2014 Landscapes Art Exhibition – MyArtContest.com
Toni Silber-Delerive – New York, NY
My aerial-view paintings represent diverse places and spaces of the contemporary landscape seen from an above ground perspective. The flattened surface planes convey the textures of abstract space enhanced by compositional aesthetics and skillful use of color. From the elevated position of high-rise buildings and helicopters, my images of cities and towns, factories and farmlands, power plants, suburban communities and highways are delivered with a distinctive angle on structures frequently taken for granted.
Through the aerial vantage point one discovers a modern perspective and fresh visual vocabulary. The flattened plane reduces details to strong graphic images.
More than just a recording of the contemporary landscape, my paintings are my own interpretation of the essence of these scenes. They combine elements of abstraction and representation, pattern and grid, surface and illusion, as well as observation, imagination, and memory. Whether hovering high above city streets and highways, floating serenely over the countryside, or soaring above towns, harbors and monuments, they examine the relationship between man-made and natural, urban and rural, agrarian and industrial, power, labor and leisure. My work can be understood on many levels, from the simple interplay of shape and color to the narrative of the pictorial story.
My figurative paintings, many based on old family photographs, others from the present, offer a stylized impression of different periods and subjects. While tastes and fashions do change, the most basic of human needs, desires, and dreams are timeless, and my portraits strive to convey these eternal human yearnings. These paintings hint at stories about their subjects, but give viewers room to use their imagination.
My appreciation of unconventional views and eternal human habits come together in my up-close, above-view paintings of food. While the colors and shapes are traditional, the oversized proportions painted from above display the subject in a way that is both original and recognizable.
Overall, I strive to blend a fresh perspective with a savvy demonstration of the power of color and composition.
Alex Corwin – Wayzata, MN
In today’s society we are progressing into a more creative and expressive world, a culture that embraces imagination, ingenuity, and vision. Innovation directly relies upon the creative spark that we as artists work with on a day-to-day basis. My work is designed to show the connection between the careful handling of color and its correlation to aesthetic value. Through my artwork I wish to express my knowledge of color relationships using creative brushwork to formulate unique and interesting compositions. With liberating color choices and meticulous compositional placement, I invent a very active, and dynamic portfolio. I let the color describe the lights and darks, highlights and shadows, as well as creating energetic space drawing you through the entire painting. The constant buildup of color nuances shape the piece and give it an impression of a controlled chaos, a network of arbitrary marks that defines a clear and comprehensive work of art. Through the influences of colorists such as Monet, Kandinsky, and even some contemporary artists such as Ysabel Price and Allan Chow, I have learned how to use color in a way that makes the complexity of taking shapes, space, and composition and make them a cohesive and altogether exciting piece. Color, composition, and space; these are the elements I strive to overcome in every piece of artwork I do.
Linda Blake – Rodeo, NM
I never even consider painting, even as a hobby, until my children were raised. A middle school teacher said, “I guess this isn’t your thing”. So I discovered my passion when a friend talked me into attending a class. Since then I haven’t been able to put the paints down. I have loved landscapes all my life and love being able to put the ideas in my head on canvas.