Angela Duea Bio:
Angela Williams Duea is a visual artist living in the northwest side of Chicago. Though mostly self-taught, she took early lessons in oil painting from her Grandfather and photography lessons from her Uncle, both professional artists. During the Covid pandemic, she honed her encaustic painting skills and learned a great deal from other artists. She has shown her art at galleries in Grayslake, IL and Kenosha, WI.
Angela's photography often focuses on geometric shapes, the interplay between nature and man-made structures, and quirky little details that often go unnoticed by others. She experiments with textures, layers and abstract forms in her encaustic works. "What I love about encaustic is that I can build up textures or polish surfaces smoothly, add natural objects or embed photography in the work," she says. "As a result, the finished work constantly looks different as light plays across those elements throughout the day."
Christina Villa Bio:
Christina is a Chicago-based painter, potter, and educator. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her artwork highlights line, gesture, and representational detailing to blur boundaries between function and ornament. Beyond the studio, an integral part of her practice includes statuary restoration, as well as teaching art appreciation and painting workshops. In 2017 she completed the FIELD/WORK Residency at Chicago Artist Coalition. Two years later, she launched Two Squares Lake Effect Project, an ongoing plein-air painting series and dialogue that seeks to find common ground through natural beauty. In fall of 2020, she opened Christina M. Villa Studio, located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Currently, Christina is a member at The Pottery Studio, teaches K-8 Art at Saint Mary of the Angels, and does both public and private commissions. Plan your studio visit at christinamvilla.com and discover more @twosquares on Instagram
I am a potter and plein air landscape painter. Inspired by light perception and movement in nature, I capture elements of the landscape, translating the ephemeral into something permanent. Common motifs in my work include water, flowers, and the figure. I paint glazes with various finishes to emphasize texture and surface. On both canvas and clay, I use line, gesture, and representational detailing that blur boundaries between function and ornament.
Joseph Mikan Bio:
My name is Joe Mikan and I am a Chicago based artist. I was born and raised in Chicago. My work can be described as figurative and expressive exploring subject matters of sensuality and playfulness with the use of various color strokes. This brings out an energetic yet relaxed mood in a dream-like state. Some of my paintings are planned out while others come about spontaneously, in the moment. Whatever the approach may be, I enjoy making discoveries along the way.
EVAN KOBY FOSTER
Evan Koby Foster Bio:
Evan Koby Foster (born May 11th, 1987) is a Chicago artist influenced by Cubism, Zap Comix and Absurdism. Foster is self-taught and credits his Psychology and Philosophy college concentrations and his love of Pablo Picasso for his obsession with Cubism. His painted works explore a marriage of Cubism and Classical art. His Chicago underground comic series ‘The Hackneyed Homegrown Hipsters’ satirizes contemporary American culture. Foster’s work is eclectic, but a curious philosophical theme about the modern distortion of the human condition pervades the artist’s work.
Evan maintains the cubist medium is a "more accurate" account of how we
perceive reality. He quotes, "We, as free-roaming agents, can never truly experience an object as it is in a still life - as a single archetypal snapshot, but instead always as an ever-shifting perception - this is it's true nature. The brain’s perception is a phenomenological oversimplification of reality. All things remain as a collection of potential perspectives existing in flux, yet we experience objects as a single platonic form.”
“My work reflects the perceptive bombardment of the human condition, our modern metamorphic state and the losing of ourselves within ourselves. We are ever-shifting entities of luminous beauty and monstrous darkness.”
Joseph Frumkin Bio:
Joe has been experimenting with glass for many years. From his beginnings in glass fusing, to dabbling in stained glass, he has settled and found comfort in glass mosaic. After a year of course work at the Chicago Mosaic School, he enrolled in a 5-day workshop under the mentorship of famed Scottish Mosaic artist, Dugald MacInnes. Duggie’s expertise in stone mosaic work influenced the pieces displayed at Triple R Gallery space. Joe dedicates these pieces to Duggie and thanks him for his guidance. For without it, he wouldn’t have had the courage to display them. Joe would also like to thank his dear friend, the Chicago writer Terry Galvan, for their creative input on the titles of these works. He highly recommends their work and recommends you see their creativity first-hand when they read at fiction events across Chicago.