#TwitterArtExhibit utilizes social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations. In the past, #TwitterArtExhibit has generated funds for a library suffering from deep funding cuts to purchase much-needed children’s books, for an abused women’s shelter seeking to improve the lives of the families they serve, and for an arts organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts.
Artists worldwide donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to the TAE
TwitterArtExhibit organizes a local, physical showcasing of the art.
The public is invited to buy the art at an affordable, flat price.
This provides artists with new exhibition opportunities, new audiences and benefactors, and appeals to art enthusiasts all over the world.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Debanjana Bhattacharjee moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2015 from Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Mumbai and has a post-graduate diploma in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art History from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, Debanjana’s artistic practices are a blend of her Indian and western aesthetic sensibilities.
In 2015 Debanjana was recognized with a proclamation from the Mayor of Edinburg, Texas for her artistic (painting & sculpting) achievements.
A self-taught artist, Debanjana enjoys working with acrylics; the quick drying medium helps her with the intuitive expressionist style of work. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has participated in many a juried shows and has won awards.
She believes the desire to create and express is part of her everyday art making practice. Currently Debanjana is exploring South Carolina through En plein air and wants to bring forth a dialogue between nature and self.
Debanjana is a member of Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild of Myrtle Beach and is Board of Director of Seacoast Artists Guild of Myrtle Beach. She is represented by Seacoast Artists Gallery and William H.Miller Fine Art Studios in Myrtle Beach.
“Poetic abstraction rendered with innovative and masterful technique” Is how Hal Walter, collector, Australia, describes Sam’s work.
Sam Banister was born in East Africa, moving to the UK as a toddler. Her first degree is in Russian where she studied and got stuck after losing her visa back in the early 1980s when the Soviet Union as it was then known was still under communist rule. She is married with one daughter.
Sam is a mixed-media artist living and working from her studio on the banks of Loch Maree. Although stunningly beautiful, she has a love-hate relationship with the Highlands; she finds its bleakness and isolation both compelling and forceful and spends way too many hours driving up and down the A9 escaping.
Her work is predominantly abstract with a passion for the minutiae rather than the whole, finding a landscape within the landscape. Her objective is to find a way of mark-making to build a language and encourage a dialogue between the viewer, her work and nature. Latterly she has been experimenting with beeswax and encaustic enabling her to push the boundaries to manipulate and sculpt the paper so that it ripples and dances off the wall, interacting with light and shadow.
Sam has a passion for travel and has recently returned from a life-changing trip to Antartica and is seriously thinking of decamping after tae19. She has taken part in the Twitter Art Exhibit since 2014.
Sam is represented by Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh.
Australian born Visual Artist, Kylie Fogarty lives in Canberra with her husband and family.
A lifelong artist, Kylie’s education began as soon as she could hold a pencil and make a mark on a piece of paper. Continuing to observe and create, refining her skills as each opportunity arises, she has had the pleasure to attend workshops with esteemed artists Sue Taylor – Archibald Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize and Walkom-Manning Art Prize Winner, Jo Hollier – Printmaker and Artist; Cees Schleidrecht; Geoff Ginn and Glenda Charles, previously from the Charles Ginn Gallery, Brisbane, among others.
This adoration of drawing has provided a solid anchor for her creative process, which has now been extended to include the exploration of her subject of inspiration via printmaking and painting using a diverse range of mediums. Her art features landscapes, cloud formations, coastal scenes, narrative moments of time, portraits, flora, and fauna.
Enjoying collaborations with fellow creatives, Kylie has worked alongside Authors, Poets, and Charities, resulting in published works, such as a Book of Pictured Poetry, and Children’s Picture Books.
A full time practicing artist, Kylie’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally through numerous exhibitions. She is represented in Galleries throughout Australia with her works being held in public and private art collections worldwide. Her intaglio etchings, Brushtail Possum (2013) and Foraging Kiwi (2015) are now permanently archived in the National Gallery of Australia, with the Animalia Print Exchange.
Kylie first participated in the Twitter Art Exhibit in 2012.
