Nature of Being: Portraits

Nature of Being: Portraits

This Deadline Expired: Monday, July 29, 2019

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have
my presence all the days and nights
that I am away from you.”
Frida Kahlo

Deja 42 Art Gallery is seeking artists who would like to present their work in our upcoming August exhibition, Nature of Being: Portraits. Creators working in all media (painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, ceramics, textile, et al.) are welcome. Express your vision and interpretation of what makes a portrait of a living being, whether it is literal, realistic, representative of the spirit or soul, clinical, storybook, iconic, fantastic. All themes receive due and equivocal consideration.

Deadline for submission is Monday, July 29th, 2019.
Accepted artists will be notified by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.
Gallery-ready pieces should be delivered to the Gallery no later than
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.
A non-refundable entry fee of $20 is required for up to three different artworks.  
Detailed images of submitted works may be included at no additional cost.
It is preferable that artworks are for sale. Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission on all sold artwork.
Opening reception is Saturday, August 10th, 2019.

Please include contact information, artwork title, media and dimensions with your submission.  
​Send all submissions to deja42artgallery@gmail.com.  
Submit payments through Paypal

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
Susan Benarcik
Susan Benarcik

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism of life. My “Take Any Road Series” encourages the viewer to have the confidence to experience life no matter how difficult or confusing, beautiful, or powerful. All of this exists with an underlying structure of assumptions.
I think we all see the world a little differently and feel our own experience uniquely.  I paint using what all of my senses have given to me as the experience.  When I paint the sky, I am feeling the wind, putting it to music in my head, remembering the smell of the chance of rain, tasting the air, seeing the clouds dance. 
Fran Lightman Gibson
Fran Lightman Gibson

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism…

In my years as a visual artist I have chosen symbolic forms that are both universal and personal to express the idea of “time.” Often I use nests, eggs, marine creatures, and one-celled organisms. They are symbols for natural phenomenas that manifest this notion of time.
Patti Dougherty (Painting)
Patti Dougherty (Painting)

In my years as a visual artist I have chosen symbolic forms that are both universal and personal to express the idea of “time.”…

In my years as a visual artist I have chosen symbolic forms that are both universal and personal to express the idea of “time.” Often I use nests, eggs, marine creatures, and one-celled organisms. They…

In my years as a visual artist I have chosen symbolic forms that are both universal and personal to express the idea of “time.” Often I use nests, eggs, marine creatures, and one-celled organisms. They are symbols for natural…

Diane Marimow  is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the movement of marine life.
Diane Marimow
Diane Marimow

Diane Marimow is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the…

Diane Marimow is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the movement of marine life.…

Diane Marimow is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the movement of marine life.…

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor that reflects her spirited engagement with the environment and her urgent pursuit of personal expression.
Gerry Tuten
Gerry Tuten

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor…

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor that reflects her spirited engagement with the environment and her urgent pursuit…

Gerry Tuten’s paintings are deep encounters with the natural world. She paints woods, water, and sky with a physical vigor that reflects her spirited engagement with the environment and her urgent pursuit of personal expression.…

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