ARTISTS

Watershed Gallery represents artists from around the world – and around the corner.  We pride ourselves on having terrific relationships with our artists.  So whether the artist is appearing in a current show or a past one, we can easily access these artists available artwork.

JEAN ALEXANDER FRATER

GRAPHIQUE: February 2014

Chicago-based artist Jean Alexander Frater studied philosophy before moving into art, and her creations are a product of her philosophical musings. Her black and white paintings explore the mechanics of perception and the presentation of art.

Frater’s work blends drawing and painting, and plays with simple forms to create geometric or swirling abstractions intended to challenge the notion of how art should be viewed.  Some paintings have no “top” or “bottom”, and can be hung from any side – or from a corner as a diamond.

 Jean Alexander Frater earned an MFA at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.  She has exhibited nationally as well internationally in Canada, Israel, Italy and Sweden.


LAURA SUE PHILLIPS

GRAPHIQUE: February 2014

Artist and educator Laura Sue Phillips creates painstakingly precise Flower Targets that are both calming and resonant. Her Chimera series was inspired by the artist’s recent experience giving stem cells to her sister to subsequently help her sibling’s body accept Phillips’s kidney.

A California native, Phillips received her MFA at Hunter College in New York and has studied under several prestigious artists including Vincent Longo, Marilyn Minter and Sanford Wurmfeld. She has been presented numerous awards including an AIM residency at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and an international printmaking residency at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute on the island of Mauritius. Phillips currently teaches studio art to undergraduates at Hunter College, and to young women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.



KAREN VOGEL

GRAPHIQUE: February 2014

Accomplished printmaker Karen Vogel relies on bold letterforms in her new work. Prints from her “Structure” series explore the breakdown of modern language brought on by the pervasiveness of electronic messaging and other media. Monoprints are Vogel’s primary medium; she layers hand-cut stencils, paper lithography, collographs and monotype plates to achieve inimitable surface tension and cohesion. Vogel is interested in the parallels between art making and landscape design, her two passions.

Karen Vogel’s works have been featured in museums and galleries across the country. She has completed commissions for the National Academy of Science and American Public TV Stations in Washington, DC. A Darien resident, she is currently an active member of The Silvermine Guild of Artists and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

MIKE CERULLO

GRAPHIQUE: February 2014
Ridgefield Artist Mike Cerullo utilizes spray paint to create intense three-point perspective abstractions of letterforms that blur the lines between graffiti and fine art.  His experience as an auto body technician is evident in the clear, crisp lines of his paintings; the geometrical designs of cars lend inspiration to his work. Each of his wooden pieces is fixed with automotive clear, rendering the finished works nearly indestructible.

Cerullo has exhibited throughout New England and has collaborated with other notable graffiti artists on murals in Danbury and Windsor, and creates installations and graffiti demos with the Los Cinco crew in Hartford, CT.  He currently lives and works in Ridgefield.  




BÉATRICE CORON

SMALL WORKS OF WHIMSY: November 2013
STORIES BY A THOUSAND CUTS: May 2013
French papercut artist Béatrice Coron has developed her own method of storytelling by cutting multi-layered stories into the construction medium, Tyvek.  Her work can be seen in collections around the world including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

She is a veteran presenter at TED and has many public and private installations and objects, constructed in a variety of materials including metal, stone and glass. Coron has lived in France, Egypt, Mexico, and China and currently resides in New York City.





HADRIAN MENDOZA


SMALL WORKS OF WHIMSY: November 2013

Hadrian Mendoza, a stoneware potter from Virginia, produces expressionistic and abstract shapes that rely heavily on Philippine cultural undertones. Mendoza’s series Hadrian’s Wall, an installation of more than twenty 3-dimensional free-form globes and ceramic heads includes artist self portraits. 

Mendoza is a celebrated potter who was won many awards, including prestigious Anne and Arnold Abramson award for Excellence in Ceramics.





MOOGLY

SMALL WORKS OF WHIMSY: November 2013

French painter Martin Lavergne, who works under the pseudonym of Moogly, uses recycled cardboard and mixed media to reinvent the art of portrait painting. His energetic works of art portray humans as fantastical and funny animals.  Utilizing acrylics, Chinese ink, natural pigments and collage, Moogly creates highly stylized portraits that are both environmentally conscious and touching.  

Inspired by his grandfather, Moogly began painting instinctively as a child.  He studied at Intuit-Lab School in Paris and currently divides his time between graphic design and fine art. 




         FLORENCE NOTTÉ


SMALL WORKS OF WHIMSY: November 2013
WATERSHED OPENING EXHIBITION: November 2012
LIVING ON THE GRID:  March 2013 

French photographer and author Florence Notté is driven to create art by emotion and aesthetics, and in her series titled D’un Bonheur, L’Autre (My Little Happiness), the artist hopes to connect with the timeless moments of the human experience.   The artist has captured quiet beats in the global urban landscape. The series illustrates that minutes of joy are transcendent, linking experience of those who have come before with the present day, and the potential future moments.

