ANITA KUNZ
Anita Kunz works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the Musée Militaire de France in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Kunz’s critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries world wide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and across the pond at the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome Italy.
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BRANDI MILNE
Southern California artist Brandi Milne was born and raised in Anaheim. She grew up happily, surrounded by a wealth of inspiration as a child, taking pleasure in classic cartoons, crayons and coloring books, Sid and Marty Kroft creations, toys, candies and kitschy fabrics and notions of the times. Self-taught and emotionally driven, Milne's work speaks of love, loss, pain and heartbreak in the first person. She decorates it oddly with a wink of humor and a delicious candied-coat finish - a combination that can be considered highly addictive to viewers around the world. Milne's work is celebrated and supported in fine art galleries across the US, and has been featured in both print and online publications such as Hi-Fructose Magazine, Babyboss magazine and Juxtapoz. She published her first book "So Good for Little Bunnies" in 2008 with Baby Tattoo Books and Milne has collaborated with notable companies including 686, Hurley and Billabong. For more information please visit brandimilne.com
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BUFF MONSTER
Buff Monster lives in Hollywood and cites heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. The color pink, as a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. He was originally known for putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and also in far-away places. When his original and one-and-only wheat paste brush was no longer usable, seven years of frequent poster missions came to an end. Having given up a very productive street art career, he now works exclusively on fine art paintings, collectible toys and select design projects. He paints on wood, taking great care to create them as flat as possible. His work has been shown in numerous galleries, usually creating large installations to accompany the paintings. He has released loads of signature vinyl toys through MINDstyle, and has many other projects in the works with other leading toy companies. His art has been published in a long list of magazines, newspapers and books, including Juxtapoz, Vapors, Angeleno, XLR8R, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and others. Buff Monster works tirelessly day and night to spread happiness, joy and a love of pink.
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CHLOE EARLY
Born in 1980, Chloe Early grew up in Cork, Ireland. Early graduated from NCAD Dublin in 2003 and moved to London a year later, where she now lives and works. Her paintings layer motifs and meanings, using imagery from a range of sources, including her own photographs, magazines, books, and the internet to create paintings whose meaning shift and blur like a troubled dream. Early is represented by StolenSpace Gallery in London and has exhibited internationally at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Dublin. For more information about the artist, please visit www.chloeearly.com.
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COOP
Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present the highly-anticipated solo exhibition of new works by celebrated Pop-artist COOP. Since 2006, Los Angeles has been on the waiting list for COOP’s next explosion of larger-than-life pop iconography, and his upcoming solo show of irreverent and outrageous fine art is built for speed. Bold and brazen does not begin to describe the parade of leering devils, voluptuous vixens, and hell-bound hot rods that dominate his electric acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Considered one of the pioneers of the Contemporary New Fine Art movement, COOP steps out from his arsenal of sin to unveil the next phase in his evolving creations of neo-Pop imagery. An original music score written and recorded by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO will be featured on opening night. The reception will take place on Friday, May 29 from 7 to 10pm and is open to the public. The show will be on view until June 20, 2009.
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DAVID STOUPAKIS
David Stoupakis BIO Born David Michael Stoupakis on the 26th of July, 1974, in Brighton, Massachusetts, to Greek-Italian, first generation American construction foreman George Stoupakis and his Cape-Briton Island Nova Scotia wife Anne, a hard working woman to say the least at everything she does. Both of them being artists themselves they would go on to push and encourage David to become an Artist. David was born premature with numerous complications at birth and many thought he would not make it home from the hospital. Mother Anne knew she had to set strength in her new little one and so she gave him the name David and believed with this name little David would be able to beat the giant complications. Just one month later, David left the hospital to see his new home and two older siblings, brother Alex and sister Laura. Within the first grade of school David was found to have a severe learning disability and his Doctors informed that David would develop more on the artistic side and that he may have the ability to become a great artist. So when the talents in David truly started to shine. His parents were proud and very supportive however his newfound artistic ability concerned his teachers. On several occasions David' s "gloomy" drawings were the subject at teacher parent meetings. A few years later a wild art teacher entered David' s life and encouraged him, opened his mind and drove him to experiment. Within that year David made the choice to dedicate himself to his artwork. In 1992 David gave the Art Institute of Boston a one year try and quickly found that being schooled was not for him. In 1993 he began his road to developing himself and became a self-taught Artist. It was around 1995 when the first painting sold and by 1996 David was working as a contract 2 D / 3D Animator Artist for a game company. Then in 1999 David left the gaming industry and refocused his talents to painting full time. Also, that year he met his companion Aprella, and the two became muses for each other. David lives and works in New York with Aprella and their lovely rescued cat. He continues his dedication to painting and his remarkable works continue to grow.
