Blu Smith Featured on Huffington Post

More great press for Blu Smith, one of our favorite new artists. This time, Smith's been profiled in a wonderful feature over at the Huffington Post. 

"The focus is not on masking anything, it’s about trying to bring forward the work that you have done over the years and how it’s developed into what it is," Smith states in the interview. "There is a huge part of me that wants to engage an audience by using light and organic shapes that can be felt or related to. But abstract art is not about comprehension. It’s about taking a closer look.”

Check out the full feature, "The Mind-Bending Perspectives of Abstract Artist Blu Smith", by clicking here.

Blu Smith Named "Artist to Watch" at JustLuxe

The fine folks at JustLuxe have written up an interview with Blu Smith, one of our artists who works out of Vancouver Island. In it, they name him a "Fine Artist to Watch" and praise his "stunning abstract collections that are vibrant, entrancing and ultimately personal."

"With abstract painting, I can break rules and use unconventional color pairings mixed with vigorous, dripping brush strokes to express my vision. What I’m left with is this raw, unrefined version of nature that is resolved with the softening of light," Blu states in the interview, along with many more choice excerpts. Read the full article here!

New Acquisitions: Fernando Varela

Etra Fine Art continues its run of striking new acquisitions with several pieces from Santo Domingo artist Fernando Varela. Varela has been working on his abstract compositions for years, recently embracing a more collage-focused aesthetic conjoined with his signature theme of "Forma y Vacio", or "Form and Vacancy". 
 

"Forma y Vacio 0.08-16", oil on canvas, 49.5 x 53 in.

"Forma y Vacio 0.08-16", oil on canvas, 49.5 x 53 in.

Varela's paintings and collages jump off the canvas with vivid coloration and his oval-esque forms both filled and unfilled. The pieces have a unique textural sensibility that keeps them feeling grounded even as his compositional sense veers into the contemporary. The artist also produces series on paper, such as the black and white piece below: 

"Forma y Vacio Col.16/15", mixed media on paper, 19 x 19 in.

"Forma y Vacio Col.16/15", mixed media on paper, 19 x 19 in.

Check out more info on this studious and prolific creator on his artist page.

New Acquisitions: Diego Santanelli

New to Etra Fine Art, come get lost in the loose, landscape-inspired abstract works of Italian-born, Miami-based painter Diego Santanelli. Based on a personal mythos regarding a personal spiritual awakening, the works have titles like "Apocalypse Zero" that clues viewers in on the drama unfolding within his abstract forms.

"Apocalypse Zero #7M", enamel on canvas, 60 x 70 in.

"Apocalypse Zero #7M", enamel on canvas, 60 x 70 in.

Santanelli was recently interviewed in ArtDistricts magazine, and we will be posting a complete .pdf of the article in an upcoming blog. In the meantime, check out the piece ArtDistricts chose for the cover of the issue:

Check out more about Diego Santanelli on his artist page.

New Acquisitions: Pamela Marks

There's more exciting news here at Etra Fine Art, namely, new paintings by the talented Pamela Marks. Marks' distinct, hard-edged abstract style is a joy to behold and a welcome addition to the gallery.

"Video Composite #34", acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

"Video Composite #34", acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

Academic but not sterile, playful but not simplified, the compositions that Marks arrives with using video compositing are always engaging and beautifully painted. Stop by and see some of her amazing work in person, and check out her artist page for more info.

"Video Composite #14", acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in.

"Video Composite #14", acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in.

New Acquisitions: Rose Umerlik

Greetings! Our newest post is about a recent acquisition we're extremely excited to share with you all, the wonderful abstract paintings of Rose Umerlik.

"Segmented", 24 x 38 in., acrylic on panel

"Segmented", 24 x 38 in., acrylic on panel

The New Hampshire-based artist had this to say about her process:

“My art practice is inextricably tied to my personal history. Stories of family, relationships, and self-awareness generate forces of emotion that intuitively drive the creation of each painting. Their elements – shapes, lines, bodies of color – mirror my interpersonal relationships.”
"Joint", 36 x 48 in., acrylic on panel

"Joint", 36 x 48 in., acrylic on panel

Umerlik has had thirteen solo exhibitions in New England and has been included in numerous group exhibitions and residencies across the country and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in Art New England and Artscope. She has also published two books, Intimacy of Forms and Histories. Umerlik maintains a full-time studio practice in Rollinsford, NH. The backbone of her studio practice is based on a strong work ethic and dedication to being present and honest with her work. - Nahcotta

Check out more details about Rose on her artist page.