“Dreamscape” by Marikate Dougan

“Dreamscape” by Marikate Dougan

On Display from November 13, 2024 – January 2, 2024.

Join IAMA as we welcome artist Marikate Dougan to IAMA for her new Lightspace Gallery Exhibition “Dreamspace by Marikate Dougan” on Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 3 – 5 PM.

In “Dreamscape,” the artist invites you to embark on a journey through otherworldly landscapes, where reality converges with the imaginative. Through the medium of wood, a material deeply rooted in nature, these paintings evoke a sense of both familiarity and dreamlike wonder.

Each piece is a testament to the artist’s ability to meld the ethereal with the tangible, creating scenes that blur the boundaries between the known and the fantastical. The grain of the wood becomes an integral part of the composition, adding an organic texture that grounds these surreal visions in the natural world.

“Dreamscape” is an exploration of the limitless possibilities of the mind, a testament to the power of art to transport us to places beyond the scope of our everyday experiences. Each painting is an invitation to engage with the unknown, to revel in the beauty of the surreal, and to find solace in the boundless expanse of the creative spirit. We invite you to step into this captivating dreamscape, to let your senses wander, and to find your own reverie within these mesmerizing landscapes.

Artist Biography: Marikate Dougan (b. 1989, Oceanside, CA) currently lives and works in San Francisco. Her work combines rich tones and unique textures that express visual characters in a wild dreamscape. Creativity in color and mix media have a central role in her painting ability.

Websites and Social Media: www.marikatedouganart.com
IG: @marikatedougan

“Palettes of Change” By William Pan

“Palettes of Change” By William Pan

On display from January 2, 2024 – January 7, 2024

Enter a world of deep artistry where each brushstroke narrates tales of human rights, self-discovery, addiction, and a myriad of other themes at William Pan’s exhibition, “Palettes of Change.”

William Pan, a visionary artist, invites you to explore the depths of the human experience through his thought-provoking work. With a masterful touch, he creates art that transcends cultural and societal boundaries, offering a unique perspective on the world we live in.

“Palettes of Change” celebrates the beauty of artistic expression, promising a joyous celebration and exploration of art. Each brushstroke, each color choice, and each piece of William’s artwork tells a story, inviting you to join the conversation about the world we live in. This exhibition is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of creative expression and discover the profound impact that art can have on our lives.

Join us on this artistic journey, and let William’s work inspire you as you explore the depths of human experience through the medium of paint and canvas.

“Take a Breath” By Usha Shukla

“Take a Breath” By Usha Shukla

On display from September 5, 2023 – November 5, 2023.

Join us for the Opening Reception of this exhibition in the Lightspace gallery at IAMA on Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 3 – 5 PM.

The exhibition “Take a Breath” serves as a sanctuary, inviting you to slow down and embark on an exploration within. The artworks are an ode to tranquility found in nature amidst the frenzy of the material world.

Over the years Usha Shukla has developed an emotional connection with nature. She sees the constant movement of light and shadows as Nature’s heartbeat. The ebb and flow of air and light creates a living, ever-changing landscape of shapes and forms. The color palette of these colorful, vibrant paintings is derived from the harmony of colors she perceives in nature.

Usha intends for these paintings to be uplifting and restorative to the human spirit, and to inspire optimism. The non-representational nature of her work lets viewers focus on their own feelings evoked by the colors and shapes and enter a meditative state.

Artist Biography:

Usha Shukla was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. From early childhood, she was fascinated by the outdoors. The vibrant colors of the Indian countryside left a strong impression on her. After a graduate degree in English Literature, she went on to get a diploma in Fashion Design. In 1996 when she moved to San Francisco, California, with her family, she found everything different except her interaction with nature. In 2005, after a visit to the Louvre Museum in Paris, she realized her true passion for art. She enrolled in the local community college and started her formal art education. She completed her graduate program at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, focusing on painting.

Combining her love of nature and passion for art, she paints large abstract paintings in vibrant colors. She has a unique process of mark-making. Instead of conventional tools like brushes and palette knives, she moves the paint on wood panels using an air blower.

