okc art

october 8 // anniversary skull show

Smitty Skull

Help celebrate DNA Galleries 8th anniversary! Join us Saturday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a skull themed group art show, featuring over 60 artists. Catered by our neighbors at Saints Pub!

Death By Pizza - Yeehapizza

ARTIST RECEPTION AND ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Saturday, October 8th // 6-10pm

LIVE ON THE PLAZA
Friday, October 14th // 7-11pm

PLAZA DISTRICT DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 30th, 1-8pm

Exhibit runs October 8th - November 5th

Skull Screenprints by DNA Galleries

july 7 // dylan bradway

Dylan Bradway - Warming Up

Join us the evening of July 7 for the opening night of our newest exhibition featuring the work of Dylan Bradway.

This exhibition will be in part a retrospection featuring works, largely unseen, created over a span of eight years. This show will also include many new pieces created in 2016.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, July 7th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, July 8th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs July 7th - August 7th

Dylan Bradway - Blue Flower

tessa raven bayne + vinton bayne

Angel In Advertising

jan 7 // tessa raven bayne + vinton bayne

Kicking off the new year we are featuring artists Tessa Raven Bayne and her husband Vinton Bayne. This local creative couple has been collaborating on a new series of photographic prints on panels which have been embellished with painting and wood burning. To accompany the new body of work, the dynamic duo also created a zine which includes additional photography, mixed media and writings by the artists.

Join us Thursday January 7th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

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Artist Preview Reception: January 7th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: January 8th // 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs January 7th – February 5th

Subway Superhero

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process? The pieces in this show are a mixture of digital and film photographs taken by Vinton that were printed onto wood. Tessa then altered them using acrylics and wood burning.

The zine is a combination of Vinton's photography, Tessa's mixed media pieces and both of their writings.

Where are you from?
 We are both Oklahoma born and raised. Proud to be Plaza District residents.

How would you describe your latest body of work? We have been married for over two years, working on art alongside each other. We decided to pursue the goal of putting our art together as a way to express our unity in life and creativity. We want to tell stories that encourage people to think, question and dream, further exploring stories of their own.

What inspires you?
 We inspire each other in our respective mediums. We both look up to creative masters such as Jim Henson, James Jean, Bill Watterson and Farel Dalrymple, as well as the hard working artists in our community. With the zine specifically we were inspired by the weird, thought provoking media we love like the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, X-Files, Welcome to Night Vale, Ray Bradbury, and HP Lovecraft.

How did you get started?
 Tessa grew up in a creative family and community and has been actively showing and making drawings and mixed media paintings for around five years.

Vinton started doing photography and graphic design in high school, loving the way he could alter the world with the lens and combine images with design to create a fuller picture.

What are your goals for the future?
 To grow together, create, discover, encourage and inspire.

More specifically we'd love to continue to produce zines, podcasts, paint some murals, make some graphic novels, and construct more big sculptures from cardboard (Like the one Tessa made for DNA Galleries window)

What advice do you have to artists? Go do the thing, be encouraged, be true to yourself, we believe in you.

Giant Dreams

trisha thompson adams + hagan billigmeier

Trisha Thompson Adams Trisha Thompson Adams

 

dec 10 // trisha thompson adams + hagan billigmeier

Finishing out the year in the on the gallery wall we have Trisha Thompson Adams and Hagan Billigmeier. Trisha has created a diverse mixture of oil paintings which bring colorful galaxies to meet celestial portraits. Hagan is influenced by taxidermy and utilizes a mixture of airbrush and sculpting in his grimly themed works.

Join us Thursday December 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

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Artist Preview Reception: December 10th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: December 11th // 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs December 10th – January 3rd

hagan billigmeier

Trisha Thompson Adams

hagan billigmeier

7 Year Anniversary

7-YearAnniversary-web

october 8 // 7 year anniversary group show

We've refreshed our storefront just in time for our 7 year anniversary! Over 50 local artists have created pizza, skull and beer art for our annual exhibit. We are also launching a new line of "Drink Local Beer" products in conjunction with Anthem Brewing Co. who will be onsite serving from their beer truck.

Come listen to the sounds of NGHBRS and visit our neighbors next door at Tree & Leaf Clothing who will be celebrating their 9 year anniversary!

