“Miriam Escofet was born to her Spanish father and British mother in Barcelona in 1967. Within this artistic background, Miriam became captivated with paintings from the Gothic and Renaissance which developed into a fascination with the classical and mystical. She studied at Brighton School of Art graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1990. Her subjects now range from allegories and myths to legends, and in addition she is a highly accomplished portrait painter. She has exhibited in a number of distinguished galleries in London, including the Christopher Wood Gallery, Mallet of Bond Street, Rafael Vals, Duke Street and the Albermarle Gallery. Further she has been selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Miriam has also exhibited at the Royal Academy, where her 2013 exhibit Titania sold on buyer’s day.”
Born in 1951, Piet van den Boog is a Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Van den Boog studied telecommunicaitons at Delft Technical University and painting at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. A full time painter since 1994, van den Boog is influenced by Dutch painters including Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer.
In his current series of paintings, van den Boog “evokes an array of emotion in the spectator by allowing him/her to be present in a profoundly intimate setting. Van den Boog’s method of using etching fluids to oxidize the surface of the unfinished black steel creates a deep and weighty aesthetic. Van den Boog reveals his thematic intention through controlling the corrosion of the steel, therefore manifesting the metaphor of the figs’ demise through his materials. He lays an under-painting in acrylic for quick-drying and a sketchy finish, and then applies a top layer of oil paint. This technique creates nuances and details in the portraits and intensifies the color. In addition, referencing the French tale of the sculptor Rodin and his mistress Camille Claudel, van den Boog uses clay on the surface as a medium and a metaphor. With their complex medium of two-toned steel, two types of paint, and a top layer of clay, these paintings take on an innovative textural and dynamic quality.”
Nina Levy attended Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and art, then received an M.F.A. from the University of Chicago in 1993.
Since finishing graduate school, Levy’s sculptures have been featured in many exhibitions in galleries located in several major American cities.
These include one-person shows at Peter Miller Gallery and The Cultural Center, both in Chicago, and Terry Dintinfass Gallery in New York City.
Sculptures by Levy were on view in outdoor installations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Sculpture Center at Roosevelt Island, New York City; and The Milwaukee Art Museum, to name a few.
In 1997 Levy was awarded the Emerging Artist Residency at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY.
She has also been represented at several Pier Walk exhibitions in Chicago over the last several years and Centaur was shown there in 1998.
This artist now resides and has a studio in Brooklyn.
Rineke Dijkstra was born in Sittard, the Netherlands, in 1959. She studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1981 to 1986. Through the late 1980s, she photographed people in clubs for magazines in the Netherlands and worked for corporations as a portraitist. In 1990 she injured her hip when her car was struck by a bicycle. A self-portrait produced during her rehabilitation, in which she is seen having just emerged from a pool, exhausted, sparked a new direction in her work. Commissioned by a Dutch newspaper to make photographs based on the notion of summertime, Dijkstra took provocative photographs of adolescent bathers. These ultimately formed her breakthrough Beaches series (1992–96), which featured her young subjects in different locations in the United States and Europe. From this point on, people in transitional moments would be a major theme in her work. In 1994 she photographed mothers in the moments after giving birth and bullfighters about to enter the arena; she also commenced a series of images of Almerisa, an adolescent Bosnian refugee, whom she continued to photograph until 2003. Dijkstra ventured into video with The Buzz Club, Liverpool, UK/Mysteryworld, Zaandam, NL, taping adolescents at raves between 1996 and 1997. She has also focused on particular individuals entering the military, as in her images of Olivier Silva, a French Foreign Legionnaire (2000–01), and new inductees into the Israeli army (2002–03). For the series Park Portraits (2003–06), Dijkstra photographed children, adolescents, and teenagers momentarily suspending their varied activities to stare into the lens from scenic spots in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Madrid’s El Parque del Retiro, and Xiamen’s Amoy Botanical Garden, among others.
Since her first solo exhibition, at de Moor in Amsterdam in 1984, Dijkstra has shown at the Sprengel Museum Hannover (1998), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (1999), Art Institute of Chicago (2001), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2005), the Rudolfinum in Prague (2006), and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurth (2013), among other venues. In 2012, the Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized a major retrospective of her work, Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. She has also exhibited widely in group shows, including the Venice Biennale (1997 and 2001), Bienal de São Paulo (1998), Biennale Internationale di Fotografia in Turin (1999), International Month of Photography in Moscow (2000), ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Center of Photography in New York (2003), Out of Time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006), and Family Pictures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2007). She has received much recognition for her work, including the Kodak Award, Nederland (1987); the Art Encouragement Award, Amstelveen (1993); the Werner Mantz Award (1994), the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (1998); and the Macallan Royal Photography Prize (2012). She lives and works in Amsterdam.
On the road living in his camper since 2013, Benoit Paille is an atypic artist, conscience agitator, creative genius, monstrously curious, absent and edgy.
