The Dirty Fabulous

Jeff Sparks

oct 10 // the dirty fabulous + jeff sparks

This month we are featuring some of Oklahoma City’s best illustrative artists.

The Dirty Fabulous is exhibiting 3 original works along with 4 archival reproductions. These works are created with acrylic and oil on metal and are a part of an ongoing series since 1993. “The Dirty Fabulous produces relics of the modern American psyche in large-scale mixed media paintings and drawings. Referencing diverse historical, literary and pop subjects. The compositions are littered with symbolic imagery that is part satire, personal musing and broken alchemy….”

We are also excited to feature the work of Jeff Sparks this month whose works and are painstakingly stippled in a process he likens to painting in that he works “… over the same area multiple times to build depth and detail, similar to working from an under-painting.” His works are inspired by mythological and occult stories, theology, philosophy and the occult.

You can read more below about their work and process.

You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

The Dirty Fabulous

Artist Questions

The Dirty Fabulous
What is your medium/process?
Images are worked up from large scale drawings and a fair amount of research. Paintings are done in acrylic and oil paint on metal. Pieces typically take about a month to complete and are done completely by hand.

Where are you from?

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I am very interested in referencing ancient mythology / belief systems. So while the works visually have their origins in pop culture, comics, pulp illustrations – the content of the work is in many ways quite serious. I see them as fables or stories, retold as a kind of dark comedy.

What inspires you?
The usual suspects- literature, art, music, life -basically the entire specter of our human drama.

How did you get started?
These started as a fluke, really. However, like many things that start as a fun, open-ended exploration, they have the chance of growing into something much more.

What are your goals for the future?
Keep painting. I enjoy the opportunity to participate in shows like this and contribute to Oklahoma City’s growing visual culture.

Jeff Sparks

Jeff Sparks
What is your medium/process?
Primarily I work with ink, stippling. My process is a bit atypical for stippled ink work though. I have gravitated toward a style more like painting in that I will work over the same area multiple times to build depth and detail, similar to working from an under-painting.

Where are you from?
Nowhere special, just Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
The themes are still dark, though not overtly morbid in my opinion. I have been drawing more from nature, mythological, and occult sources to build the imagery. It is more of a free-form atavistic approach though, creating more from feeling rather than creating imagery specific to any particular story or myth.

What inspires you?
I can recall that even as a child, I felt persistent anxiety about, not only my existence, but existence in general as well as more pressing issues like: whether or not I was going to die that day from a full nuclear assault or simply a biblical end times/rapture scenario. Those sort of things never really go away and as a result I suppose, I have always lurked in the shadows of the more esoteric circles. Mix all of that with a little D&D, teenage rebellion, and a religious upbringing; you get a completely normal guy with a fascination in mysticism, theology, philosophy and the occult.

I guess that doesn’t really answer the question. All of that said though, I can say that I draw a lot of inspiration from music and literature without going into great detail about the kind of music and books from which I would derive said inspiration. I will say that I hold a special affinity for the works of Joris-Karl Huysmans, Jeffrey Burton Russell, David Tibet and Virgil Finlay.

How did you get started?
I don’t really know. I’ve always drawn and I used to paint, but I started working with ink a lot while I was taking illustration classes at UCO. I felt more suited to working in that method as well as feeling that it allowed me to more accurately achieve what I wanted in my images. Everything else kind of fell away and it has just progressed from there.

What are your goals for the future?
I would just like to continue working with enough success to eke out an existence and maybe find a small place on a hillside with my cats, away from all the peoples.

More short term though, I would like to start working on the Key of Solomon project that I’ve been dreaming about for the past decade. It is a very daunting undertaking that will probably take me years to complete based on the volume of work and the relative speed at which I can work.


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NATHAN GUIDRY

TRENT LAWSON

sept 12 // nathan guidry + trent lawson

Two words to get you excited about this month’s opening. Velvet. Paintings. That’s right, this friday we are featuring Oklahoma’s most notoriously kitsch painter, Trent Lawson, alongside some incredible pen and ink cut out illustrations by emerging artist Nathan Guidry. RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Nathan creates mythological creatures that he feels would be found in Oklahoma. A scissortail griffon or a fox dragon are among the imagined beings rendered in pen and ink on illustration board and cut out to give the illusion that the creature is actually in the room with your and not just a piece of art hanging on the wall.

Trent is a well known figure in the arts community, from his extensive volunteer work with OVAC and the arts festival to his job at the OKCMOA, he is inspired by both his surroundings and 80′s childhood nostalgia. When asked how he would best describe his work, he calls it “Humorous pop-culture inspired velvet paintings sprinkled with art history.”

