May 13th - 18th, 2017
Bill Wishner | Brayden | Brian Bernhard | Candace Wight | Elisabeth O'Rourke | Evgenii Masko | Federico Naef | George Hobbs | Joey James Salehi | Jon Krzysik | Jonathan Maldonado | Lance Chang | Linzi Lynn | Matthew Mars | Michael Mason | Mr. MK Ultra | Norris Archer Harrington | Olivia Barrionuevo | Olivier Ganthier | Paul Ingrisano | Qin Zhang | Richard Cartwright | Ricky Sencion | Rohan Peiris | Sergio Villarini | Stephen Brown | Tommy Hollenstein | Vera Long | Yingjiu Jiang | Yutaka Ai
A renaissance of colors within an explosion of a vibrant summer energy. We at AC Gallery take pride on being from California and feel the necessity to push the positivity of the COLOR component to each and every art enthusiast. A curated selection of National and International Contemporary Artists will partake in the Spring 2017 exhibition.
Bill Wishner, American
Bill Wishner started his journey and career in photography more than 20 years ago as a photographer focusing on jazz. His jazz photographs have been part of multiple exhibits.
More recently, Wishner has turned his creative lens on the urban environment in cities around the world. The project started in 2012 is entitled “Art of the City Wall.” and focuses on the visual art and aesthetics of urban walls.
Brayden is a Los Angeles-based street artist with work that is in essence smaller stories within a larger context of a greater story line. As a university student, Brayden was highly inspired by magazines, forming an almost obsession-like relationship with them. An obsession that eventually led him to becoming an editorial photographer working with large-scale magazines across the country. Over time the obsession did not disappear and he found himself creating photographs and works out of his recycled magazine collection, creating collages and mixing a various array of visual elements throughout the collages. As a photographer, Brayden started to build a fascination with the idea of the disposability of printed media and with it, a deeply upsetting internal emotion of how the digital revolution has cheapened the cost of photography work. These internal emotions led Brayden to build with his hands and have a more physical connection to his work, breathing new life into these so-called discarded magazines. Pieces of bright colors, turned into new story lines; a greater image with precise details giving way to a deeper message of longing and subtle sadness masked by the beauty inherent within the work.
Brian Bernhard, American
After 25 years of exploring the art world, Brian Bernhard has learned that he is obsessed with the creative process.
Bernhard states, "My artistic expression has encompassed just about every media one can think of; from painting, drawing and photography to video, music and performance. Having produced hundreds of creative process documentaries and interviews, I have been fortunate enough to learn directly from some of the most amazing artistic visionaries in the world. I soak up as much life experience as I can, then toss all the madness into my brain blender and process it all into my art.
The current series of work is a journey into the heart of creative flow. I begin with a simple image, like a heart, a flower, or an eye, and then I dig in, I drill down as far as the journey takes. Each painting, mural or drawing has its own life and story, taking many weeks, months or even years to complete. I place the blank canvas, paper, wall or digital screen in front of me and open up my senses, allowing all of my life experiences to flow through, willingly getting lost within the narrative so that I am forced to find my way out to a satisfying conclusion.
I recently launched a lifestyle brand for weirdoes, called "Embrace the Weird". designing an array of bold and exciting wearable art products based on my current creative flow. It has been an amazing creative endeavor to develop an independent sustainable art business that provides unique value to my patrons while supporting me enough to keep creating and building my unconventional artistic vision."
Candace Wight, Canadian
Candace Wight states, "The most beautiful thing about art is that it can mean something different to everyone. Art is so personal and so general all at the same time. Any piece of art can speak to any one person and make each person feel something different.
Art for me is freedom. Art for me is passion. Art comes from the soul. Art is the way a soul reveals itself. Art should evoke an emotion. Art should make an observer of the piece love it or hate it. Make the observer happy or sad, full or empty, curious or joyous.
When I paint, I start out by saying a prayer or a mantra and then I let whatever feeling comes over me to guide me in my painting. I listen to my heart and soul, the raw of my being."
