Pam has been a source of awe and inspiration from her bloghttp://www.phantasmaphile.
The name Pamela means (pan) "all" and μελι (meli) "honey." In this portrait, Pamela is portrayed wearing a gown of golden honeycomb as she embodies this reservoir.
While bees have a reputation for bringing order, as their hives are models of organization. Bees are hard working and dedicated examples of what is possible through dedication. The bee is a symbol of wisdom, by collecting pollen from many flowers and transforming it into nourishing honey, it is the gold of the bees. Bees are often considered symbols of the goddess or divine feminine because they are ruled by queens. The bee are examples of cooperation and mutual collectivism.
CARRIE ANN BAADE is known for her allegorical oil paintings. These painted parables combine remnants of Renaissance and Baroque imagery, creating surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures. As a contemporary painter, she returns to the relevant moments in art history in order to reclaim them, not merely as a quotation of a theme or an image, but also as the materiality of methods and techniques that ultimately create them.
Carrie was awarded the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010, the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in 2005, and was nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions: the Delaware Contemporary, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade received her Masters in Painting from the University of Delaware and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. The NY ARTS Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin Chronicle, the Albuquerque Journal, and Philadelphia Today have featured her work. She currently lives and works in Tallahassee where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Frank Oriti was born in 1983 and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his B.F.A. in Two-Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2006 and returned to his hometown shortly after. For the next year and a half he worked at one of Cleveland’s steel mills and continued painting in his spare time. In the fall of 2008, Oriti headed to Ohio University where he began creating work inspired by his past experience in the blue-collar work force. He graduated with his M.F.A. in Painting in 2011. In 2013, Oriti was featured in The New York Times and was also the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist Award. Recently, his work was featured in the prestigious BP Portrait Award in London's National Portrait Gallery. He currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.
Calvin Lai is a San Francisco based fine artist.
Born in 1987 in the small town of Waterville, Ohio, Erin was immersed in art from a young age. Enrolling in her first art lessons at seven years old, she spent her early years learning to paint and draw copying works of the old masters and spending summers drawing from life at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2009 she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Entrepreneurship from Miami University. Upon graduation she decided to enroll in an independent program called The Waichulis Studio and later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she lives and works today. Her work has been featured in national publications as well as exhibitions throughout the U.S. She is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York.
Iam inspired by complex dynamics and relationships within individuals and groups. Working on copper sheet, my compositions remain anchored in representational figure painting juxtaposed by abstraction. The metal substrate and paint work in concert to communicate layers or levels of reality: one that is easily perceived and directly in front of us and one that can be felt and is dynamic or changing. To explore the connective nature of our experience, I make visual comparisons between the figure and systems in nature. I find that studying the ways in which nature is connected informs the ways I create atmosphere within and around my subjects. The ensuing work is an exploration of our relationships to one another and our fundamental connection with the environment.
Chris Leib BIO.
Brian Donnelly’s portraiture deconstructs the dialogue between the audience and objects by experimenting with the fragile nature of artwork. Faces deteriorate, separate, and occasionally combust in his work, redefining it as transitional rather than perpetual. Presenting fading memories instead of permanent effigies Donnelly draws a parallel between the fragility of artwork and the ephemeral nature of ourselves.
Richard Salcido I was born and raised in San Diego, California and when I was a little kid I would love to sit for hours drawing. That love has amazingly turned into a career which I find to be such a great blessing. This blog is a way to show what’s new with my artwork as well the new things that pop up in my life.
Leilani Bustamante was born in Santa Rosa California and is a graduate of the Academy of Art University. She grew up between the suburban sprawl and rural Fort Bragg, where she draws inspiration from their simultaneous decay and growth. Her work often voices themes of mortality exploring elements of death, rebirth, beauty and spoil, the loveliness of the macabre and the mournful influence of osteological motifs. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kohshin Finley explains his paintings by saying "Los Angeles’ graffiti covered walls and sign-lettered awnings are as artistically inspiring to me as the classic works of the Renaissance. Just as a songwriter tells stories through rhythm and melody, I tell my stories with brushes and paint. The subjects of my paintings are captured in a vulnerable state of being, at their most honest and revealing. Poems and short tales are written in diaristic scrawls throughout the paintings as if the characters wrote them. I create paintings in this way to showcase my own vulnerabilities, and to give the viewer permission to discover something about themselves when viewing my paintings. I utilize traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary text-based imagery to communicate a character’s emotional travels; where they were; where they are; and where they will be."