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Group Show Artist Reception: Thur October 8th // 6pm-10pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Fri October 9th // 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs October 8th – November 8th

Joey Alvarez

Dylan Bradway

Dylan Bradway

september 10 // dylan bradway

Keeping it close to home for September, we have new works in the gallery by our very own Dylan Bradway. Vibrant colors bring playful energy to his new paintings while intriguing images build the sense of a deeper story. Many of the works are inspired by a recent sketchbook that draws upon scenarios in his life including "the experiences of the past and present...whether inspiring or traumatic."

We will also be releasing a limited run of full color shirts and pencil bags with Dylan's new work during the artist preview reception on Thursday Sept 10th from 6-9pm.

Read more about the artist below.

Join us Thursday September 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Preview Reception: September 10th // 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: September 11th // 7pm-11pm Plaza District Festival: September 26th // 11am-10pm Exhibit Runs September 10th – October 5th

Artist Questions Where are you from? Born in Oklahoma City and call it my home today.

How did you get started? Growing up in a creative environment, my focus on visual arts started solidifying towards the end of high school. During college I pursued a degree in Graphic Design with my art serving as more of a personal outlet. Since 2006 I've been building on my artistic career with strong involvement in the local art scene while developing connections outside of the state.

What inspires you? Life, dreams, faces, friends/family, along with my beautiful and talented wife. The experiences of the past and present are influential whether inspiring or traumatic. These influences present themselves in my art, sometimes without conscious intention which can allow myself and others to interpret their meaning.

What is your medium/process? Lately I've been working mainly on wood panels using acrylics and inks, with the subtle embellishments of colored pencil, graphite and spray paint. Usually starting with a loose sketch, I build up layers with washes of color, then focus on finishing the piece with precise line-work. The concepts usually take shape during the sketching process without much planning and I hardly ever use specific reference material which allows for a more fluid thought process.

How would you describe your latest body of work? I've been working within a vibrant color palette to not only break from old habits but to have fun and see what comes from it as I move forward. Many of the pieces are based on sketches I've been compiling over the past year or so, during a time of inner focus and growth for me. The images seem to flow freely as I let my mind relax and allow myself the space to create.

What advice do you have to artists? Keep your mind open, keep growing, experience life and make some art.

What are your goals for the future? Push myself to create more art on a regular basis, with or without a specific project to work towards. Be involved in more public art, which has become a passion of mine. I also want to travel as much as I can, even if it's just a day trip somewhere close by.

klair larason

Klair Larason

june 11th // klair larason

For June at DNA Galleries we are changing things up a little with an Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, June 11th from 6-9pm, preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

Join us as artist Klair Larason displays new works filled with a mixture of vibrant colors, fluid shapes and textures from both manmade and natural origin. Using her personally developed foil gum wrapper gilding process, each piece relates to "individual experiences" from the artist's life from the last 2 years. The concept behind each piece is explored with the use of skulls, bones and 2-d surfaces as support structures for the gum wrapper medium. A playful palette of colors flow in an almost liquid state over the visually raw elements of the skull and bone based pieces, creating a sense of contrast and layered meaning. To accompany this series, Klair has produced a series of skateboard decks which contain patterns made up of select pieces from the show.

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Artist Preview Reception: June 11th 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: June 12th 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs June 11th - July 3rd

Klair Larason

Artist Questions // Klair Larason

What is your medium/process? I use the foil from colored gum wrappers. They're my primary medium and I support my work with bones, skulls, or design on a 2-d format. The process is close to gilding, however my technique differs from professional gild-work as I don't use artist quality material. For my sculpture, I melt polymer over whatever I'm going to be working on, then peel foil off the wrappers, and adhere it to the areas I want to cover on my work. When choosing my skulls and subject matter, I look for things that interest me, or allow me to express a feeling I've experienced recently.

Where are you from? I'm from Oklahoma City! I was born here, and I've lived here forever. I travel to New Mexico quite a bit too, so I also feel comfortable when I'm on the mesa and in the mountains. I'm fortunate to be able to call both places home.

How would you describe your latest body of work? I would describe each piece as a series of individual experiences I've had in the last two years. Some of those experiences are great and happy, while others are the lowest I've felt in my life. I think the use of color speaks most about each piece. Even though my medium has only 14-16 choices of colour, I like to experiment with the combinations to create my perception about my memories. The artificial restriction of a small palette gives me more limitations, and I like that. I think it helps me to push back harder against those adversities, within my art and outside of my control in the larger world.

