The work represented at A.Space showcases the inspired talents of extraordinary artists across a variety of creative mediums, including oils, acrylics, glass, bronze, steel, stone and more. Learn more about each artist and their individual expressions below.
Bella Bigsby works primarily in oil, as well as watercolour, acrylic, and pen and ink. Originally from Norfolk, England, Bella is now a resident of Oakland, California. She has been exhibiting her work in the Bay Area and across the U.S. and U.K. for the past 15 years.
Bronle is an abstract realist painter who lives and works in San Diego, CA. Her artistic goal is to invoke calm and contemplation. She paints transitions: close-ups of movement in the natural world, in subtle colors and painterly detail. r and is on the executive board of ArtReach San Diego. She is married and has two children.
Gino Hollander (1924 – August 27, 2015) was a self-taught American painter who began painting in New York City during the abstract expressionist movement. His paintings sold to the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Steve McQueen, Norman Rockwell, and Ralph Lauren.
A prolific painter, Gino’s work was honest and emotional; he painted for himself. He had no desire to engage in a dialogue with the viewer. He believed it was for him to paint, and for the viewer to view. He refused to title his paintings because he has no stories to tell. To him, “there is nothing verbal about a canvas. A painting is simply one way to express a feeling and feelings can only be made less if they are talked to death.”
Siri Hollander was born in New York in 1959 and lived most of her childhood in Andalusia, Spain. Influenced by a family of artists, she began sculpting at the age of seventeen. Seemingly isolated from normalcy, Siri established a connection with the horses and other animals that surrounded her in her youth. By apprenticing with several accomplished sculptors both in America and Spain, she developed her own sculptural form based on her unique subjects, horses and figurative forms.
Siri’s sculptural medium combines steel and cement, creating her trademarked texture which, when cast in bronze, brings her sculptures to life. She has become a master of three-dimensional images of horses. Siri’s self-taught process constructs the sculptures with no sketches or maquettes, working directly with steel and recycled metal to combine realism and abstraction, emphasizing the rough essence of the subject.
Ann Hollingsworth is a working artist in the Bay Area of California, where she makes sculptures in a combination of materials, often reclaimed from construction materials. She studied glass making at California College of the Arts from 2000 until 2005, receiving a degree in sculpture. Additional studies were done at Corning Glass Museum, Pilchuck Glass School, Kala Institute as an artist in residence and at American Indian Art Institute in Santa Fe New Mexico .
Dinah Cross James
Dinah Cross James is considered to have a “good sense of expressing the subconscious.” A graduate of Mills College, for over 30 years Dinah’s work is admired throughout the country in galleries, public and private collections, national magazine covers, and books. She is energized by working in different techniques and uses oil, monotype, watercolor, drawing and acrylic.
Dinah’s life experiences and love of travel have stimulated a diverse body of work. An accomplished pianist, avid tennis player, and art instructor, Dinah now resides in Napa Valley, California, where she continues to explore her inner world of abstract imagery.
Laura Morton was born and raised in Omaha, and spent more than twenty years living in the Midwest. She studied at the Colorado College, Doane College, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska, Joslyn Art Museum, and the University of Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Art.
Laura’s love of nature and art moved her into the varied mediums of drawing, printmaking, photography, watercolor, metalworking and enameling, batik, embroidery and quilting, etched and stained glass, and ceramics. Today, Laura mostly works on etchings, etching collages, monotypes, and watercolor paintings. Her etchings range from miniature to large, from delicate and detailed to bold and powerful.
Stephanie Paige has been captivated by all things creative her entire life as she was born into an extremely talented family of painters, writers, musicians and craftsmen. Stephanie began painting abstracts as a young adult and started selling her paintings to private collectors. In 1990, she moved to Southern California, establishing herself as a freelance artist and illustrator. Stephanie created murals and artistic finishes full time for private and commercial clients for 15 years. Inspired by her discovery of Buddhism, the artist creating her current Abstract Mixed Media Collection in 2008, finding an even deeper meaning to her work.
Today, Stephanie is a well-established contemporary artist, working full time in her home studio where she continues to hone her craft. Stephanie is represented by several galleries across the country and her abstract paintings have found homes with private art collectors around the world.
Alison Haley Paul
Alison Haley Paul is a contemporary painter of lavishly textured landscapes full of nuanced color.
Alison grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and majored in Art and Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. There she studied ceramics with Byron Temple, a disciple of Bernard Leach, and design with sculptor David Lee Brown. After earning a BA in Interior Design at the Design Institute in San Diego and many years as a successful interior designer she has now returned to her studio full time. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums, solo shows, and public and private collections worldwide.
Originally a clinical psychologist, Patricia Qualls is a Monterey Peninsula artist whose mind is a rare blend of art and science. Patricia began painting as a creative outlet, expressing herself with a love of gestural painting. Soon, her creative outlet became an obsession, and she decided to leave her practice to pursue art full time. In true scientific fashion, Patricia approaches each painting as an experiment, and, in true artistic freedom, she has no expectations for the outcome.
Whether it is serene abstract landscapes or vibrant works full of energy, each of Patricia’s paintings offer a glimpse into her thoughts and emotions: a glimpse that often resonates with her collectors around the world.
Ron Richmond is fascinated with symbolism both in subject matter and in form. He has exhibited his paintings in galleries and museums in major cities including New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, and London. His work is collected by museums, corporations, and by many private individuals. He was commissioned by Utah State University to paint a mural that hangs in the Bingham Research Center in Vernal.
Richmond received M.F.A. and B.F.A. degrees from Brigham Young University. He has worked as a professional artist for 20 years. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and currently lives in a small town in central Utah.
A product of bicultural life, Yucali was born and raised in Japan but has spent much of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. After her childhood and youth in the beautiful mountain region of Nagano and studying in Tokyo, she came to California to study and obtained a degree in Practice of Art from UC Berkeley (with a minor in American Literature) with the departmental citation. In the years following, she also lived in Paris, and traveled throughout Europe and Asia.
A rare mentorship under the artist/teacher, Jane Rosen, whom she has studied since their meeting in Berkeley, has further honed Yucali’s passion to discover and understand the truthful meanings of life through art making.