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2019 Contributing Artists

Secondary Meanings | Figural Diptychs

Secondary Meanings Figural Diptychs

Donna Bates, a native Southern Californian, has years of experience as a commercial illustrator, 3D Artist and teacher for over 20 years, which has evolved into a career in painting. She is a self-taught artist that is known for her own mash-up of urban, tough-chic, edgy and fresh style.

She has exhibited in various group shows through RJD Gallery, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, 33 Contemporary Gallery and Zhou B. Art Center. She was a featured artist in a four woman show at Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica and had work at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art's Painting the Figure Now 2018, co-curated with PoetArtists.

Her work has been published with PoetsArtists, Klassik International Magazine, The Argonaut Magazine and Sag harbor Express.

She has work that is part of the Bennett Collection and works in various other private collections. www.donnabates3d.com

Zach Brown was born and raised in the small town of Mars Pennsylvania in 1988. After high school, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his BFA. Zach went on earn his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh were he runs The School House art space. www.zachbrownart.com

Heather Brunetti is an emerging American figurative painter working out of Louisville, KY. She has been published in PoetsArtists and is a juried finalist in the 2019 International Biennial Portrait Competition at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mary Chiaramonte, born in West Virginia in 1979, is a figurative realist painter living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Chiaramonte received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history from Radford University, graduating in 2010 summa cum laude and being awarded the best graduate thesis. Her paintings have been exhibited at Principle Gallery, RJD Gallery, Abend Gallery, Taubman Museum of Art, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art and Zhou B Art Center. Chiaramonte has been awarded by the Portrait Society of America (2016, 2018) and the International ARC Salon competition (2018). Her paintings have been published by American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist Magazine, PoetsArtists and the New York Times. Instagram

Stacy D’Aguiar is a San Diego full-time artist spending most of her days in her studio in North Park creating paintings for collections and exhibits all over the country.

Stacy received a BA in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech where she was also enrolled in many art classes ranging from life drawing and painting, to sculpture and digital, but is mainly a self-taught artist. She pursued her design career after graduating in 1996 and used her drawing and computer skills to design t-shirt art, toys, costume art, logos, corporate branding, and more. She picked up a paintbrush again in 2002 and worked in oil, painting mostly fantasy and the surreal.

Stacy has made her living painting abstracts, landscapes, and surrealist works since 2010, collaborating with designers, art reps and galleries in Orange County, Laguna Beach, Santa Fe, Charleston, and LA, to name a few. Her work has shown at SCOPE Art Miami, the Laguna Art Museum, Art San Diego, and Art Santa Fe, and published in PoetsArtists, California Homes Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Pacific Magazine, and Nug Magazine. She’s collaborated with Clive Barker and collected by Dr. Phil and Mia Michaels. www.unreal-art.com

Jodi Gerbi is representational painter depicting human resilience through her realistic portrayals of the garbage, trash cans and drain pipes found in her daily life. Finding the beauty in this is her way of conveying the idea that humans are often required to find something beautiful in a hard situation in order to keep going. The ability of a human being to do this is the essence of resilience.

When painting the figure, she is trying to catch that moment of vulnerability, the second when that person thinks no one is looking. That vulnerability is the best part of a human being and where we can really connect to each other.

Jodi has earned an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from Syracuse University. Her work has been shown at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Sotheby’s and the Flowers Gallery in New York as well as Fort Works Art in Texas. She currently paints at Reis Studios in Long Island City, New York. www.jodigerbi.com

