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Τετάρτη, 30 Απριλίου 2014

JURY FOR SELECTION THROUGH THE "OPEN CALL"

The Jury for the Selection of Artists, through the Open Call for Entries:
(in alphabetical order):


Xidan Chen (China), 
Catherine De Ryck (Belgium), 
Lorraine Dietrich (Canada),
Atanur Dogan (Turkey), 
Rathin Kanji (India)
Ong Kim Seng (Singapore), 
Elli Kokkini (Greece), 
George Politis (Greece), 
Richard Price (USA), 
Thomas W Schaller (USA),
Konstantin Sterkhov (Russia), 
Betsy Dillard Stroud (USA)
Zhou Tianya (China), 
Andy Wood (UK).

Τρίτη, 29 Απριλίου 2014

APPEL A CANDIDATURES



WATERCOLOUR INTERNATIONAL II
APPEL A CANDIDATURES – Règlement et information

L’exposition International Watercolor Exhibition II se tiendra du 15 septembre au 7 octobre 2014 à la Galerie de la Société d’Etudes macédoniennes à Salonique ; elle accueillera 30 artistes sélectionnés aux côtés de grands noms de l’aquarelle contemporaine.
Les critères de sélection seront principalement la qualité technique, la créativité et l’exploitation de toutes les capacités offertes par l’aquarelle.
Sont admises à participer les peintures sur papier ou support à base de papier en utilisant les médiums solubles dans l'eau (aquarelle, gouache, acrylique ...) et exécutées dans l’esprit et selon les techniques de l'aquarelle. Les collages sont autorisés dans la limite de 30% de la surface de la peinture. Seules les créations originales des artistes sont admises, à l’exclusion des photographies, estampes ou des reproductions numériques.
Chaque artiste présentera un maximum de deux ( 2 ) œuvres pour la sélection .

Dimensions des peintures
Les aquarelles présentées ne doivent pas dépasser 11x15 pouces (environ 30x40 cm) .

Date limite de candidature
 Toutes les inscriptions doivent être reçues avant le 30 mai 2014. Aucun dossier ne sera accepté après cette date .

Ventes
Les peintures peuvent être proposées à la vente, mais ce n'est pas obligatoire.
Commission: 20%



Conditions de candidature  (check-list )
Pour être valable, le dossier doit comprendre les documents suivants :
• des photographies de deux œuvres pour la sélection ; (voir ci-après spécifications techniques pour les images numériques
• une photo de l’artiste ;
• un CV (environ 15 lignes, en anglais)
• le formulaire de candidature dûment rempli.
La candidature sera effective dès la réception du dossier complet et du paiement des frais de participation .
TOUT DOSSIER INCOMPLET OU DONT LA RESOLUTION DES PHOTOS NE CORRESPOND PAS AUX CRITERES ENUMERES CI-APRES SERA REFUSE.
AUCUN RAPPEL NE SERA ENVOYE.


PROCESSUS DE SÉLECTION
Le jury est formé par des maîtres d'aquarelle de différents pays ( leurs noms seront affichés sur le site Web de Watercolour International II ) . Les artistes sélectionnés pourront être invités à participer avec un ou deux tableaux, en fonction de la décision du jury . La décision du jury sera souveraine. La sélection sera faite à partir des photos numériques envoyées.


CALENDRIER
17 avril 2014               Ouverture des candidatures
30 mai 2014                Clôture des candidatures
15 juin 2014                Les artistes sélectionnés sont proclamés par le jury
12 août 2014               Date limite de réception des tableaux à Salonique (Thessaloniki)
15 septembre 2014     Vernissage de l'exposition
7 octobre 2014            Clôture de l'exposition




Comment se préesenter pour la sélection
Photos numériques uniquement .
Les photographies numériques doivent être en format JPEG :
 • Résolution 300 DPI avec un minimum de 1500 pixels pour la plus grande dimension
 • L'image doit être correctement orientée ( verticalement ou horizontalement )
 Les images doivent porter sur la peinture uniquement, sans passe-partout ni cadre.
Les retouches digitales sont formellement interdites.
 Si lors de la livraison , une oeuvre acceptée s'avère avoir été retouchée, elle sera disqualifiée .

