Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

Sep 13, 2014 / 1 note

DOROTHEE VERMAATEN’s visual lexicons are abstract emotional prisms that boldly explode into an expressive, richly tactile surface which are alive with pigment and texture and dynamically morph into gestural suggestions of semi-abstract figures, offering a sense of memory and narrative.

"Noctilucent Clouds" 
Acrylic on Canvas 
31.5” x 47.25”

Boldly expressive, with a rich and tactile surface alive with pigment, her dynamic brushstrokes morph into gestural suggestions of semi-abstract figures, offering a sense of memory and narrative. As she builds her oil on canvas oeuvre, her work synthesizes into personal emotional prisms which explode into a blend of abstract movement and texture. The artist’s process is at once intuitive and spontaneous as she draws upon internal inspirations and carefully reworks each detail to reflect her unique inner vision.

Transcending the limitations of the everyday, German-based Dorothee Vermataan’s abstract oeuvre offers brilliantly colored forms and compositions that defy the very notion of boundaries and borders. Enriching her canvases with vibrancy and vitality, her unique visual lexicon invites viewers on an emotional journey of color, exploring in paint experiences of the world. Painted with panache and an acute passion for color, she employs generous spectral brush strokes which are boldly expressive, resulting in a rich and tactile surface alive with pigment. Amongst the visceral brushstrokes emerge occasional hints of figures, offering a sense of memory and narrative. The artist’s process is at once intuitive and spontaneous as she draws upon her initial inspirations and carefully reworks each detail to reflect her inner vision. This fluid choreography of painterly gestures and hues are juxtaposed to become the catalyst which empowers her canvases to become excitingly alive. Through contrasting colors, she imparts the essence of amorphous forms as she captures singular, meaningful moments that define her impression of the world. Expanding our worldview, Dorothee Vermataan’s demonstrates a diversity of emotional experiences in each of her abstract works by creating her own reality that it unconstrained by rules or conventions.

Sep 12, 2014

FRANCE MALO creates exuberant semi-abstract figurative compositions which energetically extoll the active life by capturing animated body movements and culminates in radiating a joie de vivre that mirrors the essence of the individual.

“Figurine” I, II 
Acrylic and Polymer on Canvas and Cut Wood
28” x 9” x 2”
28” x 12” x 2”

France Malo creates exuberant figurative compositions with a semi-abstract approach to the form that culminates in truly innovative contemporary artworks. Mirroring the essence of the individual, Ms. Malo simultaneously injects her compositions with personal energy. By capturing animated body movements and attitudes, she centers her dynamic oeuvre on the bold activity of her compelling forms, which offer a dynamic, fun and exhilarating style. Extolling the active life, each energetic brushstroke is imbued with a rich, burning intensity along with an exciting sense of artful energy and joie de vivre. 

Through body language, this Canada based artist creates images of anonymous, abstracted figures who express the emotion and drama. By delineating the forms with strong outlining of their bodies, this gifted artist allows the figures to blend harmoniously within the background of her kinetic works. The artist creates visual metaphors for her mysterious figures, as they lack a certain identity. Her amorphous figures are attenuated and distorted, complementing the abstract elements in her works. By doing so, her compositions exude a high degree of animation with captivating instants of excitement

By focusing on the fundamental movement of the figure, Ms. Malo gracefully keeps the viewer’s attention on the entirety of the composition, allowing the overall beauty of the simple forms to truly be absorbed and appreciated. Taking familiar elements and elevating them to a heightened state of simplicity and grace, they spring from a fountainhead of superb creativity, portraying lifelike human figures within a fantastic, dream-like abstract universe. Her marvelous artwork masterfully explores how the eye perceives reality. In each work, she deftly manipulates form and perspective, resulting in exquisitely elegant compositions. By placing her human subject matter in surreal environments, Ms. Malo prompts the spectator to question their own understanding of reality. All of her figures are delineated in a pure, expressionist manner that relies on bold lines. By focusing on the fundamental features of each form, Ms. Malo gracefully keeps the viewer’s attention on the entirety of the tableau, allowing the overall beauty of the forms to truly be absorbed and appreciated. Ms. Malo takes familiar elements and elevates them to a heightened state of artistic splendor, invigorating the spectator with her outstanding paintings. 

Sep 11, 2014

JOSEPH O’NEILL’s masterful black and white urban-industrial photography offers a monochrome arcade of life, encapsulating the aesthetics of a modern romantic and mirrors the irrepressible energy of the world as he celebrates the possibility of the unexpected in urban life

"Greek Tragedy"
Digital Photography
Limited Edition 1/10
11” x 17” (framed 13” x 19”)

Joseph O’Neill’s innovative “Third Eyephotography skillfully illuminates sites and scenes that the normal vision easily overlooks. Across a monochrome arcade of life, his masterful black and white urban photography encapsulates the aesthetics of a modern romantic and mirrors the irrepressible energy of the world as he celebrates the possibility of the unexpected in urban life. Urban and industrial in tone, he begins with a nocturnal photograph of an ordinary building or street scene or beach scene and offers a close-range, almost intimate view of scenes of the environment. Rather than offering a wider view of an entire edifice, his sharp lens synthesizes every detail and is unerring – the work constantly demands that the viewer go outside and see their “ordinary” surroundings with better eyes
 
A master at manipulating the lens, Joseph O’Neill’s intuitive vision shines the spotlight on often overlooked urban beauties such as alleyways or tops of buildings, and showcases details of these edifices where there are often no people or even animals, only the living, breathing city.  With a sense of drama, this New York photographer’s powerful oeuvre offers the sites and scenes of the world, dramatically highlighting in sharp black and white architectural forms with a clean and sharp visions. Employing dazzling dark and shimmering light contrasts, the artist brings dynamic movement and a sense of shifting light as he offers each locale a life of its own, offering a close, almost confrontational range. The sharpness of his nocturnal images best illustrated the skilled photographer’s finely developed sense of light and composition. With an intuitive vision, his oeuvre vividly envelopes the senses, inviting the viewer to re-think the images of the world as his film sees it, encouraging them to enter his environment and experience the view.
Sep 10, 2014

WU YUAN’s elegant mist-shrouded rice & ink compositions on Chinese Rice Paper ethereally transcend time and place and are an illuminated dream-like terrain incorporating memory, history, and emotionality as they celebrate the eternal quality of beauty.

"Time Flies I"

Chinese Ink on Rice Paper

28.4” x 15.8”

The hallmark motifs of contemporary Chinese artist Wu Yuan are ethereal paintings which reflect a meeting point of memory, history, and emotionality.  Rooted in the ageless tradition of Chinese Ink on Chinese Rice Paper, her inner artistic vision is inspired by this classic art form as she opens doors to memories of the past. The sense of memory and reflection finds expression in the air of quietness that pervades her compositions and yet, she modernizes the ancient tradition, imbuing it with a heartfelt essence of truth and beauty. This renewal revives and revises the art, breathing new spirit into an archetypal form.
 
Interested primarily in the representation of beauty, her art translates the abstracted realms of emotion and feeling as she configures them with a postmodern trend, inviting the viewer to seek beauty within his own life. Elegantly capturing a magical, mystical universe, Ms. Yuan’s mist-shrouded compositions gleam with an illuminated sense of delicate softness as she fashions an atmospheric and dreamlike terrain.  Her lyrical compositions combine a sophisticated mélange between abstraction and representation as she focuses on the universal language of form and line.
 
Characterized by a surrealistic fascination with free spirited animals, such as a deer or a horse who become fantastical through her skillful brushstrokes, her lush compositions and deft use of layered ink washes, faithfully capture the spirit and mood of fantasies.  With the careful balance of illuminated colors combined with her intricately patterned background, Wu Yuan’s works encapsulate a strong sense of serenity.  Bridging a gap between reality and other-worldliness, the use of Chinese Ink infuses her work with a soft body of color and further creates an airy character allowing her subjects to float in a space that seems to cradle them. China-based Wu Yuan visually articulates the sublime balance of eternal timelessness interjected with a heightened sense of creative energy, coupled with an individualistic approach to art.  
Sep 9, 2014

C.F. LAU reinterprets the harmony & symmetry of nature in his lyrical oeuvre inspired by the beauty that comes from nature.

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"Hit and Pull Sonata No. 1"
Oil on Canvas
24” x 32”
Stylistically inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Mr. C. F. Lau reinterprets the harmony and symmetry of nature in his lyrical oeuvre stating: ”People appreciate the beauty that comes from nature.” 
 