Monty Guy is a San Francisco-based painter and illustrator whose earliest memories are drawing in the entryway of his parents’ home in Southern California. A true artist, he is passionate and constantly compelled to create, seeing beauty and inspiration in everything around him. His acute attention to detail conveys his dedication to creation and craftsmanship.
Jel Ena is a multi-media artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her darkly erotic visualizations are enchanting, projecting characters with feminine mystique of epic proportions. Jel Ena's illustrations capture complex emotions and the mythology of desire and color. Her ability to capture flesh and light is remarkable, drawing the viewer always further into her dark, sensual dreamscape."
"Jel Ena's work displays a mastery of the figure and color. Her style is instantly recognizable and extraordinarily matchless in its visualization. Utilizing her mastery of acrylic/oil paints, pastels, graphite and colored pencils; intricate emotions and hyper surreal visions are born and enchant every viewer into her dark sensual dreamscape."
"Jel Ena is a classically trained artist intimate with the architecture of anatomy. The reflected light in shadows and the volume of surfaces. Complex emotions captured in the mirrors of eyes. A sensual mythology of desire and color. Livid flesh rendered with brush and pencil."
Scott Reeves, writer, poet
Steve Lawson is an emerging British artist making his mark within the international arts market. Being Self taught Steve has been a professional artist since turning his life around whilst serving a lengthy prison term for armed robbery. During his youth Steve shunned the restraints regulations laws and expectations of society living instead a carefree reckless life with abandon adventure and threw himself into the darker underbelly of society.
Leaving his former life behind him Steve used the time to positive effect indulging in his love of art and continues to use his art as an expression of himself and the world around him thus his art becoming his outlet, his playground in which to run free..
It wasn't long before Steve was exhibiting in open shows such as the discerning eye and the affordable arts fair in London from behind prison walls as well as several commissions from the UK prisons management.
Recognising Steve's talent and passion for the arts a position within the arts department of teaching assistant and full time mural artist was soon made for him.
Since his release Steve’s reputation as a fine artist as continued to grow and he hasn't looked back.
Having Exhibited internationally and around the UK Steve has been a featured artist in art books magazines and other such printed publications and continues to grow as an emerging artist.
Sarah Joncas is a Toronto-based artist.
Laura Buss began studying art at the School of Visual Arts in New York, with a focus in photography. But she soon succumbed to the lure of the wider world, dropped out and traveled, and worked as a painter of signs and portraits. Her craft took her into varied directions, including an ongoing career in tattooing, to return to a heavy focus on oil painting and figurative work. She is based in San Francisco.
New York Times
Toronto Blue Jays/Jays Care Foundation
Case Western Reserve University
University of Dayton
The Day I Hit a Home Run Enterprise
Idea Center at Playhouse Square
Design By Humans
_Kent State University (KSU)
School of Visual Communication Design
Bachelor of Science + Master of Fine Arts
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Major: Visual Communication Design
Thesis:Painting heroes: using illustration to improve the standing of baseball in the inner city - Worked with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Boys & Girls Club to develop a series of conceptual portraits designed to increase interest in baseball, among inner-city children, by highlighting the personal narratives of contemporary African-American baseball players.
Virginia Commonwealth University, VA (Summer 2003 + 2004)
_Illustration Master Class 2013
Amherst College, MA
A Southern California native, Emilio Villalba received his BFA from theArt Institute of California in 2006, and his MFA in Painting from theAcademy of Art University in 2011. He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches at the Art Institute of California and Cogswell College.
"This is a portrait of my friend and neighbor Bernard, who is also a resident of Project Artaud, a pioneering arts cooperative in San Francisco’s Mission District. Over the last four decades Bernard has been a neighbor, friend and frame maker for most of my paintings, including the gold leaf frame for this portrait. As time has passed, and the city has changed, our friendship has stayed steady. I am proud to call him my friend, my co-creator and one my best models for many paintings over half a lifetime."
E. Dale Erickson's gift is creating masterpiece oil paintings, which present a gifted balance of the juxtaposition in our experience of hyper-realism in objects and backgrounds and portraits of the character of people as they are experienced, not just seen.