Candidatures par courriel
Les photos numériques seront envoyées par courriel à watercolorinternationalgreece@gmail.com
 Chaque image doit être identifiée comme suit :
Name_of_Artist_Title_Size . Par exemple : « MikeJordan_Landscape_11x15inches '
Nomdelartiste_Titre_Dimensions

Candidatures par CD
Vous pouvez également proposer vos peintures à l'aide d'un CD à adresser à
Aquarelle International 2 ( c / o George Politis ) 6 Stamatopoulou Str ,
GR 54642 Thessaloniki Grèce
 Les CD ne seront pas retournés

Frais d’inscription
Les droits de participation à la sélection sont de 35,00 EUR, payable au moment dela candidature par virement bancaire ou par Paypal uniquement. Ils ne sont pas remboursables.


POUR LES PEINTURES & ARTISTES SÉLECTIONNÉS
Les œuvres sélectionnées doivent être envoyées à :
Watercolor International II c / o George Politis
6 Stamatopoulou Str GR 54642 Thessaloniki, Grèce

Encadrés ou non ...
Afin de faciliter le transport et réduire les coûts pour les participants, le service suivant est offert en option :
Peintures sans cadre :
Un artiste peut envoyer les peintures sélectionnées sans cadre.
 Dans ce cas, un service d'encadrement est proposé pour un montant complémentaire de 30 euros par artiste (indépendant du nombre de peintures)
Ce montant ne couvre pas le prix réel d’un cadre (50 Euros) qui sera déduit en cas de vente.
Par exemple, si un tableau est vendu à 1000 euros alors l'artiste recevra € 750 (commission de 20 % + 50 euros pour le cadre) .

Tableaux encadrés
 Si un artiste envoie les tableaux encadrés, il n’y aura aucun frais supplémentaire

ASSURANCE
Le plus grand soin sera apporté en manipulant les œuvres.
Cela étant, “Watercolor International II” et ses représentants ne pourront être tenus pour responsables des pertes ou dégâts occasionnés, quelle qu’en soit la cause.
Les artistes déchargent “Watercolor International II”et ses représentants de toute responsabilité liée à la perte ou l’endommagement des tableaux.
Il est suggéré aux artistes de souscrire leur propre assurance.

http://watercolourinternational.com/opencallform.pdf


Jury pour selectionner les artistes:
Xidan Chen (China), Catherine De Ryck (Belgium), Lorraine Dietrich (Canada),Atanur Dogan (Turkey), Ong Kim Seng (Singapore), Elli Kokkini (Greece), George Politis (Greece), Richard Price (USA), Thomas W Schaller (USA),Konstantin Sterkhov (Russia), Zhou Tianya (China), Andy Wood (UK).

Δευτέρα, 28 Απριλίου 2014

H.L. FALARDEAU SCA, FCA, IAF, NEWS

Almost by accident, Louise discovered watercolour painting and drawing at the same time. She is mainly a self-taught artist. 

Her sensitive yet powerful paintings describe and tell, in pigments and shapes, passions and emotions. More recognized for rendering portraits and characters, she has no desire to limit herself in her painting themes. She is approaching every subject like a portrait. To her, the environments that people create to live their lives, even in the very most simple moments, say a lot about themselves. A sky, a tree trunk, a flower … each have a personality and transports us in an atmosphere which translates emotions.

Her paintings have been selected to be part of prestigious national and international juried exhibitions such as the ones held by the American Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, North East Watercolor Society, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colours and the Federation of Canadian Artists. She also participated in group shows in Europe.


Louise is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, of the Canadian Watercolour Society (Société canadienne de l’aquarelle, SCA), of the Institute des Arts Figuratifs and of the North East Watercolor Society (USA).



Carafe, watercolour

IOANNA ASSANI

Born Athens, Greece, 1963. /Education 1985-1990 School of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece./Prof. Experience: 1991-pres. Art Teacher in Greek public middle schools. From 2005-pres., Member-Theater in Education Network Member - Bureau of Greek Arts -active membership in Panhellenic Union of Arts Teachers, Union of Educational Cultural Programs and organization of events pertaining to these two bodies. 2010-pres G.Secratary of SKETBE (Council of Visual Artists of Northern Greece). 

Theatrical Work: 2011 J. Prevert’s “Page of Writing,” Art  Performance with music by N. Martin. Athens, Greece. /2010 ‘’Parallel Worlds’’, Directing, videos, set design, costumes. Thess., Greece. /2007 “Dreams of a Virtual Reality”. Direction, videos, scripts. Thess. Greece./2005“9 Musical Paintings”. Art Performance. Direction, videos, set design, black theater. Thess., Greece. B’ Prise /2004 “The Passion” Art  Performance with music by P. Gabriel.



