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TJ Bavelas is a painter and artist based in in New York City. Originally a musician, Bavelas found solace in the arts.
A love for the impressionists Monet, Degas, Matisse, Seurat, and van Gogh sparked a desire to learn the trade. Drawing inspiration from masters such as Pollock, Kline, Rothko, and the Kooning's, Bavelas feels at home in the style of abstract expressionism. Fascinated by the concept of automatic art practiced by Pollock and surrealist automatism portrayed by Arp, Masson, and Breton, the art of Bavelas seeks to capture the abstract act of art rather than it's physical product. To this end, he continues exploring outliers of style in order to better understand himself and the world around him.
With a strong intrinsic interest in sustainability and minimalism, TJ enjoys reusing certain materials in his artwork. Recycling used/old bar coasters, menus, as well as other objects and re-purposing them as canvases/mediums enables him to incorporate this mission into his work.
Born in Moscow, Alexander Khomsky started to paint at an early age, first taking art classes where he painted mostly from nature in watercolor, and later studying under the most famous art professors in the capital city. He is a graduate of Russia’s world-renowned Stroganoff Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts (Moscow) from which he received a MFA.
After the completion of his formal training, Alex worked as an Interior Designer and Mural Artist for decorative art shops of the Russian Federation Art Fund, continuing to master his technique. He developed an interest in modern contemporary art and was accepted in the prestigious Union of Graphic Artists, an alternative organization which supported new art, as well as vanguard and underground artists, whose work was more difficult to promote during communist-era Russia. Through the Union Alex had the opportunity to show his work in the West at shows sponsored by a variety of art institutions and galleries in Moscow and around Europe.