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Emerging Latino Artist Expresses Personal Passion and Social Messages through Figurative Art

Author: Jose Angel Hernandez
Dateline: Fri, 14 Jul 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, CA - July 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Figurative artist, Jose Angel Hernandez, will be displaying a collection of provocative portrait paintings at a group show to be held at the Infusion Gallery in downtown Los Angeles from August 1st to the 25th.”



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LOS ANGELES, CA - July 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Figurative artist, Jose Angel Hernandez, will be displaying a collection of provocative portrait paintings at a group show to be held at the Infusion Gallery in downtown Los Angeles from August 1st to the 25th.

"The desire to create art," Hernandez said, "resulted from an urge to do something for myself. I have worked for corporate America all of my life and have always successfully accomplished objectives for others."

*(Photo Caption: Oil on Canvas, 'Impossible Love III.' Copr. (c) Jose Angel Hernandez.)

At the onset of the 21st century, Hernandez reflected on his accomplishments and decided it was time to make a mark; during this time of introspection, he decided to take up painting. His drive to communicate social messages through art was at the core of his decision.

Hernandez, with no formal training, started to participate in local art workshops, purchased art books, and then went on to study art at the UCLA Extension program and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Today, he has over 150 art books in his private collection.

"Some people have mid-life crises; art has become my mid-life journey," Hernandez explained.

As an artist, Hernandez finds the most satisfaction in creating figurative art. He believes that people are the most complex beings in the world and his desire to express that beauty and complexity shines through in his compositions.

There are three series that will be on display: "Dreams in a Bottle," "Impossible Love," and "Escapulario."

Each series delivers a different message. "Dreams in a Bottle" addresses hidden hopes and desires; "Impossible Love" explores barriers that make love challenging; and the "Escapulario" series delves into the intimacy of faith.

Hernandez's work has been dubbed "Expression Figurative" by the owners of Infusion Gallery.

"The gallery founders have also pointed out that it is the message behind my work that has the most impact," Hernandez said. "For example, Impossible Love III delivers a message about race and society and the barriers that have been imposed upon it."

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Northeastern United States, Hernandez has always had an interest in art. As a child, he spent time drawing pictures of his family; it was not until midlife that he developed a true passion.

Hernandez is thrilled to be able to share his passion with the rest of the art world; the group show at the Infusion Gallery is providing him with the platform to be on public display.

Infusion Gallery is Los Angeles' largest, private art gallery with over 8,000 square feet of exhibition space located in the heart of downtown's "Gallery Row" at 828 South Main Street. For more information about the gallery and upcoming shows, visit http://www.infusiongallery.com.

To preview Hernandez's works, visit www.wordsandcolors.com.


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Dedication Honors Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth

Author: Capla Kesting Fine Art
Dateline: Wed, 22 Mar 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BROOKLYN, NY - Mar. 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a 'first' for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the 'ideal' model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn's Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.”



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Pop-Star's Pregnancy Idealized in Brooklyn 'Monument to Pro-Life'


BROOKLYN, NY (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a 'first' for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the "ideal" model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn's Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.


Dedication of the life-sized statue celebrates the recent birth of Spears' baby boy, Sean, and applauds her decision of placing family before career. "A superstar at Britney's young age having a child is rare in today's celebrity culture. This dedication honors Britney for the rarity of her choice and bravery of her decision," said gallery co-director, Lincoln Capla. The dedication includes materials provided by Manhattan Right To Life Committee.


*(Photo Caption: Clay model of Britney Spears in Pro-Life's first monument to giving birth. - © Daniel Edwards.)


"Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston," believed Pro-Life's first monument to the 'act of giving birth,' is purportedly an idealized depiction of Britney in delivery. Natural aspects of Spears' pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, compliment a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean's head.


The monument also acknowledges the pop-diva's pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back arched, pelvis thrust upward, as she clutches the bear's ears with 'water-retentive' hands.


"Britney provides inspiration for those struggling with the 'right choice'," said artist Daniel Edwards, recipient of a 2005 Bartlebooth award from London's The Art Newspaper. "She was number one with Google last year, with good reason --- people are inspired by the beauty of a pregnant woman," said Edwards.


