JULY 12 // BEST IN SHOW

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Featured in our gallery for the month of July are three artists that were voted Best in Show from our Oklahoma Inspired group show. After counting hundreds of votes from our patrons, we are excited to exhibit the work of the winners, Colby Bowers, Erin Curry Art, and Holly Wood.

Join us Thursday, July 12th from 6-9pm for the Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception. Or join us the following night for our opening during the 2nd Friday Live on the Plaza from 6-10pm.

Learn more about these artists at:
http://colbybowers.bigcartel.com/
http://erincurryart.storenvy.com/
https://www.instagram.com/hollyhorsebrowns/

Exhibition Opening and Artist Reception: Thursday, July 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza: Friday, July 13th // 6pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs July 12th - August 5th

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COLBY BOWERS //

What is your medium and process?

My medium is acrylic and ink. Once I have an idea or image that I want to create I’ll do an initial sketch to get my composition worked out then do another drawing onto the board or canvas before putting down my first layer of color for an underpainting. I enjoy layering pigment to achieve a desired hue building an image from the underpainting until finishing with ink. The ink is employed to sharpen the focus of the piece or perhaps to give it a narrow depth of field.

Where are you from?

Originally from Duncan, OK, living in the Oklahoma City are since 1998.

How did you get started?

The earliest I can remember drawing was elementary school. I really wanted to be a pilot and astronaut so I would draw fighter jets. Also, liked to draw sneakers outfitted with rockets or blasters.
It wasn’t until after I graduated from the Art Department at UCO that I really began to explore what I wanted to do as a painter and artist.

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

My latest body of work are impressions of dreams. It started with the Bruce Whallis piece. In part of this dream I was adrift on the ocean, blue-green waves against a golden sky, tired and treading water, until a humpback whale gently lifted me from the sea. It’s one of my favorite paintings that I’ve done because the color is so true to the dream.
Sometimes I’ll have an idea and try to work it out as I’m falling asleep while other images are purely dreamt up.

What inspires you?

I’m constantly daydreaming of the universe, our place in it, and what I call “exponential relativity”. I want my art to remind you that we live on an amazing planet full of wonders, to encourage you to explore the mysteries of the world, and to dream of the magical forces that govern the unknown.

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

If I had to pick one piece of art it would be The Monk by the Sea by Casper David Freidrich. But, most recently I’m really into the photography of Reuben Wu.

What are your goals for the future?

I’d really like to push my work further into surrealism and to go big and get back into doing murals.

What advice do you have for artists?

My advice would be to do it your own way. Find a medium or process that keeps you hooked. At the same time I think it’s important for artist to continue exploring mediums to learn how new methods will influence how you perceive your old ones.

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ERIN CURRY //


What is your medium and process?

My process consists of starting with an ink and colored pencil sketch (NanoLiner and Prismacolor) on watercolor paper.  I mostly prefer Strathmore watercolor paper but sometimes use Bristol.  I then hand cut out my pieces using Xacto blades.  Next, I push needles through the paper in order to elevate them above the final process which is collage.  I absolutely love collage.  My favorites are star maps but I adore cut ups from old biology books.  

Where are you from?

I am from Deep Ellum, TX.  As the arts and entertainment district of downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum is an artist haven.  I have lived as a local artist for 5 years here.  My studio along with my local gallery are located all within blocks of each other.

How did you get started?

Starting off with a degree in Organismal Biology from ACU, I knew my affinity for the natural world was something I needed to pursue.  While working for the Dallas Zoo, I discovered that I was to be a biologist turned artist.  Self taught,  I picked up illustration techniques about 5 years ago and now I am showing my work all over the country in galleries and art festivals.  The subject matter is inspired not only by my biology background but for my love of anything oddly beautiful.  I want my work to inspire and bring peoples attention to the underlying beauty and marvelousness of the world around them!

 

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

My latest body of work is inspired by pushing the ideas of what the animal world looks through the eyes of a believer.  I have always believed the animal world is magical.  I would day dream I was a spirit rabbit finding little caves and secret spaces in the forest.  Or maybe I was a spirit fox trying to guide my one true love to me.  There are stories attached to each of my spirit animals, but I like for the viewer to make up their own.

What inspires you?

Honestly, other artists.  I am always amazed by the talent of art within the world.  I think everyday about how I want to push myself, my mind and my skills to truly become the artist I hope I will one day become.

 

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

My girl Mab Graves is killing it right now.  She is an artist from Indianapolis and has a “DinoKitty” series right now in which she needle felts cat sized dinos and places them in hand assembled terrariums.  Film wise, I am a Tarantino girl.  I can pretty much get in a drawing mood when I am watching (more like quoting out loud) Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2.  Literature spectrum:  my favorite book is Vurt.  A futuristic world in which low life adventurers do drugs by dropping feathers into their throats.  Very cool.

What are your goals for the future?

My goals for the future are simple: keep pushing.  I will keep pushing my skills and ideas to become the best artist I can.  I will continue to do art festivals and work with galleries for a few more years, but my real goal is to own my own gallery in Dallas, TX and fill it with the artists I admire the most  (including some of my work too wink wink).  I want to unwrap pieces from artists from all over the world and say “Wow, can’t believe I’m holding one of these!”.
 
What advice do you have to artists?

Practice.  I know everyone thinks artists are born with this immense talent, which can be true, but its really about practice.  I draw everyday.  Everyday.  The greats were great because they practiced.

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HOLLY WOOD //

What is your medium and process?

I like to start off by making a light pencil sketch on a Strathmore mixed media vellum surface paper.  Then I ink over the sketches with Micron pens, erase the pencil and color in using Prismacolor brush markers.

Where are you from?

I was born on Clark AFB in the Philippines and left when I was 1 year. Since I was a military brat, we moved around a bunch but I settled in OKC in 1996.

How did you get started?

Ive been drawing since I was a little kid. It was something my parents thought would be cheap and keep me busy. As a teen, I did a lot of realistic portraits using oil pastels or acrylic paints but cartoon illustrations were always my favorite.

 

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How would you describe your latest body of work?

Lately, I have really been in to drawing full figured women. My most recent work has 3 women of different shapes unite over some pastries. I'm not making any kind of statement, but I can just see how sweets could be a common ground that brings people together. (This work is not one of the images attached)

What inspires you?

Colors, conversations and unique looking people.

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What is one of your favorite pieces of art, film, or literature?

Peewee's Big Adventure was my all time favorite movie as a kid, which makes sense because the colors were so bright and the characters were so out there yet relatable.

What are your goals for the future?

I would love to illustrate some articles one day but really I would like to just continue making people laugh with my comics.

What advice do you have to artists?

Always stay true to your style. Sometimes its easy to get lost by trying to create something for other people and making it how you think they want it. If people are in to your art, always make it yours.