Artists are transforming used NYC MetroCards into works of Art

Posted on August 24, 2017
An article in “A plus” by Ariana Marini about an exhibition that I am participating in in New York City in September 2017.

Instead of tossing, recycling, or adding value to their MetroCards, artists are using them as their canvas to make stunning paintings, drawings, and even sculptures.

For its fourth exhibition, Single Fare is currently accepting submissions from any artist regardless of where they live. All they have to do is make one or more works of art in any medium on a New York City MetroCard and mail it in.

For its fourth exhibition, Single Fare is currently accepting submissions from any artist regardless of where they live. All they have to do is make one or more works of art in any medium on a New York City MetroCard and mail it in.

“All works exhibited will be for sale for $100,” according to the exhibition series’ website. “The artist receives $70 for each sale, unless the artist chooses to donate the entire proceeds to the New York Academy of Art and the Alumni Association. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for the NYAA MFA program and to the Alumni Association.”

Many artists have been sharing their MetroCard works on Instagram using the hashtag #singlefare4. From portraits to landscapes to tiny sculptures made of resin, we’re seriously impressed with the creativity and detail these artists have been able to incorporate onto this everyday object.

You can check out some of our favorites (so far!) below:

http://aplus.com/a/single-fare-metrocard-art-2017?no_monetization=true

We’ve got them dancing to our tunes

Posted on June 19, 2017

1 day of art in Miami

On the 14th of June 2017,  I participated in a 1 day of Art event hosted in Miami by (t)here Magazine. The 12 selected artists took a leap of faith to embark on a 24 hour mysterious creative journey. At noon, we each randomly selected a subject that would inspire our 1 day of art. My subject was “Fake News”. We could interpret it however we wanted and use any form of art to create it.

My initial idea going went completely wrong and so at midnight, my challenge was to overcome the failure of my first attempt, the time pressure and my discomfort around a controversial subject. Let’s just say that I didn’t get any sleep!

The final idea was to paint a portrait of Donald Trump, the “King of Fake News” with a Twitter bird on his shoulder, chirping into his ear and write “We’ve got them dancing to our tunes” above his head. The observer needs to decipher the words “Discredit experts”, “Defame renowned news agencies”, “create smoke screens” and “criticize = fake news” just as experts try to decipher him.

We’ve got them dancing to our tunes” is about the danger of the power to influence the masses in an age where technology and information can be so easily and affordably manipulated to support egocentric and corporate interests, no matter how short sighted they might be and with disregard to the global impact, climate change, havoc, instability, division and mistrust that it creates.

The full story will be published in edition #18 of (t)here magazine in Autumn 2017 and will be handed out at Art Basel Miami 2017 and distributed worldwide to galleries and art collectors.

From New York City to Paris – Carousel de Louvre

Posted on June 6, 2017

Liberty II, 2017, Mixed Media on canvas, 90cm x 70cm

After a successful exhibition at Art Expo New York in April, my art has safely landed in France just in time for the next show.

Art Shopping Paris in the Carousel de Louvre from the 9th to 11th June 2017

A big thank you to Mecenavie who will be representing my work at the show.

http://www.artshopping-expo.com/

Fill in the Blank…and WIN!

Posted on May 27, 2017

The winner of the Fill in the Blank Caption Contest is Olivia Broome in the UK.

Art should be enjoyed. It can also unite people by involving them in the process of creative collaboration.  So I have created this online Contest using a Lichtenstein-inspired cartoon of myself. Now I need your help to fill in the blank!

If your caption makes me laugh or smile, wou will be a Runner’s Up and will receive a discount voucher for art prints by Steph Fonteyn available on FineArtAmerica. The winning caption’s author will also receive a Postcard of this cartoon from the artiswt complete with with the winning caption.

 

Details of the competition:

  1. Think of a funny caption to fill in the blank of the speech bubble of this cartoon.
  2. Submit your caption using the comment section of this post, my twitter, Instagram or Facebook Page)
  3. Submit your caption before 6pm GMT on Monday 29th May 2017
  4. Follow @StephFonteyn on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook Page

Terms & Conditions

5. The Fill the Blank Contest (the “Contest”) is open to any person (the “You”) over the age of 18 who consents to the terms and conditions.

6. To enter the competition You must upload comment on this blog post, or the artist’s Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Page by 29th May 2017.

