Artist Portfolio Magazine – Midwest vs West Art Exhibition
Preston M Smith – Los Angeles, CA
Jana Charl – Los Angeles, CA
My longest enduring fascination is the challenge to capture the human form and psyche. Ranging from extreme minimalism and abstraction to an attention to detail and decoration.
Often my interpretation of the female form is anatomically exaggerated, emphasizing the curves that distinguish women as well as define feminine beauty and fertility. The exploration of curves in the male figures has led to hugely over-sized representations or muscularly toned ones.
My inspiration is drawn from observing the community in which I live, along with experiences living and traveling abroad. A sense of humor and playfulness is utilized to evoke thought on how both women and men are perceived.
Kurisutein Lopusnak – Reseda, CA
Kurisutein Takagi Lopusnak is a self-taught artist, born in 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. She grew up in California where she spent most of her time drawing and painting. She studied psychology and received her B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her M.A. from California State University Northridge
Since 2003 Kurisutein has been working with acrylics on canvas. She often paints numerous faces that represent the human spirit and its connection with the subject matter in the title of her work.
“My abstract artworks are representations of the human spirit involved in complex topics. I accumulate drawings of faces and sketches that I then piece together to create a composition. The materials and colors used depend on the nature of the topic. The process of creating each work is very important to me. How the work is treated, the order of procedure, and the tools used are directly related to the topic itself – as if I’m creating an experience for the work in progress. Flaws are very important to me as well. To me they represent overcoming an obstacle. Anything perfect, to me, is a lie.
These works were either created exercising the Ego or Id since I like exploring both as I continue to learn about myself and the world around me.”