gregory forstner

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I am privileged to know Greg. An accomplished painter his works are frequently exhibited around the world. A Brooklyite with a studio in Bushwick and an apt in Bed Stuy he was born in the Cameroon to French and Austrian parents. As a child he appeared in "The Big Blue" the cult diving movie directed by Luc Besson. He is a free spirit on the waves of time. He makes me laugh and think with his paintings. I have been to his studio. The first thing that strikes you is the enormity of his paintings. The physical and narrative.

Greg studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Villa Arson in Nice and The Academy of Fine Arts in Paris he also studied at my school of cooking a full Irish breakfast and passed with honors. 

Some of his painting can be seen below. For more info click here

 

natalie travato

Local artist Nathalie Trovato who was born in Southern France works in printmaking (etchings and lino-cuts), she has recently created a number of playful and poetic images where  the use of paper and scissors came as an evidence to translate her enchanted minimalist approach to drawing. These books were recently published by Home Grown Books.

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After many years traveling around the world, she finally chose to settle down in Brooklyn with her family. Although she speaks 5 languages, she is essentially a visual translator eager to invent new connections between words and images.

She has collaborated with a number of publishers such as Esperluète, Passage Piétons, Donner à voir and has illustrated texts by classic authors Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Anouilh, as well as contemporary writers Sophie Braganti, Patrick Joquel and Maud Franklin. Her work was showed at Cork Printmakers - Ireland, Muriel Guépin Gallery - Brooklyn, NY, The Bronx Blue Bedroom project - NY, and Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice, France, etc.

 

During the New York launch of the book "Le Taxi" by Maud Franklin in 2010, her drawings were exhibited at Book Court, Greenlight and Rizzolis' bookstore in New York City.

Samples of Nathalie Trovato's work are below.  Also visit her site here.

 

elaine

Nothing inspires me more than people.

One could contend that all we leave behind is a sense of who we are to others. Its safe to say we remember the people that brighten our life.

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Elaine is one of those people. Every time I see her, as I add to my waist line at Choice, she has a smile.

Through thick & thin. Through rain & shine. She is an incredible woman & mother to her sons whom you see from time to time and who are always impeccably dressed and impeccably mannered.

I caught her the other morning looking so chic in her improvised head ware and twisted her arm to let me take this picture.