Paint Love Artists

Anna Songsong

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Anna Songsong, Painter

Medium

Painting

Bio

Anna recently quit her job to pursue her dreams, and feels incredibly blessed to create art full time. Art has been a constant in her life since she was a child, and it has been her outlet, her passion, and now her career and way of giving to others. Art has found her in many mediums and in many seasons of her life. Nature is an everlasting muse, and love is her life’s work. Her passion is to love others, to share stories of love, and to inspire more love.

She believes that anyone can make art— and everyone should in some form— but it does require work and incredible vulnerability. Art has the ability to showcase the beauty in things that are hard, ugly, or uncommon. Anna wants to find the beauty and love in hard times, and highlight the silver linings.

Anna works with ink and paint on panel, resin, and watercolor, and sometimes a scroll saw. She is drawn to a combination of Realism, Impressionism, and Abstraction.

Russell Shaw

Paint Love artist designer Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw, Designer and Illustrator

Medium

Graphic Design, Illustration

Bio

New York Times best-selling book illustrator and designer. PRINT Magazine “Best In Class” letterer. Brand workshop speaker. Children’s book illustrator. Visual Design instructor. Taco enthusiast.

His clients include Porsche, Tesla, Target, Kid President, Coca-Cola, AMC’s Breaking Bad, HarperCollins, DesignArmy, The Village Voice, Neenah Paper, and more.

He enjoys working with clients across a range of industries: from pitching design and strategy to executive leadership, to leading interdisciplinary collaborations with copywriters, photographers, developers, printers and manufacturers. He has experience mentoring other designers while also working hands-on alongside them. His strengths lie in thinking through design as a system, creating visual languages and style guidelines for brands to present a strong, compelling, and unified voice across all communications – as well as creating work that sometimes simply adds delight to a viewer's experience.

After many years in ATL, he now resides in foggy San Francisco with his wife and their California pup, Ella “Fitz” Fitzgerald

Jessica Caldas

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Jessica Caldas, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media

Bio

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery's Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. She is currently a 2018-2020 Creative Project Resident. Caldas was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award, named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.

Prior to working full time as an artist, Caldas worked with the Atlanta based non-profit, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, coordinating their Domestic Violence and Guardian ad Litem programs and continues to volunteer for the foundation. For several years was also the volunteer director of Hollaback! Atlanta, the local chapter of an international movement focused on fighting against the harassment and assault of women and the LGTBQI community in public spaces.

In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2016 to stop HB 51 in 2017, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

About

Jessica comes to Paint Love through her leadership on a 5 part series of civically engaged art at Clarkston High.

Zipporah Thompson

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Zipporah Thompson, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

3D Design, Sculpture, Mixed Media

Bio

Zipporah Camille Thompson is a visual artist and sculptor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Thompson explores ritual and alchemical transformations through the unknown and through universals, including death, catastrophe, chaos, and the cosmos. Metamorphosed, shapeshifters and hybrid landscapes reflect various archaeological, psychological, and ecological perspectives, as well as a personal investigation of self and identity.

She received her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BFA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Her work has been featured in a number of print and online publications. She has shown at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Rogue Space in Chelsea, the Georgia Museum of Art, and Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA, as well as a host of other venues and spaces.  Her work is included in numerous private collections.  Zipporah Camille Thompson is a 2016 Artadia (Atlanta) Finalist, a Hambidge Distinguished Fellow, a former resident of ACRE Projects and Elsewhere Museum, and is a Hambidge Creative Hive Project Artist.  Thompson is most recently a recipient of the Zenobia Scholarship Award for residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle, ME, a 2018 NCECA Multicultural Fellow, and a 2018 Idea Capital Research & Development Travel grantee.   She is currently a selected artist for The Creatives Program, with studio residency at The Goat Farm.  Thompson is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

About

Zipporah comes to Paint Love through her residency with The Creatives Project.

Adam Forrester

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Adam Forrester, Digital Media Artist

Medium

Photography, Film, Videography

Bio

Adam Forrester (b. 1980) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.  His work has been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally as well as featured by NPR, The Bitter Southerner, and VICE Magazine.  His recent documentary film, Eat White Dirtwas distributed via World Channel to public television stations across the U.S.  Adam makes work about bizarre myths and mumbled truths. From time to time, he reminisces about the moment when jelly shoes and reebok pumps were popular.  He is currently, most likely, somewhere between Atlanta and New Orleans.