Capla Kesting denies the statue was developed from a rumored bootleg Britney Spears birth video. The artist admits to using references that include the wax figure of a pole-dancing Britney at Las Vegas' Madame Tussauds and 'Britney wigs' characterizing various hairstyles of the pop-princess from a Los Angeles hairstylist. And according to gallery co-director, David Kesting, the artist studied a bearskin rug from Canada "to convey the commemoration of the traditional bearskin rug baby picture."

"Monument to Pro-Life" is on view April 7th thru 23rd with a reception for the dedication April 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Capla Kesting Fine Art, 121 Roebling St., Brooklyn, NY. Gallery hours are 1:00 - 6:00 pm Thursday thru Sunday, or by appointment. The gallery can be reached at http://www.caplakesting.com or by phone at 646-932-5687.

An appropriate location for permanent installation of "Monument to Pro-Life" by Mother's Day is being sought by the gallery.



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Who’s Who at the 2006 International Art Expo?

Author: Donald J. Davenport
Dateline: Tue, 21 Feb 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, NY - Feb. 21 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- At this year's New York Decor International Art Expo, scheduled March 2 - 6, some of the most intriguing, magnificent, unique and original works of fine art will be on display. Featured will be new, emerging and dynamic artist Donald J. Davenport. Davenport brings to market unique and different original works of mixed medium art. Davenports' depth and technical values in surrealistic realism with an edge of symbolism will certainly captivate the attention of many viewers attending this year show.”



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NEW YORK, NY (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- At this year's New York Decor International Art Expo, scheduled March 2nd - 6th, some of the most intriguing, magnificent, unique and original works of fine art will be on display. Featured will be new, emerging and dynamic artist Donald J. Davenport. Davenport brings to market unique and different original works of mixed medium art. Davenports' depth and technical values in surrealistic realism with an edge of symbolism will certainly captivate the attention of many viewers attending this year show.

Among several paintings in his exhibit there will be two works in progress. The first is titled "Origin of Art" a 60" X 40" mixed medium painting combining realism, surrealism and cubism all together in one magnificent work of depth and perspective. Within the painting are four symbolic art shapes created using variegated blue gold leaf.

*(Photo Caption: "Origin of Art" by Donald J. Davenport.)

Each shape appears to drift slowly across the captivating background of a turbulent blue opalescence sky. The second painting is titled "Bridled Romance" a magnificent 60" X 40" mixed medium painting depicting two romantic gilded and glass jewel enhanced carousel horses.

Davenport is an artist who expresses himself through diverse applications and applied mixed medium to define the value of realism. Davenport works with complementary materials and three dimensional subjects which he says "Provides greater magnification, clarity and perspective. The technical values that creates the magnetism are one of the key principles in my work." Davenport's creative skill reflects great imagination, patience and devout passion.


Several other paintings by Davenport will also be showcased at exhibit #3945 in the Decor Show area. Titles include "King's Champion," "Classical Steed," "Clowning Around" and "Summer Dress." Hand gilded ornate frames complement his subjects with gold leaf.

These magnificent paintings can be viewed at www.artbydonaldjdavenport.com or by phone at 586-777-0092. Additional information on Davenport the educator can be seen at http://members.aol.com/gemartschl/




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Artist Perreaoult Daniels, ‘Controversial Images are Achilles Heel of Terrorist’

Author: Perreaoult Daniels / Perreaoult Arts
Dateline: Thu, 16 Feb 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WASHINGTON, D.C. - Feb. 16 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Artist Perreaoult Daniels announces that all Controversial Images found on his Web site are free for use in any broadcast, print or Internet media. The Artist has been threatened, his studio broken into and computer destroyed. Perreaoult's position is that 'We artists are portraying a reality that we perceive, if the image offends then perhaps it reflects a reality that others do not wish to acknowledge. It is the Achilles heel of the advocates of terror.'”