Kyrin Hobson, a Los Angeles native, enacts her various roles as protector of children, steward of community and keeper of histories through painting, drawing and conceptually engaged social practice. Hobson’s Chicago studio is now her base of operations for art explorations which build upon experiences as a museum professional and scholar of the African Diaspora. Primarily self-taught in painting, the artist has a BA in Fine Art from UCLA and a MA in Museum Studies from NYU. Additional fine art study has included the Women’s Art Institute at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and studio intensives with Steven Assael, Stanka Kordic, and Karen Offutt. Kyrin is a grantee of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board and AS220. She has been in residence at the Millay Art Colony and published in The Edna Journal and Delicious Line. Recent exhibitions include Reclamation (Helen Day Art Center, Vermont), Visions of Venus/Venus’ Visions (Zhou B Art Center, Chicago), and Black Creativity Juried Exhibition (Chicago Museum of Science and Industry). Hobson’s paintings and commissioned portraits feature in collections in the United States, France and Germany, notably including the University of California, Los Angeles, Tina Knowles Lawson and Dr. Elaine Schmidt and Steven Bennett. www.kyrinhobson.com

Claudia Kaak was born in 1987 in Heppenheim, Germany, where she lives and works. In 2015, she graduated from Goethe University Frankfurt (a.M.). Her first solo show was held at Galerie Pack of Patches in Jena (Germany), and her group exhibitions include shows for Art Innsbruck (Austria), Gallery Ewa Helena, Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen (both in Germany), RJD Gallery in New York and Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. She has been a finalist for the 13th Annual ARC competition and has been awarded by the International Guild of Realism (2019). Claudia’s work has been featured in PoetsArtists, MilionArt Kaleidoscope, The Guide Artists and an online exclusive exhibition with International Guild of Realism, Arizona. www.claudiakaak.com

Lisa Keay (b. 1976) is a Canadian figurative painter currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Largely self-taught, Lisa was introduced to painting by professional artist Judith Luke Ingraham, and continued her studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Along with studies in painting, Lisa’s interests extend to Alchemy, geometry and philosophy, the symbolisms of which find their way into the paintings, lending them a certain balance that resonates with the meaning and beauty of the work.

Lisa is currently exhibiting at the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain in the Painting Today exhibition, and she was included in Lorena Kloosterboer’s article in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine for the event.
She has also been published in PoetsArtists, has recently received a Boldbrush award, and has twice placed in the American Portrait Society’s Members competition. www.lisakeay.ca

Brianna Lee (b. 1987) was born and raised in rural Visalia, CA. She studied classical painting and figurative art at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA), at the Adrian Gottlieb Atelier and graduated with BFA honors from Laguna College of Art and Design.

She exhibited her work in the 13th ARC Salon, including the Salmagundi Club in New York, Sotheby's Los Angeles, and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, she has exhibited in various group shows through RJD Gallery, 33 Contemporary Gallery and is currently represented by the Zhou B. Art Center through PoetsArtists.

Her work has been published with PoetsArtists, The Guide Artists Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine, the 13th Annual ARC Salon Catalogue, and the Jack Richeson 75 Portrait publication. She is the recipient of an honorable mention award in the prestigious 13th Annual ARC Salon, in addition to receiving the Plotkin Memorial Foundation Award of excellence in Fine Art and listed as one of the Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now (2018) by PoetsArtists.

Her work sits in corporate collections, including Koss Enterprises, TBWA Media Arts Lab and several private collections world wide. She currently paints full time in her North Visalia studio and travels on occasion for institutional and private commissions. www.briannaleefineart.com

Amy Lloyd, Wisconsin native, currently works out of her studios in the both the Chicago area and Gromignana Italy. She completed training at the School of Representational Art in Chicago, a French Academy Atelier, and then taught Life Drawing and Painting there and at the Kewaunee Academy of Art. She was a founding member of the Chicago Art Salon, a collaborative representational art group started by graduates of The School of Representational Art. Amy has added to her artistic development through various art workshops with Steven Assael, Stanka Kordic, Karen Offutt and Patrick Betaudier and also with intensive Jungian Dream Analysis. Her work is fueled by dream imagery and will be exhibited at the International Association for the Society of Dreams in Kerkrade, The Netherlands this summer. Amy’s art work and private commissions reside in residences in the United States, the Netherlands and Italy. www.amylloydart.com

