Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Founding Member

RAFAEL MCMASTER

www.rafaelmcmaster.com

Hermosa Beach artist Rafael McMaster works within, beyond, and between the mediums of acrylic, oil, watercolor, graphite, illustration, and photography.  The interplay between the disciplines acts as an inspiration to his work, which incorporates involved, complex and experimental processes.  The local artist has a fashion design degree from the Art Institute of Seattle and has designed clothing lines for Puma and many others.  Alongside clothing, Rafael has designed multiple lines of snowboards, Webby award nominated websites, and brand and design work from Chris Paul to Matthew McConaughey to MEK denim.

Rafael teaches a local South Bay non-profit program entitled “15 Under 15.”  In the class series, students (under the age of 15) learn to shoot photography, paint and then shoot abstract macro photography of their paintings.  Their work is being featured in an upcoming series of shows on September 24th, and February 15th.  The core principle of the program is to teach “creative confidence” to youth.

Rafael is also accepting commission for an on-going family painting series.  The artist paints with the families for multiple sessions in an involved lesson/collaboration – some processes lasting up to 15 months.  The custom painting is then refined into a “contemporary family seal,” intertwining symbolism, personal subtleties and messages.

Rafael currently has a brand consulting and interactive design practice in Hermosa Beach.  He is the co-founder of HBAC (Hermosa Beach Artists Collective), and he and his wife Tera raise five kids and a hyper puppy.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Founding Member

AMY FRIEDBERG

www.amyfriedberg.com

Amy Friedberg is a visual artist who lives and works in Hermosa Beach, CA. She received her BFA in sculpture from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Select solo and group exhibitions include Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA; Temple Rome Gallery, Rome, Italy; Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Bedford Arts, Bedford, NY. Amy was a member artist of the Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA – a non-profit artists space supporting challenging and experimental work. She was an artist at the Lower Eastside Printshop – a not-for-profit printmaking studio in New York City that helps contemporary artists create new artwork.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Founding Member

GRAE HALSNE

Grae joined HBCA 2016  to help artists in LA’s South Bay increase their visibility, raise money, and achieve a community mission. Today, he uses he uses his experience in operational excellence, artistic collaboration and nonprofit communications to guide the HBCA mission and vision.

Passionate about the kids in the South Bay, Grae envisions the youth as the center of the HBCA mission. Teaching, empowering and equipping are the most potent tools that will ensure a community that thrives on visual art and solidifies the South Bay as the destination for fine arts in Los Angeles. Grae has been named twice annually as operations manager of the year in the private retail sector and one of the most influential mentors in the same organizations.

Grae has several outlying passions which include mountain and rock climbing and surfing all over the American west coast as well as back country skiing and backpacking the Sierra Nevada. At home in the South Bay, Grae is loving the adventure of raising a 3 year old daughter and loving the .orgs grant writer @jennyhalsne.

What Grae thinks Hermosa is:

Art, Kids, making something loud and colorful, and the outdoors alongside people who are not afraid to fight for what they believe in

What really get Grae bummed:

Excuses, selfishness, inequality and apathy

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

ERIC MICHAEL

www.ericmichaelart.com

Eric Michael’s work is an analysis of the interaction of juxtaposed elements as they coexist in our society. He attempts to create cohesion among the opposing forces to bring forth a state of zen, as he explores topics questioning social-economic paradoxes.

He was born and raised in the humble streets of Caricuao, a district of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1995, He migrated to the United States in search of the coveted American Dream. Growing up, he worked hard to adapt to his new home in the South Bay, without losing sight of my roots. The internal struggle of bridging cultural differences without undermining either one’s significance, created the foundation for his work.

His paintings exhibit a comparison of similarities by gradually altering the values of complementary colors to demonstrate their uniform change in properties. In contrast, He highlights the differences by using two distinct paint applications as he applies opposing hues. He builds structures through the abstraction of complex architectural forms into core geometric shapes to juxtapose against gestural, nature-like, free forms.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

EMILY BRANTLEY

www.emilybrantleyart.com

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Emily lives near the beach and finds inspiration from the beauty in nature and in people. Every plant, animal, and person is unique, and her art captures the vibrant colors and fantastic diversity of this big world. Conservation is a cause close to her heart, and thus her work celebrates many creatures that are endangered by human recklessness and pollution.

