On Thursday April 14th, 2016 at the Pier 94 in New York City I had the privilege to attend the Day 1 kick off of Art Expo. The event brought together people of all walks of life from the native New Yorkers, west coasters from Cali, artist and sponsors from Toronto, Latino artist from Miami, and even international artist from all walks of life such as France and etc. Whether they all spoke the English language or not, the one language that all of these even artists spoke in unison was the language of art and the emotion that it exudes out of people. Here is our recap of the best that we saw from Art Expo 2016.
Jordan Matter Photography
As I made my entrance into the venue I was blown away by the creativity of the artist that were featured as Art Expo is a prestigious event and just even getting your art through those doors is an accomplishment in itself but Jordan Matter’s photography truly stood out to me within my first 10 minutes of being inside the venue. As seen in the shot above which was taken on 5th ave of Manhattan in New York, Matter’s loves to incorporate live action into his shots. I was flabbergasted when he told me that the photo was not edited to feature the models in this pose and that he in fact shot this in the moment. From further analyzing Jordan’s presentation booth, I noticed the story that it was concise in all of his photos. The story was the cohesion of photography and ballet. Both are a form of art that requires discipline and technique. When you combine the two art forms in the way that Jordan was able to, you get the perfect symmetry.
Visit www.Jordanmatter.com and Facebook.com/JordanMatterPhotography to view more of Jordan’s work.
Art of Zaya
Zayasaikhan Sambuu incorporates traditional Mongolian customs with Japanese contemporary art techniques. When you combine those two elements, you get works of art such as the pieces above that Zaya displayed at Art Expo that were rich in texture and vibrant in color which brings each scene in the five paintings above to life.
Visit www.artzaya.com and Facebook.com/Zayasaikhan to view more work from Zaya.
Jason Lincoln Jeffers
Jason Lincoln Jeffers is an artist that specializes in 21st century Multidimensional Fine Art. What I love about Jason’s work is how he incorporates spirituality into his paintings such as the one pictured above of the Buddhist Goddess Quan Yin. Jason explained to me that Quan Yin “embodies compassion and unconditional love”. The creation of this painting is fascinating because as you look closely you can see a dragon in Quan Yin’s white hair. Dragon’s usually symbolizes danger but Quan Yin’s beauty and the fact that she is nude softens her and gives her vulnerability. Jason’s Quan Yin paintings invites you in to be vulnerable and free right along with her.
Visit www.jljeffers.com for more on Jason Lincoln Jeffers such as book and paintings.
If there is anything I love more than fashion, it would have to be sports so you could just imagine my excitement when I saw Justyn’s collection of my favorite athletes both past and present. Justyn is a photo realism painter for the New York Yankees Player Clubhouse, Boston Redsox Team Store, and he is also the official artist of the Ted Williams Museum. I was in awe of Justyn’s detail realism from jersey textures, stadium details, and facial mannerisms. It was also dope that I cam dressed in my Cincinnati Reds snapback and retro Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds jersey not knowing that there would be a Johnny Bench painting on display(talk about fate huh ?)
For more on Justyn Farano’s work visit www.artbrandstudios.com and follow him on instagram@faranofineart
Eduardo Sanabria is the man behind the Edoilustrado brand. For his Love Pop collection, he incorporated some of the most iconic figures in Pop culture all in one graphic animation. Who would have thought that they would see Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Madonna, Michael Jordan, Amy Winehouse, Steve Jobs, , Martin Luther King Jr. and etc. together all in one image ? The public figures in the illustration are animated and also have animated facial expressions which helps along with the cartoon design in making these celebrity icons larger than life.
To view more of Edo’s work visit edoilustrado.com and also follow him on instagram@edoilustrado.
Appleton Art Works
At minimum, art is suppose to make you think , but when it goes the extra mile and inspires you, then that’s when you know that you’ve been enlightened and that’s exactly what happened to me when Appleton shared his story behind the concept of his photography. Appleton shared with me the importance of appreciating life and not taking it fore granted. Appleton opened my eyes to seriousness of diabetes disease and how it needs to be taken seriously as over 30 million Americans deal with diabetes everyday. Appleton incorporates insulin bottles in his just about all of his shots such as the images you see above as well as next to images of trains and on ice cream trucks as a way to symbolize that as we are out and about in our daily lives, this is an issue that many of those around us are currently experiencing.
To learn more about Appleton and to support his work visit www.appletonartworks.com and follow him on instagram@appletonpictures.
If you want to learn more about Art Expo or to perhaps get your art into the show next year, then visit them at www.artexponewyork.com