In this monthly installment, we welcome this month's newest artists to UGallery. These artists work in a range of styles and mediums and join us from around the globe. We are excited to introduced the following artists:
INTRODUCING: PAMELA BEER
Pamela’s lively body of abstract paintings tangibly exudes a cheeky happiness. Forms and colors dance across her wood panels. Repeated shapes create a mysterious yet delightful visual language. Texture is important to the artist as well. “The scratches and scrapes along the journey of making a piece of my artwork reveal so much depth and beauty,” says Pamela. When an artwork is finished, Pamela seals the image with gel and a wax coating, emulating the texture of encaustic artwork. She works out of her home studio accompanied by her two Havanese dogs.
INTRODUCING: SUZANNA ORLOVA
Suzanna Orlova exclusively uses shades of red and black in her watercolors. This is largely because she was born color blind. Her vision deficiency did not stop her from being interested in painting at a young age, and honing her skills as a self-taught artist. Suzanna’s work is haunting, eerie, and emotional. The painterly realism she employs in capturing her subjects is technically remarkable for the water-based media she uses. Bordering on surrealism, each painting leaves the viewer feeling deeply moved. Suzanna lives and works on Vancouver Island, Canada.
INTRODUCING: DAVID SHEPHERD
Canadian artist David Shepherd fuses techniques from both old and modern masters to create contemporary interpretations of the human form. While offering strong nods to pop art and cubism, the work remains grounded by David’s training in 19th Century academic realism. Combining discrete techniques within a single tableau is initially jarring to the viewer, creating an unexpected visual complexity in the work and demonstrating the artist’s breadth of skills. “I think in the future we will be much more interested in works of art that show a mastery of multiple styles,” says David. Each artwork effectually suggests the surreal nature of human existence within a convoluted modern society.
INTRODUCING: JOSEPH STABILITO
Joseph begins each of his abstract artworks by thinking deeply. He sifts through the imagery in his mind seeking a composition. Sometimes Joseph arrives at a clear visual goal, while often he embarks on a journey of creative discovery through trial and error. “It takes a certain amount of courage, and also commitment, to push through to a final resolution,” the artist says of his process. “There are many moments in-between that require faith and patience.” Bold and colorful from a distance, Joseph’s work also reveals intricate details when examined up close. Shapes and structures are executed with fine precision amid swirling globs of paint. As a result, the work offers the viewer a multifaceted experience exploring color and form.
INTRODUCING: BRIAN ZHENG
As a student, Brian Zheng studied industrial design and found that many of his renderings had a painterly quality. It encouraged him to pursue drawing and painting. He began working with live models and exploring the human figure. Brian is inspired by 20th Century Expressionism; his brushwork is bold and thick, and he gravitates toward strong colors. “I don’t like to paint on white canvas,” says Brian. Instead, he primes his canvases with red, green or black so that each artwork has a daring start. When he’s not painting, Brian runs a business designing children’s toys. He currently holds over 200 U.S. patents on his products.