2nd Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Exhibition Monthly Winning Artists – June 2020

The top five artists in each category were given awards in the 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes & Objects international online art exhibition.  Below are the biographies and/or artist’s statements along with the artist’s websites or emails.

To contact these artists directly for purchase inquiries or to see more of their work, please visit the 2nd Annual Lines, Shapes & Objects Exhibition page for contact information.

Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Best in Show (Traditional) – Lorien Suárez-Kanerva – “Elan Flow #5” – Acrylic

As a geometric abstract artist, Lorien Suárez-Kanerva draws from a practice of creative discovery and attentive contemplation. While working with geometrical arrangements, she finds the “flow,” universal beauty, and symmetry inherent to patterns stemming from laws of growth. These arrangements follow a shared numerical sequence that is found in nature and permeates the arrangement of parts amongst the whole, as can be seen in the leaves and branches of a tree and flower petals. An axial symmetry as circle encompasses circle creates an atmospheric density and the vibrancy that these forms engender inspired the series’ titles of Wheel within a Wheel and Elan Flow. The artwork’s intricacy with its prismatic color sensibility springs from an appreciation of nature and its patterns. Lorien Suárez-Kanerva has exhibited her artwork in curated shows at museums, galleries, International Art Fairs with Curator’s Voice Art Projects (Miami, Florida) Lichtundfire Gallery (NYC,) Art Basel SCOPE (Switzerland and Miami,) and the GAA Foundation at the Venice Biennale. She has exhibited at cultural and educational centers, including the Riverside Art Museum, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and UC Berkeley’s Engineering Department. Lorien has a BA High Honors in History from UC Berkeley. Her graduate work in Europe includes an MA (Cum Laude) from the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, History at the Universidad de Salamanca, and in Business at ESADE in Barcelona. To see more of Lorien’s work, please visit her website.

Best in Show (Photography & Digital) – Anand Swaroop Manchiraju – “Cubism-1” – Digital

I am an artist and photographer by profession and an experimentalist at heart. I love to experiment with art style, medium and the tools I use. For this exhibition, I would like to showcase my unique experimental creation- a painting using photographic chemicals on bromide paper (a light sensitive paper) – which I call photo-paintings. The process involves no camera, no lens, or dark room. Complete work is carried out in room light on a Fogged Photo Bromide paper. In simpler words, the photo bromide paper is my canvas and all the different chemicals are my colors. While I was studying for my diploma in photography at JNTU Hyderabad, India, I accidently came across a piece of bromide sheet with some chemical spillage on it. To my eyes, this looked like a great piece of art. This incident inspired me to experiment with various photo chemicals on photo bromide paper, both in black and white, and color.

After experimenting for 5 years with different photo chemicals and techniques, I was able to control the reaction of the image by controlling the strength and the method used to apply the chemical on bromide paper. The most difficult part in this process is I have to complete the drawing with chemical before the final image appears. The chemical reaction process take around two minutes, within which the drawing needs to be completed. Once the reaction is completed, you can see the final image. Using this process, I started creating my awesome photo-paintings, which are first of its kinds across the globe.

I have exhibited my photo-paintings at many galleries in almost all major art galleries in India. They have been covered by leading dailies in India praising its uniqueness and artistry. For this proposed show, I would like to present two themes of my photo-paintings. One theme is photo-painting about ancient Indian sculptures and the second theme is photo-paintings about female form sculptures

To see more of Anands work, please visit his website.

Best in Show (3 Dimensional) – Diana Fernández – “Triad” – Fiberglass

Diana Fernandez is a recognized Guatemalan sculptor with 290 national and international exhibitions and 20 solo shows. The International Sculpture Center said she revitalizes alabaster with a contemporary language. She received the National School of Arts Unique Sculptor Award and the Guatemala Biennial Honorable Mention; also the Tribute to her Sculptural Work by FUNSILEC, 2016. Also awarded with the Goya Award at the Barcelona Biennial in Spain and the Caravaggio International Award Experience in Rome, Italy. Additionally her sculptures appeared in the Euroairport Mega Screen in Basel, Switzerland. Curator Vittorio Sgarbi recognized her with the Milan International Art Award. In 2018, she participated in ARTROOMS London successfully and in Art projects New York 0.1. Also in MIRADAS INICIALES in Jorge Jurado Art Studio, Bogotá, Colombia and in 2019, she was awarded by ARTAVITA, FUSION ARTS and SAATCHI ART GALLERY and many more. Artist Statement: To develop lines, shapes & objects cosmic visions in fiberglass, is to create new visions of outer space with inner material. That is why in fiberglass I developed Red Moons and many other possibilities and much more that sculpturally merge with color and shape in a different way of my other sculptures in alabaster and bronze, which also represent the universal shapes & objects that surround us. To see more of Diana’s work, please visit her website.

