Upstream People Gallery

12th Annual Realism Online International Art Exhibition

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The “12th Annual Realism Online International Art Exhibition” showcases thirty-three artists this year from various parts of the world. Those selected are Nathalie Beck of Las Vegas, NV; Kathryn Benedict of Vero Beach, FL; Don Bergland of Victoria, BC, Canada; Alyssa Black of Alstonville, NSW, Australia; Douglas Blanchard of Brooklyn, NY; Alicia Bonilla-Puig of Landenberg, PA; Eilene Carver; Alexandra Chehy of Northbrook, IL; Beverly Chick of Boise, ID; Ione Citrin of Los Angeles, CA; Cynthia Fleury of Eden Prairie, MN; Ernie L. Fournet of New Iberia, LA: Yusuf Gad of Toronto, ON, Canada; Dragan Gilic of Novi Sad, Serbia; Michael E. Hockenbury, Swoyersville, PA; Judi Jordan of Taylor, AZ; Joseph Kagle, Jr., of Kingwood, TX; Barbara Koepsell of Orlando, FL; Linda LaRose of Levittown, PA; Tricia Poulos Leonard of Reno, NV; Laurin McCracken of Leland, MS; Lynn Miller of Lake Zurich, IL; Marilyn Murphy of Nashville, TN; Mary-Anne Murphy of Woodstock, ON, Canada; Wesley Ortiz of Oxford, MS; Tony Podue of Anaheim Hills, CA; Michael P. Raymond of Southbridge, MA; Nicola Roberto of Bari, Italy; Richard Schneider of Clevelands Hts., OH; Fritz Suter of Van Nuys, CA; Thomas Teamoh of Chongqing City, PR, China; Lance Turner, Morgantown, NC and Stephanie Wellman of Russel, ON, Canada.

Following are comments about some of the artists’ works that impact the show because of the concept created as well as the outstanding handling of media.

NATHALIE BECK of Las Vegas, Nevada has taken colored pencil to an exquisite level. Her piece “A Taste of Authenticity” demonstrates this tender skill and her concept using an artificial pear seemingly made of cut glass packs the punch as it is centrally placed among realistic pears.

DON BERGLAND of Victoria, BC, Canada creates some rather surrealistic statements combining unusual imagery to make excellent digital works. “Imperium in Mentem” does present a sense of a powerful disposition relating the mind, heart and soul. The rodents attentively positioned toward the figure, together with the intense land/skyscape, makes for a dynamic work. His piece “Originality of Sin” makes one think in terms of the snake coming out of the cage, the puppet figure holding it’s hands over it’s eyes as the pin stripped suited figure holds the controls. “Pension” bespeaks of the aged symbolically represented by the wheelchair, the old phonograph, the crow and the aged and cracked wall.

ALEXANDRA CHEHY of Northbrook, Illinois has a keen photographer’s eye. In “Contemplation” she captures the essence of an elephant with the wonderful textured skin as the eye looks downward.

CYNTHIA FLEURY of Eden Prairie, Minnesota is especially devoted to the landscape. In her photograph “Tree in Fog” she finds a dead tree among lively trees with it’s red leaves giving a kind of life and death message.

ERNIE L. FOURNET of New Iberia, Louisiana is an expert with acrylic painting. His “Cousin Jack” shows all the details with precision as the officer sits on his motorcycle. Another finely detailed work is “WHO DAT at Mardi Gras?” with the bright yellow and blue set the stage for the excited woman with many beads.

YUSUF GAD of Toronto, ON, Canada mounts his digital print “Brittani and Joy” on a wood panel. The polychromatic piece displays the delightful energy of a man and woman kissing. This emotion is dramatically expressed with this coloration. Another brightly colored work is his “Cafe in Greece” which shows the seated and moving figures as a nice contrast.

DRAGAN GILIC of Novi Sad, Serbia shows his devotion to equine works. His work “Spirit” captures the mood with his excellent rendering in oil. His painting “Tzar” is a fine example of his attention to detail as seen especially seen in the treatment of the fur.

MICHAEL E. HOCKENBURY of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania takes ‘trompe l’oeil’ to a high level especially seen in his “Lot Nine”. The fine realistic development of the bent horn amidst the musical score and other text treatments, is quite outstanding.

JOSEPH KAGLE, JR., of Kingwood, Texas works with the idea of panels. In his “Panel ll, Image 15: Speak No Evil” he is able to use collage to get the message across. Using two rather opposite figures, he creates a kissing theme in “Panel 21, Image 30: Limbo Three-Kiss Me”.