NATHAN GUIDRY

Artist Questions

Nathan Guidry

What is your medium/process?
Pen/ink and colored pencil on paper board.  I cut out the drawings and hang them with wire.

Where are you from?
I was born and still live in Enid, Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
All of my latest pieces are mythological animals that you could find in Oklahoma. I use a combination of techniques such as stippling cross hatch in each piece. The marks maintain a natural look throughout. I also have cut out every animal to bring them into the real world even more.  I have attempted to create the illusion that this animal could be grabbed or pet. Each of my latest pieces have a real presence about them. They aren’t apart of a drawing on a wall, they are in the room.

What inspires you?
Animals, bugs, epic stories of courage and pride.

How did you get started?
I have been drawing since I was very young. Maybe 6. I had a natural knack for it and I just kept with it.

What are your goals for the future?
I just want to show my art to as many people as possible and make as much art as I can before I die. aaaaaand maybe be known the world over as one of the great artists of our time.


Trent Lawson

What is your medium/process?
I paint acrylics on velvet. My method generally starts from a digital sketch, this allows me to adjust scale and work out some of the kinks before getting to the velvet, which is a very unforgiving medium. I will then print my sketch actual size and use it as a stencil to block in the elements. The rest is patience and some tiny brushes!

Where are you from?
My formative years were split between south side OKC and Pauls Valley, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Humorous pop-culture inspired velvet paintings sprinkled with art history.

What inspires you?
Everything inspires one way or another, it’s not always noticeable but it seeps in. I’m a product of the 80s, so my childhood, conversations with friends, the local arts community and working at the OKC Museum of Art, and all the badass people out there doing badass things.

How did you get started?
I’ve always been drawing, from Ninja Turtles as a kid to Ninja Turtles today. Time is a flat circle. What helped get me connected to the movers and shakers of the art community was volunteering. I’d recommend that to anyone wanting to get connected.

What are your goals for the future?
I’m not good with goals, but I’m going to be making an effort to show my work more outside of the state.

TRENT LAWSON


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tessa raven

lauren williams

aug 8 // tessa raven + lauren miller

This month we are highlighting some of the most talented and hard working ladies in the city. Lauren Miller creates her meticulous dream like portraits with graphite on birch panels she builds. Look closely at each piece, and you will see the hours of painstaking handwork that goes into each creation. When she is not doing her art, she is hard at work on her tattoo apprenticeship at Beauty from Pain Tattoo.

Tessa Raven is a Plaza District resident and worker. You can spot her signature characters when you see them. Tessa incorporates creativity in all areas of her life by always keeping a sketchbook handy. When she is not working on her personal art, she is best known for her caricatures. Tessa can draw you up as anything from a monster to your favorite animal.

Both artists have created a collaborative piece that captures the nostalgia of youthful memories that will debut the night of the exhibit.

You can RSVP for the Facebook Event here.

Artist Questions:

Tessa Raven
What is your medium/process?
Mixed media, but mostly Acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ink.My process is usually very spontaneous, sometimes jumping in without any sight of the end, just trying to get something out , and stopping when it feels right.Other times I see the picture there before i even start, and I paint what I already see.

Where are you from?
Good ol’ OK!

How would you describe your latest body of work?
A collection of emotions portrayed through mixed media characters on wood.

What inspires you?
People, Dreams, Stories, Life

How did you get started
I come from a family of artists, I picked it up I suppose.

What are your goals for the future?
To inspire other people, to keep creating, to keep changing, to change what art is, to use all of my experiences to create something true, to help cultivate a community of culture and art in OKC.

Lauren Miller
What is your medium/process?
Mixed media, but mostly Acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ink.My process is usually very spontaneous, sometimes jumping in without any sight of the end, just trying to get something out , and stopping when it feels right.Other times I see the picture there before i even start, and I paint what I already see.My main go to these days is graphite, with a little water color or acrylic. I’ve also been building my own panels from birch. Most of my work is quite meticulous. I enjoy the tiny details.

Where are you from?
I’m from Norman, but have called OKC my home for the past five years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Dreamy. I’m trying to capture those quiet moments that are so precious and sing to the soul.

What inspires you?
The natural beauty of the world, including the human figure. The holy spirit, who is constantly opening my eyes to the small wonders that surround me. And the most talented group of friends and family.

How did you get started
Both of my parents are artists, so it was encouraged and nurtured at a very young age.