D’un Bonheur, L’Autre was awarded first prize by the French Federation of Photography in February 2013.  Watershed Gallery is the exclusive U.S. representative for the work from the series.  Florence has been featured in Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Le Point and Prestige Asia



NANCY C. WOODWARD
SMALL WORKS OF WHIMSY: November 2013
CERTIFIABLY ORGANIC: September 2013

WATERSHED OPENING : November 2012 

Nancy C. Woodward has been a fixture in the New England arts community since her debut in 2008. Since then, her work has been featured throughout Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. Her alma mater, the New Canaan Silvermine School of Art, has awarded her with multiple prizes, including Best Digital Photograph for 2009. 


Nancy likens her experience photographing the natural world to deep meditation. She furthers this process by using a digital darkroom to uncover unseen aspects of her photography, such as a faint shadow, that can be altered through distinctive colors. The result is a unique and captivating scene of trees amongst a contrasting and  vibrant sky. Composing her photographs on archival pigment print with varnish,   accentuates the bold, wide-ranging color palette of Nancy’s work. 


NANCY C. WOODWARD
SMALL WORKS OF WHIMSY: November 2013
CERTIFIABLY ORGANIC: September 2013

WATERSHED OPENING : November 2012 

Nancy C. Woodward has been a fixture in the New England arts community since her debut in 2008. Since then, her work has been featured throughout Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. Her alma mater, the New Canaan Silvermine School of Art, has awarded her with multiple prizes, including Best Digital Photograph for 2009. 


Nancy likens her experience photographing the natural world to deep meditation. She furthers this process by using a digital darkroom to uncover unseen aspects of her photography, such as a faint shadow, that can be altered through distinctive colors. The result is a unique and captivating scene of trees amongst a contrasting and  vibrant sky. Composing her photographs on archival pigment print with varnish,   accentuates the bold, wide-ranging color palette of Nancy’s work. 


NASH HYON

CERTIFIABLY ORGANIC: September 2013

Working primarily with encaustics (molten beeswax), Ms. Hyon's work mixes concepts in science and medicine with striking symbolic imagery, transforming them into timeless emotionally evocative works of art.

The meticulous process of melting, layering and scraping gives her work an almost archaeological feel; her paintings have depth, substance and a sense of history.  

Nash Hyon is an award-winning artist who has shown extensively throughout the United States.  She currently maintains a studio in Wilton, Connecticut.  




PAMELA MARKS

CERTIFIABLY ORGANIC:  September 2013 

Painter Pamela Marks' Video Composite Series investigates layered spaces and color shifts.  The images evolved from watercolor paintings that combined military camouflage patterns with sacred geometry.  

Pamela captures still frames at different points within the video transitions and they become the point of departure for creating the composite series. Just as we seamlessly interact back and forth from the simulated environments of television and computers to physical reality many times a day, these paintings now incorporate this process.

Mark's paintings have been exhibited across the United states and internationally.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Connecticut College.   



CATHRYN 
MILES

CERTIFIABLY ORGANIC: September 2013

Painter Cathryn Miles balances shapes, lines, patterns and color in her Arabesque paintings, a series of abstracted florals inspired by cultural and historical references including Mesoamerican art, Asian floral paintings and traditional Arabic textile design. Her process is one of layering and subtraction, creating holistic areas of allover patterning.  

Cathryn Miles' paintings have been shown extensively throughout the United States as well as in Finland and Mexico.  She currently lives in the Atlanta area, dividing her time between her studio and teaching at Kennesaw University in Georgia.  




HELENE CARPENTER

WATERSHED OPENING EXHIBITION: November 2012
NATURE DREAMS IN COLOR: Summer 2013 

Welsh painter Helene Carpenter studied at the Wimbledon School of Art in London, but found inspiration in the vibrant colors and delicate flowers of Singapore, where she lived for more than 15 years. The internationally acclaimed artist has exhibited and sold work throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. 

In my paintings I have a palette stroke that denotes ‘sky’ or ‘space above the clouds.’  I use a flower shape to donate a ‘figure.’  The edges of my brush marks give off a feeling of interaction between these figurative elements; sometimes my flowers lean into one another, sometimes they appear to be caressing or chatting. " 

Carpenter has lived in Wales, Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.  She now makes her   home in New Zealand.

DAVID DUNLOP

NATURE DREAMS IN COLOR: Summer 2013

Local painter David Dunlop is renown for his work in art education; he is an educator at SIlvermine Guild Arts Center and a guest lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   The artist was awarded an Emmy for co-creating the PBS series, Landscape Through Time with David Dunlop, which explores the social context and technique behind artists’ masterpieces of the 19th century.

David is a modern day old master who uses various layers of glazes to create his paintings.  His landscapes are contemporary interpretations of classic techniques.  David’s paintings play up the drama of nature, and highlights how the environment is interconnected.  By building layer upon layer of paint, he shows how each element of nature affects each other to create the world we experience. 


ALISON SHAW

NATURE DREAMS IN COLOR: Summer 2013

Photographer Alison Shaw captures the windswept beauty of her home, Martha's Vineyard, in her dramatic artwork. After graduating Smith College, the artist worked for the Vineyard Gazette, eventually becoming the Design Director. 