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EINE
Ben Flynn, a.k.a. Eine, recently shot to international fame when David Cameron presented one of his works to President Obama as a gift on an official state visit, but is arguably more famous for ‘Alphabet Street’ – the shutters and murals he painted in his trademark colours and typography in Middlesex Street London– described by The Times as “a street now internationally recognized as a living piece of art with direct links to The White House.” Born 1970. London, England. Ben Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists. Originally a 'writer' he started his career over twenty five years ago as a vandal leaving his first tag all over London eventually developing a distinct typographic style
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ERIC JOYNER
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KORIN FAUGHT
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KUKULA
Kukula was born in a relatively isolated village about an hour north of Tel Aviv. Her few neighbors were mostly retirees, many of them Holocaust survivors. As a result her childhood imagination was nourished by equal parts princess fantasies and World War II horror stories. Thus the attempt to reconcile real life horror with fantasy life sweetness emerges as an almost constant theme in her work. After receiving her degree in illustration from Vital-Shenkar in 2003, Kukula moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is currently based. Kukula's paintings center on feminine, doll-like figures, often surrounded by objects with sometimes clear, sometimes obscure symbolic meaning. The work registers the influences of both classical European art forms and contemporary pop culture. In her figures' poses Kukula recalls classical portraiture, yet the style is manifestly modern and pop-influenced. Kukula's compositions thereby disclose her personal struggles as mediated by a rich multi-cultural heritage.
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LOLA
Lola was born and raised in Riverside, California. Growing up with an artistic father helped spark Lola's interest in art at an early age, and she began developing her creative and technical skills more diligently when she reached her teens. A self-taught painter, Lola takes great care in the unique details of each piece, with a distinct visual evolution from each new body of work she exhibits, displaying them in handpicked antique frames that she finds at flea markets. Featured in renowned collections worldwide, her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums from Los Angeles to New York and Europe. For more information about Lola, please visit www.lolafineart.com
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LUKE CHUEH
Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published "E.X.P.", a 'zine dedicated to the "Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)" genre. In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh's work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paintings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.
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MELISSA FORMAN
Melissa Forman was born and raised in Hartville, Ohio. Since she was 14 years old, she has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits. In 2002, Forman graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design and went on to work as an illustrator at a large greeting card company in Cleveland. With her days full of teddy bears and birthday cakes, she spent her nights exploring darker, more evocative themes and building upon her roots as a portrait artist. Forman uses the art of portraiture to explore the elegance, beauty, and sincerity of human emotion. She draws upon her own experiences to create symbolic, idealized characters and the worlds they inhabit, finding beauty in the subtle realities of the human experience. Her paintings have been shown in galleries across the country from New York City to Los Angeles. www.melissaformanstudio.com.
