When conceiving a piece, I first visualize color days before I even know what I am going to create. Each color finds its own presence in my art, and I strive for it to complement the others. I make art because it is a way of expressing my love for color and form. Rahat went to art school in Bombay and New York City, where she studied textile surface design for printed and woven fabrics; worked in the textile industry for many years. Rahat studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, in the graphic art program. Currently, she works as a graphic designer and teaches watercolor at the Boston Architectural Center and Essex Art Center. She currently resides in North Andover with her family.
Her love of nature, expression, and the interplay of shadows and textures is represented in her oil paintings and water colors of landscapes, seascapes and portraits. She can truly express her appreciation of global architecture and design in her portrayal of cityscapes, lighthouses and buildings. Her passion for color and history is evident in her line of furniture and home accessories, hand-painted in vibrant acrylics celebrating motifs true to a period or culture.
Aron Leaman has been working with glass since 2001. He has spent years traveling and honing his skills working with many glass artist from around the world. He currently resides in Lowell, MA where he has started Mill City Glass Works.
His work is playful, colorful, and will make you smile. For him it is mostly playful because he is having fun during the process. Working with glass there is endless potential for improvement keeping it forever rewarding. When people see his work he likes to leave them pondering with a smile on their face how did he do that?
This exhibit is sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitible Foundation
Eric Allshouse has painted 102 bold, simplistic ink portraits of writers, artists, scientists, and other figures from world culture - from Adele to Dr. Dre, Bill Gates to George Carlin, Malala Yousafzai to Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks to Pelé.
After teaching drawing at Lawrence High School for several years, Eric Allshouse was attempting to create a new lesson that would ease students' frustration with drawing the portrait. Inspired by the simplified portraits of Andy Warhol and Shepard Fairey, he created his first ink portrait of Marilyn Monroe, in which he mixed mineral eye shadow into maroon ink for a glittery effect. This experiment led to using a wide variety of types of inks and glitter to create portraits in a range of color combinations.
All the images were found online, then manipulated with Adobe Photoshop software. Eric's goal was to alter the original image in order to simplify the shapes and forms within the face, removing most of the detail while still being able to clearly recognize the person. Out of the total 102 images, half are women and half men. Eric selected mostly Americans due to his familiarity with their accomplishments and contributions to society. Eric says, "With the guidance of my beloved wife Liz, I chose musicians, artists, writers, activists, explorers, actors, athletes, directors, and scientists
I realized that even making a list of significant people throughout the past century is very difficult, because there are so many influential and groundbreaking people that impact the world in some way."