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Bo Bakker, studio visit to portrait painter, Amsterdam

Bo Bakker, studio visit to portrait painter, Amsterdam

After visiting family in South Africa, we traveled to Utrecht, and then Amsterdam. We climbed the steep, narrow and practically vertical wooden stairs to the tiny Airbnb apartment we will stay for the next three nights, quickly unpacked, got plugged into the internet, caught up with a few things then headed off to meet Bo…

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Robert Dale Williams, paintings from delicate to dramatic

Robert Dale Williams, paintings from delicate to dramatic

I see my paintings as a form of time honored visual storytelling with a humanist angle. As a young artist, I was heavily influenced by the Old Masters, and it was a desire to learn more about painting techniques that drove me to study at the New York Academy of Art, then under Odd Nerdrum…

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William Thompson, dramatic figure painting

William Thompson, dramatic figure painting

My work is an attempt to document, in a very honest way, feelings or emotions that are experienced from a life devoted to solitude and introspection. The use of self-imagery in many of my pieces helps to further reinforce this idea. The closely cropped format serves to eliminate all areas surrounding the figure, giving greater…

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Private art collection, Utrecht, Netherlands

Private art collection, Utrecht, Netherlands

After visiting family in South Africa, we spent four nights in Utrecht, Netherlands, staying Airbnb with our host Cees (pronounced Keese). Dennis had originally intended for us to stay for one week in Amsterdam but he had been completely unable to book anything Airbnb for the entire week as there were holidays. Dutch friends of…

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Zhanna Martin, sculptural ceramic portraits

Zhanna Martin, sculptural ceramic portraits

I portray people’s emotions, expressions, and human nature through clay. Through clay busts, I evoke the  human experience of smugness, carelessness, drunkenness, joy, sadness, melancholy, or sullenness, and shape them into caricatures. My intention is for the observer to find humor in my work, while recognizing the  truth of the emotions expressed. To me, emotions…

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Brett Williams, studio visit, Cape Town, South Africa

Brett Williams, studio visit, Cape Town, South Africa

Before recent trip to South Africa, I did an image search for “Cape Town figurative artist.” Images of Brett’s work were very close to the top and I found them quite beautiful and exciting. I started to communicate with him through his tumblr site and twitter account as I had not found his actual website….

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