Art excibitions: 2013 Projects and Programs of Materialization (Images from Ideas of an Exhibition) Curator, Texts: Emmanuel Mavrommatis, ArtVideo ‘’Pathways’’/2012 Participation in ANAKATA 4 festival with the installation “My home,” Thessaloniki, Greece./ 2004 "99+1 Visual Artists", State Museum of Contemporary Art, Ap.V1, Port Want Thess. etc



ANDY WOOD, PRI, RBA

Born in Porlock, Somerset, England, in 1947, Andy Wood spent his formative years in Surrey.

From 1965 to 1967 he studied Fine Art at Croydon College of Art then from 1967 to 1970 he continued his studies at Newport College of Art gaining a degree in Painting and Film in 1970.

In 1977, having gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Maria Grey College of Further Education, he moved to Dorset and concentrated on painting full-time. During his time in the West Country he ran a successful art gallery in Lyme Regis. Since 2002 he has lived and worked in East Sussex.


Andy Wood has shown his work in exhibitions in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the United States of America. 

He is the president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, one of the oldest watercolour societies in the world. He is also a member of the highly respected Royal Society of British Artists. 

As a member of both the RI and the RBA he regularly exhibits in their annual shows at the Mall Galleries, London. 

He also shows his paintings in various galleries in the UK and abroad. Several publications have featured his paintings including, most recently, 'Artists and Illustrators', 'Leisure Painter', 'Pratique des Arts' and 'Watercolor Artist'. Andy Wood's paintings are in numerous public and private collections including those of: The North Carolina Museum of History, Duke University, The Sun Trust Bank, The Chelsea Arts Club, Lyme Regis Museum and HM The Sultan of Oman.


Fishing, watercolour , 10 x 14 inches

KOSTAS VOUTSAS

Born in Thessaloniki (January, 1960) and still lives there. 

He works as an art professor in high-school education and in his free-time he draws or sketches, coloring his works with aquarelle. 

In addition, he has illustrated various children books, games or toys and has participated in local, national and international exhibitions.



Gates, watercolour

IOULIA MANOUSI

I come from Greece and I live in Thessaloniki with my family.

I have been drawing and painting since my early childhood.

My artistic activities include oil paintings, mixed techniques, portraits, acrylics and especially watercolors after my studies with the watecolorist Maria Sklida.

I have exhibited my work repeatedly in six personal as well as several common exhibitions in Greece, Canada, France, Italy and Japan.

I have been granted the special mention from the panel of Judges for the “6th Biennale Internationale d’ Art Miniature” in QUEBEC-CANADA and the “NPO” International Art Council Prize in both AKASHI and KOBE-JAPAN.

I also write poems and fairy tails.



Untitled, watercolour

Σάββατο, 26 Απριλίου 2014

MUSA BALAN

Musa Balan, Acclaimed Turkish watercolor artist (1962)
His watercolor journey started at the age of 7 with him carrying his watercolor paints in his school bag everyday…

At the age of 17, watercolor was in his caricatures that are published in national comics…

At the age of 19, it was in his illustrations which published in art magazines… At his 20's on the walls in frames...

Later on, in national and international juried exhibitions(U.S., Russia, etc...), biennials, catalogues and encyclopedias... As well as in private collections in many different countries…

The way the paint spreads on the wet paper and creates transparent stains, brings indescribable excitements to Musa. Water and paint are his indispensables...

He is known through the backlight skills he has shown in his cityscape and landscape paintings. Sunlight and the tall blue shadows it creates, are the main characteristics of his artworks. By painting daily frames, Musa makes the viewer see through his eyes...



Istiklal Avenue, 50 x 70 cm , watercolor

Παρασκευή, 25 Απριλίου 2014

GIORGOS SALTAFEROS

Giorgos Saltaferos was born in Andros island,Cyclades ,Greece in 1966.

