Bennett Art

Bennett Art Photography on Wood Panel

Amanda Bennett remembers painting with her grandmother as a child, who used a spatula as her primary tool. However, it wasn’t until years later, staring at the blank walls of her loft in Birmingham, Alabama, that she rediscovered her passion for the process of creation. Though it began as a practical answer to the abject poverty of life after college, this act of thrifty outfitting inspired her to cultivate her own unique style, a place where process demands as much attention as its end result.

As a Huntsville, Alabama native, Bennett moved to Nashville eight years ago where she finally got serious about her art. Her music inspired art gained local attention, as her signature guitars found their homes in local digs such as Fanny’s House of Music on the east side. When Bennett finally decided to release the paces of nine to five living, her art reflected her transformation. She moved through a transcendent few months of abstracts and then awakened one morning from a night of mixed media dreaming.

If you’re wondering where you’ll find Bennett lately, it’s snapping crazy cool shots of local characters and characters around Nashville and beyond, most recently capturing the soul and local flavor of the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans. Her latest series demonstrates her ever-evolving and rare perspective, a photographic journey of tales untold in the way Deep South. She has taken two things she loves, acrylic mediums and photography, and transformed them in to a funk style mash up on plywood for your viewing pleasure.

However, Bennett is never too far from her grandmother’s easel, creating art inspired by the technique and the soul of her teacher.

Lucius Art

Lucius Art Graphic Prints on Wood Block

I am a graphic designer and artist from Chicago and I love working with old textures, vintage design elements, old photographs, and animals in my digital artwork.

Each and every one of our wood block prints are made my hand in our basement. They are are mounted, sealed, stained, and packed by my wife Christy and I.

My work has been featured on HGTV Design on a Dime, Crate & Barrel, Fossil, Decor8, Apartment Therapy, and Timeout New York.In 2013 I partnered with Nordstrom and brought my wood block art prints to stores across the country.

Thank you for for interest in my work. It is people like you that allow me to do what I love.

MadCanvases

MadCanvases Photo Collage on Wood Block & Pillows

Mandy creates digital black and white photography collages which are sublimated onto canvas fabric.  She is a self-taught digital artist and uses her own photographic images as a base before manipulating them into an abstract, layered design.  Her pieces focus on the well-known landmarks of the city and the architectural aspects within.

The process of sublimation turns the inks from a liquid directly into a gas when they are heat pressed onto the canvas, where the ink essentially becomes a part of the fabric and allows the texture of the canvas to remain untouched.

Mandy has exhibited her work in art festivals, small galleries and coffee shops throughout Chicago and the suburbs and continues to look for new locations for her next piece.  She has expanded to landmarks across the Midwest and recently took trips to Boston, New York, Washington DC and Nashville to take photographs for future designs.  She also enjoys working with personal photos to create a one of a kind design that makes for an unforgettable gift.

Mandy graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Computer Engineering in 2003.  After moving to a new condo the West Loop in 2008, Mandy was faced with the task of decorating a large blank wall in her living room.  Her husband and she decided that they wanted artwork that represented Chicago and their new neighborhood but was not the standard, big box store version of the Chicago Theater sign.  Mandy ventured out to take pictures of landmarks around the West Loop and upon realizing that many of her photos weren’t the type to blow up for large format printing, she decided to try collaging four or five of the pictures together to digitally create one design and her style was born.

Erin Kroll

I’m mad about art. The materials I choose from can be canvas, linen, panels, found objects, acrylic, spray paint, oil….the list goes on. Each time I work on a piece the painting takes on a whole new life, for example if I were to paint on canvas my painting may have a certain feeling mood to it but if I move to a piece that is on an old wooden sign I find everything I’m feeling changes. The painting just flows from the emotions and the story that is forming in my head – and I just let my mind go. Typically, I like to either go off the actual color of the linen or panel or I like to cover the entire working area in one ground color and go off of that.

I like to make a painting that is hard not to look at: something that catches your eye and screams at you from across the room. It may be the colors shouting at you or an image that is begging you to come over, but regardless, the call is unavoidable. I also like my paintings to appear innocent and childlike but on closer inspection you realize that it’s really not an innocent painting as there is so much more going on.

When I think I’m finished with a piece or when I think I need a bit of time out from the painting I put it off to the side. I then keep looking it over the next few days to see if I feel it really is complete. Do I need to add anything? I can’t recall a time that I have worked on a painting and then put down my brush, oil stick, spray can and said “Aha this is finished”, it just does not quite work out that way for me: I need to live with it for a while and get a feeling that there is nothing else this piece needs.

Ultimately, painting is the most exciting, truthful way to express myself and I can’t imagine life without it.

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Citizen Shay

Citizen Shay is Steve Shay, a self identified citizen of the World. Steve has no formal training but is trained as a graphic designer with a focus on information design. He believes that information can become art, tell a story, and create emotion. This belief led Steve to start experimenting with his own mixed-media “art” in 2005. Today, he is constantly experimenting with various techniques, creating small pieces of work using various media such as paint, pen, paper, gels, photography, wood, and epherema. It’s all an attempt to create pieces that tell short stories while being visually stimulating.

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