"I am interested in boxes - both the way they contain things and the way they set things free. For me, the freedom to open spaces means the absence of space as an area that is philosophically full and empty at the same time".
- Sunok Chun
Sunok Chun was born in Seoul Korea. She received a BFA from the Sung-Shin Women's University, Seoul Korea. In 1997, she received a MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Sunok's work has been exhibited in New York, Germany, and Seoul Korea. Sunok currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1981, PAZ was born in Santiago, Chile. As a child she excelled in music and painting. PAZ received a B.A. in studio art in Switzerland and a law degree from the University Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. In 1999, her artwork was approved with the highest qualification in the International Bachelor Program of Arts in Switzerland. From 2000 to 2006, PAZ studied Law at the University Diego Portales where she developed a strong interest on philosophy and justice.
In 2006, PAZ moved to New York to study at the Art Students League with internationally acclaimed teachers Knox Martin, Bruce Dorfman and Kikuo Saito. From 2008 to 2015, she participated in exhibitions in Chile, Colombia, England, China and the United States, featuring works based on the Kybalion, the ancient hermetic book about the 7 unknown rules of the human being.
To convey movement of the universe, in 2013, PAZ exhibited a series of abstract paintings in Shanghai, inspired by the walls of the New York City subway. As a result of the works in this show, in 2014, PAZ was awarded an opportunity to participate in the Swatch Group Artist In Residence program in Shanghai.
PAZ, currently lives and works in New York. Her paintings are in several collections, including the Today Art Museum of Beijing, where she had her last solo exhibition called ZERO: THE DIVINE ORDER OF THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.
Anders Bernard Jones was born in Pendleton, South Carolina. In 1994, he received a B.A. from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile Surface Design with a minor in Photography.
In the early 1990s, he landed several album covers for RCA and SONY recording artists as well as the cover of Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion-industry trade journal. During the intervening years, he created textile designs for Diane Von Furstenberg, Victoria’s Secret and Liz Claiborne.
Donovan Nelson was born in Manchester, Jamaica, WI and in 1982, he relocated to the U.S. In 1995, Nelson received a B.F.A in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, he studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nelson received an M.F.A. from the New York Academy where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas.
In 1941, McIntosh has born in Jamaica, West Indies. He immigrated to the United States when he was a pre-teen. McIntosh is a self-taught artist, heavily influenced by the painter, sculptor, printmaker and illustrator Otto Neals, as well as ancient African sculpture. He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Dorsey Gallery, and Kenkeleba Gallery. Among others, McIntosh’s work is in the collection of Harold Sorgenti, the former president and chief executive officer of ARCO Chemical. McIntosh lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Using a mixture of African and Oriental influences along with aspects of German expressionism, Robergeau Duverger ’s work can best be described as abstract realism or abstract expressionism.
Anguish, pressures of everyday life, contemplation of world events, and past memories and thoughts of persecution in the Caribbean are the pervasive elements depicted in the most recent works of the Haitian-born artist. Duverger says, "My work is about my life experiences." A close examination of his work reveals just that. Whether his survival of onslaughts from a group of high school toughs called "The Jolly Stompers,” silent screams when he was being robbed at knife point in his home while his relatives reveled in an upstairs living room, or exploration of deep-seated emotion, his abstract expression tells it all.
Duverger’s professional career began to take shape while he was still a student at Pace University in New York, with his first job as a photography teaching assistant. After graduating cum laude in 1983, Duverger assumed the post of Adjunct Professor at Pace. In the spring and summer of 1984, he went on to explore his love of color by working as a color specialist at Marvin Kommel Productions in New York City.
In the fall of 1984, Duverger enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at C.W. Post School of Arts in Long Island to further pursue painting and drawing.
During the intervening years, Duverger worked in the graphic design field. In 2009, he began a body of work called Trafficking. While human trafficking is still found in many forms around the world including the United States, this series is focused on the restaveks from his native Haiti. According to Duverger, “Rarely do we see or hear of this in the news; it is something that is hidden right in front of us. I’m hoping that these haunting images will make it even more apparent and invoke some emotion and perhaps a call to action in all of us." Valentine New York is currently working on producing a book on the series.
In his new work on view at Welancora Gallery entitled Elements, each painting contains parts (elements) to be discovered and interpreted individually, each painting representing something different to each viewer.
Kumasi J. Barnett
Kumasi J. Barnett was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned a BA from the University of Maryland as well as a MFA from the Ohio State University. His works have been shown in exhibitions throughout the States and internationally. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Hayley Severns was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She earned a BFA in painting from Drake University and continues to study with her teachers at a non-traditional masters level, via Rose Shakinovsky and Clarie Gavronsky, in Italy and South Africa. Severns currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Through rich artistic study, Severns finds artists of many different media esthetically and conceptually inspiring, including Sigmar Polke, Chuck Close, Sophie Calle, Ellen Gallagher and Jenny Holzer. Like her own esthetic, Severns prefers art that provokes a certain uniquely provocative voice in the time the work was created, yet is still mesmerizing and captivating in its beauty, intrigue, and conversation beyond temporality.
Severns’ work and philosophy are developed by transforming and shifting the context of found images. As such, she offers a different way of experiencing the image and its possible meanings within our conditioned human aspirations. The essence of Severns’ work evokes empathy, as she dissolves, moves, adds and peels layers of play and complexity, around the paradoxical relationships with consumption, spirituality, being human, and that of digital and analog experience.
Severns is currently producing a photographic series, oil paintings, and pencil drawings, all of which are an offspring of her disSolves aesthetic and concepts.
CHANEL KENNEBREW (b.1982, Inglewood, CA) is a Brooklyn/Philadelphia based mixed media artist and prop stylist. Kennebrew holds a B.F.A. from Ryerson University and has also studied at New York School of Visual Arts and Ontario College of Art and Design.
She has exhibited her work at The Leroy Neiman Gallery, Westwood Gallery, i-20 Gallery, WNYC Radio’s Green Space, Rush Gallery, Andeken Gallery, SXSW and the Manifest Hope Art for Obama Democratic Convention Gallery Exhibition. She has done site specific installation work at Etsy’s HQ, Publicis and branded art projects for Nickelodeon, Birkenstock, Pepsi, and Macy’s.
Her art has been featured and written about in the New York Times, The New York Post, Gawker and The Wall Street Journal. She has spoken on panels for The Asian Art’s Alliance, Corridor Gallery, The Black Future Project (Toronto), NYFA, and Craft Magazine.
Kennebrew is a contributing prop stylist for InStyle Magazine, People StyleWatch Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Real Simple Magazine, Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine.
She’s currently working on a series of visual art called Explorations of Nude. This series of mixed media work explores the generalization of the term nude as well as what it means to be transparent and completely naked and open in terms of shaking off categories. This new work comprised of 3D collage, mixed media illustrations as well as had cut paper, and installations. Through these mixed media work she uses hand cutting and stacking to explore peeling back layers in terms of society’s history, power and trends and moving into imagining, designing and building the future.