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Denis Lefevre [Certified Visual Artist – Rungis, France]

Denis Lefevre [Certified Visual Artist – Rungis, France]

Denis Lefevre is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Rungis, France.

Self-taught, Denis Lefevre trained since the 1990s in graphic design and painting. Having participated in a few exhibitions – Barr, rue des Arts (Alsace); Boston (USA); Galerie Métanoïa (Paris) – since the 2010s, Denis makes small-format works to be sold in the form of postcards and paintings.

Denis designs paintings on various themes and illustrates works (for example: 5 large format paintings that can illustrate André Malraux’s book: “La Voie Royale”). His goal is to offer originals in the form of flyers, postcards, business cards, and paintings.

Thematic Approach

The origin of this approach stems from the observation that writing, especially that of French, does not represent the sound reality. It is a code, a notation which is the sign of the enunciation but also of the historical evolution without counting the pure graphics signifying aspects of its grammaticality. We postulate that we are currently living disconnected from reality; audible, but also visible, which makes, among other things, the quest for the spiritual more difficult to perform. To do this, it is advisable to resort to the representation that it is figurative, abstract, or symbolic. Several themes are developed according to three main axes:

A] Figurative art

  • architectural or religious heritage
  • existential or spiritual messages – nature

B] Symbolic art – calligraphy and letter design

C] Abstract art – enunciative painting

Exhibitions

France

  • Alsace city of Barr “Rue des Arts” 06/12/2011
  • Paris Galerie Métanoïa “Un seul grain de riz” 12/19/2015 – 01/09/2016
  • Paris Galerie Métanoïa “Un seul grain de riz : “Le Zodiaque”” 12/18/2017 – 01/06/2019
  • Paris Galerie Métanoïa “La Voie Royale (André Malraux)” 11/04/2016 – 11/10/2016
  • Senlis (Oise) “Festival d’at sacré : Le Chant de la Terre” april 2019

USA – in Boston French Cultural Center mai 2012

See more work, visit denizarbnc.com

Denis Lefevre

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Kerry Hawkins [Certified Visual Artist – Dedham, MA]

Kerry Hawkins [Certified Visual Artist – Dedham, MA]

Kerry Hawkins is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Dedham, MA.

Kerry Hawkins is a fine art photographer and freelance graphic designer, including social media. She attended the Art Institute of Boston, majoring in graphic design. Kerry became hooked on photography in her second year of college and has been photographing ever since.

Kerry loves to take photos everywhere she travels. Nature intrigues her, but she also loves city scenes and anything with peeling paint. Miniature animals amuse her. She has an Instagram feed called Tinyfur. The feed features toy photography and an occasional pet photo. It is a playful way to experiment with photography.

Kerry was the co-founder and manager of the Dedham Square Artist Guild. She did the marketing for the Guild, including social media, signage, and advertisements for their gallery and events. The Guild had was founded in October 2011, Dedham’s first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its members.

Kerry has been involved with many community organizations such as Dedham Civic Pride and Dedham Library Innovation Team. She had the honor of working on several projects, including Art in Bloom, Dedham Portrait Project, and many public art projects in Dedham. Kerry has photographed many non-profit party events in Dedham. For two years, she has been in the Dedham Art Association. Kerry has seen the group grow and is proud to be involved.

See more work, visit kerryhawkinsphotography.com

Kerry Hawkins

Kerry Hawkins

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Adorable Monique [Certified Visual Artist – Naples, FL]

Adorable Monique [Certified Visual Artist – Naples, FL]

Adorable Monique is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Naples, FL.

Adorable Monique is an award-winning professional artist based in Southwest Florida, born in Chicago, and raised abroad in Central America, which profoundly influences her understanding of art, culture, and color. Monique is a multidisciplinary creative, excelling in painting, ceramics, and illustration.

