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Perpetual Existence: Exhibition Featuring Naaman and M Fortune




Born Oct. 18th, 1974 on the army base of Fort Hood, Texas, Naaman's interest in art stemmed from an early age. His mother is a portrait artist, and encouraged his creativity by supplying the tools and support necessary for him to practice and grow into his own creative style. His love of art and of all medias has fueled his continuously evolving yet distinct style through his work with ink, paint, photography & collage.

Naaman combines his interest of the dark and macabre with the sensual, beautiful
aspects of life. Pulling together dark and light overtones into an image of brilliant colors, he creates imaginative settings for the mind to venture into. With an eye for detail, his diverse portfolio ranges from brilliant pointillism landscapes to expressionistic portraits of animals and bizarre surrealist figures.

Based on mythological themes, real life situations and experiences close to home, Naaman constructs his work as if captivated by the often startling imagery of his own imagination. Working with rich textures and colors, he brings his images to a contemplative, imaginative, and occasionally erotic climax with an underlying air of mystery.

Naaman is returning to the Push Gallery with all new work after his much successful “How I Haunt You” show in 2006. His new exhibit, “Perpetual Existence,” will be combined with another talented Asheville artist — Heather McCabe Jones, also known as M. Fortune. The exhibit will focus on the everlasting cycle of life and death, and the overlap and blurring of one’s past and present, even as we hurtle headlong into the future.

It's an exhibit not to be missed at the Push Gallery located next to Stella Blue on 25 Patton Ave. Opening reception will begin April 9th, 2010 at 7pm to 11pm. This exhibit will be up for the public to view through the month of April.   

Heather McCabe Jones (M Fortune), a native of Western North Carolina, began her career as a graphic artist in 1992.  Learning to use the new digital tools of the time to create design pieces laid the groundwork for the art that she creates today.  The on-the-job skills learned in digital photo manipulation eventually found it's way into her art in 1998 when she started creating flyers for local bands.  Since then, as technology has progressed so has her artistic style.  However, the sensibilities of a graphic artist are still present in her work.    

Today, she relies on Photoshop and her own collection of thousands of photos to build scenes that often mix past with present and reality with the subconscious in an impressionistic and sometimes humorous style.  Images of decay, mold, rust, old paper, paint and bird droppings are used to build organic textures that are the backdrops for surreal worlds that seemingly transient people inhabit.