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The Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art has brought together an eclectic array of contemporary art from artists around the world that Celebrates And Explores The Human Figure, Sexuality & Identity in it’s first online exhibition “Xposed Naked and Not Afraid”.
Doro Buch is a Calgary based contemporary visual artist. Originally a social scientist, she blends her curiosity about individuals and society with her passion to paint. She creates collage like arrangements juxtaposing the imaginary, symbolic and the real in both oil and acrylic. Her work touches upon social, political, environmental and human issues. The centre of her attention is always the individual – observing or (re)acting. With her brightly coloured representational paintings Doro comments, with a sense of humour on the times in which we live. Doro wants to share the spark of creativity. Her goal is the cultivation of creative exchange and curiosity, whether this takes place through community engagement projects, in her art workshops, or in exhibitions.
Chlan studied Fine Art at the University of Saskatchewan and ACAD. Art is a way of life for her and she feels very fortunate to be able to do what she loves. Chlan’s unique contemporary colourful art is displayed on canvas or plexiglass and she enjoys creating art to evoke positive emotion and conversation. Chlan also shares her passion for art by teaching kids and volunteers in schools creating art with students. The art is then auctioned at a fundraising event which has helped raise over $400,000 for schools in the Calgary area.
XOX Unknown is a self-taught visual artist passionate about feeding imagination through experimentation while remaining fluid with mediums, techniques, styles and subject matter. Being strongly opposed to judgement humanity places on each other, has prompted XOX to create anonymously, removing the confounding variables of gender, ethnicity, class, age, physical limitations and appearance. Allowing the art to be appreciated for what it is, not who created it.
The Rockstar series began with XOX Unknowns’ admiration for musicians and the power music has to create and evoke emotionally charged memories. Inspired by an industry where rules and boundaries are continuously being broken and rebuilt. *10% of the Rockstar Series to a charity supported by the individual musician*.
XOX Unknowns’ abstract series focuses on discovering new & experimental ways to approach art. This series is emotional and instinctive rather than subject-centered.
Janie Lockwood's creative focus has been to emphasize the beauty of nature by simplifying and abstracting her subject matter. Her goal is to have the piece enjoyed from a distance but attract the viewer closer for a more intimate look at the surface. The substrate is textured before painting with detailed patterns applied at the end to increase the participation of the viewer. In doing this
Janie hopes to create a feeling of mystery and entice the viewer to become thoroughly involved within each piece.
Perspective from the sky. Observing our world from an elevated view is disorienting. A familiar neighborhood becomes strange. Landmarks disappear. Patterns shift. Colours blur. Grey ribbons of asphalt dotted with tiny vehicles take on mysterious air. Fields of grain become intriguing agricultural landscapes. Tall buildings are floating squares, rectangles and circles. I look for new passages by visually exploring paradigms.
Working in nudes and portraits, Shelagh’s work focuses on the layers of experience and memory carried within the human body. Her work explores the construction of the self, involving gendered beauty, body image issues, vulnerability, isolation and acceptance – as well as the ever-changing nature of relationships with ourselves and others. She innovates by combining various cultural interpretations of the human form with more traditional ideas, which capture authenticity and create depth within her visions. Inspired by the universality and vulnerability of the human body, Shelagh creatively employs methods of reflection, movement and shadow to create timeless images. Long and multiple exposures evoke the human ability to carry multitudes within – often simultaneously, always over time. These exposures explore similarities and differences, human inter-connection, experiences and moments, while maintaining cognizant perspective of past memories and experiences. Shelagh’s work then becomes a question of exploring and examining the diversity of human experience.
Anna Cyan is a passionate student of the human condition. She grounds her paintings in the figurative domain. The fundamental subject of her work is what it’s like to be alive, and she uses a rigorously applied language of realism to depict internal and external worlds. Anna has pursued artistic excellence across a wide terrain: Toronto, Los Angeles, New York. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and received classical training at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Anna has also studied independently with artists Alyssa Monks and Keita Morimoto. Anna lives in Toronto and has participated in numerous group exhibitions there. Her work hangs in private collections in Canada and USA.
After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design Terry worked in the commercial art field as an illuminated sign designer then as Art Director for Western Living Magazine (Calgary Branch). During this time he also created fine art paintings in hopes of one day painting on a full time basis. His dream came true when in 1986 Terry had built up a following and decided to leave the commercial arts field and pursue painting full time. Since that time he has developed a reputation for supplying unique works of art in a multitude of mediums and styles to both the private and corporate sectors and has exhibited at the local, national and international levels. Terry’s artwork is in the collections of, or has been commission by corporations such as Canada Post, Environment Canada, The Royal Tyrrell Museum, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The United Way, The City of Calgary, Medicine Hat Museum, Trans Canada Pipeline, Vancouver General Hospital, and The Esso Art Collection.
Inspired by a family member’s announcement as being transgender Terry is currently focusing his creative endeavors towards a series of paintings, drawings, photographic collages along with sculptural pieces entitled “Trans4mation,” that portrays the trials and tribulations of gender identity and transformation.
In his spare time Terry loves to cook, travel and write fiction literature, with his manuscript entitled “Boxes” placing in the top ten in the “2014 Clive Cussler Adventure In Writing Competition.”
Hawk is a Canadian painter, printmaker, photographer and traveler. He currently divides his time between Calgary and Vancouver. Hawk is currently working through a number of abstract styles from gestural to painterly expressionism to hard-edged minimalism. He specialized in oil, and mix media on panel, paper and canvas.
Jane is a self taught photographer who loves to travel. She captures the exotic and unique landscape and culture of faraway places. Her contemporary photography uses abstract elements to engage the subject matter intuitively.
The abstractions do not distract from the photograph, but instead appear as if they are part of the image, enhancing it and adding depth. Finished with a coat of high-gloss resin, the work is simultaneously contemporary and nostalgic.