Tag Archive: los angeles


Augustine Kofie

The Circulations Of Her Linear Curiosity”: Augustine Kofie’s “vintage futurism” is a bold blend of drafting technique, graffiti/street art, 60’s and 70’s iconography, unusual geometry and hidden typography. How one self-taught artist could seamlessly bring together so many elements is a testament to how long he has been practicing his craft. A well-respected street artist who went by the name Kofie’One, he has been making his mark on the urban landscape of Los Angeles since the 1990’s and continues to do large-scale murals on buildings to this day. See more here: http://keepdrafting.com/

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Kent Williams

“Studio Arrangement in Blue and Rose” (2010): Kent Williams is an oil-painter from Los Angeles whose studio studies evoke both a decisive moment and a kind of voyeurism. The bodies in his arrangements are imbued with their own subjective narratives, which speaks to Williams’ use of his favorite models, friends and the artist himself engaging in the process. Then there’s that playful clumping and smearing of paint on the canvas – abstract compositions harmoniously sharing space with the realism of his subjects. Williams has also delved into the world of graphic novels: his 2006 collaboration with film director Darren Aronofsky on The Fountain has been well-received. Peruse his online gallery here: www.kentwilliams.com/

Gene Guynn

“Leeloo” (2010): Gene Guynn is not just a super skilled painter working in California (honing his skills at the Academy of Art University in SF and now working in LA), but also a fellow lover of filmmaker Luc Besson’s cult characters. On his oil-and-wood works, Guynn’s visceral and broad brushstrokes harmonize with those signature multicolored lines and shapes; elsewhere finely-rendered faces stand out on flaming, dripping backgrounds. The horned creations that Guynn chooses to frame his paintings with are art in themselves. Enjoy his gallery online: http://geneguynn.com

Shawn Barber

“Tattooed Self-Portrait” (2008): Los Angeles denizen Shawn Barber (b. 1970 in New York) is a seasoned oil painter who has been widely recognized for his portraiture. Barber explores and transgresses traditional portraiture through his depictions of tattooed subjects – often skipping over one’s face and instead copying details of their inky marks in his signature style. No longer just a scholar/reflector of tattoo culture, Barber picked up the needle and opened his own tattoo studio in 2010. See more of his work here: http://www.sdbarber.com/

Gabe Leonard

“God Forgives, I Don’t”: As a young struggling artist in Los Angeles, painter Gabe Leonard began selling copies of his work on Venice Beach, and has since graduated to art festivals and gallery exhibits. His work revolves around the fringe worlds of the Wild West, pirates, mobsters and famous musicians. Most of the subjects are stoic and armed, hardened by their hard-knock existence and unaware of the cinematic cult following these archetypes inhibit in our world. I especially like the backgrounds of these images: morbid-looking paint drips and ingenious smoke-filled blending. See more at his website: http://www.gabeleonard.com/