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MICHAEL MARARIAN
NATALIA FABIA
Natalia Fabia’s paintings are the signature of LA’s “new progressive” women of the 21st century. Like the independent working class of women who emerged from the the Industrial Revolution or the liberated “Flappers” of the 1920’s, Natalia’s women are unabashed, aggressive and confident as she documents their influence on the lifestyle of an enrapt world. Irreverently calling them “hookers” – she uses the term like men use “dude” - she is fueled and fascinated by their color, their sparkles, their sultriness and their strength. Inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ornate interiors, wild animals, voyeurism, and punk rock, Fabia also produced the first known Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant and her jewelry line Hookerfeathers adorns celebrities and fans alike. She has been featured in Art Ltd., Angeleno, Juxtapoz, Inked and New York Arts magazine as well as appeared on Miami Ink, KNBC News, Fox 11 News, and was interviewed by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on Los Angeles’ Indie 103.1. And most recently, Fabia is featured in LA Weekly’s 2010 People Issue as one of “LA’s Most Interesting People”. Natalia Fabia is of Polish descent and was raised in Southern California where she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
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RAY CAESAR
RAY CAESAR'S BIOGRAPHY I was born in London, England on October 26 1958, the youngest of four and much to my parent's surprise, I was born a dog. This unfortunate turn of events was soon accepted within my family and was never again mentioned in the presence of polite company. I was a rambunctious youth as was natural to my breed but showed a fine interest in the arts as I drew pictures incessantly on anything including the walls and floors of every room of our tiny house. After some trouble with intolerant neighbors, my family was convinced to move to Canada and it was not long before the burgeoning town of Toronto became our new home. Unfortunately the drawing continued to become somewhat atypical and aberrant and it was impressed upon me that such images might not be suitable for public viewing. In the summer of 69, there was a valiant attempt to stop me from doodling infamous contemptible fascist dictators upside down on my stomach with a ballpoint pen. I was consoled however by the encouragement to continue penciling in faces of flamboyant cowboys such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger and Tonto on my toenails but was expressly forbidden to talk to them at night. It can be said that there are defining moments in a dogs life that can only be described as pivotal. Mine came when I received a gift of a flesh toned 12 inch plastic movable human doll attired in cheaply made military fatigues called "GI Joseph". I however named him "Stanley Mulver" and immediately resigned his commission from the light infantry. My Mother helped in this by sewing small business suits and leisure wear out of leftover Christmas fabric embroidered with holly and snowmen, tinfoil shoes and one tasteful Safari suit made of tight fitting powder blue rayon that proudly shone cobalt in the summer sunlight. It wasn't long before I had begun making enlarged wigs out of gray plasticine. These wigs soon became huge pompadours for Stanley and looked even more grand when I meticulously imbedded small hairs from my daily body and face shavings. This hirsute practice along with walking upright allowed me to fit in with other children even though my father considered it a waste of time. In short, Stanley had become a visage of the Man I could never be, of that elusive self one sometimes glimpses down the tunnel of infinite reflected mirrors. Although ridiculed by my peers, I proudly wore Stanley around my neck at all times as if to say "SEE! This is the man I will be, a good man, a kind man". I have worked in many fields over the years, attended obedience classes and art colleges, jobs designing horrible buildings in architectural studios, medical art facilities, digital service bureaus, suspicious casino computer game companies, eventually working at computer modeling, digital animation and visual effects for television and film. Some award nominations have been attained and I have been driven in long black liquor filled limousines and walked on hind legs down red carpets in Pasadena while wearing strange smelling rented tuxedos. Things change and summer years come to an end. My change occurred one night when my Mother visited me, which was slightly unusual because she had passed away some months before, a victim to the cigarette habit she could never quite lick. Facing a wall and slowly turning I saw the right side of her face ablaze in light, her hand trying to cover the light as if she were apologetic for having it seep through. Words were said about following rabbits down holes and I was shown galleries of work which were to be my own. My Mother was not the first visitation I have had and it seems she will not be the last. I live in a brick house with my wonderful wife Jane and a coyote called Bonnie. I like eating avocados and I don't really mind being a dog. Ray Caesar
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RISK
In a career spanning 29 years, RISK has impacted the evolution of graffiti as an art form in Los Angeles and worldwide. RISK gained major notoriety for his unique style and pushed the limits of graffiti further than any writer in L.A. had before: He was one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains, and he pioneered writing on “heavens,” or freeway overpasses. At the peak of his career he took graffiti from the streets and into the gallery with the launch of the Third Rail series of art shows, and later parlayed the name into the first authentic line of graffiti inspired clothing. RISK has continued to work on numerous Hollywood projects for movie and music video sets, including the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and videos for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Bad Religion and Michael Jackson. Today, RISK is still involved with graffiti, surrounding himself with writers and supporting them in their art, and exhibiting at galleries and museums worldwide.
