Clavis Journal Artists

Volume 4

  

Marzena Ablewska-Lech

Marzena Ablewska-LechMarzena Ablewska-Lech was born in 1978 and grew up in the little Polish town of Pionki. She lives and creates in Silesia and is semi-self-taught, a wanderer, and a finder of the light (‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you‘ —Rumi).

Tom Allen

Tom AllenTom Allen is an artist based in Los Angeles.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.  He has had solo exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, and Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne and Berlin.  He has been included in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Stockholm, Sweden, among others.  His work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as in numerous private collections.  He is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Studies In Art program at Art Center College of Design.

  

Audrey Benjaminsen

Audrey BenjaminsenAudrey Benjaminsen is a Michigan based Illustrator and Designer with a fondness for the bizarre and beautiful. She received a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2015 and enjoys working, teaching, and playing in variety of media, not putting the pencil down until proud.

  

Marlene Seven Bremner

Marlene Seven BremnerMarlene Seven Bremner was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1983. She has a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies and is trained as a Polarity Therapist by the Institute of Holistic Health Careers. She has been oil painting for eight years, exploring esoteric themes including Hermeticism, tarot, psychology, and mythology. Marlene has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2007 and has shown her work in both group and solo exhibitions along the West Coast.

  

Santiago Caruso

Santiago CarusoSantiago Caruso is a symbolist and surreal artist from Quilmes, Argentina. His work is avant-garde in concept but rooted in the nineteenth century’ s aesthetic. His work stands out both for the vigor of its poetry as well as for its technique. His images have appeared on book covers for Tartarus Press, Nightshade Books, Black Labyrinth, Dark Regions Press, Random House Mondadori, Planeta and Páginas de Espuma, among others.

  

Robert Steven Connett

Robert Steven ConnettRobert Steven Connett is a California artist who takes his current inspiration from biological forms — both flora and fauna, micro and macro, land and ocean dwelling — from which he generates new variations, as though painting with recombinant DNA. A painter of otherworldly creatures harmoniously swimming along in complex dreamscapes, each new species arises from intricate geometric patterns, meticulously painted with illuminated detail.

John Kleckner

John Kleckner is an American artist living in Berlin, Germany. His artwork is featured in several prominent public & private collections including The Judith Rothschild Foundation Drawings Collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Magasin 3 Konsthalle in Stockholm, the Deste Foundation / Dakis Joannou Collection in Athens, and the Charles Saatchi Collection in London. Kleckner’s drawings and collages have been exhibited internationally at museums and institutions such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporains (CAPC) in Bordeaux, and the 1st Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece.

Andrzej Masianis

Andrzej MasianisAndrzej Masianis was born in 1974 in Piła in Poland and is a graduate of the Fine Arts Faculty at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. His paintings and drawings reflect a return to the classically simple formula of artistic expression of Baroque and Gothic Art. His work won numerous awards and has been exhibited in both Europe and the United States.

Janelle McKain

Janelle McKainJanelle McKain is part of the international movement of Surrealists and Visionaries. Her drawings have been published in numerous magazines and books, and exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. Exhibitions have included Chateau de Montbron, France; Abnormals Gallery in Germany and Poland; Phantasten Museum Wien in Austria and Murphy Hill Gallery in Chicago, IL. Her works may be seen online at www.janellemckainart.com.

Johnny Decker Miller

Johnny Decker MillerJohnny Decker Miller is an artist, designer, and musician currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. His personal work draws from themes and imagery as multifarious and variant as botany, symbolist art, religious iconography, memento mori, Western & Eastern esoteric traditions, and occult practices as a means to creativity and artistic expression.

