Very early in his life Larry Moore learnt to value the pleasure of walking barefoot on a spongy carpet of green grass or listening to the rapturous song of the great waves of Atlantic. Even after all these years, the artist absolutely loves being out of door which is self evident from an array of plein air paintings. However, Larry Moore’s success lies in equally admiring the human connections, appreciating the strength of human creativity and having an empathetic view of life instead of turning the face away from society which many are predisposed to do if found at a similar situation. Perhaps, that is why ‘The Sail Maker in Her Studio’ intently busy at completing the task at hand feels equally charming as the allure of nature in ‘Into the Woods’.
The artist’s list of awards is lengthy including gold medal from Society of Illustrators, NY, 2005, Society of Illustrators, NY annual exhibit 1995, 1997, 1998 through 2005, Communication Arts Illustration Annual 1999 through 2008, Luerzers Archive Top 200 Illustrators Worldwide, 2005, Maui Islanders Plein Air Artists’ Choice Award, 2009, Carmel Art Festival Best of Show, 2006, 2010, Bucks County Local Color Best of Show, 2012. To borrow the words of Bill Watterson, creator of Larry’s favourite comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, ‘Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine and valleys of frustration and failure.’ There could not have been a more apt description of the nature lover artist’s journey so far.
A fiercely concentrated Andrea Pozzi is busy working at the ski slopes of Alps. Every winter he manages spending time in his native Lombardi, Italy, he occupies himself with his other love, skiing. In descending the slopes he leaves his trail on the snow covered mountain. But it is only for a few seconds before fresh snowfall covers the traces. It makes him acutely aware of the ephemeral nature of time, a lesson he particularly treasures during photography. Sometimes, he needs waiting for hours before capturing that ‘precious’ yet fleeting moment in his Canon camera. Being a nature photographer he often finds himself at remote corners of earth. And with only nature accompanying him in his journeys he finds enough time to breath into the tranquillity of fresh air and pristine landscapes. From disparate Patagonia to frozen Alaska, from dramatic Fiordland to unforgettable Ireland, Andrea travelled many miles under the sun with his faithful camera at hand. In going uphill and down dale everyday on ski slopes Andrea has learnt another great lesson, that of taking the highs and lows of life in his stride accompanied by the power of endurance. So today faced with an obstacle in his life’s slalom this visual storyteller from northern Italy knows how to overcome it.
In 2009, Iris Scott earned her degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University. But more importantly she took a decision that affected her entire life. She set her sail about and reached Taiwan to dedicate an entire year in honing her skills at painting at a relatively lower cost of living. But the universe had an even bigger surprise in store for her. All of a sudden one day, when, she was busy correcting a little blob of paint with her fingers on canvas an idea struck her—what if the entire scene is set up on canvas through painting with fingers? This fanciful thought did not take much time to be translated into action and there born the first of the ‘impressionist finger paintings’ series. With practice, the soft touches on canvas started producing that magical quality in paintings that did not escape notice of the admirers. And, soon Iris started criss-crossing the globe collecting fragments of images that not only touched her heart but were also translated by her waltzing fingers on canvas to capture the audiences’ imaginations.
The quietness of the studio is only interrupted by the sounds made by the pieces of steel producing a strange symphony. Occasional flashes of light produced by the welding torch flood the area. Andy Scott is intently engaged at his work. He is busy with his next project, galvanising a piece of dream to define the urban landscape.
The sculptor from Maryhill, Scotland graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1986 with a BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture and earned a Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in 1987. Since, early days of his creative journey his works imbibed not only the myths of the land but also depicted larger than life imagery. His work ‘The Kelpies’ have travelled thousand miles across the Atlantic to be displayed in Chicago Sculpture International, 2012. ‘Those lumbering horses in the steady plough / On the bare field - I wonder, why, just now / They seemed terrible, so wild and strange / Like magic power on the stony grange,’ lingering in his ears Andy however, does not have time for resting on the laurels. He is busy weaving utopia with steel, fibre glass and cast bronze for now.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1952, Claudio Edinger has travelled far and seen much of the world. Whatever his keen eyes taken care to observe, his mind took a note of and even more importantly, whatever his mind maintained a journal of his camera was sure to translate on photographic plate. Over the years he created a treasure trove for audience carefully uncovering the untold stories of human heart or uncared for saga of a city’s life.
A student of economics of Mackenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil, Claudio Edinger’s journey into the world of photography begun in early seventies. In next four decades he received Leica Medal of Excellence, 1983 for ‘Chelsea Hotel’, Leica Medal of Excellence, 1985 for ‘Venice Beach’, Ernst Haas Award, 1990 for ‘Madness’, Higashikawa Award, 1999, Japan, Porto Seguro Award, 2010, Sertão da Bahia, Hasselblad Award, 2011 for ‘Downtown Los Angeles’ among many more noteworthy awards and accolades. Paradoxically, his selective focus has become all encompassing in his visual story telling.