Toronto based, Holmes creates diverse compositions in the form of several disciplines ranging from abstract painting to photographic-based mixed-media. His most recent body of work (attached) integrates painting, collage and neon. Experimentation plays a big part in the creative process, therefore he works mostly on panel when he paints as opposed to canvas - “This allows me to scrape off the loss and reclaim the substrate for a new life."
Holmes typically chooses subject matter that draws from familiar art motifs such as still life, nudes, and landscape. He is particularly interested in elevating subjects that are seemingly traditional and common to something seductive and unusual.
Matt McCormick is a multimedia artist born in San Francisco in 1987. McCormick draws upon the American West and its associated imagery to realize an artistic vision that is as unique and dynamic as the topography itself. Within McCormick’s body of work, incompatible elements cohabitate with ease, which reflects the multitudinous and often conflicting histories of California. Here, as in his paintings and drawings, nostalgia for a fabled past collides with the realities of poverty and strife that confront him daily at his Downtown Los Angeles and New York City studios. The artist embraces these gritty aspects as equally formative to the Golden State as the homestead towns, gold rush bonanzas and 1920s Hollywood glamour that captivate the popular imagination. Surveying his body of work, one might encounter cowboys depicted in loose flurries of colored pencil, or monochromatic waves that evoke the natural beauty of the California coast. McCormick’s art embodies the true spirit of California, replete with renegades, risk takers and outlaws, each uniquely rendered with formal restraint and austerity.
Miami Born and raised.
In his newest body of work Jason references old persian carpets, an art form that in modern times is often taken for granted but was a large part of his childhood growing up with Middle Eastern background. Jason revives these old weavings by tediously painting them on canvas in colors and mediums that were not normally used in their origin. Jason presents the pieces in a new and exciting way. The creation of these works is both a therapeutic and a spiritual process, being able to channel his obsession with detail into the intricate geometry and compositions of the carpets allows Jason to find himself working hours on end without lifting his brush. What initially drew him to these works was not only the aesthetic but the dense history and meaning behind the imagery. The way the weavers were able to link each rug's particular pattern, palette, and style with a specific and identifiable geographic area or nomadic tribe really stood out to him. Jason aims to mirror this practice with his take on the carpets by having each color and pattern specifically correlate to what state of mind and emotion he was in while creating the specific work. allowing him to be able to look back and see a chronological timeline of both his mental and emotional state embedded in to the paintings. Essentially creating a language through shape and color that is hidden in plain view.
Johnny Robles, born in 1984 is a native of Miami, Florida where he currently lives and works.
His work is approached with a reserved, collective and methodical rationale that’s apparent in his developing studies.
Working in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, painting and installation, Robles’ themes are derived by his fascination with complex paradigms shaped or changed in nature and nostalgic visions of childhood. For Robles’ choosing specific paths and parameters in his creative process allows different ways to approach art that may sometimes unfold creating visual conundrums for the viewer and even himself. As a result, new discoveries and possibilities are formed. His attempt to explore materials and techniques in his work, embody emotive and perceptual associations such as play, interaction, elation and control.
Michael Vasquez’s work explores a world of misguided youth coming of age, trying to find themselves. In search of acceptance and belonging within an inherent disposition of broken homes and underserved communities, Vasquez’s subjects are primed for the influence and allure of neighborhood street gangs and cliques as they navigate the expectations and pressures of their peers, society, and culture at large.
Through the timeless method of visual description, painting, Vasquez presents his subjects in dramatic, often larger than life compositions. The sitters’ gestures and expressions legitimatize a complex emotional landscape full of dueling feelings such as pride and shame, and toughness and vulnerability. Vasquez depicts these sentiments through a language of mark making that transcends representational likeness to describe the emotion, attitude, and energy of the sitter(s), setting, and/or the relationship between the two. He utilizes visual cues that inform identity such as color, specificity of clothing, hand signs, symbols, and tattoos; while maps, neighborhood landmarks, houses, and native foliage describe environment and establish location. Beyond figurative painting, his work delves into the psyche of both the physical and social landscape, narrating neighborhood events, mischief, and the trials and tribulations that come with the territory. A place where stereotypical, often negative traits of masculinity are perpetuated and affirmed; where a sense of, or an illusion of, identity, community, and wholeness exists.
Michael Vasquez was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from New World School of the Arts with a BFA in 2005 and currently lives and works in Miami. Vasquez’s work has been exhibited in numerous internationally recognized galleries and institutions including Saatchi Gallery, London; Lehmann Maupin, New York City; the Americas Society, New York City; The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; and in Florida at the MDC Museum of Art + Design; Frost Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; Naples Art Museum, The Orlando Museum of Art, and Miami Art Museum (now PAMM).