Elisabeth O'Rourke, American
As a photographer, Elisabeth O'Rourke is better able to capture and then to manipulate ideas to suit what she wants to see in the world.
O'Rourke states, "Although I am clearly manipulating the image to suit my ideas, I want to still show a truth. I have been enamored with the girl-gaze movement. I like the idea that I am the one gazing on women, and determining what I think is beautiful, or sexy, or what a woman should be. I like female wildness and strength. We live in a world where we are simultaneously shamed and applauded for our sexuality, and our bodies. I want the world to view women differently, to stop viewing them as objects, and instead as humans of substance, with complex world views and feelings.
I love making nude photography. I feel like the second my model removes her clothes her true personality is revealed. Everything you are on the inside comes out. I can see it in the photographs, and it is my favorite part of the process, pairing my final selections with the impression I got of the woman I just photographed. I want to show the world that our bodies are not just for sex. We use them to emote. To make a point. To tell a story.
With these women I wanted to add an element of design while ensuring that the story the women are telling with their bodies was not overshadowed. Using the projector to add that design element served as another comment on minimalism. One light on a stark white wall."
Evgenii Masko, Russian
Evgenii Masko is an abstract artist born in Russia, but at the age of 20 he moved to Kiev, Ukraine. Being a professional hairstylist, he continued to discover his talents and in 2010 Evgenii began to create abstract thought provoking paintings.
In 2012 he graduated from the School of Contemporary Fine Arts in Kiev (Ukraine), course of paintings and graphic art.
During last 7 years Evgenii has had many exhibitions of his art works in Ukraine, Russia, United Kingdom (London) and UAE (Dubai).
Currently, Evgenii lives in Los Angeles, California, and continues creating masterpieces of abstract art. He uses different combinations of acrylic, makes experiments with the texture and color.
Evgenii's favorite abstract artist is Jackson Pollock, and also he is inspired by traveling around the world.
"Abstraction - is a dialogue with the person's soul. Each of my painting has a certain energy message, which enables each person to establish with it a unique and unmistakable touch. This is something that is difficult to describe by words, but when the connection is established, the picture begins to talk directly with the heart of a person, transforming and filling it."
Federico Naef, Swiss
Federico Naef was born in Zurich, Switzerland in a Swiss-Italian family. Discovering photography as a child and being passionately drawn to it, he started 1980 working as a freelance assistant for various fashion-photographers in order to obtain profound knowledge in the field of fashion, beauty and advertising.
Furthermore his occupation as a press photographer and paparazzo for several publishing houses helped him to expand the range of competencies and refine his skills.He also specialized in still life painting and was appointed photographer of the Zurich Opera Ballet.
Several stays abroad, such as Paris, Milan and New York, extended his horizon and improved his professional qualifications in fashion and people.
His personal strength is the ability to develop and implement innovative and creative ideas, thus achieving esthetic and meaningful pictures.
George Hobbs, American
Originally from Tennessee, George Hobbs came to California 30 years ago to get into the film business. A fan of Bosch, Magritte, Dali and Van Gogh, Hobbs is currently an assistant prop master living in Venice Beach.
The body of work Stick Figure Wisdom grew from a desire to express complex thoughts using simple symbols. Seeking a path to common ground with those most different from him, Hobbs found that these primitive drawings were a good way to start conversations with people of all ages.
Joey James Salehi, American
Joey James Salehi works to capture the delicate moods that often slip past consciousness in the moment. Silently evolving into vast landscapes that reappear in vivid dreams or euphoric feelings triggered by such things as scents, like that of a stranger’s perfume. Color leads the elemental composition of Salehi’s work with humor and vulnerability not far behind. As the artist’s first solo exhibition, this debut couldn’t be any more meaningful. Giving us the chance to slowly melt into each piece, as they were crafted to be experiences within themselves.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, the artist absorbed much inspiration from the truly magical city. Obsessed with music video, film, and all pop culture, Salehi eventually worked as an art director for such productions. Not quite feeling an overall appreciation for art itself from the production world, Salehi moved into toy design. While it offered financial stability, it wasn’t until the artist left everything to focus on his personal art form that he felt complete. Years of meticulous planning have finally led to the physical manifestation of his highly personal series, Dreamscape88.