  

Liv Rainey-Smith

Liv Rainey-SmithLiv Rainey-Smith specializes in hand-pulled woodcut prints. Her bold figure-oriented imagery draws upon visions from Enochian and Qlippothic magic, Gnosticism, nightmares, history and fiction. Rainey-Smith’s process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She prints primarily in small editions on both paper and parchment. Born in Moab, Utah, Liv currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

 

Benjamin Vierling

BVBVBenjamin Vierling’s images have appeared in a wide variety of occult and metaphysical contexts including illuminated horoscopes, album covers, and alchemical treatises. Employing the renaissance painting technique of mixing egg tempera and oil pigments, he currently works from his California atelier in a Gold Rush era convent. Specializing in mythical portraiture and Vanitas themes, his paintings are exhibited and collected internationally.

Madeline von Foerster

Madeline VonFoersterMadeline VonFoerster uses a five century-old mixed technique of oil and egg tempera to create her unusual paintings, developed by the Flemish Renaissance Masters. Von Foerster’s artworks are in collections around the world and have been featured in numerous publications, including “100 Painters of Tomorrow” (Thames and Hudson, 2014). She was also the subject of a television portrait on ARTE’s “Metropolis,” broadcast in Germany and France. Her upcoming solo exhibition, “Uprooted,” will be presented at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. Website: www.madelinevonfoerster.com.

Volume 3

  

Claudia Avila

Claudia AvilaClaudia Avila, born 1976, is a self-taught artist. Originally from Los Angeles, she lived in Iceland for nine years before relocating to Arizona in 2009. The landscapes of these two distinct locales, one of glaciers the other desert, have had an irreversible impact on the direction of her art and philosophy.  Inspired by the sacred and secular aspects of human experience, she balances observation and invention with artistic will.

Mike Davis

Mike DavisMike Davis is an oil painter and tattoo artist in San Francisco. His work can be seen at mikedavisfineart.com

Miriam Escofet

Miriam EscofetMiriam Escofet was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1967 and moved to the UK in 1979. The daughter of artists, she grew up surrounded by the rich visual lexicon of art. She graduated in 3D Design majoring in ceramics and has been painting ever since, exhibiting widely in London and Europe. Her work reflects her passion for space, volume, perspective and detail and her themes revolve around ideas of aesthetics, imagination and symbolism, including allegorical and archetypal subjects and the idea of magical landscapes and archaic pasts. She paints mainly in oils, applying many layers and glazes to achieve a sense of depth and mood, using techniques very similar to the old masters. As well as her many solo exhibitions her work has been selected for several public exhibitions.

Scott Finch

SFinchScott Finch lives and works in the town where Jimmy Swaggart’s empire rose and fell; where three giant white crosses cast shadows across the Wal-Mart parking lot.  Every morning he precariously balances a cup of coffee in one hand and a forked leash with two wild terriers in the other.  Returning from this maneuver, he scribbles schemes in his notebooks about paintings to make or stories to draw.  He mostly exhibits his art around Louisiana and in 2013 he published a graphic novel informed by Sethian Gnosticism called A Little World Made Cunningly with Regent Press.

Joe A. MacGown

MacGownJoe A. MacGown is a Mississippi artist who creates chaotic assemblages of strange mutated creatures, crowded surreal landscapes, and mandala-like designs that reflect his thoughts and observations of life on this planet. Using imaginative imagery and random patterns, he produces detailed drawings and mixed media paintings by simply allowing ideas to “flow out of his head” using a method he describes as “Subconscious Meandering.” MacGown’s background in entomology and natural history, coupled with his love of science fiction and cynicism of all things human, provide ample fodder for his surreal visions, which range from dark and foreboding to light and whimsical.

Rory Alan MacLean

Rory MacLeanRory Alan MacLean was born in Phoenix, AZ.  In 2006, he received a B.F.A. with honors upon graduating from Art Center College of Design, CA. He draws his inspiration as much from dreams as from the external phenomena of experience and nature’s materiality. Rory is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

K Lenore Siner

KLenoreSinerK Lenore Siner is a self-taught painter.  Her paintings are the expression of a lifetime devoted to practicing mystical traditions including Western Shamanism and Tantric techniques.  With the intention of creating art that acts as talisman she incorporates precious metals, magical plants, ashes and waters into each painting, blurring the line between fine art and magical tool. Siner has exhibited nationally, including the Sylvia White Gallery (Ventura, CA), The Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River, MA) and AS220 Main Gallery (Providence, R) as well as being published and collected internationally.  She also really likes snakes.

