Thursday, December 22, 2016

Catching Up With Artist Watch Artists 4

Following is the fourth in a periodic series about the careers and recent activities of artists I have showcased in my monthly Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life. Congratulations to all on their many noteworthy successes! May you have a wonderful New Year.

Maggie Matthews, West Cornwall, England ~ (September 17, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Maggie is exhibiting a number of her works in the group show "Winter Collection", running through February at Cornwall Contemporary.

Carol Lukitsch, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area (March 20, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Carol has recently extended the business side of her art career by collaborating with a licensing group to make her beautiful paintings available as designs for wearable art and objects for the home. Currently, wearables inspired by Carol's art include affordable scarves and wraps; throw pillows are coming soon. (If you are interested in purchasing an item for immediate delivery, please contact Carol directly at carollukitsch [at] aol [dot] com .)

Carol Lukitsch Designs

Carol Lukitsch on FaceBook

✭ Patrick Palmer, England (January 30, 2014 Artist Watch) ~ Patrick was featured in Saatchi Art's "Inside the Studio" on December 9. See "Patrick Palmer's Nudes Are Works of Simple Beauty".

Patrick Palmer, The Prettiest Girl in Town, 2013
Original Oil
© Patrick Palmer

Patrick Palmer's Portfolio on Saatchi Art

Patrick Palmer on FaceBook and Instagram

Nicola Slattery, Norfolk, England (September 18, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Several of Nicola's paintings, including Riding Free, were shown this fall at Langham Gallery, Lamb's Conduit Street, London.

Nicola Slattery Page at Langham Gallery

Langham Gallery on FaceBook

Sophie Ploeg, South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (November 19, 2015, Artist Watch ) ~ Two of Sophie's beautiful lace paintings, Brabant Lace and Lace in Box, were selected for the 164th Annual Open Exhibition in the Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol, United Kingdom. The exhibition ran from October 9 to November 27.

Sophie Ploeg, Brabant Lace
Oil on Linen
30 cm x 25 cm
© Sophie Ploeg

RWA on FaceBook

Salma Arastu, Berkeley, California (January 16, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Salma has exhibited in a number of venues in 2016, including Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, California ("Celebration of Calligraphy: Paintings by Salma Arastu", January 17 - April 10); Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, California ("Vision: An Artist's Perspective", July 5-29); and Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, California ("Transformation: 25 Years of Asian American Women Artists", July 30 -September 3). In November 2015, Salma was the subject of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article by Sarah Bryan Miller: "Artist Salma Arastu Creates Abstract Beauty from Islamic Calligraphy"; she also was interviewed on the St. Louis Public Radio program Cityscape (for audio and brief text, see "Prayer for Peace: Calligraphic Artist Salma Arastu's MOCRA Works Aim to Build Bridges Between Faiths").

Salma Arastu, Increase Me in Knowledge, 2013
Acrylics on Canvas
54" x 72"
© Salma Arastu

Tina Spratt, Somerset, England (December 17, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Tina's gorgeous pastel painting Slumber was awarded the 2016 Pastel Journal Founder's Award in memory of Maggie Price (First Prize), in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition (winners' list). In addition to a cash prize of $5,000, Tina and her work will be showcased in the March/April 2017 issue of Pastel Journal.

Pastel Journal Blog

Mara Light, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (March 19, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Selections from Mara's exceptionally beautiful new series Beneath the Surface were the subject early this year of a feature in the contemporary art magazine Hi Fructose; see "Mara Light's Female Subjects Emote Through Textured Layers".

Mara Light on FaceBook

Catching Up With Artist Watch Artists 3

Catching Up With Artist Watch Artists 2

Catching Up With Artist Watch Artists (Inaugural Post)

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