Kim Zeluck is a studio artist from Hong Kong, trained and practicing in New York, who aims to transform dreams into landscape and justify the often misunderstood concept of introversion. She is so passionate about pursuing her dreams that it translated directly onto her canvas in the form of "dreamscapes." She preserves the beauty of imagination through her art and aspires to depict the details that wander into our imagination.
Mian Situ is an impressionistic painter, from southern California. He has a knack for capturing the livelihood of people going about their daily lives in precise detail. His area of interest is in highlighting the essence of small farming villages and cross-cultural communities, inspired by his upbringing in the rural countryside of southern China. He is exceptionally talented at breathing life into not only his objects, but also capturing history on canvas, as indicated by his portrayal of the cross-cultural interaction below:
This painting of Zhou Zhuang was created after Jill's visit there in 2008. So many people have only heard of Suzhou as "the Venice of China" but there were hundreds of these wonderful little water towns. Because they tend to be small walking and paddling villages, they are peaceful serene settings, unlike the heavy traffic cities. This particular painting captured the timelessness of the narrow canals with willows hanging down to the water's surface and the old arched bridges. It not only preserves the beauty of Zhou Zhuang, but serves as a symbol of the possible alternative paths one can take in life.
Jill is an international, self-taught artist, wife, and mother of two grown boys, with a previous career as a paralegal and elementary educator in American schools overseas. She has dabbled in acrylics, gouache, and bronze sculpture but paints mainly in oils. She first started painting in 2001 with Russian Impressionist Valery Gueraskevich. In 2003, she relocated to Hong Kong and China where she continued her art education at the local YWCA. She has been painting Asian themes for a number of years and is currently enjoying exploring local themes at the Jersey Shore. Additionally, she is working on a historical novel for teens based on a nineteenth century New Jersey shipwreck and recently relocated back to the United States after more than twenty years overseas in China, Russia, and Poland.
Part of Studio YU's mission is to help create a human connection between artists and art lovers. To help further this goal, we're going to be running a series called "Thoughts on Canvas," discussing the human aspect of art: what it means to be an artist, to work with artists, to experience art. Sometimes we will profile artists' sharing their creative process and life, sometimes we will talk about our own experiences making art or working with artists on creative projects. Sometimes we'll answer questions that you, our Studio YU patrons and blog readers, put to us. This is a chance for all of us to think about what it means to be a person living in this world and making art.
If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, please leave your suggestion in the comments!