Raul D’Mauries is an artist in the Bay Area. His work has been featured across California. A self-taught artist, Raul began painting with oils and acrylics in 2005. Surreal artists such as Salvador Dalí and René Magritte are major influences, but Raul defines his style as “low brow” or pop surrealism. He continues to experiment with different styles and mediums to improve his techniques.
Raul’s art will be featured at 3Dot Art Gallery in Alameda California for the month of October (2017). 3Dot Art Gallery is one of the businesses featured in Alameda’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. Check it out to see what other art events are happening. During the month of October, 3Dot’s neighbor gallery, Studio 23, will present it’s popular UV Blacklight Art Show. If you’re in the Bay Area, don’t miss a fun, free and sensory filled experience at both 3Dot Art Gallery and it’s sister gallery Studio 23!
Each wearable art piece is hand-carved in metal (brass, copper, sterling silver), detail etched and hand-painted. I find my passion working with metal, wood and glass, which are tied to the earth and composed of natural elements. I specialize in small sculpture art and wearable art, as well as woodworking and paintings. My work reflects a love of ocean life, nature and fantasy. I strongly advocate for protecting the environment and have studied (professionally) ocean health for over 15 years. I am currently based in Oakland, CA and my work has been featured at several galleries and studios across California. I am also 100% self-taught in my art work. TRUE FACT: Although I have been diving to over 2800 feet in a submarine… Sadly, I have yet to meet the Kraken or Cthulhu.
Scott Radke is a Cleveland-based artist who’s work can be found from London to Los Angeles in major galleries, studios and private art collections. His work and designs have made appearances in such films as Walt Disney’s Academy award winning Alice in Wonderland Directed by Tim Burton. Radke’s sculptures stem from subconscious imagery. He uses mixed media in his puppet-like sculptures and explores a fairy-tale like mixture of animal human hybrids. His work is highly influenced by nature.
Anna Dittmann is a young illustrator from San Francisco with a talent for creating enigmatic portraits. She has been artistic from a young age, but became serious about her art when she discovered Photoshop at the age of 13. Anna’s love of nature and biology is a recurring theme in her work. Her pieces evoke a sense of mystery through her delicate and ethereal style. She creates soft pieces that emit organic natural elements, mythology and movement.
This is my personal favorite. I am partial to anything octopus!
Bruno Torf created one of Australia’s’ most beautiful sculpture gardens, a rain forest filled with amazing art work blended with the natural surroundings. Torf was born in South America and moved to Europe at the age of 15. An adventurous spirit and a passion for traveling took him on many trips around the world. After spending several years traveling, Bruno and his family moved to Australia. He had formulated a vision in the sculpture garden and found the perfect place to bring it to life. The location in Maryville, a small Victorian village near Melbourne, offered the ideal location with luscious, sub-alpine forests and large patches of rain forests. In these forests, Bruno created an inspiring and beautiful fantasy world influenced by his travels.
Disaster struck in February 2009 when the Black Saturday bushfires overtook the area. The result was one of Australia’s most devastating wildfires ever recorded. Despite authorities prohibiting locals to enter the town, Bruno was convinced that his artworks were destroyed. Surprisingly, a large number of his sculptures survived the fire, so the artist decided to rebuild his beloved garden.
Mister Finch, from Yorkshire, has no formal training. After years of attempting different medium, he found a love of sewing. His main inspirations come from nature, such as flowers, insects and birds. He draws from the wealth of fabulous and beautiful British folklore rich with morals and warnings, such as “shape shifting witches, moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path.” His ability to humanize animals, adding shoes and clothes, makes them come alive. Finch uses recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but to add more authenticity and charm to his work. “Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts looking for new adventures. A story sewn in is a story woven.”
Textile Moths in Courtship Dance
Moth Pulling a Tiny Coach
Textile Moth and Table
Yellow Textile Bird
Masked Fox Textile Art
Flying Owl Made from Fabric
Soft Sculpture Snails
Textile Mushrooms On Vintage Metal Bases
Large Velvet Spider
Soft Sculpture Fish Made From Textiles and Translucent Plastic
Russian artist Elena Shumilova’s experience in sketching and painting lend her an eye for photographic composition. Her passion for photography began in 2012 when she started taking pictures of her children. Her images are personal and heartwarming, with visual and emotional depth. She captures enchanting images by taking advantage of her natural surroundings including lighting, colors and weather conditions.
“Circle 2” Sarah Hatton. Honey bees (Apis mellifera), resin on panel, 2013. Photo by Pierre Laporte
The work of Ottawa-based artist Sarah Hatton is a strong political piece, specifically raising awareness of the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) happening to honey populations worldwide. Early this year in Chelsea, Quebec, two entire hives of bees died from frostbite. Sarah used thousands of the dead bees to create geometric patterns to display the enormity of the issue of CCD. Patterns are an important part of a bee’s life. The geometric honeycomb is the heart of a colony and bees use intricate patterns of dance-like movements to pollinate.
In Sarah’s art, the composition Florid (2013) uses the Fibonacci spiral that is seen in the pattern of a sunflower seed. Circle 1 (2013) and Circle 2 (2013) represent patterns typically found in crop circles. According to Sarah “Both of these patterns have symbolic ties to agriculture, particularly the monoculture crop system that is having such a detrimental effect on bees” with the use of pesticides. The artist’s work is aims to call awareness of not only the importance of these creatures in our lives, but also of how devastating the destruction of two hives can be to the bee population.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera), resin on panel, 2013. Photo by Pierre Laporte