Monday, 31 January 2011
I live in Vancouver, Canada and I'm a painter as well as a comic book artist. I use Holbein Water Soluble oils to do my paintings and I use blue line pencils and pens to do my comic work. I also do digital illustrations. I'm a big fan of trying new media, which allows me different kinds of artist expression.
RD: What media do you prefer?
I'm very much a traditionalist. There's nothing quite like getting your hands, and even clothes sometimes, dirty with paint! I tried doing digital animation, but found that I was constantly sketching and drawing, so for me its definitely the hands on media that I love most!
Videogames are a lot of fun and over the years they've become very lush and impressive. I've worked on a few video games, Sky Pirates of Neo Terra and with ActionPants doing character designs. Its an amazing thing to see characters you design, developed into 3D moving images. I really enjoy working with such creative studios.
RD: Could you give us a run down of where you have exhibited in the past and what exciting stuff you have coming up for the future?
I've exhibited in a lot of North America, Opera Galery in New York, Thinkspace in LA, and in Europe as well, my last solo show was at Mondo Bizarro in Rome. I'm very much looking forward to any future exhibitions I can have in Asia.
I have a solo show with Copro Nason in LA in the spring of 2012. As well as a few group shows, G1988 with Greg Simkins and a group show with Glenn Barr.
I draw a lot of my inspiration from photography and also from exploring the city. My father raised me to love and appreciate nature, watching The Discovery Channel was one of my favourite things to do. So I take a lot of symbolism from nature and create my paintings based on that. I also am quite inspired by literature, I get an incredible exhilaration reading plays and poetry, its so inspiring.
Music for me is very important while I'm painting and drawing. Depending on the mood of the piece, or comic, I will often listen to a range of styles and genres to suit the energy of what I'm doing. I've taken a huge interest in dubstep recently and I'm finding that very inspiring.
Since I work alone, i don't have a lot of interaction with other artist. However I do have a lot of artist friends, and its really special to be able to talk to them and enjoy their company. Meeting my peers is something that I can't describe, and can only sum it up as awe inspiring!
RD: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have two personal items with you, what would they be?(Go Wild...ha)
As for the shoe designs, I've been part of many shoe art shows, where I have customized original shoes. It was a lot of fun. Now I have my own shoes on my Zazzle store and they are amazing! The response has been great!
RD: iphone or Blackberry?
I adore my Iphone...couldn't live without it!
Saturday, 29 January 2011
19th February–19th March2011
OpeningNight :Saturday19th February2011 6-8 pm
Artist Sarah Beetson invites you into her bedroom. Enter her head and explore her multi-dimensional, psychedelic lucid dreams. On Saturday 19th February 19 Karen will be transformed into the inner depths of Sarah’s meandering mind.
‘I Dream in Celluloid’ is Sarah’s fourth solo exhibition and will encompass 40+ works including a visual record of her dreams, a series of larger works on canvas, a short animation and a giant digitally printed, hand painted embellished quilt cover.
In these works Sarah’s subconscious tangles with the old films she watches, with her lovers, friends and family, and her flamboyant imagination to create a kaleidoscope of works full of vibrant colours, illuminated faces and pure surreal life.
Sarah says through studying and recording content of her dreams she is rediscovering memories from her childhood, her displaced identity and nationality, interactions with people and pets, both dead and alive through the past and present.
“I'm discovering facts about the essence of my existence via my subconscious, as I progress through the period of my twenties we call Saturn Returns,” she said.
Behind the multitude of Sarah’s work is an extremely dedicated artist whose track record demonstrates her compulsive need to create art.
British-born Sarah has had a career to brag about. Once graduated from Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, UK in 2002 where she won the Pentland Prize for Fine Art Sarah went on to work in fashion, illustration and design at Yellowdoor (Mary Portas), Pop and The Face magazines for 4 years. Whilst completing a 7 month print design internship at Stella McCartney she was commissioned by Stella herself to decorate walls of her Bruton Street shop.
