“‘One of Britain’s best-selling figurative painters’, Mark Demsteader was born and remains in Manchester. Over a long and illustrious career he has a built up a huge global following, including a long list of celebrity clients, namely Emma Watson, who famously sat for a portrait series by the artist in 2011. With his preferred mediums of charcoal, pastel and oil, Demsteader has immense technical ability which has grown from close observation of the human form from life drawing. His drawing have won multiple awards including The Lyceum Prize and the coveted Sidney Andrews Scholarship, and through his contemporary use of line and form, he has renewed interest in traditional life drawing and classic figurative paintings amongst art collectors worldwide.
Using life models, his figurative drawings often depict the head, thorough in detail, and paying careful attention to every attribute on the subject’s face. The rest of the image is left experimental as he abstracts the figure into merely a few lines, leaving the canvas seemingly unfinished. In contrast to his drawings, Demsteader paintings do not have open space and are filled with rich textures, bold colour, and heavy movement. His figures are very soft, delicate creatures, which are placed in a harsh, often overbearing backgrounds – adding an alluring sense of mystery to each piece.” – Unit London
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.