2019 Spotlight Artists
The Spotlight Program offers a focused look at several cutting-edge artists and galleries. Check back in November for information on the Spotlight Program recipients for Spectrum Miami 2019!
2018 Spotlight Recipients
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Booth 105 & 108
Booth 105 & 108
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Over the last 10 years, Artblend has worked with hundreds of artists from around the world. Artblend is a multifaceted art company with much to offer. In the art gallery, Artblend represents artists wishing full time exhibition. The biannual publication, Artblend Magazine, features multiple artists. Artblend exhibits with multiple art fairs across the country each year, creating another layer of exposure for represented artists. Additionally, Artblend creates publishing and marketing for dozens of artists each year.
Andrea Broyles is a contemporary figurative painter and sculptor whose work explores and is based on the human condition specifically emotionality, mortality and conflict. Using the figure, she creates pieces that are filled with emotion and challenge the eye and the intellect. Paintings and sculptures are worked in a variety of media such as clay, plaster and oil on board, offer ambiguous, enigmatic narratives drawn from her life that resonate with the viewer on many levels. Broyles’s paintings and sculptures are in many private collections in the U.S and abroad. Broyles currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Paintings “I create art like I make chocolate chip cookies neither is made the same way twice.”This dynamic artist’s art has been in demand since she began selling in the 1960’s. In the 1990’s she was a popular creative force on the national interior design scene. As her style has evolved through the years, each fresh expression has been greeted with enthusiasm and demand. Recently Christine’s work has been displayed in museums, galleries and in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. Christine’s artistic style shows a maturity that comes from her lifetime of creative exploration. Her “experimental abstractions of the real”, are filled with “playful iconic symbols” which enable her “to integrate the real with the playfulness of the abstract.”Christine holds three postgraduate degrees in the fine arts and is a signature member of six national watercolor societies. She has won 65 national awards and has been involved in over 60 publications.
Photography is McCormick’s artistic creative passion. His portfolio includes orchids, flowers, light, cacti, leaves, the surf’s motion on the beaches. Now an exploration of a new area: Abstract Photography, the interface of air, oil, water, glass and motion. There is a quiet peacefulness in this art that takes he says takes him away from the tension and intensity of his work as a physician in emergency medicine. He states: “Experimentation with cameras and lenses in nearly microscopic places gives us the privilege to capture fleeting moments in time. It takes us to worlds where light, color, oil, water, glass, air and time all collide and disperse. Each picture is a unique fragment of a second that can never occur again. Curiosity and inspiration find their strongest voice in the abstract. We become inquisitive and consider: focal planes, motion, color, and the materials… all captured in a fractured moment in time. The most evocative and provocative images are the ones where people have independent impressions inspired from the same print.”
Larry Levine is one of the most influential photographers who has clicked striking photographs for practically 40 years. He is a brand in himself and it is reflected in his photography. Through his work, he has defined creativity. The artistry of his photographs is born of a keen eye for different moods. He specializes in fine art, landscapes, media, family, children, pet portraits, and commercial photography. With distinct flair, he has clicked unmatched photographs over the world. Mr. Levine’s style is distinctive. His talent for rare captures of amazing light and fleeting atmosphere has driven him success. His photography is a blend of unique moments that generate the magic. He understands the need for shots that capture the atmosphere, brand interaction, and audience reactions.
Michael Joseph is an American fine art photographer who is best known for his award winning international black-and-white photographs of architecture and structures. He is a self-taught photographer who works with 35mm film. Michael Joseph was born in the industrial town of Methuen, Massachusetts in 1962, his passion photography began as a child watching his father make images reappear almost magically with his Polaroid camera. Today he has traveled to all 48 contiguous united states, many international cities, and continues to make interesting photographs otherwise gone unnoticed. He is recognized for his images of urban cityscapes highlighting distinctive angles in architecture.Joseph’s work has appeared in many solo exhibitions throughout the country, and has been honored in a number of juried art shows. His photographs are in several important public, private, and museum collections.
As Monica describes: “I have learned that life is an illusion and dreams have to be given a release date to make them come true. After so many attempts, I decided to act. I took a blank canvas and with reverence and fear began to paint. I learned from many teachers, and I will continue doing it. Just the fact of imagining what I will leave revealed in a painting makes me transcend. I take the challenge, I dare to daydream. I get rid of my fears and excuses. I begin to flow between fabrics and paintings…I am happy!”
In this series of paintings her intention is to revalue urban landscapes, horizontal extended cities. An apparent dialogue between overlapping elements, moving or sinking blocks that create a geometry of what is yet to come. The grays and contrasts, the absence of humanity or maybe the presence of a threatened humanity, hidden behind concrete, sheltered only by the sky. The feeling of irreversible solitude, the absence and remoteness of nature, and silence. Paulina overlaps images that let the complex background flow in the structure it supports within coincidence of layers and transparencies. But certain gestures burst through an organized context and express themselves. They open a new path; reveal themselves, materializing as a returning breeze, a whim.
