Over the years, we have learned and seen that the artists who continually compete, who consistently show their art and who are dedicated to becoming a better and a more proficient artist, that it will be those artists who will be the most successful in their art careers.
A successful art career takes time, patience and a self-determination to succeed. It is from the above-mentioned characteristics that the artists who have been selected to be shown through the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for this feature, “10 Abstract Artists to Watch in 2018”.
There is no specific order of abstract artist to being shown. Here are our Top 10 Abstract Artists to keep your eye on as of this date;
Gerald Chodak is a Highland Beach, Florida based artist. Gerald creates non-objective abstract paintings.
Gerald Chodak has been a professional glass blower for 13 years. He now resides in Highland Beach, Florida and Michiana Shores, Indiana. Recently, Gerald completed several courses of acrylic painting at the Boca Raton School of Art under Eydi Lampasona and he continues his education at the Creative Arts School in Delray Beach Florida.
In April 2017 one of his paintings was accepted into the Broward Art Guild exhibit and in December he was juried into the Delray Art League.
In addition, in December 2017 he received an Honorable Mention and Special Merit award in the Light, Space and Time “Patterns” online art exhibition for two of his acrylic paintings. He is currently painting on canvas using a vibrant color palette with an impasto technique. Gerald’s website: http://artbyGerryChodak.com
Catherine Pickop is a Hong Kong-based artist. Catherine creates minimalist abstract art.
Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in my work; they help me to create a moment of silence within me. Drawings circles for me is chasing the harmony of order and beauty. The gesture of rubbing coffee residue and color minerals on paper using my body temperature, skin and pressure of my fingers alone to control the tonal movement in color is for me an intimacy between my body, paper, and the medium. The sound, as well as the feeling, is therapeutic, meditative and liberating. Catherine’s website is https://catherinepickop.com
Michele Tragakiss is an east coast based abstract artist. Michele hopes to bring forth a personal story — a visual stream of (sub) consciousness in her paintings.
Pulling from an otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of (sub) consciousness. Most often my paintings begin with only a color scheme in mind.
At the start of my work, I spread paint in an exhilarating period of complete freedom, energy, and expression. Moving paint around the canvas, I’m guided only by my gut and instincts – one color guides another, one shape dictates the next. After this initial development, the real work begins—the work of tearing down and rebuilding.
There is always struggle before the resolution but it is in the act of painting that a narrative emerges and perhaps even some meaning from this mysterious place. Michele’s website: www.micheletragakiss.com
Walter Poole is an Alabama based professional abstract artist. His preferred media/materials are silver deposit on panel.
He works in a unique medium silver nitrate deposit (real silver). His work has been shown in local and national juried venues across the United States and has been featured in publications. Given the short time he has returned to the world of Art his accomplishments are quite amazing. He was given the Benefactors Award at the Northern National in Wisconsin. His greatest challenge is being a progressive contemporary artist in rural Alabama.
The goal is to create positive sublime works that celebrate the good in humanity and contradict the hatred that is so prevalent today. This explains the use of silver. His website is http://www.walterpoole.net
Though born in Oklahoma and Marti White ae a resident of Arizona for almost 20 years. Prior to that, much of Marti’s life was spent in Minnesota.
Challenging myself with new approaches to collage work satisfies my need for change by trying new techniques and answering the question “what would happen if…” To me, art is an expression of the inner person which leads me to approach any work of art with an open mind and limited planning beyond the choice of medium and palette.
What is behind the surface of a work of art is something that fascinates me. Finding windows that go deeper opens the work to a variety of interpretations. If the viewer can find his or her own story when looking at the work, it has succeeded in communicating. This is what gives me the most satisfaction in the act of creating art. Marti’s Website: http://www.artbymartiwhite.com
Kajal Zaveri is a San Francisco – Bay Area-based artist, originally from India, who now since the last many years, calls California home. She is primarily a self-taught artist and specializes in abstract and semi-abstract oil paintings.
She is fortunate enough to have her work well received in the short time that she has been working as a full-time artist. Her work is currently featured on the home decor store chain, Williams Sonoma Home, and various other online galleries. Her art can also be found extensively in private collections throughout the United States and Internationally.
You can see more of her work on her website at www.kajalzaveri.com.
In describing her art Roxanne Fawcett would probably use such words as ‘colorful’, ‘textured’, ‘graphic’, ‘interpretive’, possibly ‘transitional’ or ‘natural’. She tends to work in series…acrylic on canvas or paper, mixed media occasionally, messy and loose. These are examples from some of her series…
Landscapes and Abstract Landscapes: landscapes, loose and free, inevitably lead to an exploration of abstract thinking. Acrylic on canvas and Mixed Media.
Painted Ponies: Horses present an amazing opportunity for the communication of power, motion, movement, and a fairy tale grace. Acrylic on Canvas.
Backyard Poppies: Florals can almost be an abstraction in and of themselves. Acrylic on Paper.
Do You Play Jackrabbit: Whimsy, calligraphic, colorful, and expressive. Mixed Media on Canvas.
Circus Girls: Yes they are! What a life they must have led…the adventures, the heartbreak, the sisterhood…and Elle The Magnificent! … Acrylic on Paper.
You can find more of Roxanne’s art at www.rgfawcettdesign.com
Kathy Blankley Roman
Kathy was born and raised in Chicago, IL and is an award-winning artist known for her expressive abstract paintings. All her life she has been making art of one kind or another.
Kathy’s intuitive paintings are process driven and reflect her connection to the world around her. Using acrylics and various drawing media or beeswax, oil paint and pigment–adding, then taking away, painting over, scraping back–her paintings develop depth and a sense of history. She uses contrasting elements to create tension: warm colors vs. cool, texture vs. smooth and high energy marks supported by calm, muted colors. The process she uses of layering and scraping in her acrylic paintings translates easily to her encaustic work and to oil paint with a cold wax medium. Kathy maintains a studio and lives in Chicago. Her website is www.kbromanart.com
Coming from a family of scientists, Helen Kagan has always been fascinated by the left and right brain relationship. A holistic therapist and artist, she’s been developing her unique technique and style as “Healing Arts” which reflects her own deep introspective view on life, a desire to bridge realities and heal the Past. She considers it as her unique way to integrate Fine Art and the Art of Healing.
As a therapist and artist, she believes that tragedy, trauma, and pain can be healed with beauty, positive energy, self-expression. Helen believes in mind-body-spirit connection and her passionate art is a statement of all her beliefs. Helen’s website www.HelenKagan.com
Nell-Lynn Perera was born in Malaysia and is widely traveled throughout the world. She has always believed that she was born different. She has been described as a highly sensitive person and has always had a sharp sense of awareness. Nell-Lynn continues these thoughts, “In moments of deep stillness I am able to feel you across the distance. You. A nameless, faceless orb of raw emotion seeking more. I know what it is to seek that un-nameable something more. And so I connect to you like the finely woven thread that connects humanity to its own consciousness.
She is at her best at understanding the human condition, the human spirit. She has befriended the in-firmed; learned from death row inmates; and collaborated with fine artists across the globe and she treats each one as an equal. Visit her wonderful website: www.nell-lynn.com