Establishing himself as a master of art, C.F. Lau ethereally explores the influence of both East and West as he integrates nature and harmony into his paintings.  Continuing the ancient tradition of nature painting, the Hong-Kong basedMr. Lau breathes new life into this revered, time honored style of artwork, capturing an intimate vision of the inner experience of nature with a fluid, semi-abstract style.  A strong harmonic visual narrative permeates his oeuvre and echoes through the viewer’s five senses as he addresses the contemporary world with vibrant visual intensity.
 
In his elegantly executed compositions, C.F. Lau draws on the energy of the universe and focuses his tableaux on the dynamic harmony and balance of the elements.  Reinterpreting traditional nature paintings along with addressing contemporary issues, he brings abstract style and brushwork to his organic compositions, creating an oeuvre infused with spiritual balance.  In other abstracted compositions, he eliminates the figurative and utilizes intersecting spirals, rings and spheres along with a shifting color palette, offering an interpretation that we are all interconnected in the universe.  By transcribing these issues, his oeuvre extols both humanity and beauty which connects us to the natural world.  With a profound visual narrative, he captures the impalpable and reveals the invisible within the visible.
Sep 6, 2014 / 1 note

MANUELLA MUERNER MARIONI’s kaleidoscopic paintings & compelling sculptures are illuminated mirrors of the invisible reflecting mosaic expressionistic narratives.

"Sphinx"
Mixed-Media Sculpture
13” x 11.4” x 7”
Swiss artist Manuella Muerner Marioni’s innovative paintings and compelling sculptures are a testament to the ultimate creativity of artistic achievement.  Her creative mind is one that few can equal as she uniquely reinterprets contemporary art and envisions it into hallmark paintings and sculptures. Ms. Marioni’s compositions are incarnations of humanity reverberating with vivid sweeping lines, flowing forms and dreamlike patterning.  With superb gestural amplitude, bold shapes, illuminated pigments and glimmering light, her dynamic, visionary compositions are infused with kaleidoscopic color and voluptuous shapes. Tactile and deeply textured, her exuberant painting and sculptures are characterized by effervescent imagery, expressionistic narratives and replete with leaping color.
 
Inspired by her immensely creative mind, Ms. Marioni creates works of art which radiate with an individualistic identity unto themselves. Ms. Marioni possesses a rare skill set that includes meticulous brushwork, a keen eye for color, and a wonderful sense of composition. Her stunning paintings are entrancingly graceful, alluringly rich in tactile texture and detail, as she captures thought and emotion.  Forming theoretical shapes into a context that is surprising to the viewer, her images are so three-dimensional that they urge the viewer to reach out to touch them.  Ms.Marioni’s paintings and sculptures defy our expectations of her medium, as the polished surfaces of her works blur the borders of matter and its surrounding environment, interweaving dazzling reds which intermingle with glowing blues and intermix with a variety of spectrum of colors, explodes with a joie de vivre. 
Sep 5, 2014

Patricia Neden is galvanized by the forces of nature and paints abstract colorful expressionistic tableaux revealing the turbulence of the terrain

"Splintered"
Oil on Canvas
40” x 40”
Galvanized by Nature in all its geographic tempo, Patricia Neden’s tableaux she reveals a magnascopic artosphere reflecting an inner harmony within the complexity of her layered forms. Drawn to the expressive essence of the syncopation of the external realm, she communicates an organic, abstract perspective infused with texture and color.  The synchronicity of the moods of the landscape, has its impact on her elegant, harmonious panoramas and reflects the artist’s interest in the equilibrium man can achieve in relation to the natural environment. This concept is the chief element of landscape - the beauty and chaos inherent in nature - and is a dominant theme of her oeuvre.
 
Exploring themes inspired by Nature’s uncontrollable forces such as turbulence, renewal and serenity, Patricia Neden’s oeuvre illustrates a balance of calm and chaos.  Influenced by the work of fellow Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle, her vibrant, abstract, multilayered nature permutations are impressive in their dynamic verve.  Boldly beautiful and alluringly abstract, large intense sweeps of rich primary colors grace fields of dark tones, dripping and swirling in an intriguing, organic painterly pattern. Navigating the canvas with visceral contrast, she successfully articulates the tensions of the terrestrial universe with a vibrant visual lexicon, resulting in a spiritual artistic harmony.
 
