The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her paintings covers a myriad of subject matter, with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements internationally and across Australia.
Lyn was accepted into the International Guild of Realism in May 2008 and holds Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia. In 2014 she was awarded Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and the Australian Artist magazines.
Her paintings are represented in major regional and private collections within Australian and overseas.
Giuseppe Casciaro (1861-1941) was an Italian painter, active mainly in Naples. Orphaned at the age of twelve, he was raised by a paternal uncle, a priest. He attended school in lyceum gymnasium of Maglie, where his uncle hoped he would start studies towards a career in medicine. However, there he was first instructed to art by Paolo Emilio Stasi, who aided him in enrolling in the Neapolitan Academy of Fine Arts under Morelli and Palizzi. His uncle initially thought Giuseppe was in Naples attending the university, and upon learning of his deception, ceased his support of the young man.
At the Academy, he met Francesco Paolo Michetti, from whom he learned to paint landscapes in pastels. He spent most of his life painting landscapes of the shoreline and of his native Ortelle. At the end of the century, he traveled to Paris, where he met Giuseppe De Nittis and his circle. He gained a nomination to be professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of Urbino. He often visited and tutored members of the Royal House of Savoy about pastel painting. His works were exhibited throughout Europe and Argentina.
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This is the catalog by Stephen Ongpin from the exhibition held in London June-July 2014, with the aim to draw attention to the central importance of the pastel medium in the work of some of the finest artist in Western art from the 18th through to the 20th century.
Rae Smith, elected Master Pastelist by The Pastel Society of America in 1997, is their 2014 Hall of Fame Honoree. She has exhibited her pastel and oil paintings throughout the United States, as well as Japan, China, France Italy, Russia, Taiwan and Canada. Rae has been following her painting passion for most of her life, using so many different media or combinations, from pen and ink to water color, oils and pastels, at times specializing in one medium or another. Her work has sometimes been abstract (very large watercolors) and then at other times, more realistic, but always her very own impression of a place, time, or figment of her imagination. There was a time that all of her works were of, or included people, but when she moved to the country, Nature took hold of her, and she began to specialize in Landscape painting and the pastel medium.
“My painting is all about emotion, mood and atmosphere. I am always looking for the ‘out of the ordinary’ feeling in a composition. At times my paintings have been described as spiritual and I would hope I am able to express myself so that one who views my work is touched.”
The Pastel Society Digital Pre-Selection closes on December 5th 2014! Go to www.mallgalleries.org.uk and submit your entry!
Pre-Selection Notification: 12 December 2014.
There are a number of prizes and awards available to win, including: NEW for 2015: £5,000 Zsuzsi Roboz Prize for artists aged 35 and under.
Minimum price: £300
Hang Ming Shi, the Chinese artist who has been pioneering the pastel art movement in China.
The Master Hang Mingshi was recently hosting the delegation of 10 international pastel artists representing the United States, France, Spain, and Singapore. José del Riego, Aurelio Rodríguez López, Vicente Romero, Richard Mckinley, Alan Flattmann, Liz Haywood, President of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Jimmy Wright, President of the Pastel Society of America, Jason Chang, President of the North American Pastel Association, Gwenneth Barth-White, vicepresident of the Pastellistes de France and the painter – resident in Hong Kong – Isabelle V. Lim. More info about the event can be found on Richard’s Pastel Pointers blog.