New American Paintings

Juror’s Selections

The following section is presented in alphabetical order.

Biographical information has been edited.

Prices for available work may be found on p176.

Henry Gabriel Anker

Brooklyn, NY

b. 1995 Fayetteville, AR


2020 MFA candidate, Columbia University, New York, NY

2017 BA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

My paintings are abstract allegorical landscapes of interwoven visual and narrative symbols. These symbols do not function as citational didactics but as enigmatic narrative projections. With each painting pointing back to the ones that preceded it, I am in conversation with the past. I mine utopian theory for inquiries into alchemy, movement, gender, and color:

–Ernst Bloch’s pitcher with “alchemical eyes of a forest spirit”

–Ivan Chtcheglov’s Situationist house, its movements corresponding to natural, celestial patterns

–Charles Fourier’s queer future of androgynous plants and lovesick philosophers bathing under a six-moon sky

–Walter Benjamin’s dreamed rainbow of unseen colors

They vibrate and hum in an airy landscape made by a frenetic hand.

Anker | Columbia University

Diana Antohe

Richmond, VA

b. 1992 Galati, Romania


2019 MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2014 BFA, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX


2017 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2016 London Summer Intensive: Camden Arts Centre and Slade School of Fine Art, London, England

Group Exhibitions

2018 I Had a Flashback of Something That Never Existed, The John Marshall, Richmond, VA

Vignette Art Fair, The Women’s Museum, Dallas, TX

Emerge, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2016 London Summer Intensive, Camden Arts Centre, London, England


2018-19 Virginia Commonwealth University Arts Graduate Research Grant

2018 E. I. Kirkland Award

2017-18 VCUarts Painting and Printmaking Graduate Teaching Assistantship

2017 Mercedes Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award: Künstlerhaus Bethanien Funded Residency The Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award, Dallas Museum of Art


2018 “Textile Legacy: Diana Antohe,” Be Magazine, #25

2017 “Holding Pattern: Volume One,” DADE Press

My practice explores the identity of the in-between, the overlap in the Venn diagram of two cultures. As a Romanian-born, US-raised artist, I want to preserve and broadcast links to the cultures of my upbringing and birthplace. My understanding and experience of Romania has always been defined by my family. In the wake of my last grandparent’s death, the relationship becomes unclear. In my attempts to ground and define my own identity, I look to my parents and grandparents for cues on how they made a home for themselves wherever they went, reflecting their experiences with voluntary and involuntary displacement.

I use materials that served us as portable points of connection and placeholders, easily sent through the mail or the suitcases of other immigrants—primarily drawing, painting, and sewing on textiles and paper. Weaving information shared by generations of my family within the historical and pop-culture climates of Romania and the United States, I intend to embody what I was taught: home is made by the sharing of stories and the familial value of care of others.

Antohe | Virginia Commonwealth University

Mel Arzamarski

Tulsa, OK


b. 1990 Westerly, RI


2019 MFA, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2016 BFA, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

Group Exhibitions

2019 You Look down in the Basement, I’ll Look up in the Attic, Alexandre Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2016 John Stobart Fellowship Recipient Exhibition, Gallery at Firehouse Square, New London, CT


2016 The John Stobart Foundation Fellowship

Trompe l’oeil, fiction, and surrealism are the major influences on my work. When you believe in a trompe l’oeil painting, you are believing in nothing, and when that moment is broken, reality is questioned. This, in part, is the genre’s connection to surrealism. The play between the real and the unreal. Where there is an opportunity to question reality there is also an opportunity for the viewer to question themselves. Fiction plays at this slippage of reality. In a work of fiction, reality is concentrated. It is not naturalistic. All of the boring bits are cut out, and events unfold in rapid succession. What the reader is left with is the occasion to come to new understandings about reality in the work of fiction. The paintings offer the viewer parts that they, in turn, complete with their own experience.

Arzamarski | The University of Tulsa

Alexander Atkinson

Baton Rouge, LA


b. 1985 Saint John, Canada


2021 MFA candidate, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2015-18 Art Students League, New York, NY

2016 Repin Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

2015-16 Grand Central Atelier, New York, NY

2009 BFA, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC


2018 Brickspace, Charleston, WV

Professional Experience

2018 Lecture, “Local Colour in Russia,” Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Group Exhibitions

2018 Disclosure, Foster Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

Concours, Art Students League, New York, NY

2017 Printmaking, Lewandowski Gallery, Rock Hill, SC

2016 Spring Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Portraits of Self as, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

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