 Emily is heavily involved in the South Bay art scene of southern California. She was recently appointed by Mayor Steve Aspel to the position of Public Art Commissioner for the city of Redondo Beach. She is also involved with local groups such as the Redondo Beach Art Group, Hermosa Beach Artist Collective, and several others. Her work has been shown in prestigious shows throughout California, at the Torrance Art Museum, and is collected nationwide.
 Emily spends her free time serving at her church, “adventuring,” and investing in her friendships. She can often be found riding her beach cruiser along the strand or exploring a local hiking trail.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

DRICA LOBO

www.dricalobo.com

Drica Lobo is an artist whose work captures happiness and vibrant strokes. Drica’s fascination with art began as a small child. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2003, and made Hermosa Beach, CA her home in 2007. Largely self- taught, Lobo has taken several painting classes during 15 years where she has studied with celebrated artists including Jose Ismael and Lisa Schultz. She completed her Master of Communications Degree at the University of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in 2001.

Her work is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore and China. She also volunteers as an art instructor for Salvation Army in Los Angeles and works for ‘Walk with Sally’ in Manhattan Beach, CA, as an art therapist. She is a member of Hermosa Beach Artist Collective (HBCA) and Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) in California.

“I paint colorfully to show the world the positive influence of colors and the power of strokes, creating an imaginary scenario based on nature and freedom state of mind. Art is limitless and I’m committed to make the viewer closer to his heart, manipulating shapes and feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, my paintings are feelings as much as they are imaginary. I recognize the value in self-expression, so find I find a way to let my inner self be expressed on the outside.”

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

PAUL ROUSTAN

www.bodypainter.com

Redondo Beach artist, Paul Roustan, is known for his work in body painting and photography. Winner of the North American Body Painting Championships, Roustan is recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters whose style combines traditional fine art, pop culture, and reflections of the contemporary world to create conceptually-based body painting. An alumn of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design, Roustan’s career spans both the fine art and commercial worlds. His work has appeared on media including, Spike TV, The Game Show Network, Sabado Gigante, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Post, People, GQ, Playboy, Maxim, and galleries along the East and West coasts. His work has been acquired in over 200 private collections.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

JEFF FIEGER

www.irieartdesigns.com

Jeff Fieger is a local artist and native of Manhattan Beach, CA. His love for the beach, surf, and skate, and the time he’s spent doing each, in and around the South Bay, inspires his work.  Traveling is also a huge influence.  The vibrant beach culture Jeff took in, living in Bali, Hawaii, and Australia, has broadened his perspective, and expanded his palette. Jeff loves sharing his work with others, and gets excited about commissioned pieces! He’s done them on an array of canvases from guitars, surfboards, and skateboards, to vinyl records, clothing,food trucks, & more.

Enjoy the view and get in touch,Mahalo!

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

BRIAN KINGSTON

www.bkingston.com

Occasionally at night I am the classic garage hermit.  Dusty air filled with tunes…I tinker, over conceptualize, procrastinate, and create a blend of disputable “art like objects” using an assortment of mediums and techniques.  My website is simply a way to display some of the evidence.

I have been lucky enough to do something creative for clients such as Belvedere Vodka, Globe Shoes, Freestyle Watches, Spyder Surfboards, Tsukihoshi Shoes, Rush Street, Saint Rocke, Gum Tree, Starr Design Group, ASPCA, and my “real” job…a digital advertising company started in 2011 with my talented partners @ Modop

Currently I have three installations. Nine commissioned paintings of Jazz musicians on wood can be seen at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, a 13’x24’ photograph wall installation at Rush Street in Culver City, CA, and while inventory lasts there are still a few transfer paintings at Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach, CA.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

ALEX DIFFIN

www.alexdiffin.com

Alex Diffin is a freelance artist specializing in large spray paint and acrylic paintings. She lives in downtown Long Beach and is inspired by the chaos and constant activity of city life. She is fueled by the vibrant art scene of Long Beach and is constantly creating – usually between 4 and 7 large works at a time. The city never slows down and neither does she.

