2 (Diptych) 18 x 24 inch, Oil and Pencil on Paper and Canvas
"Beautiful Beasts" is inspired by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)
Chelsea Greene Lewyta was born in America in the year of the rabbit, month of the ox, to a married couple of mixed European descent with a Korean daughter, Hallie. They grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York in a small historic town near the river. Chelsea remembers living inside her head most of her childhood. She enjoyed solving puzzles, drawing, making various contraptions, exploring the forests, observing animals and watching films about dinosaurs, talking animals, foreign lands and fairytales. She took an interest in drawing and painting in high school and attended The Mill Street Loft in addition to her high school electives to prepare her portfolio for graduation.
The Pratt Institute granted her early acceptance for Illustration and she received a merit based scholarship. Chelsea moved to Brooklyn in 2005 to attend Pratt. Most of her time went to working on her art, contributing and assisting with the school's comic, Static Fish, and exploring New York City. While at Pratt, she took an interest in print making and working with mixed media. She began working on freelance projects in 2008 and two of her works were chosen for the Society of Illustrators Award. One of her silk screened prints won the Greenwich Workshop Award. In 2008 she also began exhibiting her work internationally. In 2009 she graduated from the Pratt Institute with a Bachelors of Fine Art and moved to Manhattan to a small studio, 'The Rabbit Hole' with her studio companion, Odin. She continued exhibiting on both the East and West coast along with shows overseas while working on a variety of freelance illustration projects. Some of her clients include Tiffany and Co., Victory Records, Art & Anthropology, BioLumina and The New York Observer. In 2010 she was published in Hunt & Gather, Discovering New Art by Tina Ziegler.
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Albert Ramos Cortés was born in Barcelona and grew up in a nearby town, Argentona. In 1998 he began his illustration and graphic designer career until he moved to San Francisco, California, to study illustration and work on his skills at the Academy of Art University in 2004. While pursuing his B.F.A. he kept working for various clients back in Spain, as his curiosity for fine art grew stronger every day. In 2009 he graduated cum laude and decided to enroll in the Masters of Fine Art at his alma mater where he obtained his M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting in 2012. Albert has won many awards, his work has been published in magazines and books and he has had many group shows, in galleries such as Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, Modern Eden in San Francisco, California, and Galeria Artelibre in Zaragoza, Spain. Albert’s work depicts a realistic representation of his memories, people, places and situations he left back home, as he tries to paint them before they get lost in time.
Wanderlust is an international group exhibition inspired by travel, far-away places, adventurous experiences and fascinating destinations. Participating artists were given identical postcards and asked to create a unique piece for the show inspired by the theme “wanderlust”. Travel via boat, plane, foot, and yes, even jellyfish to your favorite destination in this eclectic and imaginative exhibition!
"I was born in Cherepovets, Russia and spent my childhood growing up in Ukraine before my mother and I immigrated to the United States when I was 6 years old. I fell in love with art before I could form complete sentences and discovered my passion for oils about five years ago. I enjoy sharing videos of my art and creative process on my youtube channel which currently has over 85,000 subscribers. The center of my work changes along with my fascinations and life, though I have always been deeply inspired by natural elements and the female form. I'm constantly learning and doing my best to grow. I learn best by experimentation, which is what makes painting so exciting for me, just allowing the brush and paint take you somewhere interesting and ending up somewhere new and unexpected. I always feel connected to my work." ~ Lena Danya
‘A great deal of my creative energy is focused on developing a visual language that uses elements of both realism and abstraction to describe a subject. ‘Our Ghosts Are Hungry, How About You?’ is a series of narrative paintings on childhood. Visually, these images explore the dissonance that arises when realism is paired with the abbreviation and exaggeration of form.’ - Matthew Robertson
Matthew Robertson was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2012 with a BFA in illustration. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California. Robertson’s technical oil paintings are simultaneously chaotic and controlled as he masterfully weaves the two components into one canvas to intuitively explore the tenuous balance between real and abstract forms. The new series vibrates with a sense of innocence described by bold colors, geometric forms, and spontaneous lines which merge together harmoniously with an expert sense of realism, to create a body of work that is both nostalgic and contemporary.