Jon "DrCLAW" Krzysik, American
Born in 1993, Dr.CLAW is an emerging artist from Clifton, New Jersey. He attended college at Montclair State University where he studied Fine Art. Graduating with a concentration in drawing, he quickly switched to painting in 2016. Growing up and going to school so close to New York City, Dr.CLAW began grabbing inspiration from street and contemporary artists; grasping the idea that it wasn't at all the artist making the work but rather their "hands." Dr.CLAW continues to work around this theme where he resides in Los Angeles, CA. His drawings and paintings, being recently released in January 2017, have been displayed in multiple group shows at the Hive Gallery in DTLA.
Jonathan Maldonado, Mexican
Jonathan Maldonado is a Mexican artist, focused on pop culture as well as the underground and queer scene, where he finds the inspiration to create his aesthetic values. Jonathan Maldonado’s work is strongly related with the queer ideology, not only as the expression of fluid sexuality, but as the perfect way to destroy and cross any border, to creates scenarios where every mix up is possible, where the destruction of the imagines is a way to renew the meaning of the icons, to create a chaos that let him express the creation of his own reality.
As he make his life in a little city in the north of Mexico, Jonathan Maldonado was always intrigue of most diverse things and topics, from opera to American pop music, graffiti, Wharhol’s portraits, Marilyn Monroe pictures, Venus accent sculptures, Dali’s surrealism, David Bowie music, occultism, serial killers, Marie Antoinette, divinity or pornography icons, Mary Poppins and so on. Finding himself a misfit in his own city, he sees in the art (visual art, theatre, and literature) a way to create artificial paradises for him to live in. When he grow up, he decided to move to the center of the country to study design as visual expression of culture, this work leads him to travel to Madrid, to do a research on visual expression in the Madrid of the 80ties. In this city he began with his digital work, starting with some collages made out of gay porn pictures and catholic masterpieces from the Spanish baroque.
As an artist, Jonathan Maldonado has developed a work that reunites the visual references of his own cultural conceptions, from pop music to accent art, Disney films, musicals, pornography, religion and politics. Myths and obsessions that converge not only in his art, but in my own conception of life: a mix up between banality and divinity. For him, his creations are a way to build artificial paradises, where the plastic, the pink color, or the body shapes, are the perfect way to reach the nirvana.
Lance Chang, American
Inspired by the mysterious and ever-changing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), photographer Lance Chang uses distortion and blur to enhance the movement and dreamlike quality of his images. Through this distortion, Chang allows viewers to tap into their own fleeting and familiar recollections to shape the story behind the image. His art is sometimes beautiful, sometimes dark, and often evokes memories of childhood fairy tales. Chang’s watercolor-like prints are included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Dance. He earned his B.A. from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and works in San Diego, California.
Linzi Lynn, English
A native of London, Linzi Lynn’s professional career began at an early age in the London theatre as a singer and dancer. After getting married and quitting show business to raise a family, Linzi, looking for an artistic outlet, tried her hand at painting.
In 1992, after moving to America, she decided to enhance her self-taught skills by taking art and photography classes at Montgomery College in Maryland.
Linzi is the recipient of three American Art Awards. Her multi-colored paintings have been featured on covers and inside various publications, most recently on the cover and inside the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of “Art & Beyond.” In addition, her colorful painting “Giles” was chosen to appear in an episode of the popular Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”
Throughout her painting career, Linzi has received numerous commissions and has licensed many of her images to individuals and businesses. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1999, her art has been exhibited in galleries and art festivals throughout California.
Matthew Mars, American
Matthew Mars is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Published widely as a poet and spoken word artist, he also led LA indie rock bands The Clear and Superman Loses the Girl and has had two solo shows of his photographs at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice. In his latest work, he aims to communicate the overwhelming color he sees in everyday things.
