Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Nathan Cole 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.

Nathan is an award-winning artist based in the city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Nathan was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Nathan’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ 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 Nathan’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Nathan Cole is an artist, photographer, and writer working out of Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the Honours BFA program from Western University in London, Ontario in 2003, Nathan is now emerging as a professional artist after rediscovering the scratchboard medium in 2013. He is best known for his intricate and emotional portraits of highly expressive animals on scratchboard. He carefully uses negative space and the starkness of black-and-white to create engaging chiaroscuro compositions, sometimes playful, sometimes profound. The intensity and diversity of the lines created with the quill depict colour, texture, and depth all at once. The painstaking, slow, and unforgiving nature of quill on scratchboard works relates closely to the careful approach that must be taken for conservation efforts with these animals and their habitats. The combination of wildlife and domestic animal portraits is meant to create a commonality between the two, asking whether one has more inherent value than the other.

Nathan attended the Mauser EcoHouse artist residency in Costa Rica after winning the Nanci Christopher photography grant and participated in the Farm Studio residency in Andore, Rajasthan, India. He has exhibited his work at the Super Wonder Gallery, Queen West Art Crawl, and Beaux Arts Brampton, as well as Eduardo Lira Gallery in Miami where he was a semi-finalist for ARTBOX.Projects and The Treasury in Pontiac, Michigan where he won 3rd place in the Handcrafted Category. Nathan’s art work has also been featured in Murze and ArtAscent Magazines. Through his work and experiences with the animals that he depicts, he is hoping to challenge some of the myths, perceptions, and preconceptions surrounding wildlife. Stories and imagery are incredibly important, and our understanding and relationship with nature is so often based around them. With the awareness that for some of these species, their very existence is at stake in our current world, Nathan hopes to challenge harmful practices through representation, education, and his own process of rewilding.

Nathan’s work has been greatly informed and enhanced by international artist residencies, and the incredible diversity of wildlife surrounding them. He explored the lush valleys and winding waterways of Puntarenas, Costa Rica during the Mauser EcoHouse, then the desert landscape and rocky hills of Rajasthan while attending the Farm Studio residency in India. He has exhibited his work across North America and internationally, including in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Gallery, Zurich Main Station, and the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. Awards for his work include 3rd place for the Boynes Emerging Artist Award, Best in Show for “Artists of the World” show at the Tall Sequoia Gallery, and a semi-finalist at ARTBOX.Projects Barcelona and Miami. His scratchboard work and photography have been published in ArtAscent and Murze Magazines. Nathan has a BFA from Western University in London, Canada.

Artist Statement

Scratchboard, by its very construction and purpose, is a very fragile medium - you create by taking away and any missed stroke could ruin what you have created so far. Humanity and its relation to nature is quite similar. Humans create their society by taking away, cutting down and stripping the resources to create their cities and culture. Their impact on the wildlife and habitats around them is deeply affected by this process, but also in how they build their culture, the stories told and myths created. The perception of particular animals due to their place in history can very well determine their livelihood. Are the animals viewed as a threat to humans, are they treasured for their fur or meat, do they have mythic properties on the black market, or are they perceived as a pest to be rid of? Does your pet have more inherent value than a wild creature? Creating expressive animal portraits with scratchboard creates a tenuous relationship between viewer and creature, where historical and cultural perceptions can deeply affect how they see the animal in front of them. The painstaking and slow process of creating the art is echoed by the careful approach that must be taken for examining some of the myths and perceptions of these animals and how that may affect conservation efforts. In this way I hope that by creating art, I can improve the relationships of humans and the cities they live in to the wildlife surrounding them.

Nathan’s website is www.artworkarchive.com/profile/nathan-cole

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

George Ann is a professional, nationally recognized, wildlife artist based in Texas, USA. She specializes in creating realistic and detailed wildlife portraitures in scratchboard. George Ann was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 13th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

George Ann’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are George Ann’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

George Ann Johnson is a nationally recognized wildlife artist. Her work has been published in various venues, including books, magazines, and catalogues and has been shown in numerous galleries. Professionally, George Ann has been an active artist for over 30 years. Having a strong natural talent, she initially began her art career painting professional race horses to help support her own horse business. This eventually led her into starting her own commercial art company. Her Kansas City-based company was utilized by businesses throughout the Midwest, California, and Hawaii. After several years of commercial art, she began her career in fine art by studying at the Danforth Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Her training at the Danforth propelled her to study with numerous artists through short courses and workshops. Through this training, George Ann has continually refined her skill as an artist. In an effort to give back, George Ann has utilized this training to present various workshops and demonstrations and has taught at East Central University. George Ann has been a member of numerous art guilds and organizations throughout the United States including the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA). She acted as President for the CPSA Oklahoma Chapter and CPSA District Chapter Developer for the Eastern United States. She currently is an active member of the Corpus Christi Art Center and Rockport Art Center. George Ann is a realist artist. Although she has worked in watercolor and oils, George Ann’s principal media are scratchboard and colored pencil. It has been her recent exploration in the media of scratchboard that has allowed her to produce the high level of realism that is warranted by her talent and skill. As a result, her work has captured national attention. Her recent recognitions in competitions by The Southwest Artist Magazine and The Artist Magazine as well as becoming Merit Finalist in the national Dimensions Art Show and prestigious Rockport Texas Art Center are clear evidence that her work is increasing in popularity and value.

Artist Statement

I am a realist artist. My work is an effort to embody the three entities of Life: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. Every piece is an adventure into understanding the animal in which I am drawing. Physically, I have a strong passion for texture. The challenge of producing multiple, different, and complimentary textures within a piece of art is always a goal in my work. Through this approach, I focus on the detail of scale. That is, my work is capable of being appreciated at any viewing level – from across the room to under a magnifying glass – I want my work to radiate clarity at all levels of perspective. Finally, the ultimate goal of my work is to have my subjects speak to the viewer. This is accomplished through the subject’s eyes. The goal of every piece is to have the spirit of the subject speak and captivate the viewer, and if possible, understand the subject in a new and different light.

George Ann’s website is www.gajart.com.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Scratchboard Artist, Tara Merkt has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Tara was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #4. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.  Below are Tara's Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Tara Merkt is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Tara works predominately in scratchboard art; a 2-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white).

She is currently an active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Merkt trained at the University of Minnesota (Studio Arts BA - 2000) and the University of Wisconsin (Masters of Art Therapy - 2003). She was recently awarded a "Best in Show Honor" that will grant her an interview article in an art magazine.

Artist Statement:


I was inspired to become an artist because of my Mother. When I was a child she was getting her associates degree in graphic arts. I was able to go along with her to many of her classes during that time. I always remember looking at all the art she and her classmates created thinking that I want to do that someday.

When it came to choosing a degree the definite choice for me was Studio Arts, but I knew that success in the field was difficult. I decided to major in studio arts and minor in psychology so that I could continue on and get my Masters in Art Therapy. Life didn't ultimately lead me into Art Therapy as a career, but Art was always there.

I was introduced to scratchboard art by seeing a display at Blick Art Materials. Someone within the store had taken a small, and I mean SMALL... maybe 1"x 1", sample of scratchboard and created a profile drawing of a man. I was curious what they had used and asked about the medium. I decided to bring some home and try it. I have been hooked ever since.

Moving forward I would like to look into endangered species and their habitats as the focus of my art. This is still a concept that is floating around in my head but it will make its way to a scratchboard in the near future.  www.etsy.com/shop/ChelonidaeArtistry

 

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