Lisa Lebofsky’s paintings explore our emotional and physical relationship with nature. In her artist statement she writes, “I paint the susceptibility of nature, and correlate it with human vulnerabilities. The paintings are made with natural elements and on surfaces that remain visible through various layers of paint, permeating the entire image. The push and pull of lights and darks, opacity and transparency, abstract and real, enhances the variability of these scenes.” Lebofsky holds her BFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz, and MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art. In addition to solo and group exhibitions, her work has been exhibited in museums and universities. She is the recipient of several awards and her work has been featured in several reputable publications.
Jason E. McPhillips
Chicago-based symbolist painter Jason E. McPhillips creates enigmatic images inspired by the intersection of myth, perception, and scientific theory. He began his career as an aspiring filmmaker, he found himself called to drawing, painting, and sculpture while visualizing his short films. His passion for figurative subjects led him to continue his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Concentrating on artistic anatomy, landscape, and the illusionistic methods of the Renaissance, he developed his aesthetic through a close study of nature. McPhillips has exhibited nationally, placing work in many prestigious private collections. His most recent works employ metal leaf and relief effects such as pastiglia and sgrafitto, exploring the tension between illusionistic space and decorative effect. Much like gold leaf in a Russian icon, the gilded surfaces function as reminders of the divine light that surrounds us all.
Guno Park was born in Seoul, Korea and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design and obtained his MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2011. Since completing his formal education, Park has exhibited internationally, creates drawings for various projects, and teaches drawing courses in New York City. His work hangs in many private and public collections and has been widely published for editorials, educational and commercial projects. He is profoundly interested in nature and social realism. His work captures the fleeting moments of people, nature and other surroundings, all witnessed firsthand by Park. He works mainly with simple tools: pen and paper. “I prefer these mediums for its immediacy, accessibility and permanence. The unforgiving nature of the pen makes me look closer at the subject, paying closer attention to each line I am making.”
Jacob Hayes earned his BFA in painting from the University of Kansas with a minor in psychology. In 2014 he completed his MFA at the New York Academy of Art where he studied oil painting and became fluent in human anatomy and figural representation. Hayes’s interests in psychology and portraiture is evident throughout his work.
Hayes’s paintings have been featured in both solo and group exhibitions including “Artists by Artists” at Forum Gallery, New York, “About Face” at the South Hampton Art Center, South Hampton NY, and “Summer Exhibition” at Flowers Gallery, NY. In 2016, his portrait Grady was accepted into the competitive and prestigious BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, which also traveled to the Usher Gallery in Lincoln and the ScottishNational Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
Hayes recently received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and was selected as the Eric Fischl Artist-in-residence in 2017 at the West Nottingham Academy, Maryland. This spring he was a semifinalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2019. Jacob’s art has been written about in the Times of London and The New York Times. He currently lives and paints in Manhattan.
In Zane York’s work the focus is often on oddities, especially those of the natural world: birds, animals, and insects. The subjects are not necessarily pretty or ugly, but they are always intensely visual. The artist is attracted to themes of mortality, anthropomorphism, perceived beauty, and transience. York deftly walks the line between playfulness and profundity. Drawing inspiration from the inherent strangeness of the natural world, he imbues quotidian scenes with subtle elements of the surreal. His finely detailed renderings offer a view of reality that is ever-so-slightly askew, creating a peculiar sense of balance in accordance with his own set of natural laws. York received his B.F.A from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. He has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions in the United States, France and Australia. York maintains his studio in Greenport, Brooklyn, and teaches painting at the New York Academy of Art.
Sullivan Giles’s figures often are self-portraits or close acquaintances from her life, many from “sub” and “deviant” cultures. Painting is a platform she uses to examine emotional honesty and radical vulnerability in her subjects. Through unapologetic self-portraiture, Giles documents each experience honestly by her method of layering. She abstracts the body using ornate patterns, creating lose edges between the self and not-self –a study of the past and future, the present and possibility, the visual message becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Sullivan Giles received a certificate from Gage Academy of Art and MFA from New York Academy of Art. She has been featured in numerous group shows and website publications.
Arcenio Martin Campos
Arcenio Martin Campos is an artist who focuses on the figure. For nearly twenty years he studied the physical components of human beings. He attended New Mexico State University for studio arts, the University of New Mexico for art history, and received a Certificate of Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He gained much of his fine art education from independent study and private instruction of the human figure. Campos began his teaching career in cast drawing while still in New Mexico. He has given lectures on anatomy, figure drawing, and painting and has facilitated open figure drawing groups in both Albuquerque and Philadelphia. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. He currently teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, the Washington Studio School, and the Wayne Art Center.
Daniel Maidman is best known for his vivid depiction of the figure. His drawings and paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. His art and writing on art have been featured in The Huffington Post, Poets Artists, ARTnews, Beautiful/Bizarre, Forbes, W, Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, Interational Artist, American Art Collector, D/Railed, Whitehot and Manifest. He has been shown in solo shows in New York City and in group shows across New York, the United States, and Europe. HIs art has been auctioned at Sotheby’s, he has designed coins for the US Mint, and he is a repeat guest critic at the New York Academy of Art. His books, Daniel Maidman: Nudes and Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art are available from Griffith Moon Publishing. He lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.
A hyperrealist approach and meticulous attention to detail defines the work of German artist Michael Weiss. Michael demonstrates an array of interests and does not limit himself to merely one subject matter or medium. Born into a constantly moving military family Michael, similar to many artists of the Düsseldorf School of Painting and the Hudson River School, finds comfort and identity in representing landscapes he has experienced and lived in. His curiosity and affinity for nature is also present in renditions of natural artifacts reminiscent of the golden age of exploration, Wunderkammern, and scientific illustrations of Maria Sibylla Merian or Ernst Haeckel. In a time of endless reproduction, Michael elevates the objects of his work by devoting countless hours of labor to their unique depiction thus turning the mundane into the extraordinary. Michael’s affinity for detail carries over into his figurative work whilst drawing inspiration from iconic images such as portraits by Memling, greco-roman sculptures and baroque figures suspended in mid-air.
Michael graduated with honors, receiving both his M.Ed. and M.F.A from the Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences in Bonn, Germany. He has been awarded numerous stipends by the Federal Republic of Germany for his excelling performance in art. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe and New York and he has been shown in galleries, international art fairs including the Art Cologne and Art Karlsruhe, and most recently the Flag Art Foundation. His work has been featured in Hyperrealist Magazine as well as the Paul Clemen Museum in Bonn and is part of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Collection among others. Michael Weiss lives and works in Brooklyn and is currently continuing his practice at the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca.