ANDREA BOGDAN is a downtown L.A. artist. She generously uses color and motion in her paintings to express the unique life spark of the people she meets and the weird, wonderful and conflicted nature of the human condition. She’s worked in Detroit, the Bronx, Manhattan, Dallas, Prague, Vienna and Los Angeles and extracts personalities for her peculiar artwork mainly from these places. Her paintings have been sold around the world and adorn the walls of collectors in living in England, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia, and across the United States. Her work is influenced by Marc Chagall, Ralph Steadman, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Alexander Calder and (most of all) Jesse Reno.
Painting and Mixed Media
Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning mixed-media artist of Hungarian heritage. Her dynamic and highly textural abstract works have been exhibited and collected across the United States. Clara Berta’s paintings explore themes such as the ebb and flow of memory, the significance of personal heritage, renewal, the passing of physical time, desire, passion, and love. Her abstract works often include reminders of her travels expressed in unexpected sequences of patterns as well as distortion of perspectives and subconscious spaces. Manipulating with several layers of texture and acrylic paint, she will work and re-work her canvases, layering textures to give added dimension, and creating works that intrigue and invite the viewer to explore not only the surface but also the inner language of the painting.
Dana Ellyn is a full-time painter in downtown Washington DC. Her work is exemplified by a risk-taking vision, strong content, and colorful critiques of social norms. Ellyn's style sits on the fence between social realism and expressionism. Having spent her childhood and college years honing her skills and striving to be technically correct, during the past 12 years she has tasked herself with unlearning those restrictive habits. Ellyn strives to infuse more emotion and meaning in to each new painting she creates. Ellyn's paintings have stories to tell and opinions to profess. She delivers hard slaps to myths of all kinds - from religion, to politics to what it means to be a woman. Ellyn's goal is to employ humor when holding a subject up to her artistic scrutiny.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Artist Ching Ching Cheng brings a personal perspective to her art. Different places have different cultures, and human beings will naturally change and adapt to different environments. When people travel, they bring their culture with them. Sometimes the culture that they bring with them changes and adapts to that new environment. In the end, the culture changes to a modified new culture. The artist always puts herself in the situation to make the subject matter more personal, so her work gives an intimate and personal account of her own experiences, while simultaneously encouraging the viewer to recall their own. The subject matter that influences and inspires her work the most comes from her own cultural experiences. Her work is mixed media and found objects from various locations. She work digitally and traditionally as well as three dimensionally, and like to experiment with different techniques and mediums.
Jenna Michele explores the human form by focusing on the uniqueness of the individual body. Her photography emphasizes the beauty of an arm, a neck, a face, and she brings out the beauty of even the most simple body art. Her breathtaking photography follows her other favorite subject: landscape, capturing nature's mercurial personality in an instant before the scene changes. Her camera records moments that one would wait a lifetime to see.
Sculpture and Mixed Media
Jonna Lee's interests revolve around several topics; the viewers’ assumptions about specific materials, the anthropomorphically charged potential of sculpture, and the visceral impact present when any given artwork seduces the human senses. Currently she weds traditional sculptural processes with a material that fascinates me for these properties – platinum silicon rubber. This material potentialities concrete sensory qualities in abstract form.
Ann Mitchell was born in New York City and raised in California. With a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for over a decade. She then left commercial photography to pursue her own imagery, complete her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and has been the Chair of the Art & Photography Department at Long Beach City College.
Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME, 8000 people have been rescued from the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and provided a continuum of care including street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services focused on health care, education and employment. Not content to address the quantitative issues that cause poverty and homelessness, Project HOME builds the spirit and self-esteem of the people they serve. Project HOME creates a line of home products manufactured and produced by their clients, providing not just meaningful employment, but also accomplishment and contribution to their own economy. Art classes allow clients an outlet for expression, and have led to successful art shows for a number of artists.
London based artist Midula Dey, has developed a unique eclectic style of art over her short career. Described by a friend as "Happy Dali," her artworks pack a serious punch of colour, movement, and light. Her inspiration, simply to move through life free from fear and self-doubt. Eclectic, colour pop, with a hit of superhero power, Midula has been described as "Happy Dali." Midula's artwork translates easily from print to fashion to street culture. She is currently working on a range of scarves, jewellery, and skateboards.
Ronan combines his photographs with newspaper and magazines as source material. Combining all of these elements together to create a new environment of experimentation, wonder and unease. He plays with numbers, arrows, symbols to convince the viewer to observe and better discover the reality and the city landscapes around us, the diversity along with contradictions and frustrations in modern society. He aims to illustrate what happens when the urban landscape is abandoned for the suburbs and the remnants of a vibrant neighborhood are gone.
The Coral Goddess was created in 2011 and lives in 5 meters of water in Bali Indonesia. Celia Gregory founded The Marine Foundation in 2009 and pioneered the Living Sculptures in the Sea Eco art program. As a dive master, her creative eye provided a unique perspective into the underwater world. She travelled to reefs around the world and saw a bleak future for the environment. Eager to help find a solution, she worked with marine scientists with ideas of artificial reef and coral gardening. She realised humans can effect positive change. The living sculptures merge art and science, helping damaged habitats regenerate as well as creating innovative works of art.
Molly's eclectic background is reflected in her art. Her art style was raised along side her in Santa Monica, California by her two parents: her mother is a fashion designer and her father is a construction supervisor. The family traveled the world looking for inspiration for all their projects, and absorbing the world around them to be translated into their work. Molly's media is wide-ranging: wood, metal, fibers, written/ spoken word, performance, and found objects, materials inspired by her education at San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Santa Monica College. The goal of her art is to bring a playfulness into the art community by employing aesthetics of toys, kitsch/camp, or “low-art.” "Art belongs to all of us."