"With his strong self-imposed limitations, the veteran abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is a model for younger artists daunted by the infinite possibilities in contemporary painting. His drawings and paintings, scaled to fit in cramped apartments and the back seats of sedans and made according to a rigorous routine at his Hudson Valley studio, convey a remarkable sense of freedom within constraint. Ranging from free-flowing forms to rough grids to branching, map-like compositions, his works on canvas and paper are all connected by his subtle color shifts and responsive hand."
-from Dylan Kerr's ArtSpace article, "The Art of Failing Upwards: Thomas Nozkowski on How to Succeed in Abstraction"
Kurt Weiser was born in 1950 in Lansing, Michigan. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy in from 1967-69, graduated with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City in 1972, and graduated with an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1976. Since 1988 he has headed the ceramics department in the Herberger College School of Art at Arizona State University where he is now a Regents Professor. Weiser porcelain vessels, lidded jars, and teapots, are loosely based on classical Asian forms with a twist (often slightly askew or intentionally asymmetric) on which he renders richly glazed surface representation of flora, fauna (and the occasional figure) all meticulously china-painted.
Isaacs studied printmaking at Slade School of Fine Art, London after receiving his BFA with an emphasis in painting from the esteemed Rhode Island School of Design. His work, visually, is a marriage of these studies, painterly and printmaking, with a simplification of form executed in a sophisticated and vibrant color palette. Although his paintings and pastels could be easily categorized as impressionistic, upon closer inspection, there is an even broader generalization of color compared to the seminal movement. This loose approach maintains the impression of an image, while allowing for even more viewer interpretation.
Massimo Micheluzzi was born in 1957 in Venice, Italy. Micheluzzi was educated in classical studies, then later studied art history at the university of Venice, Ca’ Foscari. In 1993, he began collaborating with another Venetian artist, Laura de Santillana, and within a few years was producing works independently in his own studio. In 1998 he had his first exhibition at Blanchaert, in Milan. Since then, he has exhibited and been collected all over the world. His work is always evolving, but his exploration of the dynamic colors, surface textures, and forms that glass can render is constant.
Sculptor Jacob Burmood currently resides in Springfield, Missouri. Since childhood, Burmood has had a desire to carve and construct three dimensional forms. Working with a variety of materials, such as resin, fiberglass, and cold-cast aluminum, his work is unique and emotional. Focusing on the principles of balance and harmony, his work is at once architectural and alien, organic and sensuous. Burmood’s dynamic sculptures are a result of a mostly unstructured process that turns the chaos of raw material into inscrutable yet cohesive works that allow the viewer to bring their own interpretation to the form.