What are your goals for the future?
I’m currently 9 months into a tattoo apprenticeship. My hope is to continue working toward getting my license and owning my own shop. As well as continue showing my drawings in galleries and local shops.


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Fanny Pack Fashion Show

july 11th // fannys back 3 + packs from the plains

This second Friday we are celebrating summer and back to school! We will start the evening with our 3rd fanny pack fashion show right at 7pm. Local artists have taken creative liberties with the fashion worlds most functionally tacky accessory. In previous years artists have converted packs into boom boxes, light shows, robots and yetis.

We are also teaming up with BWAP • Backpacks With A Purpose and Keep It Local OK for their special Keep It Local backpack launch. For every pack that is purchased BWAP gives 2 backpacks to local charities. We have distributed a few to Local artists to You can see the artist’s work and purchase a special Keep It Local edition bag at the opening! All B-WAP backpacks purchased benefit artists and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

pack from the plains


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Vinton Bayne

Midtown Plaza Court - Josh Delozier

jun 13 // new works by vinton bayne + josh delozier

We are excited to host our very first local photographers for 2nd friday this month. Make sure to swing by the opening at our store form 7-11pm, Friday June 13th. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Vinton states: “For this show I decided to go all film, using lofi camera equipment. Everything was taken using either my Holga, Sprocket Rocket, or Diana F+. I love the surprise element, where all the planning in the world can’t control everything about your shot. There is a magic to it.” vintonjbayne.com

Josh’s latest series, 180 Degrees OKC “is a panoramic view of Oklahoma city. It captures the cityscape from different angles and features several exciting destinations that ale Oklahoa City such an interesting place.” joshdelozier.com

Artist Questions

Vinton Bayne

VINTON BAYNE

What is your medium/process?
Photography, usually film, mostly lomography. Sometimes digital.Typically I just go on long walks with my cameras, often in the middle of the night, shooting long exposures of the city.

Where are you from?
The 405, born and raised.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
For this show I decided to go all film, using lofi camera equipment. Everything was taken using either my Holga, Sprocket Rocket, or Diana F+. I love the surprise element, where all the planning in the world can’t control everything about your shot. There is a magic to it.

What inspires you?
Local artists who are in my life, weird fiction and comic books. I don’t have a lot of photographers I follow. Most of my inspiration comes from artists of other mediums. Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Nikola Tesla, Jim Henson, Bill Watterson, R.A. Lafferty, Doug TenNapel, Jeff Lemire, Josh Dies, C.S. Lewis, Jack Kirby,  Buster Keaton, and my wife: Tessa Raven, to name a few.

How did you get started?
Playing with my dad’s camera as a child. Seeing the great shots he would take just for family photos. When I first starting shooting, it was all digital. I never thought I would use film. Now I can’t put down my film cameras.

What are your goals for the future?
Continue playing with the medium, see what I can do with it. I’m just going to keep having fun.

Skydance - Josh Delozier

JOSH DELOZIER

What is your medium/process?
I create panoramic photos of Oklahoma city. I shoot sequences of photos that are then stitched together to produce a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of OKC’s sights and skylines.

Where are you from?
I live in oklahoma city and have my entire life.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
“180 degress okc” is a panoramic view of Oklahoma city. It captures the cityscape from different angles and features several exciting destinations that ale Oklahoma City such an interesting place.

What inspires you?
My city inspires me. I take my camera with me every day because you never know when you’ll see something that will make your next photo. I love this city and love to capture it’s beauty.

How did you get started?
Photography is something I’ve only recently started to seriously pursue. I wanted to find some thing that would make my photos unique, so when I made my 1st panoramic from atop the Centennial Building in Bricktown, I knew I had something special.

What are your goals for the future?
I want to continue to work on my technique and continue to show good photographs. I might not ever become a full time artist, but I know i’ll love every minute of the journey.


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The Articulation Of Genesis - Angela Westerman

may 9 // new works by angela westerman

This month we are hosting a solo exhibit of works by Oklahoma based artist, Angela Westerman. Westerman creates haunting organic abstracts of nature. Her works explore the evolution between man, nature and technology and the impact of our progress on the earth in physical and environmental terms. This surreal blending of technological and natural textures are an articulate portrayal of the cyclic cleansing of light and dark.

Be sure to come out Friday May 9th from 7-1pm for the opening. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

For more info on the artist you can read the artist questionnaire below.

