ARTisSpectrum Vol.35, May 2016

25 ARTisSpectrum | Volume 35 | F rench painter Corinne Garese gracefully combines a traditional style with modern decorative elements in her luminous figurative landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes. Garese strives to achieve a perfect balance of light and color, with a focus on brushstroke and more pronounced textures to introduce a modern feel. Above all, Garese aims to bridge the world of the past to our modern world. In much of her work, she seeks to reinterpret the Old Masters and shape new images that both tell of the lost world of the past and also describe and explore today’s style and understanding of the human experience. In landscapes, what’s of interest for Garese is capturing the spontaneous expression of nature’s beauty that’s found in the works of earlier artists (still ignorant of the ravages of pollution)—a kind of innocence. A fauvist approach to color and loose brushwork characterize the paintings and prints of Carol Carpenter . Starting with an abstract layer applied in splashes and washes to the canvas, Carpenter builds up her palette and image. In this process of coaxing scenes or natural subjects from this base, Carpenter maintains a level of improvisation in the work. Her pieces range in abstraction, but always celebrate color and fluidity. They reimagine and recombine natural scenes, maintaining a cohesive sense of color and mood even as they swirl with an uncountable number of pigments. Carol Carpenter lives and works in Columbia, Maryland. Her vibrant oil and acrylic works exude spontaneity and passion, drawing the viewer into a world of emotion, where natural scenes are filtered through her eyes and hands into shifting landscapes. W ith ink or oil paint, Stephen Najda composes fluid images. Each abbreviated human form becomes a graphic part of the whole. Smooth, shaded forms border rapid, energetic lines of pigment. The figures share this energy, coming to life in the expressive movement of the brush across the canvas. The paint drips and swirls, creating organic forms even as the figures become more abstract. Even still, each subject maintains a presence and sense of weight in the canvas, pulled with the drips, continuous strokes, and their own body weight into the world of each image. Najda divides his time between Glasgow, Scotland and Warsaw, Poland. He explores abstracted thought in his work, drawing on an interest in the quantum world, imagination, and consciousness brought on by his work in the field of quantumphysics. Carol Carpenter Yellow Forest Giclee Print on Paper 22” x 28” Stephen Najda Albino woman with mother beside a dead tree, near Moshi, Tanzania Oil on Canvas 23.5” x 19.5” Corinne Garese Crique Oil on Canvas 39.5” x 39.5”