Lianne Alcon is an expressionistic painter whose canvases reflect images viewed by an experienced, discerning eye for the essential. Yet her painting style is loose—in contrast to her disciplined approach—and it frequently incorporates swirling strokes and liberal use of her brushes. Alcon uses that contrasting perception and expression—whether painting flamenco dancers or sceneries from Spain, both favorite subjects—to uniquely capture their spirit.
Jude Amsel is a photographer, ceramicist and glass artist who exhibits her work in galleries nationwide. Her work is represented in many collections, which include museums, public spaces, and is in the collections of celebrities in entertainment. Jude was selected by the State of New York to create a memorial sculpture involving photo images of the fallen firefighters of September 11, 2001. The work was unveiled in 2002 to great acclaim and is a permanent exhibit of the New York City Fire Museum.
Casey can often be found at the beach, observing the changes in time, color, and weather, which manifest on her canvases as a balance between tranquility and visual stimulation. Her paintings are collected by those who wish to access that serenity and the emotional lift of color that her work so uniquely offers. The colors motivate her to create this parallel world in paint. These pieces are a creative interpretation of the ocean, where the artist feels most grounded.
Herbert August of Sagaponac is an abstract artist. Although his work is abstract, he frequently starts a work with reference to nature – the live model, the still life and photographs of athletes, dancers, trees and other elements of the world around him. “I often start a work at a small scale and enlarge it so that I can explore color, shape and texture with greater freedom allowed by the larger work. Those three elements all come together along with intuition to express the emotion of the work” says August.
Lois Bender combines her background in art direction and graphic design with her creative talents using various mediums: drawing, watercolor, photography, and printmaking creating fresh syntheses of styles for retail markets and design industries.
Her newest GardenSpirits NY Collections in watercolor highlight the beauty of floral design arrangements and the artistry of floral designers with whom she collaborates to create art for florists, their clients and collectors. Her “sketch” to final “finish” process has inspired her to start her Nature Journal Sketchbook Workshops, teaching and sharing her skills with avid art lovers, learning how to draw their inspirations into journal formats. Painting, travel and gardens are her passions that inspire each other.
The viewer is invited inside this private world to see the joy, humor and love of life.
Marissa Bridge is an artist whose work is inspired by the close observation of nature. Drawing on both Western and Eastern stylistic traditions, most of her artworks portray flowers and flower shapes, and are studies in spirit, form and pattern. She typically works in series, as a method of investigation and as a meditative process. In addition to painting in oils and watercolor, she produces etchings and lithographic prints. Marissa splits her time between her studios in West Chelsea and East Quogue, New York.
For the first 18 years of my life I wanted to be a teacher then it just kind of happened, I was not set out to be a photographer. I treated myself to a camera as a high school graduation present, and now after 4 years of photographing just about everything. I have my heart set on landscapes and children. I learn new things every day, and it has become an obsession of mine. I focus a lot of my landscape work on the beach, it is a calming atmosphere and I feel that I can never take the same photo twice.
Lucille Colin lives in NYC and Sag Harbor. Her one person shows include the Brooklyn Museum, The National Gallery in Costa Rica (2010) – “Drawings on Film” curated by Dunia Molina. She is in the permanent collection of the Islip Museum and the French Minister of Culture. She had several one person shows in France.
After having retired from many years in publishing, he divides his time between New York City and East Hampton.
Ted Davies woodcut prints are now available at Romany Kramoris Gallery. Charming and evocative, these prints recall a New York of an earlier era, an age before cell phones and iPods, a time of Chinese laundries, in-town gas stations, the El. Davies has the eye of an artistically inclined flaneur, noticing as he saunters around the city the 2nd hand book store tucked under the hair stylist’s shop, the faces and postures and preoccupations of the lunchtime crowd loafing on the steps, the weary face of the token lady at the uptown El entrance.
Engel incorporates archetypal images of the collective unconscious via the use of mythical, mystical and dreamlike images in his figures and faces. His abstract paintings trace ancient patterns, allowing the viewer to journey through a door to our primordial beginnings, where alchemy plays a role in the metamorphosis of random shapes into powerful symbols. Engel opens a door to the past, reminding us of our present condition and perhaps our future transformation.
“From memories of childhood in East Harlem, to the beaches in Montauk with my family, to a playwright’s statement about the human condition, I am constantly drawn to the human form. I strive to express vulnerability, remembrance, myth and above all the irony and humor that binds us all into survival.”
