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Candice Bohannon
Gallery Exhibiting Artist
Candice Bohannon headshot
Candice Bohannon
Gallery Exhibiting Artist

California Art Club, Art Renewal Center, Southwest Art, The Artist's Magazine

Candice Bohannon is an American contemporary representational artist. She was born in Sacramento, CA in 1982. Raised in the rural forested landscape of the foothills of the sierra nevada mountains, her naturalistic aesthetic in art was honed from an early age. After high school, Bohannon enrolled in art college, and after intense studies in painting, drawing, sculpting, art history, philosophy and aesthetics, she graduated from the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2005 with a BFA in painting/drawing and a minor in sculpture. It was there at LCAD that Candice met her future husband, fellow artist and best friend, Julio Reyes. After nearly 10 years in southern California, they moved back to rural northern California where they currently reside.



Bohannon's artwork, an often-brooding combination of emotive figurative pieces and intensely studied works from life and nature, has already garnered the attention of many fine art connoisseurs, trade publications and artists. Her body of work expresses immense waves of controlled power and emotional sensitivity as she looks out at the world and attempts to share through art the touchingly sincere philosophical search for truth and meaning in our human existence. The artist describes much of her work's content as: the invisible yet perceptible quality of awareness, emotions, experiences, memories and expectations, the ethereal nature of the human soul and a searching for comfort and familiarity in the sublime unknown. Here is a refreshing example of a contemporary figurative artist who is not a cynical postmodern artist or a clinical academic realist. Bohannon's soulful work is firmly planted the inexplicably complex nature of human existence.

www.candicebohannon.com

 

    

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Stefan Cummings painting
Stefan Cummings
Exhibiting Artist
Stefan Cummings painting
Stefan Cummings
Exhibiting Artist

Stefan Cummings was born in Washington, the fourth of seven children. Possessed of an avid interest in psychology and history, Stefan has always had a deep love of portraiture, one that lead him to the Atelier of Mark Kang-O'Higgins, in Seattle, where he was immersed in the study of the figure and the old masters. He was then able to obtain a full tuition scholarship at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), continuing his study of traditional drawing and painting while obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Like the Impressionists and Call to Order artists at the turn of the 20th century, Stefan reconciles traditional art forms with the realities of the present era. His landscapes and portraits make use of light, texture and gesture to convey the ethereal isolation of the suburbs, incorporating elements of realism and abstraction to bridge the past to the present.

Stefan is currently the youngest exhibitor at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts and his drawings can be found in collections throughout the United States. He will graduate with honors from LCAD in 2015.

www.stefancummings.com

 

  

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angela cunningham painting
Angela Cunningham
Commissioned Artist / Instructor
angela cunningham painting
Angela Cunningham
Commissioned Artist / Instructor

Grand Central Atelier's Water Street Atelier New York

Angela (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. She received her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design and, after teaching for a few years, pursued classical training under the mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier's Water Street Atelier. She now teaches at her own studio, in Asheville, NC, as well as part time at the Grand Central Atelier, the Beaux-Arts Atelier in New York City and many workshops nation wide. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma Schapiro Achievement Award, the ARC Scholarship First Prize Award, and the Alfred Ross Achievement Award.

www.angelacunninghamfineart.com

 

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Matt Dickson
Studio Painter, Instructor
matt dickson in studio
Matt Dickson
Studio Painter, Instructor

Matt Dickson teaches Life Drawing and Intermediate/Advanced Drawing at New School for the Arts and throughout the greater Phoenix area. He holds a BFA in Fine Art from Laguna College of Art & Design and also studied at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts. In addition to his collegiate studies he also spent more than two years studying privately under portrait painter Adrian Gottlieb. During that time he developed a strong passion for classical techniques and the fine arts which is reflected in his teachings as well as his own art work. He currently works in oil, charcoal and produces decorative carpentry. Matt is also an exhibiting artist who has shown his work locally as well as in New York and Los Angeles.

www.mattdickson.net

 

    

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Alia El-Bermani
Gallery Exhibiting Artist / Teacher / Lecturer
alia el bermani portait
Alia El-Bermani
Gallery Exhibiting Artist / Teacher / Lecturer

Sullivan Goss Gallery / Women Painting Women Founder

Alia E. El-Bermani was raised in a small town just south of Boston, where she spent most of her childhood enjoying the outdoors and discovering the natural history of the south shore of Massachusetts.

