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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Amy Minchew currently resides in Atlanta Georgia where she has been diligently working on creating her own brand of beautifully painted images. Using all different types of media, she adds in elements and influential symbols of her past and present to each piece. Beyond the aesthetics of her artwork, Amy brings an overwhelming sense of passion to her paintings. Touching on themes of love, death, conflict and duality, Amy’s art tells stories of strength and hope through emotion and sentiment with her sensual beauties and signature doe-eyed women.
Born in August, 1986, from childhood to adulthood, Atlanta-based artist Amy Katherine Minchew was rarely ever spotted without a sketchbook in hand. Her early homeschool experience with its flexibility and versatility allowed her the freedom to explore her creativity under no confines or limitations. Amy is best known for her portrayal of the variation in eye color known as Heterochromia Iridum which she was drawn to from an early age due to her father and sister both having partial Heterochromia. Her work is also often recognized by her signature, abstract mandala designs, melancholic expressions, and her distinctive curvaceous, soft women.
Laura E Kennedy is an emerging contemporary artist who creates realistic representations of varying subjects using coloured pencils on paper or panel. In her drawings, Kennedy manipulates the expectations assigned to her childish and illustrative medium by fusing unconventional compositions with allusions to revered styles of painting and other universally revered high art.
Rather than aspiring for photo-realism, Kennedy is driven by a desire to produce exquisite surfaces and mark making to draw the viewer closer to inspect and savour her drawings. Her more recent works challenge the customary boundaries and conceptual potential of the picture frame and other conventional standards of wall mounted, 2D presentation.
Kennedy grew up on the NSW Central Coast and graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Printmedia). Although initially her artmaking was irregular as she focused on other creative endeavours she has maintained a committed and continuous practice since her relocation to Hobart in early 2013. Kennedy's work has been featured in numerous publications and blogs including The Mercury's Tas Weekend Magazine, Inside Out Magazine,SuperSonicArt, DesignisKinky, BizarreBeyondBelief, ForExample_Art Magazine andFaithisTorment. In 2014 she was also selected as a finalist in both the Rick Amor Drawing Prize and the Bay of Fires Art Prize. This year she is also a finalist in the City of Hobart Art Prize.
In July 2015, Kennedy was diagnosed with a brain tumour in her front left temporal lobe. After a successful surgery to remove the tumour she is currently undergoing a course of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy to help prevent reccurence.
Brianna Angelakis (b. 1990) was born in Massachusetts and moved to Florida in her late teen years where she currently lives and works. She graduated from Flagler College with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and a B.A. in English in 2013, and she is currently working toward her M.F.A. in Painting with an assistantship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
In the past few years, her paintings have exhibited internationally in museums and galleries with critical acclaim. Her works have been published internationally including books such as Manifest's International Painting Annual 4, Semi-Permanent and Creative Quarterly. She is also a featured artist in the beinArt Collective which includes an international network of highly skilled figurative artists with a fascination for surreal and imaginative themes.