Monday, October 28, 2013

Shijun Art on 2013

Shijun Art on 2013, a local internet organization supporting the arts in Atlanta.  La Reshea Jones conducted an interview and took pictures this October. Here is the published article. 

“I love a challenging and creative life. Freedom and the sense of liberty is achieved through my ability to express what I am seeing and feeling. As an artist, you have developed good insight and a taste for life – life is what you make it, so try to make it beautiful. Being an artist and art teacher has provided me a lifelong love.” – Shijun Munns

Shijun Munns is a local painter who was born in the province of Guangdong, China where she has built her foundation and passion for art since childhood. She graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1987 which led her to receive a copious amount of awards and recognition for her paintings, she then followed the path of becoming an art instructor. Over the years her work has been viewed and collected on an international scale. She moved to Georgia in 2003 where she currently works and lives in a quaint and quiet home with her husband. She creates and teaches in her studio at home and stays very active within the Fine Art world here in Atlanta, having her work exhibited in many galleries throughout the area.
A majority of Shijun’s pieces exudes a style that stems from traditional roots with a modern twist. She has noted inspiration from artists such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh as well as “some of the old Chinese masters”. Her love for the texture, design, and vibrant colors of these artists works shine through her own. She has also expressed gaining inspiration from her students.
Alongside everything else she is a photographer and writer having published articles in her home country as well as creating travel journals documenting places and people.
“My main medium is painting but I am interested in many mediums like watercolor, mixed media, and Chinese ink brush paintings… My feeling is that every medium of art is connected. When you experience art in different ways and other ways of expressing yourself, it will deepen your perspective on life and improve your artistic style,” says Munns.
Shijun’s works display themes that emit very mystique feminine energy and its connection with the environment showing “a balance between serenity of nature and the strength of poetry”. The splendid and lush country side of Georgia and the Southern charm of its culture shines through her latest works.  
“Art expands ones horizons. For children, the simple act [of] being creative has beneficial qualities that enrich their lives in all their endeavors through school years. To create art is to nurture, heal and love and a quest for giving meaning to my own life. I like art that is inspirational, heartening and more peaceful than the reality of life. I think art should inspire the viewer, elicit a response. The world without art is the ruin of soul.”   
I truly appreciate La Reshea Jones for her interview and wonderful article just published on their webpage•-shijun-munns/

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Traveling Souls" Hispanic-American Visual Artists

 Hudgens Gallery with a piece by Felix Berroa titled "Dream Fishers" mixed technique (wood, canvas,enamel) 2012. Dominican Republic
"Nude Embracers" by Felix Berroa, acrylic on canvas 2010. Dominican Republic
"Son of the Moon Rose" and "Son of the Moon Monarch" by Federico Torres Bodon, oil on wood, Mexico. A tribute to Frida Kahlo
 "Invocation" by Nicolas de la Hoz, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2009. Columbia
"Composition for Mon Signor's Beata" by Jairo Pinto, pencil on paper. 2012. Columbia
 "Esclavitud"-slavery, by Diego Ballesta , oil on canvas, 2011. Columbia
"Composition for Synodal Witness" by Jairo Pinto, oil and charcoal on wood, 2012. Columbia
 "La Conqista" by Jose Candido Peneda, acrylic on canvas, 2012. El Salvador
 "Scape"-escape, by Domingo Castro Oliveros, acrylic on canvas 2012. Columbia
 "The Virgin" by Jose Pena, acrylic on canvas, 2010. Dominican Republic
"Bio Deconstructive II" by Rafael Motaniz, digital photography on canvas, 2011. Uruguay
Marga Gaberret Debbaudt with her scuplture. Argentina
 Artist at the Hudgens reception
 The Hudgens Center for the Arts-The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway #300, Duluth, GA 30097
My friend Felix and his fellow artist friends at the "Traveling Souls" Hispano-Americano Exhibition currently on view at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Best wishes to all of them!
 Artists and friends
Frida Kahlo. Heroine to us all. An artists' best business card!

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