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

Rose Adare


Atelier School of Classical Realism, Oakland, CA 2003-2006
Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA 2001 BF


Kissed by a muse at a very young age, Rose Adare took up her first oil paints when she was 7 years old. By 23, Rose found herself in London on a six month excursion studying human anatomy. Inspired by Waterhouse, Millais, and the sensual portraiture of John Singer Sargent, she fell in love with the great masters, from Caravaggio's blushing skin tones, to Titian's emphasis on physique.

Enrolling at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Rose earned her Bachelors degree. Under the tutelage of Bill Mahn she learned the depths of layering and the intricate use of shadow play, while Bill Sanchez taught her the dynamic and inherently expressive lines of simple structure and their playfulness.

Shortly thereafter, she attended the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Berkeley for three years on a full scholarship. At the Atelier she studied under David Hardy who, Rose would gauge, "is the best color theorists in America," going beyond color theory to explore the artistic composition of reality, from the flushing reds of the neck to the subtle luminosity of a moistened lip.

Rose began her Fine Art career as The Muse Studio, founding the annual Muse Showcase: A Celebration in Art and Music, in Berkeley, CA. Expanding throughout the Bay Area, Rose took on two solo shows, the first at the Sutter Gallery in San Francisco followed by another at Epic Arts in Berkeley. Of note, Rose had the honor of participating in a collective show at the Legion of Honor's fine art museum in SF, for a Toulouse-Lautrec Perspective.

After a devastating injury in 2005, Rose spent the following years unable to paint. Bed-ridden off and on for three years, she studied Da Vinci's notes, Bridgeman's anatomy, Zorn's lighting, Klimpt's elegance, and Fechin's unique ability to breath life and motion into his portraits, all the while painting in her imagination as she drew with a pencil taped to her fingers.

In 2009, after a long and painful reprieve, she was finally able to pick up her brush, as such these paintings are the first overtures of her new courtship with light and color.

New projects

Using corsetry as a symbol of restraint and revolution, her current portraits explore the sensual and erotic history of the bohemian underground while revisiting the classical styles she's adored since her childhood. Recruiting prominent artistic activists as her models, her growing collection of portraits will be featured in a non-fiction history titled La Boheme Nouveau (pending late 2012).

As an advocate of sensual diversity, Rose adores the subtle androgyny of the human experience both on and off the canvas, though, as always, her art remains her one true fetish.

"Paintings are reflections in time, captured, still breathing. These paintings are to be examined, understood and questioned by all."

— Rose Adare

William Robinson

William Robinson was born in 1936 in suburban Brisbane and as a young man was interested in both art and music. He was a state finalist in the 1957 ABC Concerto and Vocal Competition, where he played the piano with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Although Robinson recognised painting as his vocation at an early age, music has remained an important part of his life. He plays the piano every day and listens to music in his studio while he works – these are integral to his painting practice.

In 1954 Robinson trained as a primary school teacher at the Queensland Teachers' College. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship to the Central Technical College, where he studied art from 1955 to 1956. After graduating Robinson began what was to become a long career as an art instructor, teaching at the Central Technical College (1957–62), Kedron Park Teaching College (1963–69), Kelvin Grove Teachers’ College (1970–75), Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Toowoomba (1975) and North Brisbane College of Advanced Education (1976–82). Robinson was head of the Painting Department the Brisbane College of Advanced Education (now Queensland University of Technology) from 1982 until 1989, when he retired from teaching to concentrate completely on his painting.

Although he had held individual exhibitions from 1967, Robinson’s work first came to national prominence in the 1980s when several of his works were selected for inclusion in ‘Australian Perspecta’ in 1983 and ‘The Sixth Biennale of Sydney’ in 1986. In 1987, several of his works were purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His work is also represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most Australian State collections, as well as many regional collections. Robinson has been the winner of several prestigious art awards, including the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1987 and 1995, and the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1990 and 1996.

William Robinson has always drawn on elements from his immediate surroundings for his subject matter. Throughout his artistic career, his stylistic development has correlated with shifts from one home environment to another. From a small suburban farm at Birkdale, to the Gold Coast hinterland rainforest, to the beachside town of Kingscliff, Robinson has continued to depict his own ‘backyard’. Recently the Robinsons built a new home in the Brisbane suburbs near Moreton Bay, and the artist now divides his time between his three studios.

Robert Bauer

"the artist’s portraits are known for their sensitivity and for the introspective nature of his subjects. Bauer’s lengthy painting process involves a combination of working directly from the subject, as well as from drawings and photographs taken during various stages of the painting. The portraits in the current exhibition represent work completed over the last four years."

