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Helga by Knut Andre Vikshåland, Oil on Canvas, 70x40
 
DACIA GALLERY
 SEVEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 
 
 Group Exhibition
September 19 - 30, 2017
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 21, 6:00-9:00pm
 
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 
Featured Artists

Erin Anderson, Bob Clyatt, Janet Cook, Kristy Gordon, Sirun Guan, Thomas Legaspi, Daniel Maidman, Cameron McCool, Kevin Moore, Andrea Packard, Lee Vasu, Knut Andre Vikshåland, Patricia Watwood and Leah Yerpe.

Dacia Gallery cordially invites you to our Seven-Year Anniversary Exhibition. This exhibition embodies an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that focus on representational art through painting and drawing. The collection contains a mosaic of work through a life long study of anatomy, depth, color and light through the unique vision of each artist. From renowned representational artists, Daniel Maidman and Janet Cook to classically influenced Patricia Watwood and rising stars Bob Clyatt and Erin Anderson. Fusing together an achievement of what is currently being created in representational art at the peak of a new movement by young inspiring artists. Come celebrate with us and meet some of today’s most intriguing artists.
 
To see images from the exhibition scroll down. 
 
ARTIST BIOS

Erin Anderson: Born in 1987 in the small town of Waterville, Ohio, Erin was immersed in art from a young age. Enrolling in her first art lessons at seven years old, she spent her early years learning to paint and draw copying works of the old masters and spending summers drawing from life at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2009 she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Entrepreneurship from Miami University. Upon graduation she decided to enroll in an independent program called The Waichulis Studio and later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she lives and works today. Her work has been featured in national publications as well as exhibitions throughout the U.S. Most notably she has exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as well as the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York. 

Bob Clyatt: grew up roaming the countryside of Northern California, ending up studying art at UC Berkeley. Absorbing those many influences created enduring patterns of fusion in Bob’s work - ancient and contemporary, organic and technological. During the 1990's Bob focused on business innovation founding two firms sold to public companies including i/o 360, an early Manhattan-based human-machine interaction design firm. He then returned to creating studio art with 8 years intensive study of sculpture, centering on his years at the Art Students League of New York under the guidance of Barney Hodes. Bob has degrees from U.C. Berkeley and MIT, and lived in Europe and Asia for 5 years. He lives and has his studio in Rye, NY.

Janet Cook: recently participated in a four person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and was featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code'.  Her work was featured in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ. The American Artist Magazine and The Pastel Journal, have also published featured articles on her work. Cook has also won numerous accolades and prizes in both state and national competitions including two first prizes at the National Academy Museum, School of Art, Best 2d work in show at The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Silver Medal at the Allied Artists of America  and the Gold Medal Master Circle Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies. Cook is an elected Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Her paintings are to be found in many collections including the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ, The Buckingham Hotel NYC, and numerous private and corporate collections through out America, Israel and Europe. She studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, with Sharon Sprung, Mary Beth Mckenzie, and Peter Cox and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University in England.

Kristy Gordon’s: paintings are a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people, transformations and self-discovery. She has exhibited her work internationally with solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Her awards include Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2010, 2013 and 2015), finalist placement in the 2013 Kingston Prize, and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014). Kristy has been widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Gordon holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Her paintings hang in more than 500 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.Lori Shorin: Is a figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by the moments of contact between two or more people that express an inner connection. In the past six years she has created compositions of figures of different faiths (mothers of Krishna and Jesus, for example) having a shared experience. “My motivation is to express the quiet feeling between the figures. Currently, I’m in the process of combining the classical approach to the figure with new technology to explore new areas of connectedness between people.” Exhibitions include: The Museu Europeu d'Art (MEAM), Arnot Museum of Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Sirona Fine Art,  Jacobi Medical Center Atrium, NY, Brookgreen Gardens, Principle Gallery, Richard Massey Foundation, Grenning Gallery, ARC Salon, Islip Art Museum, and the Mariposa Museum. She received a Certificate of Sculpture at The Florence Academy of Art, MFA, University of Pennsylvania, and BFA, SUNY Binghamton. Her studio is at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City and currently teaches part-time at the School of Visual Art (SVA) in New York City, and New Jersey City University, as well as workshops at the Arts Students League.

Thomas Legaspi: is a New York based contemporary visual artist. His artworks are grounded in a classical foundation with a mix of modern sensibilities, conceptual emotive narratives, and aesthetics. Largely centering on the figure as his main metaphor, he strives to integrate elements of paint physicality and vibrant color applications while focusing on emotional cathartic imagery. His themes range from social issues, duality, dilemmas, inequality, and identity. Being a lifelong New Yorker has been an invaluable experience for the artist. His exposure to the rigors of urban life, the extremes of wealth and poverty, social injustice, stratification, and incredible cultural dynamics has had a profound effect on his artistic vision. Studying at the New York Academy of Art (MFA2001) established the foundation for his technical aesthetics and craftsmanship. This experience fostered and broadened his understanding of the possibilities existing within the picture plane. Great works of art from antiquity as well as masterpieces from history’s morst compelling artists such as Vermeer, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Sargent and Raphael quickly influenced his aesthetic sensibilities. Additionally, contemporary artists such as Steven Assael, Vincent Desiderio, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, and Jeremy Lipking have had a strong effect on his work. These artists have helped shape his technical skills as well as in the development of more conceptual pieces. Since 1995 Mr. Legaspi has worked as an art educator. He has been a Professor of Art with St. John’s University, Queens, New York, with City College of Technology, Brooklyn, New York. He has taught art at community based centers, a high school, and a senior center teaching painting and drawing to a variety of diverse groups. The award-winning artist has been working though private commissions and shows as well as actively exhibiting artwork for the last 15 years both nationally and internationally. Mr. Legaspi had been showing with the Karen Lynne Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida, and more recently with the Dacia Gallery in New York City.

Daniel Maidman: is best known for his vivid depiction of the figure. His drawings and oil paintings apply a mastery of classical technique to catching the thoroughly modern personalities of his subjects. His work as an artist and writer is helping to spearhead the renormalization of figurative art in American art culture. Maidman’s drawings and paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews, Forbes, W, Juxtapoz, Hyperallergic, American Art Collector, International Artist, PoetsArtists, and Manifest. He blogs for The Huffington Post. He lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.

Cameron McCool: grew up in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the son of an artist and a pilot, both of whom nurtured and pushed him forward with his affinity for the arts.  After getting a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington, he headed across the country to New York City to enter the next stage of his art studies and application.  There he mastered in painting at the New York Academy of Art and currently lives in Brooklyn, aspiring to teach while hosting art meetups and model nights for fellow artists in his studio.

Kevin Moore: is a high-definition realism painter from New Jersey.  Moore has exhibited at multiple venues across the US, and has received various International Awards. His work can be described as a glance into imagination, yet at the same time it provides objects that will keep you grounded to reality. Straight out of high school, Moore began taking art classes at DuCret School of Art. He then went on to study under artist Timothy Jahn before finally graduating from Ani Art Academy Waichulis in 2015. Kevin now lives in Red Bank, NJ where he recently began teaching as head instructor at Ani Art Academy America, which provides a tuition-free comprehensive drawing and painting program to veterans.

