CRAIG 'SKIBS' BARKER / GUSTAVO RIMADA / RANDY NOBORIKAWA
C.A.V.E. Gallery presents new works by
Randy Noborikawa, Gustavo Rimada, Craig "Skibs" Barker
& Renee Lawter
Gustavo Rimada Indio, CA
Gustavo Rimada was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1981, and at the age of 7 moved to Indio, CA with his family. Life changed dramatically for him and his family, who through struggles came strength.
Gustavo's creative skills were recognized early on, and in 2001, he attended the Art Institute of LA in Santa Monica, pursuing a BA in computer animation. While in school, 9/11 occurred which left him feeling inadequate and that he had to pursue something with more meaning, his heart was no longer in animation or school. In 2002 Gustavo joined the US Army, which led him to Alaska. After three years in the service, Gustavo began working in a tattoo shop. Through tattooing, he found his passion for art again.His commitment to working as a fine artist has led him back to the exploding art scene in Southern California.
Gustavo's work has rapidly attracted national and international attention. His art is heavily influenced by his Mexican heritage, tattoo art and art from the streets. This new collection of paintings is explosion of color and symbolism beautifully composed with remarkable attention to fine detail and technique.
Craig "Skibs" Barker Costa Mesa, CA
Craig "Skibs" Barker likes legs. This Southern Californian artist grew up during the early '80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. These influences soon inspired his own fine art.
With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head as a youth, 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.
Barker's work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer. More recently he has been involved in creating spatially extended versions of these mixed media creations via three dimensional assemblage pieces, and large-scale gallery installations.
Barker's work has been exhibited in galleries across Southern California, San Francisco, Washington DC and London.
Randy Noborikawa Costa Mesa, CA
Randy Noborikawa was born in Orange, California in 1973 and currently lives and works in Costa Mesa. He received a BFA from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco in 2002, and has worked as a graphic designer for various companies including Quicksilver.
Randy's new series is an impressive amalgamation of his skills with a variety of media including acrylic, aerosol, neon and wood-working. The mixture of mediums and imagery of this new body of work is influenced by a recent trip to Brazil, a vibrant and passionate culture exploding with spontaneity, colors and patterns, and well as complex social issues. The experience inspired an ambitious and engaging creative output of mixed media paintings and neon light boxes that are rich in colors, pattern and meaning. The pieces celebrate diversity, imperfections and a zest for life.