7. Valid entries are required to be following @stephfonteyn on InstagramFacebook or Twitter.

8. Captions should be respectful.

9. You may send multiple entries to the Contest. There is one discount code per author.

10. The artist must receive Your entry to the Contest by 5:00 pm on 29th May 2017 (EDT).

11. By submitting an entry to the Contest, You give the Artist:
a. Permission for Your name and the right to use Your caption to be published on Steph Fonteyn’s website, FineArtAmerica and the artist’s social media channels.
b. Permission to publish and sell prints using Your winning Caption.

Picking the Winner & Runner’s Up

12. Captions that make Steph Fonteyn smile or laugh will win a discount voucher code for the artist’s prints available on FineArtAmerica.com. The voucher is valid until 2nd June 2017

13. The winning caption will be will be announced on or before 30 May 2017. The decision is final.
14. The winner and runner’s up will receive the discount code voucher via direct messaging of the artist’s social media channel where the caption was submitted. (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Page)

15. The winner will be asked to provide their name and postal address via social media direct messaging (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) in order for the artist to mail the postcard.

16. The postcard will be mailed to the mailing address provided by the winner.

Publishing the winning entries

17. The winning entry will be published on www.stephfonteyn.com and fineartamerica.com as well as the artist’s social media channels such as and not limited to: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Getting consent

18. Sending in an entry to the Contest means that You accept these Terms and Conditions, which are the rules of the Contest. If You are under age You must check with your parent or guardian that they are happy for You to enter the Contest based on these Terms and Conditions.
19. The artist requires the consent in writing (which may include e-mail) of the author (and that of the parent or guardian where required) of a winning entry to publish that winning entry’s name on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media and FineArtAmerica.com
20. If Steph Fonteyn does not receive written consent (which may include e-mail) from the author and/or the parent or guardian where required, then she may select another entry for which she can gain such consent.

Other rules

21. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.
22. The artist takes no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
23. The Promoter of the Contest is artist Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC. Any complaints regarding the Contest should be sent to Collaborative Art LLC.
24. Artist Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Contest or accepting the prize. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to You or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Contest.
25. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Contest with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC in all matters under its control is final and binding.
26. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
27. The Contest will be governed by the law of Florida.

Other information

  1. The winner will need to provide a valid name and address in order to receive the postcard from the artist.
  2. By submitting an entry to the Contest, You give Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC:
    a. Permission for your entry to be published on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media feeds.
    b. Permission to publish and sell prints of the Prize Sketch on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media feeds and FineArtAmerica.com; and
    b. The right to use the Your name for the sole purpose of identifying the winner.
  3. The voucher discount code is applied to the artist’s margin for each print and not the cost of production incurred by FineArtAmerica.com or shipping costs.
  4. You can check out my fine art prints available here.

Good Luck. I hope you enjoy. I look forward to reading your captions and laughing!

Selfie Muse Contest

Posted on May 23, 2017

The Selfie Muse Contest Terms & Conditions

Competition Info:

British Miami-based artist, Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC offer you the chance to become an artist’s muse. The winning Selfie will be the Selfie with the most likes and shares on social media. The winner will received a Sketch of the Selfie portrait by Steph Fonteyn in the form of a sketched portrait postcard. The winner will also receive a voucher to spend on Fine Art Prints by Steph Fonteyn available on www.stephfonteyn.com/shop

Details of competition:

  1. Take a Selfie photo of your face
  2. Upload it to Instagram tagging @stephfonteyn
  3. Hashtag your Selfie with #SelfieMuseContest
  4. Follow @StephFonteyn on Instagram
  5. Ask your friends to Like and Share your SelfieMuseContest photo!

Selfie Muse Contest Prize

6. The winner will receive two prizes: a sketch of their selfie made by Steph Fonteyn as a postcard and a voucher to spend on Fine Art prints by Steph Fonteyn via www.stephfonteyn.com/shop

Terms & Conditions

7. The Selfie Muse Contest (the “Contest”) is open to any person (the “You”) over the age of 18 who consents to share their Selfie publicly on social media.

8. To enter the competition You must upload Your Selfie to Instagram by 30th May 2017.

9. You can enter the Contest by uploading Your entry to Instagram. You are responsible for the upload and use of the correct tags and hashtags. Tags include @stephfonteyn. The required hashtag is #SelfieMuseContest.

10. Valid entries are required to be following @stephfonteyn on Instagram.

11. The Selfie should clearly show a front view of your face.

You may send multiple entries to the Contest.