Johan G Winther

winther_55Johan G Winther is a Gothenburg-based artist, working with both visual art and sounds in various forms. His music and art mainly aspires for transcendence, and his visuals are both meditation-pieces (both in the creating and viewing-stage) and images of objects and states found beyond the known world(s). His work can be found at timecanvas.wordpress.com and tsukimono.bandcamp.com.

Volume 2

  

Billy Davis

undertowBilly Davis juxtaposes fluid and spontaneous mark-making with classically-rendered elements. Biomorphic forms give birth to human and animal anatomies, coherently interrelating the physical world and abstraction. The artist has said, “My work is a meditation”; indeed, an alembic for the eye, intellect and spirit, Davis’s work invites the viewer to engage with archaic histories, mythos and the occult realms. Billy was born in San Jose, California and took his B.A. in Painting from California College of the Arts. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. More of Billy’s work can be seen on his website, billydavismurals.com.

Bob Eames

Bob Eames is a designer based in London, England. Specializing in book design and graphic media, his work has been featured by a number of esoteric publishers, most recently including Xoanon Limited and Three Hands Press.

Raven Ebner

Raven Ebner is a professional traditional artist with a ‘surreal macabre’ style. Her background in science and philosophy informs and influences her work, which contains elements of anatomy, natural history, the macabre, sacred and symbolic geometry, architecture and ornamentation. Through art, she touches on issues of metaphysics, existentialism, death, mathematical archetypes, duality (the fact and the illusion), emotion, and our relationship as humans to other organisms, nature, and the universe. Her work may be seen at deathvine.com.

Madeline von Foerster

Madeline von Foerster uses a five century-old mixed technique of oil and egg tempera to create her unusual paintings, developed by the Flemish Renaissance Masters. Although linked stylistically to the past, her paintings are passionately relevant to the present, often addressing the human relationship to the imperiled natural world.  Her website is madelinevonfoerster.com.

 

Albin Grau

Albin Grau (1884-1971) studied at the Academy of Arts (Kunstakademie) in Dresden, Germany and founded the film studio Prana Film in 1921. He was art director for the film production of Nosferatu (directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau) and other UFA movies. As Frater Pacitius, he was head of the Berlin Pansophical Lodge, which the Fraternitas Saturni later emerged from. In 1925, Grau took part in the Weida Conference along with Aleister Crowley, Eugen Grosche (Gregor A. Greogorius) and Heinrich Tränker. Alongside his accomplishments in film, he expressed his creativity in the occult magazine Saturn-Gnosis, which was published by the Fraternitas Saturni under the direction of Gregor A. Gregorius.

Carolyn Hamilton-Giles

CHG1Carolyn Hamilton-Giles is an artist living in North Essex. Drawing from aspects of the “nightside” her depictions focus on the contorted human form and the imprinted presence of the metaphysical onto the physical. In the near future her artwork will be featured in The Afflicted Mirror, and The Baron Citadel: A Grimoire fo(u)r the Crossroads (Three Hands Press).

Richard A. Kirk

Flycatcher

Flycatcher

Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. Born in Kingston Upon Hull, England in 1962, he has lived in Canada most of his life, and exhibits work throughout North America and Europe, having works in many private collections throughout the world. Richard has illustrated numerous works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, and others. He works in a number of mediums including: pen and ink, silverpoint, watercolor, and oil; he also works with found materials. Richard’s work explores the liminal space between imagination and reality, creating an arena where protean forms challenge conventional aesthetic ideas. Recent works are concerned with the idea of worlds within worlds; dreams, stories and images that stretch like a hall of mirrors through human consciousness, and the tension between their significance within us, and their tenuousness in the non-human universe. His work may be seen at richardakirk.com.