What inspires you? Oh gosh, other art and music for sure. I'll get hooked on one artist for maybe a month, then move on, but I always remember what I've seen. Right now I've enjoyed work from Sarah Cain and Chris Ware. Juxtapoz had fantastic interviews from them both featured in this year's May issue, and I've kept it close since it arrived in the mail. I've also been drunk on Mac Demarco, Connan Mockasin, and Corners. I can't figure out how to listen to any other music right now. And lastly, my friends who also make art rub off on me too. I like to see what they're doing, because most of the time what they make is really cool.

How did you get started? I always remember when I was little, about times when I would just like to create something, either building a box fort or trying to write my own stories. I was twelve, and during a spell of boredom I tried to peel foil off a gum wrapper, like a friend showed me how to do at school. I started to cover a skateboard, and that alone took a year to do, but after a while I got more skilled at it, and started doing other small things. After a while, working became an escape for me, and I just kept going. It probably all came about because was a really lonely, weird kid.

What are your goals for the future? I'm in a slight lull right now, taking things easy, saving up, and making things I haven't had time for until now. Starting on some really big work, stuff that can't be made at a desk. Things like that. I'm working on becoming a more professional artist and not be so spotty with everything. It's really hard, but I hope it pays off.

Special Thanks I'd like to thank everyone at DNA Galleries, Dylan and Amanda Bradway, Stacey Miller and Tony Morton, the good folks at Core Extreme Sports, Charlie Trujillo at Lettering Express, Kaiser Volk, Karen Collier, Garrett Young, and my parents for all the help with this show. Without you guys, I'd be a mess.

cassie stover + natalie kent

Cassie-ChickenShit Natalie Kent GEM2

may 8 // cassie stover + natalie kent

We have two female artists in the gallery for May. Cassie Stover has created a series of 8"x10" paintings inspired by animals with comedic and human qualities while adding a bit of her own humor. Natalie Kent's work is comprised of various forms of symbolism and dream imagery which is meant to spark a question in the viewer and leave the meaning behind the work up to interpretation.

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Artist Questions

Cassie Stover Lost In The City

Cassie Stover

What is your medium/process? Acrylic on canvas.Where are you from? Oklahoma City, OK

How would you describe your latest body of work?

After realizing how often I post animal photos on my Instagram, I thought to myself, why am I drawn to them and what do they all have in common?  I discerned that they were mostly comedic and took on some form of personification.  As humans, it's pretty fun to see ourselves in other creatures.  So I made a conscious effort to paint animals versus humans and insert a bit of my own humor.

In the past I have worked primarily on large scale pieces.  This time around, I decided to restrict myself to an 8x10 format, which offers up it's own challenges and rewards. Large scale paintings just have that immediate impact, the size alone draws in viewers. Yet working with the 8x10's I have found they feel more intimate, and I can be as bold with color as I please.

Overall, my work has underlying narrative qualities, but only snippets. I want to know where this monkey is going, and why is he lost in the city? Hopefully they viewer will finish the story for his or herself.  That's the fun part. Or at the very least be amused.

How did you get started? I've always been an artist, since I could hold a crayon I suppose.  I've been one of the lucky ones, with a family that encouraged and supported me from childhood to adulthood to pursue the arts.

What are your goals for the future? Stay motivated.

Natalie Kent The Sage

Natalie Kent

What is your medium/process? I work in a variety of mediums ranging from graphite pencil, pen and ink, or Prismacolor pencil to large acrylic paintings. Lately I've enjoyed focusing on small drawings and illustrations.

Where are you from? Houston, Texas, living and working in Edmond.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest body of my work relies heavily on symbolism and dream imagery. I enjoyed creating these pieces with a lot of unanswered questions so that- like dreams- the meaning may vary from viewer to viewer. I think one of the most powerful elements in art is the power of interpretation. Good art doesn't just give you the answer, it lets you find it on your own.

What inspires you? Dreams, metaphors, Renaissance & Surrealist art, and nature. I'd say 99% of my work usually falls in one of those categories. I bring my sketchbook everywhere I go and it's filled with notes of last night's dreams, doodles, urban sketches, ideas for future paintings... we live in an amazing world full of the most fascinating things. It's hard not to be inspired.

