‘VISIONARY ALCHEMY’ opened at ONE ART SPACE, 23 Warren Street, New York, NY on April 13th and closed Saturday May 13th. 49 outstanding and accomplished international artists whose work exemplifies the growing genre of art known as Visionary were represented. This art may be called by many names – Fantastic Realism, Surrealism, Magic Realism, Visionary Art, Cosmic Art and Inspirational Art, however, the work is neither purely abstract nor rigidly realistic. Members of the Society for Art of Imagination work independently of one another in various countries yet their work shows a consistent ethos. Their works are created in a variety of mediums, predominantly painting, many of which are executed in the Mische’ technique, rediscovered by Professor Ernst Fuchs and perpetuated by Brigid Marlin, founder of the Society for Art of Imagination, which has been in existence since 1998 and is still thriving to this day.
These artists embrace dreams, visions, and their personal inner life in all forms to create imaginative works of art that are rich and seeping with passion. KD Matheson’s (NV) painting expresses whimsy and intensity of subject matter, Anna Plavinskaya’s (NY) seduces with pen & ink drawing, Jean Pronovost (Montreal) creates sculptures that combine the allegorical beauty of legends and mythology and Emma Watkinson (UK) exhibited a painting that seems to anoint us into the spiritual life with glowing sacred geometry. These works are haunting, provocative, seductive, real, and metaphysical. This exhibition also included the masters, HR Giger, Brigid Marlin, Isaac Abrams, Erik Heyninck.