What an incredible year of art in 2018!
Thank you to all of our 'Balance' Catalogue Artists!
Your magnificent work and liberated vision is absolutely inspired!
Sachi Yoshimoto Biography
Sachi Yoshimoto is a Tokyo based self-taught artist who works mainly in oil medium. She loves the warmth that the medium gives to her work. Artistically inclined from a young age, Sachi has worked diligently to bring her art to life. In 2013, after years of amateur work, Sachi decided to pursue her art wholeheartedly. Sachi’s style of work is “true-to-life,” focusing on the breath she finds in organic and inorganic objects. Her vision is to bring life into the objects she’s attracted to in everyday life. Apart from regular art commissions, Sachi often donates certain pieces and commission profits to animal charities she loves. Like her art, Sachi continues to evolve and improve. Her ultimate aim is to have her artistic journey make everyone’s life a little brighter.
Wai Wong Biography
An unexpected encounter with etching urged me to pause my career in filmmaking and advertisement production, and took a detour to study printmaking. After my MA training in Middlesex University, London, I further confirm my passion on printmaking. My determination to be a printmaker is ensured, even though I know it will be a long and difficult way to go. Different from most of my peers, I will say that I want to be a printmaker instead of an artist. More precisely, I want to be a craftsman or an artisan focusing on making prints. Ozu Yasujiro is my favourite movie director, and probably my favourite artist. In an interview, he once said, “I only know how to make tofu. I can make fried tofu, boiled tofu, stuffed tofu. Cutlets and other fancy stuff, that’s for other directors.” Because he spent his entire career to make nothing else but “tofu”, he made the best “tofu”. Ozu probably did not consider himself as an artist, but a craftsman who repeatedly practice the same craft until he reached the perfection. This is what I want to be - a Tofu maker; a craftsman in printmaking. Except practicing the same craft repetitively and constantly, I do not know there is any other way to achieve perfection.
Dawei Wang Biography
Wang’s artistic practice draws heavily on his observational tendencies. In earlier work, Wang depicted banal activities tied to daily life in Shanghai. Upon his arrival to the US, Wang suddenly found himself a foreigner and retreated into an introverted lifestyle as he grappled with feelings of alienation in a new environment. As an artist, he addresses the silence and isolation of contemporary urban life in the West. In his works, human figures are blurred and literally insecure in their occupation of physical space, reinforcing the tenuous quality of human existence. In terms of color, Wang employs multitudes of cool greys, blues, and greens in the background while utilizing hints of bright reds and oranges to suggest a false balance. This dramatic comparison of color represents Wang’s exploration of unity and the tension between falsehood and reality, action and stillness, the physical and waking world. Dawei Wang, born in 1984 in Shanghai, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at Shanghai Normal University in 2015. He has already participated in group exhibitions like the FQ Projects New Generation Art Group Exhibition, FQ Projects Monologue Group Exhibition,Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art “In Between Reality and Fiction” Animamix Biennale, FQ Projects “Loners” solo show, group show of The Avant Grade Diaries Project Space in New York, as well as the Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore, Art021 and Sixteenth Annual Los Angeles Art Show Los Angeles.
Elisa Valenti Biography
Elisa Valenti uses the word raccolta, meaning “harvest” in Italian, to describe her practice of gathering objects, memories and experiences of her past to evoke emotion in her painting. Elisa’s paintings, with their colorful patterns, reflective, light- infused, painted imagery, give the impression of a whimsical reality-a snapshot in the imagination. Raccolta is a constant reminder of the balance of nature, a strict teacher of patience before growth and of the delicate death and rebirth cycle. Interested in conveying poetry in the medium of paint, Elisa reflects that her paintings speak in a language that can only be understood through color.