Michael Mason, American
Michael Mason is born-again in America. A self–taught artist who paints, draws, uses printing making and collage to express stories from his previous life experience. His non-representational style is deliberate as he tries to dissect mythological stories, fairy tales, movies…etc, and combines these ideas in a modern day context. Thus forming a sometimes provocative picture which pokes fun at these long standing institutions and beliefs.
Born in Mesopotamia, a land steeped with a rich historical background, all of which would later be suppressed by a visually limited regime. Americana imagery from comic books and movies provided relief and began to shape Mason’s young mind. Sketching, watercolor and pastels helped him escape into his art world.
Mason spent six years in the army and describes this as ‘the worst time of his life’ and yet this too would provide influence in his work. Ultimately it has made him seek Freedom. The goal of which is to have freedom of thought. Moving to the US has helped Mason realize his need to create art again. Taking art classes has renewed his respect for the “old masters” and their influence is seen as he begins many artworks with the beacon of the human form and builds visual stories filled with deliberate symbols around them. Mason is constantly working at his craft and is slowly rising like the tower of Babylon to manifest himself and his art into the beautiful Garden of Eden.
Miki Yokoyama, Japanese
Born in Fukushima, Japan, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Miki Yokoyama is an autodidact working across multiple mediums including canvas, objet d'art, murals, and live performance. As she explores themes of life, death, and transformation, she shares her vision of the universe as a transient, interconnected experience ripe with the potential for beauty, discovery, and rebirth.
Miki is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, and her work and collaborations with fellow artists have been exhibited at locations including the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the San Diego Art Institute, the World Art Day Gala, and the Italian Consulate General’s residence in Osaka, Japan. She is also part of the BOTART International Collection and has created murals that can be seen at locations across Los Angeles as well as in Japan.
Mr. MK Ultra, American
Lucas Rome, Mr Mk Ultra, is originally from San Diego and later moved to San Francisco. Being raised in both these two cities is where Mr Mk Ultra honed his artistic urban contemporary art style. Surfing the beaches of San Diego, he gained appreciation of the ocean, which transcends through his many vibrant pieces. San Francisco inspired his urban street art. Here is where he began spray painting beautiful murals along the many street walls all along the towns of northern California. Mr Mk Ultra is extremely passionate about his art. He paints hours daily. He uses mixed media in his art: spray cans, airbrush, paint pens, acrylic and paint brushes to create his master pieces. Each unique piece of art emits a powerful energy that can be felt in person from each painting.
His grandeur, avant-garde fluorescent colored art style is intertwined with themes of good vs. evil, that give his one of a kind work that subversive dark humor nasty, feel good taste in the mouth that sizzles with magic to all senses of the mind, body and soul that provokes meaningful thought in each master piece. Inspiration from Cartoon Characters of different eras, to conspiracy theories, to his concepts of good vs. evil, thrown in with his love of high fashion and luxury, can be seen in his numerous paintings which make Mr Mk Ultra a wild card, one in a million force of creative energy to be reckoned with.
On October 14, 2016 Lucas Rome painted live on the main, side stage of the Oracle arena in Oakland, CA as rappers such as TI, The Game, Fat Joe, August Alstine, Digital Underground and The Outlaws just to name a few, performed at the same time as Mr Mk Ultra performed live urban contemporary art on canvas. These are one of many exciting events Mr Mk Ultra enjoys doing to interact with his fans and collectors. At this event four original painting were sold to an art collector and fan.
Lets make history with Mr Mk Ultra. It’s time. Your DNA has now been reconfigured.
Norris Archer Harrington, American
Norris Archer Harrington was born in Memphis, Tennessee, near the famous birthplace of Rock and Roll music, Sun Studio. Raised in Dallas, Texas, Norris went to Southern California when he joined the U.S. Navy to be a deep sea diver.
In his career as a U.S. Navy diver, Norris traveled around the world. Yet, after almost thirteen years on active duty, he was· honorably discharged with a service connected disability.
