Category: HARD EDGE

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In the Spotlight: Barbara Kemp Cowlin

WHO

I am a painter, living in rural Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson. My studio is adjacent to my home. I have lived in the Southwest for most of my adult life. I have a BFA in printmaking and an MA, also in printmaking. I have worked in the arts as an art teacher (all levels from 1st grade through university), arts administrator and graphic designer.

WHAT + WHY

I work in acrylic paint because I love the versatility of the medium and the way in which I am able to enjoy the happy accident which leads my work in interesting directions. I feel like I have a partnership between my own ideas and the paint, leading me to new levels of experimentation and creativity.

STYLE

I have been working on a series I call “Askew” for the past three years. These paintings are hard edged and play with skewed perspective, fanciful colors and imaginary details of architectural interiors and exteriors. They begin with a structure based on reference photographs and diverge from there. Multiple layers and varied texture are juxtaposed with the hard edges to create complex images.

GOALS

I want to keep experimenting and growing as an artist. I plan to stay within the framework of my current series and push it as far as it can go. As I progress, I will let the process lead the way to keep me excited and challenged by my work.

PHILOSOPHY

While I work in isolation in my studio, I believe that creating something brand new and putting it out into the world is important. If my work can touch others and lead them to view the ordinary scenes around them as potentially extraordinary if they just look closely and let their imagination run free, it will enrich their lives and make what I do worthwhile.

FINAL STATEMENT

I love painting. For most of my adult life I’ve sandwiched painting between full time jobs in the arts. When I earned my art degrees I promised myself that I would keep making art no matter what. Now, years later, I’m in the position of having a beautiful studio and time to work consistently. I continue to make the most of every minute in my studio. For me, this is my success story.

Thank you, Barbara.

Artist page

Instagram: @barbarakempcowlin

Web: barbarakempcowlin.com

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In the Spotlight: Tim Novara

WHO

I live in San Diego, California and make art that is itself a process. At first glance the viewer isn’t quite sure what they’re looking at and they get drawn into each painting to try and figure it out.

WHAT + WHY

I create paintings that looks at specific spaces around the world, not in a literal representative manner, but rather in an analytical or diagrammatic one. Each painting is a process of trying to understand or interpret buildings, monuments, and pieces of the urban fabric as they relate to the individual. I studied architecture in college and have a love of urban design and history, so my paintings are an expression of my own curiosity.

STYLE

My style draws heavily on my architecture background and uses a lot of the techniques from that field. There are straight lines in pencil as the underpinning or structure of the painting, which come from city grids and building shapes. Color gets used in a diagrammatic way to highlight elements, fields, zones, paths of movement, etc. All of these elements get layered on top of each other, but the work maintains a very flat appearance like that of a traditional architectural drawing.

GOALS

My main goal is to keep pushing myself creatively and technically. I never want to be a person who is completely satisfied with what they just created. Another goal I have is to just connect with more artists. I like hearing about what people are making, why, and what drives them.

PHILOSOPHY

For me, art is the process of trying to understand, investigate, and interpret the relationships between the individual and the constructed world. It’s not about trying to create a particular image.

FINAL STATEMENT

When I started making art, I wanted it to have a positive impact on the world in some small way and not just be a picture on the wall. I decided that for every piece I sold, whether it was a tiny print or an original painting, I would donate a portion of the proceeds to a local non-profit organization. I call it my “art-for-good” mentality. Currently, I’m making donations to the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Thank you, Tim.

Artist page

Instagram: @timnovara

Web: timnovara.com

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In the Spotlight: Pablo Zamudio

WHO

I’m a self taught artist. Grew up in Guadalajara Mexico and move to Vancouver Canada in 97. For 16 years I ran a very special clothing store/Gallery where I featured hundreds of artist and organized many cultural events on a monthly basis, from painters and photographers, fashion designers and musicians they were all welcomed and we were a staple of the city. Last January I decide to finally close my business and follow my passion as an abstract painter full time . I’m so thankful and blessed to be able what I do and share it with others.

WHAT + WHY

I have chosen lines , forms and colour to keep me company on my journey and search of balance and truth, also as a way to project that energy in me and all my surroundings

STYLE

Hardedge geometric abstraction / Op Art / suprematism / Non-Objective

GOALS

My Goal is to have a house / studio close to my mother and the ocean in Mexico, where I can continue painting the rest of my life and also start experimenting with sculpture. I wouldn’t mind traveling all over the world learning more about our planet too.