Amanda Thompson Biography
Amanda Thompson is a self taught abstract artist working with alcohol inks, acrylic and as a tile designer, based in Sydney, Australia. She uses vivid colours to tell her memories from her childhood growing up in Broome, Western Australia where she was always surrounded by luminous colours, the incredible reds in the pindan dirt, aqua oceans as far as the eyes could see, lushes greens of the mango trees and the shimmer and luster of pearls. She had a very outdoor upbringing and was surrounded by ocean, flora and space. Her art career happened by chance, a friend suggested she start a hobby so she picked up some supplies and started experimenting, she soon found that memories were flooding her mind and her vivid colour painting evolved. Amanda is currently promoting her new collection titled My Vivid Soul, is exhibiting a painting in Venice, Italy and has a number of paintings available from flatspace art gallery in London.
Jessica Terris Biography
I am a Studio Arts graduate of Loyola Marymount University. I am eclectic and my works are versatile. I paint with oils, acrylics and use metals, plastics and wood in my art. I like to embrace differences in mediums and the surfaces that I paint on so I create different textures and feelings in my art. I have been showing my art in Las Vegas, Orange County and now in Los Angeles County. I am now focusing on my art and returning to my love of all art forms. It has been a true journey to reconnect to me. I love the difference that I feel when I work in fine arts because I connect with nature. I feel this energy and intention move effortlessly with the paint going onto the canvas. The digital art is so new and cerebral. I am using a different side of my brain and it is more mathematical and using perspectives makes the creative flow challenging, yet fun. Both mediums are incredible and I love them. I believe to have the highest ego, is to have no ego at all. Release negativity so that we may increase. Forgive so that we can live. I have listened to Oprah, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Mastin Kipp and more inspiring teachers to help shape me to be a more inspiring artist. There is an underlying fear, yet I have learned that fear robs us of our potential happiness and contentment. A quote from Pema Chodron, an ordained Buddhist nun, gave me the courage to conquer my inhibitions. She says that “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” We must overcome the fear in order to live up to our truest, highest potential. The inner self says I want more, so there is unrest. However, when we sit with contentment, miracles and the life that was intended for us unfolds effortlessly from a higher power and source energy. The more I align myself with love and passion, the more I become connected to my creative spirit. My art is for the viewer so you can create a translation on how it makes you feel.
Jennifer Sundstrom Biography
Jennifer Sundstrom is a fiber artist from Upland, California. Self taught in the fiber art of needle felting, she is currently working on creating a “watercolor style” technique to her needle felted artworks.
Ira Stein Biography
My art tells the stories of the relationships between me and my models. Before one brushstroke is put to canvas, I need to know absolutely everything about her. My artistic process requires time and a commitment to paint the unmediated truth discovered during this close relationship. It is an agonizing process but I am compelled to continue asking difficult questions. Over the past years, I have painted the most unique women to me based on our chemistry and their story. I believe that their behaviors are genetically determined and not a result of experience or societal influences. My paintings, mixed media collages and sculptures will not necessarily go with the furniture but it will leave you with the unbelievable documentation supporting my belief that behaviors are predetermined by genetics.
Zahava Sherez Biography
Zahava Sherez was born in Argentina, grew up in Israel and currently maintains studios in California and Mexico. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew. She is a painter and a sculptor. Her work expresses the full spectrum of the human experience: diversity, immigrations, wars and loss as well as spirituality, poetry, joy, and love. Since 1990 Zahava has shown her work throughout the U.S. in such venues as: The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; Santa Clara University Art Gallery; Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY; The American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY to mention but a few. Abroad, she has exhibited in Mémoire De L’Avenir Gallery, in Paris, France and in Corsica.
Her sculptures received an Award of Excellence in “Manhattan Arts International” juried exhibition; she won “Special Recognition” Merit Award, from Upstream Gallery, and an Honorable Mention from Sculptural Pursuit Magazine, Many publications have featured her artwork such as Best of America Sculpture Artists 2007 & 2010, Art Revue Magazine, and Sculptural Pursuit magazine. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in the U.S, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Corsica, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Sherez has been teaching stone carving, clay sculpture, and mixed media for the last 30 years including 8 years at Pixar University/Pixar Animation Studios and workshops in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Dedicated to true expression through the arts.