Alex’s style developed from enjoying the splashy/drippiness of watercolor; but she wasn’t able to achieve a vibrant color payoff large scale with watercolors. Alex also finds anxiety in a blank canvas – so covering it up with a free form bright abstract before painting a portrait on top lets her create all the time with lower stress.

Alex’s intentions of her paintings are that the chaos of the spray paint are to compliment and contrast the fine controlled lines of the woman. Ideally creating a joining of the opposites that parallel the beauty and disarray of life.

Life is messy, life is beautiful.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

SABRINA ARMITAGE

www.sabrinaarmitage.com

Sabrina Armitage was born in Vienna, Austria and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area. After studying Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design, Sabrina entered the world of encaustic painting in 2012. Themes of resilience and adaptability weave through her art reflecting her background in Psychology and Clinical Social Work and the desire to unfold layers that reveal the inner landscape. The encaustic medium (beeswax and resin) allows for an investigative excavation that parallels each of our human stories and imperfections, where beauty is held within vulnerability and struggle.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

KEVIN GILLIGAN

www.photosbykag.com

Kevin Gilligan is an award-winning landscape, portrait and sports photographer from L.A.’s South Bay.  His photographs have been nationally published and museum displayed.

Kevin is an avid fan of the outdoors and has explored and photographed U.S. National Parks including, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

Kevin is an attorney, a surfer, martial artist, and a general fan of coffee and adrenaline. He doesn’t like to sit still for too long and in the past few years has photographed Ireland, Panama, Vietnam, London, Paris and Canada.

In his own words:

“My visual perspective grew out of a love of the ocean, surfing and swimming. Growing up on NY’s Long Island Sound and now living in L.A.’s South Bay I have a keen appreciation for beautiful ocean, beach, and water landscapes and portraits. My interests are eclectic. Art, portraits and sports photography, especially martial arts and surfing are also near and dear to my heart. I read avidly about photography and photo tech, I’m kind of a photo geek. I’m stoked to be part of the Hermosa Beach Artist’s Collective and to meet so many creative people in the South Bay.”

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

BOB FRANCIS

www.bobfrancis.com

Bob has been in the design and advertising business for over 40 years, as an art director, graphic designer and creative director. What he’s always known all these years is that he truly loves photography.

Since his early days at college, when he took his first photography courses, learning not just the concept and science of photography, but the art of printing as well. He found something he could do for the rest of his life. He also worked with many excellent and gifted photographers creating thousands of images for a variety of advertising and design clients, but always striving, when appropriate, to transcend commercial photography and take the work to a higher level; or at least make it some of the best photography out there. Of course that didn’t always happen, which is the pesky thing about working with clients.

In his personal work his experience in graphic design and the graphic arts–art directing, editing, and reproducing commercial and fine art photography–enables him to enhance that vision. He imbues the images he captures with clarity and style that enhances the reality of the subjects by inviting the viewer to see not only incredible detail, but also the grace of the subject as a whole.

Focusing on these subjects in extreme close-up, reveals incredible details. Some of these revelations are surprising if not downright astonishing. Many seem foreign, even otherworldly. The reality of nature at this level is truly spectacular. Bob tries to capture and convey more than just botanical minutiae; he also appreciates the graphic form and structure. Gesture and a sense of life or movement, are also qualities that he finds, which can allow the subject some personality, attitude, and most of all character. This work is more akin to portraiture than still life.

These images are taken at a very high resolution that provides not only incredible detail but also astonishing color and tonal range. The lighting is very soft and elegant in its simplicity and focus—that which is closest to us is both brighter and sharper which heightens the sense of depth.

