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Raymond Andrews – "The Protecting Hands"

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Raymond Andrews was born in London and studied at the Technical College there. An unusual artist, Andrews works exclusively on wood panels or incised wood in oil. He has achieved a great deal of success in his chosen artistic niche, and for good reason. His work is, above all, unique, but also beautifully executed by an artist with a gift, a passion, and superb technique.

His choice of subject material is likewise individualistic, and one can spot his style easily therefore. Graphic or illustrative in the main, it incorporates symbolic and mythological figures for the most part as its subjects, although a few pieces, such as "Between Heaven and Earth" depart from the norm into a more painterly realm.

All of Andrews’ pieces are quite appealing, and "The Protecting Hands" could be considered a fitting showpiece for his online collection. This is a striking, high-contrast painting on incised board, created with gold leaf and oil paints. It is symbolic in nature, and decorative, with a deep indigo background that sets off dozens of geometrical shapes in lovely blues, greens, and golds. A symbolic tower is placed in the center of the painting, and shapes such as blue wings with bold, graphic textures surround it. On the top and the bottom of the tower are green bird-like figures and at its base are two open hands, in gold leaf.

To create stunning, evocative works such as Andrews’, one must have a firm grasp on what works and what does not in composition, contrast, and style.

Theo Kleynhans – "Quench my Soul"

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Theo Kleynhans is a deeply philosophical artist who uses his work to explore profound subjects such as memory and loss. "The mere fact that memory exists," he says, "is a portent of loss." In his paintings, he strives for what he calls "universal impact," drawing on the emotional states we all share that move us.

Abstract as Kleynhans’ intellectual approach to art may be, one could not classify it as strictly abstract art. Each canvas incorporates figures and symbols that are immediately identifiable, as in "Trancendental Memory," a gorgeously provocative, fantasy-laden acrylic. There are even some with photo-realistic subjects, such as "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," another acrylic, also thought-provoking. "Do You Remember the Time" is a fine example of Kleynhans’ penchant for combining the utterly realistic graphic with the abstract-expressionistic.  In "Mutus Liber (The Mute Book)," we see an example  of the artist’s use of text to subtly decorate the background and enhance a picture.

"Quench my Soul" is a typical Kleynhans etching. These works are on the small side, measuring 14″ wide by 20″ high, and the color palette is a pleasant monochrome in shades of sepia. It is obvious that the artist is concentrating on drawing the viewer in and making him think. Symbols abound in "Quench my Soul" and the painting itself is fascinating. Large lily blossoms hover in the center of the canvas above a high-contrast grid below. Above them is a small rain cloud. Looking closer, we can see the flowers may represent a person’s third eye.

 

 

Terry ann Kalinko – "Jacarandas"

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Terry Ann Kalinko is an artist with a strikingly beautiful voice. Her work, all oil paintings, ranges from deliciously lovely and attractive, such as is the case with "Cape Blush 2," a lavish, irresistible landscape, to hard-hitting, such as "The Artist," a remarkable study in bold outlines and the contrasting shapes of canvases inside an art studio, with the painter in the foreground. Many of her pictures are enveloped in abstract, wide-swathed geometric shapes that add a great deal of dimension, depth, texture and interest to the work. A good example of this unusual and courageous technique can be seen in "Portrait Woman in Prayer."

One of Kalinko’s most undeniably gorgeous paintings is simply called "Jacarandas." This picture rivals the old masters of impressionism in its musical rhythm, richly sumptuous palette, and pleasing composition. An expressive depiction of a road lined on both sides with jacarandas in full bloom, its colors are necessarily shades of lavender, purple, and gold, with a blue sky in the far background. Jacaranda blossoms cover the ground as well as the tree branches and fall from the sky. Everything is pictured in boldly outlined, high-contrast curves, lending the entire painting a vibrant movement that is alive and impactful. This painting shows the artist in her best light, and it is impressive indeed.

"Ballet Talk" is a charming oil and another consummate example of Kalinko’s talent. She portrays two dancers in full ballet dress, chatting with one another as they relax. This is a very contemporary work of modern art from Kalinko, deservedly unafraid in her surety of hand and skill.

Susanna Swart – "Object of Desire"

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Well-represented in private and public collections across the planet, Susanna Swart is a technically gifted, interesting artist. "The mystical African landscape, its people and spirituality, heavily influence my work," she writes in her online profile.

"Object of Desire" is a striking bronze sculpture depicting a single female foot. The tips of the toes rest delicately on its presentation platform, and the rest of the foot is raised above them, as if the owner is running, dancing, or simply stretching upward.

What makes this piece so interesting is the relief design which covers its entire surface. Swart says that the relief work is inspired by the ornate decoration used in traditional Mendhi art. This refers to the beautiful henna decorations generally used by Hindu artists to cover the hands and the fingers in Hindu folkart.

"Object of Desire" is an inspiring sculpture that carries a generous, low price tag. The artist calls the work a "foot portrait" and offers similar portraits. She obviously has found a unique niche, one that taps the interest of foot-lovers everywhere.