio Szabo’s family fled the Dominican Republic after the collapse of the Trujillo dictatorship for the stability of Puerto Rico, where Szabo studied art at La Liga de Estudiantes de Arte in San Juan. At 17, he went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in illustration and design at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Now based in New York City, Szabo continues his studies through the Cooper Union Continuing Education Program, expanding his practice to painting and collage. Szabo has won numerous awards for his graphic design and mixed media work, including the prestigious 2016 Kenise Barnes Fine Arts and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s Award.
Italian artist Thia Path describes color as the protagonists of her paintings. Through abstract color field paintings, Path summons up memories of childhood and travel, from the Andeans to the Mediterranean. Using a combination of oil, ink, and watercolor, Path pushes color to its expressive potential, much in the vein of Mark Rothko. Path has lived and worked in Argentina, the United Kingdom, and Italy, where she is now based. Her works are held in collections around the world, and she has been honored with numerous solo exhibitions throughout Italy.
Born and raised in Dover, Ohio, Jon Stucky's first experience with art was through the goods of the nearby Amish community, particularly the vibrant colors and patterns used in Amish quilting. Stucky's practice now combines the folk art influences in his childhood with pop, neo-expressionism, and street art, yielding expressive and bold paintings. Stucky's work is held in private and public collections around the world, including in the Georgia Southern Museum of Art, House of Blues, and Nike.
Geometric abstract painter Eleni Pratsi is renowned for her vibrant color schemes and repeated use of circular forms. Through continuous experimentation and use of unconventional tools and techniques, Pratsi’s practice constantly evolves, much like the circle, which has no end and gestures toward the infinite in her works. Pratsi graduated with distinction from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux arts in Paris, France, where she is now based. She has been honored with numerous solo exhibitions across Europe, and her work is collected internationally.
Inspired by the abstract expressionists and color field painters of the 1950s, Joyce Dunn builds up transparent layers of color and brushstrokes to convey depth and subtle movement. Dunn was born in Ontario, Canada, and presently resides in Rome, Italy. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and York University in Toronto. Dunn went on to teach studio art at the American Overseas School of Rome for 25 years, retiring in 2019. She has exhibited her work internationally, most recently at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles and the American Embassy in Rome.
“Through the Forest and into the Sea” is an artwork created on a beautiful French watercolor paper called Arches. It’s very high quality, full of traditional knowledge and craft, and allows Blandine Bardeau to create some really beautiful effects when using India ink. The closer you look, the more you see the velvety quality of the paper, the different layers of ink. Bardeau has also worked with acrylic pens and fine archival pens to create subtle leaves. To Bardeau, this artwork speaks of the land, the forest, and the ethereal quality of the sea.
This is an untitled and unsigned oil on cardboard painting, consisting of overlapping abstract forms. The piece has belonged to the family of Maude Kerns since Maude’s death in 1965. It was first in the possession of Maude’s great-niece, Leslie Brockelbank — a patron of Maude Kerns Art Center — and then Leslie’s daughter, Mary Jane Griffiths, gifted it, along with other works on paper, to the Maude Kerns Art Center in 2020. The Art Center displayed it in an exhibition titled “New Acquisitions: The Work of Maude I. Kerns” in September 2020.
Moscow native Andrew Odinzzov descends from a family of artists, including his grandfather, celebrated master of Russian realism Vladimir F. Odintsov, and his father, an impressionist painter. Trained in graphic design, Andrey melded the classical influences of his family with modern and pop art, yielding bold, vibrant prints. Now based in Florida, Andrey has exhibited his work internationally, including at Artexpo New York and Miami.