About the Artist

Cheri Homaee

A native of Steubenville, OH, Cheri Homaee’s art career spans fifty years as a painter, a photographer and art instructor. Self-taught, she studied art from K-12 grade in Steubenville, then one year of college at Bennett College.  She later graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and AS in Draft Design.  Her photography has been published and exhibited throughout the East Coast.  Her works are in private collections. She has won several national and international juried competitions.  Her work has been compared to Andrew Wyeth’s and Edgar Degas.  

 

She is an instructor in drawing, fine art photography, and acrylic painting. 

 

Cheri is a member of the Board of Trustees for Brecksville Center for the Arts , Woman’s Art League of Akron, Studio B of Brecksville, Peninsula Art Academy and Cleveland Photographic Society.

 

Overall Statement:  My style is classic, minimalistic with romantic overtones.  I prefer soft natural light, rather than the harsh studio lighting.  I create images that guide the viewer to escape.

 

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Contemporary Fine Art Review by New York Art Critic Hall Groat II on the artwork of Ohioan Artist Cheri Homaee

 

The iconic 19th century French Impressionist, Edgar Degas, once stated “They don’t understand that the dancer has been for me a pretext for painting fabric and for rendering movement. Was this his only intent? One can only imagine. Art historians to this day continue to question Degas’ peculiar obsession with the young Parisian ballerinas he hired to model in his secluded lofty garret.


With contemporary Ohioan artist, Cheri Homaee, there exists no mystery; her love for dance was undoubtedly cultivated during her dance lessons as a teenager. Ms. Homaee states “Dance, as an expression of emotion, has always been in my thought since then. Now my subjects are dancers from my past who still inspire me now. By involving dancers in my painting, I feel the freedom they express and they give me the freedom to express myself through them. I think I have always used dancing as a way of being free…”

Her dance series explores classical ballet and ballroom dancing through the mediums of paint, charcoal and photography. Several of the photographs, such as Elegance – Photography on Canvas 3/5, portray the quintessential female ballerina exuding both elegance and radiant beauty. There is no stereotyping though; in Dance IV she captures in acrylics the rugged masculine nature of a female dancer through the visceral handling of the paint and interpretation of the musculature. In Dance I, Charcoal on paper, the solid calves of the dancer are the center of interest. Ms. Homaee, however, also introduces the clever subtle subplot of silhouetted figurative reflections and studio light flares, which adds an inviting mystical dimension. There’s ambiguity, too. Are these amorphous reflective forms other dancers or the audience perhaps? This work makes me wonder—that’s Art!

 

Ms. Homaee’s strongest work is when she allows her spontaneous mark, scrape or irregular gesture to remain on the surface. The formal elements found in the charcoal drawings are allowed to resonate, adding character, richness and depth. I look forward to seeing the subtle nature of the charcoal drawings emerge in future paintings.


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