Since then, Sarah has built a career as a freelance artist and illustrator exhibiting work throughout the world, has been documented in a wealth of books, and has been commissioned to work for clients such as The Times (UK), The Wall Street Journal, Ford Germany, St George Bank and Perth Fashion Week.
This show will open on Saturday 19th February from 6-8pm until the 19th March so don’t miss the chance get inside Sarah Beetson’s head and explore ‘I Dream in Celluloid’.
Milk and Honey
19th February – 19th March 2011
OpeningNight: Saturday19th February 6-8 pm
If you haven‟t heard of Adelaide‟s renowned illustrator Dan Withey then you‟ve been hiding under a rock. As his name spreads and his shows go from sell out to sell out; 19 Karen is lucky enough to be hosting his eighth solo show on the 19th February titled „Milk and Honey.‟
Withey‟s talent has also been recognised by fellow artists. Melbourne‟s finest pop-artist, Dennis Ropar has taken Withey under his wing as well as purchasing 17 of Dan‟s works from his sell out show in Melbourne late last year
Dan feels, without self-proclaiming too much, that these are his best works yet.
“Most of my works are about a person or story or memory of mine like the scary bogan heroin addict I met at Hungry Jacks that I managed to distract with fries to make a quick get away,” he said.
„Milk and Honey‟ has been created in Dan‟s studio at his Adelaide home. Jotting ideas and inspiration down into a journal he is motivated by pop cult figures, conversations and the constant stimulation of the TV. Dan uses acrylic and spray paint on ply wood to create works of strong colour and detailed illustration that flesh out his ideas on globalisation and consumerism.
Throughout Dan‟s work the tribal, Native American influence is irrefutable. In his eyes their way of life represents something important that we have lost in our modern day world that has now been replaced with fear, paranoia and greed. The characters in his work represent his own personal desire to seek freedom from the mess that we have created.
Dan first started to paint 4 years ago after emigrating from England 2 years prior. While completing his Bachelor in Visual Communication at the University of South Australia, Dan was awarded first prize in the Design Institute of Australia student of the year awards in the Graphic Design category. His work has been published in Monster Children Magazine as part of the Mooks Art Space competition 2009 and he has also completed work for the Tour Down Under 2010 and many other Companies.
Though his family and girlfriend might nickname him „hermit‟ we here at 19 Karen are happy for Dan to hide away in his studio as long as he is creating his wonderfully refreshing art. An emerging artist to be reckoned with; Dan is completely committed to his career and this is your chance to own one of his work‟s while they still are affordable.
So join us and the artist on the 19th February from 6-8pm at 19 Karen to be part of Dan Withey‟s solo show „Milk and Honey‟ which will be exhibiting till the 19th March 2011.
Lying Under Trees
19th February–19th March2011
OpeningNight: Saturday19th February2011 6-8 pm
Picture: rolling hills of green, small valleys, bowing creeks, prehistoric water creatures and thick rainforest. This is the essence of Donna Sharam’s inspiration for her fourth solo show ‘Lying under Trees’ that will be exhibiting at 19 Karen.
Opening on Saturday 19th February Donna’s works are influenced greatly from the natural world around her and the beauty of Byron-bay’s hinterland where she lives and works from.
Donna says her works are about a new perspective; a different interpretation of trees and their metamorphic quality.
“I see the world in colour, shape and texture and ideas come from the way I view my world. I don’t have any problem acquiring new ideas – my only problem is not having enough time to paint them all,” she said.
Donna says to capture the ideas she could be seen around Byron Bay lying under trees with her sketch pad and pencil working away.
Using Matisse acrylic paints, lots of gesso, wax and oil pastels; Donna’s works are full of bold lines, patterns and mixed media textures that give her work a very strong, signature style.
Donna has a cabinet full of art awards and prizes due to her commitment and talent to her career as well as being featured regularly in Northern NSW & QLD newspapers and magazines.