About

Adam comes to Paint Love through his residency with The Creative Project. 

Andrew Catanese

 Paint Love artist and The Creatives Project resident artist Maria Korol

Andrew Catanese, Painter

Medium

Painting

Bio

Andrew Catanese attended the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained a BFA in Studio Art. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He has shown his work throughout the state as well as participating in shows in Missouri, Virginia, and Italy. Andrew’s work stems from growing up in the South as a queer, secular man. The dense, tapestry-like images are populated with figures in disguise caught in moments of violence and intimacy, surrounded by the thick, heavy foliage of the South. Each painting draws heavily from literature, biblical narratives, and classical myth. Andrew paintings act as refutations of tribalism and violence; professing an intense desire for more empathy. The paintings work to capture the complexities of the South.

About

Andrew comes to Paint Love through his residency with The Creative Project. 

Sara Santamaria

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Sara Santamaria, Mixed Media Artist

Medium

3D Design, Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Mixed Media

Bio

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Santamaria studied literature, theater, and fiber arts, and is currently enrolled in GSU’s 3-D studio art program. She is a 2015-16 Walthall Fellow, and her work has been featured at MOCA GA, MINT Gallery, WonderFarm, Swan Coach House Gallery, and Deer Bear Wolf.

Santamaria came to Atlanta in 2014 by way of Canada, France, and England, and her most recent work explores the dislocation and adaptation of people who decide to uproot themselves and cross borders. She co-founded Brutal studio, an all-lady run design and build studio in Atlanta, specializing in experiential events and installations.

About

Sara comes to Paint Love through her residency with The Creatives Project.

Brandon Sadler (Rising Red Lotus)

Paint Love artist Brandon Sadler Rising Red Lotus

Brandon Sadler aka Rising Red Lotus, a name which also serves as a mantra telling the story of the lotus who’s roots were sown deep in the mud of good and evil, who gathered nutrients from both sides, and rose to the surface to become whole. He is a native ATLien, earned a BFA in Painting and Illustration from SCAD Atlanta and is a multi-disciplinary artist, calligrapher, film director, and writer. 

Sadler's style and art making philosophy is a collection of influences from his experience in American graffiti, and his studies in traditional Korean, Chinese, and Japanese calligraphy and painting, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, comic books, graphic design, and indigenous symbolism and lore. 

One notable characteristic of his work is the text that he incorporates; it is all written using the English alphabet, but designed to emulate the Chinese character system. While living in Seoul, South Korea, Brandon saw a structural connection between English and Hogul through a shared use of vowels and consonants to form words.

Merging his awareness of these similarities with his experience as a graffiti writer, Sadler began to develop an intricate writing system that begins in brush calligraphy and can be adapted to typography and design. Cultural connectivity is a huge component in his work, which mirrors the social progression of our contemporary environment. Conceptually, his imagery speaks to a universal human condition within concepts surrounding change, connectivity, perception, and self-actualization.

Sadler is renowned for his public mural works and his solo and group exhibitions have brought him accolades as one of Atlanta's most prolific artists collected by individuals as well as the High Museum of Art. In addition to activating the fine art and public art worlds, he has also worked with several major brands to successfully bring his unique vision into the commercial space. 

BRANDON PARTICIPATED IN THE 2018 ARTIST CHALLENGE! SEE MORE ABOUT THE EVENT HERE

Karen Anderson (Tiny Doors ATL)

 Paint Love artist Karen Anderson of Tiny Doors ATL

Tiny Doors ATL is an Atlanta-based art project bringing big wonder to tiny spaces. The constantly evolving installation pieces are an interactive part of their community. With the installation of a door, what was once a wall or the column of a bridge becomes an entrance to collective creativity and an invitation to whimsy. Tiny Doors ATL is dedicated to free and accessible art. The doors are always free to visit and accessible to people of all ages.