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SARAH FOLKMAN
Sarah Folkman Born in 1965. Los Angeles, California native. PAINTING INFO: Self-taught. Began painting at age 20. Finds inspiration in the human figure and hands-on interaction with wildlife. Shows: Corey Helford Gallery “Group Show Number One” May 2006 Corey Helford Gallery “Halloween Show” October 2006 Corey Helford Gallery “Literartistry” group show August 2007 Corey Helford Gallery “Four” group show May 2008 California Wildlife Center Annual Benefit August 2008 T & P Fine Art “Give Less Fruit Cake Buy More Art” group show Dec. 2008 Corey Helford Gallery “Mia-Folkman-Burke” group show July 2009 California Wildlife Center Annual Benefit August 2009 “Enlighten!” lamp show benefiting inner-city arts Nov. 2009 Children’s Action Network’s benefit Dec. 2009 Corey Helford Gallery “Multi-Plane” group show Dec. 2009 Manifest Equality group benefit March 2010 MUSIC INFO: -Formed the industrial-gothic band, Geko, with the auto-bio comic artist/guitarist Carrie Mc Ninch in 1985. Released the vinyl single “Probing The Gash In Her Head” in 1990 and the full length CD “Join My Pretty World” in 1992. -Appeared on the Vampire Rodents 1995 release “Clockseed.” -T.H.C. A trip hop band from Los Angeles, California, composed of singer/songwriter Sarah Folkman and producer/composer/keyboardist/ George Sarah. From 1996 to 1998 the band released one E.P. and two 12 inch records. In 1999, the band released one full-length album together called Adagio. It consisted of a somber beauty of melancholic charged electronica. T.H.C. gained more recognition after their music appeared in a couple of episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as well as its spin-off, Angel), playing the part of the fictional band Shy. Their music was featured in several films including 'The Curve' starring Michael Vartan and Keri Russell. In their hometown of Los Angeles they received much radio airplay including the influential stations KCRW and KROQ. Their live performances were accompanied by a live string section, and in November of 1998 they had a two week residency at the Chesterfield Cafe in Paris, France. Discography of released music: "T.H.C." Adagio Medicine/ Brain Surgery 1999 "T.H.C." Blue Wave/12 inch Intelligent 1998 "T.H.C." Darjeeling/12 inch Intelligent 1997 "T.H.C." Consenting Guinea Pig (E.P.) Full Contact/ Fifth Colvmn 1996 COMPILATIONS: "T.H.C." Unsaid Warning L.A.Critical Mass Mindspore Recordings 1998 “T.H.C." Need To Destroy FCR Fifth Colvmn 1996 Sarah swears she'll finish her first novel and make a stab at the second before she dies.
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SHAG
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SYLVIA JI
Sylvia Ji was born in 1982, and raised in San Francisco, California, where she received her BFA at the Academy of Art University. Upon graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 where she currently resides. Ji's work encapsulates an alluring beauty that is both cutting edge and a nod to time-honored technique. Her paintings are symbolic reflections of herself, portraits of people she knows or nameless faces set in a landscape of fleeting and decaying beauty. Possessing an artistic voice as unique as the times we live in, Ji is at once contemplative, spiritual, enigmatic, and yet whimsically funny. Above all else, it is perhaps beauty that emerges as her defining characteristic, and her art reflects this: an extension of herself; a passionate appreciation of simple aesthetic pleasure fused with intimately complex subject matter. Ji’s work has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions including White Walls and Art Basel’s Art Fair Now. She has been profiled in numerous publications such as Juxtapoz, Trace, and Mesh Magazine, and her painting “Dona Dolorosa” graced the cover of the LA Weekly for a feature story about Juxtapoz magazine’s Laguna Museum retrospective “In The Land of Retinal Delights”.
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TOM BAGSHAW
Based in the Georgian city of Bath, England, Tom Bagshaw works as a commercial illustrator and fine artist under the moniker “Mostlywanted.” Exploring themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism, Bagshaw’s highly rendered digital painting style could be described as dark and creepy. However, a closer look at the details reveals there is also quirky humor, mystery and strong, feminine beauty mixed in. For more information about the artist, please visit tombagshaw.blogspot.com.
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VAN ARNO
Van Arno was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended Otis parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, California where he supported himself working as a bouncer in nightclubs and adult video arcades. As a young illustrator, his images appeared on album covers, video game box art, and nightclub posters around the city. He has exhibited in galleries worldwide including Jonathan Levine Gallery, Shooting Gallery, Copro Nason, Mendenhall Sobieski and Galerie d’Art Yves Laroche. Several of his works were included in a national survey of Lowbrow painters at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center in Florida along with Mark Ryden, Chaz Bojorquez, Kenny Scharf, Anthony Ausgang and others.
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