LuminArte Gallery presents: Muse

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LuminArte Gallery presents: Muse
Curated by: Matt Anzak

1727 E. Levee Street
75207 Dallas

May 3rd, 2014 - June 7th, 2014

Other (outside areas listed)
Thursday - Saturday 1-5:00pm and by Appointment
painting, figurative, digital, video-art, drawing, photography, mixed-media, installation, performance


LuminArte Gallery presents “Muse,” featuring numerous Texas based artists, including Michael Pavlovsky, John Milton, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Jim Lively, Matt Anzak, Jonathan Davis, Toni Martin, Aralyn McGregor, Julia Pappas, Corrie Jorns, Cathy Shepherd, Stephen Hartzler and Jessica Manheim, as well as fashion designs by Mario A. Gallegos Jr., performance art by Lauren Stout and new media installations by Joel Sampson. Regional talent like Matt Jeppsen, Ray Ferrer, Bronwyn Towle and Mia Tyler will also be showcased alongside international artists Viktorija Bulava, Victor Frankowski, Esther Wertheimer, He Si'en, Luba Muravyeva and Nicolantonio Mucciaccia. This intriguing multimedia exhibition runs through June 7th, with an opening reception on May 3rd from 7-10pm; and many artists will be in attendance. The reception is free and open to the public, ages 18 and up.


“Muse” is the manifestation of inspiration. The artist is a conduit to something universal, to a collective unconscious insight that reflects culture, society and subjectivity simultaneously; yet the artist needs a focus, a revelation. In ancient Greece, the Muses were the personification of knowledge and of the arts; and the invocation of the Muse was an indication that the artist was reaching beyond him or herself for divine illumination. In this way, the artist transcends ego and expectation; but the Muse is the cue to initiate this rite of expression.


North Texas portrait painter, Jonathan Davis demonstrates his inherent artistic talent and natural eye for detail in each bewitching composition. Inspired by the women he has had the pleasure of knowing, and by the conspiracies of man and the occult, Jonathan’s artwork depicts a refined perspective of femininity and inner beauty. Each work is a meaningful representation of Mother Nature's most mesmerizing and persecuted creations in a somewhat mythological context, as an attempt to alter the perception of our forgotten reality.

Viktorija Bulava was born into an artistic family in Riga, Latvia, during the period of Soviet rule.  Early on, Viktorija was identified as a child prodigy; at age 12, she began formal art studies at the Rosentals School of Art in Riga and was selected for her first solo art exhibit soon afterwards. Her fine arts training in Riga culminated in a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Academy of Latvia; and as “Best Graduate of 1996,” she received the Sipolins Foundation grant, which included a trip to the US for a one-woman show at the Latvian Cultural Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Today, she lives and paints in Sarasota; yet Viktorija’s classical training and Eastern European background illustrate a blending of the Western influenced Art Nouveau style of Riga, the “Little Paris of the Thirties,” with post-World War II Soviet realism.

Dallas based artist, Joel Sampson combines visual art with electronics, while incorporating musical elements and LED lighting to create elaborative kinetic sculptures and new media installations. Sampson has exhibited extensively in Texas and the Southwest; and his artwork has been included in public and private collections including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Victor Frankowski is a London based documentary photographer. Born in Poland, Victor relocated to Australia, where he studied at the Sydney Collage of Art and started his photography career. After deciding to move back to Europe, where he settled in London in 2007, Victor’s transition from commercial photography to fine art photography enabled him to develop a visual language, which runs throughout his work. Though his photography is centered on popular culture, it explores themes of personal memory as well as a subject’s relationship with the camera. Having started as a social photographer during a time when people’s interaction and exposure to online images started to peak, a key aspect of his work has been to capture the energy and palpable reality of people’s emotions. 

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