Her work is collected by several local art collectors. She won the 2016-17 Clyde & Co Art Award for Emerging Artists, San Francisco. She has participated in several juried group and solo shows on the West Coast and has won awards. She has a public art mural in the city of Livermore, California. Six of her paintings are installed in the East County Hall of Justice, Dublin, CA, commissioned by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Five of her works are in the permanent collection at the Sutter Hospital in San Francisco and one in Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston. She recently exhibited her work at Spectrum, Miami during the Miami Art Basel Week. She received the 2020 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and now serves as an Art Commissioner on the Alameda County Arts Commission.

To learn more about Usha Shukla and her work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

“Wow Voyage” by My Art White Canvas

“Wow Voyage” by My Art White Canvas

The My Art White Canvas artists displayed in this exhibition include Bandana Kumari, Dharmendra Kumar, Durgesh Atal, Ravi Kattakuri, and Riyazuddin who have been carefully handpicked to showcase the depth and diversity of contemporary Indian art for this show.

On display from June 27, 2023 – August 27, 2023.

“Wow Voyage” exhibition: Indian Artists on the Move Internationally! This exhibition is one of the many endeavors in the journey of Art. My Art White Canvas looks forward to introducing its vision with “Wow Voyage” and invites you to be part of this journey. The world-renowned My Art White Canvas artists featured in the Lightspace Gallery include Bandana Kumari, Dharmendra Kumar, Durgesh Atal, Ravi Kattakuri, and Riyazuddin. What stands out in this exhibition is the strong individuality of each artist in the style and medium of their choice, and also of how they have imbibed from their roots and tradition yet created their own narrative. Themes of Finding the Self, Meditating on the Self, Strength within Identity, The Feminine, Nature and Us, Portraiture, Fantasy, Miniature tradition and Abstract all come together in a joyous celebration and exploration of Art. From delighting the eyes, to sparking curiosity and questions, and taking the viewer on a journey within through Art, the show will altogether be an experiential delight for the discerning viewer.

Artists Biographies:

My Art White Canvas was conceived in 2019 by Simran Kaur in Jaipur, India. She had the conviction to do something solely dedicated to arts that resonated with her own beliefs and aesthetics. Being part of a rich culture and heritage with vast depth and diversity would enable Simran to explore various styles and forms from Indigenous, Folklore, and Contemporary works not bound by any set of preconceived notions. The following are statements about the artworks featured in this exhibition taken directly from the artists themselves.

To learn more about My Art White Canvas and the talented artists in this exhibition, view My Art White Canvas’ website or Instagram, and follow Simran (founder) on Instagram.

“Traditional Chinese Paintings in Impressionistic Style and Calligraphy” by The Students of Junkai Wu

“Traditional Chinese Paintings in Impressionistic Style and Calligraphy” by The Students of Junkai Wu

The Students of Junkai Wu: Anna Li, Lucy Lu, Amanda Zhai, Jinyan Zhang, and Dennis Chen

On display from March 13, 2023 – June 22, 2023.

These paintings and calligraphy were created during the pandemic years by artists Anna Li, Lucy Lu, Amanda Zhai, Jinyan Zhang, and Dennis Chen. They are inspired and instructed by Master Wu in a once-a-week online class. Various contents in these artworks include Huaniaohua (birds and flowers paintings), landscape paintings, cursive calligraphy, and sketches from nature, such as scenery of national parks.

Artists Biography:

Master Junkai Wu is a famous Chinese American artist in the Bay Area. He graduated from the art department of Qingdao University Science and Technology (QUST) and California College of the Arts. He is the director of International Art Center of San Francisco (ICASF), in charge of painting research, education, and organization of art exhibitions. With his talents in both Eastern and Western painting and art history, he integrates various skills and spirits into his artwork with a distinguished, unique style. Master Wu enthusiastically devotes his time to art education in the Bay Area. During the pandemic, he started online Zoom classes in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, attracting students of various ages from across the East Coast to West Coast the United States, England, Hungary, New Zealand, and more. The paintings in this exhibition are by his talented students Anna Li, Lucy Lu, Amanda Zhai, Jinyan Zhang, and Dennis Chen.

Reception Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023 from 11 AM – 2 PM, on-site.