He studied Pedagodics and Political Schiences in Athens[GR],Didactic of Art at the University of Bern,Research in Drawing and Engraving in the School of Fine Arts in Bern.He post graduated in Didactic of Art and Museum Pedagogic at the University of Bern.
He lives ang works in Athens

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2013 La mer est ton miroir, Genesis Gallery, Athens, Greece. 2011 Kunstvitrine “contrast“, Bern, Switzerland. 2009 Kunstvitrine “contrast“, Bern, Switzerland | Kunstraum QUER, Bern, Switzerland. 2008 Night shift, ΑΕΝΑΟΝ Gallery, Athens, Greece. 2007 Lithoanagrafes, Municipality of Korthion, Andros, Greece | Kunstvitrine “contrast“, Bern, Switzerland | Kunstraum QUER, Bern, Switzerland. 2006 Municipal Art Gallery of Mykonos, Mykonos Island, Greece. 2005 Book-shop, Irene Candinas, Bern, Switzerland | Kunstvitrine “contrast“, Bern, Switzerland | Villa  Staubli-Achileos, Bern, Switzerland. 2004 Cultural Center,  St. Martin, Chapaize, Burgund, France | Kunstvitrine “contrast“, Bern, Switzerland | Multiplex Gaumentanz, Bern, Switzerland. 2003 Cultural Center, St. Martin, Chapaize, Burgund, France | Multiplex Gaumentanz, Bern, Switzerland | Silent Places [photography], Municipal Library of Korthion, Andros Island, Greece | Silent Places [painting], Empeirikeio High School of Andros, Andros Island, Greece. 2002 Diploma Exhibition, Uni-Bern, Bern, Switzerland.





Πέμπτη, 24 Απριλίου 2014

BETSY DILLARD STROUD AWS D.F. NWS

Betsy Dillard Stroud AWS D. F. NWS is a Signature Member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain National Honor Society, and a Life Member of the Arizona Watercolor Association. 

As a painter,  watercolor and acrylic are her main mediums and she especially loves watercolor, which has idiosyncrasies that are much like her own.  

As a former art historian, with a proper distrust of labeling, she describes herself as an expressionistic, abstract, coloristic who uses rhythm, layering and pigment to make her statement.  

An award winning artist and the author of three published books, Betsy is now at work on a fourth book and a third of a book about the painter Joseph Raffael. Her most recent award is the Dr. David Gale Award in the 2014Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.  

In her artist’s statement she writes, “As a painter, my color is my language, my brush is my voice, and my finished painting is my testimony.  She has adjudicated over sixty international, national, state, and regional exhibitions.  In 2007, Stroud was one of 28 Americans invited to exhibit in the First International Exhibition of Master Watercolorists held in the Xiangsu Museum in Nanjing, China.






TONY HUNT RI

Born in Winchester, England, in 1943. Studied at the Southern College of Art, Southampton, and Liverpool Polytechnic. 

Taught drawing, painting and illustration in Art Schools in England from 1973-1996. 

Elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) in 1977. Served as Honorary Secretary, Exhibitions Secretary, and from 2009 to present, Vice-President RI.  

Appointed Trustee and Governor, Federation of British Artists 2004-10. Is represented in the UK Government Art Collection. 

Appointed Judge for Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition 2012 and Art of Watercolour World Watercolour Competition 2014. 

Has exhibited widely in group, one-man and small group shows in the UK and abroad, including the US, Canada, China, France, Germany and Greece. He received Southern Arts Awards in 1976, 1984 and 1992; and the Winsor & Newton/RI Award in 1999.



Downland prospect, watercolour


 

Τετάρτη, 23 Απριλίου 2014

Maria Teresa Piantanida - "Mitti "

Mitti was born in Milan in 1949, her artistic career began in 1974 after she  attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera .

Watercolorist, her favorite themes are boats and seasides, views of Milan and the canals. She owns an atelier on the  Grande canal in the most picturesque area of Milan.

Mitti is the founder of the "Coinvolgente" association, who takes care of the Milano canals artistic and cultural value trough the "The Long Scarf for  the canal" event.

Mitti is member of the Watercolourists Italian Society (AIA), of  InArte-Fabriano, and also is Artistic Director of the "Friends of the Vizzini city".

Mitti was part member of the jury in the Awards AUPI (Official Board Painters and Poets in Italy) for many edition and of "Marche d'Acqua 2010" in Fabriano.


She was present in many national and international watercolor exposition and won many international awards, one of her wotercolor is permanent at the  Paper and Watermark  Museum in Fabriano



Andare per mare, watercolour, 50 x 70 cm

Τρίτη, 22 Απριλίου 2014

KEITH HORNBLOWER


Keith has a love of buildings born from an earlier career in architecture and more recently in architectural illustration, with watercolour being the medium of choice for reasons of speed and convenience. He is entirely self-taught, both as an illustrator and artist.

