June 08, 2018
Every wonder who Louie's favorite artists are, and why? From cultural artists to tattoo artists - take a walk through of some of Louie's current favorites!
"Beaver and the Mink" by Susan Point
Who they are:
Susan Point is a Coast Salish artist who is widely recognized for boldly merging non-traditional techniques and materials with traditional art through her screen prints, public installations, and houseposts. Her work has helped revitalize Coast Salish art and inspire new generations of artists.
What Louie likes:
"Susan Point is a vanguard of contemporary Coast Salish art. She pioneered the use of non-traditional colors and took Coast Salish design elements outside the boundaries that anthropologists created and expected us to fit into."
"First Woman" by Luke Marston
Luke Marston is a renowned Coast Salish carver who maintains deep roots in Coast Salish artistic traditions while incorporating his own distinctly contemporary style.
"His design work is always so smooth and beautiful. The work really speaks for itself."
"Exodus From the Land of Play" by David Choe
David Choe is a Los Angeles based artist that began making street art in his teens, and has since become known for the gritty, wild style he infuses into his paintings and murals.
"I appreciate David Choe's irreverence and disregard for the mainstream arts establishment, and really envy his ability to be free with his art. He’s just fearless and bold."
"I Asked for Scrambled" by Luke Chueh
Luke Chueh is a Chinese American artist known for his pop-surrealist paintings that often combine cute characters with dark themes and imagery.
"Luke Chueh is able to communicate really complicated emotions with very simple images. He isn't afraid to look down deep inside his guts and express his ideas in an honest and raw way."
"Sea and Sky" by Marvin Oliver
Marvin Oliver is a highly renowned Northwest Coast sculptor and printmaker whose work has helped gain recognition for contemporary Native American fine art.
"I admire Marvin because of the way he pushes the limits of Northwest Coast form line art. He uses unconventional colors and traditional motifs in ways they haven’t been used before.
Additionally, as a young professional at the University of Washington I got to see the ways he uses his art to support Native American students that were graduating. Every year at an event called Raven’s Feast he gives every Native graduate a framed print. Although I don’t speak to him very much, there have been times throughout my career that I've been able to come to him with questions and he’d always answer them for me."
"Untitled" by Dominic Beyeler
Who they are:
Dominic Beyler is a German illustrator, graphic designer, and art director who is known for his captivating watercolor portraits.
"I've been following Dominic Beyeler on Instagram, and as I start to explore watercolor and other mediums, I think he'll be someone who’s work I will continue to follow and will likely be influenced by."
"Untitled" by Winston the Whale
Winston the Whale is a Portland-based artist that creates bold and whimsical tattoo designs with an eye-catching color palette.
"This is another Instagram account that I follow. The shapes they use and the way they put them together is similar to Northwest Coast art, but the way they use the unconventional colors and line work takes the art in a different direction that I appreciate, and it makes the art feel really whimsical and happy."
"Untitled" by Honkey Konger
Adam Hathorn is a San Diego based tattoo artist that creates bizarre, compelling designs that toe the line between illustrative and cartoon styles.
"When I work, I try to give my art depth but I don't try to make it a perfect representation of reality... otherwise you lose the connection to the traditional Coast Salish art style. The balance Adam Hathorn achieves between depth and realism, and the flat 2D images he uses is something that I see and strive towards."
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