John Kleckner

John Kleckner is an American artist living in Berlin, Germany. His artwork is featured in several prominent public & private collections including The Judith Rothschild Foundation Drawings Collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Magasin 3 Konsthalle in Stockholm, the Deste Foundation / Dakis Joannou Collection in Athens, and the Charles Saatchi Collection in London. Kleckner’s drawings and collages have been exhibited internationally at museums and institutions such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporains (CAPC) in Bordeaux, and the 1st Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece.

Brigid Marlin

Brigid MarlinBrigid Marlin was born in Washington, D.C.1936. She studied painting and scuulpture  in Dublin, Paris and New York.

In 1966 she went to Vienna to learn the ‘Mische’ technique, a process of painting which was the secret method of the Italian Renaissance painters, and revived after painstaking research by Professor Ernst Fuchs.

She has exhibited in one-man and group shows all over the world. Her illustrations and paintings are in many collections among them are; Ex-President Richard Nixon’s estate, Ann Oestreicher, Virginia H Rogers, J. Erdelac of General Motors, Mrs Stanley Kubrick, Lady Arran.

Museums which represent her work include; the National Portrait Gallery, the House of Lords, London,‘Bush House’, London (the home of the BBC.), the National Museum of American Illustrators, New York, and the Centre de Cultura de Barcelona, Spain. Her portraits include Cardinal George , P L Travers (author of “Mary Poppins) J G Ballard in the National Portrait Gallery, London, Lord Longford in the Art Collection of the House of Lords, London, Cecil Lewis, founder of the BBC in the BBC’s Headquarters Bush House, London, His Holiness the founteenth Dalai Lama, and her Majesty the Queen Mother of England.

Arantzazu Martinez

Arantzazu Martinez is an academic painter from Vitoria, Spain. She studied under Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier where she completed her training following the nineteenth century academic method. Evoking Romanticism and Symbolism, her artwork is held in private collections and in the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain.

Carlos Melgoza

an1Carlos Melgoza is the creative force behind Anima Nocturna, whose principal focus is to employ the photographic process as a magical act. Carlos has been involved in the myriad aspects of photography for 23 years. Born in Mexico, he is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and currently resides in Seattle,Washington. See animanocturna.com.

Mitchell Nolte

Mitchell Nolte is a freelance illustrator and artist located in Melbourne, Australia. His art and personal interests involve magick, mysticism, Thelema, Alchemy, dreams and fantasy. The imagery serves as a vehicle for many worlds and entities, such that the human spirit can birth with love, imagination and will.

 

Ilyas Phaizulline

IlyasIlyas Phaizulline was born August 15, 1950. After completing a musical-art-pedagogical secondary school in 1970, he attended the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg city. Ilyas is a Member of  The Union of Arts of Russia and Tatarstan Republic, and the Art Associations Internationale A.I.A.P. UNESCO. Ilyas lives and works from the city of Kazan, Russia.

Jamie Sweetman

Sweetman

The Art of Jamie Sweetman concerns the search for form in the complexity of nature. Her studies in human dissection and its fractal geometry have aided in this process, where similarities between the shapes inside the body and those in nature may be found. She attended UCLA, and then CSULB for an MFA.  She currently teaches Anatomy for Artists at CSULB and USC and Printmaking and Drawing at APU.

Hagen von Tulien

Hagen von Tulien is a German artist and occultist working in a variety of media including pen and ink, paper cut, collage and digital formats. His work draws upon Saturnian Gnosis and Esoteric Voudon. His first full length book Occult Psaligraphy: The Hidden Art of Papercuts, was published in 2013 by Ouroboros Press.

 

Benjamin Vierling

BVBVBenjamin Vierling’s images have appeared in a wide variety of occult and metaphysical contexts including illuminated horoscopes, album covers, and alchemical treatises. Employing the renaissance painting technique of mixing egg tempera and oil pigments, he currently works from his California atelier in a Gold Rush era convent. Specializing in mythical portraiture and Vanitas themes, his paintings are exhibited and collected internationally.