Alia El-Bermani started her art training as a young child at the North River Arts Society, which is a small community run association for people, of all ages, interested in the visual arts. She showed early promise earning a Silver Key in the national Scholastic Art competition held at the World Trade Center in Boston. In 1994, she briefly attended Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island a large liberal arts college which didn't quite have the clear focus that Ms. El-Bermani was seeking. In 1996 she transferred to Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach California which is known for its strong emphasis on classical figurative training.

While studying at Laguna College of Art and Design Alia El-Bermani received the Plotkin Award for Excellence in Fine Arts. Then, in 2000 she received her BFA from LCAD, summa com laude. Ever since, she has enjoyed continued success as a fine artist. She is currently represented by two premier galleries, Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara California, and The Loft Galeria in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. This talented young painter has had five Solo Exhibitions. Her figurative and still life paintings and drawings have been included in several group shows across the country as well as showcased in Museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona and most recently, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. Several articles have been written on her work in such prestigious periodicals as Art Week, The Independent and LA Weekly. She currently lives and works in Cary, NC with her husband and two young, talented children.

www.alia-fineart.com

 

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Orion Fisher painting
Orion Fisher
Gallery Exhibiting Artist
Orion Fisher painting
Orion Fisher
Gallery Exhibiting Artist

Torrance Art Museum | Brewery Annex Gallery

Orion is a 2009 graduate of Laguna College of Art + Design and was selected as an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center Johnson, VT in 2013. Orion actively participates in numerous group shows around the nation and in Los Angeles where he works out of his studio. "He creates paintings that are ethereal and strange, as if shooting out of focus with a camera intentionally, often obscuring the subject of the work in some way. Stirring and dark, Fisher's work lacks compromise in the force of its emotional quality." - Complex Art

www.orionfisher.com

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frank gonzales painting
Frank Gonzales
Gallery Artist | Muralist
frank gonzales painting
Frank Gonzales
Gallery Artist | Muralist

Thinkspace | Art Miami | American Art Collector

Frank Gonzales' astounding work places him at the forefront of the Young American Realists movement. His subtle yet bold and inventive reinterpretations of classic subjects can be interpreted in many ways.

Gonzales was born in Tempe, Arizona where he received classical training in the arts. After four years of training under master painter Jim Garrison, Gonzales' exceptional talent was rewarded with a scholarship to the Laguna College of Art and Design.



His technique and application of paint bring forth an ethereal presence almost invoking a state of mediation. The viewer feels drawn into a silent but very detailed conversation with the work.

Gonzales' influences range from the Old Masters to the Modernists. First he attains a sense of depth and ambiguity through flat strokes of color that give the viewer almost a two- dimensional field. He then gracefully builds intensity and depth through varying washes and layers of paint. -Lotton Gallery

www.frankgonzales.net

 

     

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Michael Harnish
Mentor
Michael Harnish
Mentor

Michael Harnish earned his bachelor and master degrees in painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design, finishing his education in 2010. Since then Harnish has been developing his craft, exhibiting his work in notable exhibitions in Orange County and Los Angeles. Recently, the artist has taken up residence in Los Angeles with a studio in the Arts District downtown.

 

 
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Adam Harrison
Studio Painter, Instructor
Adam Harrison
Studio Painter, Instructor

My most recent series has been an exploration of particular places that have been part of my daily life. Over the past two years I have composed several large paintings that in essence have recorded my personal experiences with each location. It has been my goal to capture as honestly as possible the characteristics that individualize a specific space. It is typical for me to spend four to six months at one site, revisiting the canvas regularly, developing the image over a long period of time. The canvas then begins to take the shape of a living journal, documenting my experiences and interactions in a pictorial language. Everything within my worksite becomes important and in one way or another is woven into the structure of the canvas. Things such as changing wind patterns, migrating birds, wild tomcats, personal accounts, is (if not noted in the painting) impressed deeply into my understanding of that environment.