But his paintings are quite separate from his illustration work. Although they share the same medium, with the former he is free to explore the medium to its limits without the constraints of a client’s wants and needs.
His approach is dynamic, applying paint at speed, moving and adjusting washes as he progresses. He uses colours for dramatic effect rather than trying to reproduce them literally, thinking mainly in terms of warm and cool, and often working with a simple triad of primary or secondary colours to achieve a full range of tonal values.

Watercolour is a medium of endless possibilities and he plays with it constantly, exploring different ways of applying and removing paint.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustration, exhibit locally and in London and demonstrating the art of watercolour to Art Societies and Universities in the UK. He is a demonstrator for Winsor & Newton.

He was invited to judge for the International Watercolour Society 2013 competition and his painting “La Sagrada Familia” was accepted into the Shenzhen Watercolour International Biennial, China.


Behind the facade, watercolour


FRANCINE BOUCHARD SCA

Recognized as professional painter by the Académie internationale des
Beaux-Arts (Québec), Francine Bouchard was also elected Signature Member
with the Société Canadienne de l’Aquarelle in 2012. Her style is very
personal and Francine Bouchard delighted audiences with her watercolour
paintings in many art exhibitions and symposiums. She won awards and honors, jury awards, people’s Choice Awards,  including First Prize, section
"Guests ", at the Société Canadienne annual juried 2012 Salon.

‘’I consider my favorite subjects with a very intuitive, spontaneous and personal brush ...  landscapes, animals, people, and urban scenes ... I like to break from routine and paint with my inspiration as a guide. All my paintings must generate an emotion.   An emotion that takes its full meaning in the eyes of the beholder . I want to capture an absolute luminosity , paint the essence of the subject to reach the maximum impact...  Finally, nothing is taken for granted, many things must be.

As soon as my main subject is elaborated and without unnecessary detail, the creative process begins. I like to take risks and I struggle against my impulsiveness, some shapes are found, others are forgotten and the whole process confirms my intuition.

The composition and the light gradually progress. At this point, the composition reflects the poetry which lives in me. This personal and nontraditional techniques and approach gives my work an atmosphere on the edge of the unreal.''

Le mal aimé 4, watercolour


YANNIS VOUROS

He was born in Thessaloniki (Greece) 1953.

He studied Architecture and Urban Planing at LSE. His instructor in painting was N. Sahinis, and N. Moutsopoulos in religious painting.

He nas been involved in painting since 1980. Initially doing stone-painting and later working on other materials as well. He is occupied as a restorer in the Center for the Preservation of the Inheritance of Mount Athos since 1983. His acquaintance with the area of Mount Athos had an overwhelming influence to his painting, as far as both theme and expression are concerned.

His first exhibition took place in 1987 in the small art Gallery of "Diagonios" where he participated in more than 30 group exhibitions. He his carried out five persona! exhibitions  and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in various others in Greece and abroad. He has had 15 solo exhibitions.

Works of his are in display in many public collections (in the Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, the Municipal Art Gallery of Kozani,  the Association of Arts and Letters of Kozani, the art gallery Tehni in Kilkis, the Art Gallery of the Municipality of Kilkis, the At Gallery of the Society of Macedonian Studies, the Art Gallery of the Organization for the Cultural Capital of Europe Thessaloniki, as well as in private exhibitions (Sotiris Tsoukalis, lanos etc).

He was awarded in the  International Painting Competition  Art and Poverty, Ankara, Turkey, 2005.


He is a member of the Association of Plastic Art Artists of Northern Greece.


Nude, watercolour

Κυριακή, 20 Απριλίου 2014

YANNIS ADAMANTIDES

Yannis Adamantides was born in Thessaloniki, Greece where he lives and works.

He has received private tuition and attended painting classes at the Slade School Of Arts, UCL.

Through his quick brushwork without stereotypes he releases his instinct and with his rich palette he creates his very own style.

He has shown his work in 11 solo and over 60 group exhibitions in Greece, Italy, Germany  and the USA.


He is a member of the Visual Artists’ Association of Northern Greece.


Recording, watercolour


KEIKO TANABE NWS

As a child growing up in Japan, Keiko always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children's art contests.  However, art was not her chosen field of study later on.  She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California).  She then worked in international relations positions in Japan and in the U.S.A.  In the last 25 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America for both business and pleasure.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist.  That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.  While still working in international business, she started drawing again.  In 2005, after learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, California, she decided to paint full-time.  From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Since then her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across America and in Asia and Europe.  Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world.  She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S. and Europe.  To date, she has self-published five books of her art, with a new one coming out in June 2014.

Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.  She's also a sought-after workshop instructor and a juror.  Since 2011, she has completed successfully more than 50 workshops around the world.


Keiko is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society (USA), a member of the American Watercolor Society (USA), a founding member of the North American Watercolor Artists (USA), and a member of the Japan Watercolor Society (Japan).



Lisbon, Portugal VIIIwatercolour

THOMAS SCHALLER AWS, NWWS

Following a 20-year career in New York City as an architect and architectural artist, Tom Schaller is now based in Los Angeles where he devotes himself full-time to fine artwork in the watercolor medium. Tom is the most recent recipient of the Dong Kingman Award from the AWS, and is a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. 

He has authored two books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor, and The Art of Architectural Drawing. He is increasingly in demand internationally to conduct his watercolor workshop series, “The Architecture of Light”.

His work has been accepted into many recent prestigious international exhibitions including the “147th Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society“, New York City; the “Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club”, Los Angeles; the National Watercolor Society group at “Eau en Couleurs”, Belgium; the “Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial”,China; the “Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial”,Shanghai: "International Art-Bridge Watercolor Competition, St. Petersberg; and The "World Watermedia Invitational Exposition"; Bangkok,Thailand.


A Signature Member of the AWS, and the NWWS, Tom was recently elected Artist Member of the California Art Club, and is an active member of many professional arts organizations. He is a founding member of the group; North American Watercolor Artists.



Steps of Rocamadour, watercolor, 76 x 56 cm


MURIEL BUTHIER -CHARTRAIN

Born in France in 1961, I paint since 1981, mainly in watercolor, some landscapes barely suggested, sometimes abstract and in large size. The subject is just an excuse to work on light and to express my feelings. 

I suggest atmosphere and emotions by focusing me on the
essential expression. The execution comes after a long mental preparation. 

My way of working does not leave me time to think about when I put the color : at this point, I no longer think to technic, even if it is there, underlying and essential. I act by instinct, which allows me to concentrate on what I want to express. Transparent and light, watercolor can being strong…

Since 1984, I exhibited in national, international and solo exhibitions in France, Sweden and
Belgium where my work has often been awarded.

Prize of the jury in International Biennial of watercolor of Belgium 2011
Juror for the International contests (2012 & 2014) of international Watercolor Society (IWS)

Member of the Nordic Watercolor Society



The wound " (La blessure)watercolor, 64 x 101 cm

INVITED EXHIBITORS


INVITED EXHIBITORS 

Participating artists up till now (through invitation)


Yiannis Adamantidis (Greece)

Musa Balan (Turkey)

Constantinos Balian (Greece)

Angela Barbi (Spain)

Antonio Bartolo (Portugal)

Aimee Birnbaum (UK)

Francine Bouchard (Canada)

Muriel Buthier Chartrain (France)

Claude Carretta (France)

Jocelyne Chaveau (France)

Xidan Chen (China)

Nikos Charalambidis (Greece)

Harris Christodoulidis (Greece)

Isabelle Corcket (France)

Catherine De Ryck (Belgium)

Lorraine Dietrich (Canada)

Gilles Durand (France)

H Louise Falardeau (Canada)

Odette Feller (Belgium)

Roberta Gagliardini (Italy)

Fotini Hamidieli (Greece)

Keith Hornblower (UK)

Tony Hunt (UK)

Anna Ivanova (Russia)

Rathin Kanji (India)

Lok Kerk Hwang (Singapore)

LaFe (Thailand)

Ioulia Manousi (Greece)

Anna Massinissa (Italy)

Angus Mc Ewan (UK)

Massimo Melchiorri (Italy)

Gerda Mentens (Belgium)

Mitti - Maria Teresa Piantanida (Italy)

Robert O Brien (USA)

Ahmet Ogras (Turkey)

Ong Kim Seng (Singapore)

Margareta Palm (Sweden)

Roland Palmaerts (Belgium)

David Parfitt (UK)

George Politis (Greece)

David Poxon (UK)

Richard Price (USA)

Hannie Rieuwerts (Holland)

Rosa Sepple (UK)

Thomas W Schaller

Hryssa Stavreva (Greece)

Konstantin Sterkhov (Russia)

Keiko Tanabe (Japan)

Lim Bee Tat (Malaysia)

Zhou Tianya (China)

Elli Trimmis (Greece)

Helena Trovaj (Sweden)

Yiannis Tzovanakis (Greece)

Dimitris Tzovanakis (Greece)

Yiannis Vouros (Greece)

Kostas Voutsas (Greece)

Sandra Walker (UK)

Andy Wood (UK)

Παρασκευή, 18 Απριλίου 2014

SANDRA WALKER RI

American- born Sandra Walker is an adherent of the Photorealistic school of Richard Estes and Chuck Close.

