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

Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)



"As far as I can remember, I just never stopped painting. I started as a little kid and just never stopped creating images. I have no formal training in Arts. I started doing Graffiti in Paris when I was about 12 and I think that's what introduced me to the notion of having a public, which motivated me to constantly increase the quality of my work...

At 18, I decided I was done with school and started working right away using my skills, doing illustrations and comics, a bit of animation, videos... I spent a few years working mostly as a commercial artist, painting for myself on the side. Eventually, I gradually started taking less and less commercial contracts to focus mostly on my personal work as a painter. My subjects are very much dictated by my unconscious and the images emerging from it. I try not to rationalize too much because I feel like I can touch something special if I paint with my soul rather than my head...

I am inspired by religious art, carnival sideshow Art, the Flemish primitives, Folk Art, Rembrandt and Velasquez amongst others..."


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Turf is somewhat obsessed with Victorian-looking midgets sporting dandy facial hair, Russian icons, dead things of all sorts, carnival sideshows and seedy vermin-infested theatre stages. Technically, his paintings are reminiscent of the 15th century Flemish Primitives.


Jean Labourdette, as his mom still likes to call him, has forged a unique artistic vision and signature aesthetic over years of compulsive creation. In the late eighties he began his journey on the streets of Paris as a graffiti artist renowned for his distinctive and surreal characters. Over the years, Jean evolved into a prolific and sought-after multidisciplinary artist working as an illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and painter. Today, he spends most of his time painting in a messy studio that Bacon would have been proud of, sipping on espressos and beer and talking to himself.

His paintings have shown in galleries around the world including in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Rome, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. He has created art for clients such as Kanye West, Sony Music, Universal Music, the Canada Council for the Arts, Pound magazine and Le Cirque






Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One) was born in 1976 and raised in Malakoff (a suburb of Paris, France). In 2001, he moved to Montréal, Québéc, Canada, where he is currently based. In the late 80s into the early 90s, Labourdette was a graffiti writer in and around Paris, going by the name of Turf One. Over the years the self-taught artist honed his skills, evolving into a prolific and sought-after multi-disciplinarian, working as an illustrator, comic artist and filmmaker. In 2004, Labourdette abandoned all commercial work in favor of creating fine art.


© Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One)

Audrey Anastasi



Artist's Statement

I have always been fascinated with the human face and form. For many years, my work focused mainly on women in contemporary settings, breaking the "third wall" with the individuals in the paintings scrutinizing the viewer on equal footing with the viewer scrutinizing the painting.

Although I was working independently, my use of a "returned gaze" paralleled historical feminist concerns regarding the depiction of female subjects.

In 1990, I abandoned the facility of working with my right hand, in order to begin painting afresh with my non-dominant left hand. Accepting the challenge of this new struggle enabled me to reconnect with the physicality of the paint stroke, which had been heretofore subjugated to the rendering, and to redirect my attention on the soul of the subject matter.

Always obsessed with capturing an image, I cannot remember a time when I did not have a paintbrush or pencil in my hand. While still in grade school, growing up in suburban Baltimore, I recall setting up a small room in my basement as a painting studio. By the age of twelve, I was assisting in private classes, instructing other students who were learning classical drawing techniques from plaster casts.

The most recent series are experimental works on paper. Working with abandon, quickly, and intuitively, I combine many stylistic approaches; inscribing text, mixing a variety of materials with selected objects, merging observed representational images with autobiographical and imagination-driven content.

Biography

After graduating Magna cum Laude from the University of Miami, Audrey Frank Anastasi moved to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute, where she earned her Master's Degree in Fine Arts. From 1985 until 1994, she taught figure drawing, portfolio development, and anatomy for artists at Parson's School of Design. She has an extensive history of exhibiting her artwork in the US and abroad.

As a Humanist, in her own work and in teaching, Ms. Anastasi feels it is important for her to impart an awareness of how current social forces influence the way we see and interpret the human subject and inherently, the human condition, in art.

Audrey Anastasi has been featured in Smart Money Magazine, New York & Company, AKA the Lenny Lopate Show on National Public Radio (NPR), the New York Times, the New York Daily News, amNY newspaper, Pratt Folio, Jewish Week, the Arts & Entertainment supplements of the Brooklyn Eagle (InBrooklyn), the Brooklyn Courier (24/7), the Artworld Digest magazine, Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Valentine New York's Brooklyn Fine Art Magazine (BFA) premier Issue, On the Issues Magazine.com, and the New York Observer.

She was President of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) from 1999 to 2004, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) and Dance Theater Etcetera (DTE). She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) and the New York society of Women Artists (NYSWA). Anastasi is passionate about advocacy issues affecting artists lives each day.

Audrey and her husband Joseph are Co-Founders and Directors of Tabla Rasa Art Gallery, 224 48 Street, the first art gallery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

A curator, gallery owner/director, educator and arts advocate, Audrey Anastasi remains, above all else, a tireless and dedicated working artist.




















