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George Ligon
T
he fine art photographs of
George Ligon
shine with color and texture, capturing arresting images of nature and
landscapes. A former educator and commercial photographer currently living in South Carolina, Ligon recently
transitioned into fine art photography. Many of his photographs are of places he’s traveled. “Wherever I travel, whether at
home or abroad, I try to look for interesting images to capture and
present in an artistic manner,” Ligon says.
One of the reasons Ligon’s photographs are so visually arresting
and unique are because of the materials he uses. Instead of
utilizing photographic paper, Ligon prints his photographs on non-
traditional materials like satin, metallic paper, metal and canvas.
The soft petals of a flower glow on satin, the leaves of a tree
sparkle on pearl, water reflects light on metallic paper and the soft
ruffles of material seem even softer on canvas. “My use of media
other than photographic paper has expanded my vision in what
I can accomplish artistically,” Ligon explains. Materials aren’t the
only things that make his work visually striking, however. Ligon’s
aesthetic preference for images that are simplistic and uncluttered
produces beautiful and arresting compositions. Because of the way
Ligon crops his images, each photograph has a sensibility that’s at
once modern and classic.
Color is also very important to Ligon, and much of his work
is saturated with rich, deep and luxurious color. “As an African
American, I have always been sensitive to the force color can have
in terms of expression and importance,” he says. Ligon’s work goes
beyond photography into realms of artistic expression. With his
camera and lens as a brush and his eyes as the canvas, Ligon seeks
to help his audience discover the joy and beauty of the world
around them.
Carnival Rio Photographic Print on Canvas 20” x 20”
Platforma Dancer Photographic Print 18” x 24”
Nancy Stella Galianos
T
he abstract expressionist paintings of
Nancy Stella Galianos
are comparable to a symphony on canvas. Like a Bolshoi
ballerina, Galianos’ brush and knife dance expertly across the canvas to the swirling beat of color, creating texture and
light and conveying emotions to her viewers, inspiring them with the spirit of movement and dance.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Galianos started drawing as a young girl when she was hospitalized following a car accident.
Then, as now, she used her art to connect with people and pull them out of their troubles. “I want to move, to soothe, to
stimulate but especially inspire and uplift the audience in all kinds of infinite ways. I want to take them into my world, a
place where emotions profoundly touches the soul,” Galianos says.
Galianos approaches each painting without a preformed plan in mind, allowing her instincts and the act of spreading
the paint across the canvas to guide her to the
finished piece. Similar in concept to the automatic
drawings of the surrealists, she employs her
unplanned gestures across the canvas to express
her emotions. Because of this, Galianos’ method
focuses strongly on movement, comparing her
artistic process to a dance. She’s also constantly
experimenting with different color combinations:
“By experimenting with colors to create light, I
open myself to flow, gestures and force from all
my active strength of body,” she says. Like dancing,
music and poetry, Galianos considers visual arts a
form of communication, and often describes her
work in terms of other art forms: “I like to think
that my art is like a sound that we enjoy hearing
and it makes you feel good. Like poetry, by adding
sensual dimensions to my art, I want it to interact
with the emotions that the viewer already feels.”
Nancy in her Studio
Evergreen Acrylic on Canvas 36” x 36”
Warm Canopy Acrylic on Canvas 40” x 40”
George Ligon
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