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."
Bradley Platz’ traditional oil paintings address the increasingly complex issues of permanence in the modern age. With a nod to the classical subject manner, the marble statues represent a timeless, yet forgotten beauty—a silent reminder of our mortality and the passing of time. The environments that these stolid statues inhabit range from the empty softness of raw linen and atmospheric perspective, to recent work depicting the over-development and deconstruction of place—and space—on the edge of continent and future.