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Brooke Walker-Knoblich



Brooke is a contemporary, realist painter. She received her BA in Studio Art from UC, San Diego in 2005 and is traditionally trained in european classical realism. A fifth-generation Californian, Brooke Walker-Knoblich was born in 1982 and raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She currently lives and paints in Sacramento CA..

Brooke Walker-Knoblich is currently accepting new students for private art lessons in her Midtown studio. She also regularly holds group classes and workshops in the greater Sacramento area. Visit Brooke Walker-Knoblich's instruction page for more information.


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Katy Unger



Statement:

My recent paintings are about personal space. They are a window into those intimate moments that from the viewpoint of the observer can only be left to the imagination.
Absorbed in moments of creation and reflection, the individuals exist for themselves, unaware that they are being watched. The subject of my work is not so much the individuals that I paint, but the dialog between themselves and their surroundings.









Biography:

Katy Unger was born in 1981 in Boulder, Colorado. She received her BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 2003 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Her work is celebrated for her representational use of acrylics to capture the depth of light and skin.


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John Philbin Dolan






In 1999, John's first drawing, which was of the Disney character Goofy, was copied for his daughter. Having no knowledge of an ability to draw, that one drawing changed his life and started his journey into the world of art. Since that time, he has sought out and trained with renowned artists, including; Ramon Kelley and David Leffel.


In 2005, he decided to close his technology-consulting firm to pursue an art career full time. In 2007 he attended the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy for their summer program (the photo above is John painting with Tony Bennett in Florence). The FAA is renowned for their “classical” training program. While in Florence he met instructor, Matthew Almy, who taught figure drawing in the summers but lives in Chicago. When they arrived back in the states, John started his “classical” training under Matt and his wife, Magda. They have since expanded into a 7000 square foot studio space and call themselves The Ravenswood Atelier where John completed his studies in 2011. John signs his paintings Philbin. It is his middle name and a family name that dates back centuries in Ireland. Until his son was born, John was the last surviving Philbin in the family.

John has exhibited in shows throughout the United States and in France. He was one of 36 artists selected for the International Association of Pastel Societies 16th Juried Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art in 2010. He was one of 60 artists invited to exhibit at the 2010 Pastels by Invitation Show at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA. In 2010, John was made a Signature member of The Pastel Society of America. John has also exhibited in a number of shows at the National Arts Club and The Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2011, John exhibited in Giverny, France in the Art du Pastel en France's juried Exhibit.

John has won numerous national awards including Best of Show at The 2009 Richeson 75 Pastel Show, 2nd place at The 2009 Platinum Show at The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, The Holbein/Richard McKinley Award of Excellence at the 18th National Pastel Society of New Mexico Show and The New Orleans Art Association Award at The Degas Pastel Society’ 12th Biennial National Exhibition. Other awards and honors include attaining Master Artist Designation in 2007 by the American Juried Art Salon, 3rd place in the 2007 Platinum Show at The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and the Outstanding Pastel Award in the August, September and November 2009 and September 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competitions.

John is a member of The Pastel Society of America, The Oil Painters of America, The Portrait Society of America, Art du Pastel en France, The International Guild of Realism, Allied Artists of America, The Chicago Pastel Painters, The Degas Pastel Society, The Pastel Society of New Mexico, The American Impressionists Society and is a Artist Member and Treasurer of The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago.

John’s work is in collections throughout the United States and Ireland.








Gary McMillan










Gary McMillan has been painting in and around the Calgary area since 1979. Versatile in both oils and watercolour, Gary enjoys painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, figures and abstracts. While he enjoys sketching outdoors, most of his work is done in the studio from reference images.

Gary was born in 1959 and started painting in high school. After a brief stint at the University of Calgary he began exhibiting landscapes in his home city. He attended the Alberta College of Art in 1989, graduating with honours in 1991. few years prior to art college he moved his focus to abstract art but returned to representational painting after school and continued to exhibit throughout the 1990's. He is currently concentrating on an extensive series of studio paintings combining landscape, figurative and abstract elements.

Over the years Gary has travelled widely, visiting many major art museums in both Europe and the United States. In his view, the old and new masters continue to provide invaluable lessons in technique and clarity of vision. When not travelling, Gary lives and works in an old 1912 house near downtown Calgary with his librarian wife and young son.










EDUCATION

1978-1980 - University of Calgary, studying geology and fine arts

1988-1990 – Fine Arts Diploma with Distinction, Alberta College of Art, major painting, minor printmaking






Callum Arnold



My new work is primarily concerned with geographic experience and the transpositions of media upon that knowledge. The understanding of the visual world through photography, film and T.V. has given the viewer an experience mediated through technology.

The inherent spiritual nature of the land has become diffused through the context of new media and associations are made from its own visual history. The act of looking for dramatic panoramic landscapes in dislocated spaces is limited to viewing from roads and the visual memory contained within sequential photographic records.

Using multiple images within the borders of a single work the visual experience is reconstructed through the process of drawing and digital media which create new surreal environments. Through the act of painting the visual image is no longer an accurate rendering of the actual world but a collaboration of processes.


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Callum Arnold challenges the traditional representation of the landscape as static. His paintings are “reminiscent of a Sunday journey. …Long drives through the landscape are experienced in passing through the car window.”

“Despite the sense of journeying, nothing is blurred. On the contrary, an Arnold painting exudes a sense of tranquillity, of time stilled, a dream frozen.”

“My interest lies in the disjointed construction that memory creates through the influence of fleeting visions of land. The attempt is to depict a more universal view rather than a regional specific location. Some aspects or similarities between locations are due to geographical feature of the rural environment and the way roads are constructed to dissect the land into portions.”

“The act of looking for dramatic panoramic landscapes in dislocated spaces is limited to viewing from roads and the visual memory. My work is primarily concerned with geographic experience and the transpositions of media upon that knowledge. The act of painting the visual…is no longer an accurate rendering of the actual world but a collaboration of processes. The inherent spiritual nature of the land has become diffused creating a new visual history.”

“The great journey in New Zealand painting has been by road, from John Kinder to Colin McCahon….Arnold proves that the road trip as a nationalist narrative isn’t over yet. His paintings put us in the front seat of a vehicle driving through the heartland on a road that, paradoxically, seems to be taking us both back to Samuel Butler’s Erewhon and forward to a future of destabilised digital representations.”

Born Wellington in 1973, Callum Arnold gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, 2000 and a Masters of Fine Arts with Distinction in Printmaking 2001 from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts.

Marcus Callum








Marcus Callum



Marcus is an Australian / British contemporary figurative artist who has trained in New York, Europe and Australia.

He has been a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize for the past three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013) and was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon in 2013

Awards

2014 Finalist Percival Portrait Prize
2014 Dame Joan Sutherland Award, American Australian Association, New York
2013 Finalist Tattersalls Landscape Prize
2013 Finalist Mosman Art Prize
2013 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition 2012/2013
2013 Semi Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2013 Finalist Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2012 Finalist Alice Bale Prize, Melbourne
2012 Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth
2012 Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize
2012 Semi Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2012 Finalist Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2011 Finalist Alice Bale Prize, Melbourne
2011 Finalist Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2010 Finalist Alice Bale Prize, Melbourne
2010 Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2010 Finalist ("Honourable Mention") Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize
2009 Joshua Smith Prize for Drawing
2009 Sir William Dobell Scholarship

EDUCATION
Current Bachelor of Fine Art Honours, National Art School, Sydney
2014 New York Academy of Art, New York (Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship)
2014 Art Students League, New York (Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship)
2009 Sir William Dobell Scholarship, JAAS, Sydney














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