Karen Anderson's life-long love of both miniatures and street art culminated in her dream job as the artist behind Tiny Doors ATL. Before graduating with a degree in Visual Art from Rutgers University, she took years off to play bass in a touring jazz/punk band, gaining a deep appreciation for community created through art. Her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, NPR, the Travel Channel, Slate.com, Buzzfeed, and more. On any given day, Karen can be found on street-level around Atlanta, maintaining her miniature installations and chatting with passers-by.

KAREN PARTICIPATED IN THE 2018 ARTIST CHALLENGE! SEE MORE ABOUT THE EVENT HERE

Gina Kerlew

Paint Love artist Gina Kerlew

Gina Kirlew is an Atlanta-based cartoonist who enjoys making people smile with her paintings of cute food, silly comic stories and fun accessories that are full of personality. She has a Bachelor's in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Master's in Graphic Design from Nottingham Trent University in England. Her days are often filled with awesome people, inspirational conversations and looking for more ways in which she can spread joy and happiness into the world with her art. She loves talking, collecting fake food, dancing to 80s music, speaking German and traveling. She is a native New Yorker of Jamaican decent.

PARTICIPATED IN THE 2018 ARTIST CHALLENGE! SEE MORE ABOUT THE EVENT HERE

Jonny Warren (AKA The Double Wolf)

 Jonny Warren (AKA The Double Wolf) was an artist at the 2018 Paint Love Artist Challenge live painting fundraising event in Atlanta that raised money to bring art to kids facing poverty or trauma.

Jonny is a transplant from Florida who made Atlanta his home in 2010 after graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in Studio Art.  He specializes in detailed pen and ink drawings inspired by the styles of old engravings and illustrations.  In his work, he takes fauna and flora imbued with historical and traditional symbolism and offers alternative representations based on his personal experiences and observations of the world around him.

Jonny participated in the 2018 Artist Challenge! See more about the event here

Hannah + the Cosmos

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Hannah is a New Zealand-born multidisciplinary artist and wannabe astronomer. Atlanta-based for the past 10 years, Hannah uses art as the phrasebook for translating questions of cultural identity and belonging, and as a toolbox for rebuilding a ‘home’ in place of the one she misses.

Her affection for space began early in life, inspired by hours of stargazing with her father, and what began as wide-eyed wonder has transformed into a deep respect for the conversation between control and chaos. 

Her work is one part longing for the glow-in-the-dark star-covered bedroom ceiling of her childhood, and three parts surrender to the miraculous confluence of choice and chance that makes the human experience so beautiful.

Hannah has her BA in visual communication from the Institute of Technology in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Hannah participated in the 2018 Artist Challenge! See more about the event here

Kristan Woolford

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Kristan Woolford, Digital Media Artist

Medium

Video, Film, Photo, Projection

Bio

The one undeniable truth that I base my work in is that we all have souls, and we are all connected on a spiritual level. I strive to interrogate, explore, and encourage sense making about the process of creating more equitable circumstances for all. What I ultimately aim to create are the conversations surrounding social justice and Black experiences in America that begin to percolate among individuals after they have experienced my work. I am inspired by the fact that the tools of production are lower than ever in this digital age, and with determination and an awareness that almost anything can be repurposed and used for creative expression, I hope everyone can dare to see that there is an artist that resides within us all.

About

I believe the arts speak a universal language which has the ability to transcend barriers like class, culture, age, etc. Paint Love is a wonderful vehicle for social bonding through a shared love of artistry and creativity.

*Kristan comes to Love Paint through his residency with The Creative Project.

María Korol

 Paint Love artist and The Creatives Project resident artist Maria Korol

María Korol, Painter

Medium

I make large drawings using mixed media like gouache, ink, acrylic, soft and oil pastel, and oil paint.

Bio

María Korol was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980 and moved to the United States in 2004. Her former education in classic and modern dance shifted to an interest in the visual arts while studying at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Master in Fine Arts degree in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally in places as far afield as Bogotá, New York, Berlin, and Atlanta and has been the recipient of scholarships to the Women's Art Institute in 2015, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2016. She is one of the selected artists for The Creatives Project (2018 to 2020) with studio residency at The Goat Farm. She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

About

Maria comes to Love Paint through her residency with The Creative Project. 