Here are paintings of scenes that inspired me by their vitality and a wish that this vitality be recorded. Maybe that vitality will resonate with viewers; I hope so.
Patricia Feiwel has been designing textiles for over 30 years. As the textile industry started collapsing in this country, she started experimenting with different materials making freestanding boxes and variations of collages.
Starting with black and white film and a basement darkroom, he has enjoyed the exciting evolution of digital photography as an encredibly powerful tool. His photography covers a time frame of almost 50 years. While Rick’s earlier work covers more historical subjects (informal portraits of Salvador Dali, construction of the World Trade Center, the destruction of Penn Station), much of his current work is aimed at developing precise creative control of color and light in natural settings.
Hazel Louise Thomas Gray (1906-1999), an accomplished painter whose steadfast dedication to art has provided an invaluable legacy in the body of work which she produced throughout her long productive life. Although not widely known as an artist in her time, it is evident from the remarkable cache of paintings found after her death, that she was a serious, and prolific painter.
Liz Gribin is an internationally acclaimed painter and a 1956 graduate of Boston University, College of Fine Arts, whom the Hamptons Library named a “living legend” during the U.S. Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration. Just about to celebrate her 82nd birthday, her work is in distinguished collections here and abroad. She was recently nominated for a Presidential Medal by Boston University. In 2007 the Boston Globe gave her a full page spread in their Sunday Magazine Section.
The paintings contain active and bold brushwork to pursue the energy felt in our natural world. A strong, personal and inventive layered use of color gives these paintings a fresh, lush and sometimes surprising view into the world around us. The use of linear elements further vitalize the brushwork.
Energy and surprise holds a special lure for me… at all costs I cannot give up attempting to convey this feeling and response to my work and I must be the most surprised one of all.
Barbara Hadden is a self taught artist whose works can be found in many collections. Settled in Sag Harbor, she is a long time resident of the Hamptons who finds the architecture and landscape of Eastern Long Island a continuous source of inspiration. Beginning to paint in the late 70’s in a primitive style using acrylic and ink, she made a departure to watercolor in recent years, and now enjoys working with oils.
Growing up in the beauty of Northern California has distinctly had a far-reaching affect on my art. I have always enjoyed art for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories as a young girl are of drawing in room, painting outside, or sketching portraits of my friends and family. I went on Plein Air excursions in the Pacific Northwest with my grandmother, who was also an artist.
I zigzag between abstraction and figuration, and bounce around among materials. I’m always trying to surprise myself. Whether it’s underwater abstractions or miniature food, I have a vague plan, but don’t know where I’m going until I’m almost there.
I’m awed by natural beauty, and shocked by the world we live in. I try to be a worthy vehicle for the art to come through.
Nanci Jaye is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Art receiving a Bachelors degree in printmaking/textiles. She designed custom fabrics for clothing designers and developed a scarf line which was represented in a showroom located in the garment district in New York City. On a trip to Rome and visiting the Vatican, Nanci became inspired by the mosaic installations. Coming home to Hull, MA., she taught herself the craft. Her choice of imagery comes from living near the beach and her love of the ocean.
I don’t know who they are or where they come from but I don’t question it anymore and just laugh when they appear.
It all began with my “drawing in the air”, my mother called it, when I was in my stroller or in my high chair. Then there were crayons and coloring books. There was art in school—the good teachers who provided tempera paint and raffia and colored wool and French pastels. There was paper at home, reams of paper since my father was a printer. There were four of us children. And we all were able to draw what we saw.
Conceived in a dark NY winter and born the son of a surfer in CA in 1976, Lutha is the natural inheritant of both NY and CA surfing and surf-art. All straight through his blood, bones, & marrow; no choice but to surf and make art.
He has lived, worked, studied, and surfed in the Hamptons, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, California, and France.
Most of my artworks are created on wood. I live in a pre-war building on the main business district in town and scour our basement and neighborhood dumpsters for recycled surfaces on which to create my work. In the past year, I’ve used 50 bottles from a local bar, five window frames from the street, three wood desks from my apartment basement and countless wood planks from all over the neighborhood. I find the energy emitted from a discarded “canvas” speaks to me with a louder voice than one I buy new.
My pastel landscapes are done in both black and white and in color. I want the viewer to be able to connect emotionally to a land once visited or one yet to explore. They are landscapes of the soul filled with light and atmosphere. The powerful forces of nature and their ever changing quality are also an important part of my work.
