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Ethnic Art; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Photography
My life is a very diverse book of many pages. For this, we shall begin, when my Artistic Me, began.
In Dec of 2009 I became a victim of a violent crime. I had to undergo numerous surgeries, one of which was to save fingers on both hands. After months of therapy and searching for ways to get me to want to use my hands properly, I was given a camera. A light turned on in my soul. I started seeing and noticing things I never took the time to see before. Through all the hardships I have endured, the one blessing I hold onto is the chance to meet all the great and amazing clients, artists and supporters I have gotten to meet. Before, had I died, I would have been thought of as a good father, productive member of society and so on. Now, i get to help people leave their mark, their legacy, upon the World through my photography.
Learn more about my personal story here: https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/indianapolis-man-finds-healing-through-photography-after-traumatic-attack/531-f2f13cf0-a3f2-43c4-b46c-24f3c3d9bdff
Samantha Lyn Aasen
Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Samantha Lyn Aasen is an artist reacquainting herself to the Midwest. Born in Indianapolis, she spent several years in the Southwest before returning to her home to Indiana. Her work in heavily influenced on her experience in growing up a young girl in suburbia. She questions the transition between girlhood and womanhood. Often Aasen’s work is manifested in photographs, but has also included performances, installations, videos, and objects. Her inspiration comes from reality television, fashion dolls, blogs, and pop culture.
Samantha Lyn Aasen received her BFA in Photography from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and her MFA with an emphasis in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited across the United States in Maryland, Indiana, Arizona, Illinois, and recently internationally in London.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Art Director
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Theatre; Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor; Performance Art Instructor Improv
I am a Visual Artist as well as a Performance Artist. Visual media include Abstract on canvas, glass, wood, and others. I specialize in Paint Pouring Technique. I am an Instructor in the Pouring Technique. I have evolved into epoxy resin art, and rehabbing old table and counter tops. In Performance Arts, I am a professional actor, working in commercial and film, as well as live comedy, via Improv. I have performed Improv over 22 years in Indy, and am an available instructor.
Artist of Color; Black Art; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts; Portrait; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Tasha Beckwith is an Indianapolis-based visual artist. She studied painting and drawing at the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, but honed her skills in graphic design and digital art on her own. Her portrait-based work combines expressionism, realism, and surrealism and she cites science fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentric themes as her inspirations. Recent work includes billboards encouraging participation in the 2020 census, participation in an artistic campaign encouraging people to #MaskUpIndy, and the neighborhood history mural inside the brand-new Martindale-Brightwood branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Beckwith works in a variety of media including digital design, oil painting, and resin.
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Mural and commission based painter
B.A. from Herron School of Art & Design
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Works on paper
I am a freelance artist living in Indianapolis my coloring book is now on sale on Amazon! Au Naturale!: An Adult Coloring Book https://www.amazon.com/www.etsy.com/shop/TyeeshaBradleyStudio?ref=s2-header-shopname
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
What is Quixotic Artistry? It is first and foremost, my brand. It’s whimsy, it’s being able to look failure directly in the eye, and say “f*&# off”, and turn it into success. It’s my past heartbreak, and my feelings of insecurity. Ironically, it is my suit of armour, and my confidence. It is Assemblage, fashion design, makeup artistry, and graphics. It is choreography, it is design. It’s perfect balance. It is the rebirth of my failed attempts at becoming a fashion designer, yet is the new life of a new approach. It is the phoenix, that is rising from the ashes of what I thought to be the end of a journey. Alas, my journey is not over. What is Quixotic | Artistry ? It is whatever that I want it to be, and will be everything that I quixotically dream it to be.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I studied art in high school (thank you Mrs. McQuitty), and at John Herron, then Indiana University, and then Purdue University.
I do paintings and sculpture and mobiles, specializing in compositions that are one work by day and another by night, because I incorporate naturally glowing minerals that absorb light by day and then shed it when the lights go out.
My husband (Kurt Kriese- a gifted painter and stained glass artist) and I have had a studio in the CCIC since 2016- “Daily Epiphany Studio” (South Studio B17) and we open for First Fridays or by appointment.
R. A. Buys
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Portrait
R.A. Buys’ current concentration is on more commercially/public friendly paintings and drawings he calls “Midnight Therapy”, which is what he shows regularly throughout the year.
Years ago, he moved into his current house and he had no connection to internet, smart phone, or cable. He started drawing these stream of conscience faces in the late hours of the night, that have evolved over the years and continue to change. While a few of them are actual portraits of existing people, most of them are abstract and void of any recognizable features of a real person.