Finally in 2001, Norris began his self-taught photographic journey to capture the striking images he saw in compositions that arose, at times randomly, at times naturally, and at times by design in the urban environment he encountered. Convinced that almost any urban scene can make for a great photography, Norris attempts to find compelling compositions, tones, and textures in everyday settings that are often overlooked. In July 2016, Norris began a Master's of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program at Azusa Pacific University.
Olivia Barrionuevo, Mexican
Olivia Barrionuevo is an internationally recognized documentary photographer who’s work explores subcultural movements and historical traditions in pursuit of inspiring critical, cross-cultural dialogue. Her work has been honored by the Museum of Tolerance, University of Sonora, University of Judaism, the Lucie Foundation and Los Angeles General Consulate of Mexico among many others.
Olivier "OliGa" Ganthier, Haitian
Olivier Arsène Ganthier, OliGa, was born on September 12, 1992 in Petion Ville. He has been practicing drawing and painting since his childhood in the studio of his father Jean Denis Ganthier. Passionate about art, he joined the National School of Arts (ENARTS) in 2010. He Practices Contemporary Figuration often expressed through portraits and caricatures. He followed a few training courses on Digital and 3D art at Graphcity, photography and graphic design with the Seventies (75). In Belgium, at a workshop on contemporary art with the ENSAV lacambre (Impressions d'Afrique). He won the 2nd prize in the drawing / painting competition MSPP / Psi Haiti. He participated in the international art workshop Promart, and co-organized the "festi Graffiti", the first Graffiti and Street Art festival in Haiti. He is currently assistant director, visual artist and graphic designer at Les Ateliers Ganthier.
Paul "Pi" Ingrisano, American
Born in Brooklyn in 1987, Paul "Pi" Ingrisano was born an artist. He started performing at the age of 5 and has been entertaining Brooklyn and beyond ever since. Some of his wide range of talents are acting, singing, painting, cinematography, and photography. Ingrisano is an impressionist, comedian, songwriter, fashion designer, graphic designer, director and producer.
Qin Zhang, Chinese
Qin Zhang was born in China, and currently is living in Los Angeles. She is a self-taught abstract conceptual/minimalist artist currently working in photography. Zhang is also a philosopher, focusing on human intelligence, and an inventor in Artificial Intelligence, automation, and other software fields. She is a patent attorney, a mechanical engineer, and also likes to sing and sometimes write poems.
Richard Cartwright, American
Richard Cartwright is a still photographer with 36 years of experience in the television and motion picture industries. His work has been published in journals ranging from Life and Time magazines to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The work of photographers Aaron Siskind and Irving Penn inspires him as well as the paintings of Franz Kline.
Cartwright grew up on Long Island, NY and in 1967, fresh out of high school, moved to New York City. While working at the Bank of New York in Manhattan, he met a girl who he desperately wanted to impress so Cartwright borrowed a camera and asked if he could photograph her in Central Park. Instantly Cartwright knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Later that same year, Cartwright was drafted into the Navy Reserves. Next stop was Vietnam where he became a combat photographer from 1968 to 1970. When he returned to the US, Cartwright moved to Boston and worked as still photographer for industrial videos. Eventually he landed his first job for a TV movie so he returned to Manhattan and continued to work in the entertainment industry. In 1988, Cartwright relocated to Los Angeles where he currently resides.
Ricky "SHEEP" Sencion, American
Sheep is Pink. Sheep is silly, Sheep is queer. Sheep is curious. Sheep is me, Sheep is us! Sheep is you!
Sheep is a self-taught artist and native Angeleno. Sheep started 4 years ago. The series is inspired by a quote from Alexander McQueen. In a biography he referred to himself, ‘not as a black sheep, but as a pink sheep.’ Magic happened the moment Sheep read those words and life forever changed. Here was an idea with a very personal connection that he had been craving in his work. Immediately, Sheep knew that the series belonged on the streets. What started off as sticker art evolved into a multi layered series of ideas and mediums including his conversations with GOD, as well a photo series of Sheep Selfies. As a pedestrian in LA, Sheep gets to combine my passion for walking and art every single day.