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WASHINGTON, D.C. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Artist Perreaoult Daniels announces that all Controversial Images found on his Web site http://www.romeoamerica.com are free for use in any broadcast, print or Internet media. The Artist has been threatened, his studio broken into and computer destroyed. Perreaoult's position is that "We artists are portraying a reality that we perceive, if the image offends then perhaps it reflects a reality that others do not wish to acknowledge. It is the Achilles heel of the advocates of terror."

"The Internet is an amazing tool used to establish and increase the diffusion of knowledge, but it is also a front in the culture wars where art and literature is being threatened with violence and murder."

*(Photo shown: http://www.romeoamerica.com/newgallery2.jpg )
*(Photo Caption: Close up on "the Clouds.")


Current events, including the Muhammad Cartoon fury and in Britain, the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (quote, "Being protested by a broad coalition of activists, writers and artists, ranging from Muslims to evangelical Christians to secular humanists"), indicates that freedom of expression in the arts is a serious public trust in these image wars.

Says Daniels, "The diffusion of these created works serves to better understand our responses to the world and its situations in which we live. To hide the work out of fear would be to condone the acts of violence that have led to the works creation."

Perreaoult Daniels' Painting series "SexWars," shown at Pass Gallery, and presented on Washington's News Station WUSA Channel 9, feature the burned pages of holy books including the Koran.
http://www.romeoamerica.com/newgallery

His hanging painting "the Star," is a portrait of a female suicide bomber hovering above a grave of holy book ashes.
http://www.romeoamerica.com/newgallery5

"Holy exploding cherubs," presented as terror art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Modern and Contemporary art.
http://www.romeoamerica.com/newgallery6

Note: Click or paste into browser, the links above to view each painting described.


"Accessibility is a requirement for understanding and important aspect of the visual arts. Perreaoult Daniels works are not decorations, nor abstractions free of political or social context. They are visions into the contemporary mind."

More information can be found at Romeo America: www.romeoamerica.com




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Ted’s Head Reunites with Body in Bizarre Gallery Twist – Artist Answers Fans’ Demands with New Bust of ‘Splinter’

Author: First Street Gallery
Dateline: Thu, 22 Sep 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, NY - September 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Connecticut artist whose notorious 'Ted's Head' art show has caused a storm of controversy has announced that he will respond to the wishes of fans angered by his severed-head presentation of baseball great Ted Williams. Fans of the legendary Boston Red Sox hitter have expressed outrage at artist Daniel Edwards' display of three 'death mask' casts on exhibit at NY's First Street Gallery this month. The sculptures depict Williams' head as prepared for frozen storage at Scottsdale Arizona's Alcor Life Extension Foundation.”



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NEW YORK, NY - September 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Connecticut artist whose notorious "Ted's Head" art show has caused a storm of controversy has announced that he will respond to the wishes of fans angered by his severed-head presentation of baseball great Ted Williams. Fans of the legendary Boston Red Sox hitter have expressed outrage at artist Daniel Edwards' display of three "death mask" casts on exhibit at NY's First Street Gallery this month. The sculptures depict Williams' head as prepared for frozen storage at Scottsdale Arizona's Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

The gallery reports that it has received more complaints than compliments since the September 6 opening of "The Ted Williams Memorial Display."

"It's been everything from polite disapproval to outright scorn," according to gallery representative, Lincoln Capla. "Some people have demanded the removal of the Williams pieces, altogether," though one group reportedly sees the artist as a spokesman for their attempts to have Williams freed from Alcor, the cryonics lab that uses high-tech freezing to preserve human bodies and heads for possible reanimation.

"Alcor and others have accused Mr. Edwards of exploitation of the Williams situation. It's gotten to the point where Mr. Edwards has felt the need to address the incredible volume of hostile reactions," said Capla.

The artist is responding by adding a 'conventional' head and shoulder portrait bust to the display considered too shocking for many. According to Capla, "[Edwards] has decided to provide the figurative and symbolic means to reunite Ted's head with his body."

"It's not about the money, it's not about the shock, it's about Ted Williams," Edwards says, referring to his motivations for creating the artworks. "I honor American heroes with my work, I always have. What's outrageous is not my depiction but the reality here, the way Ted Williams ended up."

