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Monday, February 7, 2011

ART: Morgan Richardson

The most exciting part of what I do is taking a blank object and taking it through a transformative journey with an undetermined destination. I’ve drawn inspiration from great illustrators and animators; each taking individual pieces of paper and creating memorable characters and stories out of lines and colors. Animation and illustration, especially comic books, have been driving inspirations in my artistic career, and the vibrancy, lightheartedness, and whimsical are currents I like to have running through my work.
 
I don’t create esoteric or heavy things.  I like to think of my work as rad, goofy, and reminiscent of my childhood. I fell in love with painting sitting in my backyard with a plastic easel, fluorescent jars of paint, and no brushes--just my five-year old hands. There’s a way that children view the world through brightly-colored lenses--always hopeful, optimistic, and carefree.  Painting allows me to recapture that feeling, and reignite the imagination as brightly as it burned back then.

 - Morgan Richardson
morganrichardsonart.com

Monday, February 7, 2011

ART: Helice Wen

Helice's earliest memories are of drawing -- on the bedroom wall, the pages of her parents' books, and any paper she could find. The habit continued after emigrating from China to San Francisco as a teenager, though on increasingly sophisticated mediums and eventually led to a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in 2009. There she learned the power of illustration is to tell a story. 
 
Her inspiration comes from everywhere -- the city she loves, the recollections of friends, favorite songs, even nightmares. It all serves her interest in conveying the sensitivities and the interior world of her subjects in an exterior way. For Helice this is a delicate business--an exploration of pattern and texture designed to draw the viewer to a few essential strokes and lines. And so, for her, drawing and painting have become the best communication tool from her to the world.
 
- Helice Wen
Thursday, March 10, 2011

ART: Megan Bates

I first started drawing from the moment that I could pick up a crayon. Both my older bro and I were super into coloring, painting--even those rad little macaroni necklaces you make in kindergarten. If we were handed the tools, we'd create something awesome. Throughout the years, I've been all over the spectrum in hopes of finding where I excelled best in the world of fine art. I've dabbled in sculpture (that did NOT go well), as well as live figure drawing classes and other painting mediums. However, I really found the type of medium I adore the most is charcoal. I find it amazing--all the different things you can do with a simple piece of charcoal and piece of paper; and I have spent quite a bit of time perfecting my craft. This year I decided to try something new--acrylics. Not a HUGE fan of incorporating color into my pieces; I was a bit nervous to try this medium out. Luckily, I was stoked to see how creative I could get, as well as really express how I’m feeling at the moment!

 If I were to name my influences, I'd have to say I'm extremely inspired by the mentality of Andy Warhol. To be so eccentric, yet so successful in his career, truly proved to me that I don't have to be afraid of who I am. 

 RAW is the first art organization I have joined, so I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to selling my work. I'm stoked to network with other art lovers, (both the brush holders and the investors). You can find my work under my profile 'Meg' at RAW's website, as well as my Facebook page (my art album is open to the public) http://www.facebook.com/megatron.

- Megan Bates

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ART: Loreen Bergman

I am interested in blending nuances of the psychological, the emotional and the intellectual in my work. I paint and I experiment, and through this process, I may discover multiple directions the art would take, and it may speak to me in ways I did not originally expect.  

Art serves to remind the viewer of the perfection and simultaneous imperfection of the human condition. I like the intersection of paint and other media used to reveal and conceal simultaneously, keeping you wondering, moving you into another dimension.

I like the broader interpretations my work can provide, allowing the viewer to stretch the imagination, affirming my belief that we humans are limitless potential resources of creative energy.

- Loreen Bergman
 

Monday, March 7, 2011

ART: Tom Flanagan

I became an artist right after graduating from college. Painting helped me deal with the uncertainty and chaos that I felt during that transitional point of my life. I now own and operate Artists Moving, and art has become fully embedded in my life.   

As a furniture mover, I get to experience the city from all different locations and spaces. I love how my business has encouraged my own art, and maybe even those that I work with. I am self-taught, and I believe that actively making art is often more valuable than studying it. I am also currently learning screen printing at the Mission Cultural Center.

My current work focuses on combining the mediums of photography and painting. I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to go out and take photos, and I love bringing the real world back to the studio. In striving to convey my impression of the world (when it's most vivid to me); I’ve developed a process of letting photos do some of the detail work while painting away the noise from the photo. I like the challenge of reconciling the two realities that they represent. Photos keep the art grounded in real place and time, while painting allows me to develop my own impression and narrative.

Artists Moving is currently working on a mobile gallery, where we install our artwork in the van and have a show at events like Oakland’s “Art Murmur”. Stairs, music, and smoke machines all seem to be in order after our trial run last week. Be sure to sign up for monthly emails if you’d like to be informed of where we pop up next. Simply email us through http://www.ArtistsMoving.com.

