DECEMBER ARTISTS


Andrée B. Carter

Andrée B. Carter is a New Orleans native who moved to Los Angeles in 2012. After several years in Seattle, she seized an opportunity to transfer her position as Academic Director of Liberal Arts to a college in Los Angeles. Since both of her sons have called Los Angeles their home for several years, this was the natural thing to do.

Andrée developed her addiction to color and visual rhythms in New Orleans; then combined that understanding of color with the nuanced textures of the verdant northwest. She continue to explore color and texture through the unbelievable diversity that Los Angeles has to offer. Her collage methods range from adding paper, fabric, and her own needlepoint methods. All of these elements add to the physicality of her work.

Andrée received her MFA from the University of New Orleans and her BA from Loyola University in New Orleans. She also studied art history in Florence, Italy through a summer program at Tulane University. Since graduate school, she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. Callan Contemporary in New Orleans, Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, Gallery IMA, in Seattle, Trammel-Gagné showroom in Seattle, Grand Image in Seattle (prints on demand), and Gallery 825 in Los Angeles are currently representing Andrée's work.

Some highlights of Andrée's career include a painting fellowship from the Bau Institute which was held in Otranto, Italy; a painting fellowship from Virginia Center of Creative Arts; the recipient of the New Orleans Painting Competition, and several awards from juried shows in Los Angeles. She is a member of Los Angeles Art Association and Women Painters West.

www.andreecarter.com


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CHARLEE CORRA

Charlee loves to bring her camera with her everywhere she goes. More often than not, that involves being in nature, which is what inspires her the most. Beautiful landscapes, cultural images, and cute critters tend to catch her eye. She loves playing with different angles and getting close-up shots when she can.


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HALEH DAVOUDI

Haleh Davoudi is an iranian artist living and working in West Los Angeles. Her true pursuit of her interest and passion for painting started in 2013 while studying under master artist Freydoon Rassouli. She then went on and studied poetries of Rumi with author and translator Omid Arabian, explored the sacred Dance of Oneness with master dance artist Banafshe Sayyad, participated and hosted expressive painting workshops, as well as expanding on her art education through university courses. In 2016 she moved into a studio space and dedicated herself full-time to her art. Playing, exploring, experimenting and expressing have been a huge part of her creating process thus far and because of that her work has been continuously evolving as an artist. She finds herself easily inspired by many things such as nature, textures, colors, shapes, forms, people, thoughts, feelings, and more. She says; "Infinite possibilities of inspiration exist within and around me. This is such a beautiful thing and at times it can be even overwhelming."

She is always looking forward to seeing how the unknown unfold itself.


HENRY RUIZ

Henry J. Ruiz III is a 27 year old, self taught artist from Mason city, Iowa. His art has a wide range of mediums and topics that can be playful and bright to bold and classical. He moved to Los Angeles, California on July of 2015. The city has been a great place to explore and expand his subject and technique. The two works showcased in this show are a great pair that compliment each other both in elegance and strength.


JAMES DAVIDSON

Jim Davidson is an La native with roots in Sonoma County through friends and family. He's spent his photography career capturing images of everyday life, worldwide. From skateboarders to animals,backyard and stray dogs to intimate city and natural landscapes,his photographs depict the raw honesty that form the fabric of life all around us.


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CARL SHUBS

I am a fine art photographer, based in Los Angeles.  I prefer to shoot whatever catches my eye as I go out into the world, without studio setup or extra lighting.  I call these photos “found images,” which is a combination of street photography[1]  and photojournalism, even when it may happen in a studio.  Subject matter might be anything, including people, singular scenes like Ground Zero after 9/11, a boy in a lingerie shop, a tree in the middle of nowhere with sneakers hanging from it at moonrise, reflections off a window, or something about shapes, patterns, or colors.  I call the latter "urban abstracts" and "urban graphics."

My work explores unique perspectives on events and objects in daily life that reveal truths or examine who we are and the world we live in.  I’m drawn to images that spark an emotion, rouse my curiosity, or stir my intellect.  My photos may inspire people to look beyond the mundane of everyday life and see the humanity and beauty that surrounds us.

I like to let each image speak for itself and elicit in the viewer whatever it might, in a Rorschach-like fashion.  My photos are typically presented without compositing or major Photoshop manipulation.

 

[1] Elliott Erwitt (Magnum photographer): "To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."


