Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna

On the frozen lake © Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna
Name: Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna, PSA
Bio: Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna was born in Finnish Lapland in 1960. She trained as a ceramist in the Arts and Crafts School in Rovaniemi and studied fine art at the Faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland. Since 2000 she has been painting mainly with pastels. She’s had several solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, and her paintings have received awards. She was a winner of the 2012 Art Times Award, Open Juried Exhibition, The Pastel Society of America, and 3rd prize in the abstract/non objective category of the 17th Pastel 100.
She is a member of the board of the Artists’ Association of Lapland and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Figures, Landscape.
Style: Pirko states: The starting point of my works lies in realism, but I am heading towards simplified abstraction and installations.
Technique: Pastel over ink underpainting. To quote the artist: My working process is a combination of the planned one and an intuitive coincidence. ”Chance favors prepared mind.” My aspiration is to give my work a possibility to guide the composing process. I mainly work with pastel. I am deeply enchanted with the intensity of the colors of pastel chalks. I am fascinated by different surfaces varying from pastel boards up to old gray staves of boats, as well as by the immediate contact with the surfaces I am working with.
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. There is an English version of the site.
Gallery: just Gallery.There is much to ponder in this artist’s work.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a slideshow on the same page and may not be copied. This is Pirka talking about On the Frozen Lake: This is the view in winter from my studio window. I started with an under painting of inks, even metallic copper, and worked with a wooden stick to give texture as an impression of the traces I saw on the ice. I worked with the flat edges of Sennelier and Terry Ludwig pastels, putting very gentle layers of pastel on top of the ink.
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Blog: There is a guest blog on Gail Sibley’s pastelblog 

Diego Simancas

Music on a blue background © Diego Simancas
Name: Diego Simancas
Bio: Diego Simancas was born in Badajoz, Spain in 1958.
He studied in the Zurbarán Institute and the 
Ramón Izquierdo Salesian College, both in Badajoz, from 1969-1972 graduating with honours in drawing before entering the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Extremadura.
In 1981, as he entered military service, he won 1st prize in painting and sculpture in the San Clemente military camp of Sasebas (Gerona), and 3rd prize for painting and sculpture in the Barcelona Armed Forces.
From 1987 to 1995 Simancas divided his time painting with his work in the pharmaceutical industry. From 1996 to 2000 he concentrated on painting, especially on portraiture, but from 2001 began a new stage, effectively abandoning realism, to give way to fantasy.
In 2009, Simancas was appointed professor of drawing at the 
Adelardo Covarsí School of Fine Arts and Crafts of Badajoz. At the end of December 2015, he resigned the professorship to establish a new project: The Simancas Academy of Art, a project for specialization in drawing and figurative painting, aimed at an audience interested in learning to draw and paint in a traditional manner.
Medium: Pastel, oil, pen and wash, pencil, mixed media
Subject: Mainly figurative.
Style: Fantastical, after an earlier, representational, period. His later work demonstrates clear influences from earlier Spanish masters, from Pablo Picasso to Joan Miro.
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. This website is in Spanish. Explore all the links, there is much to discover other than the pastels.
Gallery: Obras: Oleo (Oils); Pastel; Aguada y plumilla (Pen and wash)
You can access further work via:-
Otra Mirada: Obra (Works)1987-2000; De Toros (Bulls); Retratos (Portraits)
Image View: Images scroll horizontally in a slideshow and may not be copied. Not all are labelled. Music on a blue background is 55 x 64 cms.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Sven Kinader

Bearded Dragon © Sven Kinader
Name: Sven Kinader.
Bio: Sven Kinader was born in Saarbrücken in 1976 and grew up in the Saarland, painting from childhood. He first exhibited in 2013 and started to gain awards straight away for his work.These include 1st Prize in the animal/wildlife category, The Artists Magazine annual student competition, January/February issue, 2016; 2nd and 3rd prize in the Salon de Peinture de Saint Avold, Moselle, France , in 2013 and 2015 respectively; and Grand Prix De La Ville in the 3rd Biennale des Arts at Morhange, also in Moselle.

Cable-car © Sven Kinader
Medium: Pastel on plain paper or on pastel paper. Large-format pastels over a meter are painted on primed wood panel.
Subjects: Portraits, Still Life, Landscape.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. This website is in German. While in a slideshow, click on Zurück zu gallerie to return to the galleries.
Gallery (Galerien): Saarland – Impressions; Grosseprojekte (Largescale works; Portraits; Stilleben (Still Life); Auftragsarbeiten (commissions); Fan-Art.
Saarbrücken by Night © Sven Kinader
Image View: Images scroll horizontally in a slideshow and may not be copied. Title and dimension are provided. I have, unusually, uploaded three images provided by the artist, which help to indicate the dimensions of the work. The Bearded Dragon took over 200 hours to paint.
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