Archive for the 2005 Artists Category

October 2005 – B.I.

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Philadelphia Artist, B.I.


Artist’s Reception & Silent Auction for Hurrican Relief-
Friday October 14th, 7-9pm

B.I.’s show, “An Introductory Farewell to B.I.: sensory moments in a transitional homage to life and death”
is a glimpse into the mystery & evolution of selves. It is a sensory event composed of paintings, soundscapes, sculpture, and other edible works of art.

B.I.’s paintings are both vibrant and somber, with ethereal and “other world” qualities, reflecting the circle of life and death.

During our free art reception this month, B.I. will be conducting a silent auction of 9 of his paintings. The paintings will go to the highest bidder this night and 100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to hurricane relief in the gulf coast region. This special fund raising auction is one night only, Friday, October 14, 7pm-9pm.

B.I.’s work may be viewed and purchased throughout the entire month of October.

Regular Gallery hours: Every Sunday, 2pm-6pm


September 2005 – Gregory R. Killam

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan

Gregory R. Killam
Artist’s Reception- Friday September 9th, 7-9pm

“Slap Happy: The Pleasure/Pain Dichotomy as Object and Concept”

An exhibit of handmade wood implements combined with prose

An exhibit of handmade wood implements combined with prose


An exhibit of handcrafted wood implements and the art of the written word.

As an outsider artist, Greg Killam feels that the strongest influence in art and science is an open exchange of ideas; that discussing concepts old and new with a wide array of individuals is the best way to be productive. He maintains that this is vital now that fundamentalism is being used as a tool to shape social attitudes. “As far as my life, I’ve been fairly windblown in my circumstances. Things can change so drastically that it’s important to take it all as an influence.”

Greg’s art focuses primarily on abstract painting, woodcraft, and written word. Yet there is an odd gap between his functional works and his works that are more abstract and esoteric. “That’s because of a dichotomy within ourselves. What we think and what we achieve are not opposites. Our philosophies are just as important as our behaviors.”

He holds a degree in psychology and an M.ed. as well as several professional certifications. Artistically, he is self-taught, however he has had some formal study. Currently, he is working on three books which he is hoping to publish soon, and, of course, more paddles.


July and August 2005 LC Jr and Brian Mackey

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Photographic explorations of forbidden fantasy

Photographic explorations of forbidden fantasy

L.C. JR and Brian Mackey
Artist’s Reception- Friday July 8th, 7-9pm

“Good Luck in Hell”

Purgatory has never been so much fun!

Misfit Studios presents GOOD LUCK IN HELL, the collection of images, many of which appear both in the book by the same title, is an interesting mix of fine art nudes, fetish, and bondage prints.

L.C. JR will be available to sign his new book during the opening reception which will also be available at Passional.

Brian Mackey’s work will also be on display. Best described as dark and moody, much like the artist himself. His photographs are the “Honest Truth” whether good, bad, or indifferent. While they border on fetish, they are a mix of fine art nudes with a fetish feel and tone. His lack of elaborate sets and costuming, force the viewer to look at and appreciate the women he works with.

This is not the first time these two gentlemen have shown their work off together, nor will it be the last. They often work with the same models and locations. It is interesting how each view the world of erotica through their lenses. This show should not be missed.

June 2005 – Matt Verbinnen

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Just one of nine lush paintings in this exhibit

Just one of nine lush paintings in this exhibit

Artist’s Reception- Friday June 10th, 7-9pm

“Erotic on Pride”

Born to artist parents, Matt has long had a passion for art but it is only recently that his life journey has led him to pursue this passion seriously. Primarily a portrait and figure artist, Matt will join in this years Pride celebration with his first ever solo showing of selected erotic works.

Educated in Boston, Matt and his partner of 25 years moved to Philadelphia three years ago and subsequently opened a private art studio. It is here that Matt has been able to indulge most of his creative vigor, producing a flurry of work in oil as well as paper (a technique referred to as “Chinese paper cuts”.

