Surrender: Rimi Yang
International artist Rimi Yang portrays the Yin and Yang of life and its uncertainties. Her emotional work explores the human psyche and its relation in connecting to polar opposites. Yang's paintings are both dramatic yet whimsical showing both Eastern and Western influences. Stylistically, she illustrates an attraction as well as repulsion to abstract expression. Her use of thick painted surfaces applied with gestural brushstroke point to the characteristics of abstraction; the attraction. These stylistic elements are reminiscent of artists such as Diego Velasquez and Edouard Manet. Yang's portraiture is similar to that of Velasquez as both contain heavy use of paint and texture. The same painterly quality is also seen between Manet and Yang.
Rimi Yang portrays the duality of her relationship to abstract expressionism by painting figurative work. Her subject matter is the repulsion to abstract expressionism depicting portraits, landscapes, and still life; all elements of the figurative approach. Her method is loose and spontaneous. Often, monumental sized paintings can be completed within days. She celebrates the moment, the emotion, and materializes it onto the canvas.
"Shen Tusn-Ch'ien, one of old Chinese master painter explains Taoist thoughts about painting the artist creates this wu-wei, not forcing the brush, not thinking discursively, but moving with sensitivity in the moment. In this way, painting becomes a form of meditation, a means of discovering union with tao, an accomplishment evident in the very best art." Rimi Yang
Gerard Basil Stripling draws on all aspects of life creating unique and meaningful contemporary fine art bronze sculptures. Stripling grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. At an early age, he became aware that his passion was to be an artist. After receiving an AA degree in Fashion Design and years of worldly travels, Gerard began his own self taught approach to creating fine art sculptures in different mediums such as ceramic, wood, steel and bronze. His focus on bronze has exerted a form of art that flows from his heart, head and soul. His sculptures have also grown larger in size, awarding him five Public Art pieces throughout Southern California, along with his growing base of private collectors and corporations. Basil Stripling was recently selected as an emerging artist to watch in 2008 by American Style Magazine. His studio and home remain in Laguna Beach, California. "Art is a visual narration and mode of expression of shape, color and form, bestowing the viewer with a dialogue different from that found in words. It is a physical materialization of the thoughts, feelings and dreams that we have every day." - Gerard Basil Stripling
Rimi Yang and Gerard Basil Stripling's work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression!