Upstream People Gallery

11th Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition

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Upstream People Gallery is proud to present the "11th Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition" which gives an array of styles and processes to engage the viewer. Following are some comments about artists and their artwork that deserve special recognition.

Sonia S. and Ted Astor of Scarsdale/Ardsley, New York manipulate imagery in an initial papier collé approach to create a dynamic panoramic interplay as seen in “Commutation” which shows the various means of commuting. With some color enhancement, “Newport Sunset” gives a fantastic sense of place. Moreover, the work “Planning” adds an intense drama to a real tragedy. And with some sense of the political, “Storm Over Washington” is strong in its vertical portrayal. Lastly, “Wings Above Manhattan” shows a bird’s eye view of the bustling city.

Aneesha Baldeosingh of Columbus, Mississippi captures emotion with the downward view of a woman, enhanced in the sepia tone in her work “Sepia Tears”.

Rosemary Boehm of Westfield, New Jersey creates a sense of space in her adept handling of watercolor in the piece “Jimmy’s Place” with it’s subtle diamond formation which gives it a special quality.

Natalie Chan of Forest Hills, New York in her digital C-print shows the delicacy of youth reinforced within the environment of the geometric angles of the room. In her other work entitled “Golden” there seems to be a sense of reaching over the fenced in space wherein again the contract of the human in the context of the controlled geometry is striking. This approach continues in her work “Human Landscape”.

Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld of Belmont, Massachusetts expresses well with her monotype and collagraphs. Especially effective is the work “Love” using the rather generic symbol is a more personalized manner. The size of the heart shape adds emphasis to the meaning.

Erin Cridlebaugh of Monroeville, Pennsylvania realistically deals with extraordinary genre arrangements as seen in her colored pencil drawing “Chains”. The idea of a chain evokes feelings of connectedness or being held back.

Carolina De Medina of North Caldwell, New Jersey is an expert with poly chroma in her still life arrangements. One of the strongest is “Green Vase”.

Antoine Faddoul from Lutz in Tampa Bay, Florida creates a wonderful undulating field of curvilinear movement as seen in his oil painting “The Moon-After Virginia Tech Memorial” depicting the terrible event that happened there.

Ernie L. Fournet of New Iberia, Louisiana has a meticulous control in his acrylic painting as seen in his realistic presentation of “Dakini”. Another highly skilled rendition is “Parvati”. And most attractive is his painting “Pink Towel” in the square format giving a wonderful use of mixed colors.

Denis Hagen of Wheaton, Illinois has a mastery in his digital manipulations. In “The New Shape of Autumn” he is able to develop a kind of fluctuating spatial sense.

William R. Hastings (aka Ray Durrell) of McIntyre, Georgia takes on the concept of inner thoughts in his acrylic painting “Artist’s Thoughts”. The subjectivity in the use of subjects and color add that special character.

Robert Hooman of Brooklyn, New York has some very dynamic digital prints in all his “Sunblessings” series. “Sunblessings 01” and “Sunblessings 03” are outstanding works with the motif of black and white hats and faces of a Jewish gathering. “Sunblessings 02” is also strong with the sunlight suggesting the special insight, light and wisdom that is given. “Sunblessings 04” is a fine example of a live given to the Faith. and “Sunblessings 06” with the dark tonality creating the reflected light creating the profiles is quite remarkable.

F. M. Kearney of New York, New York has a keen eye as a photographer. He definitely discovers a great example of the fall season with his work “Autumn Leaves” wherein all the typical warm colors are found yet here he finds a wonder streak of blue leaves making for a very richly colored photograph.

Ariel Kessler of Boston, Massachusetts speaks well about part of the human condition in showing the life an older man in her piece “Time Square Station Musician”.

Barney Levitt of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts gives honor to the tradition of the still life in his highly skilled realistic oil paintings. “Reflections of a Painter” is very handsome with the lighter imagery set off against the darker backdrop. The up and down movement horizontally positioned is quite nice “To Bee or Not to Bee” with the added treat of a flying bee. From a more distant view he shows a group of tied-up boats in “Tethered”. And “Double Portrait in a Pitcher” not only deals with the reflected image of the painter but the strong contrasts in warm and cool and light and dark visuality. Furthermore, the still life “The Price of Eggs in China” is another exceptional painting.

Patsy Lindamood of Gainesville, Florida gains a great deal of appreciation for her genre pastel works. In her work “Batter Up!” the excitement is felt in the anticipation waiting on the pitching of the ball. The redness on the right and the blueness on the left shows the skill of composition shown by this artist.

