Anthony Mastromatteo is an artist whose oil on linen on board paintings show a deft technical mastery that could easily seduce one into a purely superficial enjoyment of his paintings. And how enjoyable it is, to witness an artist working in a trompe l’oeil style, rendering with finesse the torn-out comic book pages with all their age and patina, seemingly attached to the canvas itself with masking tape, also a precisely painted element.
Sarah Fagan is an artist whose trompe l’oeil acrylic on panel paintings show a thoughtful balancing of everyday objects and empty spaces, all painted in a muted colour palette. Her paintings have a deliberately quiet and meditative feel to them, one which invites a careful examination equal to the artists own meditation on her subjects.
Vicki Smith is an artist whose large scale oil on canvas paintings depict female swimmers floating in water, from above and below the surface. Her paintings are a fascinating intersection of figurative, landscape, and abstraction as the figures absorb themselves in pools of reflections and distortions of the watery landscape.
Pedro Rodriguez Garrido is an artist whose oil on board paintings focus on the urban landscape of cities including New York and Chicago. His painterly approach to his work which includes multiple layers of colours applied and dragged over the surface, create a dynamic tension that captures the movement and vibrancy of the city.
Hans Poppe is a Tanzanian born, Toronto, Canada based artist and graphic designer. His recent body of work “Fabric of Tanzania” uses the colourful patterned kitenge (East African fabric), stretched over wood panel as the foundation for his oil paintings exploring African identity.
Catherine O’Donnell is an Australian contemporary artist whose charcoal and graphite on paper drawings are “an exploration of the architecture, culture and history in the everyday-ness of the urban environment.”