Upstream People Gallery

7th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

This year's color show is quite colorful in many ways and in some other ways, color is subordinate in order to create the mood of the visual statement. Many artists have contributed to making this a wonderful exhibition and thanks go out to each entrant.

Here are a few comments about some artists and their works that sparked special interest emotionally or intellectually.

Maury Aaseng of Duluth, Minnesota has a keen sense of wonderment as seen in his digital print “Tractor Trouble” wherein a farmer is rhinoceros stampede the wheat field and the tractor goes out of control with the chickens and a young girl run from the situation. Showing another kind of exuberance, Maury uses abstraction and poly chroma to create “Crows n’ Candles”.

Brooke Leigh Adams of Chicago, Illinois creates a wonderful pattern of large and small organic shapes vertically arranged in her acrylic painting “Landing Softly”.

Aneesha Baldeosingh of Columbus, Mississippi photographs an exquisite arrangement of interlocking hands capturing a liquid solution and showing a zig zag movement in her work entitled “Sunset”.

Rebecca Baumgartner of Edwardsville, Illinois goes beyond the traditional concept of jewelry and presents a kind of body sculptural art form in her hand ornament/ring “Flowering Handpiece”.

Carla Berger of Brooklyn, New York has a keen eye for textural compositions and in her photograph “Cropped” she captures an interesting figurative arrangement.

Carolina De Medina of North Caldwell, New Jersey creates strong acrylic still life paintings as seen in the complementary piece “Apples, Limes and Eucalyptus”.

Matt DeFord of Natchitoches, Louisiana goes into the realm of the fantastic in his mixed media piece “Grope” that can be worn like a coat.

Jean Nunez Donegan of Thibodaux, Louisiana expresses strong content in her ceramic work entitled “Sodom and Gomorrah Candelabra” wherein the Biblical episode is graphically apparent.

Bryon Draper of Springville, UT is a master sculptor. In his combination of stone and bronze he has developed a signature figurative style. In his piece "Displaying a Measure of Status" he sets the figure in a fractional representation somewhat like the Egyptian figuration with the major characteristics of the human body positioned for greater emphasis.

Carl Ellis of Jersey City, New Jersey is able to find compelling surfaces to photograph. One of the strongest is seen in his work “Trunk”.

John Ferdico of Elmhurst, New York works with oil to create abstract interpretations. In his piece “Crescendo” he creates excitement in the angular linear arrangement with the bright red indicating the build up of intensity. And in a similar mode he expresses the idea of “Outside the Gates of Eden” enhanced with the dark angular movements.

Hillary Fisher of Annapolis, Maryland has an unusual treatment in film in her piece “Looking Through Time” wherein a rustic window setting contains an area of bright colors repeating the shape of the window panes.

Joan Fitzgerald of Athol Springs, New York continues with a rather rich expressive style incorporating her signature figuration and strong color palette of red and black. In her painting "The Means of Escape" she uses the text of the title in a rich pattern of expressive line work. And in "The Witnesses II" she creates a two-tonal use of red with a contrast of active linear patterns in the two figure images wherein the mystery of witnessing is sensed with the void areas of the head and neck areas.

Jules Floss of Laurinburg, North Carolina presents a rich movement using charcoal and conté in the curvilinear orchestration entitled “Galionella”.

Anthony Galati of Ledgewood, New Jersey finds the extraordinary as seen in his photographic works. “Corridor” is rather mysterious in terms of the perspective and high tonal contrast, yet looks like a close up of part of a rose flower. Another wonderful work is his acrylic and oil painting called “Karakaeden” appearing as a fantastic landscape. And in his red photograph “We Come from the Land” he uses the figure with the hand holding a fabric with land forms in the background.

Eugenia Algaze Garcia of Fulshear, Texas shows a delightful arrangement in her acrylic painting “Sleeping Dogs in Cat Pajamas”. The interplay of the black and white markings of the cuddled dogs is quite rhythmic. And with the sense of fullness somewhat typical of the New York School, her “Patriotic Musings” is rich indeed with color and imagery.