Sheetal Shaw is an Indian-born American visual artist and designer who infuses personal narratives and cultural memories in her sculptures and paintings. Sheetal has a Bachelor of Arts from University of New Delhi. In 1999 she moved to America and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. Psychology, applied arts, geography and nature influence Sheetal’s work either directly or indirectly. Sheetal uses laser-cut acrylic templates to draw outlines of a Boteh shape on to a canvas. Once she completes drawing the outlines with an archival black marker, she shifts her focus to selecting a color scheme for the piece. Analogous, warm, cool, contrasting, and monochromatic are some of the color choices she has been exploring since 2017. When all the colors have been filled in, she reworks the black outlines with paint to make them crisp and prevent smudging or fraying of edges as much as possible. All of Sheetal’s pieces feature metallics–gold, silver, bronze and copper. Her work has been exhibited all across the United States and abroad.
Doug Powell Art
Professional Mosaic Artist Doug Powell has mastered an unusual art form. Mosaic portraits and murals created with cast-off computer keys. Powell, who has been studying and perfecting his methods for many years, uses upcycled computer keys from tens of thousands of computer keyboards and arranges the retired caps using their individual character and color to complete the artwork.
His art is collected by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and is on display in numerous museums from Hollywood, California, to Times Square, New York City, as well as Canada, London, and Amsterdam. Since 2010, Ripley’s and Powell have transacted dozens of works of art including mural like portraits of John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Frankenstein, Statue of Liberty, John F. Kennedy and most recently, Princess Leia.
Doug has won numerous awards and has been commissioned for works, both public and private. In 2017, Powell exhibited during Miami Art Week for the first time at the Spectrum Miami show. Not only was the show a great success, but he received the 2017 Spectrum Miami Art Show Directors’ Award. His works are currently exhibiting with the Guarisco Gallery in Washington DC.
Marianne Enhorning Design
Comox, British Columbia, Canada
Marianne Enhörning is a West Coast Canadian artist. Born in Sweden, she is deeply influenced by her family heritage. Marianne has spent many years alternating her time between natural and urban environments: on the West Coast as a kayak guide and in cities, working in architecture.
Before architecture, she had studied fine arts as part of her BA and has now returned to her true vocation, painting. Marianne creates evocative, dreamlike works in mixed media that are figurative, nature influenced and abstractly architectural. Her art emerges from her deep sense of longing for a world that is inclusive, equal and just; a world that is simple and kind.
Marianne’s figurative work is a tribute to the indomitable power of women. Her life size figures celebrate inner strength and personal power. Despite the many challenges faced by women culturally and historically, they rise above, using love, wisdom, and the sisterhood to prevail against all odds. These iconic women love life and all that it means to be a woman. Utilizing a combination of bold, textural strokes and delicate lines, Marianne connects to herself as woman. Personal longing has fed the work and an internal struggle exists in the layers of the art. Using intuition, heart and soul, the artist creates strong, graceful women who are grounded in their sense of self.
“Painting is my voice, the place where I can express passions that words can’t reach. I begin with a palette of paint, a new canvas and no preconceived ideas. When I raise my head, I see an image true to my being that still evades words.”
For many years, Mecenavie Gallery has been serving talented artists, striving to give them every opportunity to make a name for themselves. Mecenavie promotes contemporary artists. Since 2004, Mecenavie has been helping its artists in providing them with high quality services, which include exhibitions in French and international art fairs, auction sales and corporate rentals.
The Mecenavie Gallery does not concentrate on artists who work in only one particular style or genre, but rather searches for the beauty and skill artists display in many different ways. Abstract art, figurative art and sculpture all find their place in the gallery and in the minds of the audience.
Chad Daly, young south african artist, lives and works in Orange County, California. His unique art uses a material that is commonly present in our everyday life but quite unheard of as an artistic medium: banknotes. He was, like every artist, spending money on materials to perform his art, but came to think that he would rather take the material he was spending with and turn it into something more valuable by creating with it, displaying and selling it. Already passionate about money, its fluxes, exchanges, and the sheer esthetics of a bill, he decided to go all out on this idea by directly creating art with currency. Somewhere between sculpture and origami, his art features skulls, animals, geometrical shapes depending on the series and themes he chooses.
Daniel René is the inventor of the end-timber technique in France. In 1985, Daniel René invented the so-called “end-wood” technique. It is not about painting, sculpture, or markers. It is a technique in its own right that adheres to support pieces of natural end wood (not machined) of different shapes, sizes and thicknesses, sometimes dipped in polyester resin inclusion. Originally, two-dimensional paintings used pointillism. Since then, the artist has developed his technique to patchwork by creating three-dimensional paintings to which he adds new materials (leather, gold leaf, copper, operculas of poppies, and more). This technique allows for frameless tables and precise boundaries, which are freed from the usual forms seen in painting. It is a difficult and very long technique to implement. Badly rendered by photography, these paintings must really be seen to discover all the riches.
