MEET THE CREATIVES.
Michael Summers was born in Los Angeles sometime during the Carter administration. He grew up in Joshua Tree, California surrounded by a cavalcade of eccentric art-commune inhabiting social dropouts, idealistic dreamers, and rural American free thinkers. Art and creativity surrounded Michael from an early age and has been a pivotal part of his identity throughout his life. He left home in his early twenties and after drifting from Virginia, to Missouri, then Texas, he returned to San Diego, California, finally settling in Oceanside, where he currently lives and works.
A born artist with a lifelong concentration in painting and drawing, Jaime has spent most of her career as a muralist and decorative painter. After relocating to Long Island, NY, she began walking the beaches with her Frenchies (The Crew) and was struck by the amount of plastics and other marine debris that continually washed ashore. Jaime immediately reimagined these finds as materials for new works of mixed media art. Her works range from low profile, colorful abstracts made of plastics, Mylar and other flat elements to more sculptural & structural pieces several inches in depth. The beach found objects are adhered to a stretched canvas or wood box panel. The final product is submerged in an epoxy resin for further adhesion and an underwater quality. Each piece is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.
Tom Everhart was born on May 21, 1952 in Washington, D.C. He began his under graduate studies at the Yale University of Art and Architecture in 1970. In 1972 he participated in an independent study program under Earl Hoffman at St. Mary’s College. He returned to the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1974 where he completed his graduate work in 1976, followed by post-graduate studies at the Musee de l’Orangerie, in Paris. He taught Life Drawing and Painting, briefly from 1979 to 1980, at Antioch College. In 1980, Tom Everhart was introduced to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz at Schulz’s studios in Santa Rosa, California. A few weeks prior to their meeting, Everhart, having absolutely no education in cartooning, found himself involved in a freelance project that required him to draw and present Peanuts renderings to Schulz’s studios. Preparing as he would the drawings and studies for his large-scale skeleton / nature related paintings; he blew up some of the cartoonist’s strips on a twenty-five foot wall in his studio which eliminated the perimeter lines of the cartoon box, leaving only the marks of the cartoonist.
Derek Douglas, known professionally as SNIPT is a Las Vegas born artist who has been creating pop culture mashups since 2012. The works of SNIPT attempt to visually appeal to the casual viewer, while offering social commentary that tends to spark up lively conversations. His unique works typically contain multiple layers that include hand collaged backgrounds, painted and stenciled elements, and a central image that is generally a composition of dozens of images that have been juxtaposed. The final result is a piece that looks familiar to the viewer, but is ultimately an image that has never previously existed.
A SNIPT piece is the visual equivalent of a remixed metaphor heavy hip hop song.
Since 2012, the body of work created by SNIPT has included mural installations for corporate and private clients, convention exhibits, interactive music festival installations, and inclusion in several gallery exhibits in both solo and group formats.
Eli Wilner began painting at age 5 and continued his craft through college where he completed a Master’s Degree in Fine Art. During that time, he studied various mediums but focused on realism and abstract expressionism.
Eli has completed over 15,000 framing projects for
collectors and museums. His gallery is held in high regard by both institutions and private collectors for his expertise, extensive inventory, and superior quality of craftsmanship. This regard and confidence is evidenced by customers such as The White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Yale University Art Gallery and many private individuals.
In his current exhibit “Montauk Moments” artist Eli Wilner captures the essence of Montauk in a series of landscape, nautical and floral paintings. Wilner, a long-time resident of Montauk said, “I feel wonderful when I see the beautyof Montauk. I feel even better when I paint it. Art is my refuge….and the why is complicated: my art and its color allow me to gesture, to connect, and its quite obvious I have no choice but to create”
Srinjoy Gangopadhyay was born in Kolkata, India in 1986. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, India in 2010. He also earned his Master’s of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA in 2015. While at SCAD, Srinjoy was awarded the prestigious juried residency at the Elizabeth Foundation of Arts in New York.
In 2014, Srinjoy was selected as Curatorial Assistant for the TIME::CODE exhibition at White Box Art Center in New York. This show, curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes, was highly influential in Srinjoy’s career and featured such internationally renowned artists as Ai Wei Wei.
Srinjoy has written and published articles for Art Radar Asia and Artehelka, and was part of juried exhibitions Lalitkala Akademy and AIFACS in India. He joined Deljou Art Group in 2015, and was named lead artist in 2016.
Over the past 45 years, Ruby Mazur’s innovative & influential artistry has been displayed in galleries around the globe. At the age of 21, Brooklyn born Mazur was hired as the Art Director at Paramount Records, and within that nomination for his design on the “CrowFoot” album cover. It was at this time that the music industry executives began to take notice of Mazur’s artistic genius. In 1971, just two years into his career, Ruby opened his own creative design agency in New York, Los Angeles and London, working with top record companies including EMI, Warner Brothers, Atlantic, Paramount, MCA, Pye and ABC. ABC Records eventually bought Mazur’s studio and brought Mazur in as Creative Director. Mazur has created some amazing graphics but his most famous creation was the “Mouth & Tongue” designed for The Rolling Stones originally used on “Tumbling Dice” record sleeve. His outrageous and trend setting designs have graced over 3,000 various albums.