PHILOSOPHY

Imperfection is part of perfection.

Thank you, Pablo.

Artist page

Instagram: @pabloz74

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In the Spotlight: Vesna Mehlinger

WHO

Hello, I am an artist living in Düsseldorf (Germany).

WHAT + WHY

Art that only speaks to the mind is interesting and aesthetically pleasing.

STYLE

A big harmonic mess… To create an unusual constellation as the basis for a new geometrical dimension of images with asymmetrical shapes as well as a harmonic fusion of opposite extremes.

GOALS

To invent fictions and to express them playfully.

PHILOSOPHY

Freedom for your own interpretation!

FINAL STATEMENT

Living with sensitivity means choosing, discovering, being hopeful, opening to our emotions, and having the ability to experiment. The art of finding your own way.

Thank you, Vesna.

Artist page

Instagram: @vesna_mehlinger

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In the Spotlight: Nichole Gronvold Roller

WHO

I am a full-time artist and high school art educator living in Illinois. Originally from Minnesota, I received my B.F.A. in Art Education from Minnesota State University of Moorhead. Later I continued with my education completing an M.A. in Art Education from Boston University, and an M.A. in Painting from Bradley University.

WHAT + WHY

I have a boss that I never met. Every morning I wake up with a list of ideas of what I want to accomplish in my art-making whether I have a deadline or not. It can be maddening at times always pushing myself but I would rather be this way than bored.

STYLE

My current style is geometric abstraction with organic undertones. I like the push and pull of both deep and flat spaces. Color is an important component of my process and often comes from my personal experiences and surroundings.

GOALS

A few of my goals are to never be dishonest with my art and quit when I have nothing left to say.

PHILOSOPHY

Do not fear rejections. Get used to them and know that everyone has their unique preference in art. Once you get past fearing criticism you are free to experiment and create whatever feels natural.

FINAL STATEMENT

At the beginning of the pandemic, I became very focused on working with hard-edge paintings. Some artists needed release and were expressive in their mark-making during this time. I found comfort and solace in creating well-crafted shaped paintings that possess clean, precise areas of color.

Thank you, Nichole.

Artist page

Instagram: @gronvold_roller

Web: nicholesgallery.com

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In the Spotlight: Vince Smith

WHO

I find nothing but pleasure in being consistently curious over how simple shapes and colours can surprise , move, disgust or bring feelings of awe, when set together in a certain formation. Its this curiosity that is really at the foundation of my work. It kicks me out of bed every morning.

WHAT + WHY

I pull on various materials to build my wall sculptures. My medium for the majority of my work is wood. That can be meticulously cut and sanded birch ply but in the past its also been found and salvaged timber plus a few random found objects. What interests me is building up a three dimensional wall piece that challenges the idea of the traditional rectangle frame.

STYLE

I work almost always in abstract with close attention to levels of the plane, colour and interaction between the hard edge of either paint or actual parts wood I’m bringing together. Although I unintentionally build pieces to feel a little retro, that is what I seem to end up doing. Perhaps it lies in colour selection or form, its hard to pin down such a feeling.

GOALS

To keep my Picasso kid curiosity burning. If I can approach my work in that vein, I meet my short term goal everyday. Looking ahead… just take it a day at a time, yet keep the senses open to fulfilling opportunities within the art community.

PHILOSOPHY

Be true, dig deep and find the most expressive way getting your essence across into your work. Don’t second guess whats cool. Find your niche and explore every pathway in it.

FINAL STATEMENT

Within my practice I seek to blur the boundaries of the two and three dimensional. I’ll explore a mixture of materials including acrylics, wood, copper wire, glass and plaster concrete. My work attempts to strip away external reference to explore a sense of serenity and of perhaps unfamiliar emotional terrain.

Thank you, Vince.

Artist page

Instagram: @vincesmithart

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In the Spotlight: Eugene Lang

WHO

I am a retired Medical Technologist, living in Las Vegas, working my own hours from the comfort of my garage space.

WHAT + WHY

My previous employment, working for 30+ years, required precision and accuracy. I guess that it carried over to my precision in my artwork.

STYLE

I guess if my style might resemble someone, it would be artists such as Vasarely or Frank Stella.