BARBARA KOEPSELL of Orlando, Florida masterfully displays plant forms in watercolor. Perhaps the most unusual work is “Peaceful Palms” in that the composition is more unexpected.

LINDA LaROSE of Levittown, Pennsylvania takes on a very important concept in her acrylic painting “Face of Alheimers” wherein the portrait on the right is countered with the many varied masks on the left emphasizing the different personality changes in the disease.

LAURIN McCRACKEN of Leland, Mississippi uses watercolor to develop her exquisitely painted imagery of glasses, bowls and bottles. “Blue Green Brown” is a nicely composed horizontal arrangement. Another fine work is “Orangina” with clear glass with only green color used, allowing the reflections and transparencies to shine. Her other works using foil are further high achievements as seen in “Red Pears in Foil” and “Yellow Pears in Foil” both of which are striking with the black background.

LYNN MILLER of Lake Zurich, Illinois captures the many details in her “Mulberry Street, N. Y.” which shows the two Indian figures at the entrance. “The Palace” is another of her fine sense of detail with three figures outside.

MARILYN MURPHY of Nashville, Tennessee is quite creative and quite the draftsman. Her thought-provoking works are intriguing as seen in “Action Still Life” drawn with graphite.
Another great work is her “Haunted by Tradition” emphasized with the figure in protective gear. And “Plumping” is rather humorous with the woman on the step ladder plumping the floating pillow. This visual vocabulary is quite refreshing and expertly handled.

MARY-ANNE MURPHY of Woodstock, ON, Canada handles graphite in an masterful manner. “Before the Forest...” shows the wonderful texture of the fallen log form. On another note, here series dealing with hands and feet are quite rich. “Family Portrait” is a strong work with the delicacy of the feet of the family members arranged with the high black and white contrast. Another of her graphite works is “The Invitation” which shows the details of the hands holding onto the back of a chair.

WESLEY ORTIZ of Oxford, Mississippi boldly presents his “Self-Portrait” in mostly blue tones with a high contrast. The warm glow on the side of the face adds even more to the dramatic portrayal. His work “Untitled” is rather more mysterious but works quite well with the warm glow on the side of the figure and the arm holding the back. The skeletal hip form adds to the intrigue.

TONY PODUE of Anaheim Hills, California is an expert acrylic painter. His concentrations in this show are dealing with various water scenes. “Anglesgate Light House” is a fine example of his high skill level in realistic terms. Further achievements of this direction are seen in his “Anglesgate Tug Boat” and “The Santa Maria”. Additionally, he achieves success in other subject matter as seen in “Hotel Cabrillo and the Happy Diner” which shows the nice complementary color scheme of red and green. “The Old Clock Shop” is yet another fine development of a building structure.

MICHAEL P. RAYMOND of Southbridge, Massachusetts has two interesting oil paintings in which the figure is placed on the left counter balanced with active linear imagery on the right. “Chapter 3” is expertly painted showing a woman reading a book. And in “Concerto” the male figure plays the accordion with the strong metal fence on the right. The latter shows a kind of rhythm with the lines and keys of the instrument together with the linear pattern on the right.

NICOLA ROBERTO of Bari, Italy finds interest in walls with graffiti. Perhaps one of the most interesting in its organization is “Suburbans Graffiti 05” which shows the two cars on both sides of the large scale face.

RICHARD SCHNEIDER of Clevelands Hts., Ohio uses imagery on his ceramic works. “Ken and the Gang” is rather humorous indeed. The black and white graphics with the warm orange color are quite strong.

THOMAS TEAMOH (LI FEI LONG) of Chongqing City, Peoples Republic of China finds some very interesting scenes and captures them at just the right time. His “Bus Boy Eating Snack” is nicely composed and the reflections on the bus adds a dimensional effect.

LANCE TURNER of Morganton, North Carolina brings a very creative approach to his imagery as pattern seems to be an important component. His “Rubberneck Hyperpixilation Progression” is an interesting sequential work using photo collage. “Self-Portrait as Neon Taxidermy” is rich indeed with the linear diagonal patterning and neon colors with his face centrally placed. With more optical effects he creates “Square” with the portrait seen as part of the overall pattern.

All in all, this is a rather indicative display of realistic works representing artists from the United States, China, Serbia, Italy, Canada and Australia. Thanks to everyone for sharing your accomplished talent!


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art