-Tom Flanagan

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ART: Kumiko Mayer

Painter of light
I believe in infinite possibility and paint with hope for a world filled with "luminous joy".

Happy to have been born on planet
Earth,of miraclous creation.
Unique beginning, and universal connection to the energy of the cosmos.
By which we become aware of the beauty and value of our spirits.

I am self-taught artist who creates straight from my spirit.
Moving from Japan to Bay area in March 2010.
My work has been on exhibit at galleries and art museum in Tokyo,Kobe,Kyoto,Osaka,Nagoya,London.
Those who experience my art tell me that they receive hope,peace,happy,love enerAgy from them.
I hope to impart that same energy to you.
please see my website.

kumiko-mayer.artistwebsites.com

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ART: Chelsea Brown

Chelsea Brown came into being in Manhattan, NY, 1988. Partly raised in New Jersey, mostly raised in Marin County, she now makes her home in San Francisco. After she completed her undergraduate degree in Costume Design from UC Santa Barbara, she moved to the city for the people, the art and the overall glory of the Bay Area. Aside from her formal education, she has been drawing since before she can remember, and makes a point to draw something every day. 

Chelsea draws much of her inspiration from supernatural phenomena, weird rituals, cosmology myths and all things epic. Native American culture and aesthetic is a large part of her work currently, and she always finds power in nature, animals and badass females. With her work, she seeks to highlight the ability of the human imagination to think beyond our world, and how that ability is necessary when it comes to forming culture. Simultaneously, she strives to communicate the inextricable links us humans have with the natural world; and how we must ground ourselves in reality and understand our massive impact on this planet.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ART: Rosalyn Aplaon

 

My name is Rosalyn Aplaon. Like many artist', i started drawing when i was little. It was like a way of escaping from reality! I have always been so interested in Animation: Disney movies, Tim Burton movies and Disney-Pixar! Im highly influenced by Tim Burton, I think if you look at my work you would be able to tell who my favorite artist is. I love to draw cute little characters and paint anything that comes to mind! I hope to one day sit in a chair and create in Pixar Animation Studios and also illustrate for children's books! One thing i always tell myself is that my work doesnt have to be perfect, everyone has their own style and their own imagination, which is one thing i love about Art! Im not looking to be famous but just to know i believed myself and i can reach my goals of making someone smile when they see my work ive lived my life how i wanted it to. If you would like to see my work please visit my website: www.xorosa.com. Thank you!
 
- Rosalyn Aplaon
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ART: Murals Without Borders

I have been painting as long as I can remember. (Not nonstop, of course. I do enjoy eating and playing the occasional game of Settlers of Catan). But I don't have any memory of learning to paint; it just involved alongside other life skills, like learning how to walk, and how to reheat pizza without setting fire to the kitchen. I see plain surfaces as an affront to basic creative dignity, and do my best to remedy them with colorful subjects whenever possible.

One of my major tenets is that there is no such thing as too much color. Subtlety and understated elegance are two themes you will never find in my personal work. While I understand the need for these in a client's living room or office, in my leisure time you will find me painting a cacophony of shapes and colors. Drawing inspiration from
the Eastern world of bright orange Indian sarees and garishly painted Nepalese buses, I feel most at home when surrounded by colors so strong, they vibrate.

I paint murals in the Bay Area for families, restaurants, schools and other organizations. My murals aren't limited to walls or canvases. A favorite project of mine is turning eyesores into art. For example, I've turned rusty old water heaters into flower gardens, and old clunky clothes driers into Ganesha the Elephant Deity. I like the challenge of not only covering something up, but transforming it into a positive element. I make removable wall hangings as party decorations and for people who can't paint directly on their walls. These murals travel as far as their owners do.

This is why my murals are "without borders."  You can see more of my work on http://muralswithoutborders.com/ and contact me about any ideas you happen to have.

- Gaea of Murals Without Borders

Monday, May 16, 2011

ART: Jeslyn Cantrell

The process of printmaking first seduced me when I went to France to study abroad for a few months. At the time I was really struggling to find my aesthetic style, but I was not in love with a media that would help me put my emotions on the page. While in France I met a woman studying for her masters in printmaking. We were fast friends and when she handed me my first block I did not hesitate. I found “thinking backwards” (as she would often put it) came naturally to me. It was the first time I was ever able to use a media as an aid in guiding my work.

Influenced by artists such as Beardsley, Utamaro, and Mucha, I am a product of “Japonisme”.  As an illustrator, I had previously focused on capturing the image of the places before me. My experiences with printmaking and my experiences traveling have encouraged me to capture the life and emotion within the images. Using pattern, composition, color, and technique I contrive whimsical images that are reminiscent of old storybooks and Japanese prints. The artwork I create lends itself a formal storybook quality that plays through emotions, people, and places I have experienced. Each piece is a growing, changing idea that begins with sketches. This idea transforms into a story told through the process of printmaking.

- Jeslyn Cantrell

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