She received her formal education in Fine Arts and Teaching and has received numerous awards and the opportunity to exhibit in various venues. Growing up surrounded by different cultures has broadened her overall view of life. She is continuously pursuing success in personal, professional, and artistic endeavors and the cultural experience itself.

Monique’s upbringing in a developing country has allowed her to identify with the agricultural environment and be grateful for her surroundings and the natural environment, such as trees, water, and animals. It is part of the way of life to embrace nature, customs, colors, and values. Planting trees and keeping closeness with the surroundings as much as possible. Securing habitats for future generations is essential to develop a connection with nature. She portrays diverse ethnic groups as she believes that humanity is an integrated part of her work process.

See more work, visit adorablemonique.com

Adorable Monique

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Lesley Bodzy [Certified Visual Artist – Houston, TX]

Lesley Bodzy [Certified Visual Artist – Houston, TX]

Lesley Bodzy is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Houston, TX and New York City.

Lesley Bodzy is a painter and sculptor who works in Houston and New York City. She is currently a 2021 MFA candidate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Lesley is interested in exploring the nexus between painting and sculpture. She seeks to create a unique dialogue with the viewer by focusing on the themes of wrapping and revealing, draping and unveiling, and absence and presence.

She is represented by galleries in New York, Houston, and New Jersey. Her work was recently shown in Site: Brooklyn and Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City; The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT; The Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA; Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, NY; The Meadows Gallery in Tyler, TX; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY; Palix Fine Arts in Houston, TX; and Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA.

Lesley has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and studied at Hunter College and the Art Students League of New York.

See more work, visit lesleybodzy.com

Lesley Bodzy

Lesley Bodzy

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Gayle Printz [Certified Visual Artist – Johns Creek, GA]

Gayle Printz [Certified Visual Artist – Johns Creek, GA]

Gayle Printz is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Johns Creek, GA.

Gayle Printz is an internationally-recognized American abstract artist whose work is part of the Permanent Exhibit of Le Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou in France. Using color, rather than purely tangible structures, to express herself, Ms. Printz creates paintings that transcend the familiar. Her work is known for drawing the viewer into the painting and inviting them to assign personal meaning and universal context by listening to the whispers of their imagination and emotional memory.

Gayle’s paintings have been lauded by critics and collectors of abstract art, abstract expressionism, art-resilience, art informel, and tachisme. Although she has developed her own distinctively recognizable style, her work has been compared to that of Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock.

Among other honors she has earned, Gayle Printz was one of eight American painters whose work was selected by the Jury of the 2020 International Art-Resilience Competition. Two Printz paintings, “Pond” and “First,” were on exhibit for a month at Le Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou in France as part of the International Art-Resilience Exhibition, the video presentation of which remains in the Museum’s Permanent Archives.

Four of her paintings – “Bird,” “Blue Dog,” “Pigtails” and “Yellow” – were selected by the Jury of The International ArtisTTable “Are You Serious?” Competition. They are on exhibit through January of 2021. Printz’s painting, “Brush,” was selected by the Jury of Fine Art America for display in their National “On The Beach” Exhibition.

See more work, visit gayleprintz.com

Gayle Printz

Gayle Printz

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Laird Campbell [Certified Visual Artist – Duncan, BC, Canada]

Laird Campbell [Certified Visual Artist – Duncan, BC, Canada]

Laird Campbell is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist  from Duncan, BC, Canada.

Since the late 60’s, Laird Campbell has executed works in photography, glass, bronze, paper, canvas, mixed media, and wood. He has exhibited in Canada, the USA, and internationally.

Laird was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where his earliest influences were the applied arts, architecture, interiors, and public art. These enthusiasms fused in formal training in display and set design. He became a freelance exhibition and display artist, working in Montreal during Expo ’67. Since then, he has lived and worked at the interface between fine art and the applied arts.