Erickson's paintings, drawings and prints chronicle his thirty-plus years in San Francisco. His subjects are colorful streets, interesting people from the City, his U.S. and world travels, as well as a wide variety of still lifes. Here is an artist who has stayed true to his calling, dedicated to realism.
While exploring various series of works over several years, Dale Erickson reveals a consistent handling and individual style. In his approach, the dance of color and light expose a traditional, formal treatment of composition. At the same time formality is expressed quietly and uniquely in the casual elegance Dale imbues in most of his works.
Dale received his 1964 BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in printmaking from San Francisco State University in 1974.
Public Collections include: Achenbach Foundation - Legion of Honor, SF Arts Commission, Free Art Museum, IL.
-Daxan Art 2015 http://www.daxan.us
Since the tail end of last summer, I have painted Scout in the intimate spaces we share in Harlem and Brooklyn. We call the series "Scoutfits." These paintings are the product of direct observation of real life situations and moods that arise from the interaction between lovers.
David Molesky is an internationally recognized fine artist based in New York City. David is known for his landscapes and figurative works. He has a self-proclaimed preoccupation with the magic of painting; the way a gooey substance is transformed to an illusionary image that arouses states of contemplation and empathy
I decided to paint 3 great friends. A Marmot, my friend John and Hodor (from Game of Thrones). The painting is based on a Photoshop I did of my friend that I did for a weekly GoT gathering. I jammed a marmot in there because that is what I do. It's all in good fun.
Henry Schreiber spent his childhood in the suburbs of Washington DC, the mountains of West Virginia, and the gulf coast of Florida. After receiving his MFA from the University of Central Florida, Schreiber established a studio on a family farm in the Appalachian Mountains. Following his two years of learning the ways of the groundhog; he packed up his studio and moved to Charlotte, NC.
Leon Loucheur is a self taught artist who developed his skills through experimentation and dedication into a unique style of painting. At the heart of Leon’s work is a love of storytelling, ranging from the simple and gestural, to more highly layered narratives inspired by his experiences and the world around him. His work is frequently focused on exploring relationships of polarities; light and dark, order and chaos, rough abstraction and highly rendered forms, nature and urban decay. He enjoys trying to find balance in seemingly incompatible elements, to make a visual harmony, synonymous to urban life.
Derek Harrison began pursuing art since he was able to hold a pencil. It all began as an innocent journey of exploration and the excitement that came with applying a vision to a piece of paper. In later years Derek was consistently dabbling in art, always drawing, painting, etc...Initially the inspiration from graffiti played a large role in the type of art he was doing. Following years of experimentation with spray paint and eventually transitioning to canvas, Derek landed a tattoo apprenticeship with Colorado artist Brad Cramer. The formative years were spent drawing every minute of the day into tattooing full time for the next several years. In 2009 Derek made the move to Santa Barbara, CA and eventually landed at his current home and studio in Los Angeles.
Tattooing on the coast of California was incredibly inspirational and that's where the true journey of his painting would begin. Fellow tattoo artist Shawn Barber and contemporary painting phenomenon had recently moved into a new studio space in Los Angeles. This is where Derek began taking painting workshops on a regular basis. Two years later and he says "Shawn opened my mind to the revelation that art is not an innate "talent," it's the culmination of knowledge, study and relentless work. I wouldn't be where I am today without Shawn's influence and help. He instilled the values of hard work and determination relating to the pursuit of one's craft." After studying with Shawn Derek began a rigorous amount of self-study and began taking classes and workshops with other artists such as Sean Cheetham, Jeremy Lipking, Ignat Ignatov, Jeff Gogue and several others. All of this time was spent painting directly from life. "These years of self-study and learning from some of the best artists living today has provided me with the means to carry out my own visual expressions to the fullest."
Derek's work has become one that combines aspects of the old masters and the admiration for artists such as John Singer Sargent and William Adolf Bouguereau with contemporary subjects and settings. In 2010 Derek submitted work for the historical annual group exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). A gallery where artists such as Mark Ryden, Michael Hussar, Don Ed Hardy, Sean Cheetham, Robert Williams, Shawn Barber and the list goes on…have all shown and many have received their career start with the gallery at the very same show. That year there were over 8,000 submissions which were narrowed down to 120. Three pieces of Derek's were selected to be shown and before the show opened two had sold. From the galleries 120, the "top seven" were chosen for feature exhibitions. In August of 2011 Derek had his first feature exhibition in Los Angeles. Since this debut he has continued showing throughout CA, as well as out east, Europe, etc. and his work has continually progressed. After several years in the tattoo industry Derek transitioned into painting full time. Fine art became his true calling and he soon came to be one of the most exciting upcoming contemporary realist painters today. His work is figurative in nature and portrays the world in which he lives and the people whom inhabit it. "My aim is to convey the inspiration and beauty in the subjects and settings I paint. Art has the amazing capacity to connect with all people. My hope is to bring the amazing qualities that many years of study and experience has lead me to understand and now express through my work."