Before turning to painting full time she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. For Senator Edward Kennedy. While on the Kennedy staff she was commissioned by the U.S. Mint to design the Congressional  Medal which the President presented to Simon Wiesenthal at a White House ceremony.

Since moving to England ,  Walker has been awarded Britain's most respected watercolour prize, the £15,000 Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times award for Best British Watercolour.

In 1999 Walker became an elected member of the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.

Walker has exhibited her work  throughout the world and is represented in the collections of the National Geographic Society, Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator George McGovern, theNational League of Cities in Washington D.C., the Wall Street Journal, the American Embassy, the Canadian Embassy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Margaret Thatcher (commission for Thatcher Foundation),  John Le Carré, Worcester College - University of Oxford, and many private collections.

Her work is currently used as set decoration on American TV series "Glee".



Alhambra, watercolour

Πέμπτη, 17 Απριλίου 2014

DAVID PARFITT RI


David is a landscape painter from the UK, working with Watercolours and water-based media.  He was elected a member of the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) in 2011, winning awards at the 2012 and 2014 RI exhibitions.

He has exhibited widely and taken part in many selected, group and solo exhibitions.

David is passionate about watercolour, with its fluidity and uncontrollable nature and each time he begins a new painting he asks himself: ‘how can I use this medium to convey a feeling for the moods and atmosphere of the landscape in front of me’.

David creates representational paintings which do not look contrived or deliberate, while keeping a fairly abstract feel to both the marks and the composition.  Painting many of his works en-plein-air helps with this process because it involves working quickly and fairly simply.  To reproduce the feeling of painting in the open air, David uses exactly the same materials and methods when he is painting in the studio.

David’s whole approach is about experimenting, learning and developing as a painter with the idea to consistently push the water-based medium as far as he can.


Big clouds, watercolour, 37x42cm


WATERCOLOUR INTERNATIONAL II - Call For Entries


WATERCOLOUR INTERNATIONAL II
Call For Entries

This second International Watercolour exhibition welcomes artists from around the world to Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2014. The exhibition will showcase an extensive range of different painting styles, methods and approaches. From this open call for entries, 30 artists will be selected to participate alongside major names from the world of watercolour.
Emphasis is given to the quality of works shown; the creativity of artists and versatility of the medium.

Where will the exhibition take place
The exhibition will take place in the Gallery of the Society of Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece.

What to submit
Paintings on paper or paper based support using water-soluble media (watercolour, gouache, acrylics…) and executed in a style sympathetic to the idea and techniques of watercolour painting.
Collage is allowed but should not exceed 30% of the surface of the painting.
Artists' original work only, no digital art, photographs, prints or reproductions.
Each artist will present up to two (2) works for the selection.

Size of paintings
The size of the submitted watercolours must be 11x15 inches (around 30x40 cm - quarter watercolour sheet).

Deadline for submission
All entries must be received by May 30th 2014. No submissions will be accepted after that date.

Sales
Paintings may be for sale, but this is not a requirement. Commission on sales is set at 20%.




SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (CHECK-LIST):
You must submit the following:
• photographs of two works for selection. (Please read the digital images specifications in page 3)
• a photograph of yourself;
• a short CV (around 15 lines)
• the enclosed application form, completed and signed (scanned if handwritten).

Your candidature will be effective upon receipt of the application form, images of works and payment of the participation costs.

ANY INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION PACK (OR  IF THE GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA LISTED ARE NOT FOLLOWED) WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED. NO REMINDER WILL BE SENT.


SELECTION PROCESS
The jury is formed by internationally recognized watercolour masters from different countries (their names will be shown on the website of Watercolour International II).

Accepted artists may be asked to participate with one or two paintings, depending on the decision of the jury. The decision of the Jury will be final.
Selection will be made from the digital photos sent.