In his journals, Keith Haring wrote, “It seems impossible to record efficiently what I am thinking.” As Sheep, he gets to record a sliver of thoughts and ideas through art and gets to play and imagine, once again, without boundaries.
Rohan "Ron" Peiris, Sri Lankan
Born in 1967 in the city of Colombo Sri Lanka, Ron is a self taught Sri Lankan/American artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of the influence of many local and international artists. Ron studied at Design & Arts College of New Zealand, in the classes of late 90’s. Ever since then he established various styles and techniques, such as line, pen and ink, airbrush, charcoal, water color, pencil etc., he also has his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between visual communication and graphic design. He currently lives and works in LA.
"To live a creative life we must loose our fear of being wrong"
I try to bring anything possible to live. While I make no attempt to portray anything magical….I do want my creations to look like they could have lived or grown somewhere. Living with beautiful objects that pay tribute to the natural world reminds us to slow down and help us reconnect with nature.” My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places, characters, objects etc.
Sergio Villarini, American
Sergio Villarini grew up in Puerto Rico and made his permanent move to the United States to start his professional career in photography. Art did not play a major role in Villarini’s childhood. His mother’s family, who were very dedicated to academics, mostly raised him even if his father’s side embraced the arts a bit more. For as long as Villarini can remember, he has been passionately curious about many subjects. When Villarini enrolled in college he considered several different majors. It wasn’t until he had the opportunity of working as a production assistant for a play that Villarini decided to enroll in his university’s audiovisual communication program.
Originally wanting to work in the motion picture industry, Villarini was introduced to photography while taking a required course titled “Basics of Photography.” It was there that Villarini bought his first camera, a Canon T1i Rebel. Although initially just another class for his major, Villarini slowly found himself dedicating more time to photography than to motion pictures. A couple of years later he decided that the medium of photography ignited a bigger passion. Villarini then decided to enroll in AAU’s graduate program to grow as a photographer and search for his unique creative vision.
Over the years in AAU, Villarini fell in love with the process of experimenting with the photographic medium. You name it; he probably tried it. Villarini has since narrowed down his style and subject matter to narrative driven fine art imagery.
Stephen Brown, American
Los Angeles artist and poet, Stephen Brown is a native of southern California. He has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine art handler. He used a variety of traditional and digital tools to draw the sketches in the Id. series. The subjects of these sketches are captured in moments that reveal the unguarded self, the id. Color is used to bring a unique perspective, enhancing emotional impact.
The Id. project was conceived, in part, as a challenge to preconceptions about digital art, by creating a product that appears to have been made with pen and ink with a color wash. A digital stylus and pad replaces pen and paper, ink and brush. Sometimes penned or painted elements are scanned and composited with digital elements to create the final product
Tommy Hollenstein, American
Artist Tommy Hollenstein takes viewers with him on a freedom ride through vibrant color and motion. Using wheels for his paint brush, Hollenstein’s abstract yet accessible style has been compared to Jackson Pollock, liberating the confinement of the canvas through “action painting”. As did Pollock, Hollenstein creates his paintings from a method working above the canvas, resulting in direct expressions or revelations that exhibit the unconscious moods of the artist.
A native Angelino, Hollenstien is inspired by the Southern California culture in love with its wheels as well as the landscape. His work portrays a whimsical world of his own invention layering vibrant colors applied by tire treads to create the perception of fluid motion in static space. His series of paintings offer a wide range of expression and can contain up to 32 layers of form and color.
Art has been Hollenstein’s life passion. In 1985, at 24 years old, he survived a mountain biking accident that left him a quadriplegic. His canine companion Weaver was the inspiration in finding the road back to his art. It is a continuing journey that is sometimes melancholy and sometimes jubilant, but always inspirational. His paintings depict a fluidity of movement with a wide range of color that will appeal to everybody.