Sheila Grabarsky of Waretown, New Jersey is a painters’ painter in that she develops a tasteful painterly quality as seen in her mixed media piece “Fantasy Garden #2” with complementary colors that are intense and dull and light and dark.

Lisa Graham of Arlington, Texas creates wonderful grid like formats of brightly colored geometric curvilinear configurations as seen in “Sequence #103”.

Denis Hagen of Wheaton, Illinois shows the time worn surface of a bus appropriately titled “After School”. And his “Faces in the Crowd” captures an awesome display of brilliantly colored figurines clustered together in a rich pattern. And in his piece “Left Brain - Right Brain” he uses the black and whiteness of the logical side of the left hemisphere of the brain diptychly positioned with the right side with its more imaginative coloration.

Kevin Haran of Oviedo, Florida takes cardboard to a masterful level in all his pieces in this show. “Gun, 2008”, “Ship, 2008” and “Tank, 2007” are all very creative concepts for the use of collage in 3-D, surely to be favorites among viewers, young and older.

Don Harvie of Stockton, California takes transparent watercolor to a high level with his subject matter of balloons as painted in his work “Loaded Up”. And in his work “Make-Up Artist” there is a rather intimate interaction between a clown and a young person.

Janet Indick of Teaneck, New Jersey has a stimulating construction of steel, wood and paint in her richly colored piece “Santa Fe” with all the colors of the territory in New Mexico.

Courtney Jane Jacobs of Pleasanton, California is quite the abstractionist. Her highly imaginative acrylics are quite expressive. One of the strongest in terms of that excitement and energy is “Grunkydopsom”.

Jeana Jaeger McGivern of Wausau, Wisconsin creates sculpture out of clay in very successful ways. In “Ancient Voices” the brown organic form shows black and bright blue circular movements. “Ethereal Landscape” also shows the treatment of circular elements in a row together with bright and dull coloration. And “Sea Form” shows a kind of smoothness of surface and linear flow in more sea tones.

Erica Jensen of Eureka, California captures a panoramic view with rich foliage in the typography in her photograph “South York of the Eel River at Headwaters”. The overhanging limb cantilevers the view into the dense environment.

Joseph L. Kagle, Jr. of Kingwood, Texas has a great and wonderful use of pattern and color that is quite arresting. “Building America with Parallax Rainbow #56”, “Parallax Rainbow #27”, "Parallax Rainbow with Interior Frame #9", “Rainbow Matrix #7” and “Variation on ‘Death of Sardonapolis, by Delacroix #2” are all genius works of art.

F. M. Kearney of New York, New York gives us a special effect in his treatment of the cityscape called “Night at the Empire”. And in quite the opposite in terms of the environment he gives us “Private Paradise” with the special effects of the ocean and the warmth of the sun.

Jene T. Laman of San Marcos, Texas has a wonderfully patterned, hand woven work entitled “Shades of Red”. The six foot piece speaks loudly while having a subtly in its handiwork.

Inna Lazarev of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania has a particularly rich style in that the surface is highly textured with the subject matter painted on top. This works well in her piece “Garden Tools” reinforcing the notion of working with the roughness of the land. And in another textured surface she paints “Thinking of Charden” with a simple still life that has a lot of character because of the broad under strokes.

Diane Leon of Elmhurst, New York takes on the idea of “Nocturnal Fire” with large areas of cobalt blue with reds and golden yellows. And in her acrylic on paper piece “Red Hot” she makes the central area of red contrast well to the richly textured environment.

Jim Liedtke of Madison, Wisconsin is a master with the wood media. Quite striking is his piece “Mayan Jaguar” dramatically created with the face image. His piece “Raven Transforming the Sky” is a successful treatment with the interplay of the elements of the sky. “Raven with an Attitude” is wonderful in terms of its forty-six inch size and the use of steel for the body. And with butternut wood he creates “Whale of a Scoop”, a nicely arranged work with curvilinear rhythms.

Joe McNally of East Meadow, New York uses mixed media in such a way that provokes a dynamic interplay of two men situated within an organic grid and a pink and blue geometric grid in "Doppelganger". His work “Dorothy” with the red shoes and pig tales and basket with the green and yellow grid work is also very nice.

