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Marcus Glenn (1968- )
· A native of Detroit, Glenn is known for his use of bright
colors and his expressive use of papers and fabrics, creating a masterful
textured collage effect. He has created a unique form of combining painting
with sculpture to form a bas-relief. He calls this style “Flat Life” and has
been developing the idea for more than a decade.
· Prior to becoming recognized for his artwork, Glenn worked
on an assembly line for Chrysler during the day and developed his art style at night.
Glenn became the first African American and the youngest cartoonist in the
Detroit News. As a freelance cartoonist his daily comic strip ‘Double Trouble’
ran for four years.
· One of Glenn’s works is in the permanent collection at the
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan, an honor
typically reserved for much older artists.
Alfred Gockel (1952 - )
· Gockel is known as an “ambidextrous action painter” as he
paints with both hands simultaneously.
· As a young artist, Gockel met Salvador Dali and told him
he wanted to be an artist and asked him what he needed to do. Dali told him, “you
must work very hard, you must study the masters, but not copy them – you must
find your own “voice” and “identity.” His influences are apparent as Dali,
Miró, Picasso, and Kandinsky, but his work is instantly recognizable as “Gockel.”
· Gockel has sold over 100,000,000 posters and open edition
prints. Gockel was commissioned by the U.S. Olympic committee to create an official
work of art for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Scott Jacobs (1958- )
· Jacobs has the honor of being the first ever officially
licensed Harley Davidson artist. Jacobs is also licensed by the Marilyn Monroe
and Elvis Presley estates. Jacobs is in the collection of Malcolm Forbes
(former Publisher of Forbes magazine).
· Depending on the size, each painting takes Jacobs more
than 100 hours to complete.
· Jacobs uses a brush with a tip the size of a pencil point
to create the details that render his work photo-realistic.
· Jacobs is a master of reflective surfaces and light. For
this reason, his wine bottles and motorcycles stand out as sheer masterpieces
and stand testament to his popularity.
Robert Kipniss (1931 - )
· Kipniss is known for his stark, moody drawings. The
subject matter of his works include austere tree limbs, modest houses in simple
shapes, and shadowy interior scene – and are always devoid of people. They artfully
explore the effects of light and shadow in muted tones.
· He is a master of the medium of Mezzotint.
· He is the first artist that the New Orleans Museum opened
with after Hurricane Katrina. His work is displayed in over 30 museums around the
world, including The British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in NYC, the Smithsonian, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
· Kipniss has said, “If someone looks at my [art] and sees
only trees and houses, then they don’t see what I’m doing. I may be painting
trees and houses, but when I look at them, that’s not what I see. I see an atmosphere,
a moment, a quickly passing experience that I’m trying to capture. My art is of
intensity, of delving, of exploring the soul.”
Anatole Krasnyansky (1930 - )
· Krasnyansky has two different styles: traditional
cityscapes and a more abstract style with masks, musical themes, and vivid
· The traditional cityscapes are influenced by his previous
career as an architect in the U.S.S.R. His life and experiences living in U.S.
has inspired his newer style. The masks featured in Krasnyansky’s artworks represent
masks for the different facets of our lives. He has said, “Do you think that
our ‘holiday mask’ looks the same as the mask that we wear to work?”
Krasnyansky believes that the only time we remove all our masks is when we’re
· As an architect, he once worked as the set designer for a rock
video for the rock band “Kiss.”
· Many of Krasnyansky’s one-of-a-kind watercolor paintings
are created on a special Japanese rice paper that is specially prepared by him
to create a unique textural surface. Krasnyansky is one of the first artists to
elevate the watercolor medium to the expressive possibilities usually associated
with oil painting
Fanch Ledan (1949- )
· Fanch often pays homage to his favorite artists by
inserting their works into his “Interiorscapes.” Artists featured include
Picasso, Matisee, Tarkay, Max, Le Kinff, and others.
· Fanch creates spatial relationships that do not exist in
reality – walls don’t line up, spaces disappear and reappear in other
positions, etc. He “changes” reality to create his own “imaginary” world in
which to invite the viewer. Furthermore, Fanch will often create combinations
of locations that cannot exist in reality like a view of the Taj Majal or the Pyramids
of Egypt from an elegant private balcony.
· Since 1973, Fanch has had more than fifty one-person shows
including exhibitions at Champs-Elysees in Paris and the Pantechnicon Gallery
in San Fransisco.
Charles Lee (1948- )
§ Lee’s works can be classified into two distinct styles –
his more traditional works often feature women, musical themes and a romantic tone,
while his contemporary works are often bright with bold and vivid colors.
§ Lee has a penchant for a bright and eye-catching palette
(including gold foil) that demonstrates his keen sense of color; yet in spite
of such vibrant imagery he presents his subjects in a calm reflective and
almost ethereal way.
§ Lee has always been passionate about music. It is the
inspiration behind many of his musically themed art works today. During his
younger years, Lee was the lead singer of his own band.
Linda Le Kinff (1949 - )
· Le Kinff was the official artist for the World Cup in 1998
(an honor now shared with Peter Max and Romero Britto). As a result of being
chosen, the French government minted a commemorative medallion of one of her
works in her honor, marking the first time a living artist has received this
· Le Kinff was also the official artist for the Kentucky
Derby in 2010.