Please join us to take a journey through the bold, charismatic and spirited solo show of Donna Sharam’s ‘Lying under Trees’.
What a setting for a Gallery... Go See.
Friday, 28 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
The Solo Show of Gigi Bio
Special Performance by Nunchucks
The word "Biomorphic" is a term commonly referred as organic, abstract shapes derived from biology or living organisms. The word, "bio", means life; and "morphic", meaning transformation. In an art sense, it is a focus on the power of natural life and use of organic shapes & line work. As a person and artist, it was only natural for me to be inspired by life, with great emphasis on transition. Living in New York, I see life in an urban state of mind capturing the world in 360 degree hyper views. Everyday, I am surrounded by culture, bustling streets, speeding traffic to buildings being torn & built back up in an instant. Saturday, January 29th, from 7pm – 11pm Gigi Bio was born on July 9, 1978 in Oakland, California. Ever since childhood, she was an creative being with aspirations for art, photography & design. In 2000, she graduated with an AA in Fine Art & Fashion Design from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. In 2003, Gigi graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design at Savannah College of Art & Design. She is a creative designer who specializes in fashion illustration, women's wear, accessory and embroidery design. In addition to her fashion career, she is an artist specializing in digital photo collages mainly inspired by the city streets, architecture, graffiti and life. Currently, she is a freelance fashion designer, art & fashion director and visual artist. Nunchucks is a guitar-centric rock & roll quartet of friends who have
My view of the world is a product of the past colliding with the present. I aim to expose the emotional side of the city streets pushing the final image to abstraction & constructing a new view of the world. Each piece represents a world full of ambition, energy and movement. I aim to recreate the world through multiple perspectives captured in various time frames. My artwork is greatly inspired by the world, but hidden between the layers is a narrative of life. My art is a prism of life, beauty and transformation.
I expose the beautiful complexities of being human.
Life is Art.
Art Whino Gallery
122 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Show end date: February 16th
The event is FREE and open to the public.
About the Artist
Her work was featured in exhibits and publications for "Street or Studio - The History of Urban Photography" at Tate Modern in London, UK and "Click - The Changing Faces of Brooklyn" at Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010, her work was published in Slice Magazine Spring / Summer 2010 Issue 6: Metropolis. Most recently, she had her first solo show presented by White Train called "Utopia" at DIS Micro Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She is affiliated with Galerie Geraldine Zberro in Paris, France, Art Whino Gallery in Washington DC and White Train in NYC.
She lives, breathes & creates in Brooklyn, New York.
been playing music together since their childhood. This chemistry comes into play in their music as the dual guitars call and respond to each other and harmonize, while the rhythm section hold it all together the way only childhood musician friends can. Expect to hear classic rock inspired song writing, soaring guitar solos, vocal harmonies and an energetic set at any Nunchucks’ show.
The word "Biomorphic" is a term commonly referred as organic, abstract shapes derived from biology or living organisms. The word, "bio", means life; and "morphic", meaning transformation. In an art sense, it is a focus on the power of natural life and use of organic shapes & line work. As a person and artist, it was only natural for me to be inspired by life, with great emphasis on transition. Living in New York, I see life in an urban state of mind capturing the world in 360 degree hyper views. Everyday, I am surrounded by culture, bustling streets, speeding traffic to buildings being torn & built back up in an instant.
Saturday, January 29th, from 7pm – 11pm
Gigi Bio was born on July 9, 1978 in Oakland, California. Ever since childhood, she was an creative being with aspirations for art, photography & design. In 2000, she graduated with an AA in Fine Art & Fashion Design from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. In 2003, Gigi graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design at Savannah College of Art & Design. She is a creative designer who specializes in fashion illustration, women's wear, accessory and embroidery design. In addition to her fashion career, she is an artist specializing in digital photo collages mainly inspired by the city streets, architecture, graffiti and life. Currently, she is a freelance fashion designer, art & fashion director and visual artist.
Nunchucks is a guitar-centric rock & roll quartet of friends who have