Dáire Lynch is a Dublin-born artist who currently resides in County Mayo in the west of Ireland. Born in 1980, he studied drawing in BCFE, Dublin. He also is a qualified sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist. Dáire has featured in several online exclusive shows with the Zhou B Art Center such as 'Adorn Me' curated by Carol Hodes and 'Figurative Realism' curated by Dirk Dzimirsky. Additionally, he has been published in the associated issues of PoetsArtists as well as exhibiting in the group show Visions of Venus, curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt. He has exhibited paintings at RJD Gallery, New York, Rehs Contemporary in New York, and Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado. www.dairelynch.com

Alexandra Manukyan was born and raised in Armenia. She graduated from Fine Art College, and subsequently State Pedagogical University, where she majored in Teaching Fine Arts.

Upon Immigrating to Los Angeles in 1990, Alexandra's focus turned towards fashion. She graduated from fashion school and worked in the industry for two decades, taking courses at UCLA, and private classes. Her experience in Graphic Design gave her the opportunity to branch into the entertainment industry by becoming a freelancer for
movie posters for various entertainment agencies.

Alexandra has participated in numerous international, and local solo and group exhibitions since 2006. In 2012, Alexandra left the fashion and entertainment industries to focus on fine art. Today, she teaches from her studio and creates artwork using the technical, and creative experience she has gained over the years. alexandramanukyan.com

Graham Bruce Richards has been a professional artist since 2004. He has had many successful solo and joint exhibitions throughout Scotland.

He was selected for the 2018 Threadneedle figurative art prize exhibition in the Mall Galleries London.

His work's appearance in the Visions of Venus exhibition 2018, curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt at the Zhou B art center Chicago, was his first in the USA.

He lives on a remote Scottish Hebridean Island with his family—an enchanting backdrop for his paintings, which have a surreal sense of place. www.grahambrucerichards.com

Sharon Sayegh was born in and raised near Atlantic City, New Jersey. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1979, Cum Laude with a BA in Painting. She continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Sharon earned a Teacher’s Certification and has studied science extensively. She became a Master Gardener through Rutgers University Extension Program.

Sharon has exhibited at South Texas College and the Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas. New Jersey exhibits include Monmouth Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, the George Segal Gallery, New Jersey Arts Annual, Artworks Trenton and the Mikhail Zakin Gallery. She was a featured artist at TEDxNavasink2014. She has also exhibited at Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC and the Limner Gallery in New York. Her work has been published in various literary and arts journals across the nation.

Sharon has work in the Permanent Art Collection of South Texas College and numerous private collections. She has received many accolades and is a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her studio is in her home located on two and a half acres of forest in East Brunswick, NJ. www.sharonsayegh.com

O’Neil Scott is an emerging artist based in Philadelphia, PA. He has always been captivated by portraiture and its capacity to impart the complexities that comprise the human condition. He had his second solo show in 2018 and has been in numerous publications including PoetsArtists, Southwest Artist Magazine and Create Magazine. He has received Best in Show for The Society of Canadian Artist International Competition 2017 and was a Finalist in The Artist's Magazine 34th Annual Competition. His work is in private collections across the United States and Internationally. www.oneilscottstudio.com

Laura Spector (b.1973) is an American artist currently residing in Houston, TX. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, apprenticed as a production manager for Philip Glass, was included in the MFA Thesis exhibition at UC Berkeley in CA, and trained at the Flemish Classical Atelier in Brugge. She was mentored by Tad Spurgeon for her current series of oil paintings on sculpture.