Erich D. Montfort of Brockport, New York has quite an imagination in his imagery. “Say What?” works well asymmetrically arranged using acrylic and acrylic ink with the strange creatures with bulging eyes.

Patty S. Porter of Tulsa, Oklahoma develops an exciting abstraction in red and green in her acrylic entitled “Sudden Impact” wherein a point of red meets the green.

Moises Ramos of Jacksonville, Florida has been dealing with circular arrangements in oil. Of particular note is “Chromatic Landscape #9” with the contrast of bright pink enhanced with the neutral gray. In a different composition “Chromatic Landscape #4” shows a counterbalancing of warm and cool in a richly textured development.

Burton Rein of West Hollywood, California takes on strong movement contrasts. His “Clean Sweep” holds together well in the overall warmth. The continuity of the circular composition allows “Collision Course” work in a more intense interaction. And his “Rush Hour” with the continuous movement around the sectioned piece works in that linear parts of the three rectangles meet together.

Barbara Romain of Los Angeles, California brings an abundance of images into a fine visual collection in her painting “Bad Eye on the Good Foot”. The overall yellow ochre helps to connect the many parts. And “What Comes After Black?” is another excellent field work using text. Moreover “Color Haikus” is terrific in the eight square panels of strong coloration and text treatments!

Brandon Sanderson of Red Springs, North Carolina has an interesting sense of space showing close ups together with distance while giving a decorative treatment as well. “Genius Loci I: Visalia, California” is a mysterious stone lithographic artwork. Also “Genius Loci II: Red Springs, North Carolina” also shows hand tools in the foreground with a flying object in a spatial setting with the decorative treatment of moving animals on top. This scheme works well also in “Genius Loci III: Pueblo, Colorado”.

Barbara Schneider of Bochum, Germany is quite successful with her textile works. Especially effective visually as well having strong content is her piece “Image” with the words ‘victim’ clearly stated. “The Universal Essentials - A Case of Love, Freedom and Justice” is also a strong and important work using the symbolic shape of the heart in the middle.

Thomas Teamoh of Chongqing City, PRC, China is a master with his photographic works and in this show he excels with his color usage. In his piece “Public Space” he intensifies the color in such a strong way. Also effective is his “Color Stairwell”. And with a more decorative way, “Sunlight Snow Tree” is a colorful abstraction.

Andrew Toth of Tuscaloosa, Alabama has a distinctive style created by his ceramic expertise. His series of works are uniquely engaging. The highly textured forms with the dark pointy protrusions are strangely intriguing. "Inflexusclavusform Tothoid", "Inflexusclavusform 2 Tothoid" are outstanding indeed. And "Inflexusaugmenclavusforma Tothoid" is also wonderful with its separate parts at both ends. His visual vocabulary continues with "Inflexustriclavusforma Tothoid". Punctuating these marvelous creations he delivers a two-tone piece with a smoother approach entitled "Remain". What accomplishment to see in so many special artworks.

Machiko Oshima Turner of Christiansburg, Virginia uses color with more shades. “Tree XIV - Last Day Together” is rich in texture using acrylic techniques.

John Vinklarek of San Angelo, Texas shows a high level of skill in his ability to create such strong visual impact with cast paper. His "Trackrunner" piece is quite imaginative in its various construction and striking in its warm and cool patina treatment. Also his varnished plaster work "Wellhead" is another strong construction with its rectilinear and curvilinear contrasts.

Yael VanGruber of Dallas, Texas is able to take the digital media to accomplish wonderful compositions. In his work “Energy” he red and pink are striking in the environment of black. And the multicolored piece “Magic” is very exciting with the wavy movements. In a different configuration “Rebirth” has more depth and more mystery implied.

Irene Wong of Singapore, Singapore blends color in an almost watercolor fashion successfully coloring her imagery as seen in “His Kingdom Comes”. The outlining of major parts work to clarify.

Peggy Zehring of La Veta, Colorado is able to mix color in with thick impasto effects. “Harnessing the Yoke” is quite rich in the highly saturated palette enhancing the character of the shapes. The sixty-six inch vertical arrangement is impressive.


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art