April 2021 Spotlight (Issue 44 Magazine)
The Guide Artists has announced its featured artists for April 2021.
Jessica Gordon . jessicagordon.com
Jessica Gordon is an American painter focusing on narrative figurative works. Jessica sought a creative outlet which led her to pick up a paintbrush for the first time. She fell in love with the idea of creating something entirely her own. Self-taught, she is paving her way, giving the viewer an insight into her mind and creative instincts.
Emerging strong, Jessica’s work has been found in multiple publications and selected for numerous shows throughout the United States. Appreciative of the merited paintings she has created, Jessica looks forward to developing a thoughtful and continuously growing fine art career. Sharing her work has become a passion that drives her.
Lisa Rickard . lisarickard.net
Lisa Rickard, a Philadelphian born in 1962, is a classically trained painter of contemporary figure allegories. The nude as an art form has always resonated
with Lisa. As a teenager, her first life drawing of a dancer was purchased by
an art collector. She attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and then the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. After receiving her degree, she continued to draw the nude model regularly and developed her visual communication
skills further by graphically designing and technically illustrating on a consecutive full-time basis for an advertising agency, design firm and a corporate marketing department in a global organization. As a ZUMBA® fitness dance leader, she created custom choreography which served to enrich her artistic anatomy knowledge and expressive design of human form.
Christopher Remmers . christopherremmers.com
Originally inspired by Key 6, The Lovers Card in the Tarot, Zain is the exploration of the masculine and feminine dynamic in our search for internal truth. At the crossroads of science and psychedelia, heart and mind, there is an emerging renaissance in which we are reconnecting with our sense of purpose and personal myth. What can we learn from these substances that overwhelmingly bring us to a place of felt unity with person and place? How can I re-orient a classic archetype so that the divine feminine and positive masculine are held in equal light? Zain follows the arch of the individual looking for meaning, finding fragmentation from the underlying sense of separateness and finally finding home in the cosmos as one.
Victoria Steel . victoriasteelstudios.com
(b. 1994) Victoria Steel is an imaginative realist/ representational fine artist and private instructor.
Victoria was born in Miami, Florida, but was raised mostly in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She now resides in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey with her artist fiancé, Kevin Moore.
Victoria’s work can be found in private collections across the US, and has been exhibited at venues in cities such as NYC, Tulsa, and Philadelphia.
Kasia Uminska . IG kasiauminskaart
This artwork speaks about the continuous cycle of life, death, and rebirth, in reference to mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of self. The female figure: Mater Familias (the mother of the family, the matriarch) represents the feminine creative power. The Earth that gives birth to a new self, to a new consciousness, a new perception and a new reality, she creates the new beginnings (Novis Initiis). She represents the humanity in a process of constant growth and transformation that in time shapes a sacred circle of self-realization, where the end becomes a beginning and the beginning becomes the end, again and again. Her multiple arms represent different versions of the new self, sort of parallel universes that together comprise the totality of her being, as well as the dragonfly’s wings in movement, a symbol of change.
Philippe Attié . philippeattie.com
Philippe Attie’s work is defined by the relationship between the realistic figure and the ground of gestural abstraction. Working primarily with acrylic and oil on canvas,
his subjects are meticulously depicted in states of contemplation and repose, and enveloped by a psychological atmosphere built up by transparent layers of soft
color and hints of expressionist forms. It is an intuitive portrayal of the emotions, sensuality, or wisdom of the figure, striving to capture facets of the human soul. The work is infused with lightness, both in the technical luminosity of the pieces and what it evokes in both subject and viewer. These intimate scenes create a meditative sense of calm, revealing not just who these people are, but who Attie may be as his keen sense of observation hints at the human behind the hand.
Sinisha Kashawelski . kashawelski.co
Sinisha Kashawelski, born in 1969, is a Macedonian painter who is currently living and working in Kumanovo, Macedonia graduated the College of Applied Arts
in Skopje, Macedonia and also the same university’s Faculty of Fine Arts. He is
a member of DLUM (National Artists Association of Macedonia), Societe
des Artistes Français, Société Du SalonD’automne-Paris, memberand Ambassador at Mondial Art Academia and the author of many solo projects and exhibitions.
Kashawelski’s paintings have a predominantly surrealist style although he owes much of his inspiration to the Macedonian tradition of painting.
Ricardo Ramirez . ricardoramirez.art
Ricardo Ramírez was born in Chile in 1979. He began his formal artistic studies at the age of 13 at the Experimental Lyceum of Art Education. He studied Bachelor of Arts at the University of Chile. He studied in Sydney, Australia, and with the Frenchman Michael Valeri. He has studient the techniques of the great masters from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century. and it is for this research work the 15 years, that he defines himself as self-taught.
