Fine Artists - 2
Growing up in Lancashire milltown surrounded by stone-built moorland farms has strongly influenced my choice of subject. I find suburbia unpaintable, so I have sought out gutsy images such as old boatyards, industrial dereliction and remote pre-modern rivers and harbors.As there are less and less of these around, I occasionally take refuge in fantasy, enlivening serene Lake Merritt for instance, with a sinking ocean liner and a surprised Tyranosaurus Rex.
I began working with plaster on burlap ten years ago. I explore the relationship between the medium and image in my art by working to integrate the expression of the figure represented and the character of the medium itself. Through this process I feel that the figure comes alive and the image acquires a real sense of presence. I continue to explore and experiment in my studio in Berkeley, Ca. as I aspire to become a conjuror.
Berkeley painter Barbara Maricle has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her abstract paintings and mixed media works utilize line, pattern, texture and layering to explore her interest in states of movement vs. stillness, rising vs. settling, and visual clarity vs. obscurity. She uses an open-ended process, with inspiration from the natural world.
Barbara’s work has been shown in New York, Boston, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon, as well as the Bay Area and was awarded “Best in Show” by Scott Shields in the 2014 “Catalyst” show at Gallery Route One in Mill Valley.
Karen Mason expresses a unique contemporary flair in her bird and floral andpaintings through the combination of bold lines, vibrant texture andluminous atmosphere. The influence of cultural design and Mason's heritagebecome evident in her paintings - from the raw expression of Italian Mastersstyle painting, to the balancing of nature's splendor and imperfection in acontemporary Asian style. In addition to her individual oil, acrylic andwatercolor pieces, Mason creates multi-panel paintings that can be displayedas a mural grouping or in small sets. Her paintings are on display inprivate and corporate collections across the US and Europe.
I create paper creatures - collage hybrids made up of insects, birds, shells, human bones, plants and fashion couture. These grotesque beauties are on display, often pinned to the canvas to be studied and critiqued. I cut out illustrations from vintage medical, science and natural history books. I also source images from my vast collection of Vogue magazines to create the "dresses" for the specimens. I work with tiny pieces of paper - beetle legs, birds' feet, lobster claws, butterfly wings, leaves and flower petals - to create intricate, strange creatures. Part science fiction, and part fairy story, these collages are like scientific records of my discoveries.
Gina Papen creates artworks in two dimensions, as well as making unique pendants and earrings with fused glass. She has a BFA from Parsons School on Design in NYC. She has a studio at the Sawtooth Building in West Berkeley, and has been a member of ACCI for over 10 years.
I love playing with color as it interacts with abstract shapes and lines. I like to explore the juxtaposition of orderly primary shapes (square, triangle, circle) with splashes of fluid color and line. I enjoy the interaction between "abstract" color/shapes and forms that the mind defines. Eventually boundaries disappear between the abstract and conceptual and what emerges are light, space and form in their own spontaneous yet orderly compositions. My collages incorporate acrylics, watercolor, fabric, photos and hand-‐made paper. I received an M.A. in Art from San Francisco State University and reside in Contra Costa County.
Rob Reger is the President of the SF Bay Area based design house Cosmic Debris, who introduced the world to Emily the Strange – now an international icon and New York Times Best Seller for empowering people of all ages. Reger has been designing Emily and her cats for over two decades and has generated millions of fans of the character.
Reger received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and his oil paintings, printmaking, watercolors, and collage have exhibited in galleries around the world, including: Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Portland, Oregon.
After moving to The Bay Area, I now find myself in a transition in my approach to painting. Abstraction is creeping in, and I find a new love and joy of the pure application of paint. Some images are apparent, at times, but the more formal concerns are with the juxtaposition of color, line and shapes and the movement created throughout the composition. I start with no preconceived idea, shapes merge, disappear, reappear to be reborn, and create a narrative of some sorts until it all seems a finished dance.
Art is my preferred mode of communication. Color and form give me a language that allows me to directly convey my beliefs about the human race and our differences/gifts. I come from a long lineage of Jewish nomads. My people are Immigrants that fled countries and continents due to physical, political, or economic survival. Along the way pieces of many cultures got attached to my DNA: numerous languages including Russian, Yiddish, Spanish, Quechua, Hebrew, Arabic, and English, plus a variety of ethnic foods, jokes, and stories.I join my voice to those who elevate the conversation to new heights, arguments to new understandings, and conflicts to resolutions. This is what I focus on and this is what I express through my art.
Sam Vaughan is a Bay Area artist and printmaker specializing in classical drawing techniques and figurative, narrative themes. He is most influenced by northern renaissance artists but may stumble towards the Baroque at any moment. He has a degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is the proprietor and master printer of the infamous Dead Duck Press, and is widely regarded as one of the most handsome and charming stone lithographers in Eastern/Central El Cerrito.