Upstream People Gallery

11th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

This show originated with the idea of capturing a collection of faces that complimented standard portraiture. Portraiture is common in accompanying someone's article in newspapers and magazines, school yearbooks, passports, including commissioned works for family and institutions. A show of this kind enhances the idea of faces beyond the purpose purely for identity to include the artists' imaginative abilities and sensibilities in capturing character.

Herein are featured 57 artists who have in some way stepped into the realm of fantasy on the one end and representationalism on the other. Several works are quite arresting. Some are strong in terms of style, some in terms of humor and others in terms of originality.

JIM ANTONUCCI of West Milford, New Jersey uses text in his work “Bold Letters” to compliment a diptych arrangement of a close-up in full frame juxtaposed with a fuller figure; both indicating expressive characteristics, one with wide opened eyes and the other with a wide opened mouth. Another fine work entitled “Love Me” shows a single man with a play of angles, leaning on a wall with a kind of stick figure drawing on the wall on the opposite side.

SETH BALLIETT of Venice, California works wonders with papier collé in his piece “American Genius” (Louis Armstrong). Here he meticulously creates an attractive figure/ground arrangement with the foreshortened trumpet and the wide eyes of the player.

CARLA BERGER of New York, New York is known for her richly textured photo works. The perspective captured in “Untitled 2” shows a sense of unusual depth. The black and white face works well with the remaining colored area.

JODI BONASSI of Canoga Park, California shines in the show with several wonderfully patterned oil paintings with a sense of American genre. “Gallery Reception” has an intriguing floor pattern; “Green Boy 2” also shows some varied patterning around the figure of a young man with a bird in hand; “Jake in Blue” shows a barber shop scene with another moving, undulating checkered floor patterning.

LESLIE L. BROWN JR. of Kansas City, Kansas has a tender approach to portraiture with a fine facility with the mechanical pencil. One of the significant drawings is that of “Mother Theresa” in which the side view shows the linear movement of the worn veil of the habit complimenting the linear movement of the worn face.

MARGARET BUIE of Wamego, Kansas is a master watercolorist, known for her punctilious painting qualities. Capturing figures in action has been accomplished in her piece “February Festival - Istapan”. Continuing with a musical theme she paints “Steven Bennett - Winfield, Stage 3, 2008” showing a nice compositional play with diagonal action.

NIK S. CLEMENTS of Newtown, Pennsylvania has some unusual digital pinhole photographs, the most dramatic of which is his piece “Screen”. Expressing further with eyes, in a rather abstract manner he shows overlapping views in “Window”.

CHARLES CRAIN of Scottsdale, Arizona has masterfully conquered the use of horizontality with photography. Especially nice is the piece “Contemplating the Purchase” which shows a nice movement across with a light and dark pattern. He captures character as well. One of the best of these is “Nathan at Market” showing a good angle of light reflection.

SYLVIA FERNANDEZ of Miami, Florida uses an impressionistic approach which shines in her acrylic on paper work entitled “A Challenging Look” wherein the blue coloration in the eye area is emphasized within the overall warmth of the rich brushwork.

ERNIE L. FOURNET of New Iberia, Louisiana is a success as a drawer. All of his works are visually precise and consequently capture the special character found in his subjects. “Ashin” drawn on a warm colored paper is quite nice. “Corporal ‘J’” is another graphite in black and white showing the strength of purpose in the face. And on a medium grayed surface he captures a man with glasses and a full mustache in “Impermanence”. Again on the warm surface he shows a young girl with exactitude in “Little Lao Dancer 2”.

SR. LORETTA HOAG of Cohoes, New York achieves success with her bronze works. Especially strong is the grouping of faces called “Beautitude”. Another compelling piece is the mixed media work “We The People” in which several faces emerge out from the surface.

COURTNEY J. JACOBS of Pleasanton, California is able to use mixed media synergistically to produce convincing portraiture as seen in “Sharmini” strongly stated in reds. In a more mysterious way, again with red coloration, she creates six faces horizontally placed emerging rather amorphously and with some descriptive facial expressions.

HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia has some interesting techniques with photography. “Dreams are Free” is an appropriate title in his work wherein he shows a lightened face in concert with reaching hands. With a technique using an opaque projector he creates some wonderful photography, among them are “Knight in Shining Armor” and “Luminous Bow”. “Vera 3” is quite nice with the use of the tilted triangle and high tenebristic composing.

VERNON KING of Boytown, Texas remarkably dramatizes the idea of mental thought in his cool colored, yet rather glowing, mixed media work “Delusions of Grandeur” wherein the figure is looking up yet is crouched down and arms wrapped up as with a rope.

LYUDMILA KOGAN of Pacifica, California has quite the original approach that is marvelous not only in the orchestration of curvilinear movements but that it is all done with precision in oil . All of her works in the series are outstanding. These include “Labyrinth of Human Face Series: Baby Boy”, “Labyrinth of Human Face Series: Baby Girl”, “Labyrinth of Human Face Series: Girl”, “Labyrinth of Human Face Series: Man”, “Labyrinth of Human Face Series: Old Man”. The latter one is perhaps the most successful with the rather exaggerated profile.

PATSY LINDAMOOD of Gainesville, Florida brings her accomplished pastel artwork to the show. Handsomely rendered with accuracy is “Considering Coach’s Advice”. And within the same environment with the fence as background she plays the angles well in the piece “Hot, Hot, Hot!”. On another and perhaps deeper level she captures the love and care of a couple in the work “On a Need to Know Basis”. And in “The Look of Labor” she remarkably shows a working man with the meticulous handling of the hair.

