Punk rocker turned painter, Deedee is known for mixing iconography from Indian temple imagery, South American political art, and animals from her native wild Pacific Northwest upbringing to produce mystical narrative paintings. She is represented by galleries in UK, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. deedeecheriel.com/gallery
A transmedia fine artist working and living in Los Angeles since 1992, Marjam had a nomadic childhood. Born in Giessen, Germany, she was raised in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Hannover, Germany when her family was exiled in 1973. It was there that she received her early education, and she also credits heavy artistic influence to the Dada artists active in Hannover at this time. Marjam entered the University Hildesheim to study culture and art, though it was not until 1999 that she went on to receive her M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. From 2002-2006, she taught at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste Muenchen, New Media Arts with Professor Klaus vom Bruch. She also continues to teach by invitation, and leads innovative and intuitive painting classes entitled “Express Yourself.” Currently, Marjam’s artistic work explores the intersection of cultural myth and the perception of the reality inhabited. “I believe communication on all levels, across all media, is the underpinning of better understanding. Before the picture stands the word.” marjamoskoui.com
An interdisciplinary artist whose work explores colorism, race, and gender politics. Calida's paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. She writes about parenthood on her blog CrazyMomWithKids and is the author-illustrator of the children’s book, Same Difference. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. calidagarciarawles.com
INSPIRE US WINNER
Michele Peabody Myers
Michele of Westlake Village entered her oil painting, Sincere Gifts, Chinatown, in this year's LA Times Festival of Books Inspire Us Contest. A Times panel of judges selected her work, from among hundreds of submissions, as our 2016 winner in the art category.
STREET ART INSTALLATIONS
The Festival of Books, in partnership with Branded Arts, has commissioned six large-scale site-specific works to be completed during the festival. L.A.-based artists will create murals that celebrate the festival's mission, while reflecting the artists' unique experiences living in L.A. After the festival, the original art will installed at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown as part of the Branded Arts RFK Mural Festival.
Baker’s Son found solidarity through food. His pop-style realistic watercolor paintings of tempting consumer goods are simultaneously enticing and repulsive underneath their glossy, sugary exteriors. Growing up, he navigated a world rife with familial and societal conflict by using food as a mediator, a method of forging connections and creating comfort. These objects into which we place so much meaning stimulate every sense, unearthing fond memories of the smell of cookies at grandma’s house alongside the sound of dad’s blues on the record player. By highlighting the beauty and temptation that consumer goods create, we see in stark contrast the darker undertones that permeate his paintings – speaking to institutionalized phobia, violence in underserved communities, and perhaps most vividly, the overconsumption inherent in our society.
Clinton’s art reflects the amalgamation and influence of his complex history; this includes his roots in nature, Maori influences from his native land of New Zealand; and the deep respect he holds for the unknowable aspect of the universe; as well as the urban soul within he discovered after moving to America.
Dallas is an author, illustrator, public speaker, mural painter, and adventure seeker. When he is not busy writing books (for children of all ages), touring the world, painting on buildings, or climbing trees, he is generally trying to find happiness and share it with others.
James’ work stems from natural ability, a strong motivation to thrive, and self-taught techniques. He embodies the collective elements of a free-spirited individual who uses self taught techniques mixed with these strong characteristics is what develops his unique design style and large-scale mural work.
Jonas Swyer, also known as Never 1959, is an L.A.-based artist best known for his iconic portraits. Never’s visual landscape often refers to the “DogTown” of his youth — scenes of skaters, graffiti artists and homegrown bands. Never also mixes elements from 1980s movies he was weaned on, such as “The Outsiders,” “Stand By Me” and “The Karate Kid.”
Josh has accomplished a multitude of undertakings. His artwork successfully marries juxtaposing subject matter with traditional and otherwise non-traditional techniques. Such techniques are employed to achieve his ever evolving style; gathering inspiration from furniture design, romanticism, traditionalism, impressionism, fashion, street art and more.