Ghilia Lipman-Wulf is an artist and writer living in Sag Harbor. Considered a neo-Expressionist, Ghilia’s work is mostly semi-abstract, but she is widely known for botanicals as well. From the canvas to furniture, ceramics, clothing, and murals, Ghilia’s unique and colorful floral designs have been widely commissioned and exhibited since the early 1980s.
Romany Kramoris Gallery is pleased to announce an exclusive showing of watercolors painted by the artist Peter Lipman-Wulf while in exile. In their efforts to preserve and catalogue the Peter Lipman-Wulf Archive, the artist’s widow, Barbara Lipman-Wulf, and his daughter, Ghilia Lipman-Wulf, have chosen a sampling of rarely seen compositions.
Pingree W. Louchheim, (PWL), has been interested in painting and photography all her life. Her first photo assignment was to take her sixth grade class picture with a Baby Brownie. She studied at the Parsons School of Design and received a BFA from Yale University.
She is a lifetime equestrienne and earned her pilot’s license in 1978. Several years ago she “folded her wings” and resumed painting in oils and is pleased to be showing her work at the Kramoris Gallery.
Elise Margolis has been painting since early childhood. She was born in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan, where she continues to work and live with her musician husband and son. Elise has studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League with Hananiah Harari and Gustav Rehberger to name a few. Her paintings have been featured on the television show “Friends” and are in many private collections. In recent years Elise has been focused on collage and is an active member of the Brooklyn Collage Collective.
Blessed with a gift of documentary story-telling fused with a rare visual craft, Matsuoka’s art conjures up the poetic imagery of birds in flight and horses gliding over the earth. Her brush glides over the canvas or paper, creating a startling whirr of images and motion. Her sure hand designs poetic movements that stir emotion in the viewer, and her compelling work has thus earned over 40 international solo shows.
Today I work primarily on canvas with acrylic paint and plaster. I create paintings with lots of texture. I’m very drawn to a cool palate. I want to draw the viewer in for a moment with a curiosity as to what they are seeing. I have a thing about order that I consistently put into my work along with lots of texture and clearly bright colors. I build my paintings systematically as a sculptor of architecture would do by layering one color, texture and idea at a time.
A master photographer, Nevins has increasingly over the years imposed or coaxed his personal vision out of Nature. “He treats photography like going to the beach. It’s not enough just to be there, and take a photo, but back in his studio he has to make waves and splash around,” says Romany Kramoris.
Nevins says his style is “Lyrical Realism.”
She graduated from the Stroganoff Art University in Moscow and Massana Art School in Barcelona.
Her unique works are enjoyed by collectors from around the world.
Palmer uses vintage items and memorabilia. He forages for old wooden crutches, which serve as armatures and which outline each fish. Fillers and layers are ping-pong paddles, old pencils, crayons, nails, and nostalgic empty small toy boxes. Dorsal and posterior fins are spatulas, pancake flippers, BBQ forks, screwdrivers and tools, cut and grated expandable rulers, not to mention drill bits.
Most of my work is done in oil, on canvas, with an occasional exercise in mixed media. I enjoy painting realistically given there’s an infinite array of possible subjects; the formal aspects of my work given to me by nature. Flowers, people, water, skies, bugs, boats, dogs, cats, still life, landscapes, etc. And then, there’s that image that will come completely from my mind, every once in a while.
Isabel Pavão, lives and works in New York since 1990. Exhibits her work in New York, and in many museums and galleries all over the world. Participates often as an invited artist as well as a guest professor in Universities, Art Schools, and Museums. She presents on Contemporary Art, on art projects dealing with her own work, pedagogical issues and Aesthetics.
Coco’s paintings, which she calls “scribbled auras,” combine words and images to create evocative portraits of her subjects, both human and animal—her pig Albert, her donkey Emma, and a neighbor’s cow, Bertha, are among the “people” who have sat for their portraits. In these images, Coco is as interested in the interior life of her subjects as in their physical appearance—hence the use of words, phrases, and stories in her paintings.
Barbara Pintauro-Lobosco spontaneously thought of abstraction as the way to best capture color when first studying art at Southampton College. Her process now is within the category of landscape artists who boast fairly non-defined lines. From this jumping off point she has ventured into her own energetic impression.