Soon in his life he became surrounded by secondhand smoke and nicoret patches, wich helped him to develop his artistic taste.
Stoned on ritalin for most of his crucial years, he undertook a bio-medical career until he fell into the downfalll of photography. Self taught, he still became recognized rapidly in the field wich brought him to exhibit his work in galleries around the world : Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Amsterdam, France, United States and Quebec to name a few.
On the conterpart, his many travels deprived him of any sustainable psychologial follow-up wich led him into regular crisis.
With his growing number of likes in the digital world, we can really say he acquired the artist status, as long as his clic notoriety last. Far from looking for specific opportunities of creation, it’s in the primal impulse, the instantaneous situations that images are revealing themselves spontenaously.
Using colorful flashs to outline surreal representations “ I often see myself like an hyper realist painter, my pictures documenting an altered state of mind ”. Cultivating a predilection for casual people and locations, kitsch landscapes, fences and strange parkinglots, he’s seeking the unexpected and the unseen. “ Everybody can shoot a beautiful scenery or sunset, but I rather be a pataphysician, to apply myself to think about what others don’t ”.
Always on the move, he realized a new record by braking more than 3 cameras a year in speed bumps and dirt roads. Even if he consider himself a produt of today’s hyper capitalism, he tries to oppose his resistance by acting out against selfies, trends, himself included, even if he think he’s the best photographer he knows. Of a disdainful nature, he yearns to be excluded from any renowned circle.
Despite his international recognition, Benoit remains humble and open to others. He has the ability to intrude easily in the authentic life of people to wreck and corrupt their traditional habitat with technology. When children ask him what his THC vaporizer machine is, he lies and tells them it’s an asthma device. Wishing to step apart from institutionalized biographies, Benoit is making a lot of efforts to break through. Ambitious he masturbates only once a day. Either way, he’s putting a lot of energy in transgressing conventions. Art sustain him more than leftovers hot-dogs.
Drawing correspondences between romantic tradition and consumer culture, Karen Kilimnik’s work brings a haunting and contrary sense of beauty to contemporary art.
The world of the ballet and childhood, romantic painting and pop music, icons of film and fashion, signs of witchcraft, time-travel, and murder comprise an imagery that has been culled from the historic and recent past into an unsettling present.
In a world where the forces of nature, youth, and terror have taken awesome hold, Kilimnik’s art rematerializes a quest for the romantic sublime.
Evan Penny was born in South Africa in 1953. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 1978 Penny graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design and received a post-graduate degree in sculpture.
Evan Penny makes sculptures of human forms out of silicone, pigment, hair and aluminium. His pieces range from the almost precisely lifelike, to the blurred or stretched. Penny says one of his interests “is to situate the sculptures perceptually between the way we might see each other in real time and space and the way we imagine our equivalent in a photographic representation.” Though his creations are lifelike, Penny believes that “the real can’t be represented or symbolized,” leaving everything to be a representation.
Since starting out as a newly graduated, professional artist in 2007, Philip Gurrey’s work has been positioned around history and politics. Through his painted investigations he pays homage to specific historical movements and occurrences. Each of these points of interest strongly influences the way we live today. The early work drew on the painted language of the Dutch golden age by borrowing directly from works by Rubens and Anthony van Dyck to sculpt a new vision of an age which saw a power shift away from the King and religion towards trade and money, considered by many as the birth of modern society.
More recent works saw Philip Gurrey use the war photographer Percy Hennell’s works as their inspiration. By juxtaposing a number of Hennell’s photographs into a new image he was able to create new non-existent personalities, scarred, battered and bruised from conflict. These poignant images scrape beneath the surface of the flesh and blood to depict a fresh vision of the human condition, serene, tender and unmoving.
Pulled together by cohesion in subject matter and medium, the works are carefully attributed by historical subjective and artistic associations.
Daniel Kornrumpf is an award winning figurative textile artist based in the United States. His depictions of urban life have a visceral, tactile appeal, confronting the viewer head on. He is Adjunct Professor at Emmanuel College and Mount Ida College and is represented by Blank Space Gallery in New York.
Randy was born in 1961 in Twillingate, Newfoundland. During his early teen years he moved with his family to Toronto, Ontario. After several years of living and working in Toronto, he met and married his wife Tracey. They eventually moved back to Newfoundland with their two children.
Even as a child Randy can remember being able to draw, but he didn’t really take his ability seriously until years later. Being entirely self-taught, it has taken many years to develop and refine his technique and style. His inspiration is found in his own family life and in the picturesque place where he lives. Both play a very important part in his work and are evident in many of his drawings and paintings.
Randy has interest in a wide variety of subject matter including people, wildlife, scenery, and portraits. His work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows, and on many occasions he has supported special charitable organizations by donating his work for sale or auction. His work can be found in many private collections across Canada and around the world. Randy now lives and works in Carter’s Cove, Newfoundland , where he shares his love for life, art, music, and nature with his family.