Paul Swek: Metal Artist, Phoenix
A fast-growing part of my artistic repertoire and inspiration is making art pieces using reused or repurposed metal objects. These includes things such as old machinery gears, sheet metal from old cars, parts from various sources, sheetmetal and barstock that were leftover from other projects and scraps.
Being a person who tries to recycle, reuse and repurpose everything that I can in my daily life, due to my feeling of responsibility toward helping our planet heal and recover from years of abuse. Working in my studio one day, I started looking around at all of the parts and unused pieces of sheet metal that I had laying around in stacks and drawers. I started to think about how much was just sitting around and going to waste, so I decided to start experimenting with these. I am finding a part of me is being fulfilled that wasn’t there before. Now, a large part of my non-commissioned work is focused on the challenges of making beautiful artwork from discarded and unused metal and other objects. I am enjoying this new journey and I am excited to see where this new road leads.
For more on Paul’s work visit him on the web http://paulswek.com/ or at his studio. The studio is located at 1835 E. Sixth St. Suite 10, Tempe, AZ 85281
Wall Flower Stencil Project for Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Mark Laguë: Painter, Canada
Mark Laguë has developed an international reputation because of his ability to capture the energy and spirit of downtown. Viewers are captivated by the exciting brush strokes Laguë uses to depict reflections of city lights at night or of wet pavement on a rainy day. It is hard to believe that in earlier years, Laguë painted in a highly detailed, ultra realistic style. After years of painting background designs at a major animation studio and much experimentation, Laguë ultimately developed his characteristic bold brush stroke.
New York, Rome, San Francisco and London are some of Laguë’s favorite urban settings to paint, however, he admits that “the place is secondary to the designs” he sees while he is there. Laguë has always enjoyed drawing and figurative art and cityscapes and sidewalks seem to have the best of both worlds. Laguë’s canvases and panels remain painterly no matter what the subject matter.
For more on Laguë’s work visit http://marklague.com
A little taste of what WAS has been working on…Chicago White Sox Spring Training Facility in Glendale, AZ
Sally Bennett Baxley: Painter, Connecticut
Baxley’s paintings create abstract botanical images. The simple blooms are combined with various pattern, texture, light and color. Her colors are generally bold, expressive and alive. She is influenced by the decorative aspects of many artistic cultures and is drawn to serenity and balance in nature and in art, her paintings are an escape from chaos, darkness, ugliness, and disjunctive forces in the world.
Baxley was originally trained as a painter at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Lacoste School of Arts in Lacoste, France. She spent many years honing her sense of color and balance in the field of Interior Design. It has been noted that Baxley’s work follows in the tradition of abstract expressionists like Wassily Kandinsky.