And the sense of life.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

ASTRID FRANCIS

www.astridfrancis.com

Ever since I had a color pencil in my hand in those first days in school, I was drawn to the world of art. From coloring children books, to using a crayon on chalk board. And then into my teens, part of what I wanted for Christmas were art books and wanting to go to museums. I was fascinated by the old masters, wanted to get real close to the art, so I could study their brush strokes, their colors, their lighting. So much to see, so much to learn.

This desire led me into a career in advertising, where I was surrounded by very talented creative talent – art directors, designers, illustrators. And again, this led me to study art in my free time.

I’m a non-representational painter. I do not have the desire to draw real life objects, unless they are represented in an abstract format. I prefer to express myself with color, texture and rhythm, in the hope that my composition is “suggesting” an object, which makes up an abstract painting. I consider painting an exercise, in which one is open to the unexpected, a surprise, if you will, driven by more than one decision as to what to keep and what not to keep. One could perceive this process as watching a child play, starting with an innocent stroke of a brush, leading to a process of becoming a creational exercise, driven by color and rhythm. This process may start out with the search for a feeling of direction and may end up with a totally different result than first anticipated. Here is the experience of surprise.

As an artist, I am open to explore different techniques, materials, formats, etc., to widen my range of media, to be able to experience the result other media may reveal.

The format of my work vary from small to large canvases. It isn’t the size of the work that matters, but rather the greatness of the experience.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

ANDRE SNYMAN

Andre Snyman is a local artist that incorporates his passion for surfing into every stroke. Andre has spent uncountable hours staring at the ocean and has a unique way of capturing the essence of an ocean-being on canvass. Hailing from Mossel Bay, South Africa- Andre has called the South Bay home since 2012. If not in the studio, you will find Andre cruising on the endless search for the perfect wave, good burritos and cold beers.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

DAN GARDNER

Growing up right outside New York City, Hermosa Beach based artist Dan Gardner was heavily influenced and inspired by the graffiti and skate culture. Using spray paint, acrylics, Inks and natural wood grains his work plays off the chaos of urban decay contrasted by the controlled linear landscape of a city.  This satisfying balance shows in his passion for graffiti, nature the ocean and surfing as well as his engineering background.  With many different styles and subject matters his work expresses his different passions and influences, bold, edgy organic pieces with movement depth and feeling.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

CHARLES LYNN BRAGG

Los Angeles artist Charles Lynn Bragg was born in 1952. His parents, Charles Bragg and Jennie Tomao are both professional artists. Charles the elder always stressed the importance of drawing skills. Young Charles began is art career as a print maker, printing his father’s popular limited edition etchings and creating his own etching plates and editions. Also known as Chick Bragg, his education was centered on art; art history and art making techniques in acrylic, oil, gauche, and watercolor paint, pastels, etchings, stone lithography, serigraphy, airbrush, pen and ink, stone carving, clay modeling and computer graphics. Bragg attended classes at U.C.L.A., Los Angeles City College, Pierce College, Otis, California Institute of the Arts and received his BFA in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach, graduating with honors in 2009. Bragg’s work encompasses Realism, Surrealism, Conceptualism and Humanism, all with a dose of fantasy, humor and a touch of Disney. His work includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, limited editions, computer graphics and videos.

Best known for his compassionate and prolific drawings, paintings and limited editions of animals, marine life and environmental images, he designed a panel of four U.S. Postal Service stamps Wonders of the Sea in 1994. Also in that year Turner Publishing reproduced his works in the book Wild Lives: The Animal Kingdom of Charles Lynn Bragg. His popular images have been seen in galleries in the United States and Japan, on school text books and internationally on dozens of products, such as posters, jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, collector plates, t-shirts and watches, to name a few. Among his published commissions are The Nature Company, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund, EarthSave, and many more.

