3 Artists Who Are Experimenting with Acts of Portrayal
You might never meet the subjects of these artists’ portraits, but through their works, you’ll connect with them. Check out these three artists who create portraiture with a fine art aesthetic and a creative flair—and then stop by their booths at Spectrum Miami 2017.
Alexy Poutrel (ALEXYP)
Widely regarded as one of the most influential portrait photographers, Alexy Poutrel, also known as ALEXYP, likes to make photographs that establish new ways to view the subject at hand. Through creating an openness and an intimacy with his subjects, they appear confident, full of energy, and alive. Spontaneous and provocative, ALEXYP documents moments of society and its times in works such as Phuc Yea and Pshhhhhhh…The Police.
“Just as photography is a vehicle for me to live a new moment, to go to a new place, meet a new person and so on, art is a process of encounter and discovery,” he says. “The display of art for me is not just about seeing the work isolated in a white cube. It’s also about engaging with the art—and most of the time the subject at hand—to make something new.”
To engage with ALEXYP’s art, stop by Booth 803 at Spectrum Miami 2017 or visit his website.
H. Allen Benowitz Fine Art Photography
H. Allen Benowitz has been attracted to photography since he was a child. Self-taught, Benowitz evolved from taking photographs of childhood friends to making award-winning photographs of nature, wildlife, people, architecture, and adventure travel.
Before Hurricanes Gustave and Ike wreaked havoc on Cuba, Benowitz traveled to the country on a humanitarian mission to create his “Life in Cuba” series. His pre-storm photographs, including Cigar Lady B/W, have preserved the island on film.
“The trademark of my work is depth and texture, drawing one’s eye into the picture, highlighting varying objects’ multifaceted shapes and shades of light, and bringing a still image to life,” he says. “Each captured image is motivated by the passion behind the shutter.”
To view Benowitz’s photographs, stop by Booth S1020 at Spectrum Miami 2017 or visit his website.
Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Weldon Ryan moved to the Bronx when he was 6 years old. For many years, Ryan was known for his sketches. The first African-American to be appointed to the NYPD Composite Artist Unit, he helped solve numerous crimes with his drawing skills as a detective.
Since he retired and moved to Florida, he’s become known for his use of oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, digital illustration, photography, or clay to create a unique interpretation of the world around him. Using texture and color, Ryan presents realistic renderings of his subjects, as seen in works such as Man From Nevis and I Feelin It.
“To be successful, an artist has to have the clarity to know what he is doing when he chooses to create,” Ryan says. “Through understanding of technique, I can safely assume what the end result would be. Of course, we sometimes veer off to a change or two. But to control your experience is to know when something different from the norm happens. At that point, we, as artists, choose to accept the change and go with the flow to see where we end up. That’s my scientist side. We must know technique and experiment with it. The importance of clarity is that you are not confused as to what to do when this happens.”
To see Ryan’s colorful creations, stop by Booth S903 at Spectrum Miami 2017 or visit his website.