Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; Public Art
Don Artamas is a Contemporary Abstract Artist, with an international upbringing, he is currently based in Marion, Indiana, USA and his works has been exhibited in various museums and galleries in Asia and USA. A student of the arts at an early age, Don Artamas has been painting professionally since 90’s. He does not limit himself by a particular style . . . He is a versatile artist who is inventive, searching and daring. His works are interesting and enlightening characterized distinctively by spontaneity, impulse, depth, improvisation and chance. His abstract works are emotionally charged infused with mystery and tension, expressing a wide range of human desire and yearnings. The power and fascinating quality of Don Artamas’ works stem from the feeling that they strike deep into subconscious reserves of energy and imagination.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Painting, drawing and pro-photography, sci-fi and how-tos on art and pro-photography and more
Nobody Can Tell Me What To Do, Not Even Me!
There are neither good nor bad subjects.
From the point of view of pure Art,
you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant,
style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
My name is Gersh and I’m a self-taught well-published Professional Photographer, Artist, Sci-fi & How-To Professional Photography & How-To Art Writer & Designer.
I started drawing and painting when I was 3 and the first time I had my photography work published was when I was a very young child.
I have never gone to school to study art, writing, design and/or photography, nor have I had anyone teaching me any of the said disciplines.
My art work comprises of a very large collection of black and white and color images which have been created by me in various styles, some of which are surrealism, realism, impressionism and other well-known artistic expressions, in addition to those which have been pioneered by me.
What sets me apart from all other artists, is not only a distinct style of my work, but also the fact that I work in almost each and every medium and genre and pioneer my own genres.
A large portion of my work are storyboards and illustration for books written by me, nevertheless there are also images which are not a part of any project.
They say that every image is worth a thousand words and that every image is a story. My art speaks for itself and I’m not here to describe it, because if my images couldn’t speak for themselves and could not tell stories, they wouldn’t be worth of even looking at them, needless speaking of being published and admired by people.
My art is not only a product of my knowledge, imagination, but is also a result of experiences achieved through the exploration of various mediums. From pen and Indian ink, charcoal, markers, oil, graphite, acrylics to less known materials, some of which have been created by me. Despite what has been said, I do not stick with any particular style, but on contrary remain a free explorer of various mediums and styles, which leaves me free not to be told what to do, not even by me, but to remain free in my exploration of the ways and choices to achieve an absolute paramount in my artistic-expression!
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Works on paper
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Literary Arts; Portrait; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Portrait, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Kaila Austin is a painter and mixed media artist based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been a participant in Murals for Racial Justice with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and has been interviewed for several magazines emphasizing Black arts and culture across the United States. Currently, she has a painting studio located at 201 Studios, where she also works as a bookbinder and printmaker.
Austin works primarily in mixed media portraiture, focusing on the ways in which the arts can humanize Blackness after centuries of visual culture that has been subversive and noxious. Working traditionally in oil portraits, she has spent the last year expanding her work into mixed media loosen the rigidity tied to classical notions of what art is supposed to be. She primarily uses community members from around Indianapolis as the subject of her work, seeking to elevate everyday people and common people to the grandeur of historical narrative paintings.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Drew Avery is an up and coming artist, currently working on an informatics degree while residing in the Saint Joseph neighborhood in downtown Indianapolis. Utilizing a decisively self-taught method of illustration, drawing upon architectural paradigms unique to the city and Mile Square heritage, Avery creates a very individual medium focused on the abstractions and splendor of our architectural heritage as citizens of Indianapolis and the World.
The aforementioned style exhibits highly patterned, meticulous ink work, epitomized in the Cityshapes series. These decisively analog methods of illustration are intentional given the highly digital context of our world. The goal being to simply steward and foster conversation about architectural heritage, the artist’s role in the community and increase public access to the greater conversation regarding land-use policy and urban planning.
Visual Arts: Photography
My documentary of the local art scene has turned into a series of art about art. I enjoy the energy that openings and installations generate, and I strive to capture that as an image.
I have been documenting the Indy Fringe Theater Festival.
I also use my architectural documentary style to create Amusing Art Magnets.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting, Sculpture
Martine obtained a Bachelor in Architecture in Brussels. She studied Industrial Marketing and Emotional Intelligence. She is a creative thinker, she is fascinated by the brain and the infinite possibilities we do have to change & grow. She traveled on all continents & is advocate to cultural diversity. Martine has always been present in the artistic field, design, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography. Already in 2008, her skills were recognized in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. Her career as architect & painter led her to work with the most prestigious businesses including bank branch & developers. For more than 20 years, she has also been involved in the racing industry. Martine is married since 30 years and has two children.
She uses the metal casting process, works with bronze aluminium and stainless. Her pieces are symbolic. I AM LOVE, I AM STRONG, I AM DREAMING, MEMORY, YES, WINDY CITY, RIVERWALK, ELEMENTS, MOTHER NATURE, CHAIN OF LOVE…are some of them.