He tries to strip away gender, sex, age, race or any other feature that we tend to intentionally or accidentally judge others on. Matter of fact he likes to look at his drawings as having the skin peeled back and then showing the colors, textures, and patterns that make up a person on the inside. Often, they come across alien.
People say that they see African, Aztec, Polynesian and Celtic influences among others in his art; although this is all accidental as he relies on the moment to dictate what the patterns and images will end up looking like.
He works in very basic mediums. Oil paint, paint pens, and marking pens. Usually on wood but sometimes canvas, whichever is more available at the moment. He tries to re-purpose old frames or makes basic 60s style student lattice frames to add a little character to the finished product.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
Blend Creative Minds was founded in 2016 by artists Rafael Caro and Erica Parker. The collective has grown to include other artists who bring their unique talent to the group.
We work collaboratively in large scale paintings, murals, and public art.
Aerosol and brush techniques.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word, Storytelling; Visual Arts: Conservation/Restoration, Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Performers and Writers, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Disabled Indiana author and artist Alys Caviness-Gober began exhibiting and selling artwork in 2012; prior to that, she taught Anthropology at Ball State University. Alys left a PhD program (Applied Linguistics) due to health issues. She is a Juried Artist Member in the Hamilton County Artists’ Association (painting and photography categories), where she served on the Board for many years in various officer positions. Alys founded Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. (LSS), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit music, arts, and education venue located in the heart of Noblesville, Indiana, and serves as the LSS Board Secretary. Alys’ paintings, photographs, and poetry have received national and international recognition.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Jewelry, Painting, Sculpture
Hi, I am a full-time work at McDonalds and a full-time student of IUPUI. I have all ways been good with my hands and eyes; even if I have glasses. I like experimenting. The more experiences and techniques I learn, the more I can grow as an artist. While some forms of art may be my weakness, it can be another’s strength.
Artist of Color; Black Art; Ethnic Art; Political Artist; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis based visual artist and the owner of Art by Deonna. She graduated from Cathedral High School and DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. Her eclectic spirit led her down various career paths from production assistant for the Jerry Springer talk show to Insurance. After spending 15 years in Corporate America, Deonna’s creativity and love for adventure caused her to pursue art full-time. As an entrepreneur, Deonna is able to pursue her passions of community building, teaching, public speaking, and visual art. She also serves as a mentor, a dance instructor, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
I am an outgoing, enthusiastic artist. I love people and portraits. I love willow charcoal, working on toned paper and often incorporate pastel. I have a background in culinary arts and also weld. I love any form of creating. I enjoy drawing and engraving, building and experimenting. At the end of the day I am best at portraits, and have over 9 years of experience drawing.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
My artwork is based on my experiences. I focus on acquiring techniques and the knowledge that comes from doing public art projects.
Graphic Arts; Media; Visual Arts: Illustration, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography
I’m an artist currently attending an undergraduate Media Arts and Science 3D program at IUPUI’s SOIC.
Julie Davis Veach
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I am an abstract expressionist artist. I primarily use water-based media because of the versatility and freedom they provide. I explore art’s healing potential. I choose to express states of being that inspire self-reflection, joy, healing, gratitude, and connection. I decided to become a full-time artist in 2019 but I’ve been creative for much of my life. Some of the great artists of our past including Claude Monet, Joan Mitchell, Frida Khalo, and Gustav Klimt are inspirations for my process. In every painting, my objective is to use color as a tool for self-evaluation and healing. I want my work to be both confronting and comforting.
I am inspired by nature, and the ability it has to heal and connect us all. With the information age upon us, at times, there is an imbalance ofs hyper-connectivity and yet loneliness all at once. We can always return back to art, however, for solace and reflection. Art for me is a reminder of my humanity, my connection to all that is, and my power to choose how I want to feel and how I want to create my life. No matter how busy and chaotic life around me may feel, my mental health requires me to stop what I’m doing and enjoy making art on a regular basis. I want people to feel that soul connection when they look at my work. I want them to feel the promise of a brighter future. we can make a positive difference in our world- for ourselves and each other. This is why I paint and this is why I am an artist today.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Portrait
I’m an artist & illustrator working primarily in a traditional medium of oil painting with styles range from surrealism to realism. I enjoy working on a wide range of projects including portraits, landscapes, illustration assignments and creating photo/video content for nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Herron School of Art & Design, my illustrations have appeared in publications throughout the U.S. including Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire & WIRED. All types of project inquiries are welcome.