In 1991, Laird moved to a small mill town in the middle of Vancouver Island where he purchased a 20,000 square foot building, built in 1928, of first-growth Douglas Fir. The building was in a state of neglect and decay, while the material it was built from had retained its integrity. He found inspiration in the wood and dismantled parts of the building to produce furniture and “Wood Assemblages”: abstract and suggestive compositions made through the manipulation of geometry by piecing together many various-sized pieces of wood.

Laird Campbell slide view of selected artworks 2020 through to 2000. Wood assemblages of reclaimed tongue and groove.

See more work, visit lairdcampbellart.com

Laird Campbell

Laird Campbell

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Audrey Kay Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Kay Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Kay Dowling is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Westfield, NY.

Making my mixed media pieces, I frequently use my block prints as a starting point. Around these block prints, I add elements created in many different mediums that are all created by me. These include drawing and painting in many different mediums, photos I took, and/or pieces of collaged solid color areas cut from magazines pages.

Conceptually, I am always looking for a way to convey a love of nature that is not just copying pictures using tight realism, drawing, and painting techniques. I prefer to simplify and add some of my spirit to my work that is more of what I see in nature. One never sees birds long enough to get minute details. Rather, they are shapes and gestures from the birds as they stop to eat at the feeder or fly by. Trees can be laboriously drawn and painted, but I choose to abstract them into simpler forms on these pieces.

My concept is to capture and excite the viewer and encourage them to get out and see the world around them. The woods, water features, birds, and fields are my inspiration. By enhancing the love of them, I hope to set others on a path of deep appreciation and stewardship.

See more work, visit audreykaydowling.com

Audrey Kay Dowling

Audrey Kay Dowling

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Edward Savaria Jr [Certified Visual Artist – Erdenheim, PA]

Edward Savaria Jr [Certified Visual Artist – Erdenheim, PA]

Edward Savaria Jr is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Erdenheim, PA.

Edward Savaria Jr creates dreamy and whimsical photography and sculpture.

See more work, visit savariaart.com

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Steven Lester [Certified Visual Artist – Canton, GA]

Steven Lester [Certified Visual Artist – Canton, GA]

Steven Lester is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Canton, GA.

Steven Lester began his career as a commercial illustrator after graduating from college with a degree in visual arts. He became an art director and creative director for corporations and advertising agencies, winning more than 100 national and international awards.

After four decades in the commercial art field, Steven has fully embraced his love of fine art painting. Since that time, he has painted internationally in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, India, South Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean. His work is in demand by corporations (McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company, REI COOP), major universities, art collectors, athletes, and private individuals across the globe.

Steven was selected to be a 2020 Executive Fellow in the Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program, recipient of the United States Sport Academy’s (USSA) prestigious International Sports Artist of the Year award, and awarded the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) “Zhenliang He Cultural Medallion”.

Steven has been invited to the 2020 (now 2021) Summer Olympics in Tokyo to stage live painting events at multiple venues. Concurrent with the Summer Games, he will have a solo exhibition of his narrative, Olympic-themed paintings at the prestigious Tokyo American Club.

See more work, visit stevenlesterartstudio.com

Steven Lester

Steven Lester

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Ann Dunbar [Certified Visual Artist – Longpont Sur Orge, France]

Ann Dunbar [Certified Visual Artist – Longpont Sur Orge, France]

Ann Dunbar is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Longpont Sur Orge, France.

Ann Dunbar is an international quoted mixed media artist, born and educated in UK and now working and living in France. In England, armed with a teachers’ diploma (Southbank University, 1975) and an arts degree specializing in Textiles (West Surrey College of Art, 1987), she taught in schools and colleges for sixteen years before she became a full-time artist.

Her unique mixed technique whereby she embellishes her water based paintings on paper with lavish embroidery, is her signature work. To date, she has accumulated fifty awards since moving to France in 1996. Ann has exhibited world wide: Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Cambodia, Russia, and Australia. Her pieces are found in many corporate and museum collections. She is represented in Italy, Australia, and UK galleries.

See more work, visit anndunbarart.com

Ann Dunbar

Ann Dunbar

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