Shaw now focuses on abstract photography to render seascapes, and uses her camera to paint with light.  She uses the movement of her camera to formulate dramatic swaths of color that imply familiar landscapes with a soft, impressionistic feel.  Shaw wants viewers to experience the ocean emotionally through her photographs, by creating “seascapes that are all about feeling.”

Her work has been featured in several books and is co-owner of Alison Shaw Photography in Oak Bluffs.


BANG 
SI TRUC

NATURE DREAMS IN COLOR: Summer 2013

Bang Si Truc is a Vietnamese artist who creates work that is introspective and dense with atmosphere.  His dreamlike work references the Zen-Buddhist philosophy that empty space is equally as important as a subject.  His romantic pieces capture the simplicity of Vietnam’s countryside, directing focus towards the quietness of the landscape.  The moody, monochromatic color scheme invites the viewer to meditate and appreciate the innate balance of nature.  

Truc is a graduate of Hanoi Fine Arts University and currently resides in Hanoi, Vietnam.






CHRISTINE
DRUMMOND


LIVING ON THE GRID: March 2013

Christine Drummond is a Brazilian artist who focuses on the joy of art.  She began her training at the French LycĂ©e, and now makes her home in the United States.  Christine has exhibited all over the world, with recent shows in Monaco, Rio, and Sydney.  Drummond enjoys the freedom of the palette knife, creating texture that makes shapes and colors come alive. 

The artist calls herself a "carioca," a person born and raised in Rio de Janeiro who enjoys life and is a true optimist. "Joy is what I want to bring people through my paintings," says Christine.  "If people feel good when they look at one of my paintings, then my mission as an artist is completely fulfilled."

Christine Drummond has been featured in Vogue, Belle, and Grazia, as well as many other publications around the world.



 

HANS FISCHER

LIVING ON THE GRID:  March 2013

Ridgefield artist Hans Fischer was born in Holland and raised in New York.  After a career in graphic design and art direction, Hans has returned to his passion, painting.  Hans’ paintings blend the contemporary representational imagery with the abstract, and uses mixed media to capture the sense of place in time through color and light, rather than painting an exact location. 
Hans works with a variety of materials and uses powerful brush strokes to create strong architectural shapes with a warm, translucent quality.  The artist hopes to engage viewers by stimulating curiosity, and wants people to get close and connect with his art in a physical way.  Fischer’s work can be found in both private and corporate collections.    



JUSTIN PERLMAN

LIVING ON THE GRID: March 2013

Sculptor Justin Perlman is a Long Island native who explores the tension between private and public life in his works. After two years of undergraduate work in Cultural Anthropology, Justin moved on to study sculpture at the Art Students League of New York. In 1998, he moved to Pietrasanta, Italy where he developed his skills in marble carving by working alongside sculptors and master artisans.

On his return to 
the states, Justin appretenticed at the Coopermill Bronze Works, a fine art bronze foundry in Zanesville, Ohio, where he gained expertise in all aspects of the bronze casting process. In 2004, Justin moved to Sherman CT, where he maintains his current studio.  In addition to his own work, Justin worked 
as an artisan for renowned sculptor Anthony Padovana, building his monumental works in stone, iron, and aluminum.

Justin's notable public works can be viewed at the Connecticut Governor's Mansion, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and at the Jon Lelpi Memorial Firefighter Park in Greak Neck, Long Island.  This latter work was commissioned by the town as a memorial dedicated to a beloved public servant in the community, the artist's own father. 




ROY WEINSTEIN

LIVING ON THE GRID: March 2013
Professional photographer Roy Weinstein has branched out from his commercial background to create dreamlike images of city life.  The Ridgefield artist has adopted a technique using Polaroid emulsion transfers to create photographic images that highlight the glamor of New York, often evoking a sense of nostalgia about urban living. Roy designs his photographs as he would an oil painting by choosing just the right shades and tones.  Several of these painterly images have been printed on silver foil.  

For Roy, the process of creating his art is a true marriage between art and technology, he believes that an artist should synthesize all the elements surrounding a subject.  The artist has been a member of The National Press Photographers Association for over 20 years; his work has been published in the New York Times, W Magazine, and Newsday



SUZANNE BENTON

WATERSHED OPENING EXHIBITION: November 2012

Suzanne Benton has made a name for herself around the globe as a talented artist, scholar and feminist pioneer.   Her artwork has been shown in Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Korea, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Turkey, just to name a few.  The artists has been an recipient of many grants, and has been hosted as artist at residence by American Embassies around the world.

Suzanne’s featured work is a collection of monoprints on Chine collé, a handmade-glued paper collage.  She began making monoprints in 1983 while she was an artist in resident in Köhn, Germany.   Her extensive travel has inspired the cultural elements in her monoprints, most notably, her time spent in India as a Fulbright Scholar.  Suzanne has exhibited her work in over 150 solo shows and has been featured in several publications such as Who's Who of American Artists and Feminists Who Changed America.

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