Upstream People Gallery

12th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The “12th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition” is a fine collection of works that emphasizes the wonder that can be seen in the subject of faces of all kinds. Most of the images consist of human faces but there are some other kinds as well.

The works that are cited in this juror’s statement are those that provoke a kind of response that is based on the context presented by the artist and interpreted by this juror.

ANNA AJTNER of Bydgoszcz, Poland has several photographs that express the character of children. “Kids I” shows three children looking out from behind a door which might suggest that youth need to have doors open for them. In her “Kids II” she captures the more trying moments in a child’s life. And in “Kids III” she shows the interest and anticipation a child has in various situations.

ALEXEY BIKOV aka ALEX BIGBULL of Almaty, Kazakhstan uses various media to present realistic and expressive portraiture. One of the most effective is his wood piece “Ascetic” in which the exaggerated eyes, nose, concave cheeks and convex chin all create a very iconic look.

LEEANN ALEXANDER of Sarasota, Florida has a varied repertoire that includes mixed media, photography and digital manipulation. One of the important topics she deals with is seen in her work “Brothers 2” with the encircling effects uniting the brotherhood in warm coloration. Her encircling technique is seen again in “Disturbed” with the head of a man looking downward with hands folded. With more extreme variety, she creates a very strong work in “Masked”. And in a black and white with color additions she is quite successful in the piece “SCREAM”.

VAHAN ANANYAN of Odessa, Ukraine gives honor to his media of oil on canvas. His painting “The Portrait of Alena” and “The Portrait of the Wife” both seem quite heartfelt with confident expressive marks enhancing the tender gazes.

INGRID VANCE AUBRY of Oregon City, Oregon works in photo collage. The synergy developed with the designed cut of the hairdo repeated in shape with the “v” shape top, together with the common red and pink coloration, bodes well for this work called “Amy”.

MARY JO BEN-NUN of Greenwood Lake, New York, in her mixed media piece “Saint Mary of Magdala” creates a bright and rich container frame with cloisenné and glass beads giving a crowning effect to the woman of the Bible Mary of Magdala.

FRAN BULL of Brandon, Vermont comes up with some wonderful character studies in all her heads. With Crayola Model Magic and acrylic paint she creates some strong works especially in “The Heads Series 38: My Medusa”. The bright colors sets this one apart.

DUSTIN DAVIS of Frontburg, Maryland is very creative and puts together a wonderful construction out of aluminum calling his piece “Aluminous”. The various patterns are quite delightful.

SUSAN FOX HIRSHMANN of Annandale, Virginia has command of the ceramic form. In her piece "Circle of Friends" Teapot, she a strength and a delicacy in the admixture of materials. All of her pieces show this confidence in working with diverse media.

LYNN GALBREATH of Bin. Tup., Michigan has one of the most impressive pieces in that it shows several faces and images in a wide panorama of multiple panels. “Dialogues” shows many men and women in a work that is fifty feet long.

GEORGE S. GATI of Stormville, New York is an avid photographer. His “Balloon Vendor” he shows the brilliance of the balloons contrasted with the man on the opposite side of the picture with a frown on his face. The bright and dull effects are quite nice. Capturing a special face, he really shows off the strangeness and humor in his piece “Growling Marine Iguana”, one of my favorites. And in his piece “Home, Sweet Home” he really hits a chord.

JUAN GRANADOS of Lubbock, Texas takes the “mother and child” theme to the ceramic realm using stoneware, special glazing for crackling together with image transferring. The lightness of the cool blues and the heaviness of the roughness of the circular framing makes for a striking piece.

KATE HANSEN of British Columbia, Canada has a successful facility work in conté crayon, creative wonderfully realistic works. In her piece “Jessica & Miles” she shows a loving tenderness and happiness and gives it special emphasis with the gold leaf halos surround the heads. The light between the two is quite effective.

BRENT A. HOLLAND of Des Moines, Iowa is a genius in his self studies in oil. All of his works are beautiful in their true depictions. “Self Portrait 1/25” is amazing in his attention to detail. The three-quarter positioning of “Self Portrait 21/25” is striking and this is enhanced by the complimentary coloration. It is amazing to see the same person handled with simplicity as well, with a striped shirt, in his piece “Self Portrait 3/25”. And in more of a profile stance with the position of the eye, he makes another brilliant painting in “Self Portrait 5/25”.

ARTIST HOLTQUIST of Ortonville, Minnesota brings bronze to the show. His piece “Guardian Angel” shows the essence of the upper body with a hint of wings in the back. The idea of the lightness of an angel made of the strength of bronze gets the point across.

JOE KAGLE of Kingwood, Texas has a rich sense of expressive abstraction and a keen sense of color. In his self-portrait series he makes this quite apparent. In “Self-Portrait #1" and "Self-Portrait #2 he creates a rich display of amorphism with the planned detailing in the dot pattern in the eyes and mouth areas. And in “Self-Portrait #3” the control added with the curvilinear aspects help to develop the strong visual character.

