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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I decided to paint 3 great friends. A Marmot, my friend John and Hodor (from Game of Thrones). The painting is based on a Photoshop I did of my friend that I did for a weekly GoT gathering. I jammed a marmot in there because that is what I do. It's all in good fun.
Henry Schreiber spent his childhood in the suburbs of Washington DC, the mountains of West Virginia, and the gulf coast of Florida. After receiving his MFA from the University of Central Florida, Schreiber established a studio on a family farm in the Appalachian Mountains. Following his two years of learning the ways of the groundhog; he packed up his studio and moved to Charlotte, NC.
Modern Eden Gallery is pleased to present "Oil & Dust", the debut mini solo exhibition of new works by Megan Buccere. Buccere states, “The concept of the show is two-fold: first, I had an overwhelming need to work with two mediums; second, I wished to chronicle my struggles through severe anxiety. I have focused on creating works with oil paints and soft pastels. The title not only references these mediums, but it also is a metaphorical representation of my journey through crippling anxiety.”
“My daily struggle through anxiety has brought me through isolation, melancholy, and eventually the cathartic release of its grip, all of which I seek to express through the details of my work. The oil paintings’ sticky strings represent my sense of understanding of how anxiety appears and its hold of every aspect of my life. Additionally, the strings connect different facets of my life, seeming to strangle me and other sufferers. The soft pastels and small bits of dust-like metallic leaf drifting through some of the works represents the lifting of the anxiety and my emergence from its disorienting fog.”
Megan Buccere (pronounced bus era) is a narrative painter who works primarily in soft pastels and oils. She attended Louisiana State University, holds a BS in Art Education, and has taught advanced and talented high school art for the past 15 years. Buccere's painting style features soft surreal works that blur the line between beauty and fear, creating stunning pieces with an edge. Her use of coincidental, accidental, and unexpected connections, such as her use of strings, multiple hands, and all knowing eyes, often leaves viewers orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts.