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Brian McClear

Brian McClear’s portraits seem like a planned snapshot. Even if the depicted individual is posing, it still feels like they are caught in a moment. Some eyes look at the viewer directly, who might feel observed. Therefore the painting is reversing the situation, and suddenly the observer is the one being looked at. They create […]

B. Fulton Jennes

Mr. Byrd wore an eye patch to cover the black hole left when a big buck careened over the hood of his car one morning, its skull smashing the windshield, its antlers gouging his eyeball… The childhood memories are often vague, almost faded, as old photos in one’s family album. And yet, B. Fulton Jennes’s […]

AJ Schnettler

AJ Schnettler, as they described themselves, is a nonbinary and multi-racial photographer and printmaker. AJ’s work opens up the possibility for new conversations and different ways of understanding how our society and culture is structured. AJ Schnettler is the Silver Artist of the ArtAscent Portraits call for artists. To see the full body of work […]

Niko

Through sculpture, Niko Kapa investigates the inseparable relationship between the artist and the artwork, a bond that in his practice is authentically symbiotic. His artworks embody a reflection on the artist’s identity and parallels on his creative work. Niko is the Bronze Artist of the ArtAscent Portraits call for artists. To see the full body […]

Alex Steiner

Warring Warhol I fucking love Andy Warhol. That’s what I used to think… Back then, simplicity was appealing. It was avant-my-guard. Perfectly positioned by our self-centered polaroider “artist.” Clean lines and opaque shapes, defining where we stood. A cotton candy back round juxtaposes our guarded subjective expressionism… Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Portraits call for […]

Louise Eastin

Ellis Funeral Home My shoes are black and have a strap to hold my socks and feet in place but Georgy’s shoe, right next to mine, has laces that have come untied so I use the side of my black… Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Portraits call for entry. To see the full body of […]

Catherine Hamrick

The Shadow of My Father’s Beard My father’s beard, a shadow at 5 a.m., briefly bristled my cheek while my mother lilted, “Rise and shine,” in the dark day number four for child number four to fish with the week’s ruler… Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Portraits call for entry. To see the full body […]

Mardi Quon

My Naughty Nana Lorraine Eva Corning 1908-1965 Lorraine Eva Cornish beckons me to follow her story. She demands I ask for more, to wonder why at thirty-one years old, she is waiting for a verdict in her court case. The date is June 1939. She is my nana… Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Portraits call […]