2nd Place (Traditional) – Victor Cuzmenco – “Happening” – Earth, Clay, Sand, Shell Limestone, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

Ukrainian born artist Victor Cuzmenco (1948) has been developing his own art concept of Ontologic Painting for the last thirty years. The artistic interpretation of being and existence in his paintings is embedded in primary geometrical forms and natural primordial media as sand, earth, clay, and shell limestone. Non-objective and non-figurative compositions suggest zero plot or narrative associated with the material world. A viewer may see either a mesmerizing chaos, or something trying to structure. All this gives a viewer room for multi-scale perception of the picture shows: a galactic world or mircocosmos.

Victor Cuzmenco exhibited his artworks at over 200 expositions in Moldova and internationally. In 2019, he was awarded the Prize of Art and Culture Center – Bacau, Romania.

Artist Statement: For the last 30 years, I’ve been developing my own artistic concept named Ontologic Painting. Its evolvement had much in common with the contemporary international art movement ZERO founded by Avant-guard European artists. The concept was also influenced by the selected works of Malevich, Kandinsky and Picasso regarding the use of non-traditional media. My concept suggests the possible answers to the fundamental questions of the ontology of being rather than the ontology of everyday life.

My concept is characterized by three main principles. First, I depict primary geometrical forms in each piece of work. I consider simple lines, squares, circles, triangles and rectangles to be ontological in any sense. Second, I apply minimum of traditional media like oil or acrylic. Instead, I abundantly use sand, earth, clay, shell limestone and other natural media. However, I recently introduced more oil into my artworks mainly due to its physical properties of viscosity, fluidity and texture, color being the secondary reason. Third, I apply almost exclusively primary colors in vivid and contrast spots. My paintings have no plot, figurative or objective items, they are free from material perception. The depicted forms can be read as infinitely large universes, structures or galaxies, but also, they can be associated with the cells, atoms, nuclei, photons and microelements. The viewer can see chaos, and something structured, or trying to structure simultaneously.

Usually I find the sources of inspiration in other arts. Reading a certain book, a philosophical citation, listening to a musical composition, meditation in front of a painting I like – all this may instantly inspire me and give birth to my own ideas for the painting. Sometimes with an insightful image in my mind and a clear canvas in front of me, the creative intuition serves the driving factor of my inner inspiration in the process of transforming the idea into an artwork.

My paintings address the topic of spiritual excitement, which moves viewers away from every day routine. My art aims to give the viewer room for multi-scale perception of the depicted, as well as a wide range of spiritual sensations and experiences. I see my art as spiritual hygiene, liberation and enrichment. I make art because it is as important as a physiological requirement or desired dependence.

To see more of Victor’s work, please visit his website.

2nd Place (Photography & Digital) – Gareth Jones – “Operating Room” – Photography – Digital Manipulation

Photography is Gareth’s artistic release and brings his imagination, vision and inquisitive mind to visual life following a career as a forensic scientist. Gareth’s art explores bold abstracts or unique perspectives created from his original photographs or digital art. Gareth presents moments of beauty, quiet joy or intrigue in balance with the need to draw attention to important issues. Everyone needs a break from today’s unending negative news and Gareth provides a breather from the stress of today’s world. He still brings difficult issues into his art – but is convinced that balance is the critical life component and as such, hopes his art will heal this disparate world through creative expressions, thoughtful moments and visual enjoyment or challenge.

Gareth photographs anything that makes him stop, look, think, smile, or feel and then puts his unique take on it. Gareth’s images often offering something to everyone. His curiosity fuels exploration of the world via the abstract, urban and imaginative images that arise. Gareth is touching people with his images and that is his inspiration.

To see more of Gareth’s work, please visit his website.

2nd Place (3 Dimensional) – Terry J Anderson – “Galactic Blue” – Wood and Acrylic Paint

TERRY ANDERSON has immersed himself in art and architecture for most of his life. Childhood memories include numerous visits to the Chicago Art Institute. Early college studies, in the Chicago area, included formal art instruction. Heading to the west coast as a young adult, Terry’s interests expanded to architecture and construction. Terry works from his studio in Palm Springs. Terry is influenced by Abstract and Impressionistic art. The extraordinary light and color of the desert, where he currently resides, has sparked his imagination and inspires his creative process. Current creations include his assemblage pieces of wood and acrylic paint, representing a three dimensional exploration in color and textural depth. Energized by the interplay of mixing angular materials with color, he fabricates a wood format with a variety of textural depths.