Since 1999, together with other art professionals, he heads a figurative movement of contemporary realism in Chile. He founded the Art Real Academy and is president of the Art Real Foundation. Both institutions aim to support the art and the artists contemporary realistic.
Walter Zuluaga . IG | artistawalterzuluaga
Was born in 1976 in the city of Pereira, Colombia actually lives at Medellin Colombia South America. He mastered his artistic technique in drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Pereira.
Mark Heine . mheine.com
Mark Heine was born in Alberta, Canada in 1961. In the span of his 35 year career, this artist and author has come to realize he’s a storyteller. Writing has long been an integral part of his creative process. His writing drives his painting and his painting inspires his writing. Bringing one of his stories to life … to larger than life, is the focus of his current project entitled Sirens. Each of the paintings in his Sirens series, is the visualization of a key moment in his coming Sirens book, a work of fiction in the genre of magical realism. This environmental tale, which examines humankind’s ambiguous
and destructive relationship with the world’s oceans, is a contemporary re- interpretation of the femme fatal made famous in Homer’s Odyssey. Heine, his wife and creative collaborator and two children live on scenic Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.
Walter Rane . walterrane.com
Walter Rane was born in National City, California on September 8, 1949. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1973 after which he moved
to the New York City area where he began his career as a free-lance illustrator of books and magazines. Mr Rane gradually transitioned to gallery and institutional work, primarily of a religious nature. Today he is represented by the Rehs gallery in New York City, Anthony’s Fine Art in Salt Lake City, Utah and The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme Connecticut.
Today Mr Rane lives and works in New York City with his wife Linda. They have four sons, two daughters-in-law and three grand children.
John Rowe . john-rowe.com
From the West Coast to the East Coast and back, accomplished artist John Rowe has done just about everything to establish a successful career. Supporting a family through major commissions as an illustrator, Rowe continues his epic journey by exploring more deeply how fine art can communicate what words cannot.
Joseph Todorovitch . todorovitch.com
Joseph Michael Todorovitch is a contemporary painter, immersed in figurative subject matter, who is exploring painting through the lens of a naturalist perspective. His paintings are searching for a breathing sense of light, space, time, and subtle narratives that are personal but allow the viewer to ponder and create meaning. His concern for excellence of craftsmanship is balanced with a freedom to explore the playful side of paint application. He simultaneously pushes to create interest with surface abstraction and visual fidelity. The concert of the technical narrative, along with the implied narrative of the subject matter, requires the viewer to complete the experience of a Todorovitch work of art.
Vicki Sullivan . vickisullivan.com
Vicki Sullivan lives in Australia. Her richly colored figurative oil paintings aim to convey a sense of positive emotion and feeling to the viewer revealing elements of her subjects’ personalities besides her own. While depicting contemporary subjects, her method is inspired by 19th Century Realism. Her work involves glazing many layers making the colors rich and glowing as if from the inside and it takes several months to complete a single artwork.
Bruce Lawes . bklawesart.com
Bruce K. Lawes, is an internationally collected artist with a passion for animal art and conservation. He is a signature member of the Artists for Conservation (AFC), The Society of Animal Artists (SAA) and The Oil Painters of America (OPA). He was born in 1962 in Toronto, Canada. Lawes has studied part time at the Ontario College of Art and Design but attributes most of his success to the first hand encounters he fostered with the modern masters of the day. Lawes has shown his work in museums like the Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Hiram Blauvelt Museum, National Mississippi River Museum, Bookgreen Gardens, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Lawes has had his work auctioned at the presitgious Coeur d’Alene Art Auction and the Jackson Hole Art Auction.
Magda Torres Gurza . magdatorresgurza.com
Magda Torres Gurza is an hyperrealist painter. Her technique is based on the representation of elements beyond realism. Her oil paintings also stand out for containing details, hidden symbols and flashes of light that can be found only if you look carefully at each of her works.
She was born on May 10 at 10:10 in Mexico City. Grows between brushes and art, being her mother a painter.
Because of a strong accident at age 18, which threatened the loss of vision, she decided to give herself full-time to the task of painting.
She began her studies at the Regional Institute of Fine Arts, graduating with honors due to her outstanding talent. The search for perfectioning its works, impels her to also study History of Art, Techniques and Materials for Visual Arts, Optics, as well as the Photography career. She has received multiple recognitions from the Fine Arts, the National Council for Culture and the Arts and various Museums such as the David Alfaro Siqueiros Studio House Museum, the José Luis Cuevas Museum, the Bicentennial Towers Museum. Her work has been selected as a piece of the month in the latter and also in the Santiago Carbonell Foundation Museum.