|This year’s “14th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition is a great showcase of various depictions of faces. Sixty-eight artists from around the world have made this exhibition an outstanding showcase. Here are a few comments about those artists and their works that were impressive in many ways.
DON ARDAY of Webster, New York has a definite signature style which is achieved via an advanced understanding of the digital realm. His manipulation of geometric shapes and pattern are quite remarkable and accomplished as seen in his piece “Portrait Matter” and “Sleep Wake”, the latter less a figure ground concern, nevertheless abstract in its overall patterning.
DON BERGLAND of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is another expert digital master using figuration to present a rather surrealistic approach. His “An Official Celebration” is rather curious with the two figures presented in such mysterious ways. “Construction of Ideology” is another magnificent creation with all the implications given in the subject matter and the way it is presented in such striking combinations. Also, his “Doctrinal Performance” with the winged figure with hands over the eyes, cracked skin and the snake image, all make for a dramatic mystery.
SABINE BLODORN of Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia continues to impress the gallery with her great sense of creativity. In “Happy Chappy” the media manipulation of acrylic, glitter and mirrors produces a wonderful creature. And too, “Spaceface” shows the awesome textural development with the same media. Another terrific work is “Spongy” which shows the very creative creature in synthetic polymer.
KRZYSZTOF BOBROWSKI of Warsaw, Poland shows some fine acrylic paintings communicating the culture of different countries. Of particular note is “Jordanian Woman I” wherein the typical dress of a woman with glasses is in the forefront.
TOM CHEATHAM of Durango, Colorado has several special photographs. His “Burmese Orphan Girl, Myanmar” is presented dramatically with the light figure against the dark background. The light textural effects on the face is effective in adding a special character to the gentle face. The photograph entitled “Elderly Buddhist Nun, Myanmar” is quite awesome. The weathered wrinkles are an unusual sight to behold, indeed. His piece “My Son and I, Myanmar” is quite nice in the color and the particular outfits they are wearing, but moreover, the subject matter is refreshing to see when compared to the many ‘mother and child’ compositions.
IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California is an amazing, multimedia artist. In this year’s show she gives a bronze piece entitled “Herb” which shows her skill with different media and her ability to capture realism. Especially interesting is the use of regular eyeglasses placed on the sculpture. And capturing the essence of a club scene, she uses pastel and collage to produce “The Fan Club” with the many faces filling the picture plane. Also, her piece “The Tribe” shows the nine faces stacked compositionally in a grid arrangement for presentation purposes. In all of these the color choices are quite appropriate for the communication.
LAURIE CURTIN of Abington, Pennsylvania has several masterpieces in oil. Her painting “Contemplation” shows her great skill at rendering the figure in an environment but also shows her skill with high value contrast to express the dramatic effect. “Longing” also works in much the same way. And her colored pencil drawing is quite nice especially in the skill shown in rendering loosely flowing hair.
KYLER DANIELS of Cumberland, Maryland in her reduction linocut “Emo Self-Portrait” shows her talent in capturing a special mood. Her digital photograph “Innocence” is quite nice too when considering the ruffled hair of the child wearing a camouflage shirt which repeats the looseness of pattern felt in the hair.
BERNARD DESCHLER of Breezy Point, New York captures a kind of agony in his description of “Jesus Condemned #1” which is quite expressive in the face area with the mixture of colors. And “Jesus on the Cross” speaks strongly of the agonizing situation of hanging on the cross.
PATRICIA DICKUN of Apollo, Pennsylvania works well in charcoal as seen in her piece “Halo” wherein the backlit light source gives a halo effect and she is able to capture the delicate hair details.
TERENCE DONOVAN of Cold Spring, New York creates a rich painterly work in “Girl in the Water” using mixed media. The strong light and shadow together with the cool, calm and active water areas is nicely presented around the warm colored girl. “Two Girls” is also quite nice especially with the foreshortening perspective and the use of pink and blue, however exaggerated in the very light red-violet pinkish girl on the right.
ALICIA EZPELETA of New Canaan, Connecticut has the ability to capture some interesting facial characteristics in several portraits. “Cristina - Homeless” strongly presents a wonderfully honest portrayal of a homeless woman. Her painting “In Court” shows the character of a man starkly presented with the bald head. And “Tamara” expressively shows the colorful character of a very unusual face.
KIM FIELDS of Reno, Nevada is quite adept with figurative abstraction as seen in her colorful work entitled "Transfigured Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat". The depiction of various artists is quite an interesting direction, especially for artists. “Transfigured Carson McCullers” is quite rich in the expressive abstraction of the character. “Transfigured Chuck Close” is a wonderful interpretation. And “Transfigured Flannery O’Connor” is another strong painting. Also, “Transfigured Francis Bacon” is delightfully rather true to the personality of the artist.