Edwards revealed he is creating a new Ted Williams piece in the style and tradition of a heroic sculpture bust for inclusion in the exhibition. "A candlelight vigil will accompany the unveiling," the artist says. "His will said he wanted to be cremated with his ashes spread in Florida where he loved to fish," Edwards says about Williams. "What would be truly amazing is if Ted Williams is reanimated one day, and looked at these pieces I made. Now that is one reaction I'd like to hear."

Ted Williams Restored will be presented at First Street Gallery September 30th at 7:00 PM.

*(Photo Caption: LIFE AND DEATHMASK: one of three displays that angered fans.)



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War and Aerial Assault of Wolves Merge in Painter’s Imagination

Author: First Street Gallery
Dateline: Tue, 20 Sep 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, NY - September 20 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Opening on October 4th at New York's First Street Gallery, Lisa Zwerling's new paintings. Images of war are the potent narrative elements in her recent work. Zwerling was haunted by the visuals of Iraq. In a creative fiction she combines the wolves she's painted for several years with Apache helicopters. Whereas helicopters used in Vietnam were largely for rescue, in Iraq Apaches are a new generation, fitted with bombs.”



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NEW YORK, NY - September 20 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Opening on October 4th at New York's First Street Gallery, Lisa Zwerling's new paintings. Images of war are the potent narrative elements in her recent work. Zwerling was haunted by the visuals of Iraq. In a creative fiction she combines the wolves she's painted for several years with Apache helicopters. Whereas helicopters used in Vietnam were largely for rescue, in Iraq Apaches are a new generation, fitted with bombs.

As Zwerling painted her reaction to the war, she found that her symbolic metaphor was indeed a reality. As a member of the Defenders of Wildlife, and from an editorial in the New York Times, she learned that in Alaska helicopters are used in aerial gunning. Wolves are run down and either shot from the air or exhausted in the chase, then killed on the ground. One Alaskan district increased the limit of killing from a modest 10 wolves a year -- to an alarming 10 wolves a day. Though Apache helicopters are not used for aerial gunning of wolves, Zwerling's image is close enough. It conflates the horrors of war with the ruthless extermination of animals.

Zwerling shows two paintings with the same landscape, one day, one early evening. Helicopters descend like locusts into an agitated forest. "Running Wolves and Apaches" is a large oil, treated with brilliant washes of color as transparent as watercolor. Zwerling's deliriously active brushwork reinforces the sense of panic.

Zwerling continues the theme in paintings of birds of prey. But in comparison to wolves and birds, man aided by machines tops of the list of nature's predators.

The show at First Street Gallery runs from October 4th to 29th. The opening reception is on Thursday, October 6th from 6 to 8. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*(Photo Caption: Lisa Zwerling, Running Wolves and Apaches, 2005, oil on canvas, 48" x 60" - 122 x 152 cm.)

More work can be seen on www.lisazwerling.com



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‘Death Mask’ of Baseball Star’s Severed Head Featured in Exhibit – Ted Williams’ Life or Death Controversy Resurrected

Author: First Street Gallery
Dateline: Thu, 25 Aug 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, NY - August 25 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE0 -- What would be the ultimate prize for a big-game collector of memorabilia from a larger-than-life sports legend? Curious gallery goers may find an answer in the new exhibit titled The Ted Williams Memorial Display with Death Mask from The Ben Affleck 2004 World Series Collection, hosted by the Chelsea district's First Street Gallery. The gallery kicks off its season with the world premier unveiling of the 'death mask' of baseball great Ted Williams' clinically decapitated frozen head.”



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NEW YORK, NY - August 25 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE0 -- What would be the ultimate prize for a big-game collector of memorabilia from a larger-than-life sports legend? Curious gallery goers may find an answer in the new exhibit titled The Ted Williams Memorial Display with Death Mask from The Ben Affleck 2004 World Series Collection, hosted by the Chelsea district's First Street Gallery. The gallery kicks off its season with the world premier unveiling of the 'death mask' of baseball great Ted Williams' clinically decapitated frozen head.