Artist Statement: As a restorer of vintage and architecturally significant homes for over two decades, Terry has recently focused on the creation of his “Constructed Deconstruction Series”. The Series involves the process of creating a three dimensional composition of fragments of former structures. Block Composition Series: A staple of childhood toy chests for centuries, wood blocks are influential in a child’s early spatial and mathematical development. The block compositions are a reminder of childhood playtime but also evoke adult themes. Biomorphic Studies: The Artist’s Studio space in the Coachella Valley establishes a geographic point of reference for inspiration. Terry’s Citrus Twist Biomorphic Studies are inspired by the prevalence of citrus trees in the desert’s suburban neighborhoods combined with the midcentury forms ever present in the built environment of Palm Springs and surrounding environs.

To see more of Terry’s work, please email him directly.

3rd Place (Traditional) – Katie Meuser – “Dreamlike State” – Acrylic on Canvas

A native of Nebraska, Katie Meuser has experienced openness, breadth, and a variety of landscape that has shaped her pieces through her artistic journey into the modern spaces of her Chicago home. In the open country, Katie has seen splendor in chaos and control living in harmony and has been able to focus these ideas into a contemporary style of non-objective and expressionist abstract art with an emphasis on figures, color fields, and moving hues in her pieces. Through her evolving process of color ratios and meticulously expanding, water-like designs, Katie has found inspiration in the change and movement of the tones across large canvases and the opportunities her large-scale formats have to offer.

To see more of Katie’s work, please visit her website.

3rd Place (Photography & Digital) – Barbara Mierau-Klein – “Building Reflection” – Digital Photo Collage

Barbara Mierau-Klein is a digital artist recognized for her multi-layered, imaginative and colorful fine art images. A native of Germany, Barbara lives in the Washington, D.C. area but often travels the world as a passionate landscape and nature photographer since her teenage years.

Barbara discovered digital art several years ago and became so fascinated that it turned into a full-time pursuit. Much of Barbara’s work is highly stylized and focuses on beautiful moments and evocative moods across a wide range of subjects. The inspiration for her images comes from many sources, often her own nature photography, but also books, song lyrics, movies, and works of other artists, old masters as well as contemporary digital artists.

Barbara’s work has been exhibited in several galleries in the US and Europe and was awarded numerous awards. Her images also appear regularly in international art magazines. Barbara is represented locally by Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, MD.

To see more of Barbara’s work, please visit her website.

3rd Place (3 Dimensional) – Loretta Ana Kaufman – “Quartet: Series YK” – Hand Built Stoneware

The natural world has been the been the center of Nashville, Tennessee, sculptor Loretta Kaufman’s work for nearly five decades. It is the spark that starts the process. Some of the things that influence her work are the powerful forces within nature not always visible or obvious. When working with clay impressions, rips or tears may appear on the surface of the sculpture. Each is used to express the energies and rhythms of the life around us. Wanting to add another layer in her ceramic work, Loretta formulated a textured stone clay body that would be left natural. Her sculpture has been described as containing an exciting tension between symmetry and fluidity with its raw unglazed surfaces and organic forms that undulate and teem with life.

To see more of Loretta’s work, please visit her website.

4th Place (Traditional) – Lisa Daniels – “The Individual” – Acrylic

Specializing in abstracts, architecture and nature incorporating a range between linear structure and free-flowing emotion to represent the subject I am visualizing. In my subjects, I show their beauty, strength and relations to their surroundings.

Art has always been a part of my life. Even now, as I am currently working in the Architecture/Structural field, where I am able to use the freedom of expression in contemporary and abstract art by combining by my love of structure with my love of painting.

As an abstract artist, inspired by nature and architecture, I love working alongside architects, developers, interior decorators, galleries and more.

To see more of Lisa’s work, please visit her website.

4th Place (Photography & Digital) – David Jacobson – “Shapes Eleven” – Digital

David has spent his entire life in the western or central United States. He has been at home in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma again where he now resides. David is an Air Force veteran, a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a retired computer programmer. And a senior in his eighties. Art became a passion in the mid-1970s and he has pursued it through oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Then came digital seven years ago and with his computer background there he shall stay.

To see more of David’s work, please visit his website.