Spector is a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, an Individual Grant Recipient of the Houston Art Alliance, and an artist-in-residence at AtelierHaus Hilmsen (Germany). Her artwork has been exhibited internationally including Grand Rapids Art Museum for ArtPrize8, FotoFest2014 (Houston), Lawndale Center for the Art’s Big Show in 2017 and 2013, MOP at RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver, and The Friedrich Danniell Museum (Germany). In Houston, her solo exhibitions include G-Spot Gallery and RedBud Gallery. In 2004 and 2007, she was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Award (Hong Kong), as one of the top artists working in Asia, while living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her artwork can be found in international collections including Cathay Pacific, Howard Bilton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Glinda Gayle Simpson Pritchett, and the Georgetown Art Center.

Currently, she teaches painting and drawing classes at the Susanne M. Glasscock School for Continuing Studies at Rice University, Art League Houston, and the Watercolor Art Society - Houston. spectorstudio.wordpress.com

June Stratton (b.1959 Honolulu, Hawaii), a self-taught oil painter, is known for representational figurative paintings that incorporate the female figure.
Select Collections include Bennett Collection of Women Realists, Texaco Incorporated, US Department of State, Bank of America, The Mayo Clinic, and The St Regis Hotel. Her work is currently exhibiting at the MEAM museum Painting Today exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. Her work is collected by art collectors and art galleries internationally including recent solo shows with Robert Lange Studios SC and Distinction Gallery CA.
Recently published in PoetsArtists “Figurative Realism”, Issue #100. Also, American Art Collector, Cover, October Issue 2016
June Stratton’s studio looks over salt water marshes a few steps from her home in a lush sub-tropical coastal area near Savannah Georgia USA. www.junestratton.com

Judy Takács, a Cleveland-based figurative artist, is best known for Chicks with Balls, a traveling portrait series celebrating unsung female heroes; topless holding balls to symbolize their strengths and struggles. A winner of eleven Best in Show awards over the years, her work has shown at museums across the nation, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Haggin Museum, Evansville and Zanesville Museums of Art, as well as the Salmagundi and National Art Clubs. Her contributions to figurative art are noted on Wikipedia, and she blogs about the stories behind many of her paintings. judytakacs.com

Diego Vela was born on the Border of Texas in a town called Laredo. As a child of an army officer he was raised in Germany from a pre-schooled age until a teenager, he moved back with his family to the United States and lived in several different states until finally settling in Texas for his university studies. He studied studio arts at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, and fashion design and fashion pattern making at El Centro in Dallas Texas, and The American University in London England.

He has exhibited his work internationally, with Group art shows in London, and New york City, and a solo art show called Delicate Identity, at The Bureau of General Services-Queer division in New York City.

Diego creates in several different mediums, currently focusing on photographic collage. At the present He creates his work in Harlem, New York City having moved there 10 years ago from London.

Doug Webb (b. 1946, Instanbul, Turkey) is an American, self-taught surrealist painter. He honed much of his early technique from other artists while working alongside them in a factory producing multiple paintings for furniture store show rooms back in the early 1970s. Shortly after that he worked freelance for architects and designers while beginning his career showing in galleries. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Yves Arman, Molly Barnes, Louis K. Meisel, Bernarducci Meisel, and the Carnegie Museum, and has shown in galleries including The Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, forVisions of Venus curated by art collector Dr. Elaine Schmidt, and museums throughout the US and abroad including Paris, Spain, Shanghai, and Tokyo. He is currently participating in the exclusive online exhibition on Artsy Adorn Me, curated by Carol Hodes for PoetsArtists through the Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, and will soon be participating in the exhibition 20Years, in 20x20, by Galeria Artelibre at the Bantierra, Zaragoza, and MEAM, Barcelona, Spain. His work has been published in PoetsArtists, New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Juxtapoz (Cover), Art and Freedom/Galerie Arte Libre, and Mad Magazine (Cover). His paintings are also in the collection of the White House, Smithsonian Institute, University Club of DC, Forbes, Weisman, and Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation. He has also received a 1st place gold medal in the International Art Competition, during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and finalist for the 13th Annual ARC competition. He currently works and resides in Calabasas, California. www.dougwebbart.com

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