 


Volume 1

Tom Allen

Tom Allen

Tom Allen is an artist based in Los Angeles.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.  He has had solo exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, and Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne and Berlin.  He has been included in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Stockholm, Sweden, among others.  His work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as in numerous private collections.  He is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Studies In Art program at Art Center College of Design.

Jake Baddeley

Jake Baddeley was born in England, and after studying art in London he settled in the Netherlands, where he now works as anestablished artist, with regular exhibitions in Europe and the United States. His work is an exploration of myth, dream, and symbolism presented in a figurative style that owes as much to the old masters as it does to contemporary art. See jakebaddely.com.

James Dunk

James Dunk is an illustrator and production artist with long standing interest in the matters covered by this Journal. He currently resides in the central provinces of Canada.

Bob Eames

Bob Eames is a designer based in London, England. Specializing in book design and graphic media, his work has been featured by a number of esoteric publishers, most recently including Xoanon Limited and Three Hands Press.

Tomasz Allen Kopera

Allen Kopera

Tomasz Alen Kopera was born in Kozuchow, Poland in 1976. He attended the University of Technology in Wroclaw, where he gained a degree in Engineering. His allegorical and technically accomplished paintings are in oil on canvas; human nature and the mysteries of the Universe are his inspiration. Each painting motivates thought, challenging our initial response. Sometimes darkness will prevail, at other times, light. His canvases offer a glimpse into our perception of mortality as well as into the depths of Tomasz’s own mind. Since 2010 he has been a member of “Libellule Group” formed by Lucas Kandl. More of his work may be seen at alenkopera.com.

Mitchell Nolte

Mitchell Nolte is a freelance illustrator and artist located in Melbourne, Australia. His art and personal interests involve magick, mysticism, Thelema, Alchemy, dreams and fantasy. The imagery serves as a vehicle for many worlds and entities, such that the human spirit can birth with love, imagination and will.

Sasan

Sasan is a mixed media artist from Germany holding a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Ulster in Belfast. Apart from illustrations and graphic design, Sasan is also involved in tattooing and photograpy. More information can be found at sasanpix.com.

Rima Staines

Rima Staines

Rima Staines is an artist based in Dartmoor, United Kingdom. Darkly inspired by rural life and medieval iconology, her subject matter includes fairy tales, folklore and the grotesque. Her art may be seen at The Hermitage, and will also feature in future editions of Clavis Journal.

Ben Tolman

Ben Tolman lives and works in Washington, DC. He received his MFA from American University in 2012. He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally including being an exhibited finalist in the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Hagen von Tulien

Hagen von Tulien

Hagen von Tulien is a German artist and occultist working in a variety of media including pen and ink, paper cut, collage and digital formats. His work draws upon Saturnian Gnosis and Esoteric Voudon and has appeared in David Beth’s ’Voudon Gnosis’ (Fulgur 2010), ‘ATUA: Voices from La Société Voudon Gnostique’ (Fulgur 2011), ‘At the Crossroads’ (Scarlet Imprint 2012), and more.

 

Joseph Uccello

JUJoseph Uccello is wayfarer in the Codex Naturae, and has found much food for artistic creation in the works of the great Paracelsus. After years of hyper-detailed, laborious penwork, while living in China he discovered and embraced the traditional brush and ink stick. He practices the almost forgotten art of typography, has developed special techniques in letterpress printing, and is an award-winning book designer. He currently runs the Viatorium Press.

 

Benjamin Vierling

Benjamin Vierling

Benjamin Vierling’s images have appeared in a wide variety of occult and metaphysical contexts including illuminated horoscopes, album covers, and alchemical treatises. Employing the renaissance painting technique of mixing egg tempera and oil pigments, he currently works from his California atelier in a Gold Rush era convent. Specializing in mythical portraiture and Vanitas themes, his paintings are exhibited and collected internationally.