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."
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.