4th Place (3 Dimensional) – Christina Bertsos – “Night” – Stone (Atlantic Black Marble)

Christina Bertsos is an award-winning sculptor who lives in Dunedin, FL. Her journey as an artist began as a child with a deep love for drawing and a fierce creative spirit. Continuing her passionate journey, she studied life drawing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago before being accepted into an accelerated honors program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She also received her bachelor degree with honors from Loyola University in Chicago. While at FIT, she majored in couture and spent a semester in Paris learning the history of design and visiting some of the greatest fashion houses in the world. Her appreciation of the expertly crafted garments has greatly influenced her devotion to creating the one of a kind stone works she creates today with painstaking attention to detail.

Since 2011, she has focused her study and expression on stone sculpture. She works in many different types of stone that provide a range of character and uniqueness while remaining constant to her intention to invoke a fluid and harmonious form that seeks to be touched. Ever a vanguard, her latest works explore texture, contrast and form. The diversity and stunning nature of the medium constantly provides the challenge and inspiration to transcend boundaries. While, life, history and the notion of what it means to be an artist (and a human) today continually saturate her contemplative nature, the pure and simple expression of beauty is at the heart of all she creates. She is self-taught but has learned much about the technical aspects of working with tools and stone from other generous and loving sculptors. Her atelier is at the Sculpture Studio in Clearwater founded by the legendary George Wagner and lovingly cared for by Sy and Cathy Manzon.

Since 2017, she has taken on the challenge of pursuing a dream of creating larger, monumental works for public display. Beginning with her award winning travertine work, “Wild and Free” to “The Graces” created last year for the 2019 Emerging Artist Exhibition.

To see more of Christina’s work, please visit her website.

5th Place (Photography & Digital) – Y. Hope Osborn – “Color Choreography” – Digitally Manipulated Photography

Y. Hope Osborn bolsters a lifelong talent, earning an MA in Professional and Technical Writing with Creative Nonfiction emphasis. Self-taught in photography, she seeks elusive great Captures to draw out eloquent features to illustrate documents and websites and promote art itself. Hope’s interest and eye is trained by practice begun as a kid with a 110 mm camera and an ever-growing love for creative perspective. You most find her, amusing bystanders, bending in unnatural angles seeking that perspective, particularly in architecture and its play with nature. She enjoys growing her photo processing skills and natural instinct to further light up each photo’s angle, light, and surroundings. She reaches for depth, detail, filigree, or flourish sometimes lost in camera translation. Despite her lifelong interest, she began only last year sharing those perspectives in social media and exhibitions. Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR; Amiee Thompson Gallery in Inspi[Her]; and Little Rock’s Artworks curated her work. Competing with hundreds of international submissions, Hope’s awards are among online exhibits of Fusion Art; Light, Space and Time; Art-Competition; Contemporary Art Gallery Online; J. Mane Gallery; and Monovisions.

Artist Statement: Photography is the respite God grants me from frantic world and thoughts. When I seek a subject’s art, I intend staying only this much time. I become enthralled and time stands still. Nothing matters, except seeing the beauty in a piece of driftwood on shore, unique angle of bell tower, or rich artistry in heritage architecture. I only capture minute details of the tapestry of our world when I free myself of the minutes of time. I can’t help but stay, soak in, and capture everything I see literally from the ground up. Life is full of meaningful moments—sometimes painful, sometimes joyous, but always fleeting. Light, seasons, people, aging, growth—all constantly change. I stay a moment, to slow a door closing on a chance lost. I relish the art in filigree, flourish, dappling, intersect, and hue. I am inspired, bending in crazy angles my tripod can’t manage to capture perspectives seen down along dips of a clover field or up along textures of buildings. I stop again to see anew in another time my saved images. I bring them back to life by painting with the tools of a photographer’s trade. I, like a painter, must think of layer, depth, and color. I don’t remake. I share my perspective of ornate column or shimmering petal. The philosopher Mihkail Bahktin wrote of the answerability of art—a crossing of the artist with the audience that is a lively exchange in which meaning is born. This artistic exchange is so unique, creative, and alive no one expresses or interacts with the work again in the same way. As an artist, I am entrusted with expressions that captivate, inspire, or inform each person to stay and find meaning in my art within the context of their life. God’s provision is my composing to enrich your experience of the world in elusive, creative pauses of life.

To see more of Hope’s work, please visit her website.

5th Place (Traditional) – Cynthia Correia – “Over There” – Latex Paint on Wood

Cynthia Correia graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Art. She is an accomplished artist and designer. Her dimensional paintings reflect her graphic design background and her love of color. She desires to move the viewer both visually and emotionally. Her dimensional paintings give depth and texture to her work as well as a playful sense. At times her work is additive and at other times she invokes subtractive measures to draw you in.