KRISTINA AMBRIZ

Being a self-taught visual artist from Long Beach, California, Kristina's paintings have appeared in various galleries and private collections; one piece in particular for Matt Altman from the hit show Million Dollar Listing.  She spends her days rendering many subjects including landscapes and cityscapes, but has a special affinity for portraiture. Her current work focuses on feminine portraiture, consisting of casual acquaintances naturally posed to suit their individual auras. Her process begins by wielding oil and acrylic paints, which evolves into: taking a step back, staring, shaping, re-evaluating, starting over, procrastinating, resuming, and eventually finishing. By balancing the dichotomy between abstract and realism, each model ultimately achieves an authentic yet caricatured portrayal.


LEORA JUSTER

"I grew up flipping my skateboard and jumping down stairs. One stair, two stairs, the five stairs in front of Venice High School. Basketball. Make five shots from five spots. One dribble pull-ups. Dribble routine. Symmetry in coordination. Training my weak left hand to copy the right. What better teacher than the neurons that were responsible for force and movement in my dominant hand. The focus and adrenaline, soothing. taking me away from my restless, uncomfortable reality. Creative moments were escapes too. I remember covering my friend's parents kitchen in tin foil while they were gone, down to every spice in the spice rack. Melting candle after candle into mind bending medleys of shapes and colors. I painted a few paintings in middle school. The act of painting and creating didn't do much for me at the time. But, when I signed the pieces with my then pen name, "Left Buttocks", the joy was undeniable. It was in these ridiculous moments that life made perfect sense to me. It felt right to me. After obtaining a Math degree and becoming the most decorated women's basketball player in UCSD's history, I set off into my empty, more identity-less than ever, adulthood. I attempted careers in teaching math and basketball coaching. Finally, I went back to school for study computer science. Didn't know why, but it seemed like a good idea. And somewhere in between the 1's and 0's I finally found Leora the artist aka "Left Buttocks" again, louder and prouder than ever. It was so very clear to me. It was in the endearing, loving, caring, rascal-natured, colorful ridiculousness of "Left Buttocks", the core of who I am and will always, that I could attach experience, feelings, accomplishments, failures to. I finally started painting again, and I realized painting brought me to the same place I went when I was a child skateboarding, shooting baskets, or solving complex math problems. A place I go to let go, where the line between myself and the world becomes blurry, and ultimately, even though it is my hand that holds the brush, somehow the strokes, water, technology, math, 1's, 0's, pixels, images my eyes see, and the neurons inside my brain create something I could never have imagined. And the act of painting, just a reminder to live ones life like the act of painting. And, once in a while, I look back at my life painting, although not complete, and I laugh as if I'm signing it "Left Buttocks". I laugh because somehow I was working at the NASA Jet Propulsion lab using statistical methods and machine learning to build software cost estimation models for million and billion dollar space missions. I laugh because somehow my resume also shows that I developed a Data and Metadata Warehouse for the Census Bureau, harmonizing multiple disparate structured and semi-structured data sets. Whatever that all means. But really, I'm just an incredibly sensitive weirdo that wants everyone to laugh, be ridiculous, and feel loved and connected."


LORRAINE BUBAR

Lorraine Bubar is a native of Los Angeles, having studied at UCLA, Yale, and CSULA.  Before turning her energies to papercutting, for many years she worked in the animation industry.  She then became an art teacher, teaching elementary and high school students, at the community college, Santa Monica College, and leading many art workshops for individuals and families at museums such as The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has exhibited her papercuts, watercolors, and mixed media artwork in numerous exhibits in the Los Angeles area and abroad.  She currently is an exhibiting artist at TAG Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California and at Chemers Gallery in Tustin, California.  She has also illustrated children's books, including Lullaby, with the words by the late singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman.

 


LUCIE HINDEN

Lucie was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to LA when she started high school.

In college, Lucie majored in French literature and minored in Art History. After spending her junior year in Paris surrounded by the works she had only seen as reproductions in books, she knew that art would play an important role in her life.

Lucie taught French and Spanish for 35 years at the high school level. In the advance classes, she always particularly enjoyed teaching a unit on French or Spanish art history.

Since 2005, Lucie and her husband have been spending a lot of time in the medieval village of Paciano in Umbria. There, they were surrounded by natural and man made beauty. She is now part of a small circle of local artists in the area. Lucie participated in two art workshops while in Italy, one in lake Como and the other in Todi. A few years ago, she had the great pleasure of exhibiting six of her paintings in a group show at the Museo del Tulle in Panicale, the town next door to Paciano in Umbria.

