Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
Many thousands of artists and others will see and have seen this international showcase of works that are considered realistic or representational in some way. Many will be touched. And it is a delight to be able to put on a show that taps into the realm of our everyday and noble interests in life.
Entries came in from many parts of the world to help make this collection of artworks. Upstream People Gallery is most proud of all of the selections. Here are a few remarks about the show pieces that were enlightening and even surprising:
Girigorio (Papy) Adriana of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles brings a striking rendition of the beginning of life in the work entitled “It is Time”. The lamp light, the cross and the expectant mother are warmly and brilliantly presented.
Matti Allison of Chicago, Illinois emphatically captures the flavor of a grandmother in her painting “Gram” in which the honored one is facing the interior of the room where perhaps many hours have been spent in service of others.
Scott Baker of Alliance, one of our most brilliant photographers, shows the order as found in the magnificence of nature in his close up study of a “Textures in Symmetry”. The rhythmic dance of the seeds of the flower make for an awesome reflection of the Master intelligence.
A. Eilene Carver of Frisco, Texas tackles some serious concepts, especially in her oil on panel work “A Life Cut Short” calling to mind the hazards of drug addiction. In her “Not a Sparrow Falls” a reassurance is felt in that “His eyes are on the sparrow” and everyone else.
Carole A. Feuerman of New York City has mastered the figurative in sculpture using oil and resin. Her works “A Self Portrait” is especially remarkable in the stance of the artist as in the act of creating. Her other two works “Brooke with Beach Ball” and “Innertube” thematically deal with a kind of play and a kind of support. All her work is astounding in its realism!
Candice Grieve of Armada, Michigan approaches he male figure in a rather everyday context in her meticulously painted “Urban Warrior” with it’s markings of city street dress while her work “Going Home” is depicted in a cruciform state as if dealing with a final stage of life or the suffering in life.
Gabrielle Fischer Horvath of Toronto, Ontario, Canada pours bronze by hand to create some awesome depictions of the human form. “Genesis II”, “Gladiator” and “Jason” are a credit to her genius with the material. These pieces are indeed a show of great talent.
Linda Lee of Woodbury, Minnesota presents some interesting photographic works. In her work “Drive-By Blessing” she discovers the sublime in the environment. The text “I love you...I love you...I love you - God” couldn’t be more profound!
Zin Lim of Daly City, California has the painterly facility similar to the Renaissance Masters. In the oil painting “Figure No. 17” there’s the cool blue amidst the classic coloration reminiscent of the Rembrandt style.
Mary-Anne Murphy of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada is able to visually articulate the tenderness of life as seen and felt in the human hands and feet. “Reminisce” is created in graphite in pearl like precision. In her work “The Prayer” she shows the bare feet as if in the position of kneeling. This view is quite unexpected in the typical concept of praying which makes it remarkable.
Christopher Palladino of Chicago, Illinois creates interesting placements of people in various placements. “On the Counter” is an unusual depiction of a seated figure. The figure becomes striking with the back turned amidst the placement of the rectangular setting of a countertop.
Leslie L. Phiefer of Lafayette, New Jersey photographs with precision and crispness. “Lost at Sea” seems to sow a lone seaman slightly bent over with his small amount of possessions with the American flag standing tall. Of particular note is the digital treatment which sharply emphasizes the topic.
Josh Powell of San Rafael, California has artistic manuality in his use of acrylic on masonite in that he is able to create depth in such refreshing painterly qualities. His painting “Heather” certainly stands out with the woman expecting as the main honorable message.
Bruce Rigby of Flemington, New Jersey evincingly paints with acrylic to show the mechanical in our lives. "Strasbury Railroad" and "Stryker's Chevrolet" are two of his highly skilled works available in the show as prints.
Mayda Rumberg of New York City is our connection to the "art city". Again she graces the gallery with her wonderful evocative observations of the city life and its inhabitants. All of the photographs herein are rich in articulating the human character. Perhaps most entertaining of these is “Karen at Angelinas” with it’s fun humor.
Faith Rumm of Novato, California is in an area of the country where the landscape is something to ponder. Her oil on canvas painting of a tall tree she calls “Chandelier” is most appealing in its title and in its strong painterly style.
Leo Theinert of Forest Hills, New York joins the show with a prolific body of work. Of particular recognition is his black and white silver gelatin photographs of “Amish Farmer” in which he as the photographer is able to emphatically respond to the depth of character of this farmer. In his piece “Prophecy” there seems to be present a rare state of being found in such an awesome character.
Bob Tomolillo of Lynn, Massachusetts does justice to his lithographic work entitled “Sheep” which uses the image of sheep as a metaphor for the pilgrims in the Vatican grounds. A sole sheep in the immediate foreground is nicely positioned so as to greet the viewer.
All in all this year’s show is par for the course for a “realism” show. Some of the pieces can be seen as a “Reality check” with far reaching universal messages and broad appeal while others give glimpses of our being in the everyday world. Altogether these works give us insight into what can be said in realistic or representational art expression.
Please know that there are many fine artists who deserve all the respect and admiration that one can give. It is my hope that the talent represented in this year’s international exhibition will flourish and continue to grow in the richness and vitality that life has to offer.
Curator, Professor of Art