Vera Long, American
A key word to describe Vera Long’s art would be vitality. She simultaneously dwells in a netherworld of tactile emotion and refined ambiguity while exploding out with fierce mark-making and completely unrestrained color. A raw boldness of statement flows with a subtle peripheral sensibility. Her work turns our view of the feminine on its head and plumbs a more dynamic understanding of what it means to constellate as a woman in mind, body and spirit.
The daughter of a Russian physicist and Norwegian-American writer, she grew up in Los Angeles attending Le Lyçee de Français de Los Angeles and L.A. County High School for the Arts. She left an urban jungle for another sort, living in East Africa, and becoming a river raft guide at the source of the Nile and photographing and living with the Karamajong, Uganda’s native nomadic people. Upon moving to Ojai, California, she became a Wildland Firefighter for six years, being flown across the country to fight fire in the breathtaking National Forests. She spent several months making art in Kyoto, Japan and returned to the States to raise her two children in Ojai. Her diverse art installations include opera openings at the Music Center, Downtown Los Angeles, the Sheraton in Kampala Uganda and 40 foot fresco secco paintings. She has done 60 foot ceiling murals and venetian wall plasters in Ty Warner’s Fairway Mansion at the crest of Butterfly Beach in Montecito, California. In addition to feverishly painting and drawing, she currently is creating an ongoing creativity empowerment center that aims at outreach to local schools. Her dynamic background includes making films and music videos, being a sommeliére for 7 years to a world class winelist, and writing an industry renown film blog in the niche field of stop motion animation for Director Jamie Caliri. She is an avid fan of Jungian depth psychology, psychological astrology, sustainable community activism, progressive education, dreamwork and creative empowerment.
Yingjiu Jiang, Chinese
Yingjiu Jiang, male, a contemporary young artist, was born in Liaoning Province of China in October 1967. He graduated from Shenyang Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, and is a member of Jilin Fine Arts Association and Beijing Oil Painting Association. Yingjiu Jiang specializes in aestheticism and is good at painting beautiful young girls and Characters in Peking opera in a realistic way. His paintings combine aestheticism of classicalism with color elements of impressionism, which also inherit Chinese traditional culture and arts. Yingjiu Jiang’s paintings are exquisite and full of emotions, many of which are often on exhibitions home and abroad.They are so popular that many of them are enshrined by professionals from different parts of the world, and some are even appreciated by presidents of different countries.
Yutaka Ai, Japanese
Meditation and inner peace are the foundations of Yukata Ai’s contemporary art.
Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, she moved around to several cities including Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima which instilled a unique insight into the culture of her native country. She left Japan at 18 for the United States to attend college and she is currently based in Los Angeles where her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at galleries throughout Southern California.
“I want audience to feel the harmony and peace in the middle of busy life in California,” Ai says, “This art show is called ‘electriCal’ showcasing all kinds of different artists and I am honored to be a part of it.”
Life is stressful and we live in an “unharmonous enviornment”. Ai spends a lot of time daily meditating to attain harmony and inner peace, which inspires her art.
“I spend so much time daily doing meditation and I want to share that moment with my audience,” Ai says, “Japanese art to me is to find beauty in blank space. I learned that from Japanese Ikebana flower arrangement. It’s not about filling up the empty space, more so to create a beautiful empty space using a few selected strokes or subtle colors.”
One of Ai’s influences growing up was her grandfather who was calligraphy master in Japan. Each stroke in Japanese calligraphy is important and meaningful. “Yutaka” is part of Ai’s artist name and is her grandfather’s name.
Ai’s journey as an artist started with Japanese calligraphy and then Ikebana --- Japanese flower arrangement, ceramics. She uses Sumi --- the ancient Japanese art of black ink printing --- in her art for the girl’s hair. Crystals are also used in her art to bring healing energy to the audience. Ai has three pieces in this show, representing unity, Dharma, and peaceful desire. “I’m expressing how I feel during meditation. I want to say something like ‘Feel the universe and imagine you have a very special place in it.’”
Ai believes in Japanese practice of living peacefully, finding one’s own place and being a part of the bigger universe. It is through her art that she expresses this way of life.
“It is my mission to share Japanese art with people in the world.”