Artists

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JAEHONG AHN

combines realism with contrasting irony and mystery in deliberate expressions of the private experience depicting objects in unreal situations.  This Korean-Canadian oil painter was trained in Florence, works out of his studio in Berlin and has exhibited all over Germany, Seoul, London, Naples and Toronto.

DL ALVAREZ

stands on a bridge between oral histories and visual art that celebrates states of betweenness and intersections. Befittingly, Alvarez is non-binary, queer, mixed-race, and peripatetic. They have been shown in Kunsthaus Dresden and Berlinische Galerie, and collected by MoMA NY & SF, Berkeley Art Museum, Whitney Museum & MET.

NADEGE 
MONCHERA
BAER

has spent her career engaged in extensive explorations of staining, pictorial layering, line drawing, splash paintings, intense drawings chiefly composed of massive accumulations of tiny cross hatchings, and most recently compositions of tiny dots. French-born Nadège worked with iconoclast filmmaker Federico Fellini and appeared in “Casanova”, an experience that inspires the work she still practices today in Los Angeles. She won the Villa Medicis award in France, done residencies honorary residencies in NY and Berlin, and exhibited across Europe, Japan, and the US.

LUCAS BIAGINI

molds, slices, and forms his own mixtures of paint like clay, creating textured and layered work that are reminiscent of tectonic plates, fault lines or topographical maps. Toronto-based Biagini’s highly tactile abstract work has exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and China.

EVA BLUE

has photographed Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Radiohead, Metallica, Spike Lee, and Stevie Wonder and has been published in NY Times, The New Yorker, Vice, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, NPR. In her personal practice, Eva employs mixed media to find beauty in the unexpected.

RICK BOLING

celebrates the joyous moments of working-class life that is often misunderstood and misrepresented, highlighting their importance and significance in contemporary society. Boling’s paintings blend abstraction with his figurative representations of crowd scenes he has experienced, or has a personal connection to.

CHRISTOPHER
KUHN

references the natural world through the lenses of geometric and gestural abstraction. Kuhn uses traditional materials and techniques, but with modern Southern California abstraction and rigid geometry. This LA-based oil and acrylic painter has had solo exhibitions in Seoul, Paris, London, Vancouver, NY and LA.

BERNARDO
MONTGOMERY

is a Mexican-born, LA-based fine art, mixed media photographer that began his studies as an industrial designer at "Universidad Iberoamericana". But halfway, Bernardo refocued his studies at "The Los Angeles Center of Photography". Montgomery's mixed media work celebrates the human form, fashion and protraiture. These mixed media works employ his own Moxie process.

JEFF 
NACHTIGALL

examines cultural narratives that permeate the contemporary zeitgeist with playful, yet subversive messages that mirror and critique our times. Nachtigall’s large-scale paintings, inspired in part by a traumatic brain injury, are created on the ground with layers of diluted pigments. Jeff has shown all over Canada, Busan, and Santa Fe.

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Hugo Alonso

Spanish artist Hugo Alonso’s work reveals a clear interest in the relationship between audiovisual products and their viewers. Initially pictorial, Alonso’s work has come to embrace a wide range of media such as video installation, electronic music, visuals for theatre or painting. His hyper-photo realism is created using acrylic on canvas or paper works that have an uncanny old timey photograph quality to them. Hugo’s work can be seen in public collections such as MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León), DA2 (Contemporary Art Museum Domus Artium 2002), CAB (Contemporary Art Museum Burgos), BMW Foundation, CEART (Contemporary Art Museum Tomás y Valiente), Diputación de Salamanca, Gaceta Fundation and Caja España among others.

Nadine Faraj

Canadian of Iraqi Jewish heritage, Nadine Faraj’s work is suffused with raunchiness, humor, tenderness and soul, while simultaneously engaging with human rights, LGBTQI activism, feminism, and sex and body positivity. Faraj’s watercolor paintings are portraits of sexualized figures in varying degrees of abstraction, often drawn from the worlds of pornography and erotica. The artist’s fluid style allows her figures to emerge as deeply psychological and emotional beings in compositions that depict a full sense of their humanity. Exploring togetherness in diversity, and featuring people permeable to the elements, the artist chooses subjects whose openness gives viewers the freedom to let down their own guards. Many of the artist’s watercolors are made using a wet-on-wet technique that allows pigments to move out of their original positions and blur the final image. This intentional dream-like effect represents the shifting nature of perceptions and emotions. By breaking through the natural boundary of each figure, this technique also reveals the permeability we all have to one another.

Courtesy: Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, Los Angeles.

Bernice Lum

Canadian-Born Chinese artist Bernice Lum comes from a family of professional bowlers. Her series “Not For Bowling Pins” is an homage to her late father and brother where she repurposes sourced vintage (1960s-80s) Maplewood bowling pins via sculpture and painting. Bernice has been telling stories through her work by revealing a little bit of her story through a sense of humor, play and wit. “Not for Bowling Pins” is a diary, and there are stories within every pin based on her favorite iconic characters. Ms. Lum is also an accomplished illustrator with more than 50 children’s books and “not-so children’s books” published in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Andrew Morrow

Canadian Andrew Morrow has been known for large, densely-textured figurative works, spanning a range of references, from Western history painting to contemporary visual culture. Morrow’s works are as much about painting and an indeterminate relationship with representation, as they are about the subjects depicted. Working from shared and personal photographs, and from in-person sittings with family, friends, and strangers. In addition to his practice as an artist, Morrow is a professor in painting and drawing at the University of Ottawa.

Sean Mundy

Self-taught Canadian photographer Sean Mundy graduated from portrait and event photography to more complex and visceral endeavors through conceptual self-portraiture. Today, Sean’s work focuses on themes of division, isolation, conflict, collectivism, and individualism, using symbolism and the surreal to probe at these themes. His image-making process is focused on fabricating scenes through a combination of sketching and pre-planning, then staging, shooting, and digital manipulation, often involving an element of performativity to create the final image.

Michael
Scoggins

American artist Michael Scoggins was raised Southern Baptist and had an adolescent awakening. The work calls out the contradictions of his conservative upbringing and American culture. Scoggins’s work is created by tapping into his teenage alter-ego “Michael S” whose vulnerability is on display through doodles in his blue-lined spiral bound. These pages are torn, crumpled and folded to indicate a tangible history and expanding upon the definition of traditional drawing. The paper is enlarged to give this common object a sense of importance and to construct a new perspective.

Ian Stone

Canadian Ian Stone’s interest and exploration with painting began after his BFA in traditional Printmaking from NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a strong interest in self-portraiture and identity politics, the technical aspect of layering and printing was transferred to a figurative realism. Stone’s continued his studies at Concordia University with an MFA in painting and drawing. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Florida State University Museum and the National Palace of culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Shen Wei

Shanghai-born Shen Wei is a photographer based in NYC. His “I Miss You Already” is a decade-long self-portrait project that reveals the process of self-reflection and self-discovery. It is a provocative way to explore his sense of security through understanding the tension between freedom and boundaries. Each image from this series is at once a moment of introspection and rebellion. Memory, fantasy, anxiety, seduction, and emptiness often lead to these moments. Making these self-portraits is an experience of emotional release, a way to express his desire for openness and possibility, as well as a step towards learning acceptance. While this project is his awakening response to liberation and hope, it also represents a universal search for our place in nature and society.