Quick Update

Today I’m posting some photos of my work. The following pieces were accepted into some juried exhibitions and I wanted to share my excitement here.

Like crazy, I have been entering some competitions for 3D artwork.  Last week I found out three of my pieces made it in.  The first was one of my “rhino” minis.  It’s about 3.75 by 3.5 by 3.75 inches.  It’s pretty tiny.  It was accepted to a “small works” exhibition put on by the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.  Since I used to live in Philly, this was such exciting news!!!  If you’re in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check it out, Small Favors XI opens on March 25, 2016 but you can find more information here.

The same day I found out about the small piece getting accepted into that show, I also found out two of my other pieces were accepted into a different juried exhibition.  These pieces were both made last year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.  It makes me happy to finally have my pieces be shown.  These two were juried into an exhibition for the National Association of Women Artists.  You can check out the exhibition artists’ work on their website.  Please check it out and feel free to share the link with the world.

Soon I will post the photos of all my new works since last summer.  For now, I need to finish my many works in progress and make new pieces.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunil Howlader @ Fresh Ayer Gallery

Sunil Howlader
Sunil Howlader

Last Friday night I was invited to Sunil Howlader‘s art exhibition opening reception.  So I ventured down to Old Lyme and was excited when I finally found the Fresh Ayer Gallery and Gifts.  As I entered the space, it was almost overwhelming seeing every bit of wall space be filled with a painting.

As I walked toward the back of the gallery, where I suspected I might find Howlader’s work, the owner of the gallery, Jan, introduced herself.  She was very nice and seemed very passionate about what she does.  She explained her gallery hosts a new artist each month as she invited me to have a glass of wine.  What an enticing greeting.

Finally, I spotted Howlader finishing up with another guest to come to greet me.  He was very gracious for my presence showing his humility, which is something I admire in people but even more so in artists.  We then walked over to his collection which was mostly contained within a small room.  He didn’t need to show me his paintings, I can tell his style a mile away.  Finding a style in which you can depict your point of view beautifully, and, at the same time, branding yourself different but recognizable…that is what Howlader has done with his paintings.

Sunil Howlader
Sunil Howlader
Sunil Howlader
Sunil Howlader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artist explains his style as a fusion of expressionism and abstraction.  This description is easily distinguishable when you look at his paintings.  His backgrounds usually exist as the language he uses to portray his emotions as well as setting up the scene for his viewers.  Then, you get to the subject of his paintings, which usually comprise of a figure and just as you see and recognize the figure your eye might or might not catch the glimpse of abstraction that happens within his subjects.

Sunil Howlader paints both from memory and from photographs.  He confessed that he is constantly taking photographs everywhere he goes.  I can relate to this almost compulsive need to photograph the beauty that you see around me which others don’t seem to notice.  This impression he paints in an expressionistic style leads to the outcome of a dream-like essence, and for a dreamer like myself I could not ask for more beauty from a painting.

Sunil Howlader
Sunil Howlader

Another aspect of Howlader’s paintings that I really like is his use of color.  Being from Bangladesh, an enchantment of colors must reside in his memory, and he has learned to use color in his paintings very skillfully romanticizing his paintings just the right amount.

Take a look at his work, meditate on it, and make sure you go back for at least a second round because you will find something new each time.