Portraits are priceless because they capture the people we cherish most, leaving us with an impression of them forever. They hang in our homes reminding us of why we get up in the morning and do what we do. You could say they fuel the soul and one artist feeding the flames is Christine Sargent. She has mastered the ability of immortalizing the human spirit on canvas, selecting just the right moment to capture for each of her subjects. She communicates the beauty she sees in life and through her work has managed to uplift so many grateful pairs of eyes.
Her career stretches back more than a couple decades, from Southern California learning to paint, to Washington State studying at the New Renaissance Academy, and Sargent gradually built a loyal group of fans, clients and collectors. Several years ago inspiration struck when the artist looked at photographs of her niece’s tea party with friends. She immediately began creating works which strove to capture the beauty, happiness and hope found in children playing. The artist believes that children are the key to our future and as one looks upon her works we see a passion for her subject unmatched by so many other visual artists. You can see the care, the thoughtfulness and the intention Christine Sargent uses to paint children and communicate their spirit.
It’s no wonder that the artist spent many years teaching children art. One of her fondest memories was helping her students put on art shows, watching how some of the kids that used to cry when it came to art, beaming from the praise given by the people in attendance. Sargent is definitely an artist that works towards the empowerment of others through art. Every year she hosts an art show at her home and invites new artists who are able to show their work in public for the first time.
To her audience, she continues championing the idea that art should communicate “beauty.” There is a hopefulness, a sense purpose to enlighten, across all of Christine Sargent’s works, that is unmistakable and wholly appreciated by the viewer. Scenes of children playing, smiling faces, loving glances, enchanting backdrops, warmness, innocence, wisdom, and much more emote from the pallet of an artist not only at home in her craft, but venturing towards ideals much needed by mankind. For instance, the artist sometimes takes an old black and white photograph and transports the subject into a world she feels is where the subject really wanted to be. It’s no small task to pursue one’s dreams but Christine Sargent strives to create a space where others’ dreams are realized.
Her next project? A painting whose theme is “love and help children,” meant for a major art show in Washington D.C. and one the artist hopes will do just that. Christine Sargent is talented in both artistic skill and warmth of character. Her purpose, passion and painting are like children let loose to laugh and explore on a magnificent playground. You can’t help but smile and want to play too.
For more information please visit www.christinesargent.com
Shani Waldbaum was born in South Africa and has etched out an impressive career capturing the beauty of her homeland in a truly unique way. She became fascinated with the way Western culture influenced South Africa and painted what she saw: the combining of cultures and customs to form an ever changing world where commerce and politics fought it out with freedom and the human spirit. Waldbaum's body of work as an artist is just as diverse and multi-layered as South Africa is. From oil painting to charcoal sketches, tattoo art to photography and sculpture, she is at home in any medium. The wonderful thing about her work as an artist is that in every piece she creates there is one resounding quality: the celebration of all that is beautiful in man.
From a young age Waldbaum was observing Zulu culture and forming a unique perspective on the African continent that found its way into much of her work. We see African women presented as if under an intimate spotlight, revealing a powerful honesty, stark beauty and we feel as if the stories of generations have found their way into us. At the same time, it is the contrast of a simple pair of tennis shoes which speak volumes of context and invite the viewer to form their own story of who these women must be. These works accomplish what great art always does: to communicate ideas and engage the audience to contribute to them. They are catalysts for social change, documentations of a reality that is complex and always beautiful. Shani Waldbaum manages to capture the very best of a culture; forging a path that is always inspiring, enlightening and uplifting.
It is no wonder that Waldbaum became associated with the Superblur Art Movement: a movement which focuses on the creation of works of art which depict a separateness from reality, often conveyed with blurring effects, to create something new. It is a movement, like Waldbaum, with roots in South Africa. It is also a liberating style that matches seamlessly with her philosophy and approach to subject matter. Here is an artist that is not only tackling the essence of the human spirit but injects epic doses of blows to the enemies of freedom with every brush stroke. She has the ability to communicate profound social and culture themes in the rendering of something as simple as a picture of birds flying away. On closer examination of one of these works we see that it is the world Waldbaum has created for her subjects to exist in which is where the real genius happens. This is not birds flying through a blue, cloudless sky. Instead we see birds flying amidst a bleak, colorless landscape where we immediately become engaged in building its background story.
Waldbaum's works are jewels to the South African culture and stand as storytelling ambassadors for not just one culture, but the melting of many. They are shining examples of all that is possible through art and reveal the efforts of a tireless champion of human beauty, spiritual freedom and the might of art. Shani Waldbaum looks at the world as visionaries do: seeing the world for what it can be and carries us over from what it was. Prepare to fly away with a story or two, dance in the fires of a hundred haunting eyes and feel a connection to a place that is real and gets better with each visit.
Dan Deming paints from his studio high up in the mountains of Big Bear, California. He has been creating art for over six decades and his work can be found all over the globe. He has truly lived life, gotten into every nook and cranny of it, exploring the planet, always with the viewpoint of an artist. While working on an oil rig or operating a printing press, or even while driving a semi-truck, he has looked at the world with a keen sense of aesthetics. He truly recognizes the power of art and has used every piece to communicate on a level which penetrates deeply and finds the very essence of what we are and what this game of life is all about.
Although he's been painting since he was 6 years old, it wasn't until his first studio in Baltimore, Maryland in 1988 when the artist truly found his stride. At one stretch he produced nearly 2,000 paintings in a couple of years, sometimes as many as 10-15 in a single day. He dived into several phases artistically until finding what was something that felt different than all the rest. He notes that artists in the past have all "painted objects looking at other objects" but for the first time, his art is traveling an entirely new and exciting path of painting the life force essence that actually animates those objects in the physical universe. His groundbreaking approach to painting puts him in a place which can only be described as exhilarating. He does not paint people like you usually see them depicted, instead he paints the actual people represented as an energy or force rather than blood, skin and bones. Looking at one of his paintings for the first time is like looking into some gigantic spiritual mirror that reveals your true being and sucks you right in just so it can lift you high up to where you should be. There are few uplifting works that can match those of Deming; he manages to accomplish the impossible task of communicating in such a powerful way that you are emotionally moved but in an entirely original, inspiring and unexpected way.
Deming has been featured on TV, radio, and magazines. He has been shown in countless art exhibits and had his paintings sold to wealthy collectors, yet financial and material wealth are in no way signs of success for the innovative artist. His rewards come from achieving a level of technical skill that requires no thought because it just instantaneously communicates and cuts across every wavelength, hitting his audience every time so that they are moved. From his abstract dots we gain a glimpse into the true nature and life of our universe, through his impressions of people we see spiritual imprints of ourselves as they play across the canvas, capturing every emotion and especially every thought. Dan Deming has the amazing ability to paint not only who we are, but what we think and what we thought: his paintings travel through time. He is nothing short of an artistic genius, not the kind that was born one, but the kind that was made. He has put in the hours; he knows what he paints and why he paints it. He is blazing in a glorious path towards an epic new style of painting and is most simply put, the future of art.
For more information on Dan Deming or to purchase one of his works, go to:
www.demingstudio.com or www.dandemingsworld.com
Michelangelo once said, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” At Artists Run This Planet we see Earth as our marble and we hold a chisel and hammer up to it every day. This beautiful canvas of a planet waits for us to paint it daily. Gone are the days of suppressing art, of pursuits less noble than creating. We have the technology available to create in any medium, and faster than ever before. As artists we are the creators of every new innovation and idea that takes shape. We are mankind’s continual hope and driving force — “Artists Run This Planet." - David Carus, Art Planet CEO & Founder