In LA, Lucie studied art for more than 12 years with llana Bloch in whose studio she met stimulating and like minded artists. She is a member of Women Painter’s West, ArtShare LA, Jewish Artists Initiative and Los Angeles Art Association with whom she has exhibited in several shows, receiving awards on several occasions.

http://luciehinden.com  

 


MARYAM MOEINAZAD

Maryam is an LA based artist with an expressionistic approach to her art. She uses art to help people 'feel something.' There is a story behind every piece, and a song or person that inspired its creation. Maryamspends her time falling in love with her favorite city in the world, and she is known as LA Street Citizen.

 


NATALIA FERREIRO

Natalia is a Spanish oil painter, born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Natalia started drawing at a very young age, quickly graduating to color pencil, vine charcoal, oil pastels, and water colours, and soon amassed a number of prized ribbons for her artwork.  

At just 11-years-of-age, Natalia became the youngest member ever to be voted into the NCC NSTDP (Nation’s Capital Chapter of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters). After several years creating art in mediums that she did not find fulfilling, she rediscovered her artistic passion during a semester at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington D.C. This experience left an indelible mark on her, and awakened in Natalia a love for the artistic life. Inspired, she began experimenting with other art forms, such as Opera Singing, Acting, Music, Costume, Set and Makeup Design for Stage, Set Building, Scene Painting, and Sculpture, all while attending the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

After concentrating on other artistic endeavors for several years post-college, and at the urging of her now-husband, Natalia returned to her first true passion, oil painting, in late 2014.


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RICHARD S. CHOW

Richard is a fine art award-wining photographer in Los Angles California. His work is showcased in solo and juried exhibits across the U.S., internationally published and featured in several private collections.

His interest in photography began at a young age, and his focus in documentary and fine art practice started about a decade ago. Richard continues to experience and examine all aspects of the medium – from homemade shooting devices to phone & high tech digital cameras. His objective is still of achieving imagery that pushes the boundaries of the medium of photography, both in aesthetics and concept.

He's won awards four years in a row starting in 2013. These accolades have come from Lucie Foundation’s IPA International Photography Awards; exhibited in photo l.a. Fair every January since 2013. His solo shows were held at the Cause Gallery at the renowned Chung-King Road Art District in Los Angeles and Gallery Presents (Phantom Gallery LA) in Hawthorne CA. Richard is also a producer for OPEN SHOW (LA Chapter), a global non-profit organization that provides a forum for powerful dialogue between the public, collectors, partners, and artists.

Richard is currently represented by Gallery 825 (LAAA) and Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts (GDCA). He is a curator at the Los Angeles Photo Curator and a member of Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). He served as Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Board for the nonprofit Create Now, whose mission is to transform lives for at-risk youth through arts mentoring. He is a graduate of California State University. His body of work can be viewed on his website, www.richardschow.com


RON KLOTCHMAN

Each one of Ron Klotchman's paintings offers a glimpse into his creative catharsis. The colors are bold and vibrant; the brush strokes are unrestrained and uninhibited. His images are filled with something magical and vital that exists within all of us.

The audacious and improvisational energy behind Ron's efforts is rooted in a life-long interest in performance art. He is a self-taught artist by any definition, having picked up a paintbrush, a guitar and taken to the stage armed only with innate talent and creative instinct. A California native, Ron spent his formative years set against the desert landscape of Palm Springs. There, he gravitated toward the stage, and encouraged by his natural ability for acting, he was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He enjoyed performing in local theatrical productions, tackling meaty roles in both plays and musicals. His acting skills are complemented by a life-long love for music... while honing his craft as an actor, he also taught himself to play the guitar, and continues to compose and sing many original songs.

As with many an artistic soul, practicality soon won out over lofty visions of fame and fortune, and Ron joined corporate America. For fifteen years, his artistic yearnings were subjugated by a "traditional" career. In spite of his financial successes, each passing day began to weigh upon him. His desk, phone and computer came to signify his own personal prison. In 2006, everything changed: Ron picked up a paintbrush for the first time in his life. Within a year's time, he'd already begun selling his work. After two more years had passed, his successes gave him the impetus to commit to being a full-time, professional artist.
Today, Ron approaches a blank canvas in the same way that he approaches each new day: without preconceptions, without ritual. He, like his art, is always on the move, searching for new inspiration. He is unbound and free from the methodical, regimented world which he knew for too long. The result is an ever-growing body of work that captures the vibrant essence of a life lived with passion and energy.


