This month, we are delighted to welcome a talented roster of new artists to UGallery. These artists work in a range of styles and mediums and join us from around the globe. Meet our newest artists
INTRODUCING: CAMILLA MARIE DAHL
Camilla Marie Dahl’s understanding of the female form is impeccable. “My primary source material is the human body. I reference photos and sketches of friends, as well as my imagination,” she says. She applies her knowledge to both painting and sculpture, working in multiple media to address the complicated significance of a woman’s body to her sense of self. Camilla uses variations in body language and subtleties in facial expressions to share the challenges young women face as they navigate social and cultural norms regarding female beauty and sexuality. She explains simply, “I aim to capture the unique and complex relationships individuals have with their own bodies.”
INTRODUCING: SUSAN CRETAROLO
A master of oils, cold wax, and mixed media, Susan develops her abstract compositions by looking to nature for inspiration. She finds beauty in changing seasons and the hope that each new chapter has the power to evoke. Though the more things change, the more they also stay the same. “While I am open to new mediums, techniques, and approaches, a reverence for the past informs most of my work,” she says. Susan also notes that her career in graphic design has influenced her work in some ways, but she also loves the freedom and spontaneity that she is allowed in her studio.
INTRODUCING: KENNETH COOKE
Kenneth has always had an interest in photography. In his professional role as a graphic designer, he has worked closely with many photographers and learned through watching their techniques. Kenneth began shooting through trial and error. He now uses photography as a method by which to explore subjects that interest him. “I travel extensively–to experience different cultures, iconic locales, and to capture images we may never see again,” he says. The consideration and planning behind each photograph is significant, and unlike some digital photographers, he takes very few frames. Each image is thoughtfully composed and presented as a window to another world.
INTRODUCING: DIANA ROSA
Lighthearted and jovial by nature, Diana’s contemporary paintings depict people in varied scenarios of indulgence. Whether it is a quiet moment alone in the woods, or a tantalizing rendezvous in the tub, Diana creates private moments in carefree or comedic ways. Her narratives often include humorous sexual tension between unlikely bedfellows, enough to elicit a chuckle from even the most stoic art lover. “I create a visual dialogue where everything is possible and magic is the queen,” says Diana. “[There is] a subtle injection of ambiguity that blurs the gap between the ordinary and the fantastic. The background of this sub-world appears to be transformed into an innocent children’s fantasy that almost looks like a dream.”
INTRODUCING: MAXIMILIAN DAMICO
Italian watercolorist Maximilian Damico paints primarily on location. He observes city sidewalks and intersections, looking for not the most famous scenes but the most interesting. With quick, lively brushstrokes, Maximilian captures the energy and mood of cities whether in the rain, gloom, or rush hour. The frenetic quality of city life doesn’t detract from the beauty of each scene. Maximilian’s gestural technique instead infuses liveliness in each artwork, a liveliness that makes being in a big city a never-ending thrill.