Tetat Ton is a painter from Bangkok, Thailand.
About Deborah Stevenson
Deborah Stevenson was born in Washington, DC. She grew up in Tokyo, went to high school in Baltimore, and got her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She lived for many years on the West Coast, and returned to the East Coast, where she lived in Brooklyn, NYC until 2015, when she relocated to the coastal town of Belfast, Maine.
My first medium is oil, and I have been a painter for nearly 30 years. I began composing collage pieces in earnest 5 years ago, working with material in magazines, books, newspapers, etc. My influences include the pioneer collage/surreal artists: Braque, Ernst, Hannah Hoch, Joseph Cornell, Magritte, to name a few, as well as the German Expressionists in all media. Other influences in visual media include masters in film and photography, both contemporary and classical
A life-long interest in Eastern philosophy and Jungian psychology have contributed to my fascination with allegory and symbology. Themes that recur in my work express metaphorically my exploration of concepts of power, beauty, the Feminine, and mysterious archetypal conjunctions.
The work arises in an ‘automatic’ way; I do not set out with an objective or goal in my mind when I sit down to make something. The images compose themselves spontaneously as I mix and move the masses of paper around on the table in front of me. I feel as though my eyes and hands facilitate the ‘arrival’ of the pictures that I make. More than anything else, the process requires of me that I pay attention, and to be in a receptive state, so as to be ready to capture the dialogue.
About Luke Gray
Hailing from Leicester, England, Luke Gray is a surrealist/symbolist illustrator and painter. Born color blind he was forced to use an almost exclusively black and white color palette, working with patterns and textures rather than color. After studying graphic design in London, he packed his bags and flew to Russia, then hitchhiked from Moscow to Thailand painting murals as he went. After four years of traveling, visiting over 50 countries, he settled in Southern China and built a studio from which he now works.
Influenced by multicultural art techniques he works in traditional mediums of Graphite and Ink often combining and integrating techniques and patterns from different countries and cultures into his work. His meticulously detailed works resonate with images culled from the metaphysical realm of sacred states and daydream.
By exploring the concept of the body-landscape through esoteric symbolism, he tries to appropriate a broad scale of subjects that work on both a micro and macro level. Throughout his work, he weaves themes of mysticism, esoteric symbolism, ancient mythology and hallucinogenic visions. ‘I believe art is a manifestation of the divine; we are merely alchemists receiving the information. Artists can see what most people only get a glimpse of’ An amateur ethnologist, when traveling he enjoys visiting indigenous tribes, living with them and learning from them; taking meticulous notes from their textile patterns, handicrafts, tattoo markings and sacred symbols.
Whether it’s sleeping with cannibal yogis in India, drinking psychedelic cactus juice in Peru, climbing active volcanoes in Indonesia, dodging missiles in Palestine, milking cows with nomads in Mongolia, learning bare blade wood carving in Bali or train hopping in the Alps he relishes the process of drawing inspiration from the world. When not in London or on the road, he currently lives in the village of Dali, southern China with his wife Yi and cat Mao.
Casey Weldon crafts surreal, sometimes absurd paintings that play with the everyday and the otherworldly alike. … “Weldon gambols with the manipulation of scale and contrast to create otherworldly scenes, as though pulled from the cavities of the unconscious and its latent thread-like associations,” the gallery says. “The works alternate between moments of intense darkness and incandescent light, figuratively and literally. Saturated with lush color and detail, they are stylized by idiosyncratic palette choices that capture a range of brightness and atmosphere, from the intensity of neon to the lambent of dusk and the recesses of twilight obscurity.”
George Tooker was an American figurative painter. His works are associated with Magic realism, Social realism, Photorealism and Surrealism. His subjects are depicted naturally but the images use flat tones, an ambiguous perspective, and alarming juxtapositions to suggest an imagined or dreamed reality. He did not agree with the association of his work with Magic realism or Surrealism, as he said, “I am after painting reality impressed on the mind so hard that it returns as a dream, but I am not after painting dreams as such, or fantasy.”