· Le Kinff’s influences include the hidden sensuality of
Braque, the masterful drawing of Matisse, the elegance of Modigliani and the precocious
maturity of Egon Schiele.
· Le Kinff’s works were formerly published by Christies of
London, the art publishing division of Christie’s London.
· Le Kinff’s works are elegant in their simplicity and
invite the viewer into a world that is free of all the modern day fuss and
stress. Her figures are at peace, absorbed in a world that is full of life’s
fruitfulness. Her work can’t be placed in any kind of category; it is beyond
style or trend. It is perpetually contemporary.
Leslie Lew (1953- )
· Lew’s underlying themes are childhood memories and growing
up in America, examining American culture and how it reflects on our tastes historically
– good or bad.
· She paints in a technique she called “Sculpted Oils,”
using thick, rich swirls of vivid color to capture the essence of what she
· She had her first solo show in New York City and her work
has been included in numerous publications. She has been shown alongside Andy Warhol,
and has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum and Art Basel in Miami. Her work
hangs at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Hospital and has been collected by Julian
Nano Lopez (1955- )
· In his artistic process, Nano integrates organic textures
and synthetic, human made objects into his bronzes to create works of art that
reflect the same depth and richness he sees in the world around him. The bronze
sculpture is created by the Lost Wax Process. The unique and time-consuming
patinas are applied by hand to emphasize surface details, patterns and
textures. For a comprehensive view of the process, please see the following
· pirited, fanciful creatures, Nano's limited - edition
bronze animals are a fascinating fusion of intricate details, rich textures,
and surprising connections. Nano invites us to look at the world more carefully
and discover for ourselves the vibrant interwoven fabric of life.
· His subject matter, primarily figurative, describes the
essence of the human condition in a strong and emotionally charged way. Surface
texture is an important element in his work. The combination of his classical
training and experimentation with materials has led to the production of
avant-garde art, which combines powerful aesthetic considerations and rich
Csaba Markus (1953- )
· Markus’ distinctive style is like no other, and for this
reason he is incomparable to other artists. His unique style can be described
as a contemporary fusion of Renaissance Europe and Classical Mythology. Markus
is a renaissance artist of our time. He is totally devoted to his craft,
controls every aspect of it; makes his own dried pigment, hand crafts his own
frames, creates and pulls his own silk screens, hand embellishes the artwork
with ground glass, platinum, and 24 carat gold.
· Markus paints images of women who are smart, confident,
beautiful, but also sophisticated and strong. He says the world has enough ugliness
in it; we change our channels and see war, poverty, hunger and violence; he
wants his work to be a “channel” of positive messages and hope.
· Today one cannot collect a Michelangelo, Caravaggio or
Botticelli but one can collect works by an artist who has been inspired by all
of these master artists.
Felix Mas (1934- )
· Felix Mas is best known for capturing ideal visions of
femininity in his lush, exquisite oil paintings and graphic works, expressively
showing the tender beauty of women.
· Mas was born in 1934 in Barcelona, Spain, lived in
Venezuela 1974- 1979, and today divides his time between Barcelona and the
· In the style of Alphonse Mucha, Mas frequently depicts
women representative of the Four Seasons.
Marko Mavrovich (1960 - )
· Mavrovich calls upon some of the true styles of the great
impressionist masters Monet and Renoir, although his work is more influenced by
the California impressionists. The ability to own beautiful original impressionist
artwork from a contemporary artist is an excellent opportunity for collectors.
· Though he lives in CA, Mavrovich spends much of his time
in Europe and particularly his hometown of Croatia which is clearly the
inspiration behind many of his Mediterranean themed artworks today.
· Mavrovich is self-taught and turned to painting full time
later in life, after studying at a school for Navigators and spending time as a
professional diver. He considers his father, who died when Marko was a boy, to
be his primary influence as an artist.
Igor Medvedev (1931- )
· Medvedev is inspired by the light and history of the
Mediterranean often traveling and painting on location. Rapidly disappearing
town and villages and the destruction brought on by new development and tourism
signal a loss of dialogue with the past for Medvedev. He has said he can hear
the sound of bulldozing as he paints. Medvedev’s his theme is ecology and his
vision is to preserve ancient cities, even if only through the window of his
· Strong clean forms and dramatic use of light and shadow are
the hallmark of his style - lending serigraphy as the perfect medium for his
· The viewer is drawn into a world dominated by serene
beauty, balance and order. There is a sense of timelessness and familiarity,
even if one has never seen his work before.
Anatoly Metlan (1964 - )
· Both of Metlan’s parents were artists, and he grew up with
a love of art and painting.
· Metlan began exhibiting his work while in college and
quickly gained acclaim; he has exhibited in France, Israel, and throughout the
United States and participated in Art Expos in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.5
· He enjoys traveling in the summer to Italy and France,
which is reflected in the warmth, light, and bold vibrant colors he captures
from the seascapes and villages of their coastal regions.
Michael Milkin (1964 - )
· Milkin was born in the Ukraine and trained and worked as
an Architect. He kept painting throughout his life, eventually taught fine arts
and had his work exhibited in art shows throughout Ukraine, France, and Germany,
before dedicating himself to art.
· Milkin concentrates on still life and landscapes, which he
paints dramatically with thick, expressive brushwork and brilliant colors.
· As a newer artist to the collection, Milkin’s oils provide
an opportunity to collect a one-of-a-kind painting at introductory pricing.
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