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arianne Eichenbaum
uses warm colors and smooth brushstrokes
to create non-representational oil paintings that evoke a strong
sense of mood. Her work has a distinctive presence; these abstract
paintings exhibit a languid, flowing movement and shapes that are
inspired by the natural world. “We live in a very colorful world, where
nature itself provides us with so much inspiration to paint,” she notes.
“For me it is not only to put color on the canvas, but also [to] produce
a recognizable meaning behind the painting.” Eichenbaum’s work
presents a series of emotional landscapes that invite viewers to pause
and contemplate the deeper meaning behind each piece.
Marianne Eichenbaum was born in Germany, and she moved to the
United States as a young adult. She currently resides in California.
Enchanted Forrest Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas 16” x 20”
Marianne Eichenbaum
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uick, unpredictable, yet exquisitely composed,
Leander
Fontaine
’s ink drawings are gems of perfectly concentrated
dynamism. With brush and pen, Fontaine paints animals — some real,
some mythical — in motion, black blurs against empty backgrounds.
His animals contain absolutely no detail, yet their form and pose are
unmistakable and perfect in their imperfections: a ruffle of fur out
of place, or a tentacle cock-eyed just so. Fontaine scrawls, splatters,
and smears his ink to create shapes, suggesting a variety of motions
through the use of such different techniques. His creatures, like the
brushstrokes that comprise them, practically jump off the page.
Fontaine was born near the Germany-France border and today lives
in Pennsylvania. He has been working as an illustrator and cartoonist
for over thirty years.
Unicorn, Annoyed
Ink on Rice Paper 20” x 11”
Leander Fontaine
Curve Acrylic on Linen 39.5” x 79”
R
oger Rutten
’s paintings are unique among abstracts: works that rely
on expressive line and assertive mark-making to offer joy without
aggression. Working in a variety of media including a mixture of acrylic
and airbrushing, Rutten paints with the elemental energy of wind
blowing. Lines and colors are bold, often swirling into curving, organic
shapes. Compositions are not spare, but precise—each painting focuses
on one idea, be it formal or atmospheric, and focuses on it with clarity.
Above all Rutten is flexible in his technique, exploring large, unwieldy
marks on one canvas and delicate drips on the next.
Rutten was born in the Netherlands, where he maintains a studio today.
His goal in his work is to “send positive energy to anybody that looks
at it.”
Roger Rutten
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