The greatest hope for my artwork is that others would have a strong emotional response to it. I believe the better my understanding of a place in which I work and everything that makes it breathe: its history, the community who live and work there, traffic patterns, bird sounds, the more faithful my painting will be to the fullness of that area; making the work much more believable and therefore more tangible to the viewer.

www.adamharrison.org

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Jason Kowalski
Gallery Exhibiting Artist
Laguna College of Art + Design
Jason Kowalski
Gallery Exhibiting Artist

Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Art Museum, Terry Martin Gallery, Meyer Fine Art

Jason Kowalski was raised in the Upper Midwest and moved to Laguna Beach, CA in 2005 to study painting at Laguna College of Art and Design. Jason's professional career began with great success when in 2009 his first solo exhibition at Terrence Rogers Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA sold out in the first two weeks. He's been exhibiting in California and throughout the country ever since and continues to recieve acclaim as a tremendous talent in the representational painting world. In 2012 Jason and his wife relocated to the banks of the Mississippi River in Maiden Rock, WI. There he finds inspiration in the beauty of the river landscape, history of the towns, buildings, and locals.

"New things that have fresh coats of paint and clean lines command our visual awareness. Things that have been used and worn out are often naively labeled unattractive. My work is both a statement of the effect of time on a location, as well as a vehicle to arouse attention to things that are often forgotten. Growing up in the Midwest I was constantly surrounded by things that deteriorated over the natural course of time. Human nature dictates that we ignore or look past such blemishes. Abandoned and left in a state of neglect places and things are consumed and discarded like pieces of trash. Using different types of paint and mixed media, I hope to bring awareness to the forgotten beauty of those locations by creating a body of work that stimulates memories one has about the places I paint. Ultimately, my goal is to create contemporary paintings that somehow brings this unique and quickly departing beauty back to social awareness."

www.jasonkowalski.com

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Brianna Lee
Commissioned Artist / Atelier Owner
Brianna Lee
Commissioned Artist / Atelier Owner

South Coast Art Center

Brianna Lee is a native California artist with a love of beauty and the human form. Born into an artistic family in Visalia, CA, her passion for art was encouraged and nurtured at a young age. Her work is a continuous search for the intrinsic beauty of all life around her. She gleans inspiration from the people she meets, the abundance of nature and Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and Rubens.

She studied Fine Art, Education and Western Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ms. Lee later moved to Los Angeles to study contemporary and traditional painting techniques under artists such as Ignat Ignatov, Aaron Westerberg and Adrian Gottlieb. Ms. Lee opened her studio doors to students in 2009 and has since taught for Glendale Community College and Kline Academy of Art.



In addition to building a successful teaching career, Ms. Lee is advancing her degree at Laguna College of Art and Design while accepting commissions and showing her work in select exhibitions throughout Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, CA.

www.briannaleefineart.com

 

  

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Elizabeth McGhee
Gallery Exhibiting Artist
elizabeth mcghee painting
Elizabeth McGhee
Gallery Exhibiting Artist

A native of southern California, Elizabeth McGhee has exhibited at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach since 2010.  Her work has been displayed in museums and universities across the country, and she is both nationally and internationally collected. She is represented by Gallery Henoch in New York, NY.

 

www.elizabethmcghee.com

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Taylor Montague
Part Time Faculty
  • Drawing + Painting BFA
Taylor Montague
Part Time Faculty
Drawing + Painting BFA

Taylor Montague was born in 1980 and was raised in Huntington Beach, California. He holds a MFA degree from Laguna College of Art and Design. Taylor has participated in many group exhibitions in the Los Angeles and Orange County area and has received several magazine publications and awards for his figurative artwork. In 2007 Taylor Montague was selected to be a mentor member of the California Art Club. The same year, he was juried into the 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. In September 2008 Taylor's work was nominated to be featured in the "21 Under 31" issue of Southwest Art Magazine. At the 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition in 2010, Taylor received both The Emerging Artist award from American Artist Magazine and The Award of Excellence in Oil Painting, which included a feature appearance of his artwork in each magazine.