OSMAYRA MANCRIFF of Hialeah, Florida is quite expressive in her mixed media and acrylic work called “Lamento” using several facial views that work quite effectively together.

LAURIN McCRACKEN AWS NWS of Fort Worth, Texas is another master watercolorist. "Cowboy with Red Kerchief” is nothing short of brilliant in terms of capturing the character but also in her use of the intense coloration of contrasting warm and cool.

ELCIRA CHOMAT MORALES of Miami, Florida arrives at a depth of character in her work “Esperanza” enhancing the concept of hope with the warm glow behind and on the face.

VALERIE B. ANDERSON MURPHY of Abington, Pennsylvania handles the face in a rather bold and direct graphic manner. All are striking with linear movement and patterning, especially the work entitled “Angel”.

KAREN NEUBERG of Mesa, Arizona has some interesting character studies with digital photography. The arrangement of the subject works quite well especially in “Contemplation” and “Sassy Lady”.

SATOMI NISHINO of Dusseldorf, Germany uses oil in a very sensitive way in capturing her characters. One of the most successful is “Heart of the Ogress” in which the strong light and dark make an impact.

SARA OTTO of LaVale, Maryland shows strength in her oil painting “Dawn” wherein a silhouetted young man with broad shoulders receives the light of dawn.

KATEY PENNER of Coral Gables, Florida uses acrylic in a richly patterned and impressionistic approach in such works as “Forrest” and Perot”.

LESLIE L. PHIEFER of Lafayette, New Jersey photographs the wonder and beauty of the very young. They are all certainly special and their titles are nicely matched. “Unimaginable” is great with the green eyes matching the shirt and the bit of hair on top curling down just enough. “Unparalleled” truly captures the exuberance of the young girl happily smiling and wearing pink. And “Unstoppable” is awesome and bright and the angle positioned reinforces the idea of the active young boy.

“RON EA POWELL (REAP) of Irvington, New Jersey digs deep into the character of his subjects in a most striking way. His genius shows through in his work “Armor 10 ‘Endure’” creating a powerful and emotional quality. Richly colored with bright yellow with a little bit of blue accent surrounding a beautifully rendered black and white face, He again accomplishes a compelling work called “Armor 9 ‘Heart’”. And in an outstanding way he presents “John 9:13 (Self Portrait)” with the positive/negative interplay producing a profound work indeed!

MOISES RAMOS of Jacksonville, Florida takes on a series dealing with the cardinal sins. The impact of the message is quite dramatic in his coloration with the reflective face in “Cardinal Sins #3”. The rough texture and the linear movement reinforce the rather melancholia of the situation.

JASON RANSOM of Houston, Texas is quite expressive. His works using paint directly and with a rich rawness give his work an intensity of emotion. “Untitled-P02” is quite successful as is “Untitled-P05” with strong and colorful markings.

NELSON REINHARDT of Cincinnati, Ohio has an interesting work called “Faces” in which he shows a man and a woman both with quite unique facial expressions. The chosen limited value range adds directness and clarity to the characters.

RAFAELE ROSSI of Arezzo, Italy is able to use black and white in oil to show interesting abstractions as seen in the work “Hatching”. And in his two works in plaster he gives a rather cubistic development in the work “Identity 01” and “Identity 03”.

MAYDA RUMBERG of New York, New York has a striking photograph called “Karen in Leather Jacket”. The tenderness of the face is nice contrasted to the leather and the ironwork in the background.

KARINA RZENDKOWSKA of Katowice, POLAND has a truly unique approach to the subject of the face. “Faces 29”, “Faces 3” in profile, “Faces 37” as a grouping, “Faces 5” with a touch of red on the side and “Faces 7” are all very intricate especially considering that the medium is batik on silk. One might think that within the face can be seen quite a rich amount of character when considering her richly textured marks through the face forms.

DENNIS SALON of Henderson, Nevada is so talented with mixed media using the face as his subject. Quite arresting is the rather strange work called “Portrait #1” - quite amazing actually.

JEREMY (Shot By J) SCHLOSSER of Scottsdale, Arizona finds something rather rare indeed. This rock formation turned vertically reveals a rather clear profile. The reddish earth and bright blue sky work quite well together.

HOLLY SOUKUP of Boone, North Carolina is quite the colorist. Especially nice is the cat piece called “Loungin’ Around”. And capturing the handsomeness of the man using oil pastel with well handled tonal transitions, she creates “The Interlude”.

BILL SULLIVAN of Rindge, New Hampshire successfully combines graphite and charcoal to make “Portrait of Old Woman” The handing of the skin and the dark above the eyes and the wrapped head all add wonderfully to the character to her face. And the cigarette hanging out of the mouth punctuates the mood. His charcoal and sand paper piece “Portrait of Poverty” is dramatic indeed with the worn hands seemingly sheltering the face with wrinkled brow.

PHILLIP A. WINDELL (aka paw fotograf) has quite a repertoire of images of people. One of the most interesting in this group is “Gloria” who seems to glow with the wide smile and healthy pink skin contrasted with the bright teal hooded jacket.

MING ZHOU of Cambridge, Massachusetts is truly a professional oil painter as seen in “In Front of Fireplace”. The full frame version with the reflected light on the right of the face creates quite an impact. And the work “The Warrior” is a strong work in acrylic in which the gradation is successfully handled.

So there you have it. All in all it is indeed a pleasure to see that there are many talented artists in the world and a big thank you go out to all the artists who entered this year’s show.


Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art