12. We must receive your entry to the Contest by 5:00 pm on 30th May 2017 (EDT).

13. By submitting an entry to the Contest, You give Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC:
a. Permission for your entry to be published on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media feeds.
b. Permission to publish and sell prints of the Prize Sketch on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media feeds and FineArtAmerica.com; and
b. The right to use the Your name for the sole purpose of identifying the Your Selfie entry and the Prize Sketch.

Picking the winners

14. The winning Selfie will be the Selfie with the most votes, shares and likes.
15. The winner will be will be announced on or before 31st May 2017. The decision is final and the winner will be contacted via Instagram direct messaging.
16. The winner will be asked to provide their postal address and email address via Instagram direct messaging in order to receive their prize.  The portrait sketch postcard will be mailed to the mailing address provided by the winner. The voucher for purchasing Fine Art Prints by Steph Fonteyn via www.stephfonteyn.com/shop will be emailed to the email address provided by the winner.

Publishing the winning entries

17. The winning entry will be published on www.stephfonteyn.com and fineartamerica.com as well as the artist’s social media channels such as and not limited to: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Getting consent

18. Sending in an entry to the Contest means that You accept these Terms and Conditions, which are the rules of the Contest. If You are under age You must check with your parent or guardian that they are happy for You to enter the Contest based on these Terms and Conditions.
19. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC requires the consent in writing (which may include e-mail) of the author (and that of the parent or guardian where required) of a winning entry to publish that winning entry’s name on Steph Fonteyn’s website, social media and FineArtAmerica.com
20. If Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC does not receive written consent (which may include e-mail) from the author and/or the parent or guardian where required then she may select another entry for which she can gain such consent.

Other rules

21. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.
22. We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
23. The Promoter of the Contest is artist Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC. Any complaints regarding the Contest should be sent to Collaborative Art LLC.
24. Artist Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Contest or accepting the prize. Steph Fonteyn from Collaborative Art LLC further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to You or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Contest.
25. Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Contest with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC in all matters under its control is final and binding.
26. Steph Fonteyn and Collaborative Art LLC shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
27. The Contest will be governed by the law of Florida.

The winner of the #SelfieMuseContest is Laura Shand in Florida, USA

Perched on the edge of my seat

Posted on May 22, 2017

This painting was inspired by one of the toughest and unstable moments in my life. It was a major wake up call during a time when i was feeling lost. This chair triggered an A-HA moment that encouraged me to pluck up the courage to take a leap of faith to follow my dreams as an artist. You can purchase a print by clicking here

In 2009, I was diagnosed with post natal depression. It was one of the hardest times of my life. I felt like everything around me was falling apart. During doctor’s visit, I had an A-HA moment. It was literally a few moments after sitting down onto the chair. To cut a long story short,  the doctor challenged me as to why i was “perching on the edge of my seat” instead of “owning the space”. This was the moment when I realized that I had not been taking my place in the world and had been living my life perched on the edge of my seat. If you would like to hear the full story, you can check out my TEDx talk “An Artist’s leap of Faith

 

 

It’s easier to let standards slip than readjust them

Posted on May 18, 2017

This artwork was inspired by a comment my husband said recently: it’s easier to let standards slip than to readjust them. It got me thinking about where we stand as society and what values are guiding us. So here is my interpretation that i created as a piece of digital art.

I played with the words “l’m moral” and “immoral” The southern point of the compass is replaced with a $. The ladder (left) represents challenge of readdressing the standards that have slipped and on the bottom right we have the ticking time bomb effect as it continues to head $outh.

This artwork is available for purchase as a print via the online art shop. Thank you!

Art Expo New York

Posted on March 18, 2017

I am excited to announce that my American/Miami inspired Popular Culture paintings will be exhibited at Art Expo New York from 21st April until the 24th April 2017 in New York City, represented by Mecenavie, a French gallery based near Paris. Here is a preview of the insert from the Art Expo NY catalogue.

 

Online Art Shop is launched

Posted on August 29, 2016

IEinstein phone cover by Steph Fonteyn am happy to announce that customers will be able to purchase my art via the Online Art Shop as from the 29th August 2016.

In addition to prints you will find, phone cases, cushion covers, beach towels, tote bags, shower curtains, duvet covers and more via the Online Art Shop.

This service is provided by Fine Art America and delivers worldwide.

Enjoy & thank you for supporting my art!