September 30th - October 7th
LINKS: Intro Video | Opening Night Video
Don't miss an iconic evening of live competitive painting at AC Gallery. The twelve (12) selected Muralists will paint creative mural concepts on ready-to-hang, large wooden panels inside gallery walls, while the audience along with AC Gallery curatorial committee vote to pick the winner. One (1) winner from competition wins a round trip airline ticket to MIAMI ART WEEK AND A 3 DAY/ 2 NIGHT STAY AT AC ARTIST COMPOUND LOCATED IN THE HEART OF WYNWOOD (valued at $5,000 USD)
Akira Usagi | Alic Daniel | Chance Cooper | Christopher Aaron | Evgenii Masko | George Hobbs | James Peter Henry | Jazz | Kendall Iris Devine | Mauricio M Salazar | Molly Brandenburg | Vera Long
At 22 years old, Jazz is a self-taught artist from Pittsburgh, PA. He has stated that he intends to give everything he has inside of his being to become exactly who he was meant to be as an artist and to touch as many people that he can in this world with his creative representations. Jazz’s goal with his art is to immerse people so deeply into something they have never felt but are still connected with and is very familiar. He wants to allow people to go so deep that they forget every single thing that was running through his or her mind so that they can just be at that very moment.
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 sommelier for 7 years to a world-class wine list, and writing an industry reknown 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, dream work and creative empowerment.
Christopher Aaron's work lives in post-apocalyptic times, electrifying our consciousness with deconstructed forms of realism and abstraction. The raw, veracious weight and texture of his materials interweave a contemporaneous urban history of the city painted with the ever-fading colors and patterns of street art. This yields artwork that borders between aesthetic corruption and architectonic perfection. His work creates a fissure between beauty and what exists before us. Aaron is committed to exhaust all techniques and materials, to form powerful emotional creations, to reveal a liberating beauty. His current work leaves us with a distortion of scale, a joyfulness in light and a calming complicitness with our eternal state of change.
James Peter Henry’s work consists of a manipulation of sorts. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels.
Henry looks at his art as a way to evoke curiosity for him and the viewer. He plays with the human form, shapes, and anything else that comes to mind so that everyone who looks at a piece will see a different part of his or her own existence.
James Peter Henry is heavily inspired by the things around him and strive to personify emotion on canvas. Art, for him, is always about feelings. Sometimes this leads to a human-like form, other times it is the juxtaposition of patterns, and quite often it is a combination of several things including these two elements. Henry’s major points of reference have always been Aboriginal and African art with Cubism consistently finding its way into many pieces. For James Peter Henry, the only time art is about perfection is when you can find no more space for the brush to speak via the given medium.
Chance Cooper was born. As a kid he grew up skipping from state to state and eventually found himself with tired legs in Los Angeles - where he would be raised. As a youngster Chance was surrounded by art, mainly while being looked after by his grandfather who claimed to possess an authentic Picasso that was controversially dated. As a result of his grandfather's continuous venting of Picasso's brilliant work (and the legitimacy of the piece he owned), Chance quickly developed the mysterious inspiration a child gets to create art.
Growing up Chance's artistic style has been molded by the memories of his life, forgotten and not. His work to date has been recognized as a playground for his characters to come and share their deepest secrets. Chance often uses words within his paintings to guide the viewer to a rabbit hole where they can jump in and create their own adventure with the image. Much of his work celebrates the sacred art of storytelling and many of his paintings carry the feeling of a chapter torn from a lost book. With the appearance of a fictional fantasy, the skin of Chance's work is just a layer of what humans all do so well of disguising - themselves.
Evgenii Masko is an Abstract artist who was 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 artist lives in Los Angeles, California, and continues creating masterpieces of abstract art. In his art Masko 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.
Alic Daniel is an American artist known for his calligraphic lines that he calls, scribbles. His lines are meditations of form and composition. Within the compositions he finds harmony in balance and expression. His lines are typically made with tradition graffiti writing materials and fine bristle brushes. His work is not dependent on the surface it is exhibited which allows the meditative lines to continue for as long as possible. He works on public and private walls, textiles, sculptures, and digital work while continuing to show his trademark style. He was born on May 21, 1992 in Dayton, Ohio, though now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Kendall Iris Devine grew up in a household of artists, but didn't think she had the artistic talent and went along to become a chef. Five years after graduating from culinary arts school, Devine went through a traumatic life experience and was looking for a way to focus her thoughts on anything else. She grabbed a picture of one of her family members off the wall, a pencil and some paper and told herself she was not going to think of anything else until she drew this face. The second the pencil hit the paper, Devine had a meditative experience. All thoughts ceased and she was finally at peace. She kept drawing picture after picture and was instantly addicted. Four years later, Devine decided her art was something she could support herself with and not just a means of escape. She started k.i.devine and has not looked back ever since then selling custom clothing to Jada Pinkett Smith and her daughter Willow Smith, and recently having her first magazine feature with Asymmetric Magazine. Kendall Iris Devine has so many more goals to accomplish but finally feels like she is on the right path with her artistry as it is when she feels the most alive.
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.
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.
At about the age of 11 years, this bigheaded sick kid knew exactly what his calling was. It was clear that Mauricio Martin Salazar had a knack for plastering his feelings onto canvas. Salazar was brought up to believe that the emotions he felt were necessary to release. Painting was his way of expressing these feelings. For Salazar, his imagination is held in the highest regard. Eventually, Salazar would find small success in his teenage years, exhibiting at small coffee shops and galleries in and around the Los Angeles area. He went on to stake his claim to fame when, at the age of 18, he decided to take his work to the inner-city streets, leaving huge abstract pieces for public viewing all over the Valley, Hollywood and DTLA.
Mauricio Martin Salazar has gotten back to doing small grass roots installations, recently showing at boutique retailer Anonymous LA in Venice and showcasing some new works later this year at the Barbara Mendez Gallery.
Molly Brandenburg is a writer, artist and actress. Most of her art education came through growing up in an artist’s household, as she spent many joyful hours as a child drawing and painting in the art studio of her father, the late Dr. John Brandenburg. She has a degree in theater arts from The University of Southern California, where she first began publishing cartoons in a series featured in the USC Daily Trojan. She studied art and design at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and studied character animation design with Joe Ranft of the Pixar Studios (“Cars” “Toy Story”) and Mike Giamio of the Disney Studios (“Pocahontas” “Frozen”).
Following many years as an advertising copywriter for the Hollywood film studios, Molly began working more seriously as a cartoonist and watercolor artist. She is the author of two original cartoon books, “Everyday Cat Excuses” and “The Truth About Cats.” She is also a featured artist on the global interior design site, houzz.com, where her drawings of whimsical cats and beleaguered office workers can be seen in several languages, including Russian, Italian and Chinese.