Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1967, van Arkel’s body of work utilizes corporeality and the materiality of paint. His three-dimensional paintings are derived from a process-oriented technique using platinum silicone in favor of traditional paint application. Van Arkel straddles the realms of painting and sculpture, blending expression and function, to create an engaging, multifaceted artistic experience. The artist has exhibited extensively internationally and is represented in prominent public and private collections, including the Böttiger Collection and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Public commissions include Värtahamnen ferry terminal Ports of Stockholm and the Atlantic Plumbing Building, Washington DC. Van Arkel will participate in the Borås International Sculpture Biennale 2016 from May 20th – September 18th organized by the city of Borås and the Borås Museum of Modern Art.
Tom McFarland melds a tradition of rugged craftsmanship, with a precise eye and intricate process to his mixed media paintings. McFarland takes a controlled approach utilizing resin, acrylic paint, mesh, wood, and metal, among other materials, to communicate a deconstructed, raw aesthetic, of fine painting. “I like to investigate texture and the way things can be arranged to create a feeling,” McFarland explains. Born in 1991 in San Antonio, Texas, Tom McFarland received his BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2014.
Josh Rowell generates his artistic vision by focusing on technological advances that shape our contemporary lives, communicating our increasingly mediated human interactions within the confines of visual art. The artist balances more analogue techniques and laborious production processes with conceptual instantaneous nature of the digital age. This juxtaposition produces a language that explores and reshapes information, and precipitating alternative ways of reading the world around us. Born in 1990 in London, England, Rowell graduated from Kingston University in 2013, where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts with honors. Following an extended study in Art Criticism at Central Saint Martins college, Rowell received his MFA in Fine Art at Kingston University in 2015, where he was awarded the first class distinction. He has shown in many exhibitions in London’s vibrant art scene and is part of Kingston University’s contemporary art collection.
Yang Liming synthesizes contemporary forms of Western abstract art harmoniously with the spirit of Chinese tradition. The traditional canvas wash leaves room for oil, which cascades with deep monochromatic shades. The artist is inspired by old notions of Chinese philosophy, such as the Taoist vital energy of chi. This energy seems to emanate from Liming’s brushstrokes, both powerful and gentle, energetic and precise. Pictorial meditation, the canvas leaves the impression of etherial vitality. Born in the Chinese province of Sichuan in 1975 , Yang Liming in 1999 obtained his degree at the Art College of Sichuan Normal University. His work is regularly exhibited in many museums and galleries in China.