Featured Artist: GIGI CHEN

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GIGI CHEN

Gigi Chen is a visual artist with a playful mind that radiates into her Art. She was born in Guang Dong, China and raised in Woodhaven Queens and NYC where she now resides and works.

"THE SCREAM"         SWEEPING ASPIRATIONS =

The inspiration for her work comes from all of her surroundings. She finds her mind to be a bank of accumulated bits and pieces of thoughts and visuals. She often finds creativity in the oddest places for example, a person can say a word and she will hang unto that idea for a few months and then she will create it into an art piece.

"THE IN-BETWEEN"                  THE BIRDS THE BEES

Gigi Chen was born with the creative muse within her. At the tender age of 11 she recalls copying an image of Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” The drawing was what her little kid brain felt was pure perfection. That was the actual moment she decided that art was going to be the career she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Forever. No kidding!!

SPACE KITTIES SMALLER                                              SILVER   

Gigi Chen’s biggest influence have been the wonderful world of child play, the Saturday morning cartoons!. Watching cartoons triggered her imagination and allowed her to reach into the grand desire to become an animator. She went on and got her BFA in traditional animation. Gigi also craved the desire of learning the masters. Her favorite was Leonardo Da Vinci. The old Masters have an inexplicable and fantastic hold on her.

GOLD                       SNAKES-RABBITS

Once she knew what she wanted in life, she began to spend hours at the library doing research on the matter. She would check out books on art and drawing. She was hooked on Da Vinci master pieces. The drawings and the sculptures of Michelangelo set off a complete need and that was ” IT!” she was hooked!

Gigi Chen was not sure about the style or label her art would be considered, since she started showing in galleries she has been told that her work falls into the category of “Pop-Surrealism.” Her work comes from so many different places: animation, traditional painting, films… Because her work doesn’t come from a strictly illustrative base, it has made it difficult sometimes to know how the work should be labeled. Maybe that confusion makes her work so unique and special with it’s own identity.

All Dressed Up - Version 2                                        A Soft Reach_      

Gigi Chen creates an aesthetic that combines her training as a traditional animator and her love of the “Old Master” techniques. She has displayed her works at the “Queens Museum of Art”, “the Index Art Center” and at “Mighty Tanaka Gallery” in New York.

Gigi Chen -“My paintings are unconventional self-portraits that explore my ambivalent feelings towards being an artist and how it affects my views of the world. The Toy-like characters personify my neuroses and hearken back to my childhood fondness for soft playthings. The dynamic between the human figures and the characters is a constant push and pull. They are interchangeably protagonists and victims, winning as well as losing. Collectively, the scenes illustrate the struggles and rewards of being an artist.”

IT'S ALL HAPPENINGAt Least We Don't Have Cockroaches

In one sentence she describes herself and her work with her favorite Motto:”LOVE + FUN= ART”

If you wish to learn more on this artist please visit her site:

 

Featured Artist: DENNIS POTOKAR

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Dennis Potokar

is an artist with a powerful message,

his works evoke emotion giving his audience and delightful treat for the mind.

His work is magnetic. It draw’s you in, and changes you with every stroke.

His ideas are so unique they engulf your mind into another dimension.

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DENNIS POTOKAR
“My goal is to express art, sometimes logically, sometimes intuitively…
through metaphor and symbolism, which has meaning….
from my own life experience (hopefully) to yours.”

 

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Dennis Potokar, where does your inspiration come from?
“The beauty in everything!”

-The fractal geometry that lays in the underlying structure of things that are around us in general.

The simplicity of the beauty in a landscape. Patterns their changes, they fascinate me, I see them everywhere.

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“The result is a loving interest in placing human life in its real world, of beauty and constructive change and expressing higher values toward a more creative path than the one we are on now.”

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Dennis Potokar has spent his time in several parts of the United States like Hawaii, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. He also traveled abroad to Milan, Paris and throughout thirty-four other countries. Always searching and finding other art works that have inspired him.

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His favorite influences right now are George Frederic Watts, Gustave Moreau, Jean Delville, Gustave Klimt. and William Blake.

Dennis Potokar considers his work to be an Earthy, holistic style, using contemplative symbolic abstraction and an emotional use of figures in a world based on fractal geometry.

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He is involved in teaching, art direction, music, photography, and is a life-long painter. He dedicates all of his time to painting and creating.

Dennis Potokar is an artist who creates with paint. This is important to him in a world of intolerance, ignorance, and destructive evil, but also of astounding beauty and tranquility for those who have the desire to live it and make it real in life. That is why his creations are so rich and beautiful. Few artist have the brilliance and the depth by which he creates.

If you wish to learn more about this artist and his work:

dennisart@sbcglobal.net

https://www.facebook.com/dennis.potokar

https://www.dennispotokar.com

http://www.artistoftheinfiniteeye.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dennis.potokar

http://www.potokar.tumblr.com/