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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Emmanouil Bitsakis - Εμμανουήλ Μπιτσάκης

Emmanouil Bitsakis was born in 1974 in Athens. He studied painting in the Athens School of Fine Arts (1996-2001). He had two one man exhibitions ("Nees Morfes" Gallery, Athens, 2004 and 2008) and has participated in numerous group shows. Selected works by him have been presented in two exhibitions of the BP Portrait Award which took place at the National Portrait Gallery in London (2007 and 2008). He was also given the BP Travel Award for 2008 (China).

Ο Εμμανουήλ Μπιτσάκης γεννήθηκε το 1974 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε ζωγραφική στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών (1996-2001). Έχει πραγματοποιήσει δύο ατομικές εκθέσεις (Γκαλερί Νέες Μορφές, Αθήνα, 2004 και 2008) και έχει λάβει μέρος σε πολλές ομαδικές. Προκριθέντα έργα του έχουν παρουσιαστεί σε δύο εκθέσεις του Διαγωνισμού Πορτρέτων ΒP Portrait Award που πραγματοποιήθηκαν στη National Portrait Gallery του Λονδίνου (2007 και 2008).Τιμήθηκε επίσης με το βραβείο BP Travel Award για το 2008 (project στην Κίνα).

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Emma Tooth

Emma Tooth is among the most exciting fine art portrait painters in England today. Born in Cambridge, now based in rural Derbyshire, she exhibits her breathtaking oil paintings all over the UK and abroad, sells originals and accepts commissions.

Her latest project, funded by The Arts Council England, is entitled Concilium Plebis - a series of Extraordinary Oil Paintings of Ordinary People.

"I consider myself a portraitist first and foremost. It is the creation of likeness which fascinates me; a glint of gold in the shadows, the flicker of an eyelid, the shimmering pulsation of nerves under skin. Likeness is always at the centre of my work; the almost mathematical relationships of feature to feature are just the beginning, but accuracy is essential.
Using the historically loaded medium of oil on canvas, but sometimes working on other surfaces such as sackcloth or decayed wood, I set out to create jewel-like treasures, like altar pieces or the small icons intended for personal devotion. Alongside my painting I also make the historically-influenced costumes which appear in some of my paintings. This is a response, I suppose, to my restless discomfort with a soulless, mundane 21st century devoid of decoration or beauty or the magical promises made by a century of fantastical predictions. I look back to the costume and manner of the 1880s, to Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite art, to Art Nouveau and Japanese imagery. Costume, masquerade and artifice are essential elements of my work, continuing my long-time explorations of self-image and self-presentation. There is a sense of escapism; most of my paintings are of a single figure, of a solitary moment, withdrawn from the rest of the world.

My paintings begin life inside my head, I see them there first; all my preliminary sketches and developments happen there. Then I begin to stage photographs for reference, controlling lighting, costume and pose, bringing the images in my head into the real world. Photographs are essential to my practice, particularly for my self-portraits - working from a mirror would not provide me with the unmoving accuracy I require.
I relish the glowing transparency and texture of oil paint and more and more I seek to create, as well as the overall image, a kind of macro-feast of surface texture which can only really be appreciated close up.

Humans relate to images of of other humans, particularly faces, on a visceral, subconscious level; this is why portraiture is especially powerful and relevant. After layers of meaning and concept are stripped away, that relationship remains. My images can be very intimate and very personal, drawing on my own lived experiences of Love, sadness and joy."

Emma Tooth

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Gail E. Wegodsky

Gail E. Wegodsky is part of a generation of painters devoted to representational realism. She graduated from the Maryland Institute,College of Art in 1979 and from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she received her MFA in painting in 1982.

Painting has been Gail's primary pursuit for over twenty-five years now. She continues to be fascinated by the look of the world surrounding us and strives to convey her perceptions about its complexities, mysteries, and great beauty through her work. Her awards and honors include a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts and inclusion in the National Academy of Design's 171st Annual Exhibition. She has been a Winner of Open Studios' Magazine's Southern States Competition as well as a Finalist Winner in Artist's Magazine's Art Competition four different years. Gail has taught painting at the University of Rhode Island, Southern Illinois University, University of Georgia, Indiana University, the Torpedo Factory Art League School, and Kennesaw State University.

Since her graduate exhibition at Tyler, she has had six solo exhibitions and been a participant in over seventy-five juried group exhibitions. She is represented in many public, private and corporate collections including the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, Temple University School of Law, the City of Baltimore, Southern Connecticut State University, the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the law offices of King and Spalding, Kennesaw State University, Clayton College and State University, the William Breman Jewish Home, and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Gail currently lives and paints (and cooks and practices yoga too!) in Atlanta, Georgia.

© Gail E. Wegodsky


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