Studio Bancs, Culver City’s freshest creative art space and production studio continues to make culture pop with its line up of artists for Art Basel 2014; Byflore, Karen Bystedt, Shlome J. Hayun, Noah Neighbor, DonkeeBoy, Gena Milanesi x The Game, Chris Saunders, ArtAboveReality, James Dupree, Jason Fleurant, Alloyius Mcilwaine, Fraser Crowley and AngelOnce will all be featured. These artists differ in medium and composition, but are brought together by the mixing of mediums; street art aesthetics and thought provoking imagery.
DATES: Dec 4th-7th 2014
LOCATION: 251 NW 23rd Street Miami 33127
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Christopher Florentino, known as “Flore” [pronounced Floor-ee], is a hot new artist who’s work echoes influences of the late Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Flore aims to strip away all of the filters society places on our lives, all of the habits we get stuck in, the rules we blindly follow, and the stereotypes we subconsciously subscribe to; “I try to see things simple, but you can get lost very easily in the monotonous pattern of life. Hi-def, multi-colored filters, or distractions, can mask reality; I want to deconstruct and expose those layers for what they really are, not just what they seem”, he says.
Karen Bystedt rocked the contemporary art world with the USA introduction of The Lost Warhols, at Photo LA, 2013. The body of work was quickly selected to headline the Month of Photography in Los Angles Show, at The Robert Berman Gallery in Bergmont Station. In an April, Fabrik Magazine, cover story, Berman characterized Bystedt’s Andy Warhol show as, “an austere and powerful look at one of the most celebrated artists of the Twentieth century.” After studying photography and literature at the American College in Paris, the young artist returned to the United States and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Film, at New York University, in 1982. It was while she was a student in New York, that she photographed Warhol at The Factory. Karen Bystedt has lived and worked on four continents which has left her multilingual and culturally at ease at navigating through a diverse cacophony of international cultures.
Shlome J. Hayun is a multi-media artist with a vast background in fine arts and music. He has the great ability to see art in everything in life and creates unique pieces inspired by all around him. As a Los Angeles native and self-taught artist, Shlome has developed an unmistakable signature – one that bridges beautiful colored abstract design with elements of street and pop art. Shlome draws from his spirituality, cultural roots, and daily life to develop his own pieces infused with love and light.
Noah Neighbor was born and raised in the Rainier Valley district of Seattle, Washington. After studying Architecture at the University of Arizona for one year, the young student discontinued his classroom learning to travel and paint. Noah has sustained his education by pushing himself into new territories both geographically and artistically. For the next few years Noah plans to be somewhere between Seattle and Los Angeles collaborating with musicians, artists, and filmmakers.
DonkeeBoy has recently focused more on pop culture – past and present. Using house paint, paint markers and other mediums, he puts his own unique spin on famous icons, creating works of art which tend to consist of various double entendre and visual puns.
Chris Saunders is an american mixed media artist living in Venice Beach, CA. After having a near death experience in 2009, Chris found himself being compelled to create images that were pouring from his subconscious that explored themes of connectedness, abstraction, and psychedelic experience. Chris utilizes art and design as a vehicle to promote inspiration, productive rebellion, intentional evolution, and self awareness.
Gena Milanesi is a self-taught painter whose work reflects a remastered reality through intense brushstrokes and movement. Her powerful color use and bold layers of paint function to achieve a distinct energy with oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Her inspiration comes from highly acclaimed artists, namely Leroy Neiman and Ronnie Wood. Milanesi’s work adorns the walls of celebrities, professional athletes and notable executives. Her versatile style has attracted corporate entities such as Sony ATV Publishing, ESPN, Budweiser, Veterinary Clinics of America, TOMS, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom.
ArtAboveReality, created in 2011 by Badir McCleary, believes in connecting talents and emotions of people through multiple art mediums. These mediums include artwork and illustration, documentaries, art history and education, as well as tips and techniques for the artists to take away from the experience.
Being a media outlet, we work on all kinds’ content promotion. Through fun and informative interviews, an online art show and usable information provided by trusted sources, we provide the consumer of our site with a broad range of artistic knowledge. Speaking with Art Ambassadors, Influencers and more while being able to collectively tell stories through articles, short film and documentaries, gives us a worldwide face in the arts and culture community.
Philadelphia native Alloyius Mcilwaine is a self-taught artist that has been creating art since he was a child. At the early age of three, he discovered a love for art, and began to develop a talent for drawing by attempting to duplicate comic book images. As he got older, Alloyius began to study various different forms of art focusing on traditional art, comic book art, graffiti, abstract and more.
After establishing his brand, Alloyius began to further develop his art style, and experimented with various different techniques. In 2012, Alloyius decided to experiment with freestyle abstract art. Alloyius learned many things about himself and his style during this period, and has incorporated these things to create his latest series of paintings. Alloyius’ latest series focuses on beautiful women, and incorporates aspects of the aforementioned styles into the paintings.
James has over 39 years of artistic experience and is known for his variety of paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media pieces. He is a recent recipient of the Living Legend Award from The University of Pennsylvania, and is among the first black graduates of The University of Pennsylvania Master of Fine Arts program.
His paintings are housed in public and private collections around the globe. Five pieces of James’ work are currently on view in the collection of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and numerous public works are displayed throughout the city. A great deal of his work has also been purchased by various corporate and private collectors such as The Dave Matthews Band, Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle.
Jason “JaFleu” Fleurant is a Haitian American painter. The son of two immigrants of Haiti, he was raised in West Palm Beach, FL after his family relocated from Chicago, Illinois. Inspired and hurt by the images flooding the TV screen of the devastation of his families’ homeland, Haiti, feeling powerless to help, he returned to art to lend his voice through paint.
“JaFleu” has been featured in exhibits, magazines, and fairs among other venues and uses his artwork to give back to his beloved community. Jason’s work has influences of prominent African-American artist Ernie Barnes who was responsible for the art on the late 70’s hit sitcom “Good Times”.
Something about the art of Angel Once – – the way he flows with a spray can has caught the attention of young and mature audiences alike. He is a graffiti artist and the original creator of the Pink Angry Elephant. From painting walls, murals to galleries and most recently with his new obsession of hand crafting one of a kind designer toys. He came out with his pink elephant character and has been seen painting across Southern California. His philosophy for accomplishment is to continue to push hard and spread the angry elephant love across all nations.
Fraser Crowley is an emerging Canadian/American artist also known as “Grizzly”, is a multitalented creator with his work heavily influenced by some of the greats such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Alec Monopoly. Fraser’s diverse work explores the use of multiple mediums such as stencils, Photoshop, and photography that culminate in his paintings. His work is recognizable through the favoring of explosive, vibrant colors and identifiable imagery, both new and old.