GOALS

To continue producing work, maybe with some notice, notoriety or compensation.

PHILOSOPHY

As an artist, its my choices, my ideas, my timetable and no one over me.

Thank you, Eugene.

Artist page

Instagram: @ejlangeart

Web: ejlangeart.onuniverse.com

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In the Spotlight: Smoking Joe Perry

WHO

I am a studio artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. USA. I got my start when I was a young kid playing with play-doh, finger painting and mashing crayons into paper. As time has gone on, my art practice has gone through a myriad of shifts and changes through experimentation and pushing myself.

WHAT + WHY

I like working with a wide variety of materials without bottlenecking myself into on specific medium. I like to consider myself a woodworker, sculptor, fabricator, graphic designer, chemist, color theorist, mathematician and illustrator all at the same time. Exploring with different materials and ideas opens new avenues for me to pursue and constantly push myself in new directions.

STYLE

The style of art that I make walks a thin line between precision and chaos. I like to incorporate smooth transitioning gradients with no-nonsense geometry and mathematics. Incorporating glitter, phosphorescent pigments, and holographic film adds and extra level of stimuli that changes based off of the viewers location, specific lighting conditions.

GOALS

My goal as an artist is to continuously create things that originate in my imagination. The repetition of constantly creating work almost turns into a meditative state where I zone out on existential everyday problems. Art is an escape from daily routines and it ironically becomes a daily routine. Immediately after completing a piece, ill ask myself “how could I improve on this or change it”, which directly forces me into starting another project.

PHILOSOPHY

Don’t be afraid to lose yourself in the process. Don’t make art for sales or fame. Don’t make things to appease others. Be your own toughest critic. You have to live with yourself everyday.

FINAL STATEMENT

Art is the result of how one perceives the world. I feel that we are all constantly absorbing information from every sense and anything that someone creates is how they translate that information into something tangible, whether it be music, film, writing or visual art. We are all just filters and mirrors.

Thank you, Smoking Joe.

Artist page

Instagram: @smoking_joe_studio

Web: smokingjoestudio.com

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In the Spotlight: Brian Reinker

WHO

Hello, I am an artist based in London working from Make Space Studios near Waterloo. I studied fine arts painting and architecture at university and after a career in architecture and design I became a full time artist about 4 years ago.

WHAT + WHY

I have been working almost exclusively with collage for the past few years and I really enjoy working with paper and other similar materials. I enjoy the layering process of collage as well as the elimination and addtion of materials as the work gets made. The physical process of cutting and glueing, as well as working with finishes and varnishes, is exciting for me. I get great satisfaction in creating my works and also working on comissions with clients.

STYLE

My style is quite architectural and graphic. It relies on the use of colour theory to accentuate the layers and textures in my works. I also like to work in series so I can take an idea and explore it with the creation of similar works that are all based on the same theme.

GOALS

My goal is to continue my practice, working with clients and making comissions as well as selling from various websites. I enjoy doing exhibitions and art fairs and hope to continue these once the world can get back to normal after Covid.

PHILOSOPHY

I want to bring a smile to those who view and purchase my work and this, I think, is the best way to share myself and my view of the world.

FINAL STATEMENT

Thanks so much Hardedger for giving me the opportunity to share these thoughts and please have a look at my work. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you, Brian.

Artist page

Instagram: @brianreinker

Web: brianreinker.com

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In the Spotlight: Joost Hogervorst

WHO

I’m a (graphic) artist from Holland. I studied and worked in Amsterdam and at the moment I’m a full time artist. In my studio in Assendelft (Zaanstad) I create as if my life depends on it. It’s my oxygen.

WHAT + WHY

I draw and design. Never mind if people call it art or not. I do my thing. I don´t know why, I just have to do it. It’s nice to surprise yourself and to see what will appear during the creation process.

STYLE

I really tried it but I can’t work in just one or a few styles. There’s much too much to explore. New styles just appear, often accidentally. I work quite randomly and combine styles, images and what more I find. It keeps coming and coming. Abstract works are really fun to make. I initially made them for myself and didn’t expect anyone to like it, but I was wrong. It´s great to see this work gets hundreds of likes at Insta @hardedger.

GOALS

I wanted to be a full time artist without being poor. I also wanted to be independent and make whatever I want and like. That’s what I achieved too. So, how happy can a man be? 🙂

PHILOSOPHY

Some people see things, others appear to blind. I try to help them a bit.

