ARTISTS COMING TO THE CONRAD WEST GALLERY

Paul Rousso

     Paul Rousso is an internationally renowned artist and innovator. Raised in North Carolina and educated at the California College of the Arts, Rousso traces his inspiration to the paradoxes of the world around him. A true perfectionist, Rousso’s techniques leap into the future, as his vision and imagination merge to embrace new conceptual and physical boundaries.

     From his “painting with paper” collages to his creations of wildly outsized and convoluted wall sculptures of money, magazines and candy wrappers, Paul Rousso has sought to flatten the dimensional and elevate the flattened. A student of both pop-art and deep classical culture, as well as the vast interceding spectrum, Rousso endeavors to express his commentary on the human condition while physically, psychically and temporally committing his entire life to the imaginative evolution of his visual artistry. Through intricately detailed renderings and exaggerations of size, Rousso’s playful work captures attention, and allows the viewer to make connections to the ubiquitous paper all around our daily lives.

     Rousso’s work is held in private collections in North America, Europe, the Middle East and beyond, and numerous public projects of his appear across the United States.

Kathleen Hope

Kathleen Hope is a mixed media artist based in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Her work is meant to be displayed as mosaics in different shapes – multiple panels grouped together! Kathleen’s work is influenced by her diverse background in Interior Design and Color Psychology. She says a work of art should feel “lived in” just like your home. Hope’s art fuses all what intrigues and inspires her. There is nothing quite as beautiful as the unintentional. For that reason, she has chosen primarily to use cement as her medium. It is organic, raw, industrial and unpredictable. Hope has developed many types of cement mixes, each with its own special purpose by combining many diverse materials such as dried pigment, paper, plaster and marble dust, she creates a textural layered effect. The color is applied by using stains, inks, acid, pigment, and acrylic.

Patrick Pépin

Patrick Pepin is an auto-didactic painter who works from an abstraction of action. Using his unique style and brilliant colour palette, he has left his mark on the art scene. Pepin’s varied experiences in global and artistic journey are unique to his life beliefs. For many years, Pepin’s travels have influenced and challenged him in every aspect of his life. Inspired by his travels, Pepin’s art reflects freedom, movement, and decisions that he makes spontaneously on the road and in the process of creation. Pepin’s paintings, he says, represents a sincere and frank confession. They are in a state of realized detachment and enforced by spontaneous gestures in calculated disorder. They often express repressed images belonging to the realm of dreams and the unconscious. They are created in several steps, by successive layers. For Pepin there exists a link between travel and his artistic process. Here lays the journey that matters to him, the decisions he makes during realization of the paintings and which appear to be irreversible choices. Thus in his works all is not determined in advance.  Pepin likes to think outside the box to explore new avenues, likewise travelling in unknown lands is born of chance encounters. Pepin plays a game of chance in life and art to create contrasts and harmony between colours, people and space.

Gloria Estefanell

Gloria Estefanell (Barcelona 1960) is a multidisciplinary artist who works between Madrid and her studio on the island of Formentera. (Balearic Islands, Spain). Self-taught painter, simultaneous acrylic, water-colour and oil techniques in works of different formats, generally large, that reveal her passion for sport and nature. The sea and the high mountains mainly. All her work reflects her exquisite sensitivity, her interest in aesthetics, almost obsessive architecture and art. Estefanell also explores the possibilities of textiles, ceramics and porcelain. After a long and successful career in the management of Olympic sports, always in Winter Sports, Gloria Estefanell recently gave her creativity a boost.

Will Kurtz

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     My subjects are real, everyday people who are often undistinguished and living on the margins of society. I select and create uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality. I use photography to capture a moment of their daily lives. They are often comic in character, dress or body type. The posture, gestures, facial expressions and clothing bring the figures to life. They have a familiarity of someone you might know or have passed on the street. I capture their resilience and vulnerability to embody a true empathy for the hardships we all share. The animals are selected to show their unique breed, size, shape or type of hair. Through them I am able express their innocence and humor that has a universal appeal.

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