Geoffrey Johnson is a contemporary impressionist painter who draws much of his inspiration from his travels and first-hand observations. Using a monochromatic palette of sepia hues, the artist says he always strives to reproduce the places that inspire him while allowing his paintings to "almost dance on the water of abstraction or of just being". In the past, he has often painted New York City, which continues to provide new ideas and inspiration for him.
Ugo de Cesare, Italian painter, was born in a small village near Florence. He studied at the Academy of Naples and Florence, and originally wanted to become an art teacher. To get his degree, he had to create an oil painting, which created such a sensation that he was awarded his degree with distinction.
Dovrò paragonarti ad un giorno estivo?
Tu sei più amabile e temperato:
cari bocci scossi da vento eversivo
e il nolo estivo presto è consumato.Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
American Awards winning painter Amy Lind studied portrait painting at the Florence Academy of Art under “living master” Maureen Hyde and with Michael Grimaldi at the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her eclectic training has provided her with a unique approach and insight to realism, which is visible in both the traditional and contemporary qualities that her paintings possess.
American painter Grace Mehan DeVito has a deep appreciation and respect for the insight, power and humanity of the representational realist’s approach to painting. She is particularly aware of composition, the disposition of light and color, and the handling of space. On a deeper level, Grace strives to capture the essential dignity, emotional truth, and beauty of her subject matter providing insight into their unique qualities to engender a relationship between the viewer and the subject.
German painter Franz Paul Guillery (1862-1933) was born near Cologne, the son of a mining engineer with upper class pretensions. His family money allowed to study art full time and he spent seven years of his 20s in Rome soaking up the Italian ambiance and honing his style. Yes, that's Venice above, but I haven't been able to find a painting of Rome. Perhaps his Roman works are not very good, or perhaps he really spent that time in wineshops and whorehouses.
Guillery left a huge body of work of many different sorts: portraits, still-lifes, landscapes, street scenes, unbelievably sappy Christian works, scenes from German mythology and more.