Using her personal experiences and a social perspective, artist Chris Brandell seeks to “interpret the complexity of the human dynamic” while also expressing her passion for color. Hue, intensity, texture, and composition are all crucial to her artistic practice that she uses to invoke emotion in her audience. From a young age, Chris experienced color differently from those around her. “It’s safe to say that my color awareness is similar to my other senses – it’s tangible. I feel I can literally communicate an experience through color in a way that I cannot through words.” Her technique involves a lot of movement and little use of brushes, favoring the affects of large knives and trowels instead.
Chris Brandell in her studio
Chris has been working in the business world for many years and is also a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is housed in several private collections. After climbing the corporate ladder in a male-dominated industry and becoming a partner in her own company, Chris is ready to take on the art world and pursue art as a career.
We had the chance to talk with Chris about her art, her practice, and how her artistic self is affected by the other aspects of her life. Read on to learn more!
No, this isn’t an art history term you don’t know. This is something entirely new.
Conceptivism is a new style of art that was coined by artist Sergey Kir. The style utilizes several different ideas and techniques taken from art history and recent technological advancements and creates a bridge between the old and the new. Incorporating computer digital design techniques, features of financial modeling, and a love for vivid color and art history, Conceptivism is the realization that contemporary art is changing.
Here, Sergey gives us insight into this monumental new art form.
Sergey Kir, “Dream of Las Vegas 2,” Digital Print on Canvas, 28″ x 40″
A Manhattan CEO-turned-artist is not something you hear about very often, but that is the story of Kelley Millet. After working in the business community for over 30 years, Millet discovered his passion for art as a way to express himself and the emotions he has held onto throughout his life, such as anger, joy, regret, passion, denial, and hope. His contrasting techniques stem from this variety of emotions, inspiring him to create in a wide range of styles and mediums. Millet uses his art to show the world that he is more than just a suit, but a man with emotions, a husband, a father, a musician, and an artist. He proves that what you do does not define who you are, something that many people can relate to.
Millet graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts with a degree in Economics, though he often found himself at art museums and taking frequent trips to NYC to visit the Met, MoMA, and different art galleries. Difficult family obstacles in his youth, such as the early death of his mother, not only brought him closer to his two older brothers, with whom he remains close to this day but also helped fuel the emotions that inspire him to create.
Beyond his art career, Millet is on the Board of Directors for the New York Red Cross and is a Co-Chair for the Grace Outreach Program, which works to get women out of the South Bronx and get their GED to prepare them for work or college. These experiences humble and inspire him to pursue his art and create beautiful, abstract pieces.
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, Natia Malazonia has always been influenced by the traditional art practices of her native country. Though she initially specialized in textile design at the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, Natia found inspiration in an iconic masterpiece of Georgian art, the Khakhuli triptych, a partially preserved medieval Georgian icon of the Virgin Mary. The triptych incorporates over 100 pieces of Georgian and Byzantine enamel and is of huge importance to the history and culture of Georgia. Natia vowed to master the technique and eventually developed her own unique style, combining traditional enamel methods with pigment painting.
Natia works mainly as an independent artist, but has collaborated with various galleries, including Agora Gallery and the studio of Eduard Egikian, where artists perfect the enamel technique. She has also donated several enamel pieces to the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, one of her most exciting moments as an artist.
We had the opportunity to speak with Natia and learn more about how she’s managed to bring an ancient art into the modern age.
Natia Malazonia at her Agora Gallery opening reception
Agora is fortunate to represent so many talented artists exhibiting around the world. It’s no wonder that such inspiring works are getting attention from some of the most prestigious global art markets. Here are some of the most recent awards and recognitions from our beloved artists – from the ATIM Top 60 Masters in France to London, Rome, and beyond.
Daniela Friederike Lüers with one of her works for the Ceremony of the International Prize 2016 in Rome
In Thai, the name “Banjerd” means creativity, and “Lekkong” means durable metal. “I believe I was born to be an artist who creates “Lekkong” art,” says sculptor Banjerd Lekkong. He was born in the Phimai district, Nakhon Ratchasima, which is where the Ramayana sculpture is located, chosen by UNESCO as an archaeological world heritage site. These sculptures, the rocks of Phimai historical park, Thai architecture, Thai art and so on have all influenced the artist since he was young. His first artisan teacher was his father, who taught Lekkong, since he was eight years old, about steel and the different methods in steel-making, such as steel-turning and metal welding. When Lekkong grew up, he used this knowledge and his creative abilities as an inspiration for his creations.
