Isaac Fortoul grew up in New Jersey and is one of those rare artistic finds that has somehow managed to transcend the normal path of art school and opted for the tougher, yet more rewarding path of self-instruction. Over the years he has taken his life-long love for art to a multitude of platforms and captured uniquely, often unplaceable subjects which only exist on Fortoul's canvases, and offered up some of the most daring and culture colliding artwork in years.
Trying to find someone to compare Isaac Fortoul with is difficult because that person may not exist. Yet, there is a familiarity to his work which seems to combine the aesthetics of every culture on Earth with the pure imaginings of a dream world which could only animate itself within such an artist's mind. His use of color and abstractness harkens to Picasso but there is too much else happening in his art to say he fits that mold. What Fortoul is doing appears to be a more modern take on those same, now classical, styles and one is left happily transported to magical places and left warm from the kindling of those deep logs which slumber in all of us waiting for the touch of fire to ignite us back to a certain essence of our past that constantly plays so subtly in our present. There are swords, heroism, mystery, masks, keys and lots more symbolism to be found in the young artist's works which communicate some far off adventure waiting to be had if one just gazes ever so carefully into one his paintings.
From huge murals, to large paintings, to designing 3-dimensional masks or using an old mattress on the street for a canvas, Isaac Fortoul is able to take any space in our universe and create new worlds. His talent is beyond his physical years, his work continues to effect wonderment and marvel at what is possible in art, and his creations manage to stand as fantastical escapes from our world into newer, more exciting ones. Fortoul is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the art world and we are sure to see plenty more from this exciting artist which has only begun to take us on voyages that are exhilarating, unforgettable and always magical.
For more information on Isaac Fortoul please visit: http://fortoulpresents.com or www.40owls.com
Lucille Femine currently resides in Tennessee but much of her life was spent living, studying and painting in New York City. She started painting from a young age and found herself using her neighborhood in Brooklyn for inspiration. It wasn't long before she pursued further knowledge in art by attending some very illustrious institutions like the New School, the School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Institute. She explored numerous styles like abstract but found her calling in capturing the realism of the world around her. The most amazing thing about her art is that although based on reality, she transforms her subject into something more magical by finding the life in it.
Most notably Femine's works, usually acrylic or watercolor, communicate a brightness about life that projects itself through both vibrant and subtle colors. There is no darkness to be found in her paintings, these are pieces of art which use every color of the rainbow to pull you in. Her New York landscapes, from Greenwich Village to Times Square to Wall Street, all have the same excitement and activity bursting forth. She can take a sidewalk and make it dance or take a person sitting on a park bench and have you feel as if you were sitting there amidst the trees feeling the wind touch your face. Lucille Femine's paintings are as alive as her inspirations are. They create a certain mood and feeling which puts one at peace as if to say, "this world we live in ain't that bad at all, in fact it's damn beautiful." If she can take the often overpowering and intimidating city of New York and make it look like something out of Alice in Wonderland, I can't wait to see what she does with the rest of this planet.
To see more of Lucille Femine's artwork please visit her website: www.feminestudio.org
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