Aaron Davis

 Casey O'Connell is a San Francisco and Los Angeles California based artist who will be working on a mural with Paint Love the summer of 2018

Aaron Davis, Illustrator and Artist

MEDIUM

Paint

BIO

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in South Florida, I developed my illustrative eye while double majoring at Florida State University (B.A. Studio Art and Advertising). Upon graduating in 2015, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia for the thriving art scene. 

I’m an illustrator, poet, graphic designer, and children's book writer. My art centers blackness and the acceptance of all the forms it takes in life. I tell stories through my art to inspire those around me to action, whether it is speaking out against injustice, going out and marching or just allowing oneself to be free from societal expectations. Awareness is key when looking at the world around you and the universe within yourself. The goal of my art is to increase that awareness. My blending of poetry and visual art are vehicles for that make that message easier to digest."

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Casey O'Connell

 Casey O'Connell is a San Francisco and Los Angeles California based artist who will be working on a mural with Paint Love the summer of 2018

Casey O'Connell, Muralist and Artist

MEDIUM

Paint

BIO

Casey O’Connell’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New American Paintings and Juxtapoz Magazine. She has exhibited her work in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Las Vegas, Austin, New Orleans, Savannah, Raleigh, and Miami. Casey studied at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL before heading west. Currently, Casey lives in Leucadia, Ca with her cat, Bill Murray.

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JOEKINGATL

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Joseph Dreher, Social Artist

MEDIUM

People

BIO

I consider myself a social artist. My work is mainly described as installation art. I use a number of tools and mediums to create my work including photography, murals, street art, wheat paste, painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry to name a few. People are my primary interest and it is my appreciation for people that informs so much of my creative work. My work is always multi-dimensional because I see a world where people are not flat. They are not obstacles, or heroes, or rogues, or saints. They are people – dimensional and deep. There are no strangers in your world when you meet people fully prepared to accept who they are. My work does not seek to capture or take from them but to give and to elevate them.

I pride myself on making art that is low in cost but high in concept, fast in execution but lasting in relevance, inclusive and many times interactive. I welcome and enjoy collaboration and I have a way turning personal projects inside out, finding a way to make the work be less about the author and more integral to a community. I have collaborated with artists of all types including dancers both as a performer and exhibitor. I am inspired by others artists and people in my community and I believe in giving back for the opportunities i have been given. I do so by creating new opportunities not just for myself but to give others a chance to create. No matter how my work may evolve, or into what media I may explore, you will always find that I center myself through my great affection for people.

Website

Joe's Projects




Brent Coleman

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Brent Coleman, Painter 

MEDIUM

Acrylic, oil, mixed media

BIO

Within my work, I deconstruct American culture via acrylic and oil painting, and mixed media pieces. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, hip hop music and modern literature, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces. I was a business major at Morehouse College, with a minor in Art and studied with Arturo Lindsey, Toby Martin and Charnelle Holloway at Spelman College.

ABOUT 

I am a mixed media artist, and have always had an affinity for music and literature, and my works are representative of merging that reality. I think of myself as more of an archivist. Hip hop as always been viewed by those outside its realm as something disposable, and my work seeks to shatter that myth. People who have a deep appreciation for working man music and its practitioners should find the work intriguing. Like many others who grew up in the 70s and 80s, I was a hip hop fan from inception. From albums and 8 tracks to 90 minute cassettes and cds, i was a fan. Spent many a night with my head next to my dad's stereo with the maxell on play, pause and record, listening to Red Alert and Marley Marl cooking lovely mixes on the radio. This is about architect music and its documentation-we know the matrix is just a better built cell block, a long way from the shelltops and the bells that L rocked.

This is for the culture.

Nikita Raper

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Nikita Raper, Ceramics and Mixed Media Artist

Medium

Ceramics, Textiles, Charcoal, and Multimedia

Bio

Nikita Raper is an Atlanta-based artist who uses sgraffito and carving techniques to draw in clay, playing with texture and contrast to bring an image to life in the round. With subject matter that covers the charmingly creepy to the boldly political, she uses natural imagery and the figure to convey experiences that are relatable and hopefully universal. 

About

She attended UGA to achieve a bachelor's in both Psychology and Fine Arts. She's taught at several recreation centers in Cobb County from 2015 to present, and currently teaches ceramics at Colorwheel Studio in Decatur. 

Check out Nikita's Paint Love projects!