CALENDAR
April 17, 2014                     Open call: Submission opens
May 30, 2014                      Submission closes
June 1, 2014                       Jurying / Selection process opens
June 15, 2014                     Selected artists will be announced
August 12, 2014                Deadline for paintings to be received in Thessaloniki
September 15, 2014        Exhibition opens
October 7, 2014                Exhibition closes



WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR SELECTION

Digital Entries only.
Submit
·         a short CV (around 15 lines)
·         the attached form
·         a photo of yourself
·         two high quality digital images of your paintings.
Digital photographs must be in JPEG format:
• Resolution 300 DPI with a minimum of 1500 pixels on the longer side;
• Image must be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal)
The images must be of the painting only, without mat and frame, while no digital enhancement will be allowed.
Digital enhancement of images is not allowed. If upon delivery, an accepted artwork is found to have been misrepresented it will be disqualified.

Email submission
Digital entries will be submitted by email to watercolorinternationalgreece@gmail.com.
Every image submitted must be named as follows: Name_of_Artist_Title_Size.
For example: 'MikeJordan_Landscape_11x15inches'

CD Entry
You can also submit your paintings using a CD. Please post to
Watercolor International 2  (c/o George Politis)
6 Stamatopoulou Str,  GR 54642 Thessaloniki,  Greece
The CDs will not be returned

Submission fees
Each artist may submit 2 pictures of watercolours for an entry fee of 35 EUR.
This amount must be paid with the submission, by Paypal or wire transfer. It is non-refundable.
We advise you to use Paypal, a quick, safe and secure payment method.


SELECTED ARTISTS / ACCEPTED PAINTINGS
Shipping of accepted paintings
The selected artworks can be shipped to:
 Watercolor International II
c/o George Politis
6 Stamatopoulou Str
GR 54642 Thessaloniki, Greece

FRAMED OR UNFRAMED…
In order to facilitate the shipping and reduce the costs for participants, the following service / option is offered.

Unframed paintings:
An artist may send the accepted paintings unframed. In that case a framing service fee of 30 euros (independent of number of paintings) must be paid. This fee doesn’t cover the actual frame, so if a painting is sold, the frame cost (50 euros) will be deducted. For instance, if a painting is sold at 1000 euros, then the artist will receive 750 euros (commission 20% + 50 euros  for the frame).

Framed paintings:
If an artist sends the paintings framed, no additional fee is required.

INSURANCE
Although the utmost care will be taken in handling works of art, Watercolor International and its representatives will not be responsible for loss or damage, whatever the cause. Artists release Watercolor International and its representatives from all liability with respect to loss or damage to the artist’s works. It is suggested that artists should arrange their own insurance.



Πέμπτη, 10 Απριλίου 2014

KONSTANTIN STERKHOV

A graduate from The Repin Academy of Fine Arts, Sterkhov has been serving his vocation of watercolorist for over 20 years.  As a devout ascetic of the watercolor technique, he has realized various projects to make it more available for all who are interested. 
On his Facebook page, watercolorists can share information about workshops, invite others to exhibitions and workshops, and view watercolor video demos. That noble idea of communication with keen watercolor lovers in the world has started bearing fruit. The vacuum of communication in watercolorinfospace is disappearing. The artists, sometimes in amazement, discover for themselves the creations of their fellow artists, and find their brush brothers who are close in spirit.

Konstantin directs his efforts to raise the prestige and level of watercolor in Russia. He collaborates with leading world art supplies manufacturers. By testing and announcing his tests results, Konstantin introduces leading brands` products to the Russian audience.

The instructional video demos by Sterkhov have been invaluable help for the art beginners. He has created about 50 video courses over the last 5 years, including a free series for his blog`s subscribers.
A talented watercolorist, Konstantin Sterkhov is constantly experimenting with material, finding available, simple ways of explaining how to master the water element. He is  improving himself by developing in his creation the realistic direction in the genre of psychological portrait. Connoisseurs of painting think much of his lyrical landscapes with water space in all its embodiments – from a vast raging sea, or sparkling reflections in a city pool, to a quite forest lake.

A spiritual strength for realization of his plans and fulfillment of his mission, Konstantin imbibes the wisdom of an ancient Indian teaching, practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation. That gives him an inner peace and balance that is so valuable in our world of anxiety. Indian ancient wisdom creates a harmonious foundation to his life and the spectator perceives it through the contemplative world of his watercolors.

As a tireless traveler,  Konstantin often visits different countries – sometimes as a workshop leader, a member of an exhibition or a jury board member at an International Biennial. Through new impressions and communication experience with foreign masters, new images of the modern world appear in Konstantin`s art. He embodies them in plots of his new themes` paintings, continuing his line of improvement and serving Art tirelessly.