Artist: Vani Subramanian
Smoky Hill Library
Artist's Statement: As an artist, I strive to develop work that speaks to me about the beauty that exists around us. The Tribal Headings series started when I found a wheel hubcap at an intersection while walking my dog. An act of collision, inherently violent, had left behind debris. But the circular, fragile hubcap was left intact. It inspired me to take this everyday object that had survived and try to capture the fragility of our existence. Some feature tribes that are struggling to hold on to their identity, like the Maori and Samburu. Some have abstract representation of human animal interaction.
As I am creating these pieces, I listen to select audio books or music that work as inspiration.Haka chants of the Maori, Irish bagpipes, George Ezra, classical music on NPR …
With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and Miles Davis, new tensions are synthesized from both traditional and modern structures. By focusing on techniques and materials, I absorb the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow‐up and revival of a past tradition is important to me as an act of meditation. I hope to leave the viewer with a hymn to the diversities of our culture, and a testament to the impermanence of our condition.
Artist: Arturo Garcia
Artist's Statement: Arturo Garcia is a Full time artist. His love for color give his style a unique perspective on both the subject and his media of preference which is applying oil color on canvas with palette knives leaving as result an exciting combination of abstract within the figure. His paintings are in different galleries in the Denver area as well as in Mexico.
“I love painting people’s portraits. Something happens to their soul when I put color in their faces (masks). Thank you for taking a peek into my world of color and figure. To get a glimpse of what I see and the way I perceive it. You can see more of my work at www.arturogarciafineart.com."