Terry Ribera is a San Diego, CA based tattoo and gallery artist.
Jaclyn Alderete is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has resided in the Bay Area since 2001. She has been passionate about art since she was a child, when she first developed an interest in drawing people. She fell in love with oil paint at the age of 16, and over the years has drawn inspiration from many things; concerns of human existence, society, and our treatment of the environment. She continues to surround herself with art, sketching or painting daily.
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Archer Dougherty grew up in Albuquerque, and studied every single medium but painting at the University of New Mexico. She took as much drawing as she could but her figurative tendencies were not popular with the generational abstract professors, and consequently she was never encouraged in her development as a draftsperson. Drawing was a means to an end, not a finished product of itself. She finished school with a degree in three-dimensional media. Archer is currently hard at work developing her long overdue figurative training and painting techniques, while drawing and painting for shows across the globe.
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"I’ve taken the theme of these nostalgic 80s and early 90s games, toys, and recording formats and have finally started painting them bigger. I mean huge! Before they were life size in mere inches. Now these pieces are up to 4 feet by 5 feet. They are painted on birch wood and boxed in with redwood siding.
I hope to achieve that when people hang them in their office or home that it brightens the mood of the room and of the people who view it. These paintings are so large they are met with contemplating the components that make up the subject Instead of it being a life size object and the viewer seeing it all at once." ~CK
Sergio Lopez, born in 1983, is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco - and is an exemplary painter in a variety of mediums. His artistic knowledge ballooned when he discovered his love of oil painting and charcoal drawing. He filled sketchbook after sketchbook with observations from life as well as drawings from his imagination. The Golden Age illustrators, Bravura painters, contemporary artists, concept designers, graffiti writers, and photographers have been some of his strongest influences in his pursuit of painting. He continues to study by visiting museums and observing the Great Masters, which he strives to learn lessons of beauty from.
His paintings of female nudes are unique and arresting. They have been soaring in popularity since they first began appearing in publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Spectrum, Bluecanvas, and more online publications than are fit to list here. He has even been selected twice as a finalist for the Art Renewal Center’s prestigious yearly Salon.
Sergio continues to work in a variety of mediums and styles. From oil and gouache landscapes in and out of the studio to nude gesture studies in newsprint, he enjoys it all. Sergio especially enjoys discovering new vistas, setting up his easel, and creating a piece on the spot. He believes there is no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully. Sergio is a native of Sonoma County. He finds the area ever-inspiring, and never ceases to find a new gorgeous area no matter how often he explores.
Since he began participating in plein air events in 2010, Sergio has won multiple awards, including Epperson Gallery’s Valona Paint Out best of show award two years in a row, 3 awards in the 2010 Paint San Clemente Festival, 2nd place Artist Choice Award for Telluride Plein Air 2013, and Honorable Mention in the Alameda Plein Air event two years in a row. He uses the knowledge gained from painting outdoors in his studio paintings. He also is the co-founder of the North Bay Plein Air Painters group and has been helping organize monthly paint-outs since 2009 .
Connecticut illustrator Carly Janine Mazur works traditionally to bring to life her vision of a solitary world. Her paintings evoke a sense of intimacy within the viewer, inviting you in with solid composition juxtaposed against fine rendering. Carly's subject matter focuses on the hauntingly rendered human figure within a minimalistic, yet harsh environment to touch upon peoples' reclusive relationship with their environment.
Catherine Moore was born in San Leandro, California, but spent her formative, and awkward, teenage years amidst the neon lights and desert landscape of Reno, Nevada. In 1998, she returned to the Bay Area to pursue her fine arts degree and graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2004. She worked for several years as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist and began exhibiting her work in 2011. She currently lives with her husband, son, and doggy companion in San Leandro.