Thank you, Joost.

Artist page

Instagram: @tisfraai

Web: tisfraai.com

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In the Spotlight: Jason T Graves

WHO

My name is Jason T. Graves, I’ve been a professional artist for 20 years and the owner of Apollo Ink Screen Printing in Boulder, Colorado for 15 years. I studied and graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000).

WHAT + WHY

I create large scale murals, studio paintings as well as graphic design. I work in a vast range of artistic styles. I’m primarily focused on (but not limited to) non nonobjective, abstract, design. You can find public art works of mine on the exterior and interiors of business, schools, underpasses, parking structures and vehicles. When my schedule allows for it I also take studio commissions or hang works in shows.

STYLE

My style is original, refined and recognizable. It’s a blend of contemporary street and fine art.

GOALS

To always progress my concepts, styles and creative abilities.

PHILOSOPHY

It takes more energy to wish you would have than to just have done it. 2. You get what you settle for. 3. Make it just weird enough.

Thank you, Jason.

Artist page

Instagram: @jasontgraves

Web: jasontgravesart.com

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In the Spotlight: Marcio Norberto

WHO

I’m a self-taught artist from Brazil now based in London with a love for fashion, music, and photography.

WHAT + WHY

My current interest is the exploration of suburban landscapes which may not be noticed by the casual observer and to draw attention to details often missed. Playing with symbols, shapes, and geometric forms, I am inspired by abstract landscape and nouveau brutalism.

STYLE

Working with hard-edges, I create sharp lines and colour contrasts that form geometric structures. Using materials including acrylic, gesso, chalk, enamel and copper, my artwork represents an abstraction of the suburban landscape.

GOALS

To continue making art that will hopefully inspire others to see the beauty in the everyday ordinary.

PHILOSOPHY

My art is an invitation for those who want to take the trouble to see the world through my eyes; elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Thank you, Marcio.

Artist page

Instagram: @marcionorberto_nineteen78

Web: marcionineteen78.com

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In the Spotlight: Federica Cella

WHO

I’m Federica, I’m 30 years old and I’m a self taught artist.

WHAT + WHY

I paint and I draw, acrylics, pencils, watercolors, everything to express myself. I do this because it’s like breathing and I feel good.

STYLE

My style goes from realism to abstract, from cartoon to geometric.

GOALS

Definitely to make people happy.

PHILOSOPHY

Express yourself no matter what.

Thank you, Federica.

Artist page

Instagram: @theblondlasagna

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In the Spotlight: Theodora Delikonstanti

WHO

My name is Theodora Delikonstanti and I am from Greece. I have studied Graphic design and I am also a crafter and a single mum of one.

WHAT + WHY

Expressing myself through different techniques shapes and colors is quite liberating, mostly preferring hardedge and minimal approaches, light and transparencies.

STYLE

Mixed media, digital painting block and giclée printing with acrylics and inks are methods commonly I use in canvas, paper and wood.

GOALS

Despite the general pessimistic days in our world today, I am trying to be nothing but an optimist !

PHILOSOPHY

As Picasso said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life”.

Thank you, Theodora.

Artist page

Instagram: @tdel_ikon

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In the Spotlight: John Eckert

WHO

I’m a self taught who has been painting for 2 years. After 35 years as a practicing architect I have developed an interest in composition and simplicity.

WHAT + WHY

As a passionate Porsche and Ducati owner I tend to use those as subjects, along with architecturally influenced abstract compositions. Pixilating images allows for them to be encapsulated into and overall composition.

STYLE

The inherent translucency of water colour allows for subtle colour variations within each block. Individually each of the blocks are pure colour, but in combination the blocks reflects a pattern and interrelationship that reveals visual movement or images within. Drop shadows enables each block to be defined as a component with its own colour quality and intensity. Various grids then link the individual colour blocks into a mosaic representing the entire composition. Edges sometimes fracture to reinforce the grid blocks, showing how missing pieces are sometimes as important as those included.

GOALS

I paint for personal pleasure, my goal is to enjoy it for many years.

PHILOSOPHY

Pixilating images allows for them to be encapsulated into overall compositions. The drop shadows allows each block to be identified as an individual within the group, whilst the group combines for the image.

Thank you, John.

Artist page

Instagram: @eckartwork

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