BORN: Iowa, 1942


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1967


2002 Drawing Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA

1998 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in Painting, New York, NY

1996 Painting Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council/ New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA

199 1990 Painting Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council/ The Artists Foundation, Boston, MA

Daphne Confar

"It's all about people. I love to capture that thing about people that makes them feel familiar. I recognize the slouch or the hand on the hip and I know that side ways glance of being a little unsure of myself.

I've always loved portraits, and my influences range from antiquity to contemporary. I have been strongly influenced by the early Netherlandish painters such as Hans Memling, Dieric Bouts, Jan Gossart but also feel connected to Alice Neel, Gregory Gillespie, and Lucien Freud.

As much as I am inspired by paintings and portraits in galleries and museums, I am equally inspired by everyday people living their regular lives. There are hidden passions and hidden insecurities in those lives.

My paintings are the result of combining photo references, often vintage photographs, with direct observation and also a bit of imagination. I explore the boundaries of distorting the figure in order to give it the feel I want while being respectful of the portrait. I often use a horizon line or minimal background in order to focus the viewers attention on the subject, although recently I have sometimes been including a limited number of objects in the composition to push the narrative. Painting is so much more than observation to me, every time I paint a portrait I want to tell a story.

I recieved my BFA from the Art Institute of Sothern California in 1995 and my MFA from Boston Univeristy in 2000, where I studied under John Moore and John Walker.
I now reside in Milton, Massachusetts with my wife Katherine and our two sons Ben and Fred, our dog Buddy and our cat Henry.

Summer 2011, I have been awarded the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship brings together established international artists to live and work in County Mayo, Ireland."


André Blaise

Andre Blaise was born in January or February of 1961 in Cap Haitien. His father worked as a mason and tax collector, while his mother sold fruit and vegetables.

Andre is the youngest of four brothers, all of whom are artists. He began to paint at the age of twelve with the help of his famous brother, St. Louis Blaise. His work evolved from depictions of fantastic submarine landscapes toward an increasing focus in the late 1980s on the characters within those landscapes: peculiarly humanoid fish. Of these fish, he has said "Each fish has its own character. There are the rich, the bourgeois, the lawyers in their office, the hunter with his gun, the mailman with a letter in hand, the doctor, the traveller with his suitcase, the dances and the marriages of the fish. One day I even thought of a horse fish. I find value in this style and I work with it."

Like many artists, Blaise's paintings can sometimes be read as a comment upon current events. "I have been influenced by the political changes. I have not made an Aristide (Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide) fish, but, isn't it possible that every fish can become president?" Something of this humorous cynicism is certainly evident in his more recent work. In these well-crafted paintings, s, the fish have been joined by doll-like human figures. Sometimes these figures are seen walking hand-in-hand with the fish, while at other times they trail behind. In one painting we see these figures for the puppets they really are, with Blaise himself

Andre is constantly striving to improve his technique. He says of his work habits, "I work at all hours, day or night. When you have a spirit in your head, you have to obey her and work. I don't know how long I'll be painting fish --I have other things to say."

Andre Blaise has participated in many expositions in Haiti, France, and the United States. He currently lives in Carrefour with his wife and two children. His work has been featured in the following publications:

1990 Dialogue du Reel et de L'Imaginaire

1992 L'art Haitien a la Rencortre de l'image d'Epianl

1997 Artistes en Haiti Cent Parmi d'Autres

2000 Peintres Haitiens

Imants Vecozols

Born in 1933. Professional training - Janis Rozentals Art School of Riga (1949 - 1954), Latvian Academy of Arts, Painting Department (1954 - 1960) - under the supervision of prof. E. Kalnins. Has been contributing to exhibitions since 1958. Member of Latvian Artists' Union since 1962, Member of Association "B - 13" since 1993.

Has had more than ten solo shows in Latvia and abroad. Has participated regularly in group exhibitions in Riga, Vilnius, Moscow, St. Petersburg, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Kaunas, Switzerland, Belgium, India, England, Finland and elsewhere.

His works are to be found in the collections of the State Art Museum and Latvian Artists' Union, Kaunas Art Museum, Tukums Art Museum, Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow and Ministry of Culture of Russia, as well as in many private collections in Latvia and abroad.

Currently professor at the Latvian Academy of Arts, supervisor of a Master Studio.

"Painting is full of mysteries, and they reveal themselves only before talent, work and love. The artist sacrifices himself, but God names his creation "a fruit of love" and gives it a place under the stars. Remarkable and cruel simultaneously, but fair."

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