Claus Brunsmann – Brunsmann is a German painter who studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts with Prof. Markus Lüpertz, Prof. Gotthard Graubner and Prof. Jannis Kounellis, MA. He lives and works in Berlin. Brunsmann’s pictures have a feeling of free material and gestural abstraction. They transmit, with great energy and a particular aesthetic elegance, subjective emotional charge as well as images full of values linked to sublimated and distorted memories of nature. His work was shown in exhibitions in Europe, the US and China.
Margaret Evangeline – Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1943, Margaret Evangeline is a contemporary painter, sculptor, and installation artist who lives and works in New York City and Catham. Evangeline has long experimented with aesthetically resistant material. Her primal batterings of form result in a surprisingly feminine voice, attuned to simplicity at the service of complex social and psychic concerns. Evangeline says she depends upon “the little thing that ruins it” to keep an artwork alive. She is perhaps best known for her use of gunshot and mirror polished stainless steel.
John Morra (born 1962) grew up in Southern California. He received his B.A. in English from Westmont college in 1985; in 1987 he earned a BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in 1991 he graduated from The New York Academy of Art with an M.F.A. He has shown extensively in New York and California, and currently lives in Stuyvesant, NY with his wife, Isabelle Bosquet-Morra, a floral designer.
He is mostly known for his still life paintings, particularly his “MERTZ” series, which combines junk, machine parts, and kitchen appliances into a kind of cityscape-still life hybrid. He also enjoys paying homage to 18th century French and Spanish still life traditions, particularly Chardin and Meléndez. His other activities include landscape, portraits, and figures. He teaches part-time at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City.
Sandi Slone — Even though Sandi Slone has often worked with oversized brushes—an early series of elegant abstract paintings made with large brooms established her reputation as a young painter — she long has had a predilection for intimate gestures and unexpected incidents that signal her preoccupation with visual strategies as metaphors for everything from the materiality and sensuousness of color, light and space to the state of our fraught planet. There has always been a sense of the hand, of calligraphic gestures and shapes that investigate the language of contemporary abstraction with its wide ranging references as much as do her choreographed full-body sweeps and thick transparent pours that added to the conversation around modernist painting and what came after.
Slone’s work has been widely exhibited internationally since the 70s in museum solo and group shows, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, two Corcoran Museum Biennials of Contemporary American Painting,Washington DC, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, as well as in venues such as the Cultural Center of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, the New Hall Collection, Cambridge University, England and a number of galleries and other institutions in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Canada, Korea, and China.
Her paintings can be found in many museum and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, DC; the Portland Art Museum, OR; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Alberta museum of Art, Edmonton, Canada and in corporate collections. Her work has been featured in publications that includeThe New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Artforum, Art In America, ARTnews, ARTnet, Flash Art, Architectural Digest, the London Guardian, Art New England, The Hudson Review, Partisan Review and Interview Magazine.
Sandi Slone is Professor Emerita of painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University, Boston, she has taught in Harvard’s department of Visual and Environmental Studies at the Carpenter Center, and in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She was born in Boston and lives and works in Manhattan and Chatham.