Scott Holloway's work represents themes associated with the historic fusion of religious dogma and scientific enlightenment of the Renaissance. The work is meant to be contemplative; and the viewer is encouraged to meditate on its hidden subtext - narratives about the search for the divine soul through anatomical dissection. Conceptually Holloway approaches the work emotionally, but controls the formal presentation through analytical methods as was done by the great masters of the past. The final images of anatomy are presented as traditional icons to convey the sacred nature of the human body. Holloway's work is about honoring the beauty and complexity of the human form even after death.
Working steadily from his studios in Worcester, MA, Holloway has exhibited his work in New York City, Salem, Boston, Worcester, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Francisco, Culver City, Park City, Saint Louis, Philadelphia, London, Berlin, Italy and Denmark.
His work has been published in Hey! Magazine (France), Art That Creeps (Germany), La Luz 25, Quadrant Fantasies (Denmark), Catapult ArtMag twice, Worcester Magazine, Lexikon der phantastischen Kunstler (An Austrian encyclopedia of surreal artist), Monkey Sapian (Italy), Pulse Magazine, Skull Face (England), Boston Spectrum, Churn, Book of Skulls (Germany) and 20 Artists of Worcester.
"My childhood was spent in southern and northern California, bouncing around place to place, briefly residing in Vermont and Washington.
Finally, after some 16 different schools, K - 12, I finished school in western New York State. Overall, the experience was both difficult and exciting. After graduating high school in 1989, I enrolled in commercial design classes for a year at a privately owned art school. My training there launched me into the competitive environment of graphic design where I worked for 6 years. At that point, I felt increasingly driven to live a life with more meaning and purpose, and so decided to leap in a new direction, starting a career as a licensed massage therapist. Massage enriched my life.
More than that, it increased my knowledge of the human anatomy and healing. After 8 satisfying years as an LMT, my husband took a job out of state and we re-located. The move spurred another change in direction for me, During the past 4 years, I have redirected my attention to the fine arts. In the past, when I had pursued fine art, my work involved incorporating natural objects. It’s since evolved from depiction of the natural and external world to exploration of the internal landscapes of memory, dream, fantasy. Now I exhibit widely, both nationally and internationally and enjoy a growing fan base, while I continue deepening my skills, developing my style and exploring my favorite mythic themes." ~Lara Dann
Lioba Brückner was born 1988 and grew up in Oberhausen, Germany, a town in the Ruhr Valley, a large urban area. She has been drawing all sorts of animals and monsters since childhood.
While the subjects didn't change very much, she now creates atmospherical worlds full of fantasy creatures, seductive women and fairytales in a realistic manner. The motifes are often covered in plants and destroyed by dripping oil colour and translucent layers. Her influences are vast and range from contemporary and old masters to the fascination for nature while admiring everything that comes from Japan and science-fiction movies.
Lioba Brückner studied under Markus Lüpertz and received her diploma at the academy of arts in Düsseldorf 2012. She exhibits nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Oberhausen, Germany.
Happy D. is an oil painter from the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in emotive female portraits with a psycedelic touch. The visual language of these paintings makes it seem as if the viewer is peeking at the natural world through a hyper-saturated, slightly surreal, and almost otherworldly lens.
Daniel J Valadez was born in Santa Clara, California. He grew up in Visalia, central California, where the summers were scorching and the winters left the grass frozen. He made his return years later to the Bay Area. Daniel moved to San Francisco in the spring of 2005 and began studying at the Academy of Art University. After a rigorous three years, in 2008 he received a BFA in Illustration. The years that followed his schooling, Daniel has continuously pursued a career in painting. While currently residing in San Francisco, he continues to show and sell his work all around the world.
Robert Bowen is a San Francisco based artist who watched entirely too much t.v. as a kid. A connoisseur of bad habits and collector of all things wrong, this “artist” feels it is his duty to bombard you with whatever inane and juvenile imagery falls from his hand. Hell bent on world domination, he pauses only occasionally for Mexican food and Lindsay Lohan movies.
A visual artist living and working in San Francisco, Robert Bowen has been exhibiting his artwork throughout the US for over ten years. Bowen got his start through graffiti and street art, and went on to attend art school and obtain a classical education as a painter.