How did you get started? I began creating art when I was very young. Some kids would sell lemonade in the neighborhood and I would sell art for 5 cents, setting up shop on a little table at the end of my driveway and busting out one-of-a-kind Picasso-esque Crayola marker pieces. My parents were very supportive of my interest in art and enrolled me in oil painting and watercolor classes throughout middle school and high school.

What are your goals for the future? My goals for the near future are to transition into developing larger paintings. Working on a large scale is out of my comfort zone and honestly a bit intimidating for me, but as an artist I think it's imperative to challenge yourself and push your limits on a semi-regular basis to improve yourself. There's no growth in the comfort zone.

As far as long-term goals, I plan on continuing to create art and show my work in Oklahoma City.

amber black + lauren miller

Amber Black

Lauren Miller

april 10 // amber rae black + lauren miller

This month’s 2nd Friday features the improbably elaborate drawings of local artists Amber Rae Black and Lauren Miller. We particularly enjoy the way the individual artist’s themes of duality intertwine with the similar use of materials to directly compliment one other. Amber’s work portrays hauntingly hopeful depictions of “life and growth out of pain and loss”. Lauren Miller’s latest series of graphite portraits on birch panel is similarly themed in it’s emphasis on “freedom from deeply rooted lies” and putting faith in the unseen.

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ARTIST QUESTIONS

Amber Black

AMBER RAE BLACK

What is your medium/process? I like working in mixed mediums but I usually start with drawing. Drawing is my home. In general, I am in love with a tactile process and being swept up in that moment when the work just flows.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work? All of my current work has, in some way, been inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. It began as catharsis and is intended to express both the moment of death and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss. I hope the pieces communicate a life and growth that is born out of pain and loss.

What inspires you? Memories, dreams, personal experiences. I am inspired, in the most part, by personal experiences and tend to work somewhat autobiographically. My art is often an attempt to hold onto or relive a moment or feeling.

How did you get started? I always made art as a kid and felt most like myself when making art. My parents and grandparents also always encouraged me to keep going. I just never stopped.

What are your goals for the future? I just want to keep making art and to get better at it. I would also possibly like to do some form of art therapy with children or women someday.

Artists Statement: The body of work 'Bright Crossing' was inspired by the sudden death of a young loved one and the witnessing of her passing. The work began as catharsis and continued out of a desire to linger in the threshold between life and the moment of death. The mixture of mediums is meant to draw a contrast between the frailty of ephemeral flesh and the bright intangibility of the spiritual. The colors symbolize the spirit but also the life and growth that is born out of pain and loss. The work is intended to express both the moment of a souls departure and also the exquisite pain that transforms and awakens those left to mourn that loss.

 

Lauren Miller

LAUREN MILLER

What is your medium/process? Graphite and acrylic paint on birch panels.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My collection is about finding freedom from deeply rooted lies I've believed and what it is to place my hope in the unseen God who I've given my life to.

What inspires you? The beauty that comes with struggle.

How did you get started? I’ve been creating most of my life.

What are your goals for the future? To continue to dig deeper and create art that inspires and moves.

 

march 13th nicole moan

happy happy

march 13 // nicole moan: hunting down my childhood

In this new series Nicole Moan documents many of the creative 2 dimensional characters that inhabited her youth by building them into 3 dimensional clay sculptures. The idea for this series struck her as she watched her kids watch “new” television shows and realized how much of it now overlaps with shows of her youth. Nicole decided to take a trip down memory lane and bring these characters to life in a way that is both humorous and original.

Come out to the opening Friday March 13th from 7-11pm at DNA Galleries.

Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

fire fire

Artist Questionnaire

What is your medium/process? My medium is mostly clay but I love working with so many. I make all of the skirts that go with my ceramic corsets. I also create jewelry and accessories of mixed mediums. As far as process goes, when I get an idea for a creation I turn it over in my head for a while until I can see how it can be made before I attempt to bring it to life.

Where are you from? I’ve spent all of my adult life living in Oklahoma City, with the exception of a brief stint in Lancaster, California, but I spent most of my childhood moving around the country with my artist parents.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Lately I have been very inspired by cartoons and characters from my childhood. The characters themselves are fairly self-explanatory. Placing their heads on plaques as trophies is that feeling of wanting to keep that youthful place and preserve it as a hunter would. They are the memories that framed my youth. Not just MY youth, several generations of youths. As we grow older, we all search for ways to hold on to our feelings of being young. I think this is something most everyone can identify with.