Painting with an intense visceral energy that translates the balance drawn from the natural world, Ms. Neden’s organic, abstract forms are swathed in expressive shapes that reflect the ever-changing movement of nature.  Saturated with color, light, form and texture, she offers a rich sensory tableau that illuminates the emotional intensities of nature.  With a spectacular electric vigor, this passionate dialogue with nature begins with a fluid, tactile visual experience and ends with a harmonic commemoration of the joys of the universe.
Aug 29, 2014

AGNES PARCESEPE’s magical cityscape harbor vista paintings of Australia and New York reunite the world through the universal language of natural panoramas

"Fiery Skies Over New York"

Mixed Media

24” x 42.5”

Drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s adage: “One touch of nature… makes all the world kin,” Australian artist Agnes Parcesepe’s cityscape paintings of Australia and New York reunite the world through the universal language of natural panoramas. United by her profound love of two international metropolises- Melbourne and New York- her magical cityscape paintings with their enchanting picturesque global vistas poetically translate a communal narrative of personal iconography based on the harbor vistas of these two great cities. Both New York and Australia are the land of immigrants, where the sun, the sky, the water and city belong to all, each united by an infinite horizon which is symbolic of infinite opportunities. By capturing each city’s horizon, she channels the dynamism of these cities and treasures the eternal beauty of their skies which becomes the metaphysical axis that draws the spectator into her world. 

Also known by her nom d’artiste,”Agili,” her dioramas burst with explosive vitality as she invites viewers across distant locales, each located on a separate continent. Paying homage to the timeless beauty of the sky, the water and the land, Ms. Parcesepe’s compositions are rich with artistic communication and visual perspectives. Her cityscape dioramas are lyrical metaphors for community, existing as a symbol to abridge distance between locations. Inspired by the universal language of art, she symbolically expresses a means of reconnecting and communicating between far reached places.

Aug 29, 2014

SEPTEMBER “Chelsea - Great Gatsby Roaring 1920’s” Exhibition

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AMSTERDAM WHITNEY GALLERY, 511 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City, is proud to showcase in its exhilarating AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 exhibition leading Contemporary Master Artists whose works explore the abstract, figurative and natural worlds, exalting the realm of the aesthetic through brilliant coloration and dazzling form. This special exhibition and “Chelsea Roaring 1920’s ~ Great Gatsby” Gala Champagne Reception inaugurates the Opening of the Chelsea Fall Art Season and offers an exhilarating visual synthesis which assiduously captures the senses of both art acquisitors and art aficionados alike with its scintillating regeneration of the visual realm. Pulsating with dynamic synergy and dazzling artistic creativity, these artists’ sophisticated, eclectic and joyful representations of the world shine the spotlight on a universal artistic language. Compelling, lively and emotive, these works resonate through the medium of our shared humanity by celebrating the human spirit and connecting with fundamental aspects of identity.

METAMORPHIC POLARITIES presents four global perspectives through the diverse talent of artists from Canada, Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Germany who spectrally explore non-objective representation through spontaneity, dynamism and the compelling juxtapositions of forms. Sensationally expressing the energy of the world, their brilliant gestural brushstrokes and huetopian color palettes express the spontaneity of journeys into newfound places. CF. LAU explores the influence of both East and West in his fluid, semi abstract paintings by breathing new life into the ancient tradition of nature painting by integrating nature and harmony as he captures an intimate vision of the inner experience of nature.  FRANCE MALO creates exuberant semi-abstract figurative compositions which energetically extoll the active life by capturing animated body movements and culminates in radiating a joie de vivre that mirrors the essence of the individual. PETRA SKOPALOVA’s fantastic geometric articulations of energy and emotion are the centrifugal force which blends pure geometric forms along with vibrant dazzling hues as she achieves a brilliant balance through the synthesis of pattern and line to form brilliant visual color fields. DOROTHEE VERMAATEN’s visual lexicons are abstract emotional prisms that boldly explode into an expressive, richly tactile surface which are alive with pigment and texture and dynamically morph into gestural suggestions of semi-abstract figures, offering a sense of memory and narrative. 

MIRRORS of the INVISIBLE captures moments of stasis, accentuating the poetry and tension hidden in sculpture, mobile and mixed media mediums by imbuing purely psychological subjects with a sense of reality and substance. With their unfailing eye, these works synthesize information ranging from reality and cross-referencing imagination, while creating a fragmented space that hovers between the possible and the impossible.  PETER DALLOS’s "Struggle" Series are sculptural imageries inspired by historical references morphing into metaphorical symbols of man’s challenges as he encounters the chaos of the world.  TED MARTLAND creates dazzling mobiles comprised of organic, simple shapes that float delicately above as they enchant the viewer through perpetually changing perspectives, colors and shapes. MANUELLA MUERNER MARIONI’s kaleidoscopic paintings and intuitive sculptures combine representation and painterly abstraction as she constructs masterful works that are infused with elements that transform the commonplace into a poetic interpretation. 

