2020: Debanjana Bhattacharjee, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Originally from Mumbai, India, Debanjana Bhattacharjee moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2015 from Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University of Mumbai and has a post graduate diploma in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art History from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, Debanjana’s artistic practices are a blend of her Indian and western aesthetic sensibilities.
In 2015 Debanjana was recognized with a proclamation from the Mayor of Edinburg, Texas for her artistic (painting & sculpting) achievements.
A self-taught artist, Debanjana enjoys working with acrylics; the quick drying medium helps her with the intuitive expressionist style of work. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has participated in many a juried shows and has won awards.
She believes the desire to create and express is part of her everyday art making practice. Currently Debanjana is exploring South Carolina through En plein air and wants to bring forth a dialogue between nature and self.
Debanjana is a member of Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild of Myrtle Beach and is Board of Director of Seacoast Artists Guild of Myrtle Beach. She is represented by Seacoast Artists Gallery and William H.Miller Fine Art Studios in Myrtle Beach.
2019: Sam Banister, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Poetic abstraction rendered with innovative and masterful technique” Is how Hal Walter, collector, Australia, describes Sam’s work.
Sam Banister was born in East Africa, moving to the UK as a toddler. Her first degree is in Russian where she studied and got stuck after losing her visa back in the early 1980’s when the Soviet Union as it was then known was still under communist rule. She is married with one daughter.
Sam is a mixed-media artist living and working from her studio on the banks of Loch Maree. Although stunningly beautiful, she has a love hate relationship with the Highlands; she finds its bleakness and isolation both compelling and forceful and spends way too many hours driving up and down the A9 escaping.
Her work is predominantly abstract with a passion for the minutiae rather than the whole, finding a landscape within the landscape. Her objective is to find a way of mark-making to build a language and encourage a dialogue between the viewer, her work and nature. Latterly she has been experimenting with beeswax and encaustic enabling her to push the boundaries to manipulate and sculpt the paper so that it ripples and dances off the wall, interacting with light and shadow.
Sam has a passion for travel and has recently returned from a life changing trip to Antartica and is seriously thinking of decamping after tae19. She has taken part in the last four tae’s and is very much looking forward to curating tae19 in Edinburgh.
Sam is represented by Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh.
2018: Kylie Fogarty, Canberra, Australia
A lifelong artist, Kylie’s education began as soon as she could hold a pencil and make a mark on a piece of paper. Continuing to observe and create, refining her skills as each opportunity arises, she has had the pleasure to attend workshops with esteemed artists Sue Taylor – Archibald Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize and Walkom-Manning Art Prize Winner, Jo Hollier – Printmaker and Artist; Cees Schleidrecht; Geoff Ginn and Glenda Charles, previously from the Charles Ginn Gallery, Brisbane, among others.
This adoration of drawing has provided a solid anchor for her creative process, which has now been extended to include the exploration of her subject of inspiration via printmaking and painting using a diverse range of mediums. Her art features landscapes, cloud formations, coastal scenes, narrative moments of time, portraits, flora and fauna.
Enjoying collaborations with fellow creatives, Kylie has worked alongside Authors, Poets and Charities, resulting in published works, such as a Book of Pictured Poetry, and Children’s Picture Books.
A full time practicing artist, Kylie’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally through numerous exhibitions. She is represented in Galleries throughout Australia with her works being held in public and private art collections worldwide. Her intaglio etchings, Brushtail Possum (2013) and Foraging Kiwi (2015) are now permanently archived in the National Gallery of Australia, with the Animalia Print Exchange.
Kylie first participated in the Twitter Art Exhibit in 2012, and will be curating the 2018 Twitter Art Exhibit in Canberra, Australia next year.
www.kyliefogarty.com | Twitter and Instagram @kyliefogartyart
2017: Cat Salter-Smith, Worcestershire, UK
Cat Salter-Smith was born in Dorset, UK in 1964 and grew up in Europe in Brussels, Belgium for 10 years and attended Wits University in South Africa in the early 80’s where she studied for a BA in Fine Art, English and Art History. She is married with two daughters.
Cat retrained in Horticulture and Garden Design 14 years ago, and runs her own garden design practice in Worcestershire as well as lecturing in design for the RHS.
Her style of painting is contemporary realism and all her still life paintings are imbued with bright light, reflections and deep shadows. She also enjoys coastal scenes and has just recently begun doing portraiture.
This year, Cat entered a portrait into The BP Portrait Award held at the National Portrait Gallery in London and was ‘long-listed’ from 2500 entries to the second stage of over 400. Unfortunately, the painting did not make the cut to the final short-list of 53, but she will be trying again next year!
She has taken part in all of the TAE’s over the past 6 years and will be now organizing TAE17 in the UK in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire.
www.catsalter.co.uk | Twitter @CatSalterArtist
2016: Isha Setia-Mader, New York, NY
Isha Setia was born in India, moved around the US and now lives and works in New York. She started young at the age of 4 in sketching, discovered charcoal, moved to acrylic and now works primarily in oil using warm and vivid colors. Moving to New York inspired her to capture moments using a fixed lens of an iPhone and then gradually moving to Sony A7.
Photography inspired her to combine some of her works with other imagined ideas onto the larger canvas using oils. Her style of painting is contemporary.
She is currently working as a painter and landscape photographer from home location in New York. Some of her favorite artists are Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo and resonates with Van Gogh’s quote: “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
She has taken part in all of the TAE’s since 2012 and curated TAE16 in the New York. She joined the TAE board in 2016.
www.ishasetia.com | Twitter & Instagram @IshismsWorld
2014: Robin Pedrero, Orlando, FL
Robin Maria Pedrero is an award winning artist with work in museum permanent collections, film, and collected worldwide. She is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She was awarded Best Artist in Florida 2012 by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery, listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and her work won an international wine label contest and was featured on a limited edition Artiste Wine label. Pedrero has served as an art judge, juror, curator and arts director. She curated the Twitter Art Exhibit Orlando in 2014. Robin Maria Pedrero celebrated her first solo museum exhibit at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in 2015. She creates from her studio in Frisco Texas.
2013: Nat George, Los Angeles, CA
2010, 2012 & 2015: David Sandum, Moss, Norway
David Sandum was born in 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Today he resides in Moss, Norway, much thanks to his Norwegian wife Kjersti.
Early on, David displayed a talent for drawing and in 9th grade, one of his pieces was selected for an exhibit at the Gothenburg Art Museum for “evolving young students”.
Although David is self-taught, he took courses in art history and introductory art as an undergraduate student at the University of Utah (1995-1999). Learning art theory was a boost, David says: “For the first time my eyes were opened to all forms of art, not just the realistic motifs people tend to fancy; I became particularly enthused by colour and expressionism”.
After graduating with a BA in Organizational Communication and History, David and his family moved to Norway after nearly six years in the United States. Soon, he was employed in the IT-industry but years of accumulated stress took a toll and led him to re-examine his life. It was during this difficult time that David took up oil painting: “Painting and drawing helped me generate a sense of purpose in a meaningless world.”
Just like any artist, David draws inspiration from everything around him, and he doesn’t hesitate to share his sources of motivation: “Monet’s skies, Vincent’s yellow, Matisse’s red, and Munch’s expressiveness.”
David has been a full-time artist since 2000 and has exhibited yearly since then. In 2010 he organized the first #Twitterartexhibit.
http://www.davidsandum.com | Twitter @DavidSandum