MONICA KANE STEWART of San Diego, California has an appreciation of youth with her digital photography. All of her works capture a special feature and in the square formatted piece “Gummi Bears” the close values surrounding the face and hands helps to enhance the simplicity and calmness of the child.

SUSANNE E. KELLER of Naperville, Illinois is adept with oil painting as seen in her exquisite portrait of “Thomas” whose character is set with a high value contrast in the background.

BLAKE KETCHUM of State College, Pennsylvania handles gypsum cement in such a way with its warm patina, to create a dynamic expressive character in what she entitles “Extinction”. This drama is also felt in her other sculpture called “Ancestor”.

ANDY KIMMEL of Norwalk, Connecticut, with his impasto effects, develops a strong presence in his oil paintings. Especially effective is the work “Sleeping” which shows the heave brushwork together with the warm color and high value contrast.

CHRIS LAWRENCE of Shanghai, China has an excellent sense of the human character. His photograph “Chess Player” shows the bearded man expressing a kind of contentment. His other works also show the wonderful personalities of his portraiture.

PAUL LOEHLE of Cincinnati, Ohio is one of the best pastel artists shown in this gallery. His work “Irish” with its aspects of chiaroscuro and tenebrism is quite dynamic and attractive indeed. Another very impressive work is “Foole” as seen in the eyes looking upward and the smile and rosy cheeks. These are terrific works!

ARTIST MANTINIEERI of Monteroni, Italy has carbon-gelatine works capturing young and old. “Old Woman #1” shows the interrelationships of the lines in the facial features and the woman’s folded clothing. And in “Boy #4” the child looks up to an older person whose hand is there touching the child, possibly to guide.

CHRISTINE MARSH of Rochester, New York comes up with a wonder pink and green contrasting color work. The visual energy felt in the linear textural treatment framing the smiling face is quite impressive. The title “Shining Soul” is very appropriate. Her use of body paint is striking in her work “Dreaming” showing a male and female side by side with eyes closed as if dreaming.

TANYA MIKAELA of Sherman Oaks, California uses a collage technique of torn reclaimed paper on canvas in her work “Peace Is The Path” stating the long held belief that peace is the desired way. The brightness of yellow helps to create this hopeful message. Using the praying image of Saint Mother Theresa, she develops another strong statement in “Silence”. And with the theme of hope, she develops the work “The Dream” with the predominant image of Martin Luther King, Jr.

KIEN NGO of Surprise, Arizona aptly uses negative space quite effectively and emphatically in the expressive work “Tough”. The radial movement is well orchestrated to make a striking piece.

HEATHER O’NEIL of Dubuque, Iowa is another expert in her use of soft pastel. Her works with the people of the Congo is wonderful indeed. “Congo Boy I” and “Congo Girl II” is powerful with the strong value contrast and the delicate depiction of the hair.

DAVID ORTEGA of New York, New York gives the show a view of the characters about town in his watercolor piece “Crosstown Winter”. The overall patterning is a very effective way to show the people of the city. While New Yorkers are often hurriedly moving about the city, the subway brings everyone to a controlled speed where riders wind-down before they move onto the next item on the schedule. This "inbetween time" is one true experience they all share.

LOIS SANDERS of Denville, New Jersey shows water media in a rich and color patterning as seen in the abstract work entitled “Look Both Ways”. Her work “Story Teller” is interesting with the feather in the hat and the linear movements in the background.

ELIZA M. SCHMID of Santa Fe, New Mexico represents her idea of a group of people in “The Chairmen of the Party” in egg tempera. Herein are the many faces compacted together in a rich moving curvilinear pattern.

CHARLES STROH of Kalamazoo, Michigan captures a unique person’s character in the photograph “Afghan Baba” in which the strong features of the face is surrounded with a strong light headpiece and dark suit. Another strong pen and ink with watercolor piece is seen in “The Artist as Too Fat Mouse”. The high detailing complimented with the loose wet on wet technique works well here. And "Uçisar Woman" is striking with the bent forward positioning and the patterned scarf and black and blue clothing. The rectilinear background enhances the curves of the woman.

THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, China continues to document the wonderful qualities he sees in his Chinese culture. His use of light and dark and color is well developed in his photograph “Curious Friends”.

MARYDORSEY WANLESS of Topeka, Kansas continues with her tintypes to capture some outstanding expressions. “Of Ebbs and Flows” (2), “Of Ebbs and Flows” (7) and “Of Ebbs and Flows” (7) are fine examples of this unusual presentation.

MARA ZASLOVE of Santa Monica, California shows the working class culture most impressively in her C-print “Making a Living”. This image with the weight being carried on the back and the facial expression makes for a striking presence.

There is so much we can learn from studying the personalities of others by simply looking at their faces, their clothing and the situations in which we find people. It is the gallery's hope that you will appreciate these artists and their works as well as other people in general.


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art