Have you met…Melanie Russell?


Massive Meringue Pie 2011 oil on board

Melanie Russell, Massive Meringue Pie 2011 oil on board

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Melanie Russell.

 Negative Women's Fashion, - 2012  22 x 17 cm  collage on paper

Melanie Russell, Negative Women’s Fashion, – 2012
22 x 17 cm
collage on paper

Melanie Russell is a visual artist living and working in London. Working mostly in painting (oil on board), collage, drawing and cardboard constructions. Interested in shape, colour, materials & spacial ambiguity. MFA, Slade School of Fine Art 2004, BA Fine Art University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 2000. Recent exhibitions include Creekside Open 2013, Meditations, Pluspace, Coventry and March Group Show, Hada Contemporary, London.

 Melanie Russell Shapeshifters, 2012  22cm x 17cm  collage on paper

Melanie Russell
Shapeshifters, 2012
22cm x 17cm
collage on paper

Statement

“Through painting, drawing, collage and construction my current work develops an ongoing interest in visual perception where foregrounds and backgrounds hold an ambiguous relationship to create certain levels of flatness. By simplifying images into shapes, flat fields of colour and areas of mark making, an image is pushed towards the unrecognizable. Limited information is used to communicate scenes which are both simple and complicated bordering between representation and abstraction. Materials, shape and colour are pared down to a minimum.
My subject matter is sourced from found objects and images chosen for shape, as well as my surrounding environment which is recorded through observational drawing and photography. Spaces and objects become ambiguous inviting the viewer to reassess familiar surroundings. The availability of this resource, shape, colour and negative space, is one that I celebrate.” MR

Melanie Russell's studio.

Melanie Russell’s studio.

Other material relating to Melanie Russell.

Artist website: melanie-russell.blogspot.co.uk

Axis Web: Melanie Russell.

London’s Artist Quarter Bow Open: Melanie Russell.

patternsthatconnect: Melanie Russell.

artSlant: Melanie Russell.

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Have you met…Michael Voss?


Michael Voss

Michael Voss

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Michael Voss.

Gloris Corona, 2013

Michael Voss,Gloris Corona, 2013

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Artist’s Statement

 “As a painter I believe there are as many ways to make a painting as there are possibilities to do anything else in life. My work has been to explore some of these possibilities. Therefore , there is not a preconceived set of rules that drive my work, but an explorative, quite intuitive and open-ended process, that is aware of not only the improvisorial character of the painting at hand, but also of  the provisional character of the notion of painting itself.The single painting achieves its resolution through it’s own means. Or, in other words: the painting is specific.” MV

Michale, 2012

Michael Voss, Michale, 2012

Michael Voss was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil.He studied at the academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, where he became Meisterschueler of Prof. Gerd Winner. In 1997 he received a Grant from the German Academic  Exchange Service (DAAD).
Since 1997 he has been living in New York, where he graduated from the MFA program at  Hunter College in 2000. He has shown at Galerie Wittenbrink in Munich, Germany, Charlotte Jackson Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and with Eugene Binder in Marfa, TX.

Education:

1992 – 1997 :   Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, Germany
Meisterschüler Gerd Winner

1997 -98 :        Jahresstipendium des DAAD, New York

1997 – 2000:    Hunter College of the City University of New York, MFA

PA, plywood, painted match boxes, 2012/13

PA, plywood, painted match boxes, 2012/13

Other material relating to Michael Voss.

Artist Website: www.michaelvoss.org

MoMA P.S.1 Studio visit: Michael Voss.

Youtube: Michael Voss.

Painters’ Table: Michael Voss.

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Have you met…Becky Yazdan?


L4; oil on clayboard, 36" x 48", 2012

Becky Yazdan, L4; oil on clayboard, 36″ x 48″, 2012

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Becky Yazdan.

Velvet Rocks; oil on clayboard, 12" x 12", 2012

Becky Yazdan, Velvet Rocks; oil on clayboard, 12″ x 12″, 2012

Becky Yazdan’s hometown is Hanover, New Hampshire, and she lives in New York, NY.

EDUCATION 
MFA, New York Studio School, 2005
BFA, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999

Elephant Rock; oil on linen, 30" x 36", 2012

Becky Yazdan, Elephant Rock; oil on linen, 30″ x 36″, 2012

Statement

“Each of my paintings tells a story. They are based on things I see, read about, and watch on TV, as well as memories of events, feelings and colors – the pink of my favorite childhood bathing suit, the first time I told a lie. Color, form and pattern combine to become conversations, expressions, and events. When I paint I try to find the balance between intuition and intellect, so that the process of painting becomes an active dialogue with the phenomena of nature. By not dictating the end result I am receptive to a deeper understanding of the world around me. The paintings are like dreams – the events of the day reorganized and combined with other events and memories until a new, often surprising, reality has taken shape.” BY

Pong; oil on linen, 11" x 13", 2013

Becky Yazdan, Pong; oil on linen, 11″ x 13″, 2013

Other material relating to Becky Yazdan.

Artist Website: www.beckyyazdan.com

MoMa P.S.1 studio visit: Becky Yazdan.

TWO COATS OF PAINT: Becky Yazdan.

Gorky’s Granddaughter: Becky Yazdan.

Studio Critical: Becky Yazdan.

ArtSlant: Becky Yazdan.

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