The 5th Annual RAWards, from RAW: natural born artists, hits L.A. this Sunday naming the best of the underground and unconventional. Already the largest indie arts awards show in the world, RAWards is honors artists and musicians as well as filmmakers, hair stylists, makeup artists, and accessory designers.
We’re particularly excited to find out about their RAW Visual Artist of the Year, Jennifer Hansen from San Francisco and Photographer of the Year, Kait O’Brien from Minnesota. (more on the winners below the jump). Hansen and O’Brien are 2 of only 9 artists selected from a pool of 15,000 nominees to receive national RAWards.
If you’re in L.A., get your tickets to the ceremony here. Art & Photo installations from Denise Eve, Jenny I Lee, Alex Houlton, Kyle Rea, ERAC, and others. Live performances by Anson Sky, Black Top Royalty, Envy Dance, Chriss, and others. Fashion Shows by Lawren Michele, Cheryl Koo, Le Posh Noir.
“Born in San Francisco, California, Jennifer Hansen studied at the Academy of Art and received her BFA of Fine Art in 2012. She had shown with the Napa Art Museum, 111 Minna Gallery, and many others throughout San Francisco. She has been featured on Juxtapoz and Gallery Nucleus. Jennifer also has a permanent installation featured in Hotel Zetta, San Francisco. Isolation, and destruction are reoccurring themes prevalent throughout her dark art to show the effects and consequences of sin. Jennifer battled through depression, anger, and suicidal thoughts. Those experiences are commonly incorporated in her work by a disconnected figure in a large cityscape, as well as weeping or screaming individuals. The paintings are done with graphite, charcoal, and many translucent layers of oil. They express human depravity, destructive desire, and suffering in an urban desolate environment, all of which point of the need of the Savior.” (source: RAW)
“Born and raise in Minnesota. Kait O'Brien is an aspiring photographer hoping to further her art and education in the upcoming years. Starting photography at the age of fourteen. She decided to take a photography class in high school. Her teacher was not a fan causing her to almost fail the class. Yet this did not stop her from continuing her art. At the age of 19 she began to do small photo shoots with friends. Helping her to discover a different type of style to her work. A way to share stories with a simple snap.” (source: RAW)