“I would like to create artwork that extends beyond the imagination, and also reflects unexpected inverse feelings,” he says. “I aim to transform this solid material into something lively and emotional with wavering proportion and posture.” All of Lekkong’s ideas are new but based on Asian tradition and culture. His artworks reflect his identity. Using whatever materials he has available, his sculptures are meant to present his ideas in ways that are unexpected and imaginative; each sculpture is one of a kind.
Each work shows emotion and feeling through posture and expression of the eyes. Using solid metal to make something beautiful soft, and tender, Lekkong creates many things: an exclusive piece of art, a unique creation, and a piece of sensation. We went to the depths of the artist’s mind to learn more about these masterpieces eternal from the hands Banjerd Lekkong.
“If you can’t excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in?” – Steve Irwin
When artists use the beauty and wonder of wildlife as their subject, they are not just recreating a depiction of an animal, they are exploring a life. Animal portraits, like with human subjects, much capture the energy, the emotion, and the environment that surrounds and animates the creature, much more than simply outlining the recognizable features. Artists who delve into the world of the wild learn to create a persona without the use of words or conversation. There is an innate understanding between the artists and their muse, which must be shared between the subject, the artist, and the viewer.
ARTmine has introduced many new artists who use wildlife as their inspiration and who portray these creatures in their work, and we’re glad to share their art with you:
When they are not exhibiting their artwork at Agora Gallery, our artists are working hard to promote their craft around the world through art fairs, collections, and award ceremonies. We are happy to give our readers a little taste of what our artists have been up to when not in the gallery! Read more to hear about our Agora artist awards and recognitions!
Ilgar Talibov at Art Expo New York 2016
Natural Art Installation by Andy Goldsworthy
Every year on April 22nd, we are reminded to respect and celebrate the Earth we live on and express our support for environmental protection. Celebrated in over 190 countries each year, Earth Day has brought people together from all over the world to cherish and protect humanity’s home. Environmental groups have been working hard to raise awareness of climate change and other issues facing our Earth today, but artists have also been known to express their concern for the environment through their artwork, not only by using the earth as an artistic medium to redefine humanity’s relationship with nature, but by pointing out pressing issues that need to be addressed.
There are many artists that are part of this “eco-art” movement, all of whom intend to inspire others to contribute to the betterment of the earth. Agora Gallery artist Mark Schiff took part of (and is a finalist in) The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Art Coop’s EarthFest Recycled Art Contest, which celebrates Earth Day by having artists demonstrate how everyday junk can be used to create new and beautiful things. British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy creates site-specific installations using materials such as flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pine cones, stone, and twigs in order to work with nature as a whole and not alter the state of the materials. Seattle-based lawyer-turned-artist Chris Jordan uses photography to document the dangers that American consumerism poses on the environment. Artist Linda Gass uses fabric to depict water in places where water no longer flows.
The hope for these artist’s work is to shift viewers’ attitudes toward the environment and the choices they make, helping to promote positive action around climate change.
Agora Gallery is proud to represent several artists who incorporate earth, whether in materials or message, into their work, and is proud to highlight these artists today.
“The craving for color is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Color is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated color with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.” – Fernand Leger
Color has been an informative element throughout the history of art. During the Renaissance, the ultramarine pigment was more expensive than gold, and thus was used in paintings to establish social-class. Contemporary art such as the spot series by Damien Hirst, focuses on the relationship between, and the representation of different colors.
There is a scientific reasoning for how color happens, but this information holds no relevance to humans, who attribute color to their lives in more sentimental ways. People claim ownership over colors by declaring their favorite from a young age. Artist’s declare ownership by manipulating the use of color to create meaning. Whether your favorite color is orange or blue, the wavelengths of light reflecting off of these works are sure to captivate and energize you.