Jack Linshi of St. Louis, Missouri takes the approach of using alternative media, i.e. peanut butter and jelly. In his piece “Lunchtimes” he masterfully uses this media to show a happy young boy having a very large “P.B. and J” sandwich.

Connie Livingston-Dunn of Springville, Tennessee uses the mathematics of the fractal patterning to create a fantastic piece called “Phoenix Abstract Mountains”. The coloration adds to the wonderment.

Dr. Warren Moseley of Weatherford, Oklahoma is at the right place at the right time in his captured shot entitled “Big Thunder Bright Lights”. The high tonal contrast is quite effective.

Claire Nelson of Miami Shores, Florida gets up close to captures the insect in her work “Legs” which shows the delicate with the rough. Rather interesting too is her diptych entitled “The Pitchfork Tree”.

Erik Nielsen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has the appeal of the German Expressionists in his very strong portrayals as seen especially in “Convulsion” and in “{Untitled}”.

Ryan O’Grady of Boston, Massachusetts shows an exciting work in “Sprockets” wherein the elaborate patterns playfully covers the field of vision with a traditional and symmetrical building in the middle ground.

Tom O’Hara of Orlando, Florida develops some very stimulating arrangements with mixed media. “Combo de Luxe” is quite nice. “Puerta del Sol” is also richly arranged and given a strong effect in the overall gold coloration which also works well in the near symmetrical piece “Warrior Queen”.

Cesare Oliva of Firenze, Italy takes an unusual approach with media. Especially intriguing is the piece with the use of latex gloves that are tied together. It is quite compelling with the text giving the title “Create Free Gloves”.

Youssef Rami of Toronto, Ontario, Canada works in oil with a very organic approach. His spontaneity is refreshing as seen in his horizontal piece “Swirling Spirit” wherein the rhythmic play of light and dark in basically monochrome works well.

Moises Ramos of Jacksonville, Florida has some striking circular works in oil on paper. One of the most effective is the changes that take place in “Medallions” (5).

Kelly Renee of Visalia, California successfully uses the drawing pencil to realistically portray a young woman in typical clothing called "Amanda". Another expressive work with hands together is the charcoal drawing entitled “Prayer”. The almost tenebristic approach in areas adds strength to the tonal works. Much different from the other work and interesting because of the mystery is “Unknown”.

Richard Schneider of Cleveland Heights, Ohio is one of our best clay artists. “P38” is quite nice in the warm and cool contrast and the use of black and white imagery. His “Sculpture I” and “Sculpture II” are quite contemporary in approach.

Patrick Seufert of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania gives us some very nice autobiographically inspired oil paintings. One of the best is “Dad and Dog”. Another strong piece is “Still Shoes” wherein the play of space is quite effective.

Jason Stamper of Carl Junction, Missouri has a sense of humor and definitely a talent for hand colored woodcut printing. His two pieces go well together. “Before the Race 1” and “Before the Race 2” are handsomely executed as well as delightfully playful.

Merike Sule-Trubert of Tartu, Estonia is not only very skillful with the drawing pencil but comes up with wonderfully fantastic renditions of the natural world. “Nature 2” and “Nature 3” have an attractive sense of near symmetry in a rather creative way.

Thoms Teamoh of Chongqing City, China digitally composes an active arrangement in his piece “Music Band”. The light and dark, diagonality and the warm and cool enhance the mood. And on a gentler note, the work “Train Passenger” is rather endearing with the captured innocence with the high energy felt in the yellow outfit.

Garry Wade of Brooklyn, New York takes tin type to a high level as seen in his work “Medici thirty-two” wherein spatial intrigue takes place with the left and right sides.

Marydorsey Wanless of Topeka, Kansas in grid framework shows the many aches and pains in the back in here tintype “Lumbago 1”.

Phillip A. Windell (aka paw fotograf) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania takes a series of musicians with the most unusual one called “Saxophone”. Here the player is colorfully masked in red, and a complimentary violet blue hat and an unusual green chin piece.

Christine Wuenschel of West Lafayette, Indiana is a wonderful charcoal artist. In her piece “Ceres: to Grow” she creates an outstanding composition of a heavyset person standing, bent over. Her “Self-portrait No. 12” with the skillful tonal handling and special cropping makes for a rather strange portrayal. Additionally she succeeds again in “Self-Portrait No. 14”.

Roy Zenner of Cedar Park, Texas uses a “T” formation composition which handily goes well with the subject matter of “Game Day” which shows the love of the game of football that the cornhuskers of Nebraska have for “Husker Nation”.

Thanks go out to all the participating selected artists for sharing their talents to the world!


Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art