“Kimekomi Reinvented” by Jenni Barry

“Kimekomi Reinvented” by Jenni Barry

January 10, 2023 – February 26, 2023

Jenni Barry uses a technique derived from a Japanese art called Kimekomi. Assorted, often sentimental, fabric from all over the world is cut together with a small blade into foam-core insulation to form fabric mosaics. Jenni’s mission is to spread warmth and kindness with every piece of original artwork. Her work reflects an inclusive nostalgia and combines the painterly quality of Impressionism with the warmth of complex quilting. She does not sew or glue.

Artist Biography:

Jenni Barry was raised in the South San Francisco Bay area, before it became known as Silicon Valley.  Her mother was a diverse artist who enjoyed sewing and her father was an inventor. Jenni suffered from a head injury at the age of fourteen that was the initial cause of some partial seizures and memory issues later in her life. She attended Sierra Nevada College, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting in 1995. Jenni had two children and moved from Northern California to Northern Idaho. Her interest in textiles began in 2010. It was Christmas time, and while in her living room, she noticed an ornament on the tree.  It was a foam ball with little pieces of fabric tucked into it, giving the appearance of having been quilted.  It inspired her to create two-dimensional art using this technique but in her own unique style. She did not know it at the time but this technique is called Kimekomi.

Jenni Barry’s work has since evolved and she creates a lot of animals in her work. She finds fur, feathers, and fish scales to be challenging and fun. Jenni loves creating pieces that commemorate people and the things people love.  

For the longest time, she felt invisible as a painter in a sea of painters. However, the culmination of her life’s events has been the catalyst for her to create/re-invent an art form that honors the memories of loved ones. Jenni Barry’s primary objective with her art is to utilize the sentimental, stored fabric of our lives, and transform it into art you enjoy for the beauty, and the warm memories it elicits.  Her new form of Kimekomi is modern art with a nostalgic heart!

Kimekomi History:

Kimekomi was created in the middle of the 18th century (1736-1741). The Kamigamo Shrine’s resident artist, Tadashige Takahashi is said to have made a doll from leftover willow boxes from shrine festivals. Then, he cut grooves into them and tucked fabric pieces recycled from the priest’s kimono robes.  Originally, they were called Kamo dolls for the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto (the capital of Japan at the time).  Traditionally Kimekomi used no glue. Pieces of fabric were simply tucked into the grooves cut into the fibrous modeling material called `paulownia’.  Paulownia is made of sawdust and wheat starch paste which was used to create both dolls and later, spherical ornaments. Modern Kimekomi is applied to Styrofoam balls (often with glue) to create ornaments with a quilted appearance.

To learn more about her work, visit her website and follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

Reception Date: 1/15/2022 from 3 – 5 PM, on-site.

“Reflection” by Lee Kuan-Lian 李冠嫾

“Reflection” by Lee Kuan-Lian 李冠嫾

November 8, 2022 – January 1, 2023

This exhibition will explore the philosophical symbols of Lao Tzu in traditional Chinese culture embedded in the creation of contemporary ink painting. There is an important idea of Lao Tzu, which is “Unity of Opposites.” In this “Reflection” exhibition, the artist explored the inner and outer sides of every person, which reveals the unity of opposites. “Seeing is not believing” when it regards a person’s outlook and his or her mind. With the development of the online social world, people develop more and more obvious multiple personalities. She takes this phenomenon as an inspiration for this “Reflection” exhibition. In the ink paintings, she tries to depict not only a person’s outlook but his/her inner images which “reflect” the real him/her.

The “Reflection” installation consists of Xuan paper, prisms, light beams, and the rainbow light scattered by them.

Xuan paper originated in the Tang Dynasty in China and is an ancient material about 1,400 years ago. The dispersion phenomenon of light in prisms was discovered by Newton in 1666 and was an invention more than 300 years ago. The two materials are separated by more than a thousand years, but they have been superimposed and juxtaposed in this exhibition. This concept is like Benjamin’s view of history as a structural subject. The present and the past are not a time-dependent relationship. Rather, it is a spatial superposition and juxtaposition.

This is also an important feature of contemporary art: to accommodate past history and traditions, and to superimpose and integrate different time and space. At the same time, it re-emphasized the essence of Lao Tzu’s theory: the unity of opposites.

