Brian Blackham: Painter, Utah
Brian’s Master’s in fine arts thesis for Arizona State University encompassed abody of work that consisted of an investigation in the nature of illusion in painting, with particular attention being paid to the pictorial tension that exists between the physical reality of the flat surface and the possibility of spatial illusion. Without ruling out the possibility of metaphorical or narrative interpretations, his focus was generally on the more formal aspects of painting, such as value, color, space, light and marks of the brush. Brian’s objective was to present a body of work that demonstrated some of the depth of possibility that exists within the genre of contemporary realism.
Chris Kenny: Multimedia Artist, London
Chris Kenny was born in London and studied art history at the Courtauld Institute. He has been exhibiting since 1985, firstly as a painter but, since the early 1990s, he has been working almost exclusively with collage and constructions.
Kenny’s three-dimensional ‘drawings’ and collage-constructions are made from fragments of maps, strips of found text, or even twigs: objects or phrases of the same type are mounted on pins and organised in a way that suggests an intention to rationalize the differences between them.
For more on Chris’s work visit www.englandgallery.com
Logan Hicks: Stencil Artist, New York
Logan Hicks is a New York-based stencil artist whose work explores the dynamics of the urban environment. Originally a screenprinter, Logan’s work has gained notoriety due to his ability to capture the sometimes mundane cycle of city life in a haunting, yet refined way with his hand-sprayed stencils.
Stenciling started as a substitution for screenprinting, but quickly morphed into Logan’s medium of choice. A perfect union was conceived by spraypainting stencils of his subjects: the dirty and gritty nature of the spraypaint thoroughly depicted the decay of the city while the muted shine of metallic paint mirrored the faint glimmer of hope and life within it. It is this symbiotic relationship with the city that fuels his work.
For more of Logan’s work visit http://workhorsevisuals.com
Tracy Helgeson: Painter, New York
Tracy began painting landscapes, greatly inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the farmhouse that she lives and works in upstate New York. In her work she explores the relationships between reality and abstraction, as well as expressing her feelings and impressions regarding the landscapes she portrays.
Many of the expressive qualities in her work are the result of a personal sense of color. Transparent and opaque layers of paint create a sense of luminosity, as well as large areas of pure color. Closer inspection reveals many subtleties and variations within the color field. Pink is never just pink, green is never just green. Orange and red may be undercurrents, while deep blues and greens are subtle overtones.
Tracy’s paintings are a combination of observation and imagination. Although aspects of realism exist in her work, providing a recognizable sense of space, realism is not her ultimate goal. The memory and imagination she works with will hopefully create a sense of intrigue for the viewer reminding them of a thought, a feeling or a place.
For more of Tracy’s work visit www.tracyhelgeson.com