John-Mark Gleadow—Born in 1976, John-Mark Gleadow had already achieved gallery representation by the time he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware in 1999. Renowned for his skill as a draftsman and ability for creating hyperrealstic oil paintings, he has gone on to garner various awards, solo shows and grants and has been met with commercial success in the numerous galleries carrying his work from coast to coast in the United States and beyond.
Early influences on the young artist were Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and VerMeer. “I fell in love with the beauty of their imagery and have always been in awe of their amazing gift for depicting reality, or their version of it. My desire is that my abilities would be used for creating works that are beautiful and that, when viewed as a whole, convince the viewer not only that what they’re seeing is real but that there’s truth in it. For that reason I find strict photorealism a somewhat unsatisfying undertaking.”
Beginning with still lives, John-Mark’s paintings soon came to have portraiture as their backbone. With his mastery of the medium his trademark use of vibrant colors has come to the fore – an element of his work made the more fascinating due to his having to cope with his own colorblindness. His most recent series has fused the centuries old theme of painting book spines with his love of doing figurative work and has allowed him to broaden the thematic horizons of his paintings. “The wonderful thing about working in this vain is how limitless the subject matter can be and how it makes for a logical way of juxtaposing entirely different topics, producing a work of art that’s beautiful as a whole, not just aesthetically, but thematically as well.”
Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him.
Britto has created a visual language of hope and happiness all its own that is relatable to all, inspiring millions. Self-taught at an early age, Britto painted on scraps of paper or cardboard or any medium he could find before coming into his own and traveling to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. His appreciation of these masters influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.”
Britto’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries, including the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2008 and 2010. In 2013, Maria Elena and Carlos Slim Domit invited Romero to be the first living artist to exhibit at Museo Soumaya. He has created public art installations for the 02 Dome in Berlin, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, Cirque Du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI, and has been credited with the largest monumental sculpture in London’s Hyde Park history. Britto served as an official artist for the 2010 World Cup, Ambassador to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and was recently invited to be an honorary torch bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Britto’s pop sensibility has since leant itself to many collaborations with international brands such as Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Evian, Hublot, and Mattel to name a few.
Steve Alan Kaufman was a fine artist, sculptor, stained glass artist, filmmaker, photographer and humanitarian. Kaufman attended Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts (SVA), where he met contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 1981 Kaufman met Andy Warhol, who became a significant influence on the 19-year-old Kaufman, who worked as Warhol’s assistant at his studio, The Factory, producing original paintings and silkscreens.
Kaufman designed theme parties for various nightclubs, sold his paintings to Calvin Klein and Steve Rubell, and participated in a group art show with pop artist Keith Haring, whom he had met at SVA.
The Bisaillon brothers are Jeffrey Bisaillon and his brother Michael Bisaillon. They were born in upstate New York and have lived in various locations such as San Diego, Austin, Raleigh and Jacksonville, FL. They are currently based back in their hometown in New York.
The brothers have been producing art for over 20 years in many genres. As the brothers worked together on the “Modern Visage Series”, ideas began to emerge involving Jeffrey’s love of the Abstract and his keen eye towards modern art and design and Michael’s love of symbology and the digital art process. Every idea and style of art the brothers have a passion for would come to fruition and pave the way for the creation of the “the POP Collection”.
As new technologies emerge and become available artists must utilize them while at the same time respecting the artistic methods of the past. The brothers created a process where acrylic painting on both canvas and hardpanel is combined with mixed media, digital photography, graphic design and digital design.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, began his career as a little-known editorial cartoonist in the 1920s. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture, and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination.
His artistic vision emerged as the golden thread that linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which he delivered forty-four children’s books, more than 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters, and humor.
Geisel single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the surrealist movement of the early 20th century and the inspired nonsense of a child’s classroom doodles. The Art of Dr. Seuss project offers a rare glimpse into the artistic life of this celebrated American icon and chronicles almost seven decades of work that, in every respect is uniquely, stylistically, and endearingly Seussian.
Born in Canada, living and working in Montreal, Guy Boudro is a true New Yorker at heart. Energetic, vibrant and full of primary colors his works reflect the agitated lifestyle and feverish atmosphere that is found in the Big Apple: an urban ballet under the crushing weight of advertising.
Boudro is a pop artist through and through, counting among his influences Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein. His style artfully marries his pop roots to the surrealist through the use of unexpected juxtapositions and dreamlike composition. The disproportion of the elements and perspectives found in his stamps, puzzles comic stripes provokes in the observer’s mind the impression of being totally involved in the dynamism and vitality of the city Boudro so much loves.
Craig Alan is an American artist known for his paintings which align groups of people seen from an aerial perspective, to create reimagined versions of iconic works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Piet Mondrian, and others.
“Art needs to be responsible to its purpose; to inspire and enhance,” he has remarked. Born in 1971 in San Bernardino, CA, he was raised in Atlanta and went on to attend the University of Mobile in Alabama, where he studied fine arts and set design.
During his time at school, he would drive to New Orleans on the weekends working as a street portraitist to earn extra money. Since then, the artist has exhibited at numerous galleries across the United States and Europe. Alan currently lives and works Atlanta, GA.