Visual Artist: Francisco Benitez
Francisco Benitez considers himself an atemporal archaeologist who excavates lost and forgotten styles of painting long assigned to the shadows to reveal the ever-transient nature of the human psyche. Trained in a rigorous atelier program at the Art Student’s League in New York, he frequented museums and copied old master paintings in order to master their techniques and conceptual strategies. However, impelled by an emotional/psychological impulse, he initially embraced a Caravaggesque approach to his subjects, in which narratives were weaved about the subjects as light sculpted their forms out of shadow.
Always concerned with presenting the human psyche in all its complexity, Benitez later discovered the ancient Romans and Greeks, and in his desire to fuse the gravitas of history with the psychological narratives of his subjects, he embarked on a new series of works in encaustic, one of the most ancient painting techniques known to humanity, and one of the most difficult to master.
As the Fayum portraits of Ancient Egypt attest, wax not only served to embalm the dead but to resurrect and revivify the subjects represented. By using the ancient tools and restrained palette of the Greeks, Benitez has isolated the psyche and placed it on center stage, whereby the viewer brings his/her subjectivity to the work and in effect initiates a complicit relationship with memory, history, and the geological layering of the collective human experience through the represented individual.
Singer / Songwriter: Julie Price
Julie Price was born on Guam, raised in California and Southern Mississippi. She has traveled extensively, lived in Europe and now resides in Santa Fe, NM. Price was classically trained privately at the piano, studying music alongside her academic and art studies. Price studied Visual Arts and Classical music at Pepperdine University where she obtained a dual BA in Psychology and Art. She went on to obtain an MA in Counseling and Art Therapy at Notre Dame De Namur University, training in Psychology and Art therapy at Stanford University School of Medicine Psychiatry. Julie has been painting oversized Encaustic works for over 20 years. Price has been a featured artist for her paintings in Art Feast Santa Fe, taught privately and previously represented on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM and Telluride , CO. Her works reside in a number of private collections. In recent years she has been writing music, singing and performing. Julie is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice. She is currently collaborating Dr Hall as a duo, recording and playing private events and public venues.