SUSAN FOX HIRSCHMANN of Annadale, Virginia is able to incorporate facial imagery as embellishments on her clay and fiber works. “Circle of Friends” is quite nice especially with the addition of the fiber pieces. “Circle of Family” works well in terms of the contrast of the hard vessel together with the more delicate fiber.
SARAH GAYLE (PLOURDE) of Toledo, Oregon takes an interesting spin on the cubistic style. In “Head 6” she uses gouache over a printed graphite drawing. The use of subtle color adds much to the piece. “Head 7” is another strong work in the same mode.
DEVLIN GOLDWORM of Dodge City, Kansas takes mixed media and figuration to a high level as seen in his piece “Mr. Cali”. The outlining and shark image in he background add to the character interpretation.
SUSAN GREENSLATE of Spearfish, South Dakota uses mixed media in a delightful manner, using a portraiture of two children together with bright colored toys.
MILA TAPPERI HAJJAR of Miami, Florida deals with scale if her strong work entitled “Bad Memories” showing figures with historical outfits amidst the large face of a redheaded woman. And in another collage approach she depicts “Gandhi” with various descriptive images such as the peace sign.and tea.
ANNETTE HANNA of Boonton Twp., New Jersey is an expert realist painter. Her painting “All in the Family” attest to her developed skill and loving portrayal of two siblings. “Inesse” is another work showing the sensitive child. “Ingenue” beautifully depicts a young woman with the popular black dress which works very well with the black haired woman. The yellow ochre, flesh tone and black all work well together.
MAXINE HARRIS of Winona, Texas takes alcohol markers to a high level especially shown in “My Everyday Life” wherein the patterning and hand over the face give a rich expression.
SETH HAVERKAMP of Falls Church, Virginia is a remarkable painter. The work “Echo” is quite outstanding in terms of the pose and the awesome hat. The colors of the outfit and the background are nicely harmonious. “Hanna” is another strong work which also shows the special treatment of a headdress. “Penelope” depicts a very young child’s face with the rest of the body merging into the rest of the visual space. And with the tradition of a dark background, “Valle” sits proudly. And “Virginia” also shows the artist’s expertise in rendering the subject with extra fine realism.
CRYSTAL LYNN HERNANDEZ takes chalk pastel to a bold level. Her work “Mother” shows this strength which has similar qualities like the artist Alex Katz.
COLLEEN HIGGINS of Concord Twp., Oregon adds to the show with her work “Boo” with the strong tonal contrast and bright white teeth in the smiling character. Her other photograph entitled “Essence” captures the loose, windblown hair of a young child. And adding a kind of mystery she presents "Quiddity" showing the face of someone from inside an enclosed space.
TOMAS HOWIE of Fishers, Indiana us able to use the mixed media of charcoal, oil pastel,and chalk to capture the intriguing character in “Paul”. The attention to detail, even down to the fine hairs of the eyebrows, is certainly a true accomplishment when considering the use of the different media.
JOE KAGLE of Kingwood, Texas is an accomplished artist indeed. His "63. Busy Being Born #4, Steve Jobs" is a wonderful combination of acrylic, pencil and collage. "62. Busy Being Born #3, Steve Jobs" is another homage to the important person of Steve Jobs. Showing his versatility, "Man and Motorcycle" works well in the multi-patterned circular piece. "Pa Kagle" is an outstanding work as a self portrait with a lot of expressive qualities with a wonderful interplay of warm and cool colors. And "Self Portrait as Van Gogh" is an awesome interpretation of the artist Van Gogh with the cutoff ear and the painterly stile of Impressionism.
TRICIA KAMAN of Chagrin Falls, Ohio shows a very handsome work entitled "Al with a Beard". Herein is a well painted oil on canvas with neutral colors which works well with the calm, relaxed seated figure of the man. “Ben” shows a expressive depiction of a young man, painted perhaps to show the energy of the youth. And in "Gracie's Gaze" she captures another interesting personality. Also, her "Green Bandana" uses the warm colors of rusty red and various greens to show the handsome character of the woman.
MARIAH KAMINSKY of Durango, Colorado is a master oil painter as seen in the delightful rendition of “Aldo”. The accomplished work shows the moisture of the nose and gums and the happy-like golden eyes of the white haired dog. And in “Boys Will Be Boys” she shows her wonderful chiaroscuro and attention to detail with a young boy holding a snake. "Butterfly Grace" is another great work wherein the hair is wonderfully painted and the butterfly on the girls nose sets an interesting mood. “"Maya's Frog Prince" is a great painting and adds a bit of humor to her body of work. And "Tessa, on the Beach" is another marvelous painting showing the outstanding skill of the artist’s realistic rendering - the reflections in the eyes is remarkable.
CARSON KAPP of New Smyrna Beach, Florida is quite expressive with the mixed media work “Cabaret” which captures the atmosphere of a cabaret. The heavy makeup and the chin area is quite nice.