MAGNASCOPIC ARTosphere explores the global legacy of world-wide topography as observed by three gifted international artists hailing from Canada, Australia and China.  Their reverie of dream-like landscape paintings are infused with inventive narratives as they address intimate worlds of chromatic color along with textile brushstrokes.  Suggesting both a physical and psychological landscape, their luminescent works convey both a powerful physicality juxtaposed with a harmonious spirituality. PATRICIA NEDEN’s powerfully colored and dynamically textured abstract tableaux draws inspiration from the synchronicity of nature and its turbulent geographic tempo as she reveals an inner harmony within the complexity of her layered forms. AGNES PARCESEPE’s magicalcityscape harbor vista paintings of Australia and New York reunite the world through the universal language of natural panoramas reflecting her profound love of two international metropolises, Melbourne and New York, by reflecting their enchanting picturesque global vistas as she poetically translates a communal narrative. WU YUAN’s elegant mist-shrouded rice & ink compositions on Chinese Rice Paper ethereally transcend time and place and are an illuminated dream-like terrain incorporating memory, history, and emotionality as they celebrate the eternal quality of beauty.

APOTHEOSIS of the EYE is a ground-breakingphotography exhibition that references a plurality of international artists from Italy, the U.S. and Spain whose camera lens and digital computer oeuvre focuses on a self-created reality personified by individualized expression. Navigating the liminal space between observation and abstraction, these talented artists articulate the beauty and tension that results when reflecting worlds that exist both inside and outside of the self.  MAURO MARTIN ‘s “Neo-Classical Nude” photography series heralds from a tradition of the centuries’ old quest to depict the beauty of the nude female figure as he probes the complexities of the female silhouette and reconsiders the notion of the traditional nude. TAMMY McKINLEY’s optically revealing digital photography mounted on aluminum introduces the viewer to a confluence of nature and technology, as she explores visionary complexities, enabling us to have a physical, psychological and spiritual connection with our universe. JOSEPH O’NEILL’s masterful black and white urban-industrial photography offers a monochrome arcade of life, encapsulating the aesthetics of a modern romantic and mirrors the irrepressible energy of the world as he celebrates the possibility of the unexpected in urban life.  FERNANDO SALMON translates his creative visions to the digital form and creates complex colorful geometric equations that reveal a breathtaking scope of color and illumination unmatched in verve as he innovatively displays a full spectrum of dazzling color, line, texture, and light.

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Aug 1, 2014

JIWON CHA’s boldly painted organic non-representational oeuvre explores vibrant geometric shapes that are placed against neutral backgrounds.

"Find the Light" II 
Acrylic on Panel
51” x 51”

Contemporary rising star Jiwon Cha paints visceral transformative organic compositions, transcending the requirements of everyday reality to create a world characterized by a poetic economy of expression that can be alternately transporting and meditative. Featuring geometric forms, her oeuvre highlights the intensity of the human emotive experience and is a passionate fusion of unique linear juxtapositions intermingling with geometric forms, as rich, expressive layers of paint contribute to a level of dimensionality. Metamorphosing into mesmerizing compositions, her tableaux is imbued with an emotional visual vocabulary of spiritual revelation as she communicates her unique artistic vision of vibrant parallel realities. Magnetically drawing viewers inward, Jiwon Cha invites contemplation, both intellectually and emotionally with her work, as her masterful paintings are free of boundaries.

Tempting the edge of non-representation, Jiwon Cha blends the marvels of abstraction along with the tactile wonders of the three-dimensional world resulting in visceral canvases that evoke expressive emotional responses from the viewer. Replete with a dazzling color palette along with rich textures that incorporate geometric lines and forms, Jiwon Cha synthesizes the perfect aesthetic environment where color and movement in space crystallize to create entirely new abstract vistas that invite the viewer to look beyond what is seen. Aesthetically and spiritually transcending the natural world, her geometric abstracts can be alternately viewed as Spartan in their restraint or baroque in their richness. These non-objective works are anchored by dynamic lighting and the notion of movement is compellingly conveyed.