Beñat Iglesias, Autoteatro 13, 2012. Painted plaster, 18 x 16 x 12 in. Recipient of the Nessa Cohen Grant
“I find that in order to raise a work from a simple descriptive record to a work of art, the main objective is not merely physical likeness, but rather to aim for the most concentrated form of a powerful visual experience.”
Sequoyah Aono, Portrait, 2011. Black marble, 11 x 9 x 13 in. Recipient of the Nessa Cohen Grant
Nicolai Nickson, Exile, 2006–12. Marble, 17 x 17 x 17 in. Recipient of the Nessa Cohen Grant
Satoshi Okada, Ellen, 2012. Oil on panel, 12 x 12 in. Recipient of the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant
"The world is different every day, every single moment. Even with one model in a single pose, every painting is different."
Kenneth Wong, Distraction, 2011. Oil, 60 x 40 in. Recipient of the Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant
Elle Maldonado, Freedom, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 53 x 88 in. Recipient of the Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant
"I challenged myself to tackle a large canvas after a devastating back injury.I drew from the words and thoughts based on what was going on in my life at that particular time. As I worked, I experienced great strength and freedom in creativity."
Hyunsun Shim, Rachel, 2012. Oil on linen, 40 x 30 in. Recipient of the David Newton Grant
Shiho Sato, An Interpreter, undated. Oil on canvas, 36 x 27 in. Recipient of the Phyllis H. Mason Grant
Carin Kulb Dangot, RELE, 2012. Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 63 in. Recipient of the Lloyd Sherwood Grant
“I paint as a way to feel life in an intense mode, transforming and creating possibilities using the act of painting as an expression.”
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art that could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, a calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair that provides relaxation from fatigue. — Henri Matisse