Robert Bowen’s work is a strange, swirling brew of colorful contradiction that is not easy to define or even understand, but that seems quite the point. Throughout his body of work, Bowen takes familiar iconography and handily corkscrews it with his own unique brand of humor and distinct painting style. Bowen’s ability to reappropriate contradictory symbols into unsettling situations puts him in league with greats like Ron English, and Andy Warhol. He continues to walk the line between charming humor and blasphemous sarcasm with symbolic imagery that leaves the viewer both curious and confused. -Stacey Ransom
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Erich J. Moffitt is an American painter, born in 1982, in the Southern United States.
From age three onward, he traveled Europe with his family and spent his formative childhood years as an expatriate in the heart of Austria, where he learned to embrace multicultural influences from either side of the Atlantic and nurtured what would become a lifelong passion for art.
Having been simultaneously exposed to a wealth of literary, musical and artistic history, as well as the dawn of the internet and the information age, his work chronicles an effort to marry the rich cultural legacies of Old World Europe and 21st century America. His work often re-imagines classical themes from legend and myth via contemporary subject matter, frequently in a narrative style. His paintings are fables, featuring totemic animal archetypes and talismanic objects.
After returning to the United States, he received his Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2007. He currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC.
Susanne Apgar’s artistic impulses appear to have been triggered or perhaps galvanised by a simplesurrealist coffee-table art book in her childhood home.Amazed and obsessed by the peculiar images like a fur-covered cup and spoon, long legged elephants and outed inner visions, her path was set. Permission granted. Susanne was born in New Jersey and raised in Montreal. After completing a BA she studied Illustration and Design at Dawson College followed by Fine Arts at Concordia University. She generally works in oils and is currently spending time on gallery work as well as freelancing in editorial, advertising and book illustration. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries across Canada, the U.S and Australia. She currently works out of Toronto.
Kieran Collins was born in Southern California and grew up in the coastal city of Newport Beach. She obtained her BA in Psychology, from Amherst College, and her MFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. The artist currently lives and works in SF.
Brianna Angelakis (b. 1990) was born in Massachusetts and moved to Florida in her late teen years where she currently lives and works. She graduated from Flagler College with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and a B.A. in English in 2013, and she is currently working toward her M.F.A. in Painting with an assistantship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
In the past few years, her paintings have exhibited internationally in museums and galleries with critical acclaim. Her works have been published internationally including books such as Manifest's International Painting Annual 4, Semi-Permanent and Creative Quarterly. She is also a featured artist in the beinArt Collective which includes an international network of highly skilled figurative artists with a fascination for surreal and imaginative themes.
In memory of Mom
Matthew Robertson was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2012 with a BFA in illustration. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California. Robertson’s technical oil paintings are simultaneously chaotic and controlled as he masterfully weaves the two components into one canvas to intuitively explore the tenuous balance between real and abstract forms. The new series vibrates with a sense of innocence described by bold colors, geometric forms, and spontaneous lines which merge together harmoniously with an expert sense of realism, to create a body of work that is both nostalgic and contemporary.
Christina Ridgeway (formally Christina Lank) was born in Maryland, USA just outside of Washington D.C. As a child she was constantly drawing, in particular making story books just pictures without words. Getting in trouble for drawing on desks instead of paying attention in class and covering her bedroom walls in doodles was common practice!
Despite being very active in art classes up until her senior year, she moved to Berlin, Germany at the age of 18 and spent the next few years traveling Europe.
By the end when she reached Sweden she decided it was time to begin painting again – as an artist never feels content or whole unless they are creating!
She still resides in southern Sweden with her family painting with acrylics and oils telling stories in solitary pictures with which she now shares with the world.
Bec Winnel is an accomplished Australian illustrator and artist. Winnel’s portraiture combines the illustrative precision of a graphic artist with the sophistication and emotiveness of a painter. The ethereal quality of the her work is the result of carefully accreted layers of pencil, pastel and washes of paint.
Winnel’s work is delicate and otherworldly, and seems to border on the immaterial. Her imagery emerges from the surface like a dream state: soft, plush, and seemingly on the brink of dissolving into thin air. The artist’s subject’s are beautiful, and explore the haunting of femininity, romanticism, nature and a tendency towards aesthetic nostalgia.
Her pieces are rendered in a palette of candy pastel hues, with a gossamer like delicacy. Hyperreal and uncannily executed, the seduction of the imagery is ultimately contemporary and odes to feminine beauty that combine nostalgia with timeliness, hyperrealism with stylistic license – hovering seductively in the realm of dream.
Winnel is represented by Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City US, a member of PRISMA Artist Collective and an advocate with Element Eden.