“Spring Melody” is a collection of five paintings representing
Kukula’s signature style of popular iconography blended with her flair for the opulent and regal. Kukula’s females frolic and repose amidst arcadian landscapes reminiscent of Rococo artists such as Boucher, Watteau and Fragonard. Self coined as a Neo-Rococo artist, her work focuses on the historical and resplendent, the luxurious and the contemporary and the surreal and chimeric. Kukula’s heroines confront the viewer with their assertiveness and allure; they celebrate the strength and beauty of womanhood while simultaneously revealing their unique identities through their aristocratic accoutrements. A mastery of color and dedication to the finest detailing, Kukula’s oil paintings are further embraced by her exquisite selection of Rococo style framing.
“It’s often difficult to find silence in the world these days, so it’s crucial we find it within ourselves. My “inward” talk and goal for artwork is really quite simple, and something we all relate to: making the inward path accessible, quieting our minds, ultimately connecting with our own truths. My artwork offers imagery that is much easier to relate to and digest, with layers of information revealing themselves more and more over time and examination. But most importantly, my artwork provides a path to where you can explore your own personal views and feelings, without all the distracting noise. So I welcome you, outside and within.
The three works presented in “Mystique” are reflective of half my lifetime obsessing on technique and subject matter to best express my inward messages. Additionally, these paintings are the first steps into a new journey of personal clarity.” – Matt Dangler
Los Angeles based artist Dan Quintana creates intimate and dichotomous portraits laced with surrealistic tendencies and undertones of echoing darknesses. Confrontational and deep gazes project outward from each oil painting, breathing out life and a strong sensation of omniscience. A commingling of planes in each painting reveals the multi-layer, complex, inner selves of his sitters. Dualistic elements found in each of these planes or layers serve to reflect all that makes up the human psyche; the coexistence of such dualities and how as a whole, they make up the complete mortal soul. In this new body of work, poisonous flowers accompany each portrait, reverberating the contrariety of the artist’s aesthetics. Similar in nature to Quintana’s quintessential deities, these flowers appear both beautiful and inviting, yet something darker awaits beneath the surface. Through his heavy use of symbols, contrasting colors and varying shades of light, the viewer is beckoned with curiosity and wonderment. How deep one wishes to penetrate is the ultimate reflection of their own variegated existence.