Michelle Dunaway was born in Alaska where she spent many of her nights watching the fascinating colours of the night sky created by the northern lights. She moved to New Mexico in her teens and was greeted by the enchanting beauty of the land. But the enigma that captivated her most since her childhood was the expressions, often ephemeral in nature, on the faces of human being. As her fondness for painting grew with time, she actively engaged her brushes in tracing the obscure language of human sentiments being expressed through the whole body.
Where Fortunes are Made, The Pattern Maker, and Central Market Deli are Jacob Dhein’s visual portrayals directly lifted from the pages of the greatest book ever written, The Omnibus of Life. He even includes himself in this exhaustive series, The Artist and the Model. By empathetically portraying the everyday lives of artists, craftsmen and workmen Jacob Dhein not only proves himself capable of creating a masterful composition but also showcases that emotional sensibility which underlies any great work of art. By making the verve, vitality and woes of common men’s lives his subject he also queued himself up behind a long and illustrious line of artists that consists such names as Giovanni Battista Moroni, Adriaen van Ostade, Jan Steen, Jean–François Millet and Camille Pissaro.
Jane Lewis participated in a ground–breaking exhibition at the ICA in London, 1980, titled ‘Women’s Images of Men’. Sometime before this in 1977 she won the Slade Prize on graduation from the Slade School of Art UCL. ‘Women’s Images of Men’ and its sequel the ‘Pandora’s Box’ (1984 – 1985) set the tone of this innovative artist’s journey in many ways. Over the years her work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions across the country and beyond. Portal Gallery, London housed her work from 1993 – 2012, Westcliffe Gallery, Norfolk from 1999 – 2013. The Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk exhibits her many contemporary pieces including The Puppet Master & His Automation Dog, Marionettes and Il Serraglio.
Vincent Giarrano was born in 17th November, 1960, Buffalo, New York. Early in his life painting caught his fancy, a passion that he continues nurturing to this day. He completed Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1985. His works are regularly exhibited in a number galleries including Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT, NYC Viewpoints, 2009, Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, Spring Break, 2009 and Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Figurative Exhibition, 2008 to name a few. It would not be an exaggeration saying, Vincent’s fingers are firmly placed feeling the pulse of the city.
Douglas McGarren Flack was preparing to be a medical doctor. But life seemed to have other ideas for him. A chance visit to National Gallery of Art, Washington DC in 1999 to see a travelling art show exhibiting John Singer Sargent’s paintings opened a Pandora’s Box in front of him. The fluid language of Sargent’s painting revealed, for the first time, the possibilities in the world of art to Douglas. And, he submitted to its charm. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 2002 he joined University of Utah and completed MFA from there in 2008. Like Diego Velázquez, whose work Sargent took a great care in studying, Douglas likes the spontaneous burst of energy that alla prima provides. He masterfully utilises this technique in his visual diary capturing emotions and stories from everyday life.