The bold colors she uses bring you joy and high energy. Check her website www.MartineBachelart.com
And discover her pieces at KUABA GALLERY, downtown Indianapolis. The show ends June 29. 2019.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
I am inspired by Eastern and Western cultures, and as a scientist, I take a trial and error approach to making art. I appreciate the beauty of lines, shapes, colors, and space in nature and the man-made world. My art is unique because of my diverse influences and my interest in time, color, and methodology. My work explores organic, deeply textured, and delicate beauty. My art is characterized by linear rhythm, dynamic movement, and varied materials that, along with vibrant colors, create bold compositions.
I also like to incorporate a variety of paper and sewing techniques into my paintings, creating a highly textured mixed media work. I work in acrylic, oil, watercolor, collage, mixed media, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, sewing, crochet, and felting.
Visual Arts: Sculpture; Millinery arts
Jodie was born and raised in northern Indiana. She graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka. When her plans to attend art school were thwarted, she earned her livelihood as a floral designer before opening her decorative arts boutique in Goshen, Indiana. At the turn-of-the-century she resurrected her dream for a fine art degree, which eventually led her to relocate to Indianapolis, where she has lived and worked for 17 years.
Zbéala Bailey, American and Irish citizen, born in NE IN. Fine Artist; Herron School of Art Graduate, Painting.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Fabrication is the method that best describs my making of sculpture. I combine and build elements into three-dimensional objects and somtimes installations. Installations are built in an environment that surrounds and engages the viewer’s physical space.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
As an artist I enjoy creating both decorative and functional sculptural pieces from a range of materials including: steel, bronze, iron, wood, glass and stone. I often work with recycled materials giving new life, purpose and beauty to things others would consider trash. Basically, I work to eat and create to live. I don’t look for a deep meaning in my pieces. Instead I want them to be fun and pleasing to look at.
Visual Arts: Photography
I want to evoke emotion from my photography. My goal is to make you pause, and say…”hmmm.” I want you to question the ordinary, the normal, the usual. Do you see the same thing as the next person?
Point of Interest: You sense the emptiness, but you feel slightly anxious. Curious about who used to live there. Or visit. What used to go on or still takes place there? You are a little scared, slightly spooked – all the while at peace…
…and then you hurry back to your vehicle, to a safer-feeling place.
Person: You wonder what he is thinking, feeling or looking at. Who loves him? Who does he love? Is he trying to find someone or someplace? Can you help? Should you even offer? Do they even want your assistance or pity…
…and then your cell phone rings and you go about your business.
Object: You notice a single glove, shoe or $20 bill just lying there. You wonder how it got there, who lost it, or was it put there on purpose? If lost, does the person realize it’s gone? Will they come back for it, or are they watching you to see if you will pick it up…
…and then you shrug your shoulders and continue on your personal mission.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting
Marissa Ballesteros is an artist currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Herron School of Art and Design and will graduate in December 2018 with a BFA in Drawing and Illustration. In May 2018, she had her first group exhibition at the Garfield Park Arts Center. The theme of the exhibition was adventures, and she created concept art based on an original story. The pieces comprised of three characters and three environments from that story.
Moving forward, she is interested in creating concept art. She wants to explore how she can create original characters and environments that are engaging, dynamic, and unique. Her influences vary: fantasy books such as Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones, Greek and Egyptian mythology, historical figures, and illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Lois van Baarle, and Wylie Beckert. Additionally, she wants to create original works that comment on issues pertaining to contemporary society through a fantastical point of view. She works in traditional and digital media. Her current goals include working on concept art for companies involved in film, video games, and animation and having original pieces shown in galleries.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Gretchen 'Copper' Banning
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles
My artist name is Copper. I chose this name only because I was using it as an 'alias' when I was hosting goth parties in the 90s. That is when I started drawing and painting. I signed those works Copper and so I have kept it even though it confuses people. I am also a DJ and go by the name Copper Top, which is another story for another day.
I am not a trained artist. My degree was in political science and history. I never even considered art until one day I decided in the 1990s I decided to draw a picture and showed it to my boyfriend. He said to 'give it up'. I hate those words so I kept going anyway. I continued drawing and eventually I moved into collage and painting. By the late 90s I was producing works which incorporated many styles and mediums. I had several small shows in the city in the early 2000's including The Bungalow in Broad Ripple and many coffee shops in the city.
In 2002 I decided to leave behind my art to pursuing DJing as my main creative outlet. I decided that someday, when I didn't want to DJ as much, I would come back to my art. I DJ'd all over the country and the world between 2002 and 2012. I released 6 licensed CDs which were distributed globally. All of this was done on small Indie labels here and in Germany. When I spin now from time to time I play a mix of industrial, psy trance, dark house, and techno.
