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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Hunter Eddy










Hunter Eddy began his studies at the Art Institute of Boston winning the Excellence in Illustration Award in 1990.
After years of searching, he found The Florence Academy of Art, and joined the student body in 1996.
In 1998, Hunter became an instructor, and is currently a Director in the Painting Program.
He has participated in numerous group shows, and his work is in private collections in Italy and the United States.










Frøydis Aarseth





Frøydis Aarseth has always known what she wanted in life and that was to live a life as a classical painter. Not only to paint paintings that are beautiful to look at, but also to convey a deeper importance that will give the viewer something more than only aesthetics.

Frøydis has been a student of The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Here she got an education in classical drawing and painting. She also studied anatomy, ecorce under teacher Andrew Ameral. After three years at the academy she continued her studies as an apprentice under Odd Nerdrum.









Frøydis Aarseth is concerned that every painting should tell a story, as in the painting " Mr.Priklopil is coming ". This is a painting of Natascha Kampusch, the girl who was kidnapped and held prisoner by Wolfgang Priklopil for 8 years. She was trapped in a custom-made prison, in a basement. The only light she saw for a long period was the light that blinded her eyes when Priklopil opened the metal door to enter the room.

Frøydis also paints still life's, portraits and landscapes, she paints from live models and her landscapes are painted plein air.

Rupert Alexander




"When I first saw the work of Rupert Alexander I was put in mind of the great 17th century portrait painters - artists who presented an utterly compelling interpretation of their subject through the use of expressive contrasts of light and shade. Like them, Alexander presents his subject with dignity, in a quiet and introspective way, inviting us to reflect on the personality of the sitter. But while in this, and in their high level of technical accomplishment, his paintings recall a former age, Alexander is an artist of his times. His subjects, shown with minimal personal adornment, are bathed in a silvery light, and his work has an elegant simplicity, conveyed through restrained tones and harmonies, all of which places it very much in the here and now.
It is not hard to understand why his paintings are so widely collected and praised. His work evokes a very striking yet intimate immediacy of the sitter, revealing a nuanced insight into the individual human psyche, and the cool, expertly handled brush he wields creates a wonderful antidote to the brash, bellowing world which at present seems to surround us."

William Newton, writer and critic
Born in London in 1975, Alexander studied at Chelsea College of Art, The Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil Studios. He has painted the portraits of many prominent figures in Britain, and when, at the age of 23, he painted HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh he became the youngest artist to paint the British Royal Family since the 18th century. His portrait of the Queen in particular garnered widespread press attention and critical acclaim (click here for press), and his work hangs in public and private collections worldwide. He lives with his wife, Naomi, in London.









Nick Alm




Nick Alm started out as an illustrator in 1999, but changed course when he discovered the joy of painting. In 2007 he got accepted to the Florence Academy of Art to study the figure from life in the classical manner. Here he also became a teaching assistant. After graduation Nick received a scholarship to join The Hudson River Fellowship to paint landscapes. During the stay he also explored the great art museums in New York City. A big part of 2011 was spent together with Odd Nerdrum in Norway and France before moving back to Sweden.






Artist´s statement

What I aim for as a painter is to make my artwork vibrant with life. The human figure has always been at the center of my work which I try to capture with a great sense of light, atmosphere and texture. I prefer to work directly from life instead of using a camera. A photograph is just an interpretation of life that lacks the subtle colour and value shifts and the interesting changes in nature. Instead of copying the object in front of me, I simplify, rearrange and add my own vision.

My main source of inspiration comes from the contemporary world around me. I aim to communicate what is inherently and universally human, transcending cultural codes and specific trends. I interpret whatever awakens me to something extra in my surroundings, from the context itself to the details, the psychological tension between people, a state of mind, a mood or an opportunity to express painterly joy. It's not my goal to criticize or change society; instead my work addresses itself primarily to the inner world of the individual. Hopefully my work will offer the viewer a break from everyday life, evoking a sense of recognition that leads to a moment of reflection, or perhaps inciting a creative urge.

Education

2007-2010 Florence Academy of Art - Mölndal/Florence, Sweden/Italy
2006-2007 KV Konstskola - Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 Den digitala bildens estetik - Gothenburg, Sweden
2001-2004 Arts Programme (Senior Highschool) - Nässjö, Sweden










Jussi Pöyhönen





Jussi Pöyhönen was born in Uusikaupunki, Finland in 1975. In 1998, he enrolled in the Master’s program at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. As part of his practical studies, he spent two years studying classical drawing and painting in Italy at The Florence Academy of Art. In the summer 2004, he was able to spend some time with Odd Nedrum, observing his way of painting. Though he has studied European 19th century academic traditions and been influenced by Russian 19th academics, he is recently going more towards the impressionistic way of painting, with an emphasis on light, air and colour. Jussi Pöyhönen is currently living and working in Finland.













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