Carl deGraaf has been producing and selling pottery for more than 38 years. The work is unique because of the utilization of a wide range of forming techniques and surface treatments. His deliberate focus is on carefully crafted functional art in the moderate price range. deGraaf hopes his patrons view the work as usable and affordable art for their daily life.
A professor emeritus of Educational Psychology at Indiana University's Southeast campus in New Albany, deGraaf has more time to devote to pottery production. Methods of construction include throwing for items such as bowls and mugs. Thin sheets of clay are rolled out for tumblers and vases. Extruded clay is used to construct various creations and organizers.
"Beyond being utilitarian, less than an extravagance, hand crafted pottery is a modest indulgence to be enjoyed as a luxury on a daily basis."
Cristina Taddonio’s vision is as unique and eclectic as her story. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal and raised in Milano, Italy, Taddonio spent her childhood following the nomadic travels of her mother from India to Israel and onward. Gathering stories, sounds and inspirations, she began to write music and paint images inspired by the people, struggles, and beauty that she experienced. Having relocated to the United States as a teenager was no easy task but Taddonio fully immersed herself in the arts; continuing to challenge herself by the world and people around her. Today, she lets the demands of the world go. Her only interest is to create art that is true to herself in hope to inspire people everywhere to follow their dreams and remember what is truly important in a lifetime.
In an industry of growing instant gratification and fluff pop, Taddonio brings a fresh look to her viewers from every generation. Her extraordinary honesty and rawness in her style gives us all something our eyes hunger for.
Darren Frank is very new to the world of Modern Art. In 2010, after battling alcohol and drug addiction for 25 years he started a new journey; one of recovery and discovery. In 2013, Darren discovered a buried talent for song writing that he hadn’t use in over 30 years, and loved the creative freedom it provided. In 2015, he tried his hand at painting. Having no background in paint, Frank used the same creative license channeled during song writing to teach himself to paint. He has used the last year to develop a technique of directly applying liquid acrylic paint to the canvas and then allowing to paint to flow together naturally and organically.
Artist Statement: Having had no training and not studying art in anyway there are no rules that I have to follow except the ones I make for myself, and I love the freedom. Creation for me is a sacred thing it’s finding something out there in the nothingness and bringing it to life. No rules, just art. There’s nothing more freeing than that. He says of his current style of painting it’s like dancing on the edge of a cliff moving that canvas back and forth. Where beauty can turn to tragedy with one slip of the hand. But the rush of seeing the finished product smiling up at me is a true high.
Jenny Westenhofer is a contemporary oil and acrylic painter in Louisville, KY. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. After studying business at University of Dayton, she received her B.S. in Marketing and worked in media marketing and advertising for five years. She left marketing to concentrate on her growing family and moved to Louisville, KY in 2009. It was then that she took a local oil painting class and fell in love with painting. As a primarily self-taught artist, Jenny has developed a loose, fresh, colorful style. She focuses on high key painting with an impressionistic vibe. She is continually inspired by color in nature, all of God’s living things, and the simple “good stuff” in life.
Jenny actively accepts various commissions such as portraits, animals, still life and murals. She also teaches oil painting to a group of local artists in Louisville.
Steven Jagoda began creating a colorful odyssey of abstracts in 1984. Jagoda studied at St. Martins College of Art in London, England; graduated with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts. Recipient of the Ford Foundation Grant for painting, he has had exhibitions throughout New York City and the nation. Now a Louisvillian, he is treating us to his world.
While painting my goal is to create an elegant and experiential course for the viewer. Through the methods of forcing color and texture, I hope to trap both the viewer and moment inside a detailed web of deconstructed mark making.
My collective work is the record of my journey spent observing the world and human nature. The paintings are representative of my pondering the things which make us create, capturing the richness of life’s moments, and passionately conveying more obscure moments.
My desire is to bring the viewer along with me as I re-live these moments in my work. I hope to impart to them the inspirations which are the essence of my continual drive to create the next piece of work.
Art is a way of giving attention to the world. The expression of what is seen through attention comes through my brush, so it is an expression through the self, but it is not self-expression. I am not merely expressing what I feel but what I see. Expression follows attention.
When I give attention to the world, the world is gracious and reveals itself. The world reveals its beautiful unity of colors, shapes and textures.
The basic units of the visual are colors, shapes and textures. Our mind reconstructs those elements into manageable objects. Human mind is utilitarian. Realism is a utilitarian reconstruction. Capitalism is a dominant reconstruction/frame that reduces the world into objects for usage and discarding. Realism is necessary to an extent, but is a distortion that neglects the beauty of the world.
In my paintings, I try to free the world (flowers, sun, sea) from the utilitarian human construct. I try to express the world in the world’s own simple terms of colors, shapes and textures. There is a profound beauty and mystery in the unity of the elements that make up the world. My painting is a reconstruction that is not realistic so the viewer can learn a new way of seeing/reconstructing the world.
Tyler Ohlmann was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where he began throwing pottery in high school. Ohlmann has maintained a passion for the artistic medium to this day. Being very meticulous by nature, he places high priority on symmetry and uniformity, as well function. Each of Ohlmanns pieces can be used for typical household tasks - drinking, eating, holding flowers, etc. They are dishwasher safe and provide uniqueness to any home.
Tyler Robertson creates a mix of modern art with the classical theme of equestrian sport. He branded the name ‘Kentucky Brushes’ and has sold paintings to homes and businesses across the country.
Robertson has partnered up with the Omni Hotel, providing them with artwork to decorate their new location in downtown Louisville. This, along with being chosen to perform a live painting in the paddock at Churchill Downs and his magazine features in Whiskey Advocate, Equestrian Stylist, Horse and Style and Anchorage Living make him one of the biggest up and coming artists.
A mostly self-taught artist, Valtcho Tonov was born in Bulgaria in 1972. Always interested in drawing he took art seriously at the age of sixteen when his family relocated to Plovdiv.
After moving to the United States in 2001, he settled in Louisville, Kentucky. Valtcho has continued his studies under the tutelage of renowned artist such as John Michael Carter, Phil Starke, and others. A passionate Plein Air painter he can be seen painting around Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, and Bulgaria. As a full time painter his repertoire includes landscapes, sporting, and figurative. He prefers the Alla Prima approach mostly from life with oil paint, transforming the outdoor studies into bigger paintings in the studio, with attention to expressive brush strokes, light and edges. Drawing inspiration from The Russian School - Repin, Serov, Fechin ect., The American realist painters Sargent, Schmid, Hassam and many others.
Valtcho is a member of Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Painters of Kentucky.