In January 2012 I began to become serious about art again. I brought to it a new confidence in making my own rules. I was also deeply affected by 'The Occupy Movement'. I was an activist in my college days and worked on many humanitarian causes. I studied political economics and have always leaned to the left, although my current convictions have evolved since those days. I began to marry my concern for global political and environmental crises to my expression through art. I recently published a piece of prose in the Canadian art publication 'Adbusters' and strongly support everything that periodical hopes to accomplish for a better global future.
I also very much enjoy creating 'decorative art'. I do this to distract from my gloomy side. I love vintage kitsch and moreover mxing it with other surreal 'childish' decorative objects. I love making diorama. I love spanish and latino style art and am strongly influenced by it. I also enjoy completely remaking large objects like furniture. I have dabbled in painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture. I hate making anything more than once. I constantly am looking for some new idea to bring to my art.
Visual Arts: Painting
After a career in Marketing, Advertising and now Information Technology, Teresa is finally devoting her spare time to art with plans to eventually transition to full time “arting”. Attending Herron School of Art 28 years ago was the highlight of her life but two daughters, who are the joys of her life, and her corporate career beckoned. With a recent move from the suburbs to Emerson Heights, her friendships with artists greatly expanded. The newly formed group, the Eastside Art Collective, has provided both inspiration and support to encourage Teresa to finally get back to creating art. Squeezing art into your evenings and weekends is no small feat. Now with her own studio at 201 Studios in Indianapolis, she is working more and more.
Stephen Sherian Barnes
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Stephen & Sherian Barnes are a husband and wife creative duo, whose passion for painting and art spurned them to start iSM2 Custom Design. iSM2 stands for “In Stephen & Sherian’s Mind”. Stephen & Sherian (iSM2) have been painting since 2007 together in Indianapolis, Indiana. We have been featured artists for serveral shows including RAW: natural born artist, 2016 Meet The Artist, 12×12 Athenaeum ArtSpace, JUSWILL: B.Yound Music, and many other shows. Stephen & Sherian are also a part of an artist group of aspiring black Indianapolis innovators called “WE ARE”. Lastly, we (iSM2 Custom Design) provide the highest quality of services and many useful types of art mediums which include but not limited to garment printing (t-shirts, hats and shoes, computer graphics & logo designs, and canvas-signs/banners!
Visual Arts: Painting
Born in Southeastern Michigan, Teri takes her inspiration from the lakes and landscapes of her home state and from quilt makers, both in her family and beyond.
Teri often uses a minimalist approach in her paintings, depicting images at their most basic expressions of shape, color, and texture. The visual tension of rocky lake beds against sandy shores, man-made structures, and bright colored flowers figure prominently in her work.
Her paintings have been exhibited in the Indiana State Museum and collected nationally. They reside in the permanent collections of Eli Lilly, Franklin College, Wellpoint, Rush Shelby Energy, NPCA, and Community Hospital, and others. In 2007, she was chosen to be one of the featured artists for the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ BeIndypendent campaign kick-off and, in 2008, she was juried into the Indiana Artisan Program.
Media; Visual Arts: Film; Video production
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Visual Arts: Photography, Works on paper
Photography is a natural extension of my relationship with nature. I believe that to truly experience it, you must first become a part of it— a respectful guest—listening, watching, and learning. Only then can you earn the trust necessary to be present for a revealing moment of enlightenment. My photos seek to define that moment.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
I enjoy art and I paint. There is no degree or list of awards…i create..that is all
Visual Arts: Photography, Printmaking
Michael Bartosz is a photographer currently located in Zionsville, Indiana. This Chicago native studied Photography and Printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) from 1976 to 1980. Michael has spent many years in advertising both in Chicago and in Central Indiana. Michael has currently rekindled his creative look at the architecture and feel of industrial buildings in both small town and big cities in the Midwest.
Heather Dawn Batchelor
Visual Arts: Painting
I recently came back to painting after running my own handbag business for 10 years. My husband and I live outside of Indianapolis, IN on a mini-farm with 3 horses, 3 dogs, 3 chickens and more cats than I care to admit.
I want to create – not something new but someplace new, a place where colors and shapes are free to play.
Into these new worlds I infuse my own personal emotions and experiences.
I am inspired by everything! but I would say my style is most influenced by the Abstract Expressionist’s freedom, mark making and color and the Romantic’s light and emotion.
Herron School of Art and Design
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.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Just a lowly painter making commentary on philosophical issues of the human condition and society alike.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
Carrie Baxter is from Northwest Illinois, and currently lives and works in Central Indiana. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio painting and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Carrie’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the Midwest in juried and group exhibitions.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
Mixed media scluptor from Indianapolis working mostly with found and repurposed material to form an art practice known as Ah Sum Blah.
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