For thirteen years ARTAMO GALLERY has presented established mid-career and selected emerging artists from all over the U.S. and beyond. Now ARTAMO ART follows on the internet offering works by renown artists, many of them already shown in the former Santa Barbara downtown gallery.
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Ann Baldwin from London, England, began painting seriously after moving to the S.F. Bay Area in 1991. There she formed the connection between her love of literature and her work as a visual artist. Her collages are a sensual and emotional response to the theatre, layering images from old programs, incorporating excerpts from scripts, pasting on phrases which instantly bring to mind the experience of play-going. She explores both the visual effects of text and its tendency to carry meaning whether intended or not.
mixed media / canvas · 40" x 30"
acrylic / canvas · 36" x 36"
The Rocks Beneath
acrylic / canvas · 40" x 30"
mixed media / canvas · 30" x 40"
Seeds of Change
mixed media / canvas · 40" x 30"
Judy is a contemporary abstract artist and started painting 30 years ago while living in South America. Her initial shows were in Peru and Brazil and followed by over 60 exhibits (solo, duo and group shows) around the globe. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines. Judy’s abstract expressionist paintings are characterized by the presence of thick and vibrant color. These works serve as a striking contrast to her minimalist pieces, which evoke a sense of serenity via a mostly white palette.
Heinz Kreutz, born in Frankfurt, Germany and living in Bavaria since 1972, was trained as a photographer. After being wounded during WWII and long time in a hospital he turned to art and began abstract painting in 1948. Together with Otto Greis, Karl Otto Götz and Bernard Schultze, Kreutz was a founding member of the artist's collective Quadriga (1952), which helped propel German art back to the front lines of the international avant-garde. He became one of the most important German post-war painters. Later he transferred his unique style into other graphic techniques, especially woodcut printing.
Hanna Merians was born in Tiberias, on the shore of the sea of Galilee. Shortly after the founding of the State of Israel, she was sent to Paris to complete her studies. Her first serious work was done during a four year stay in the far east, using both European and oriental techniques, which she studied with local masters. 1961 she moved to the U.S.A. and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the San Francisco Academy. She has also studied at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and at the University of Madrid. From 1969 to 1973 she worked at the Center for Contemporary Graphic Arts in Geneva, Switzerland and also with Pietro Sarto in the Atelier de Taille Douce in St. Prex. The result has been a thorough mastery of the techniques of etching and lithography. Hanna Merians died of cancer on March 29, 1991 in her house in Sausalito, California.
Her work can be found in international publications, various galleries, and also in the collection of the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Jack N. Mohr, a native of Berlin, Germany, studied visual communication and earned his M.A. in graphic-design at the State University for Creative Arts (now University of Arts) in Berlin. 1997 he moved to Santa Barbara, California. Aside from his graphic-design work he is home in a variety of art mediums including photography, collage, sculpture, print making, painting and also ceramics. But painting with acrylics and mixed media became is his focus and still is for the last 15 years. — In his mostly abstract art he likes to explore bold movements, and how light and shadow, contrasting shapes and textures or colors interrelate with each other and balance out in the final composition.
Many more works to be seen at the artist’s website.
Born and raised in Southern California, Michael Moon always knew he wanted to be an artist. After finishing his M.A. in Educational Psychology, he began a combination of formal study of art at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and UCLA. Influenced especially by El Greco’s passion, the impressionist’s love of color, and the expressionist’s love of paint, for the next years he painted essentially in solitude. During this time he also began to be influenced by Eastern thought as well as the practice of meditation. During this time he began to integrate Eastern and Western thought in the symbolism of his paintings.
Each of Reilly’s paintings consists of thousands of brushstrokes, multi-layered, shiny and colorful acrylics, including gold and silver. His compositions are based on linear mathematical structures and designs, that interact with the non-regular-shaped canvases, sometimes evoking more the feel of a wall-sculpture than a painting. Jack Reilly received his M.F.A. from Florida State University and shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles. Reilly is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and numerous other awards. His paintings are included in major public, private and corporate collections internationally. He is Chair of the Art Department and Professor of Art at California State University Channel Islands.
Su Ha Sin came from a traditional Korean culture that was emotionally inexpressive. Yet, even in this environment, her paintings were a way of channeling emotions of the past and present, whether painful or precious, and thus became her primary mode of externalizing and communicating intense emotions.
The progression of her work since leaving Korea has revealed a shift from contemporary Asian to Western modernist influences. Her work today continues to integrate these two cultural sensibilities, while at the same time demonstrates her quest for the sublime. Ms. Sin received her BFA from Dongguck University, Seoul, Korea, and an M.F.A. from California State University Long Beach.
Korean artist Rimi Yang champions an emotionally driven style that visually explores the innermost realm of the human psyche, coalescing abstract expressionism and figural studies. Raised in Osaka, Japan, her aesthetic is the result of extensive training from notable institutions and instructors. Rimi studied Sumi-ink painting in Kyoto, Japan and attended Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, the California State University in Los Angeles, the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and the Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Recipient of the Marietta Kirschner Wigg Award, Rimi has exhibited since 1987.