ARTISTS COMING TO THE CONRAD WEST GALLERY

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.

Jaime Belkind-Gerson

     For over 30 years, I’ve been an artist, neuroscience researcher and a doctor. I take care of people and do basic research in a lab. My experiences in the medical field and science have greatly influenced my art. My latest artwork focuses on connections, both internal (as stored memories) and external (with other people). Certain memories and traumas are registered in our bodies and mind, some causing profound change. I believe that my memories of the past, both traumatic and pleasant, continue to shape who I am today. As a physician, I see the repercussions of memory in my patients, sometimes even manifesting with physical symptoms such as pain. Just as computers store information within the circuitry of their “motherboards,” we too store memories in our central nervous system. If we could see our biological “motherboards,” what would they look like? What would our fears, hopes, feelings, desires look like? What colors, shapes, sizes? This train of thought lead me to creating visual representations of what our biologic motherboards might look like.

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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