I'm a Brooklyn based painter & designer. I live with my puppy in a tiny green room with an amazing view in an amazing neighborhood. I've been drawing and painting for as long as I've been able to hold a crayon. My life revolves around creating.
I paint in gouache on cardboard or create pieces digitally using a mixture of gouache, collage, pen and ink and photoshop.
Brandon Friend was born in Flushing, NY on April 20, 1980. He attended The University of Maryland College Park in 1998 where he studied in the Honors Art Program and received a BA degree in Fine Art. In 2002, Friend began his professional career with two solo exhibitions in Washington, D.C and Baltimore, MD. In 2008, he received his MFA degree in Fine Art from CUNY Queens College and currently works in his Long Island City studio. Friend’s works have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including Seattle, WA; Kansas City, MO; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; Short Hills, NJ; New York, New York. In 2011 his work was showcased with Lambert Arts in Fountain Art Fair NY. He has been featured in several print and online publications such as The Washington Post, The Knight News, The Daily Record, The Pitch Kansas City, Radar, artistaday.com, secretstill.com and theworldsbestever.com.
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I paint stories and for the substance of my narratives, I draw on my life experience as well as from those around me. I love intertwining tension with dramatic devices such as satire, paradox, irony, and suspense. The basic ingredients for the making of a great novel, play or movie also make for an excellent painting. I am not a realist, so it is not important to me to have my paintings look like a photograph, the essence of a person is good enough; what is important to me, is the story.
I hope you enjoy your journey through my galleries--I am sure you'll find something you must have!
I was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey--sort of. Although my parents grew up in NYC, my father was adamant about raising his children in a house with a yard and a pool. My mother went along with the fantasy, but for her the reality was a different story. A loquacious New Yorker who didn’t drive, she was stuck in the middle of nowhere with two children under the age of five. She quickly hated the suburbs and came up with a compromise.
Every other morning she packed up my sister and me, and we joined the ranks of commuters climbing aboard the bus for a forty-five minute ride to the city and our busy day of socializing with family and friends. My father had the illusion his family was enjoying a country life, and my mother was happier when my father came home. It worked beautifully, until my father noticed the expense and insisted it stop.
But my mother was as stubborn as she was clever and set into motion a new creative plan that I marvel at to this day. She would scan the New York Post’s obituaries each morning, pick a deceased person and fabricate a fictitious friendship. Paying her final respects to a friend was a duty--not an option. As a good Irish Catholic woman, she had to help the family through this difficult time. There were times people she knew were dropping dead like crazy!
My family ignited the creative spark in me. My mother and her family laid the foundation for the appreciation of a good story. Every week, relatives and other colorful characters gathered at my grandparents’ apartment, laughing, singing and story telling. My father’s two sisters were both painters and showered me with art books and color by number painting sets as birthday and Christmas gifts.
In addition, my parents built a playroom in the garage and filled it with toys and art supplies. Although I shared it with my sister Nancy and, then three more siblings, I considered this my art studio, my sanctuary. When we were not in the city, I would spend hours creating: making drawings and paintings, once making a very convincing removable papier-mâché cast for a pretend broken arm, followed by a disastrous Plaster of Paris leg cast that began cutting off the circulation. No, Dad was not enthusiastic about art that day! Expletives were flying as he tried getting that cast off my leg.
At first, my family did not understand my decision to attend Kean University in Union, New Jersey for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts, but it made perfect sense. Theatre married art and drama within a strong social structure that I found very fulfilling. I worked for 15 years as a lighting designer, stagehand and occasionally, an actor. However, if you are not willing to live an itinerant life-style, you are limiting your options and success. Eventually, I chose to settle down in a city. Seattle was my choice and where I began exploring the fine arts again.
Valerie Anne Kelly aka valzart is an Artist living on a mountain in Spain & by a river in UK. Happily painting, writing & photographing all the wonder and beauty she feels and sees around herself in this amazing world and uses every medium to capture the subject. After receiving her High School Art Diploma, went on to discover the joys of creativity in her heART.. Has exhibited in galleries, sold all over the world and undertaken many commissioned works.. All her works have full copyright…V.KellyUK©CS2007
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‘Keine Kunst ohne Trunkenheit. Dann aber: göttliche Trunkenheit! Die Vernunft möge verschwinden! Rausch! Das höchste Stadium des Rausches! In den brennendsten Wahnsinn getaucht! Viel weiter als je der Alkohol führt! Die Kunst ist die leidenschaftlichste Orgie des Menschen. Kann man Menschen begegnen, die von Kunst ganz nüchtern sprechen und einfach sagen: ‘Ich werde mir gleich ein Bild anschauen‘, ohne mit den Zähnen zu klappern? - als ob es sich nicht um die tiefste und totalste Ausschweifung handle, eine Art Sabbat, wohin man sich wahrscheinlich nicht begibt, ohne daß das Herz beklommen schlägt, wenn man anderen anvertraut: ‘Ich gehe gleich zu einem Zauberer und lasse mich in eine Maus verwandeln.‘
Hello, I´m a childrens book ilustrator from Lithuania, living in Spain. Welcome all to my shop, to my World full of colours, positive emotions and strange characters!
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