Performing Arts: Music
Dorsh Deans, better known simply as Dorsh, has spent his entire life traveling the globe and developing a keen understanding of culture and music. Born in America to parents of Jamaican and English descent, Dorsh was exposed at an early age to several sounds not found on Top 40 radio. As he began traveling abroad as a competitive soccer player, the influences of his parents were expanded, and Dorsh quickly became interested in blending sounds from around the world with the reggae, soul, and disco heard at home. While following his dream to become a professional soccer player, Dorsh attended trials with Birmingham City in the English Premiership and with the Jamaican National team in 2008.
Unfortunately, during a match at Butler University, he suffered a blow to the head that shattered his face in multiple locations, ruining his soccer dreams forever. However, that tragedy became a blessing in disguise, allowing Dorsh to focus all of his attention and efforts on completing a degree in audio engineering and becoming an extremely proficient sound designer. In the past year, Dorsh has been featured on several top music blogs and radio shows domestically and Internationally. On February 24, 2012 his debut single “Je t’aime”, from the Neopolitan LP, premiered at #10 on Hypem’s popular music charts. Amidst performing with a wide range of artists from Lee “Scracth” Perry to Talib Kweli, Dorsh has done remix work for FADERLABEL in NYC, engineered for Ska Rebirth in Kingston, and mastered for Asahi Brewery in Tokyo. Successfully earning his stripes in the i
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
My art is a visual expression of the emotions and issues reflective of life in relation to music and art. It is full of graphic responses that have been directly inspired through music. Concentrating on the figure and portrait, I make expressive compositions with a variety of images collaged into a complete illustrative thought.
Ideas and images manifest themselves through a variety of mediums and materials. My intent is to engage the viewer and cause him/her to connect with aspects of the piece. Sometimes the message is obvious, but when looking again viewers can find a variety of things in the work in which they connect. I create with the purpose of always providing my audience with more than the initial perception.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Sculpture; Upcycler
My passion for working with metal and mechanical objects has been essential in the evolution of my art. It provides me an avenue to express myself in a way that brings new life to materials such as typewriters, adding machines and old computers – technology that would normally end up in a landfill. My mission is to create dialogue and help find creative, environmentally sound ways of re-purposing e-waste.
What is the story behind your Luxury Series?
For Gabriel Dishaw, it’s always been about the journey. For him, the creative process starts with disassembling items and then reimaging them as new objects. Through his work, he is also able to express his eagerness to inspire dialogue on reducing waste and participate in creative solutions for utilizing materials that would often be discarded after its intended use and repurposes them so others can find enjoyment.
His Luxury Series builds upon this philosophy. With each piece, Gabriel has taken characters and universes from his childhood as well as his passion for science fiction and elevated them from their original meanings and stories by using textiles from luxurious brands. Whether based on a toy he grew up with or a film he’s rewatched countless times, each piece reflects a moment in time through a modern, fashionable twist.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media
Andrea is an Artist and Interior Designer. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she starting in drawing around the age of 4, it quickly became her hobby, outlet, and eventually her passion. Over the years, her art has spawned other areas of design and mediums, but her main focus is portraits. Inspired by people, their expressions and emotions, many of her pieces depict celebrities and clients’ friends or loved ones.
When not drawing or exploring other artists (especially locally) for inspiration, she can be found dabbling in interior design, fashion and taking in classic styles from her icon, Audrey Hepburn.
Chosen as a RAW Artist in 2014, she has showcased at the Murat Theater, various First-Friday events around Indianapolis, as well as The Bill Murray Art Affair in San Francisco, and currently is a FLAVA FRESH Artist for 2018-2019.
Artist of Color; Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting
Rebecca Entrican is a 21-year-old, Chinese American painter and illustrator, based in Indy. She received her BFA in Painting from Herron School of Art & Design with High Distinction in 2021.
John Essex II
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Works on paper; Bagpiper
After teaching art full-time for 33 years I’ve retired and formed my own art and entertainment business, EssexArt ABC, LLC. The “ABC” refers to me being an Artist, Bagpiper and Caricaturist. This is my life. This is my passion. This is my job… what I do for a living… and I love it more than words can tell. It is my way of exploring creative expression and, a majority of the time, being of service to others.
My fine art is about journey and place. This came about as a result of my Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. That project involved journeying to a place. That experience taught that the journey is the window through which the place is best viewed. As such, my works are a kind of personal “journal” that I love to share. Except for the commissions I accept, the fine art part of what I do is done for me.