In addition to these works, Matt has commissioned art pieces now hanging in private homes throughout the northeast. Matt also designed the logo design for the “Society Organized Against Racism in Higher Education” and several graphic art pieces for Community Change in Boston, Brown University

April 2005- Jayne Levy Polis

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Jaynes work featurs sexy portraits of middle aged folks

Jayne's work featurs sexy portraits of middle aged folks

Jaynee Levy-Polis
Artist’s Reception- Friday April 8th, 7-9pm

“Deviant Sexual Expressions”

Jaynee Levy-Polis is a classically trained artist with a BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and an M.Ed. She has been exhibiting her paintings since 1968.  Her work has been included in many galleries and exhibits, including the Tom of Finland Show, The Male Ego, ALMA, B-Square, Reset, Tzigane Invitational Exhibit at the Resurgam Gallery in Baltimore, and the High Wire Gallery, Synapses Gallery, Fetishes Gallery (now Aphrodite Gallery), CCC Gallery, The Art Place, DiVinci Art Alliance, Aslan Gallery and Ebullience Gallery, all in Philadelphia, Pa. She teaches Erotic Art for Behind The Scenes. On-line, she is featured on About.Com’s New York East Village exhibit, Gender Blur, Sabine, Art Commentary Magazine, LibidoArt’s Classic Gallery and many others. Her work is part of the Tom of Finland Permanent Exhibit in Los Angeles.  Jaynee was February’s Philly Art World’s Artist of the Month and the Philadelphia City Paper’s Critic’s Choice for her exhibit in November 1999 at the Fetishes Art Gallery (now Aphrodite Gallery). She was awarded the Hannah Price Award in 1994, the Elizabeth Simon Purchase Prize 1988, and the Griff Award in 2001.

ISince I was eight years old, I have wanted to paint.  I started art classes at 13 and never stopped.   I believe each person possesses a unique response to life and that it can be expressed in many ways, one of which is Art.  My creative method is to allow whatever I feel to rise to the surface and be expressed in my artwork.  I watch the painting form and coalesce on the canvas.  Without consciously drawing and designing, I paint in a kind of a trance. What seems to have emerged is a journal through painting of my life, emotions, and experiences. For about three years, I have focused on erotic nudes pursuing their fantasies.  Whatever I do, whether it’s from life or from my imagination, I want to have fun with it. I enjoy the excitement of creating art, and look forward to going wherever it leads me.  My painting is my personal adventure, my contribution to the world and what makes my life interesting.


March 2005 – Photos by Steven Speliotis

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Black and White Photos

Black and White Photos

Asia Bondage
Steven will be showing selected works from his photography book, titled Asia Bondage. Asia Bondage was named one of the Best Books of 2002 by Michelle7 Fine Art Nude Gallery and Speliotis’ “bondage” series has already been exhibited in solo shows in New York, Boston, Berlin and Italy.

Steven Speliotis first became recognized as a professional photographer in Boston, MA where his early photographs of dance & portraiture were exhibited in several juried shows winning him much acclaim.

Speliotis has trained in ballet, modern dance, yoga & sculpting as well as apprenticed his mentor, the late renowned dance/celebrity photographer Kenn Duncan. Upon Duncan’s death in 1986, Speliotis moved to New York City to continue the Duncan legacy.

Speliotis is a freelance portrait photographer for the performing arts in New York City, London & Japan. His client base includes: New York & L.A. talent agencies, book publishers, magazines, record labels, designers, publicists & dance companies.

Photographs by Speliotis have been collected, exhibited and published widely: AMICA, LIFE, TIME, the New York Times, L.A.Times, the VILLAGE VOICE, Art in America, HAWAII, TORONTO, BOSTON & TAIWAN Magazine, DANCE Magazine, PLAYBILL and Exercise For Men Only.

February 2005 – Mina Smith Segal

Posted in 2005 Artists on May 22, 2009 by Kali Morgan
Romantic watercolors
Artist’s Reception- Friday February 11th, 7-9pm

To Paint the Nude:
The Challenge and the Obsession

Mina is a professional artist who specializes in the challenging medium of watercolor. And she prefers the equally challenging subject, the nude, because of the complexity of human anatomy.

“I discipline myself to truly use my eyes and mind to see the innumerable changes in light and color on the life model. These intense observations are then transformed into my distinctive and sensitive expression of both male and female. I consider my paintings to be a real portrayal of the most beautiful form in nature: The Nude.”

In addition to Mina’s careers in art and art education, she is a founding member of the Philadelphia Area Plein Air Painters formerly know as Urban Painting Partners of Philadelphia.