After college, she intended to become an art teacher but her path was diverted by an interest in home design and building. Cynthia was a Design / Build General Contractor working in the bay area for 16 years. She spent the next 30 years teaching Building Construction at Laney College in Oakland, Ca.

She has always loved form and function and has expressed her designs by making furniture and lighting. Cynthia took up painting in 2017 as a way to express her passion for color and design.

Artist Statement: Trained as a graphic artist, furniture maker and builder painting on wood and making dimensional art has always give me a way to create linear geometric forms with a strong interaction of color. Your eyes, mind and heart should all come together as your feeling for the artwork take form.

To see more of Cynthia’s work, please visit her website.

5th Place (Photography & Digital) – Y. Hope Osborn – “Color Choreography” – Digitally Manipulated Photography

Y. Hope Osborn bolsters a lifelong talent, earning an MA in Professional and Technical Writing with Creative Nonfiction emphasis. Self-taught in photography, she seeks elusive great Captures to draw out eloquent features to illustrate documents and websites and promote art itself. Hope’s interest and eye is trained by practice begun as a kid with a 110 mm camera and an ever-growing love for creative perspective. You most find her, amusing bystanders, bending in unnatural angles seeking that perspective, particularly in architecture and its play with nature. She enjoys growing her photo processing skills and natural instinct to further light up each photo’s angle, light, and surroundings. She reaches for depth, detail, filigree, or flourish sometimes lost in camera translation. Despite her lifelong interest, she began only last year sharing those perspectives in social media and exhibitions. Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR; Amiee Thompson Gallery in Inspi[Her]; and Little Rock’s Artworks curated her work. Competing with hundreds of international submissions, Hope’s awards are among online exhibits of Fusion Art; Light, Space and Time; Art-Competition; Contemporary Art Gallery Online; J. Mane Gallery; and Monovisions.

Artist Statement: Photography is the respite God grants me from frantic world and thoughts. When I seek a subject’s art, I intend staying only this much time. I become enthralled and time stands still. Nothing matters, except seeing the beauty in a piece of driftwood on shore, unique angle of bell tower, or rich artistry in heritage architecture. I only capture minute details of the tapestry of our world when I free myself of the minutes of time. I can’t help but stay, soak in, and capture everything I see literally from the ground up. Life is full of meaningful moments—sometimes painful, sometimes joyous, but always fleeting. Light, seasons, people, aging, growth—all constantly change. I stay a moment, to slow a door closing on a chance lost. I relish the art in filigree, flourish, dappling, intersect, and hue. I am inspired, bending in crazy angles my tripod can’t manage to capture perspectives seen down along dips of a clover field or up along textures of buildings. I stop again to see anew in another time my saved images. I bring them back to life by painting with the tools of a photographer’s trade. I, like a painter, must think of layer, depth, and color. I don’t remake. I share my perspective of ornate column or shimmering petal. The philosopher Mihkail Bahktin wrote of the answerability of art—a crossing of the artist with the audience that is a lively exchange in which meaning is born. This artistic exchange is so unique, creative, and alive no one expresses or interacts with the work again in the same way. As an artist, I am entrusted with expressions that captivate, inspire, or inform each person to stay and find meaning in my art within the context of their life. God’s provision is my composing to enrich your experience of the world in elusive, creative pauses of life.

To see more of Hope’s work, please visit her website.

5th Place (3 Dimensional) – Laura Sturtz – “Copper Shadows 2” – Recycled Copper, Patinas

Laura Sturtz is a versatile artist creating work in both 3D and 2D. She explores both geometric and organic forms in her artwork. Presently, her work is primarily in metals and wood. She also spent 10+ years almost exclusively creating in ceramic. Her sculptural creations are often comprised of fragments of various materials that she has made, altered, and/or found. These varied elements become a unified creation in wall reliefs, which include her scrap wood series, ‘quilt series’, and collages, mobiles, art chess sets, and large outdoor sculptures.

Laura strives to create with consciousness and conscience. This may include environmental concerns, using recycled materials, dealing with social and relationship issues, making something useful, drawing attention to the wonders of the natural world…. She enjoys being challenged by processes that arise in exploring various media. Both wood and metal present joinery, form, and finishing issues. Testing and investigating traditional and non-traditional techniques is part of her process in developing an artwork. She has participated in numerous juried national and regional exhibitions and her work is in many national and international private collections.

In the last several years, Laura has been involved in creating larger metal sculptures that have been exhibited in various public art locations. Simultaneously, she works on at least two different bodies of work. She says that with so many options, life is too short to simply focus on one area to the exclusion of all else.

To see more of Laura’s work, please visit her website.

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