Sunday, July 27, 2008

RIPPLE was a smashing success!

The Ripple event went off!! June 20th was International Surfing Day and a big crowd made it out to Art Whino Gallery at the National Harbor. Almost $6,000.00 was raised for the DC Surfrider Chapter to help with a new water quality program in the area. Check out a little video from the event...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Art Whino meets Allen Iverson

At John Colliers Solo show there started a rumble in the crowd. It was said that Allen Iverson was outside. I went out to meet the Iverson. Asked to take a picture with the Iverson and was told to back off the Iverson by his friendly bodyguards.

So here is the Iverson as I can best show you.

I will forever remember the moment.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

An interview with Art Whino Artist Brandi Read

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Interview with Brandi Read

Brandi was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1976. As a small child, she looked at her mother’s colored page with envy with how well she managed to keep her crayon marks within the lines. “All it takes is practice,” she learned, and has been honing her skills ever since. At the age of twelve she lived with her grandparents and twin sister in Bradenton, Florida. Her grandmother took her to weekly art lessons and Brandi soon received her first commission. A neighbor paid twenty dollars for a painting of five California Raisins, complete with names of the family members assigned above each character. The portrait, despite referencing pop culture icons of 1988, unofficially remains the worst family portrait painted by anyone.

Brandi’s experience and education in art has expanded far beyond the lessons at the local art supply shop; she returned to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University School of Art. In addition to showing in various juried exhibitions and group shows, she has won many awards and scholarships—in particular, a travel grant which enabled her to research a sculpture at the Louvre for her Readdressing Victory series. Brandi currently shows her paintings in cities on both coasts, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Dallas, and Atlanta.


What drew you to become an artist?

I was born with an extraordinary desire to make things, especially two dimensional things.

What is your inspiration?

Many things inspire me, such as pretty girls, colors, mythology, beautiful things, books, movies, emotions, music, people, moments in time, and ideas.

Is there one recurring theme in your work?

I work a lot around the theme of Greek mythology and mythological characters, also the ideas of victory, overcoming obstacles, inspiration itself and muses.

What is your preferred medium?

I paint mostly in oils on canvas, but also paint with watercolor, draw, build things and occasionally do some metalsmithing.

Do you have any art available in shows/galleries at this time?

I have work on view at Thinkspace in Los Angeles right now. I have work in a 4-person show at The Gallery at East Atlanta tattoo that opens July 19 in Atlanta. I also have a painting in the 'Project 57' show at Distinction Gallery in Escondido, CA. I always have work at Art Whino in D.C.

Who was the first artist that made an impact on you?

Probably Norman Rockwell but I've looked at art all of my life and have had many different artists influence me and fuel my interest.

Is there a contemporary artist that knocks your socks off?

Many. To name a few...and I'm sure I will forget some, but Dave MacDowell, Kukula, Chase TaFoya, Kris Lewis, Christopher Darling, Erin Laroque, Audrey Kawasaki, Travis Louie. Those are some of the artists whose work I go back to for second, third, and fourth looks. Plus many more, you know.

If you could have any artist paint your portrait whom would it be?

Dead or Alive?

Dead: Rockwell, again. Carravagio, Gentileschi, Ingres, David.

Alive: Any of the above would be great, with the exception of Kris Lewis because his work is too realistic and I just wouldn't have my flaws documented forever in a Kris Lewis painting.

What is your next painting going to be?

That's top secret information. You will have to wait and see!

Do you think formal training or not having formal training helped your art?

I went to art school and wish I hadn't. My college debt is the bane of my existence right now. I could do everything I do now without the degree, and I managed to graduate magna cum laude. I feel that my time at the university was essentially just very expensive practice.

What is the one thing they can’t take away from you?

One thing? Who can take anything away from me at all? I would like to see someone try!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Want to get out of the hot sun?

Need another place to have fun?

Come to Art Whino!

water fun in china

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Inked Souls - Saturday August 2nd!


Art Whino joins forces with Tag├╝r Footwear to present Inked Souls, an exhibition featuring customized sneakers and fine art by 35 local, national and international leaders in the Pop Surrealism/Urban Contemporary art movement.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Time Lapse of James Walker piece "Harmony"

Another time lapse of Art Whino's Artist James Walker. He makes it look so easy!