RUDE CALDERON

Rude Calderón was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he spent the first seven years of his life. His family immigrated with him to Los Angeles, California in 1964 where he has remained all his life. Rude’s father apprenticed and worked with his uncle Manuel Zuñiga, in his sculpture studio, creating religious sculpture in the Spanish baroque tradition. His deep respect for materials and craftsmanship is rooted in this family history.


Stone sculpture is at the center of his work. The past fifteen years have been largely devoted to this medium. His artwork shows a reverence towards the handling and natural appearance of materials that infer the omnipresent mystery of nature. The latest public art commission awarded by the City of Laguna Beach to him and his team collaborator, Roberto Delgado, installed in June of 2016. The City of Burbank also awarded them, a public art sculpture proposal, installed in Songdo Central Park, Incheon, South Korea, in November of 2015. This project was part of a sister city art exchange program. His first public art commission from 2004, is titled: 'Leaping Fish, Nature’s Cycles', a two piece, site-specific sculpture executed out of New Mexico travertine. It was awarded to him by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, at Belvedere Park Lake as part of the East Los Angeles Civic Center Renovation Project. This work beckons the viewer to circle the lake and the sculptures, thus embracing one in its narrative cycle of renewal. His private commission sculptures are approached with the same vision of dynamic integration that allows the natural force imprinted into the stone through millenniums, to inform the form and spirit of the idea. Ever-unfolding consciousness and the energies that drive our physical and inner world are a source of great interest and inspiration in his work.
 
His paintings, sculptures, and prints have been widely exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art, as well as FM Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica; The Art Art Project, Woodland Hills; Ave 50 Gallery, Highland Park; Ventura Artists’ Union Gallery; Tropico de Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles. Nationally in: Anchorage, Alaska; Texas Art Museum, Jose Galvez Gallery in Tucson, Arizona; The Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, Illinois; The Brandywine Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Internationally his work has shown in: St. Petersburg, Russia, Free Gallery; Amerika Haus Berlin, U.S. Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany; Mexico City, Tijuana and Juarez, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Galicia, Spain; and El Museo del Niño, San Jose, Costa Rica.
 
Calderon has been an insightful instructor of Stone Sculpture and Introduction to Sculpture at Otis College of Art & Design since 2002, Teale Street Sculpture Studio, and Barnsdall Art Center. His approach to sculptural creation has moved many students to recognize their own inspiration while applying the power of artistic craftsmanship.


SALI SWALLA

Born in Hawaii to a Japanese mother and a US Marine pilot father, her early years were spent living in various US States, Japan and Korea. Having moved often in her youth and spending so much time "in between"...in between states, countries, houses, schools and cultures... she has created a rich and unique inner world cultivated by all the differences she has seen. A world suspended between here and there. A world which is the foundation for all of her work. Through her work she hopes to make visible the invisible worlds that move, motivate and guide us as soulful beings. To make the viewer pause, even for the briefest of moments, to reflect on or connect with their deeper selves and make visible to them something that has only ever been a feeling or a dream. She is ever chasing beauty and hoping to share it with the world.


SHULA SINGER ARBEL

Shula Singer Arbel is a Los Angeles artist working in acrylic and mixed media.  Her work is a fusion of abstract, representational and graphic images; a flattening of form mixed with painterly surfaces.  Her paintings combine the rationality of structure with the expressiveness of intuition.  Color and pattern are the dominant forces informing her work where “more is more.”  
 
Shula was born in Israel and moved to Los Angeles at the age of three.  She received a MFA degree from UCLA in Film Production and worked in the film industry as an editor, writer and researcher.  Shula was the first recipient of the Barbra Streisand screenwriting award.  She wrote and directed short films before leaving the business to teach and raise a family.  She is now a full-time artist and a member of Los Angeles Art Association, Women Painters West and Jewish Artist Initiative.  She has received numerous awards including the Best of Show Award for the 2010 Gold Medal Exhibition at Valley Institute of Visual Arts (VIVA).  
www.shulasingerarbel.com


STEPHANIE VISSER

Stephanie Visser uses color, light and emotion to articulate abstract compositions on canvas. Her mature working methodology is inspired by instruction received at the graduate level layered upon a classical arts education. (Visser holds a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design.) The ideas for the canvases are distilled from techniques that she learned from Mary Winterfield, whom she counts as one of the primary influences to her current painting style. Winterfield, an instructor at the Pasadena College of art and Design studied at the the Arts Student League of New York and the Cape School under Henry Hensche, taught her the spatial push pull theories of Hans Hoffman as well the use of color keys to depict the color of light itself. Visser employs what she terms abstract simplification to create strong soaring work.

