Upstream People Gallery Hosts 18th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried Online International Art Exhibition
This year's exhibition has proven to be a very inspirational showcase of some of the finest works the gallery has been privileged to host. Following are comments about those pieces that are especially moving and technically impressive.
KATHRYN BELL of Greenville, South Carolina; DAVID BLOW of Hickory Creek, Texas; EMBER CANADA of Lexington, Kentucky; SUBHA CHAUDHURI of Seattle, Washington; ANTHONY DE MONTE of Sayreville, New Jersey; CHRISTINA GREEAR of Casselberry, Florida; ELIZABETH HAMPSON of Saunderstown, Rhode Island; GEORGE LANGBROEK OSA, SCA of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; GABRIEL LAVOIE of Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada; GAUDYS LAXURY of Ridgewood, New Jersey; E.J. LEFAVOR OF GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS;
For another year, this 18th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried Online International Art Exhibition has proven to be a very inspirational showcase of some of the finest works the gallery has been privileged to host. Following are comments about those pieces that are especially moving and technically impressive.
KATHRYN BELL of Greenville, South Carolina has some important messages in her special collage works. One of the most emphatic and clearly effective is "Purity" wherein a beautiful older woman's face, nicely tilted, together with the doily makes for a great statement.
DAVID BLOW of Hickory Creek, Texas introduces fractal techniques to present some very fine digital pieces. Of particular note is "Live in Harmony" which in the colorful palette and the bright two golden fish, shows the artists expertise conceptually and aesthetically.
EMBER CANADA of Lexington, Kentucky tackles the awesome subject of the cloth believed to be the wrap used to cover Jesus Christ. Painted in oil with an enhancement tonally, she brings to light the dramatic image of Jesus in "The Shroud". The large size helps to impress the viewer.
ANTHONY DE MONTE of Sayreville, New Jersey paints a fantastic oil painting entitled "The New Day". The curious reddish cloud movement in the sky makes an impressive statement in the wonderful landscape showing a figure looking on to the sunrise. Nice to see the attention to detail.
ELIZABETH HAMPSON of Saunderstown, Rhode Island is a master artist with the media of scratchboard. Her "Step Into The Light" clearly shows a depiction of a stained glass window showing the raising of Lazarus.
GEORGE LANGBROEK of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada has a definite signature style with colorful etching. His "Free From Burden" clearly shows the struggling on the one side of the crucifixion and walking away in freedom on the other side. The use of dark and light adds to its effectiveness.
GABRIEL LAVOIE of Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada presents some wonderful descriptive works in oil. "Arrival of a New Born" celebrates the miracle of life! The work "Mom in Prayer" shows a deeply pleading lady with eyes closed and with hands folded. Another beautiful painting is "Renewal" with all the glow about the figure.
ELLEN LEFAVOUR of Gloucester, Massachusetts excels in a rather graphic approach with a strong outlining of imagery. "Exaltation of Larks" with the circular movement of the birds is nicely composed and gives a sense of continuity and framing. And "Holy, Holy, Holy" has the drama all about in the radiating background and the patterning of eyes on the wings of a fantastic bird.
SEBASTIEN MAILLARD of Nice, France has some delicate masterful works in this year's show. Especially fine is his "Noah's Art" (Illuminated Text) wherein the story is illustrated in such wonderful detailing. The ark framed within the highly decorated outer illumination is beautifully rendered. Also, his "Unicorn" is rich in exacting detail to perfection.
LEAH McCHESNEY of Parker, Colorado makes a direct point in including the scriptural message of Proverbs 17:22 and together with the happy smiling child the point is well taken in the work "Be Cheerful".
WILL MICKEY of Heart Wood Studio, Webster, Wisconsin has a unique approach to carving, creating the imagery inside a piece of red cedar wood. "Jesus Carrying The Cross" is quite nice with the two colors in the wood. His "Messiah" is also richly stated with the imagery carved to represent the three scriptural passages.
MARY JANE MILLER of San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico uses egg tempera to create a striking portrait of the crowned Jesus entitled "Rest". The work "Transitions"
CHUCK MOUNTAIN of Moskegon, Michigan is a master graphic designer using text with a multi-color palette. His works "Grace", "My Hope", "The Three Days" and "One There Is, Above All Others" are outstanding in message and technique. Making them as a glossy metal print makes them even more special indeed.
DUANE J. PIEPER of Gretna, Nebraska creatively combines encaustic and mixed media. His work "Anointed" emphasizes the process of being blessed in this special manner. "Inscribed" is rather interesting in terms of combining the heart with the ten commandments.
MARLENE SIFF of Westport, Connecticut in her work "Fallen Heros / Afganistan 2010" has a rather large work of the framed U. S. Flag with shell casings from West Point at the base of the display. Her "Entente Cordiale 2012" created with acrylic on linen is another large work with striking construction and shadows.
O. YEMI TUBI of Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom has several outstanding oil paintings that speak about the life of the African people. "Hope for Africa 1" shows the drought and dying animals with the mother and child with empty bowls, yet there is a sense of hope in the middle ground imagery. "Hope for Africa 2", "Peace in Our Time-Arab", "Peace in Our Time-Eagle" and "Peace in Our Time-Syria" all have imagery that's worth a thousand words. These are all very great heartfelt works!
RALPH WHITE of Redondo Beach, California continues his signature style with the organic expressions in acrylic on canvas. The work "Kingdom" shows a sense of upward movement with many nuances in the created textural passages.
Thanks to all the outstanding artists in this year's exhibition. Upstream People Gallery is very proud of each of the selected artists!
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