 

   

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Andrew Myers
Gallery Artist
Andrew Myers
Gallery Artist

Andrew Myers Studio

Andrew Myers was born in Braunshweig, Germany, and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain. He now resides in Laguna Beach, California, where he has lived since attending the Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California). The first time he set foot in the classroom, he was amazed to see students depicting live nude models in clay; a seemingly archaic art form he had only seen in books.

Distinct. Expressive. Tactile.

These are perhaps the three most fitting words to describe Andrew's unique brand of contemporary artwork. But linguistic descriptions fail to adequately capture the progressive mixed media works he creates with screws, oil paint, charcoal, bronze, cement, and found objects. To truly experience Andrew's art, it must be seen and even touched.

One of the artist's favorite memories was watching a blind man experience his work for the first time. As the man ran his hands over a large three-dimensional portrait tediously constructed with tens of thousands of screws over hundreds of man hours, his blank expression suddenly transformed into a warm smile. He could feel what others could only see.

www.andrewmyersart.com

 

    

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Carolin Peters
Part Time Faculty
  • Drawing + Painting BFA
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Carolin Peters
Part Time Faculty
Drawing + Painting BFA

Born in 1981, Carolin Judith Peters, grew up in a small, little known town in Bavaria called Vilsbiburg. To this day she is heavily influenced by the impressions made on her by the idyllic beauty of southern Germany. Fascinated by nature?s overwhelming beauty and power Carolin started processing these impressions at a very young age through pencil drawings of animals and people. In 2002, the intrigue of learning representational art making techniques and an unceasing urge to get away from her native surrounding's small-town mentality, triggered her move to southern California. There she completed six rigorous years of study in Fine Arts and graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2008 with her BFA and MFA degree.

Her most influential mentors during her studies were renowned figurative painters F.Scott Hess and Stephen Douglas. Although she is fresh out of school her exhibition record is already notable and includes group and juried shows all over California. Galleries and other venues she has exhibited at include Koplin del Rio (Culver City), Arena 1 (Santa Monica), I-5 Gallery (Los Angeles) and the The Look Gallery (Los Angeles). Currently she is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago. Awards she has won include The Art Renewal Center Merit and Purchase Awards, Best of Show Award from the Pacific Art Foundation, Excellence in Arts from the Peter and Masha Plotkin Foundation, the Passport to China Scholarship from the Contemporary Chinese Fine Art Gallery and a 2nd Best in Show at the Fairhaven Mausoluem Exhibit "Sotto Voce". Art, for Carolin, holds the unique opportunity to engage with life's experiences on a primarily sensual level. She focuses her often large-scale, figurative paintings and drawings on psychologically and emotionally saturated moments, staged in nature?s beauty. By creating art that needs to be felt rather than understood she focuses on the sensual aspects to life. With these works she hopes to offer a quiet room for the viewer's spirit to discern itself with the presented image.

 

    

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Mardie Rees
Commissioned Sculptor
mardie reese in studio
Mardie Rees
Commissioned Sculptor

Rees Studio

Mardie Rees (c. 1980) was born in Gig Harbor, Washington where her desire to create became apparent at an early age. At age fourteen, the Rees family decided to spend three years in Ecuador doing community development work. Immersed in Latin American culture, Rees discovered art was her way to respond to the world and her experiences. She worked in oil paints, acrylics, sculpture, and even joined a team that painted twenty murals throughout the regions of Ecuador.

She furthered her education by studying fine art in California, where she was introduced to figurative sculpture. Her love for capturing the emotion and soul of a person lead her to pursue a career as a portrait and figurative sculptor. Rees received her BFA with honors from Laguna College of Art and Design and returned to the Northwest.

Rees has participated in numerous shows throughout Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, and the East Coast, and has garnered awards in association with the Portrait Society of America, Allied Artists of America, and Art Renewal Center. Many of her commissioned works appear in public settings across the U.S. and Canada. Her work is found in parks, hospitals, and school campuses.

Rees also contracts private commissions, capturing her patrons' special moments in the bronze media. She enjoys working with individuals to realize a one-of-a-kind creation, as well as engaging her own series of works.

www.mardierees.com

 

    

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Julio Reyes
Gallery Exhibiting Artist
Julio photo
Julio Reyes
Gallery Exhibiting Artist

Arcadia Fine Arts, The Los Angeles Art Show, Art Renewal Center, The Artist's Magazine

Julio Reyes is a 30 year-old California based artist who has quickly emerged as a leading figure in the realist art scene. He was just 29 years of age when he had his debut solo show at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York, and since then he has been busy. Thus far his accomplishments have been impressive and recently include winning the 2012 William F. Draper Grand Prize by the Portrait Society of America. Reyes has appeared in publications and exhibitions across the country, and was included as one of American Artist Magazine's "25 Artist of Tomorrow" in their 75 Greatest Artists of All Time issue. He is the Best in Show winner of the 2009/2010 Art Renewal Salon Competition (ARC), and this year was named an ARC Living Master after being announced the Second Place Figurative Winner and Purchase Award Winner in the 2011/2012 ARC Salon. You can also see Julio's work featured in a segment for the latest Volume III Fall issue of American Painting Video Magazine.

Reyes work often depicts moments of tender isolation. Behind his work there's always a backstory layered with content, and his new works are no different. If anything they are perhaps more brooding, ruminating and incisive in composition and subject matter. Julio is currently working on 4-6 new oil paintings on copper for display at the Arcadia booth in the upcoming Los Angeles Art Show, January 2013. Julio has developed a unique method for painting on copper, and has recently been incorporating the very intensive technique of egg tempera. The method of layering oil paint with egg tempera is ancient, and finds its roots deep in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. He shares with us a sneak peak at the works in progress for the show.

"There's great historical precedence for works on copper…some of the oldest paintings in museums are on copper. If prepared properly they can last longer than traditional wooden panels. As a result of incorporating egg tempera in to my process, my latest pieces seem to have a more poignant and sustained design, and an almost haunting tone, which I like very much. The medium itself is demanding and requires a certain precision and clarity of vision that makes no allowances for ambiguity. In my minds eye I have to see a complete vision and go about the methodical work of realizing that vision one layer at a time. The final layers are painted in oil with a broken surface which allows the copper to peak through in places…the effect is natural and beautiful. It's this kind of quality and harmony that I love in my process…the rich marriage of art and craft, of thinking and doing… the weaving together of ideas and ingredients." -American Art Collector

www.julioreyes.com

 

    

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Adrienne Stein
Gallery Exhibiting Artist / Teacher
adrienne stein with painting
Adrienne Stein
Gallery Exhibiting Artist / Teacher

American Art Collector, Women Painting Women, ArtSee, M Gallery

Adrienne Stein (b. 1986) is a young artist currently living and working in Boston, MA.

From an early age, Adrienne identified within herself a passion for drawing and painting and subsequently devoted herself to studying the methods of the Old Masters. She perpetually cultivates her skills toward mastery.

Her evocative paintings are a vehicle to explore the relationships of human beings to nature, time, death, divinity, oneself and one another. Strength and fragility inhabit her poetic compositions. Adrienne is influenced by Italian, Dutch, and French painting as well as sculpture from the Ancient Near East and India. She draws inspiration from her travels and daily experiences as well as art history, literature, mythology, and the richly textured landscape of her native southern Pennsylvania.

www.adriennestein.com

 

      

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William Zwick
Private Instructor, Atelier Owner, Commissioned Portrait Painter
william zwick studio
William Zwick
Private Instructor, Atelier Owner, Commissioned Portrait Painter

Florence Academy of Art, Zwick Art Studio and Atelier,

William Zwick, founder of Zwick Art, attended Laguna College of Art and Design for 4 years in California, where he earned a BFA and won best senior fine art piece at the annual "best of the best" school art show. After getting his degree he then traveled abroad to study at one of the most prestigious atelier programs in the world, the Florence Academy of Art in Florence Italy for 3 years. While there he was awarded a teaching scholarship and won best painting of the year in his 3rd year.

After returning to Oahu, William opened a studio in downtown Honolulu where he holds model-drawing sessions and teaches classes and workshops regularly. He hopes to bring the knowledge, craftsmanship, and classical techniques he learned at LCAD and Europe back to the islands.

www.williamzwickart.com

 

      

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