Isamaya Ffrench is a makeup <slash> interdisciplinary artist whose clients included Junya Wantanabe, YSL Beauty, Chanel, Selfridges, Nike, and Camper. She works with magazines / publications such as Vogue, Love, Dazed and Novembre. She is the UK Brand Ambassador of YSL Beaute. She splits her time between London and Paris.
A special episode featuring Artist Decoded's host, Yoshino, interviewed by Noah Lampert.
Topics discussed: confidence, breaking down limiting beliefs and mental barriers, being of service and creating value, the intersection of art and consciousness, starting Artist Decoded, his work as a photographer... Etc.
After many years in front of the camera acting for the likes of Brian DePalma, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez, among many others, Rose McGowan has turned her eye to directing. She premiered her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn at the Sundance Film Festival. It garnered not only critical praise, but a Grand Jury Prize nomination and qualified for the Academy Awards. McGowan is now preparing for her feature length debut.
Rose continues to evolve with explorations into music, she released her first single in the Fall after many years recording under different names, and virtual reality which she is currently creating several projects around this medium.
Today is a new era for McGowan - who seeks to create meaningful, artful work that inspires.
Born in Germany in 1979, Daniel Sannwald is emerging as one of the true original voices in contemporary photography. In a landscape dominated by referential and repetitive imagery, Daniel is establishing a strong and recognizable signature that is already catching the attention of some of the most influential trendsetters in the fashion and photography industries. His surrealistic and hauntingly beautiful images speak of a world where Fashion and Art meet to reveal a unique narrative. Daniel studied at the Royal Academy in Antwerp (MA Honours) and is now based in London.
Timothy Wilson is a painter based in Maine. He works from direct painting on location and expounds upon his studies in larger studio paintings. Both a meditative ritual and obsessive dedication, his daily outings in stormy, serene, and inclement weather to coastal Atlantic locations help inform an experiential vocabulary and expressionist mark making. After years of portrait and figurative work, Timothy merged his holistic concepts of the ocean, landscape, and figure; aiming to find a more abstract and resonate image through the natural deconstruction of imagery.
Timothy keeps a permanent studio on the coast of Maine. He teaches (occasionally) at the Maine College of Art. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008.
"After receiving my BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design I spent a year shooting professionally. From there I moved on to producing, first in magazines, then in advertising where I have worked for the past 9 years. As a senior art producer, I'm continuously surrounded by inspiring artists whose work I feel should be enjoyed by everyone. I've created atinyspace.com to share the work of the many talented artists I am moved by everyday." - Sabrina Bajaj
Vanessa Prager is an America artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
Known mainly for her large-scale, abstract oil paintings, Prager's main subject is the face. Perception, perspective and information flow are all central themes to her work, which became more widely recognized after her exhibition, Dreamers - a series of "imagined" portraits which cross the border between the figurative and the abstract - opened and sold out completely, in Spring 2015.
In January 2016, Prager's first solo exhibition in NYC, Voyeur, opened with favorable reviews. The Huffington Post described the works as "densely layered paintings, with pigment applied so thickly it forms its own topography", elaborating that, "various strokes of color - a ribbon of white like a squirt of toothpaste, a sharp silver of green like a fish darting by - come together to form different visual narratives."
Currently Vanessa Prager is represented by Richard Heller, Los Angeles and The Hole, NYC.
Joshua Hagler has worked for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area until recently relocating to Los Angeles. Known mainly for his large-scale semi-figurative canvases, the work has followed a natural evolution in the artists's personal exploration and anxiety around religious thought and its history. Since 2006, he has exhibited his paintings and multi-media installations through North America and Europe, including several solo exhibitions.
Working for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joshua Hagler recently relocated to Los Angeles. The work has followed a natural evolution in the artists’s personal exploration and anxiety around religious thought and its history. Currently, research and work looks toward Westward Expansion in 19th-century United States as a means of exhuming a kind of poetry of amnesia and redemptive yearning in colonists, settlers and their descendents.
Since 2006, he has exhibited his paintings, videos, and multi-media installations throughout North America and Europe, including several solo exhibitions. “Between Winds,” submitted here for the Transart Triennale is currently a part of Hagler’s traveling solo exhibition “The Adopted” first appearing at La Sierra University in Riverside, California and now at JAUS Gallery in Los Angeles.
In 2013, Hagler traveled for three months with collaborator Maja Ruznic through Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East making art with war refugees, orphans, and the terminally ill while creating the art book DRIFT. 2013 also included guest lecturing at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, and solo show The Unsurrendered at the university gallery.