What is your medium/process?
While every piece is derived from my own personal narrative, I always attempt to include some ambiguity, allowing the viewer to fill in pieces of the story according to their own unique perspective. I enjoy working on a large scale, as I believe it creates an almost ‘epic’ feel for the viewer, allowing them to lose themselves in the minute details. The term ‘organic’ is an apt description for both my creative process and my choice of subject matter, as I prefer to let the work take on a life of its own and my subconscious express itself freely and fluidly without preconceptions.

Where are you from?
I am originally from Salinas, CA and was raised on the East Coast – currently residing in Edmond, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
While I have explored various subjects and themes for exhibitions throughout the past two years, my focus in 2014 is a return to the exploration of natural and technological evolution.

What inspires you?
My joy in creating comes from a deep desire to comment artistically on humanity’s place on this earth, and the constant battle between man, nature and technology. Mankind continually strives for evolution, both in process and in innovation. We search out that which inspires us. We dream, create, destroy, and dream again. Our successes and our failures weave a complex and unique tapestry that defines our struggle for advancement. Yet even as we grasp for elusive perfection, our efforts often see the destruction of the natural elements around us. Our history and our future bear the scars of our continued attempts to harmonize with – yet enslave- the natural forces that hold sway on our world. Nature and man in constant battle, man and technology, life and death, locked in an endless war, bloody yet beautiful.  Every cycle cleansing and bringing life anew.  I find I am continuously drawn to this epic and endless dance.

How did you get started?
I segued to full time professional artist after spending over a decade in the graphic design and marketing industry.

What are your goals for the future?
I hope to continue to experiment with unique combinations of mediums and embrace the continuous pursuit of unattainable perfection in my craft.


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Josh Heilaman

april 11 // cycles – new works by josh heilaman

We are pleased to announce what will probably be a final showing of one of our all time favorite local artists, Josh Heilaman. Josh has a distinctly experimental quality to his works that blend fantasy characters with illustrative storytelling. Josh has built a reputable following with his work and has inspired many of us to look at life and art as one and not just something separate we do as as a weekend hobby. In his aptly titled show “Cycles” you will see the creative beginnings of his physical relocation to Japan this summer.

Come show you support for this influential local artist as he embarks on his next life chapter.

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process?
The works for this show are all mixed media drawings.  I used ink, watercolor, and
assorted markers on rice paper to create the drawings.  The drawings were then affixed
to wood panels.

Where are you from?
I am from Oklahoma City, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work is primarily abstract with a heavy emphasis on line and space.
Many of the pieces began as ambient watercolor works and evolved into their final forms
through the addition of line.  The works in this show are the result of a subconscious free
form process, focused on experimentation.

What inspires you?
This series is mostly inspired by the process of experimentation, itself.

How did you get started?
I simply found art supplies and started experimenting.

What are your goals for the future?
My immediate goals for the future involve relocating to Japan so I can reunite with my
wonderful fiance, Akane.  After that, I plan to obtain an MFA and begin teaching art.


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Kalee Jones W.

march 14 // kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

We are pleased to have Kalee Jones W. and Tammy Brummell’s chromatic studies on our walls in time for spring. Kalee works spontaneously to capture the present moment unfolding. Through multiple layers of color, you can see the formations of anthropomorphic beings, animals and occasional text appear and dissolve into one another. Tammy’s latest series “Prison Girls” captures various females in vintage mugshots layered on a colorfully marbled background. She transforms these women with jewelry and flowers. The juxtaposition of the background and embellishment of the females characterizes the transformation of their souls.

Read more about the artists below.

Make sure to come out March 14th from 7-11pm for our opening of this show during LIVE on the Plaza.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Tammy Brummell

Artist Info

Kaylee Jones W.

What is your medium/process?
Acrylic and graphite.  I pick a color and jump in.  The composition is built up in layers of mark making and color washes.  Each choice is a deliberate move towards overall balance and rooted in focused spontaneity.

Where are you from?
Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, steeped in Colorado.  I currently reside in OKC.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Cool and moody.  Reminiscent of landscapes and weather.

What inspires you?
Star dust and creation stories.

How did you get started?
Crayons and markers.

What are your goals for the future?
To stay centered and open; so that my work may authentically evolve.

Tammy Brummell

What is your medium/process?
My medium is digital photo montage in which I apply paper, ink and paint to a giclee print.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work “Prison Girls” was inspired by arrest photos of women from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I transformed the photos into portraits of the women, kind of reinventing them. Vibrant liquefied marble back grounds represent the transformation of the past, while the women are mirrored and adorned with jewelry and flowers as part of their outward transformation. Their souls are bursting into thin air with enamel embellishment.