TIM KING of Longmont, Colorado is a successful sculptor. His piece “Daddy Daughter Dance” is not only an important message but well done in realistic terms. To show the idea of movement in an inanimate material like bronze is also notable. The mood captured in "Dreamy Boy & Eagle Girl" is quite strong indeed. Also "Hopes" is very good and the addition of white and pink adds a lot to the bronze work. Another strong work is "Summer Sunday" with the addition of the blue color for the dress.
JAN OSTERN LONG of Bayward, California shows "Libby" in pastel which in the umber tones, gives an aged quality. The close up portrait makes for a strong presentation.
JANET L. MANSON of Tonganoxie, Kansas also uses an umber toned palette, depicting the personality of “Chanel” in charcoal, oil pastel and chalk on paper. The dark hat and the patterned clothing compliment the face quite well. Another interesting charcoal work is “Tim” with the hand and the disheveled hair.
MELISSA McCRINK of West Orange, New Jersey has a great sense of effective composition as seen in all her oil paintings. “Glare” shows the strength in her work with the warm color and high contrast focusing closely on the left eye and the fingers helping to frame the piece. “Hush” is another strong achievement with the warm yellows, the finger up to the lips and the counterbalance of the light and dark placement. With more of the face showing, the angle is quite nice in “Melting”. And “Missing You” is gently portrayed using a rose and the reclining face positioned downward to help set the mood. Also, the work “Reaching” is outstanding in the detailing of the clasped fingers overlapping a tilted face. It is quite impressive when considering these works are thirty-six inches square.
JEANA JAEGER McGIVERN of Wausau, Wisconsin takes an interesting approach using faces in clay as seen in “Anonymous” wherein the faces emerge from a lump of clay. And “Past Tense” is interesting showing the faces and hand embellishing the vessel.
JENNA McGOOGAN of Salisbury, Maryland has a wonderful photograph of a rather happy person. “Seth” in close up is truly a delight to view.
NICOLE McKEEVER of Jackson, New Jersey has really accomplished a marvelous work in “"Abos through Zittman". The twenty-four canvases of portraits of classmates is very well done and graphically impressive. “Fictional Family Tree” with the addition of the colored backgrounds and overall triangle arrangement is also a wonderful display. “Hello There” is one of those humorous works. And taking humor further she presents “Self Portrait with Sister”.
JOSEPH McNALLY of Holtsville, New York has woven silver gelatin prints to create some successful works. "Jessie #2" is texturally rich and wonderfully presented especially in black and white. And "Mikey #1" is strong with larger square shapes created through the weaving. Also "Steven #2" is another successful work with even finer weaving.
GABRIELA MOLINA of Boston, Massachusetts has a strong high value contrast method with a caricature depiction of faces. Perhaps the most successful is “Pablo Neruda” wherein the smoke from the pipe is exaggerated and dances about.
RICHARD A. MOORE, II of Portland, Oregon has a wonderful style with portraiture to be bronzed. "C C Potato" is a great piece with the exaggerated facial expression. "Julius Geezer" seems to be more realistic and the wrinkles in the neck add greatly against the smooth shirt. “Sweet Casey” is sweet indeed with the smile and the open shirt collar.
VALERIE BRIAN ANDERSON MURPHY of Abington, Pennsylvania has a flare with black markers. “Praying Angel” is a fine example of her rich decorative patterning amidst the calm praying figure.
KAREN NEUBERG of Mesa, Arizona has a good sense of photography. In “Homeless21” she captures the character of the homeless man sitting up against the backdrop of a natural setting. And "Rockwell01" and "Rockwell02" are interesting in sequence to see the subtle changing of the group.
CECILIA O’CONNOR shows a kind of gentleness in her mixed media drawing in “Nicholas”. The simplicity in presentation makes it quite effective.
WESLAY ORTIZ of Oxford, Mississippi takes oil, acrylic and collage to develop the rich character in “Hosik”. The controlled face and the expressive clothing are a nice contrast. And "Peisinoe" is strong with the blue and yellow-green light reflection. The draped figure is unusual and gives a rather mysterious mood. The idea of showing a crouched figure at the bottom of the picture plane, holding a flashlight in the painting "Tornado" is quite effective in the vertical format.
PAULA PALMER of Gurnee, Illinois combines colored pencil with inkjet prints. With the rather amorphous character and somewhat blurred figure, she succeeds in “In the Dream”. This kind of effect definitely works well in “Apparition”. And compositionally, “I Can Hear You In My Sleep” is strong with the reclining head in white and the other half in black.
