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location: US Web: www.maggieivy.com email: email@example.com media: Acrylic
Maggie knew she was going to be an artist from the tender age of eight, and her devotion to painting never faltered. She attended the Florence Academy of Art at 17, then moved on to study illustration at TAD followed by an apprenticeship with Vanessa and Ron Lemen at Rev Art Academy.
“Being from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, I pull inspiration from my eerie walks in the woods, and bike rides around the lake at night,” Maggie says. “I’m also someone who gets easily smitten with stories, especially horror, faerie stories and folk tales.”
1 tthe Red Lady
Ac Acrylic, 9x12in “The covers of vintage pulp novels inspired this piece. The femme fatale theme has always been intriguing."
A Acrylic, 12x24in “This was painted for the group show GUTS at Light Grey Art Lab. Artists were asked to paint a research topic of their choosing. I picked the mummification of cats in ancient Egypt.”
3 HANGING AROUND
Acrylic, 4.5x7in “I’ve been a fan of Dylan Dog for many years, and managed to get a guest art spot in one of the Swedish re-releases of the Dylan Dog series.”
Acrylic, 7x10.5in “I’ve I’ve been getting into taking long bike rides in the woods. Taking in the solidarity and morning mist really inspired this piece.”
LocatIon: US Web: www.heathershirin.com eMaIL: firstname.lastname@example.org MedIa: Acrylic, paper and gold leaf Heather paints Art Nouveau portraits of women, influenced by the works of Alphone Mucha and Gustav Klimt. She works out of her home studio in Asheville, North Carolina, and her current series focuses on using fine art papers, metallic paints and gold leaf to create the woman’s hair, clothing and the background designs.
“I’m interested in abstracting the figure into the background.” she says. “I also want to incorporate the idea of being in outer space – using nebulas as a colourful and interesting place to find someone thinking.”
1 n netted by the dancer’S touch
Acrylic, fine art paper and variegated gold leaf on birch panel, 60x48in “Painted in Golden OPEN Acrylics with layers of paint watered down to soak right into the raw wood, like watercolours. I built up the skin tones and then applied a thicker paint layer for the hair with metallic paint added, and fine art papers used for their dresses.”
2 She Keeps Me warm
Acrylic and gold leaf on birch panel, 40x30in “This was inspired from a photo by Matt Schmidt. I changed the girls’ hair, background and tattoos using Photoshop and a projector. Tattoos and piercings, coupled with an erotic theme, was pushing the limits for me to see how brave I could be as a fine artist.”
3 Heavenly view
Acrylic and gold leaf on birch panel, 40x30in “My nude figure series focuses on women in an Art Nouveau style, usually in space. This woman is born into a nebula, and has a highly decorative styling done to her hair. This piece was reported on Facebook for nudity last week. Fine art is still finding its way into the main stream without being perceived as offensive.”