ARTisSpectrum Vol.30, November 2013 - page 66-67

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 30 |
ARTisSpectrum | Volume 30 |
Marcia Haufrecht
, putting paint on canvas
is “a way of communicating with the world at
large,” and having worked for many years as an
actress, successfully connecting with an audience is
second nature to her. In her paintings, she strikingly
captures the essence of her subjects, with a dynamic
power and strong color sense. “Color, form, line
and composition are all important to me,” the artist
says, and she uses each to full effect in her images.
Working in oils on canvas, she employs a palette
of rich, soft shades, playing them off against each
other to give each image an appealing vibrancy and
Adding to that feeling of life is Haufrecht’s skill at
recreating spontaneous expressions and postures,
giving each of the subjects she depicts—from
fully realized animals and people to mysterious
shadows—a vividly physical presence. She also stresses the importance of “capturing movement on canvas” in her work,
and her sharp eye and solid technique bring that movement alive. The resulting paintings are at once casual and elegantly
composed, creating a balance that actively engages the viewer’s attention. “I would consider myself successful,” the artist
says, “if my art becomes a shared experience,” a goal that she completely attains.
Pinkie Oil on Canvas 22” x 28”
Marcia Haufrecht
pontaneity is at the root of
Paul Hartel
’s paintings. Seeing abstract
art as a form of expression that engages the “inner child” in the
viewer, he creates works in which an innocent freedom mixes with a
sophisticated sensibility. Citing such painters as Pollock, de Kooning
and Twombly as influences, he puts his own distinctive spin on the
abstract and neo-expressionist styles he employs. In his paintings,
color, texture and movement play off of each other in combinations
that powerfully draw in the viewer. And while there is always an
unpredictability at work in his images, a firm sense of balance and
composition is always in evidence.
Hartel says that he uses “almost any method” to apply his materials—
from scratching and dripping to finger painting. Those techniques
give his canvases their powerful sense of energy and movement,
whether expressed in bold, thick strokes or an intricate gridwork of
drips. He adds to the dynamic quality of his work by employing an
equally wide variety of materials (oils, acrylics, pastels and charcoal),
resulting in paintings with a constantly shifting range of textures. It
is that variability and contrast that makes his work unique. “If a piece
can create a discussion or conversation,” he says, “then I believe it has
Jackson Heights Oil & Pastel on Canvas 24” x 18”
Paul Hartel
Ivan A. Tomicic
ike the view from an airplane, the paintings
Ivan A. Tomicic
instill in one a sense of
tranquility and wonder. Being an airplane pilot,
Tomicic finds inspiration in the skies above Maui
and the landscape spread out below his airplane.
His paintings often reflect the beauty of a place
as seen from a great distance, a splendor this
Croatian-born artist is constantly in search of, and
which drove him to Sicily in 2010.
Whether painting landscapes, cityscapes or
surreal images of women and sky, Tomicic’s work
is emotional, but his brushstrokes are exact. He
utilizes both oil paints and watercolors, likening
oil paintings to an orchestra that he directs with
the precise application of short brushstrokes,
which swirl with the soft sounds of a sonata. His
watercolor paintings are more free-form and
loose, strumming like a guitar though they still
sing of Tomicic’s technique and skill. He describes
his watercolors as, “lighter, more vibrant, with a tingling sense of joy.”
Even though it’s simple to describe Tomicic’s landscapes and cityscapes as quiet, there is also something stunning about
them: a wonder and curiosity that’s transmitted from the artist to the viewer through the language of art.
Maui Golpfer Oil on Linen 14” x 18”
eija Karjalainen
refers to the men and women who populate
her lively, engaging images as “party dolls.” Depicting scenes
that show people in the act of “enjoying life,” she creates a world
brimming over with positive energy. Her subjects flirt, chat, enjoy
cocktails or relax on elegant chairs and sofas. “Sensual, with a touch
of humor,” is how she describes the tone of her work, and that
combination gives her works their distinctive appeal.
Karjalainen’s subjects also bridge the worlds of realism and
abstraction. The original way in which she represents their eyes and
mouths, along with their “sometimes twisted bodies,” make them
come alive while also turning them into expressionistic patterns. Each
person is shown with one large, expressive eye, while their mouths
seem to float above their faces. This results in an aura of dreamy
playfulness—a feeling that is at once innocent and sophisticated.
That aura is magnified by the artist’s unique approach to texture
and color. She works with oils and charcoal on the back of prepared
linen canvases, which gives her colors a “special luster,” a softness
that makes each scene glow. “Every undone canvas is an exciting
challenge,” the artist notes, and she vividly transmits that sense of
excitement in her finished works.
Flowers Oil & Charcoal on Canvas 22” x 18”
Reija Karjalainen
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