2 (Diptych) 18 x 24 inch, Oil and Pencil on Paper and Canvas
"Beautiful Beasts" is inspired by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)
Chelsea Greene Lewyta was born in America in the year of the rabbit, month of the ox, to a married couple of mixed European descent with a Korean daughter, Hallie. They grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York in a small historic town near the river. Chelsea remembers living inside her head most of her childhood. She enjoyed solving puzzles, drawing, making various contraptions, exploring the forests, observing animals and watching films about dinosaurs, talking animals, foreign lands and fairytales. She took an interest in drawing and painting in high school and attended The Mill Street Loft in addition to her high school electives to prepare her portfolio for graduation.
The Pratt Institute granted her early acceptance for Illustration and she received a merit based scholarship. Chelsea moved to Brooklyn in 2005 to attend Pratt. Most of her time went to working on her art, contributing and assisting with the school's comic, Static Fish, and exploring New York City. While at Pratt, she took an interest in print making and working with mixed media. She began working on freelance projects in 2008 and two of her works were chosen for the Society of Illustrators Award. One of her silk screened prints won the Greenwich Workshop Award. In 2008 she also began exhibiting her work internationally. In 2009 she graduated from the Pratt Institute with a Bachelors of Fine Art and moved to Manhattan to a small studio, 'The Rabbit Hole' with her studio companion, Odin. She continued exhibiting on both the East and West coast along with shows overseas while working on a variety of freelance illustration projects. Some of her clients include Tiffany and Co., Victory Records, Art & Anthropology, BioLumina and The New York Observer. In 2010 she was published in Hunt & Gather, Discovering New Art by Tina Ziegler.
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Helice Wen was born in Shenzhen, China where her interest in art began at the age of 5 when she first started copying children’s book illustrations. After graduating from the Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2009, she began working as a children’s book illustrator. After leaving her illustration job a few years ago, Wen is now focused on creating gallery works. She has exhibited in New York, Florida, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She currently resides in San Francisco, working as a full time artist.
Caitlin Hackett is a Bay Area based artist, illustrator and creature concept designer. In her work, Hackett explores the relationship between humans and animals; the idea of the human denial of our animal nature and of humans as the dominant species, as well as the mutation of the animal created by the human interpretation of the animal.
Audrey Pongracz was born in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1979 and was raised in the Mexicantown area of southwest Detroit. A self taught painter, Audrey is constantly working to hone and refine her craft.