Bragg’s recent series of images parodies some of the art world’s most famous and infamous works of art. He meticulously recreates Van Gogh’s Starry Night, adds a rocket in the sky and calls it Starry Night Attack, for example. Calling them Earth Icons, he tweaks Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa into Mondo Lisa, Munch’s Scream into Earth Scream, Magritte’s Son of Man into Son of Earth and so on. He appropriates, then redesigns Dali, Warhol, Matisse, Lichtenstein, Man Ray and even the ancient cave paintings of Lascaux to make these iconic images reveal Bragg’s 21st century concerns.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

RADHA MEHTA

www.radhamehta.gallery

Radha Mehta is a multimedia artist versed in music, filmmaking and painting. She’s had her originals placed on film and TV for major networks, has performed for audiences of 30,000+ at award-winning music festivals around the world, and has sung the American National Anthem for over 10 NBA games throughout the US. Radha also directed and produced two award-winning short films including one on the story of inventor Nikola Tesla and another on the story of her parents defying the traditional system of arranged marriage in India. Since the birth of her son in 2016, Radha has focused her artistic energies on creating abstract fluid paintings, in the mediums of acrylic and resin, using vibrant colors largely inspired by earth, water, and fire. Some of her works have recently been awarded Best-In-Show in Mixed Media and will be featured in the upcoming ArtPrize2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Radha enjoys and looks forward to the element of surprise that comes with each piece of art she creates.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Active Member

BEV BAIGENT

www.bevbaigent.com

Bev Baigent is a South African born photographer living in the South Bay.  She is a self taught, continuously learning artist, who believes photography is more than an artistic expression, it’s a metaphor for life. Photography forces one to slow down, to truly look at what is going on around you. By making simple changes in perspective, distance from the object and points of focus, a different view is achieved that highlights aspects of a scene otherwise missed, or details in an object otherwise overlooked.

Macro Photography is her first love. Beauty is everywhere, and it is very often overlooked in the busyness and routine of everyday life. Macro photography serves to teach her to slow down and seek out beauty in the details, as well as allowing her to share those discoveries with others.

Experimenting with canvas and paper has allowed her to discover different ways to share her images and display her world.  Life is not perfect, and beauty is not perfection. There is beauty in the messes, and in the details, and in the mistakes and in the mundane.  It is in the objects we use everyday, and it is in the tiny things we overlook. Exploring those things, slowing down long enough to see and capture them to share is a way of life.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

PHILLIP RUIZ

As a child Phillip lived in the San Joaquin Valley of California, here he discovered and observed nature within the orchards and vineyards of this agriculture mecca. During his teen years while moving through numerous towns and schools he acquired many hobbies to express himself, such as: illustration, photography, music, and painting. As a young man drifting through industrialized areas of Portland Oregon, and New York City, he attained a new interest, beauty in decay symbolized in textures.

Utilizing his environment to set the mood whether through incorporating found wood, paper-mache, and junk materials in paintings or bringing out light trails from long exposures in photography; he tries to share what he is experiencing. Phillip has put down roots in Hermosa Beach as he continues to study studio art at El Camino College while pursuing a teaching degree. He gives private art lessons within the community while volunteering time with HBAC Hermosa beach Artist Collective, his photography of numerous Los Angeles based bands has been published through the now defunct Music Plus TV, Sprint, and some charity organizations in Los Angeles.

“My art is an expression of my emotions derived from my childhood experiences and the bonds formed in my relationships with people. Each piece represents a memory or feeling gained, sometimes angry, sometimes jubilant.” Phillip’s art shares his views on the experiences one may be given in life, personal, private, and unguarded.

Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Current Member

JOSH BARNES

Josh Barnes is a graphic artist based in Hermosa Beach. He often pays homage to this coastal city and the California beach lifestyle in his work, featuring crashing waves, surfboards, and palm trees.  Born in Saint Louis Obispo, Josh also finds inspiration in everyday objects, and enjoys using a wide variety of media for his artwork.  Transitioning from spray cans on skateboards to the more conventional canvas, Josh is a multi-talented artist who also works as a custom framer, screen printer and graphic designer. His pieces feature detailed line work and intricate layering, bold colors, and a sense of dark, dreamy whimsy.