Opening Reception: Friday, October 12 from 6pm to 8pm
Closing Reception: Friday, November 2, from 6pm to 8pm
Gallery B is pleased to announce the October exhibit, a group show by Nihal Kececi of Gallery NK, featuring work by Nadia Arditti, Claudia Cappelle, Gulten Imamoglu, Nihal Kececi and Eric Westbrook. On display from October 10 – November 3, 2018, the exhibit will feature paintings and sculpture.
Nadia Arditti, a sculptor and prominent artist from Turkey, is known for her sculptures of women that convey forceful and emotional journeys and her sculptures of birds, her symbol of freedom. Her work has been shown both nationally and abroad and appears in permanent collections in the United States and Britain. Arditti’s life has been shaped by a migration; born in Istanbul, her family was forced to leave Turkey and settle in Switzerland when she was seven years old. When she returned to Turkey as an adult she rediscovered her passion for art. As a child she had taken drawing lessons and volunteered at cultural and artistic associations. Once she was back in Turkey she once again found her artistic inspiration in the form of sculpting, harnessing a new love of working with a four-dimensional form and feeling as though it offered more freedom than drawing within the confines of a frame.
Claudia Cappelle was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Illustration from the University of Illinois. After moving to the Washington, DC area in 1983 she continued her art studies at The Corcoran School of Art and the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, where she studied with John Blee, Delna Dastur, and Beverly Ryan. In 2012 she participated in the Fields Project Residency Program in Oregon, Illinois.
Gulten Imamoglu, a Turkish-born painter, creates work that open eyes to far horizons as the works deal with meaningful and unexpected blows to the inner world. Imamoglu likes countercurrents of the colors, and she does not hesitate to strike with these colors, creating a whirlpool that reminds the viewer of natural magic. The inspiration comes from the belief that the universe, with its many complex systems, contains multiple strata that changes from micro to macrocosmic in a dynamic state. There is a constant regenerating motion, stratification and transformation. The paintings exalt an abstract language where figures are mixed by dancing, in a sense. Her work of entitled “Exile into Loneliness,” was awarded first prize in the painting category of the London International Creative Competition in September 2009. She has won or placed in several other painting competitions and has shown her work widely, appearing in shows in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida, Chicago, London, Bulgaria and Pakistan.
Born and raised in Turkey, Nihal Kececi started drawing and painting at a young age. After a career in software analysis Nihal shifted her focus to art. With the previous background in engineering, she knows how to model complex systems precisely and objectively, but painting has transformed her approach and provided the insight she needs to create complex and evocative artwork. She now works in acrylic, oil, and pastel and often uses just a palette knife to apply paint to the canvas. Whether she is painting whirling dervishes, dramatic landscapes, or impressionistic figures, she masks the known with the unknown and explores the transcendental. She continues to refine her technique, taking classes at the Washington Studio School in Washington, D.C. and the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo, MD. Nihal has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 150 shows.
Eric Westbrook is a painter, illustrator, and art instructor living and working in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Eric teaches at The Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, VisArts in Rockville and the IDB Art Club in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Arts in art and design from the University of Maryland. After receiving his degree, he continued his studies and training in landscape, figure and portrait painting at the Art League School in Alexandria VA, and the Washington Studio School in Washington D.C. Westbrook’s landscape and portrait paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows, and are held in public and private collections. Recent work includes a series of landscape paintings depicting “urban nature,” in which a tug-of-war is taking place between what is built and what nature reclaims.
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