Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Tom Mulqueen has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Tom is an award-winning artist based in Illinois, USA. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 25th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Tom’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Tom’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 artworks that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Tom is a self-taught artist, who began painting while recovering from a mountain biking accident that left him in a coma. He began with the Bob Ross technique, but came to broaden his technique to suit his desire for different subject matter. His style has been described by one gallerist as "stylized realism". Tom's work has won several awards, and he has had two individual shows of his work - both featuring his railroad paintings.

Artist Statement

Art is an attempt to express the inexpressible, and at its best provokes a sense of wonder, whether through its technique, composition, subject matter, use of color, or detail. All art is a reflection of choices made by the artist – both submissions and omissions – and the best art is the expression of a personal truth, describing the world the artist promotes. As Bob Dylan said, “Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but inspire them.”

I have blended my passion for art with my lifelong love of trains. Oil is my primary medium as much of my initial art instruction was from TV art shows on PBS. The slower drying times also compels me to be more deliberate, giving me the time to assess a work more thoroughly as it progresses.

My focus on trains stems from the fact that both of my grandfathers worked for (competing) railroads in Chicago, and I grew up in his grandparents’ house along the tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad, for which my grandfather worked. Railroads also offer the opportunity to include history, diverse landscapes and cityscapes, and bold colors into my works.

Tom’s art can be found on his website.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Nathan Wilson has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 23rd “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Nathan will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and he will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” Archives.

Nathan Wilson is an award-winning artist based Iowa City, IA, USA. He will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of his award package, Nathan will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 23rd “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below are Nathan’s Artist Biography, his Artist Statement, along with 16 of his paintings.  We hope that you will take the time to read Nathan’s information and to take a look at his beautiful artworks.

Artist Biography

Born in the summer of 1980 in Iowa City, IA, Nathan has been interested in art his entire life. His earliest memories are of laying on his bedroom floor drawing pictures of people, nature, and copying pictures from magazines. He is blessed to maintain his childhood sense of awe and wonder when creating and experiencing art he loves.

Through studying 17th and 18th century oil painting techniques Nathan has developed the process of beginning all of his paintings with rough graphite drawings to establish scale and perspective. He then proceeds with multiple under-paintings of umber and grey tones, then finally complete the work with many thin glazes of color.

In 2011, Nathan graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in painting and drawing. Upon graduating he worked in Austin, TX and NYC managing print shops until he moved back to Iowa City to dedicate himself to painting full time. He finds inspiration in everyday people and situations, attempting to see the sublime in the mundane. Art is a way to find inspiration and to drive towards something higher than the self to access the pure bliss that lies behind prosaic surfaces. He hopes his art work offers the viewer a glimpse of that bliss.

Artist Statement

I create my paintings as a meditation on being and non-being. I am interested in the thin grey area between diametrically opposed positions, thoughts or behaviors, the more these two objects differ, the more similar they become. Painting is a practice that opens up a space to interrogate this transcendent grey are. My primary materials are pigments, linseed oil, damar varnish, turpentine, sable brushes, a glass palette, cotton duck canvas, etc. Josef Albers' book on color theory, as well as, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, a reference book by Ralph Mayer, became my bibles in college and I continue to use them as my fondest wells of knowledge.

Nathan’s work can be viewed on his website.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Arlene Buster has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 20th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Arlene will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Arlene Buster is an award-winning artist based in California, USA. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, Arlene will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.   Her art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 20th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below are Arlene’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 12 artworks.  We hope that you will take the time to read Arlene’s information and to take a look at her "Absence of Privacy" series of paintings.

Artist Biography

As far as she can remember, Arlene Buster’s devotion to painting emerged at a very young age. As told by her parents and her grandmother, whenever they would check up on her, they would find her painting or drawing by herself, in the quiet corners of her home. Her devotion to art was further nourished when her mother took her to inquire about her very first private art class. When she graduated from high school, she pursued her art at Montclair State University, earning a bachelor's degree in painting and drawing before attending the Academy of Art University. However, her journey was interrupted as she battled personal struggles with illness that made it impossible for her to pursue her art and even accomplish everyday tasks. Throughout those painful struggles, she thought a lot about the artist Frida Kahlo and the struggles she endured.

When Arlene began walking and using her hands again, it was a significant crossroad in her life. At the present time, in spite of some considerable impairments and pain she still experiences, she is much better. Painting for Arlene is personal, especially now, for the reason that it permits her to escape the painful obstacles in life and imparts her with purpose. The hours become minutes while she narrates her stories with her brushes filled with paint.

Artist Statement

In the words of Marshall McLuhan, “Technology is just not a happenstance and not just something that got there when nobody was noticing and so, we are responsible for our technologies and the effects of our technologies, as we are responsible for tidying up our grammar.”

I have created my series Absence of Privacy because I believe everyone has a right to privacy. Likewise, I believe that most unscripted moments in life, should remain unscripted and free from a world of webcams. To illustrate the ways in which webcams have invaded our lives, I have painted twelve paintings with oil on canvas. I paint the figure in everyday settings as they are being watched through a surveillance camera or webcam.

My interest in this topic began when I created a still-life oil painting of a webcam for my Contemporary Painting class in 2011. It felt eerie and overpowering. It was agitating to see a webcam up-close staring at me. For this reason, I began reflecting on the multitude of cameras that were gawking at me throughout the day. Prior to this, I had never given this much attention. As I read articles about privacy abuses, I felt compelled to communicate these issues through painting.

To learn more about his series and Arlene’s inspiration and process to create it, please visit her website.

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