Artist Biography:

During doctoral studies at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing), Lee Kuan-Lian produced numerous works in the form of east-meets-west fusion. Through the medium of traditional Chinese ink painting, and adding the installation on the space, Lee Kuan-Lian’s depiction on contemporary world affairs are vividly presented. Her views on lost identity youths in “Fragile Series” were conveyed by “Art China” magazine. Allegorical techniques used by Lee Kuan-Lian invoke the audience’s thinking on topics such as AI & Humanity, Social Transformations, and Rich-Poor Inequality. The gold award was bestowed upon Lee Kuan-Lian’s “Who am I?” at the China-Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition held at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

She also received the Bronze award for her work “Switch” in the fine art category of the 2020 China Art Yearbook. Lee Kuan-Lian’s motto is “I just want to cross the one centimeter, between the eye of the brain.” She continues to work hard with the goal of arousing thinking with artistic concepts.


“East and West met a long time ago. How does the coexistence of Eastern and Western visual traditions continue to evolve? In the art of Lee Kuan-Lian, the graphic languages of Asian and Caucasian are not simply brought together, but interwoven, to the point where a hybrid of traditions – as well as of traditional and contemporary expression – emerges from a single hand. Lee has mastered techniques associated with West and East and found common ground between them. She can create seamless blends of these disparate practices and, often in the very same works, contrast them dramatically. The faces and figures she renders seemingly jump off modern billboards and onto ancient scrolls; the inner turmoil of her human subjects radiates outward and troubles the placid ponds that reflect them. Lee directs the poetry of Asian pictorialism in the theater of Euro-American visual space. Her images suspend between time and place, scene and enactment. The “reflection” Lee seeks is not simply the presence of a figure in water, but a thought in a gesture. It is also the mirroring and merging of artistic traditions from opposite sides of the globe in and into one another. There is a further dimension to Lee’s reflection, an entirely non-objective one brought to life with Xuan paper and pure light – a very modern use for a very old material. But here, it is the drama of the human condition Lee displays, a drama that well predates East and West.”

— Peter Frank, International Art Critic, Curator and Poet / Los Angeles, 2022

To learn more about Lee Kuan-Lian’s work, visit her website.

Reception Date: 11/11/2022 from 5 – 7 PM

“Intermission” by Amy Hughes

“Intermission” by Amy Hughes

September 20, 2022 – October 30, 2022

In a departure from her previous work that examined the ways in which women’s bodies have been depicted in art history and contemporary visual culture; Hughes finds new ways to explore the importance of human connection in 2022. In obscure and sometimes abstracted scenes of parties and social settings, Hughes explores a subject matter that seems ripe for exploration in post-lockdown culture.  

Painted monochromatically in a darkened sepia hue, Hughes makes a direct nod to the photograph. It is not immediately clear if these paintings depict scenes from the present day, or a bygone era. These seemingly fun and sometimes rowdy scenes are largely timeless in content. The looseness of her brushstrokes both depict the thrill and chaotic energy of social settings while simultaneously echoing notions of faded and fragmented memories.

Artist Biography:

Born in Leicestershire, UK, Amy Hughes spent her years growing up between Cheshire, UK and Moscow, Russia. In 2013 she received a degree in BA Hons Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University, UK. At her undergraduate show, she was awarded the ‘purchase prize’ by the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where a painting can be found in private collection. In 2016, Hughes graduated from a two-year full-time MFA program at the New York Academy of Art (MFA 2016). During her studies, she was awarded an Academy Merit Scholarship and HRH The Prince of Wales Award.

Since graduating, Hughes has continued to exhibit her work in numerous solo and group shows, both in the UK and New York, and working as an instructor of painting at the New York Academy of Art. Most notably, Hughes has sold work at Sotheby’s Auction House (NY) and has exhibited in the International Biennale Portrait Competition at Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been featured in several publications, including W Magazine, Southwest Art, Aesthetica Magazine, Cheshire Life, The Liverpool Echo and more.

To learn more about Amy and see more of her work, visit her website https://www.amyvhughes.com/ and follow her on Instagram @amyvhughes.artist.

Reception Date (Virtual via Zoom): 9/25/2022 from 4 – 5 PM