Watching Swallows by Owen Normand

Watching Swallows. Oil on Wood. 9.7 H x 15.7 W x 0.1 in

In Watching Swallows by German artist Owen Normand, a girl in a bright orange shirt pulled over a light blue dress, dangles her feet in the water of a swimming pool on a sunny day, apparently absorbed in watching the sun’s light reflected and refracted in the pool’s water, like little swallows dancing in the air. Her sandals lay beside her.

The painting is one of a series entitled Slivers and Inklings, which the painter describes as “based around the idea of searching the sense of mystery that we lose as we grow older and, sometimes more cynical.”

Part of the Crowd by Edith Torony

Acrylic, Oil, Spray Paint on Canvas. 47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 in

Romanian artist Edith Torony creates richly textured abstracts composed of what are only nearly recognizable components. In Part of the Crowd, small figures are scattered within a dirty, crowded circle, one half of which is in darkness, and the other bathed in a dirty ochre. Given the title of the piece, the elements within it, and the utter lack of green or blue, one is tempted to see here a grim depiction of the our planet, either in its current or future ecological state. Regardless of the interpretation, the painting elicits a feeling of discord and claustrophobia.