Andrea Packard: was born in Minneapolis and raised in Excelsior, Minnesota.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College where she double-majored in Studio Art and Psychology. She studied drawing, color theory and collage with her mentor Maureen McCabe. Following graduation she moved to Chicago for a marketing job and several months later to Barcelona (Spain) to teach English in businesses. Throughout her three years in Barcelona she painted in the evenings with a group of European artists at Academia Taure in Gràcia. Upon moving to Brooklyn in 2011 she began studying the figure, anatomy and portrait painting from life nearly every evening after work at the Art Students League of New York with Dan Thompson and in the summers with Max Ginsburg. In 2016 she joined a figurative/portraiture painting group at Chelsea Classical Studio School of Fine Arts led by Roy Mendl. She has exhibited her paintings in many national and international juried shows and group gallery exhibitions, and has participated in several years of Greenpoint Open Studios weekend events. At the Art Students League she won the Blue Dot Award (Honorable Mention) in 2013, a Merit Scholarship Award for Realism in 2014 and the Red Dot Award (Best in Show) in 2015. At the HVAA 83rd Annual Juried Exhibition in 2016 she won the Muriel Alvord Memorial Award. She maintains a studio in Greenpoint and was recently selected to exhibit her artwork at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn in November 2017.

Lee Vasu: is an Artist, Curator and the Founder of Dacia Gallery. Born in Sibiu, Romania in 1979, Vasu spent his adventurous childhood in Transylvania drawing and painting. Inspired by the stunning mosaics, frescos, and the mystical sacred Icons of the Byzantine Churches of his native land, Vasu formed a unique artistic vision of the timelessness and power of art that could enlighten and inspire generations. In 1990, Vasu moved to the United States with his family and continued to study art. He received a BA in History and Art from Kent Sate University and a Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Museum Science from the University of Akron, to further pursue his curatorial passion. Following his studies, Lee represented Romania and the United States at the European House of Arts and held his first solo exhibition at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Bucharest. Additionally, Vasu participated in group and solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Romania and the United States, his work can be found in numerous public and private collections. His passion for art enabled him to curate exhibitions nationally and internationally, which inspired him to establish Dacia Gallery in New York City.

Knut Andre Vikshåland: is one of the very few figurative art painters in Norway. He is self-taught, and has developed his distinctive style based on the color of nature laws and Goethe's color theory. Vikshåland was born on Karmøy in 1968, resident and with Atelié in Oslo for more than 20 years. He is one of the very few figurative artists in Norway. He is self-taught and has developed his distinctive style based on the color of nature laws and Goethe's color theory. He is mainly concerned with the picturesque, color, light and texture in their oil paintings. He completed his three and a half year-long art education in Stavanger 24 years old. The last six months immersed himself in the design Act under Terry Smith Love. He completed his education with very good results. At the forefront was he trained welder with certificate 19-year-old, by Haugesunds HMV. Knut Andre Vikshåland has been represented at the juried and prestigious Western exhibition 4 times, respectively, 1994, 1995, 1998 and Stvgr., in 2008. In 1994 he received the poster, and in 2008 the front page on one of the 3 books, at VU.Knut Andre Vikshåland have painted the portrait of the famous Norwegian Jewish Holocaust survivor Samuel Leon stone man that now hangs in the Holocaust Museum in Oslo, unveiled in november 2014 in the University's Old Feast Hall in Oslo, including Crown Prince Haakon to present. He currently lives and works in Norway. 

Patricia Watwood: has exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler, Dacia Gallery and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, Meredith Long in Houston, John Pence in San Francisco, and Galerie L’oeil du Prince, Paris. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in six cities China in an historic presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, beginning at the Beijing World Art Museum. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art, and has given lectures and workshops across the country, and is a featured art instructor with craftsy.com

Leah Yerpe was born and raised in upstate New York where she began her artistic pursuits studying the natural world.  She received a BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Fredonia in 2007 and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art fairs, and discussed in publications including The Paris Review, PMc Magazine, and Visual Overture. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 
 
 
 
Artwork by Knut Andre VikshÄland Artwork by Kevin Moore Artwork by Bob Clyatt Artwork by Cameron McCool Artwork by Patricia Watwood Artwork by Andrea Packard Artwork by Kristy Gordon Artwork by Janet Cook Artwork by Daniel Maidman Artwork by Leah Yerpe Artwork by Erin Anderson Artwork by Lee Vasu