The caricaturing I do is all about fun. Whether I am doing caricatures at corporate, private or collegiate special events, my caricatures are strictly to add to the fun experience of the attendees of those events. The caricatures done at special events also give the attendees a very personal souvenir of the event. Consequently, the attendees leave with a good feeling about the event as well as a lasting frameable memento of the occasion. Since I am available for doing these special event caricatures at any time, day or night, I have had the opportunity to meet a very wide range of fun individuals be they early risers, work-day people, night owls or late night partiers.
My commissioned full-color caricatures are often used as a light-hearted, fun oriented commemoration of an achievement of the subject… or simply as a gift to an appreciated individual. As in my special event caricaturing, good humor is stressed. No “pot-shots”. The caricaturing I do is done in service to others.
Something new via EssexArt ABC, LLC is Pub & Paint, a time to relax with old friends and new for painting instruction, libation and good fun in the comfortable setting of a neighborhood pub. Pub & Paint is held the second Tuesday of each month at the Elbow Room Pub, 605 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN, and at various other locations. Seating is limited so advance reservations must be made. Contact me for more information.
I’m also a bagpiper and am available for special events, weddings, memorials, wakes, funerals and of course St. Patrick’s Day. The bagpiping I do is done in service to others and is always done in the decorum or “feel” of the event.
Visual Arts: Painting
Born in 1965 in Indianapolis, Herschel is a largely self-taught artist. He developed his techniques and style of painting from a large supply of art books he has collected over the years. Growing up poor and in an abusive family, Herschel used his drawing and painting as a way to escape from the trials that he faced as a youth. Teachers and friends often encouraged him to show his artwork and continue to develop his own techniques. After taking a long break from art after high school, he was encouraged to take up the pen & brush again by his wife.
People often ask Herschel what he thinks about when drawing or painting. That is an impossible question to answer for him, as time seems to stand still for him when immersed in his work. Herschel works in many different media including watercolor, oils and acrylics on canvas. Herschel is a wet-on-wet painter as it allows him ample time to make changes and to blend his colors. He is constantly trying to push himself in new directions. Herschel has had his, works published in magazines like Art Scene International & Direct Art magazine and has sold works all over the world in places like Spain and France as well here in the USA.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography; street art
Hoosier artist Todd Gingerich was born in 1972 in Goshen, IN. He currently resides in Indianapolis. He considers himself an Outsider artist. His major influences are Andy Warhol & the Pop Art Movement, all things Counterculture, and Punk Rock music.
Visual Arts: Painting
Jorge Gonzalez Mexico City, 1967
Industrial Designer and Visual Artist
He Studied furniture and object design at the Design School of the National Institute of Fine Arts (Formerly the handicraft school of the citadel, Mexico City, founded by the teacher Jose Chávez Morado) with teachers such as Jorge Best (Murals and mosaics) and Gerardo Rodriguez (Industrial Design Manual, 1986). He dedicated himself for a time to the design of wooden furniture in the company Puertas y Muebles de Oaxaca SA de CV owned by Mr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez y Rodriguez. In 1995 he worked for the sculptor Juan Carlos Canfield with whom he collaborates making sets and props for plays such as Pedro Páramo and 10 contemporary dance productions for the INBA dance company directed by the former stage director Jose Luis Cruz.
Since 2000, he has been dedicated to packaging and packaging design, counting among his clients cosmetic manufacturing companies such as Avon and Sainsburys’ s in England, Argentina, Brazil and India.
His career and work are characterized by a combination of innovation and implementation of known techniques where products evolve gradually without major changes in production costs, an example of this is the change in the design of the Ponds cream pot and the gradual change in its labeling system, being the first to implement 360-degree labels in the Latin American region.
It can be said that this characteristic in his work as a designer has also been the basis of his plastic work, which shows his fresh creativity, his skill with drawing and his proficiency in color, a Mexican heritage undoubtedly transformed by his travels and their international stays, disrupted by innovation, but adapted to traditions.
His abstractions are visually disturbing, the viewer is invited to try to solve and put some order to the enigma represented by the forms enclosed by black stripes in their intricate “chaos,” an endless visual puzzle that entertains and marvels. (https://www.larayanegra.com/product/raya-negra/)
Jorge and “La raya negra” are the same, the concept of the black line arises because of their technical expression by surrounding with a black line the outline of their random and unrepeatable shapes, taking a step back in the process that imprisons the creativity of the apprentices of his own and some other generations, who like him were instructed not to step out of the black line.
Jorge has ventured into sculpture and painting, his “creatures” and characters are a representation of the most contemporary human emotions.
Jorge has participated in solo exhibitions in Mexico, Argentina and the United States and his works are in the hands of private collectors.
His most recent work is exhibited in the following links:
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