In 2012, his animated video projection “The Evangelists” was based on interviews with four middle-aged men dealing with psychological trauma and included Hagler’s former neighbor who burned down their mutual San Francisco apartment building in 2007. The piece was later selected to exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the Royal Institute in Adelaide, Australia.
American photographer Chadwick Tyler has an eccentric savant-like approach to the still image. He has an instinctive ability to relate to his subject. His images are often labeled as evocative. (Source: Cartel And CO)
Michael Donovan is a prolific multi-disciplined creative visionary born in Spokane, WA.
Seamus Conley is a Los Angeles native now living and working in San Francisco, CA. A recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award his paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the US, including a solo Museum exhibit at The Lancaster, CA Museum of Art and History. His work has been featured in publications such as Hi Fructose, Art ltd, SF Examiner, SF Weekly, Empty Mag, and American Art Collector.
John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose process resides in an area between rigid technicality and honest expression. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it's core fundamentals: composition, color, and paint application. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.
John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.
Danish photographer Asger Carlsen began his career at 16 when he sold a photo he took of the police yelling at him and his friends for burning a picket fence to the local paper. For the next ten years Asger worked as a crime photographer before moving on to shooting ads for magazines. Then one day while messing around on his computer he created an image of a face with a bunch of eyes that led him to the distorted photographs he has become known for. His eerie and often humorous work makes you question what is human, and has been exhibited and published internationally. (Source: Milene Larsson for Vice)
Benjamin Bjorklund is a painter based in Uppsala, Sweden.
Spending the majority of his time in Sweden, Ben enjoys a simple life based in a small rustic 19th century wooden farm house shared with his Great Dane and muse, Solomon, and a menagerie of pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats.
Finding inspiration in everyday life, Ben regularly seeks to interpret through his paintings the emotions and characters of the beings that surround him. He keeps his compositions and focal points simplistic, ensuring his subjects remain within reach. Subjects such as Solomon, both wild and domestic animals and family members feature predominately, though he also works from old photos and memories as references.
Ben's figurative and portraiture work can, at times, depict scenes bordering on the surreal with characters influenced by those around him existing in various physical or emotional situations. These are usually emphasised through the use of abstracted light and darts of colour. These, Ben refers to as 'happy mistakes' being borne from spontaneous actions and serving to focus the viewer's attention whilst adding to the emotional impact on the viewer.
Blake Paul Neubert is a Colorado artist that focuses of figurative painting. He references themes from his experiences working in the Criminall Justice field with substance abuse and mental illness. He is the Co-Founder of Death of a Coworker.
Phil Hale was born in 1963 and raised in Kenya and Massachusetts. He was apprenticed to painter Rick Berry when he was sixteen, and moved to London when he was twenty-one. His early career is strongly associated with the books he illustrated for Stephen King. In the 90s he produced work for Warner Bros, Playboy, DC, Sony, Penguin and others. By 1999 he had transitioned to portraiture, and commissions included Muttiah Muralitharan for Lords Cricket Grounds (MCC), Thomas Ades of the National Portrait Gallery, and Tony Blair's official portrait for the Houses of Westminster. His fine art has been show throughout Europe and the US at numerous galleries and institutions. His most recent show was Life Wants to Live at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. Published collections of his work included Mockingbirds / Relaxeder, Urge Ourselves Under, Record Separator, Empire, and Black Crack.
Julius Onah is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, who was raised in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. after having lived in the Philippines, Nigeria, Togo, and the United Kingdom. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. In the summer of 2010 he was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film and in 2013 as one of Studio System's 10 Up and Up Feature Directors. Onah's films include "The Girl is in Trouble" with executive producer Spike Lee. He is currently in development on "The God Particle" with producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures.
Greg Puciato is most well known for his explosive and unpredictable recorded and live performance work with The Dillinger Escape Plan, the critically acclaimed experimental technical hardcore/metal band that he has been a member of since 2001. Their most recent full length release was 2013's "One of Us is the Killer."
In 2012, he, along with Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Sons of Magdalene, ex-NIN) and Steve Alexander (former Dillinger and NIN tech) formed The Black Queen, an electronic based art-pop trio. Their first full length "Fever Daydream" is released on January 29th 2016.
Born in Baltimore, MD, Greg currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Jesse Draxler is a fine artist, illustrator, art director and designer currently working out of Los Angeles, CA.
His works are representations of the feelings he has been working through all his life. Feelings that arise while confronted with a past that is relatively unknown, a future that seems as daunting and horrifying as it does exciting, and a present in which he often feels stale and out of touch with himself. All with the undercurrent of death forever lurking subtly under the surface of everything he creates.
