Thursday, May 25, 2017

Catching Up With Artist Watch Artists 6

Following is the sixth 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!

✦ Tina Spratt, Somerset, England (December 17, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Tina's gorgeous painting Slumber was selected for the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition at New York's Salmagundi Club (May 12 - June 1); the show travels to the MEAM Museum, Barcelona, Spain this fall (September 23 - November 27). Tina's was one of 82 contemporary realist works selected from 3,100 entries from 63 countries. Tina's Cocooned was pre-selected to appear in the "Figurativas 17" exhibition at MEAM.

✦ Amy Pleasant, Seattle, Washington (May 19, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ Amy's paintings can be seen through May 30 in "A Humble Gathering: Kelsey Willis and Amy Pleasant" at the Dallas Public Library.

✦ Maggie Matthews, West Cornwall, England (September 17, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Maggie's Painting the Seasons collection goes on view at Cornwall Contemporary from July 5 to July 31.

✦ Alexandra Eldridge (January 19, 2017, Artist Watch) ~ The contemporary Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is host to Alexandra Eldridge's solo exhibition "the land of dreams is far better", opening tomorrow and continuing through June 11. Alexandra's poetical images (the exhibition title comes from a line by William Blake and the works are inspired by a Carl Jung metaphor) are composed of venetian plaster, collage, and photographs printed from vintage glass negatives.

Alexandra Eldridge, The Witness Bird
Mixed Media on Panel
30" x 40"

✦ Kazaan Viveiros, Washington, D.C., Area (May 15, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Kazaan was commissioned to do a portrait of German singer-songwriter Bernhard Karakoulakis (aka Boo Hoo) for the cover of his 2017 album Lushly. (See the Commissions section of Kazaan's Website for more information about the CD cover.) Kazaan's new series of acrylics on paper is Circlescapes. (Also see Kazaan's page at Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.)

Lushly CD
Cover Art by Kazaan Viveiros

✦ Elke Vogelsang, Hildesheim, Germany (August 18, 2016, Artist Watch) ~ Elke recently celebrated her sixth anniversary of her business as a photographer.

✦ Noel Paine, London, England; Vienna, Austria (August 20, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Noel is exhibiting a selection of his recent, smaller paintings and new drawings in "Evolving Moments" at Gallery 54, Mayfair, London. The show closes June 3. Noel also has made available images of some of his work for duvet covers and iPhone case covers. His images also appear on towels, mugs, pillows, and other products.

✦ Page Turner, Roanoke, Virginia (October 16,  2014, Artist Watch) ~ Page will be exhibiting in "Immediate Present", a group art show, at the Mormon Arts Center Festival, New York City, from June 29 to July 1. The exhibition of paintings, photography, video installation, and sculpture features contemporary LDS artists represented in the permanent collection of the Church History Museum.

✦ Salma Arastu, Berkeley, California (January 16, 2014, Artist Watch) ~ Salma presented "My Journey towards God through my Art" on May 13 at the Pacifica Institute, Albany, California. Her work is featured at the Your True Greetings company, which uses her paintings and calligraphy to serve the needs of Muslim communities in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

✦ Sophie Ploeg, South Gloucestershre, United Kingdom (November 19, 2015, Artist Watch) ~ Sophie's painting The Guest was selected for the annual exhibition of the Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London, July 4-9. Read the details.

Sophie Ploeg, The Guest
Oil on Linen
61 cm x 46 cm (24" x 18")

In addition, Sophie's painting The Tapestry was selected for the summer exhibition of the Bath Society of Artists. See the show through July 15 at Victoria Art Gallery.

Links to all the artists' Websites can be found in their respective EIL column.

If you've been featured in Artist Watch and are interested in sharing your accomplishments, please drop me a line periodically.

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