Interview with Alan Beckstead

My paintings reflect SF Pride participants from 2010 forward. They represent a period when California Proposition 8 was overturned and the Supreme Court opened up the rights to marriage for all 50 states. It was something I never imagined would happen in my lifetime A true celebration of the progress for equality. Every Americans’ dream and rightful expectation.  The works also capture the sadness but solidarity from the Orlando Pulse tragedy.   A reminder that in many ways we still face the same intolerance from the 70’s.

Interview with Grant Gilsdorf

Grant Gilsdorf is an Ohio based contemporary realistic narrative painter who has harnessed his exquisitely rendered realistic paintings into a visionary storytelling device that combines images of carefully crafted beauty existing within a brutal and gritty reality. His dark, tension-filled works mirror the narrative-driven experience of viewing a feature film, and leave the viewer contemplating their symbolic significance.

Malgosia Jankowska

Painter Malgosia Jankowska was born in 1978 in Sochaczew, Poland and studied painting in Warsaw and Berlin. With fine brush strokes, she sets people and nature in opposition to each other. She masterfully creates pictures of stunning depth and spaciousness by alternating translucent and pastose colors. Mysteriously, white light bursts through the tree trunks of some paintings like a white haze. The filigree lines, together with the softened tones – sometimes restricted to a single color on a white background, hearken back to the engravings of old fairytale books.

Interview with Diamante Lavendar

I am  an author and artist.  I’ve won awards for both my art and my writing. Since I was a young child, I’ve loved books and art which has carried into my adult life.  I’ve always enjoyed the symbolic and visceral attributes of being an artist.  I believe art is something one is born with-a desire to create visual pieces from intellectual/emotional attachments and observations. I see all forms of art as being expressed offerings from the artists themselves; a way to help understand and empathize with things of an intellectual and spiritual nature in the world around us.

Clare Woods

The paintings of Clare Woods (b. 1972, Southampton, UK) are essentially concerned with sculpting an image in paint, and expressing the strangeness of an object. Originally trained as a sculptor, much of Woods’ work is an exploration of physical form. This understanding of sculptural language and a preoccupation with forms in space, translated into two-dimensional images, underpins her pictorial practice.

Hernan Bas

Born in 1978 in Miami, Florida, Hernan Bas creates works born of literary intrigue and tinged with nihilistic romanticism and old world imagery. Influenced by the Aesthetic and Decadent writers of the 19th century, in particular Oscar Wilde and Joris-Karl Huysman, Bas’s works weave together stories of adolescent adventures and the paranormal with classical poetry, religious stories, mythology and literature. 


Born in Tokyo. Eriko Kaniwa is a Tokyo based fine art photographer.  After graduating from university, she worked as a producer at a major Tokyo television station before studying photography independently. In addition to exhibiting photographs in individual and group shows and continuing to work as a photographer, she has explored alternative education, cognitive science, depth psychology, and art communication.

Interview with John A. O’Connor

John A. O’Connor was born in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1940. John has had 36 solo exhibitions of his paintings, including a number of retrospectives, and has participated in more than 200 group exhibitions. He has received numerous awards and honors including a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Fellowship, and several State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. His work is included in a many public, university, college, corporate and private collections nationwide.

Secundino Hernández

Secundino Hernández's diverse and energetic painting practice resists easy characterisation. His work features intricately structured compositions that mix strong linear elements and rich bursts of colour. Some canvases feature abstracted, atomised forms, while others have more densely overlaid imagery in which it is possible to discern figurative elements.

Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She studied at Kalamazoo College in Michigan (B.A., 1992) and at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal (1990–91). She received an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.

Petra Cortright

Petra Cortright’s practice revolves around the creation and distribution of digital files, be it videos, gifs, jpegs, or consumer and corporate software and platforms. Her career began with her now infamous YouTube videos that used default effect tools to distort and mutate her face and body. Her paintings evolved out of her adolescent engagement with the web—they use painting software and Photoshop to collage images, icons, and marks found online. They are open editions, liable to change before they are printed on aluminum, acrylic, or satin to account for the endlessly fluid dimension of her source. The tension between her explicitly erotic videos and flat paintings reflect the performative culture of online personas—simultaneously raw exposure and a medium that encourages disguises. Cortright uses the Internet as a bottomless source portraiture and iconography—traditional subject matters made wholly contemporary.

Interview with Juana Reimers

Juana Reimers works in the tradition of graffiti and urban art, on canvases, wall surfaces, art on construction. The luminosity and the graphic structure of the images, which give life and unorthodox color combinations, are striking. The artist succeeds in sharpening the viewer's view by seemingly moving the picture motifs further and further out of a multitude of planes, zooming in and out. The complexity of the composition invites one to read into, even to dive into another reality, in which joy, cheerfulness and unconcern, as well as the firm belief in the good in man, appear boundless.

Interview with Kokil Sharma

Kokil is a London based artist who has been involved in art since a very early age. She grew up in India, where she participated and won numerous awards and competitions. Her initial art training was mainly focussed on the facial anatomy but she later developed her skills, practice and awareness of the built environment by pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology at the University of Westminster in 2008. She worked on many Architectural projects in the Education, Retail and Housing sector but decided to revert back to her studio practice and continued painting expressive portraits and figures.