DEBBIE PATRICK of Sausalito, California in her oil painting “Pipe Dreams” skillfully shows the man with a turbin facing to the left with his hands turned to the right - a nice contrast. Her “Rainy Day” is well rendered with the thoughtfulness depicted in the face and the running water drips covering the window pane. Another skillful work is “Refugee” with a wonder expression felt in the eyes. Also “Spring’s Bounty” shows a blond boy with sunlit, glowing hair facing left, holding the small animal facing to the right, all in warm tones. And too, "Gloucesterman" is awesome in the detailing in the eyebrows, hair and wrinkles.
BLAIR RAUGHLEY of Easton, Maryland shows the beauty in a young woman with piercing blue eyes in “Veiling Truth in Mystery”.
CELIA REIGLE of Miami, Florida has an interesting approach in her body of work by using cigars in many of her pieces. “Corncob Lighter” is compositionally strong in terms of the figure ground relationship. "El Caballero de Paris" shows an great attitude using the mixed media in the hair. "There is Nothing Like a Good Cigar" really captures the idea of enjoying a good cigar.
LAURAE RICHARDS of Westford, Massachusetts shows a rather curious work entitled "Boy Looking" wherein the nice tonal contrast adds a dramatic effect with the environment. And “Five Faces” is beautifully painted in acrylic. Showing them behind the ironwork makes one think. And the uniform outfits also adds to the message. Another good work is "Theodores Children" with the young girl and boy dressed in opposite black and white dress.
ANNIE ROBINSON of Carmichael, California is an accomplished charcoal and pastel artist. Of particular note is her portrayal of a young girl crying. “Emily Crying II” shows a gentleness and a concern in the way the head is captured.
SUZANNE SCHWARTZMAN of Boca Raton, Florida captures a little boy in “Cambodian Boy”. The tilted head, the hands on his back and the scabs on the cheeks all add to the young character. “Chris in Pool” is graphically very strong with the wet strands of black hair overhanging the young man’s wet face. This works very well in black and white. "Girl in White Hat" is a strong work as well with the black and white hat and black hair but with the warm tones of the face. The tenebristic approach in the photograph “Two Cambodian Boys” is quite nice and rather dramatic.
TARA SELVER of Gig Harbor, Washington is an expert photographer as seen in her work “Candid Pleasure” showing in full frame, the smiling young man turning around.
HEATHER SILVERMAN of Cincinnati, Ohio uses an alternative process with photography using tissue paper transfer. Quite nice is “Sarah” wherein the method in the process allows for a gentle look.
GIANNIS STRATIS of Attica, Greece has a wonderful sense of abstraction and pattern. In “DaDarsa (11) Pyrrhic Victory" there are rich textural qualities making for a dynamic acrylic on canvas work. And in a more abstract creation he develops "DaDarsa (3) Sword of Damocles" with rich textural treatments and a lot of movement. Also in a rather lyrical sense he creates the delightful work "DaDarsa (6) Sardonian Smile". Also with “DaDarsa (8) Oblivion and Recollection” the same wonderful play of facial images are fanciful.
AMANDA TAVES of Chicago, Illinois works with panchromatic film to create some interesting pieces. Especially strong is the dramatic work “To Keep Warm in Winter” which works well in the high value contrast and desaturated color.
LEN UPIN of Buffalo Grove, Illinois has several awesome artworks using Pentel pen. All of his works are quite remarkable in terms of capturing the realism with a stippling technique. “Chediak” is a good example of his expertise. “Helen” on the humorous side, is simply fantastic. And “Ma” is another fine drawing showing his great skill. “Millennium Park Millie” is quite dramatic with the close up. Also, “Self Portrait 10” is a fine testament to the sense of detail. His other piece "Self Portrait 7" truly captures the humor of the artist.
CINDY WALKER of Denton, Texas works well with batik in terms of controlling the technique to render portraiture. Perhaps her most successful is “Serena”.
MARY WALKER of West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada has some rather fine head dress pieces. “Ethereal” is a bigger (quilling paper) work that is quite impressive.
BROOKS WENZELL of Athens, Ohio is very creative. The covering over the face is quite unusual and rather arresting. "Bryohominini" is a digital print that captures this strange creature. And "Bryolyzation" shows a handsome man covered with this flocking. The pink and green work well for this one.
HOLLY WIEN of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey paints expressively, creating rich painterly quality. “Girl with Red Kerchief” is visually powerful. “Old Cowboy” is another expressive artwork.
SONNY WILLIAMS of East Grinstead, West Sussex, United Kingdom has a rare signature style with oil on aluminum. “Untitled” plays upon the oval with a tenebristic portrait at the bottom of the format. In a similar way, “Untitled” (2) shows the portrait of a man with rounded shoulders, emphasizing the oval quality. And “Untitled” (5) shows the manipulation of light of both sides of the face, dramatizing the high contrast in the face which is made to have a pointed head.
The gallery is quite impressed and happy with the submissions for this year’s exhibition. It is truly wonderful to see the creative ways artists have found to depict various faces. Congratulations!
Curator, Professor of Art