Cat Salter-Smith was born in Dorset, UK in 1964 and grew up in Europe in Brussels, Belgium for 10 years and attended Wits University in South Africa in the early ’80s where she studied for a BA in Fine Art, English and Art History. She is married with two daughters.
Cat retrained in Horticulture and Garden Design 14 years ago, and runs her own garden design practice in Worcestershire as well as lecturing in design for the RHS.
Her style of painting is contemporary realism and all her still life paintings are imbued with bright light, reflections, and deep shadows. She also enjoys coastal scenes and has just recently begun doing portraiture.
In 2017, Cat entered a portrait into The BP Portrait Award held at the National Portrait Gallery in London and was ‘long-listed’ from 2500 entries to the second stage of over 400. Unfortunately, the painting did not make the cut to the final short-list of 53.
She has taken part in all of the Twitter Art Exhibits since it's inception.
Isha Setia was born in India, moved around the US and now lives and works in New York. She started young at the age of 4 in sketching, discovered charcoal, moved to acrylic and now works primarily in oil using warm and vivid colors. Moving to New York inspired her to capture moments using a fixed lens of an iPhone and then gradually moving to Sony A7.
Photography inspired her to combine some of her works with other imagined ideas onto the larger canvas using oils. Her style of painting is contemporary.
She is currently working as a painter and landscape photographer from home location in New York. Some of her favorite artists are Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo and resonates with Van Gogh’s quote: “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
She has taken part in all of the TAE’s since 2012. She was on the TAE board from 2016-2019.
David Sandum was born in 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Today he resides in Moss, Norway, many thanks to his Norwegian wife Kjersti.
Early on, David displayed a talent for drawing and in 9th grade, one of his pieces was selected for an exhibit at the Gothenburg Art Museum for “evolving young students”.
Although David is self-taught, he took courses in art history and introductory art as an undergraduate student at the University of Utah (1995-1999). Learning art theory was a boost, David says: “For the first time my eyes were opened to all forms of art, not just the realistic motifs people tend to fancy; I became particularly enthused by color and expressionism”.
After graduating with a BA in Organizational Communication and History, David and his family moved to Norway after nearly six years in the United States. Soon, he was employed in the IT-industry but years of accumulated stress took a toll and led him to re-examine his life. It was during this difficult time that David took up oil painting: “Painting and drawing helped me generate a sense of purpose in a meaningless world.”
Just like any artist, David draws inspiration from everything around him, and he doesn’t hesitate to share his sources of motivation: “Monet’s skies, Vincent’s yellow, Matisse’s red, and Munch’s expressiveness.”
David has been a full-time artist since 2000 and has exhibited yearly since then. In 2010 he organized the first #Twitterartexhibit.
Robin Maria Pedrero is an award-winning artist with work in museum permanent collections, film, and collected worldwide. She is an elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She was awarded Best Artist in Florida 2012 by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery, listed in Florida International Magazine’s Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and her work won an international wine label contest and was featured on a limited edition Artiste Wine label. Pedrero has served as an art judge, juror, curator, and art director. She curated the Twitter Art Exhibit Orlando in 2014. Robin Maria Pedrero celebrated her first solo museum exhibit at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in 2015. She creates from her studio in Frisco Texas.
Nat George is a curator, cultural producer, and visual artist in Los Angeles.
With a background in gallery management, curation, art consulting and design, Nat’s work centers around alternative, collaborative, and artist-led initiatives that reflect changing paradigms in how we exhibit, write about, and critique art.
In 2013, along with Co-Curator Virginia Arce, Nat partnered with David Sandum to host Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles, thus establishing the framework for the exhibition to travel around the world. Nat served as a Board Member of the organization through 2016, then transitioned to her current role as Advisor to the Board.
At home, Nat is the Director of Development for the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk where she oversees special projects and creates strategic partnerships between business interests, cultural institutions, and the arts community. She is a founding Member of IAA USA, the U.S.-based chapter of the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), a partner of UNESCO.
Nat has been known to occasionally write about art, jury exhibitions, and speak on the topics of Collaborative Practices, and the Business of Art.