Claire Whitehurst is an artist living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is teaching and pursuing her MFA in Painting at the University of Iowa. She was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi, earning her BFA at the University of Mississippi and a Post Baccalaureate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA.
Her work explores the spaces between physical and psychological relationships, formal qualities within the surface of objects as mythology, and the possibility of narrative through an object’s shape, symbol, color, line, or rhythm. Visual play and material discovery shape the work through painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
Making art is something that has been in Alex’s life since she was a child. Plein air painting at the local creeks with her family and constantly drawing horses were a daily activity in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.
Graduating with an Animal Science degree from the University of Kentucky, her commission art business didn’t really kick off until she was working at a veterinary clinic in Powell, Ohio. Her commission pet portraits grew and she was booking out almost an entire year in advance before she decided to close her books and focus on taking her art in a direction she wanted to go. Alex decided her business needed a name and decided to name it after the two animals that were her biggest inspiration; her dog Benson, and her horse Dude - hence B&D Pet Portraits. Since this past year, Alex has stepped away from pet portraits and uses her name in her art marketing.
Alex moved to Golden, Colorado in 2017 and works closely with the RiNo Art District. It was here she was able to tap into large scale pieces and murals. She occasionally takes on pet portraits, but is spending most of her time working on mural commissions and her upcoming solo show at Ironton Distillery Gallery in June 2020.
Kate Burlech is a Colorado born artist with an infatuation for plant life and it's inhabitants. She is also deeply influenced by her childhood and love of fashion and design; making patterns a staple in her work. Kate works to reconfigure and highlight her subject matter to find the perfect formula for beauty, something that she has been searching for since she has been putting brush to canvas. Her chosen methods are mixed media and printmaking; and is a perpetual scholar of color and art theory.
Olive is a visual artist from Los Angeles currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art + Design in 2011.
Olive’s recent work has broken away from, yet still very referential of her past in illustration. The bright opaque colors, clean lines, and rounded shapes, along with the abstract and seemingly personified “noodles” are a clear result of years spent illustrating. Yet this new body encourages more of a silent encounter; the layering of shapes and the meditative balance of the colors, lines, and movement lend more to an introspective process and output than in her previous work.
Each piece depicts a moment or snippet of thought, through the artist’s eyes like a peep hole or a magnified version of the entirety if we were able to take a step back. The contrasted lines or “noodles” can delegate how the viewer moves through that thought or moment. The artist’s process of making each colorscape relies heavily on achieving a comfort and balance. On taking experiences and feelings, and resolving or quieting them through the physicality of painting and sitting with the painting.
Much of her previous work is inspired by and commenting on hip hop culture, feminism, cultural appropriation, social constructs, and idealism vs. cynicism, identity, relationships with strangers and consequently with one's self.”
Jon Nowell (b.1990) is an American artist based in Oslo, Norway. He received his MFA at University of Georgia at Athens in 2017 and a BFA from Mississippi State University in 2013.
Greg Gandy is a studio painter and creative entrepreneur working in the RiNo art district of Denver, Colorado. With a focus on cultural cross-fertilization, Gandy has traveled the southeast connecting artists and communities to businesses and organizations through art exhibitions, murals, lectures, creative consultation, publications, festivals, and film. In 2016, Southern Living Magazine recognized Greg Gandy as an Innovator Changing the South alongside Aziz Ansari, Dolly Parton, and Reese Witherspoon.
Gandy's art has been shown at the Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, MS), CreativeArts Coalition to Transform Urban Space (Long Beach, CA), Greater Jackson Arts Council (Jackson, MS), as well as many independently run alternative art spaces. Gandy has been featured in publications including Vice, The Atlantic, Southern Living Magazine, a Lifetime movie, and numerous regional magazines, free presses, and newspapers.