Bob Rothstein’s collages of Montauk’s commercial fishing boats are strong, rugged and vibrant. The powerful images have been achieved by ripping, cutting and glueing found papers, on site, in all kinds of weather. Their beauty lies in the unique combination of color, shape and texture. “When it is windy, getting dark, or the boat is pulling away, I have to work quickly to capture the essence of the scene itself.”
You might say I spent all my life designing. I started at the age of five- drawing on newsprint in my fathers fish store, down on Avenue D (lower Manhattan), giving my drawings away to my fathers customers (as a special bonus). In high school out on Long Island, I made top “Designer and Artist of the Year”. After high school, I attended Art Career School in the Penthouse of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street, where I learned to see.
My process is simple; my inspiration comes from the East End of Long Island. The East End is full of light and magnificent, untouched areas. I spend my summers outdoors looking at everything through an artist’s eye constantly taking pictures to bring back to my studio to paint. My photographs are my sketches, I immerse myself in one and translate its beauty onto the canvas perhaps embellishing here and there.
Christina has always had a fascination with and love of birds. When she was recovering from all illness she happened upon her Golden Book of Birds while convalescing. This led to a series of bird portraits, several of which will be shown at the Kramoris Gallery in May and June.
“Painting the birds helped me get well”, the artist said. “Their spirit made me strong again.”
Silveira likes old objects, especially old wooden objects which he’s inspired to mix with acrylic paint and pieces of found rusty metal into monsters and faces. He’s also been using other found materials like burlap. “I really like expressing my creativity by finding discarded objects from the forest and the ocean, and turning them into raw and abstract characters or scenes,” says Silveira.
Not only do I have a penchant for collecting things, but the gratification that comes from giving reclaimed material new life is unique: I equate it with matchmaking—finding the perfect mate for this or that particular object. Sometimes in the process, things just pull together as if they were magnetic… and sometimes it’s a slog through seemingly endless bad marriages: nothing seems to go together. But I keep trying.
Dinah Maxwell Smith studied painting at the Academie Julian in Paris and received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been widely exhibited in and around New York City including such institutions as the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, and the Slater Art Museum in Norwich, Connecticut. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of the Bridgeport Museum of Art, Chemical Bank, and the Laurence Rockefeller Collection.
Painting on sidewalks, ocean beaches, and riverbanks, Smith’s style is a form of neo- impressionism, fauve, and mixed with the environmental elements…wind sun rain and snow…”Composition is everything to a painting”, when asked “what kind of paint,’oil is the only paint to hold up to the elements.'” Painting on wood using oval, round and squares shapes, he paints small enough images that he can pack around on his easel, taking the subway, ferries and batteaux.
It is a love of the paint itself which most involves Joan Tripp, the creation of color fused with color that creates varied forms, real or abstract. A fascination with space, planets, galaxies, and stardust provide the impetus to experiment with pure color to reproduce in paint some of the most magnificent forms in the universe. It is her hope that rather than curtail space exploration, the journey will be expanded for in space lies the hope of the future.
Gayle is a plein air and photo reference artist who captures the landscapes that are so unique to the East End of Long Island. Her work includes the many water views, marshes, barns and boathouses dotting the North and South Forks.
Gayle works in oils and brings to her work a unique sense of color and composition that allows the viewer to see the story behind the painting.
Favoring landscapes painted in oils, Richard’s style and techniques have evolved over the past few years now that he is a full time resident of East Hampton. His work tends to focus on the impact of the unique lighting found here on the East End of Long Island.
Her focus is on the figure, specifically muscles: body builders, weightlifters, and boxers in pastel and graphite. For Sherry drawing is a distinct and generative practice, allowing full imaginative exploration. They stand on their own.
George Wazenegger presents his nostalgic architecture reminiscent of earlier times spent on the seashores by families living a simpler way of life in captivating assemblages. Skies and dunes are painted by hand, as well as detailed, charming little rock gardens and clumps of flowers. No big landscapers here.
A familiar face on the art circuit, Shey (rhymes with day, she is best known by only one name,) has maintained a studio in Southampton the last several years. Past exhibits at the Kramoris Gallery have been popularly greeted by the art crowd regulars, and found many new collectors as well. An artist since her twenties, painting and making collages, and achieving a very individual “look”, only recently has she melded a hybrid of both mediums in the same piece, refining that quite personal charming look. This look includes both child-like and voluptuous visions set in fantastic scenery, perhaps from a by-gone age.