Bernise Carolino is a recent graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, and has since then been engaged in a drawn-out existential battle with herself on what she should do now with her life and God-given talents, to the great dismay of her long-suffering parents. Berry spends most of her time indoors and never gets bored. She likes iced coffee, the band Tegan and Sara, and books of all sorts and subjects. She lives in Marikina City, Philippines, and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Born in Poland in 1978, Tomasz Kowal is a painter, photographer and graphic artist. As a youngster he began drawing in school notebooks, realizing his calling once the drawings in the back far outnumbered the class notes written at the front. He received a degree in Artistic Education from the University of Silesia—Cieszyn as well as graduating from Malopolska People’s University in Wzdowie and Mining Technical School in Sosnowiec. His style ranges from steampunk-influenced drawings straight from the world of Roland Topor, Jules Verne, and the films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet to classically inspired painting. He creates luminous landscapes, portraits, and mesmerizing Tolkienesque map worlds. Tomasz also creates logo designs and weaves wicker.
Marian Fountain is a New Zealand artist who has lived in Paris for 22 years and returns regularly to the country of her birth. She takes her inspiration from simple and recognisable forms in nature: a fish, a leaf, a pea pod – food from the earth. And on the surface of these forms the traces of underlying life – movement and energy are evoked with fine reliefs of waves, camouflages or tattoo. Her work has been exhibited at the British Museum, The National Gallery of Scotland, the Museo Archeologico of Milan, York Museum, Auckland Museum, and the French Mint. Some of her creations include the winners’ medals for the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and the America’s Cup in 2003, and the “Entente Cordiale” centenary medal in 2004.
Artist Soraya Bradley utilizes traditional techniques to compose romantically modern oil paintings. With a strong grounding in realism, Soraya is devoted to create paintings that are poetic rather than illustrative.
From her studio on the rural west coast of New Zealand, Soraya constructs artworks that can be loved and treasured, to stand the test of time in a fast transient world.
She is currently working on a new collection of paintings, a selection of which can be seen at www.soraya.co.nz.
Lauren Worsley is a South African Auckland-based self-taught artist who started her art career in 2008. Born in 1977, Lauren spent much of her childhood outdoors camping, fishing, and playing sport; she moved to New Zealand in 2003 after marrying a gorgeous Kiwi man she found in London. Her bold oil paintings are inspired by a constant quest to capture a sense of energy and life force in her surroundings and to transport the viewer to a different place/time. She favours the luminosity, challenge and depth of oil paint and currently most of her work involves capturing the drama, gesture, life essence and rhythm of the human form by using contrasts and rich colour. Fascinated with creating mood and presence, her work attempts to discover and portray these by experimenting with layering, colour, contrast and texture.