A Southern California native, Emilio Villalba received his BFA from the Art Institute of California in 2006, and his MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2011. He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches at the Art Institute of California and Cogswell College.
"My portraits are inspired by master works, as well as the contemporary human condition. They explore the dissonance created when the familiar is fractured and distorted by outside influence." - Emilio Villalba
BRTHR is a director duo, known for their euphoric, speed ramped music videos and creative content.
Tokyo born Alex Lee, and New York native Kyle Wightman became quick friends while attending The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and went on to launch BRTHR in the fall of 2012. Both Alex and Kyle are well versed in the realms of editing, photography and their bold graphic style utilizes VFX frequently.
"I was born in cozy Madison, WI, but ever since that day I have not set foot on Wisconsin again. In all honesty, I haven’t really been actively avoiding this generous land of cheese and beer. Given the very attractive winters that this icebox of a state has to offer, I was happy that my parents decided to return to Colombia before my first birthday. I spent my first 17 years in Bogotá and after finishing High School I went to New York to study Illustration in SVA. After graduating I worked at Evergreene Painting Studios, a mural painting studio, and at The Studio, an illustration studio where I did animatics, storyboards, print jobs, together with some illustration jobs (paperbacks, jackets, etc). After two years of constant and diligently supervised drawing, I decided to go back home to Colombia and be free to paint full time. What was a hard decision at first, turned into the best career move. I have been able to paint what I love, and be surrounded by friends and family. Today, I am happily married and live with my beautiful wife Claudia in Bogotá who just gave birth to our first baby, Samuel. He quickly became the reason I work." - Nicolas Uribe
"Love you all! I had a few thoughts for the end of the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" - Yoshino
Stacy Kranitz's work explores history, representation and otherness within the documentary tradition. She uses both moving and still images to consider social constructs while commenting on this tradition and challenging its boundaries.
Stacy was born in Kentucky. She received her BFA from New York University and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her work has been featured in publications including Adbusters, Elle, Granta, Mother Jones, New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Rolling Stone, Vice, and Wired. She is represented by Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles.
Alex Kanevsky was born in Russia in 1963. He studied mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States. After his arrival to Philadelphia in 1983 he worked as Russian translator, illustrator at the Psychiatric Nursing Magazine and drew pictures for the telephone book advertisements. After attending PAFA (1989-93) and winning a Pew Fellowship (1997) he devoted himself to painting full time. Alex Kanevsky lives and works in Philadelphia. He has exhibited his work in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, UK and Ireland. His work is represented by Hollis Taggart Gallery in NY and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. He teaches a painting seminar at PAFA.
Brittany Markert received her B.S. in Mathematics from Santa Clara University in 2010. In 2012 she enrolled in a printing workshop at International Center of Photography and has since been self-taught in traditional darkroom printing.
In-Rooms, her current photography project, began in the winter of 2011. Since 2014 it has taken form as an ongoing narrative documenting a surreal adaptation of her most vibrant thoughts, memories and dreams.
Brittany resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Nathaniel's paintings are like little ghost stories drawn from a childhood in Appalachia under the strict upbringing of an Apostolic Pentecostal family. His images of people compressed into claustrophobic scenes are anxious and oppressive, with tones of violence just under the surface. Layers of muted colors are scraped and agitated across the surface of otherwise photorealistic paintings, creating anxiety and mystery in the work. Together, Nathaniel's imagery and process create a tense space that is oppressive and claustrophobic.
"Almost all of my pictures are based in nostalgia, nature, hazy memories and childhood adventures. I live in LA with my winsome wife Jess, our son Golden (an aspiring pro waffle eater), and our brilliant toy poodle Bela." - Graham Dunn
Selected Client List: Elle China, Free People, Heroine Magazine, Mirage Magazine, Old Navy, Stance Socks, Vice Magazine
Justin Tyler Close born in Ontario, Canada in 1984 is the founder, creative director and editor-in-chief of The Lab Magazine.
He started his career studying film theory and graduated with honors from Vancouver Film School. His most recent feature film "In Their Skin" premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed by IFC Films.
Soon after Justin turned to photography and has captured some of the world's most influential artists and entertainers including Marina Abramovic, Bryan Cranston, Lykke Li, Lenny Kravitz, Nas and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Justin is also an artist specializing in photography and has exhibited all over the world in galleries and group shows. He has also curated his own shows with the most recent one "Disconnection" which was a group show at Wilding Cran Gallery in Downtown LA.
Justin's recent commercial project documenting a NASA astronomer for Saucony running shoes was nominated for a Young Directors Award at Cannes Lions Festival in 2015.
Justin is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.