Whether Elena Marquez Bonny's canvas of canoes from the Canary Islands, or Krzysztof Iwin's surrealist portraits from Poland, or even Jingshen You's ethereal abstracts from the Chinese coast, our international artists bring a world of discoveries.
We are celebrating the art connections made all over the world as we travel through the portfolios of 5 of our most popular international artists.
Jenn Williamson’s soft, atmospheric abstracts invoke the subtly of her own landscape, Abbotsford, Canada. Her artwork conveys the sense and sensations of the west coast marshlands and oceans that surround the artist's home. Her work suggests the inherent artfulness of the natural world and the ways that elements of the weather such as fog, rain, wind, and clouds can abstract and obscure an environment.
Elena Marquez Bonny is from the city of Las Palmas in the Spanish Canary Islands off the northern coast of Africa. She brings visions of her travels to her large-scale artwork that invoke a sense of romance and mystery. Her subjects have a mystifying stillness that take on the atmosphere in their controlled palette and yet are distinct in their defined brushstrokes.
Jingshen You is from Xiamen, a port city on the coast of southeastern China. His portfolio comprises both abstract to figurative artwork; however, despite this range they are all unified by a distinctive style: cool, soft, atmospheric. The his brushstrokes have such a loose and gentle quality that even his figurative subjects – often flowers or mountain ranges – seem to be edged with an ethereal abstraction.
Krzysztof Iwin, a painter from Gdansk – a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland, creates figurative surrealist paintings that confront the viewer with a peculiar, puzzling and curious a realm of surreality. His work has an uncanny quality where a sparse or ordinary background, like an interior, are filled with odd elements (such as, a patch of sprouting worms, a self-exhuming skeleton in a conic birthday hat, and a chest of drawers filled with miniature humans, among other brilliantly provocative juxtapositions).
Joining us from Whitby, a town in Ontario, Canada, Elena Petrova expresses the color, serenity, and motion of the natural world. Her loose, floating brushstrokes – which often contain bright strikes of colors – give her work an underlying sense of musicality and motion. To balance this dynamism, the dissolved colors and dissipating line work give Elena’s work an unmistakable serenity.