David Dahan was born in Casablanca in 1961 and grew up in this Morocco strong in graphic expression, colorful, feeding on all the Judeo-Andalusian mysticism of which it is native. A 360 ° artist, a great traveler, music and painting allow him at first to tell his vision of the world. In the early 2000s, David Dahan immersed himself in technology and is interested in the means of “artistic expression” that it can offer him, Digital Art becomes his new laboratory. In the age of widgets and social networks, the codes and the universal language of the “world wide web” interest him, he mixes his last with the figurative art using the typography, the anamorphosis, the cubism or the architecture via the language of numbers and symbols. By his desire to create works mixing digital art with the ancestral while refusing the modernity of the duplication or reproduction to the infinite, David Dahan tries to reach an artistic renewal.
Like an archeologist, Géraldine Omarini began by use the last block letters of our factories of the 19th century, letters which smell nice the ink, the leather and the wood. Patient work, craftsmanship both sure and sensible. Behind the homage of the past, it was necessary to organize them, by playing on their sizes, their shapes and their colors, behind the words mentioned. Géraldine Omarini creates a secret language, providing to the spectator the possibility of the unveiling of its imaginary.
Grégoire Devin is a French artist born in 1978 in Nantes. He started drawing at a young age and signed his first pieces in 2009. Very influenced by street art, Grégoire Devin got trained in some of the most dynamic cities of the world. In his pieces, the artist incorporates his interactions with the urban culture, drawing his inspiration from the energy of pop art and from counterculture movements present in New York. His paintings are almost labyrinths for the mind for its dense imagery and collages. His work has been exhibited in France since 2011 and he was selected in 2012 by the Jury of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the City of Hainan in China.
Born in September 1979 close to Paris, Julián was an electronic engineer. Tired of the office hours and routine, he left suddenly in 2005 to go down-under. Discovering Australia first on the east coast, then the bush, and finally the west coast, he discovered a passion for photography. One year later, back in France he decided to dedicate his life to photography and went back to school for a year. From his first explorations of wild Australian landscapes, he began shooting more and more people for different commercial jobs and became portraitist. Still working for commercial clients, his personal projects search for new lights, new way to express his photos, new supports. And the influence of his early engineering years make the mix of technics, textures and medium seem natural to him.
Luc showed an early interest for drawing and model making, and become soon well-experienced in these disciplines. Graduated from a business school, he never forgot his passion for art and realized his first painting in 1991. Luc began experimenting with unconventional pictorial techniques, especially by incorporating mixed media into his paintings. He began focusing on the mixed media in his paintings, rather then pigments. Now the “Matters on canvas” techniques has become his trademark. But Luc also explores new horizons: composition, movement, light, especially the interaction impact of light on the mixed media surface. His art style is more refined, his techniques are more complex and precise — all of which leads to a more complicated and intricate works.
Myriam Sitbon is a painter and sculptor originally from Morocco, who was born in 1957 in Casablanca. Since an early age she was passionate about artistic creation, encouraged in this field by her professors. At the age of 6, she left Morocco and went to Israel where she studied at the School Yenin Ord of Ein Hod. She then moved to Paris at the age of 18, and joined the National School of Fine Arts. A complete artist, she practiced lyric singing, mime and contemporary dance for several years. Myriam Stbon was very quickly attracted by ceramics and the work of the material. In parallel to painting, she produces a large quantity of sculptures. She creates graceful pieces, with dancing and stretched curves. Women and dance are two recurrent subjects in her work, both are done in bronze sculptures in bronze reflecting the technique of the artist. Myriam Sitbon has participated in numerous exhibitions in France, Israel and abroad. She has notably exhibited her work at the Carrousel du Louvre, at the Grand Palais and at the Dima Gallery in Paris as well as during the New York Biennale and at the Salon des Independants in Paris.
The Tracy Piper
San Francisco, California
Tracy Piper is an ex-circus performer turned figurative painter based in San Francisco, CA. She has shown at SCOPE and SELECT in Miami, FL; stARTup Art Fair in San Francisco, CA; SCOPE New York, NY; and exhibits internationally. In 2017, Tracy competed on the GSNTV show “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint” and emerged victorious! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration with distinction from California College of the Arts and is currently represented by Art Attack SF in San Francisco, California.
“You Are Loved” is an ongoing series of portraits that emphasizes the uniqueness inherent in us all. Fabricated from multiple sources, these fictionalized “daughters” challenge society’s notions of beauty by finding empowerment in their individuality. Seemingly familiar, these portraits could be of someone you know—neighbor, friend, sister, child, me, or you. “In this oversaturated world where we are told how to look and behave, these portraits are a reminder that you can simply be you. You are enough. You are worthy. You are loved,” said Tracy.
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