Douglas Smith is a true blue New Yorker who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. His freelance career blossomed in Boston where he worked for local magazines such as New England Monthly, Boston Magazine, and Boston Globe. Smith’s style is reminiscent of the illustrated woodcuts found in ancient texts. Each piece tells an interesting story which any viewer with a modicum of imagination would have no trouble figuring out. Douglas is also a staunch advocate of Greenpeace. He has drawn numerous projects for them including a famous anti-seal pup hunting T-shirt design. He also illustrated an anti-whaling children’s book. He currently lives off the coast of Maine in a house full of odd stuff, art, and three friendly felines.
It’s no Seastone Chair but it will do. Jeffro Uitto, is the artist responsible for that elegant driftwood throne you see up there. He makes all kinds of driftwood furniture. Jeffro has been sculpting with wood since he was in high school. The wood he uses is authentic driftwood he has ‘rescued’ from the shores of creeks, rivers, and oceans. He takes them back to his shop near Willapa Bay for cleaning and curing before putting them together into artistic pieces of furniture. Jeffro has also made some beds, a burl-topped bar, and a rose bud made from cedar shavings. He has been commissioned to create driftwood installations in places as far as Hawaii and Alaska.
Liza Lou is really into glass beads. She spent five years sticking them into every conceivable surface of a life-sized kitchen. Liza painstakingly placed each one of those glass beads with a pair of tweezers, making sure that the color of the glass bead matched the surface of the object. Everything in the kitchen – curtains, sink, stove, floor, cereal – is smothered in beads. Her work is inspired by traditional African bead crafts, which is still very much alive today. Liza is currently based in South Africa.
Johan Scherft is a very talented artist whose extaordinary talent in sculpture and drawing gained him admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. There, he perfected his technique in both disciplines. He’s now a master of his mediums and has created numerous life-like paper sculptures of boats, animals, dinosaurs, and birds. These days, Johan is aided by a computer program in creating a blueprint for his sculptures. The rest – painting the details, coloring, and gluing the whole thing together – he does entirely by hand. The sculpture may take up to months to complete. He even has a solar-powered hummingbird!
Wes 21 belongs to an elite group of street artists called the Schwarzmaler. Wes 21’s real name is Remo Lienhard and his work basically leaps out at you. I’ts packed chock-full of details and brilliantly executed with a gritty sense of humor. Remo has also dabbled in sculpture and illustration. This Swiss multimedia artist is definitely someone to watch out for. His dynamic approach to street art is a refreshing change from the mainstream style.
Saeed Jalabi is a gifted, 24-year-old artist who hails from Tehran, Iran. He is entirely self-taught and loves to fiddle with different art styles to create his own. Saeed specializes in creating fascinating creatures from other worlds that surely exist in his imagination. HE said: “I would never limit myself just to one style of art…”. True to his word, Saeed currently does speed painting, fantasy illustration, comic strips, traditional art, and a bit of sculpture.
Miya Ando is an artist of Japanese and Russian-American descent and was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in the coastal shores of Northern California. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world: London, New York, South Korea, and California. Last year, she went to Puerto Rico for her installation entitled “Obon” after the Japanese Buddhist festival honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors. She released a thousand non-toxic resin leaves into a small pond. The leaves were coated with a phosphorescent mixture which recharges during the day and gives off a ghostly blue glow at night. Miya has a Bachelor of Science degree in East Asian Studies from Berkely where she graduated with a Magna cum Laude.
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Jayson Fann’s spirit nests are scattered throughout California to support the Big Sur Spirit Garden’s numerous art and culture activites. It takes nearly a thousand man hours to complete each one. Jayson starts by judiciously pruning Eucalyptus trees of any extraneous branches. He can use other types of wood too, but Eucalyptus branches are best since they are durable as well as flexible. Creating a seemingly organic sculpure is a challenge Jayson overcomes with the help of a few, well-hidden counter sunk screws. A sturdy base and an access ladder is built separately. The whole thing is then assembled on site. As a final touch, a woven mat is added to the interior.
The lobby of the Virginia Museum of Natural History sports a rather adorable meat-eating dinosaur. Said dinosaur is a balloon replica of an Acrocanthosaurus. It’s a study in contrast to the actual skeleton of the dinosaur standing right next to it. The sculpture was put together by Airigami, a New York based art studio specializing in gigantic balloon sculptures. The core team was headed by Larry Moss and composed of Marsh Gallagher, TJ Michael, Phil Cosmos and Dee Cosmos. It took the artists of Airigami four days to complete the 20-foot structure. They also had the help of the museum staff and a gaggle of delighted elementary students. The sculpture will stay in the museum lobby for as long as it lasts.
Barbara Franc’s latest collection of sculptures is all about colorful tropical birds whose haitat are slowly dwindling due to deforestation. As tribute to them, her sculpturea are made antirely of reclaimed materials like old food tins. She said: “I have always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals, they present a never-ending source of inspiration to me. I try to capture a feeling of their movement and presence in my sculpture. For this I use wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions. This allows me greater freedom to add changes whenever I want during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form. I increasingly use recycled and discarded materials as I enjoy the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting.”