Photo Caption: The controversial "death mask," of baseball great Ted Williams, displayed.


The death mask, likely the most macabre collectible of the sports hero ever created, depicts Williams as he now exists -- in a 'cryonic slumber.' Fans of Williams may remember cryonics as the controversial deep freeze that promises to preserve a head or body somewhere between life and death in hopes that future scientific advances may restore the remains to life. Williams' head is stored in a metal container filled with liquid nitrogen in Scottsdale, Arizona's Alcor Life Extension Foundation, "the largest and most technologically advanced purveyor of cryonics services in the world."

The casting of the Baseball Hall of Famer reveals a chilly facial expression of grim, yet peaceful resignation and is likely to be shocking to fans recalling images of the livelier moments of 'The Splendid Splinter' in his prime.

Compiled and arranged by exhibitor Daniel Edwards and named for the celebrity Boston Red Sox fan, The Ben Affleck 2004 World Series Collection display includes additional items for the Ted Williams and Boston Red Sox connoisseur. Some of the additional items presented are an authentic autographed ball by Ted Williams, a baseball card from 1954, and an issue of Life Magazine with Ted Williams on the cover. Also displayed are contributions from Alcor, the facility where Ted Williams' head is kept, including a baseball cap with Alcor's logo.

The exhibit will also feature the premier of a new short documentary by independent filmmaker, A. D. Calvo, that explores the macabre subject of the severed head and Ted Williams' controversial choice for life extension. Submitted for consideration in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Calvo's film is described as "a beautiful job," by Karen Baldwin, producer of the 2005 Oscar Best Film Nominee Ray.

Exhibition September 6 thru October 1, Reception and Screening September 8, 5:00-8:00 at FIRST STREET GALLERY 526 w 26th St. Suite 915 NY, NY 10001, www.firststreetgallery.net



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George Washington, Other Military Sculptures will Bivouac at Boston Expo

Author: Becker & Associates, Inc.
Dateline: Fri, 17 Jun 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BOSTON, Mass. - June 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A three-day exhibit of Historical Figures(R) by artist and historian George Stuart will open on Friday July 1, 2005 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The sixteen sculptures are quarter life-sized, highly detailed, three-dimensional portraits of history's most famous as well as notorious military figures. Stuart's work will be featured as part of the World Model Soldiers Exposition. At a seminar on Saturday July 2, the California artist will discuss his work and techniques.”



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BOSTON, Mass. - June 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A three-day exhibit of Historical Figures(R) by artist and historian George Stuart will open on Friday July 1, 2005 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The sixteen sculptures are quarter life-sized, highly detailed, three-dimensional portraits of history's most famous as well as notorious military figures. Stuart's work will be featured as part of the World Model Soldiers Exposition. At a seminar on Saturday July 2, the California artist will discuss his work and techniques.



Photo Caption: George Washington, by artist and historian George Stuart.

An historical figure of General Washington will be joined by those of revolutionary war English Generals John Burgoyne and Henry Clinton; Spanish conquistadors Cortes and Pizarro; France's Henry IV and Gilles de Rey; and Russia's Stenka Razin and Josef Stalin.

Classical frontline fighting men will include a Greek Hoplite, Swiss Landsknecht, Roman Legionary and Roman Centurion. Native American fighters will be represented by an Aztec Leopard Warrior and a Lakota Brave. Other Figures portray legendary Northern European warriors.

Over the last fifty years, Stuart has created more than four hundred Figures representing famous and powerful people of the Americas, Europe and Asia. Each personage and their times are exhaustively researched before its Historical Figure is modeled.

Historical Figures(R) are on permanent exhibit in the Ventura County Museum of History & Art, the Naples (Florida) Museum of Art and the artist private gallery in Ojai, California. Others are in private collections nationwide. Mr. Stuart's work has been featured on the Discovery Channel and other TV programs.

More about the artist and his work can be seen at his website at www.galleryhistoricalfigures.com. The exposition website is www.boston2005.com.


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