Fine Artists - 2
Karen Mason expresses a unique contemporary flair in her bird and floral and paintings through the combination of bold lines, vibrant texture andluminous atmosphere. The influence of cultural design and Mason's heritage become evident in her paintings - from the raw expression of Italian Masters style painting, to the balancing of nature's splendor and imperfection in a contemporary Asian style. In addition to her individual oil, acrylic and watercolor pieces, Mason creates multi-panel paintings that can be displayed as a mural grouping or in small sets. Her paintings are on display in private and corporate collections across the US and Europe.
My most recent work is Joomchi, a Korean collage process which consists of layering mulberry papers that become fabric-like.
Each Joomchi piece requires hours of intensive work, as the papers are aggressively rolled, folded, squeezed, kneaded. No adhesives are used. The papers are fused using only hand strength and water. While mulberry paper fibers are extremely strong, a very delicate balance of agitation and gentleness is required to preserve the integrity of the piece. Too much manipulation and the work can disintegrate; too little agitation and the papers do not coalesce: fragile yet resilient, a metaphor for the human condition.
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.
I am a painter and a sculptor. Whatever medium I work with I push it and myself beyond the traditional boundaries. The process for my two-dimensional abstract artwork begins by producing a clay monoprint that is transferred onto geo-textile, mounted on a board to which I add mixed media. As a sculptor I work as a carver combining unconventional materials such as clay with fabric and Polymer with silk.
I come from a long lineage of immigrants who fled countries and continents due to physical, political, or economic survival. My personal life journey and those of my ancestors, the hardships of persecutions, wars, and social injustice influence my sculptural work. I use earth tones, rough texture, and figures succumb to the emotional load to reflect this struggle.
My art also encompasses the fullness of the human experience found in the diversity of many cultures including spiritual beliefs, languages, culinary ethnic delights, colorful stories, humor, poetry, joy, and love. These are absorbed and celebrated by individuals generationally exposed to a variety of cultures. In my paintings I celebrate this aspect of the nomad’s journey by using vibrant colors, depth, movement and poetic influence.
Ethan Snyderman is a Berkeley Artist born and raised. When he isn’t carving woodblocks late into the night, the elusive printmaker gravitates towards either the sea or riparian environments in search of natural treasures and solace. The Artist favors the reduction technique for color prints– multiple layers are built up in succession from the same piece of wood. No matter the Artist’s intention, the medium ultimately determines qualities of the image. Intuitive decisions are made along the way, thus the end product is always different from the initial sketch.
My work is defined by its rich texture and the use of a simple color scheme. Using everyday materials, I transform them into 3D textures. With pigment, water and glue I accentuates the texture on the canvas. The results are abstract, non-representational, mixed-media art. My second act as an artist is proof of life beyond high-tech. As an electrical engineer, I focused on following specific rules to design electronic systems. Art simply invites the desire for free expression without boundaries or rules. Art invites the freedom to have fun.
Hanneke Van Oosterhaut
Hanneke van Oosterhout (Delft, Netherlands 1957) Hanneke started painting in oils from age 16 and attended The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (Netherlands), graduated on Painting and Etching in 1981. Her still-life paintings want to evoke beauty using the small things that surround us. Fruit, bowls, cups, glasses, findings, flowers and seed pods.The root of her inspiration lies in the paintings of the Dutch masters of the 17th century. Oftentimes a painting starts with a cup or an old glass and then gets build up from there, adding fruits, flowers and other things that might be of meaning.
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.