Isidro Blasco

 photo 1400x720-OHbmK5L5oExdltod_zpsa22000bd.jpg  photo zewssceD7SutWbwD_zpsf54c7c81.jpg  photo KKIb8LIbdU25ne9F_zps7a917cb4.jpg  photo vfvvLnrIgjL_iL8R_zps21a8a0af.jpg " I made this installation using hundred of images that I took right in front of my apartment building, in Jackson Heights, New York. The different parts of the installation grew organically as it was been set up at the gallery Savannah College of Art and Design - ACA Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia." - Isidro Blasco  photo DJB3iHwiEAPGLpyG_zps2195baea.jpg  photo vAMFwxVQeDtwWvle_zps38b9ff55.jpg  photo 29kf8wmTCMdhE75E_zpse479f3ae.jpg  photo PiOZw3ejv1xwe4tV_zpsd1b60459.jpg

Alec Huxley

 photo Huxley_Were_Chained_zpsa46b6c3a.jpg  photo Huxley_Git_zps45bdea5c.jpg  photo Huxley_Stealing_Bags_of_Laughs_zps6233005d.jpg Alec Huxley (B. 1980) is a painter, photographer and graphic designer living in San Francisco, California. Filled with contrast, his work is primarily figurative. Bleak and colorful, it focuses on urban and desert landscapes of the American West Coast. Cinematic-like scenes serve as stylized historical records of place, time and architecture as well as settings for surreal narratives. A self taught painter, his background includes studies in business, graphic design, photography and a career in printing before committing to fine art full-time in 2009. Alec was raised in California, Alaska, Texas, Scotland and spent his 20's in Seattle, Washington. He is also the founder and principal of Adult Flavored Pudding, an art and design entity of a more contemporary nature.  photo Huxley_Been_Trying_To_Meet_You_zpsf2b706f8.jpg  photo Huxley_Didactics_zps26c60122.jpg

Kagan McLeod

 photo Coach-bathroom_zps7a48e346.jpg  photo Coach-cleaning_zps253ce2bd.jpg Kagan McLeod has been illustrating for magazines, newspapers and design firms since 1999, after graduating from Sheridan College's illustration program. He began work as a staff artist for Canada’s National Post newspaper, and has since had work published in magazines around the world. He lives in Toronto with his wife, two daughters and hound dog, Buddy.  photo Coach_zpscad56e9c.jpg

Kim Dingle

 photo SW_WORKSimage2482w625_zps8735f56a.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage2470w625_zps7040e78a.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage2476w625_zps6a24ccd8.jpg " I've been an artist since I was a baby. My art is about my inner life, and the pain of it. It's about the very painful process of being alive. By nature I am not an overtly political artist. I know that everything is political, that everything is politicized. But...I don't work at that level. The fact that we walk around...and eat and breathe and have ideas and don't need any batteries or cords is just amazing to me. I mean, what keeps us moving? I'm in awe of it. "Priss" is like Shirley Temple as a psycho pit bull. Being a girl is my background. Of course I have a feminist consciousness but I don't think of myself as an artist who has a feminist agenda. No more so than any other artist, male or female. " - Kim Dingle  photo SW_WORKSimage2478w625_zps8e81d5e2.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage2483w625_zps9b196503.jpg  photo SW_WORKSimage2479w625_zpsb488d97b.jpg  photo Kim-Dingle-studio_zps3844a23a.jpg

Douglas Smith

 photo Douglas-Smith-07_zps083f5bf0.jpg  photo Douglas-Smith932_zpscd222176.jpg  photo http---jux-user-files-prods3amazonawscom-2013-05-16-21-17-36-997-Douglas_Smith_zps9be29d24.jpg  photo 1_zps830d10fc.jpg Born in New York City, Douglas Smith began drawing early. To Douglas, the most appealing aspect of making art was storytelling, and with this in mind, he chose to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning his BFA in Illustration in 1974, also studying sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Smith moved to Boston shortly after graduation, and started to build a freelance career, working for local magazines and newspapers such as the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Inc. Magazine, New England Monthly, and others. His work was frequently selected for inclusion in the Society of Illustrators exhibition, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, American Illustration, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Graphis Annual, and ‘Outstanding American Illustrators Today’ from Japan. His national reputation building, Smith received many advertising, book, and corporate assignments, and was profiled in 1986 by Communication Arts. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Richard Solomon group and is now its senior member. Additional honors awarded Smith over the years include a Silver Award from the Society of Newspaper Design, an Award of Merit from the Society of Publication Design, Gold and Merit Awards from the Art Directors Club, and an Achievement Award from the Society of Technical Communication. He is also a frequent exhibitor at the Society of Illustrators in New York. In 1992, Douglas was invited to participate in the United Nations/Society of Illustrators show – ‘The Illustrator and the Environment,’ a subject of deep interest to him. During his Boston years he designed and drew numerous projects for Greenpeace, including an anti-whaling children’s book, and an internationally famous t-shirt design opposing the annual ‘harvest’ of harp seal pups. Smith has lectured at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Art Institute of Boston, Parsons, New England School of Art, and Maine College of Art. Smith realized a long-held dream when he moved from the Boston area to Peaks Island, off the coast of Maine, in 2004. Now, aside from his illustration work, he also participates in the vibrant island arts community, becoming a member of the cooperative art gallery, displaying ‘found object’ sculpture, as well as drawings and paintings in various media. He lives a short walk from the ocean, in a house full of art, odd stuff, and three cats.  photo 7c4b3dea7fd23bda343668fe27075087_zps29b9ab8e.jpg  photo Douglas-Smith_zps77c64a0d.jpg  photo Douglas-Smith1_zpsdd26dd7a.jpg