The subject matter of Visser’s paintings is nonspecific. The work is inspired by the quality of light in the environment and the emotional reaction it evokes. In one of her latest series of work, Mysterium, Visser deals with the issues of spirituality, transformation and acceptance, in the wake of the death of both of her parents. In the series, Perseus, named after a galaxy cluster whose central black hole was recently reported to emit a single note, fifty seven octaves below the threshold of human hearing, Visser explores emotional loss, loneliness and grief. The explosion of emotion, light and color create the tableau of meaning without narrative and illustration. Meaning is not represented but implied and captured on a higher plane. People, places or things reveal themselves to the viewer as nonpictorial representations that are deeply intimate and suggestive. Composition meets paint where the tug of sensation comforts, or pinches, stirring up emotion and memory. These are mind photographs that reflect and evoke everyday life as sunlight and shadows; stillness and movement; as well as sound and quiet.

The paintings themselves, usually in series, are created from acrylic, oil, and other media on a multitude of surfaces. Her process is an active physical event or series of events that begins by laying down a gesture. This leads to color, shape, and form. Much like a Rorschach inkblot but infinitely more subtle. Images are built layer upon layer through translucent color washes, scumbled paint, markings and collage elements made up of bits and pieces of cast off materials used to enrich the surface. The paintings reveal a lyrical, magical and often mysterious world lit from the insideout.


TALY BAR

"Art is my life and my life is art." Took Ono

Art has led Taly's heart on a journey from a young age. When she was four years old, her father became mentally ill and she turned to art, music, drawing, dancing and theater as an outlet to express herself. Her creativity brought a sense of security and love into her life.

Even though her journey began at a young age, it was in 2005 where Taly began experimenting with painting as a part of the road to spiritual growth. Art has continued to form who she is, allowing her to evolve and navigate through life. From oil on canvas to acrylic to mixed media, her art has been transformed in so many ways.

Taly has been able to channel her energy through colors and paint, finding a deeper meaning beneath the surface. The paint colors possess a special significance for Taly. From her spirit to her hands through a brush and onto canvas her creativity and self expression come alive. She sees art as a way of connecting. In her paintings there lives a desire to spark the creative being and expression within the viewer.

She cherishes the moments when someone sees her paintings and brings them to life in their own imagination. She wants her paintings to take you on your own journey and inspire you to embrace creative energy. That way, we all stay connected through art.


TODD COOPER

With almost 50 years of experience in commercial and fine art, Todd Cooper has won numerous awards, but considers himself a blue-collar, working artist.

He paints the things he loves like old trucks, young women, and the historical American West. Several times a year he draws caricatures at festivals, events and historical reenactments. Cooper regularly accepts portrait commissions in oils or charcoal.

Cooper also illustrates books, instructions and medical journals. He is the founder and former president of the Lakes & Valleys Art Guild. He currently lives in a small mountain community in the high desert, north of Los Angeles. It isn't near anything and not on the way to anywhere, and that's just the way he likes it.


TRAVIS GORDON

Travis Gordon’s photographic work can be simply described as an expression of himself. It is a
reflection of his personal and spiritual fascination with the physical world around us and the
people and things that inhabit that space.

For him, beauty is found everywhere. It is observed in the smallest details, the grandest
landscapes, the briefest moments of time and perhaps most importantly, in the “commonest of
things.” To this end, the photographic image inherently allows the viewer the opportunity to
pause and reflect on these moments, to see the beauty in everything and to examine a world
often overlooked.

Originally from New Orleans, Travis began exploring the art of photography over 20 years ago
when he first picked up his dad’s 1970s era Nikon camera and began learning how to use it.
This curiosity evolved into a formal education in the fine arts when he moved to Los Angeles
where he eventually studied photography at the University of Southern California. He has
continually cultivated his passion for the art form, gaining inspiration from some of the great
photographic masters including, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Imogen
Cunningham.

Travis currently resides in Pasadena with his wife and young son.