What inspires you? The thing that inspires me the most is developing and learning new techniques. Finding something that no one is doing and building on it.

How did you get started? Both of my parents are artists, so I grew up around a lot of creativity. Both were painters but they also owned a business creating and sculpting props for businesses. I had the opportunity to see and learn many techniques as well as learning to think about projects in engineering terms as well. This still influences almost every aspect of my work.

What are your goals for the future? My current goals are to have a space for teaching ceramic techniques that other places don’t give lessons in, as well as to bring in other artist to host and teach other types of work. I would love to see my work carried in galleries all over the country, and my corsets on runways in the major fashion cities.

william struby claire deveny

William R. Struby - Mandala

feb 13 // william r. struby + claire deveney

William R. Struby uses digitally created mandalas mixed with hand cut digital images. Inspired in his own words by “imagined stories and encountered mysteries.” His latest works Mandalas and Mysteries attempt to represent “a fuller consciousness—the circle of interconnected life and death.”

Claire Deveney is our special neighbor friend who works just next door. Upon meeting her in person doing public art, we stumbled across her incredible metal works not long after on social media. These pieces are 3-d representations of her 2-d characters and have to be seen in person. Each character changes it’s features as the piece moves freely on a wire and alternately casts these outlines on surrounding surfaces.

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Claire Deveney

Bjorn Bauer December

Bjorn Bauer

victory in loss by bjorn bauer // dec 12

For December we fill our gallery with "Victory In Loss" a new series of oil painting and individually embellished screen prints by Oklahoma based artist Bjorn Bauer. The series contains a consistent theme but builds a visual contrast between the styles and qualities seen in the paintings and prints.

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bjornbauerart.com facebook.com/bjornbauerart

Bjorn  Bauer

Artist Questions What is your medium/process? Primarily oil painting and screen printing, but I also experiment with mixed media and take on various illustration projects.

Where are you from? I lived in Germany until I was eight, then lived in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia, but I've lived in Oklahoma for the past fourteen years.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest set of pieces is titled Victory in Loss, and these pieces mark somewhat of a shift form my previous work, which has mostly been in a more straightforwardly expressionist style. The new work consists of oil paintings and individually embellished screen prints.  I've used a consistent set of symbols and subject matter in the whole set; but the paintings are in a more polished, surrealist style; whereas the prints are more intense and much grittier. I think this will present an interesting contrast visually; and, in a way, the contrast reflects the themes in the title.

What inspires you? My wife, my students, Gustav Klimt, the Smashing Pumpkins, and anyone who exhibits exemplary creativity or kindness.

How did you get started? As a kid, drawing was my natural response to anything interesting, so I realized pretty early on that I needed to create images in some capacity.

What are your goals for the future? I'd like to show my work in Berlin someday. I'd also like to go back to art school and earn an MFA. I want to be the best artist I can be, even if it takes me until I'm 100 years old.

ANNIVERSKULLY 6

DNA Galleries Anniverskully 6

anniverskully 6 // nov 14

It's been a joyous evolution from our humble beginnings in 300 sqf of our live/work space in 2008 to the over 2100 sqf in the former mattress factory where we are currently located. We have a lot going on this year in celebration of 6 years at DNA Galleries!

During the day, we will be giving away 25 free goodie bags to our first customers through the door along with a storewide 10% off from 11-7pm

We have also been working on a new local artist line debuting this friday that includes pencil cases, leggings, sketchbooks and zines! We have choses Norman based artist Ruth Ann Borum to be a part of our limited release on most of our new products.

We will be wrapping up the night with our 2nd "Anniverskully" Group Art Show that will open from 7-11pm. Feel free to come by during the day to check out the work if you can't make it by for the evening reception.

Thank you for supporting our business and local artists throughout the years. We would not be here without your patronage!

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oct 10 // the dirty fabulous + jeff sparks

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.

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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.

Nathan Guidry + Trent Lawson // Friday September 12th

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

Tessa Raven Bayne + Lauren Miller

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.

fanny pack fashion show

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

New Works By Angela Westerman

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.

kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

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.

 

jason pawley & ross adams

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.