Nabil Nahas

 photo 895_zps357184e6.jpg  photo 767_zpsa8f6dfc9.jpg  photo 907_zpsc98085bf.jpg Born in Egypt, Nabil Nahas grew up in Cairo and Beirut, then moved to the United States for university studies. He is the younger brother of the Lebanese/Brazilian businessman Naji Nahas. He earned a BFA from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1971 and an MFA from Yale University in 1973. Encounters with contemporary painters at Yale influenced Nahas to move to New York, which he did after graduation. Nahas has been based in New York ever since.  photo 912_zpsdedb48df.jpg  photo 1_zps0333ae00.jpg  photo 913_zpsa22d2aa1.jpg

Ali Banisadr

 photo ali_banisadr_name_of_zpsf8a1ca00.jpg  photo ali_banisadr_name_of_detail_2_zps0e3e425e.jpg  photo ali_banisadr_name_of_detail_1_zpsfae01729.jpg Ali Banisadr is originally from Tehran, but moved to America when he was a child; his works are influenced by his experiences as a refugee from the Iran-Iraq war and his approach to abstraction evokes connotations to displacement, memory, nostalgia and violence. In The Name Of possesses all the qualities of a fantastical landscape, its rich aromatic colours disseminating a fairytale orientalism that’s both majestic and medieval. Amidst his lush surface, splendour gives way to embellished anarchy and carnage as onslaughts of painterly gestures replicate the chaos of an attack. The fractured background, reminiscent of stained glass, is inspired by his recollection of the sound of shattering windows during bombings. This synaesthetic connection between auditory memory and visualisation is consistent throughout his work.  photo ali_banisadr_land_of_zpse66a15ed.jpg  photo ali_banisadr_land_of_detail_2_zps3016ff60.jpg  photo ali_banisadr_land_of_detail_1_zps425c03fc.jpg

Sharon Shapiro

 photo Pulling-The-Wool-detail1LDT__zps3c5f7d03.jpeg  photo Pulling-The-WoolLDT__zpsc548dba5.jpeg  photo Pulling-The-Wool-detail4LDT__zps78d470e5.jpeg " I am fascinated by the conflict between the inner and outer lives of human experience, between the self’s placid exterior and its churning, riotous core. Painting, I believe, is a good medium to both capture and illuminate this tension. There are lyrical and ornate aspects to my work, influenced in part by childhood recollections of color and patterns, but underneath and complementing this colorful surface lurks anxiety, fragility, violence, and insatiable desire." - Sharon Shapiro  photo Tar_and_Feathers-11_zps76606876.jpg  photo Tarandfeathers-detail1_zps52b77a3a.jpg  photo DSC_0191_zps4ad73374.jpg

Rudy Gutierrez

 photo 591dd2881af8a753552de58eee2f194c_zps8db76550.jpg  photo 4e721633b2b120710627af334b02ac83_zps8d19e350.jpg  photo 3d9403019a4cb19dc1d580f45f01d142_zps96c06e78.jpg Rudy Gutierrez calls his work "Rhythmic Gumbo" apparently because of the musical feeling mix of elements or languages that make up his visuals. As the word GUMBO is broken down it can be seen in in many ways but after many queries he has defined it as Great, Universal, Magic, Beyond, Order. The art itself is very much about sound and movement so Giving, Unique, Melodic, Oneness would also seem to apply. This stew is brought to us in layers. Layers of reality combined with layers of spirit which are formed by flat, tonal, real, abstract, raw, and refined figurative scenes. Sometimes it is the deconstruction of the real and at other times its finding the reality in the amorphic. At all times he stresses, it is about connecting. Gutierrez's work has been described as "Wall Medicine, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel." The reality is that the intention of the work is always about touching people and the ever shifting sofrito or mixing of these spices is at many times a combination of sophistication and so-called primitism, that is to say it is where a meeting takes place between refinement and rawness. It is indeed the place where Magic meets the University of the Streets and all kinds of noises occur to induce this dance between ancestors and acquaintances alike. Spirits Known and Unknown if you will.  photo 3064306d7e8754ca229ab83ad99f0c02_zps0a18b0fa.jpg  photo b47dff0f915d0b1d8b469a16a3ff8b73_zpse2343180.jpg

Thomas Houseago

 photo work017-5XQEUB_zpsff7e294e.jpg  photo work016-wF1L6w_zpsf3231cc4.jpg  photo work023-z22w50_zps9ba4a746.jpg Thomas Houseago (b. 1972 in Leeds, Great Britain) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a figurative sculptor who uses lo-fi materials such as plaster and plywood. His work references genres such as Cubism and Futurism and plays on the history and tradition of statues. Thomas Houseago studied at Central Saint Martins in London and the Ateliers in Amsterdam. After completing his studies, he lived and worked for several years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles. During the past year, the work of Thomas Houseago has been shown in Glasgow, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Arnhem (Sonsbeek 2008) and Brussels.  photo work065-U78J4q_zpsfdd1e20c.jpg  photo work066-YWDCr9_zps4fa6b0c4.jpg  photo work094-893jH5_zpsaefb3125.jpg