‘Fresh’ is a showcase of emerging artists that we will be exhibiting in various group shows and special events in the year ahead. We’re excited about their work and wanted to give them a platform to help launch the year that lay ahead.
Craig “Skibs” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today; Barker’s most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.
Dabs is a prolific illustrator and graffiti artist who spent his teenage years growing up in Melbourne in the Early ‘90s. The graffiti scene influenced him greatly in his style and technique. These days Dabs’ characters come to life in more contextualized environments than ever before, whether they are painted on walls in the streets, or on canvases for a gallery setting. Myla was also raised in Melbourne where she was obsessed with detailed painting and drawing from an early age. Throughout her life Myla has continued to develop her artistic ways, and now concentrates on detailed cities and landscapes. Three years ago, along with Dabs, they combined forces to solely collaborate on their works together.
Dabs Myla currently live in Hollywood, Los Angeles, spending everyday working on artworks, painting walls and being influenced by the wonders of their new city.
Gagnon is one of Toronto’s most promising young artists in the new contemporary movement. He graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Canada. His most recent body of work titled ‘String Theory’ is one that brings viewers into a whimsical, bizarre, and curious world that is loosely based on the leading scientific theory that everything is connected. Gagnon creates his first series beyond the educational sphere cleverly connecting animals with random objects.
John Park is an artist and teacher living in Los Angeles. He received his training at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied classical drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy. His current series is an attempt at reconciling these classical influences with the more urban aesthetic of the Pop Surrealist movement. The paintings themselves are executed in a live, public setting usually in one evening and then taken back to his studio for further reworking and detail work. He teaches drawing and painting at Concord High School in Santa Monica, has three cats and one Tree.
Josie Morway is a painter and designer living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has shown widely, from the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts to the streets of Juarez, Mexico. In her free time she enjoys triathlons, scraping superfluous apostrophes off signs, eating nuts, keeping her ear to the ground, and overdoing it.
Linnea Strid was born in 1983 in a small Swedish village where she lived until she was 16, when her family decided to move to Fuengirola in Southern Spain. She lived there during her teens and it was here that she started up her artistic career with several exhibitions. In 2004 she moved back to Sweden and attended art schools for four years. Strid now lives in Uppsala, Sweden, and is working as an artist full-time. She knew when she was a small child that some day she would become an artist, since the need to express herself with paint and in other creative ways has always been fundamental to her. Strid likes to paint in a photo realistic style, but always with the strong desire to convey an odd feeling, a forgotten memory, or maybe just something that is typical of her own little world.
Wesley Burt was born and raised in Kansas City, KS and has been drawing and painting his whole life. He received a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004, majoring in Drawing with minors in Printmaking and Painting. He currently lives in San Francisco, CA, working with Massive Black, an art studio specializing in concept art and illustration. He continues to pursue his own work showing with various galleries throughout the United States, primarily working with graphite, oils, and other traditional mediums, focusing on a fascination to the human condition.