Quotes:

Renowned art historian and feminist art critic Cindy Nemser says, "Audrey Anastasi is a terrific drafts woman and colorist who paints riveting portraits as well as dazzling fantasies that often include human forms. She has painted an image of herself and her mother that is so powerful it can knock you over. Her range is wide in both subject mater and media, but throughout all her art are traces of her uncanny ability to draw and perceive uncommonly well. She has a mastery over the figure one seldom sees today and a life enhancing quality to her use of color. Her works move from almost, but not quite objective realism to the more abstract and fanciful. However, underlying all her imagery is a vivid imagination and a deep comprehension of any media in which she works.

Art historian Priscilla Bain-Smith says of Audrey's paintings, "They are very powerful, very contemporary, painterly, and captivating."

Anders Knutsson, painter and curator says, “Audrey Anastasi is a master of figurative oil painting. Her surfaces are juicy, the brush strokes fast and confident – she doesn't hesitate, she just paints.”

Of her figure drawing, Buster Seccia, curator, says, "There is an immediacy and spontaneity in Audrey’s work that always intrigued me. It is a very dark and sensual interpretation of the figure, classical, yet having a totally modern twist. Her works are cutting edge, almost punk rock, and never derivative."







© Audrey Frank Anastasi

Frans Koppelaar







Statement
I don't believe in longwinded manifestos. The paintings can speak for themselves more honestly than anything I could say.
I only paint things for which I have a strong emotional attraction. I am drawn to certain subjects that I return to over and over again. I have always been fascinated by cities with their dazzling structure of buildings, streets, canals, trees, cars and of course people.

I am also drawn to plein air painting. I spend my youth at the edge of town where city and country meet. Maybe that is why I incidentally love to leave the turmoil and experience nature. By their very nature, paintings done en plein air must be completed fairly quickly, before the light changes, and often are small. The best plein air paintings have a spontaneous quality that captures a moment, or offers a fresh insight into a familiar scene.

Besides all this I paint portraits. I consider portraiture as by far the greatest challenge for a painter.




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Art Studio Frans Koppelaar

Privately Held; Myself Only; Arts and Crafts industry

September 1984 – Present (26 years 7 months)

Professional visual artist, oil paintings, portraits by commission, landscapist, draughtsman
Frans Koppelaar's Education
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag

1964 – 1969


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Derek Weisberg




"MEMORY IS A LIVING THING AND MAKES ALIVE
CHIYUVIM

I create works of art that are emotional and psychological self-portraits. Through my work I aim to make sense of my life, my experiences, and the times I live. I do not wish to represent like a photo, instead to achieve an innerness. My goal is to create images, which are accessible and allow the viewer to have an experience which can not be easily articulated, but felt. Simultaneously igniting contemplation, reflection and a lasting relationship with the work. I attempt to express basic human qualities, which are universal and timeless. At its core the works reflect humanist ideology; searching for truth and universal morality based on the commonality of the human condition.

Through thought, feelings become knowledge. To know ones feelings is to know ones self. especially through experiencing feelings, which are uncomfortable and unfamiliar: pain melancholy, etc. When my mother passed away I began to include these feelings as well as themes of death, afterlife, spirituality and the metaphysical into my work. While still philosophically closer to a secular point of view, for my mother's sake, I want to believe in an afterlife. In traditional Jewish thought, The voyage of the soul is dependent upon the actions of the ones who are living. in my case the actions are carried out through making my art. Making this work became a ritual to continue the existence of my mother or at least a spiritual existence. The actions are meant to bless, help, and accompany the deceased on its journey.

To experience death is to experience the most unique situation in life; it is simultaneously completely familiar and alien, definitive and confusing, guaranteed and mysterious. This work Is a combination of all those things and has been a way to help me navigate through and reconcile with the loss of my mother."

Derek Weisberg







Education
2005, BFA in ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA


Awards

2008
Searchlight Artist, 1 of 10 nationally selected emerging Craftsmen/women

2004
Best of Junior Review
All College Honors Marjorie Benedict Scholarship
Clayfolk West Coast Regional Scholarship

2003
Honorable mention at "Visions in Clay," Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA


Collections

Public:
Oakland Museum of California
Glasshoff Sculpture Ranch








© Derek Weisberg

Derek Buckner



Biography

Born 1970, Derek Buckner currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, the novelist Joanna Hershon and their twosons Wyatt and Noah.



EDUCATION:

Laguardia High School of Music and Art
Vassar College
The Art Students League of New York
B.F.A., The School of the Art institute of Chicago
Boston Museum School: stone carving Program, Carrara, Italy



AWARDS & MENTIONS



2009 Artslant online jurried showcase winner

2008 Pulse Art Fair New York, Saatchi online booth, 69th Regiment Armory
2007 Art-online competition (honorable mention)
2007 Wooloo special exhibition – Selection for New Life Visuals 08, New Life Shop
2007 Saatchi Online Daily Magazine, Dec 1st,“Top Ten Exhibition Picks”














© Derek Buckner

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