What inspires you?
Life, art, granddaughters, old photos, new photos, people, nature, architecture, animals, wood, rocks, science, color, light, patterns, shapes, media, fashion, movies, music, the universe.

How did you get started?
I studied design and photography at Oklahoma State University and have been a graphic designer in Oklahoma City for 20 years, focusing on magazine layout and design. I later developed my technique for creating digital photo montage art.

What are your goals for the future?
Work more in mixed media, do more collaboration, work with wood. Explore video, sound and projection. Achieve more exposure on the web.

 


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Jason Pawley

feb 14th // jason pawley + ross adams

Say hello to our neighbors and artist friends Jason Pawley and Ross Adams. These native visionaries work tirelessly on their own art, are gainfully employed in the Plaza District AND run Tall Hill Creative; a gallery/studio space on NW 34th and Villa. Using spray paint, pens, watercolor and acrylic, their use of bright psychedelic colors create a complimentary body of work. In contrast, their subject matter is unique to their individual inspiration. Ross is inspired by punk subculture. Think album covers, zines, gig posters and punk fashion from the 80′s. Jason draws inspiration from nature and his many adventures on the road. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here and make sure to read the artist questions at the bottom of the post.

Ross Adams

This 2nd Friday falls on Valentines day, so expect the district to be full of the appropriate celebrations. In the shop, we are stocked full of new product for the holiday. Expect to see lots of handmade gifts and Valentine’s cards in addition to new knits appropriate for this late chill. You can see some of the new products online or just come by the shop! Also be sure to see full list of Plaza District happenings for LOVE on the Plaza.

For those emerging and aspiring artists we have a group show taking place the first Sunday of March and are currently seeking entries. Details below:

DNA Galleries Animalistic

Artist Questions

Jason Pawley

Jason Pawley
What is your medium/process?
Acrylic, spray paint, paint pens….

Where are you from?
Earth

How would you describe your latest body of work? What inspires you?
It’s kinda like daydreaming of my travels and places or things that make me happy… where the mountains meet the ocean on a gravel road….. that’s my inspiration.

How did you get started?
Skateboarding graphics…. that’s what made me want to start drawing.

What are your goals for the future?
To say hungry :)

Ross Adams

Ross Adams
What is your medium/process?
Lately I’ve been working in a lot of different mediums. For this show I have been working with: pens, pencils, colored pencils, acrylics, spray paint & water colors, all on bristol board. Not exactly sure how I would describe the process, It’s just something I enjoy doing.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States of America

How would you describe your latest body of work?
#artorwhatever

What inspires you?
Probably punk, as a soundtrack and as a subversive subculture.  It is something I have always been interested in.  Album art was the first visual art that peaked my interest. Artists like Raymond Pettibon, Winston Smith and Pushead were some of my first major influences. From there, fliers for punk shows and independent zines pushed my interest in the visual art of the subculture further.  Lately, I have also been inspired by the punk fashion that was displayed so prevelently in 80′s punxploitation films like: Suburbia, Class of 1984, Repo Man etc.  I’m also inspired a lot by other visual artists.  Beyond that, I would say every moment that I am breathing I am being inspired to create.

How did you get started?
When I was a kid I would always draw pictures for my grandmother, because she was a painter and I thought that was cool. She always encouraged me to keep drawing. And from there I guess never stopped. I only took sketchbooks to class in high school and college (which, I’m sure was not her intention). I really don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t making or breaking something. Art has just always been there.

What are your goals for the future?
Survival.

 


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jake beeson skeletor

jan 10th //  jake beeson, tanner frady + jay hollopeter

UPDATE SHOW EXTENDED  //  We have decided to extend this show into January! Be looking for our next new show in February.

Jake Beeson is a Tulsa based artist and designer who has mashed up some 80′s and 90′s pop cartoon imagery and blended it with his signature graffiti influenced technique. His new series includes the best of childhood cartoon nostalgia from Transformers to Ninja Turtles and Skeletor from He-Man.

tanner frady pink panther

Oklahoma City artist Tanner Frady, is pulling influence from a similar realm of animated nostalgia, and has focussed on some of his favorite classics like Pink Panther, Felix the Cat and Huckleberry Hound.

Jay Hollopeter A Rothian Kind of Day

Jay Hollopeter is an Enid based artist that has been a regular in the OKC art scene for the past 30 years. His colorfully animated characters are illustrated with the depth of lifelike shading and detail. Inspiration for his latest work will include everything from Luchadores to Rat Fink.

We appreciate your support!


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