Luis Robayo, (1966) Bogota, New York
Donated Piece: Amazon, mix media, acrylic and charcoal 2002
Size: 9 3/8" x 12 ½" / 23.82 cm x 31.75 cm
Luis Robayo is a Colombian artist living in the US. According to his statement, Robayo’s drawings and paintings are his emotional channels and ways of connecting to the subconscious to achieve healing of a sort. His work that often features images of sexual organs, animals, and repetitive patterns is inspired by pre-Colombian, shamanistic and African art. Robayo has shown internationally, most recently in Spain.
June Hankins, Chicago
Donated piece: Eve, oil on linen 2017
Size: 24"x 18" / 60.96cm x 45.72cm
June Hankins is a Chicago-based artist working in oil painting and drawing. Although her work references the stark backgrounds and well-lit figures of classicists like Velasquez and Caravaggio, Hankins also draws upon the 19th century philosophy of symbolism. Her practice is to hire models, dressed in costume to create elaborately lit tableaus in the studio, which she then documents via photography and translates to large-scale canvas. To capture the vitality of her animal figures, she sketches from life drawings with an eye to catch the unique personality of their spirit before beginning to paint. Choosing such labor-intensive practices deliberately places her work in the footsteps of the Old Masters and the collective memory of the tradition of Western academic realism. Her figures in relationship to one another are fraught with simultaneously conflicting emotions: the longing for freedom tied down by the conventions of flesh and physical form.
Andrew Krieger, Detroit
Donated Piece: The Leaper, Charcoal drawing 2013
Size: 25" x 31 ½" / 63.5cm x 80.01cm
Andrew Krieger is a Detroit-based painter and mixed-media artist. His studies of art, together with his expert carpentry skills, has lead him to create three-dimensional work, which brings together painterly representation with reliefs sculptured in wood. Optical effect is the key to this kind of relief collage. As the sight courses over the surface of the painting, Krieger places the three-dimensional structure in its path. This element of surprise prompts the observer to actively participate in the process of perception, exploring the object, and becoming aware of the interceding angles, shapes, and colors. Leaping Man is a charcoal drawing of Krieger’s three-dimensional art piece. Krieger has exhibited in Michigan and New York and his art is included in notable private collections.
Janet Rutkowski, New York
Donated piece: Promise of the Amazon (Sample work shown: Catalyst)
Promise of the Amazon is a metal relief inspired by Rutkowski’s fascination of the Mexican, Central and South American Cultures, and created in honor of Amazon Promise’s relentless efforts to bring aid to those living in one of the most remote areas of the world. A torch-cut steel leaf hangs from the wall with tendrils forming the message of the promise. Rutkowski has been an artist since childhood who attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City. Her career spans 20 years working in metal. She has worked in functional, architectural and sculptural aspect of steel.
Artist’s statement: “Great art, whether it be visual, sculptural, functional or audio, has a presence, and a spirit which is truly felt. I seek to incorporate the presence, that spirit, into every piece I create. Art is an unfounded religion whose inspiration comes from a divine source. That power is within each of us, and we should use it in everything we do, in all walks of life. It is the power of transformation. Transformation of the mundane into the divine.
Walter Kenul, New York
Donated piece: Primitive Jaguar 1990
Size: 38" x 19 1/4" / 96.52 cm x 48.89 cm
Primitive Jaguar is a piece created during Kenul’s plasma-cutting steel period. Traveling in South Mexico, Kenul became fascinated with the image of the jaguar. This archetypal symbol of the interrelatedness of nature and spirit, observed in the imagery of the pre-Columbian and native cultures, has since appeared in much artwork from Kenul’s workshop. Kenul lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. An artist and a musician who was born in former Yugoslavia, Kenul seeks new forms and juxtapositions of novel material with classic genre, such as in his series of plasma-cut steel portraits. Kenul’s work is intriguing in its apparent simplicity of form and a nearly outsider expression prompted by his life experience.
Norman Walters, Florida/Peru
Donated piece: Jera with Achuni, 1999,
pencil on paper (framed)
Size: 10" x 8" / 25.4cm x 20.32cm
Art and life have merged for Norman Walters. A self-taught artist, he launched his career after he had received an incentive from a TV presenter (of the Ding-Dong TV School), who specialized in finding new talents. Walter’s first painting was that of a white whale. Animal life and nature preservation has been the subject matter of his art ever since, as it has been the motto of his life. The owner of the Yacumama lodge on the river Ucayali in the Amazon rainforest — a second home of Amazon Promise — Walters has been preserving the surrounding jungle land from logging and exploration for over 20 years.
Robert Hardgrave. Seattle.
Donated piece: Gameshow Microphone.
gouache on handmade recycled paper
Size: 11.5” x 15” / 29.21 cm x 38.1 cm
Robert Hargrave’s painterly vocabulary has been formulated through a dialogue between classic media of paint and image-processing (i.e.; his xerox-transfer collages of photographs of magnified, found objects). The interaction between organic gesture and nonorganic form are the literal and the metaphorical underpinnings of Hardgrave’s vocabulary, generating patterns of rigid geometric fragments, anthropomorphic structures, and fluid intermezzos. In a sort of spiral evolutionary pattern, Hardgrave would periodically push his repertoire of form to unexplored territories. Gameshow Microphone is from Pulp, Hardgrave’s recent series of gouache on pulped Xerox paper. In what Hardgrave calls “total act of recycling,” the classic medium and Hardgrave’s stable visual language merge with the reused paper structure. Hardgrave is letting these interactions play out in a gesture that is both controlled and intuitive, whereby transformation narratives are being formed among the parts of the whole.
Czech Forests Greet Amazon Jungle. Oil on Canvas
Size: 70cm x 100cm
Nature is the sole focus of Zdena Klanicová’s impressive oeuvre that spans over thirty years. Klanicová has translated her classical training in painting and sculpture into profoundly feminine painterly gesture she developed to counteract the gender-dominant trends in Czech art. The landscapes and animals that populate her canvases are at once primordial and dreamy, mysterious and inviting: nature here is the force that draws the observer in by a gentle nudge, asserting at the same time its superiority as a phenomenon that refuses to be rationalized. In a sort of primeval homage to Romatic painting, Czech Forest Greets the Amazon Jungle invokes the habitats of the spirit. The subtlety of expression allows for the observer’s contemplative alternation between the visible and the hidden, the recognizable and the sublime. Klanicová has had a successful career as a painter and sculptor; her numerous painting and sculpture shows have been complemented by her collaboration with theaters as a prop designer.
Stephen Hall, New York
Donated piece: Rolex Revolutionary, 2010
Limited Edition Print
Size: 30" x 24", Giclee print, signed and numbered limited edition. #2 / 50
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Stephen Hall moved to New York in 1978 and began exhibiting his work in the East Village in the early 80's. Since then his work has been featured in exhibits throughout the US, India, Japan, Korea and Mexico. His work is part of numerous corporate and private collections and has been featured in major motion pictures, music videos and magazines. Mr. Hall has illustrated numerous book covers for internationally published authors. "Red House Mystery" A.A. Milne, "High Rise" J.G. Ballard and "A Can of Worms" by Russell Greenan to name a few.
More artists to be added on the Paddle8 auction site beginning April 21st.