Community Artist Partners

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

Lucha Rodriguez

Lucha Rodriguez, Mixed Media Artist

MEDIUM

Copper, textiles, paint, plexiglass, sound

BIO

Lucha Rodriguez was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
Her artwork mimics intricate patterns found in the inner workings of the human body while exploring ideas of abstraction, replication and separation. Although Rodriguez is most recognized for her site-specific paper installations, she has explored a variety of media including copper, textiles, paint, plexiglass and sound.

Rodriguez has exhibited globally with solo and group shows in India, Mexico, China and France. Her work is included in The High Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Collection in addition to various private institutional and individual collections.

Rodriguez lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Lowery

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Mike Lowery, Author + Artist 

ABOUT

Mike worked with Paint Love's not-so-typical annual art auction- Paint Love Live! 

See more here: http://www.gopaintlove.org/live

BIO

Mike Lowery is an author and artist living in Atlanta, Georgia with a beautiful German lady named Katrin and his incredibly genius daughter, Allister. Mike’s work has been seen on everything from greetings cards to dozens of children’s books to gallery walls all over the world. 

Mike has had the enormous pleasure to work on a TON of books.  You can check out most of them here:  MIKE LOWERY’S BOOKS

His illustration clients include: workman publishing, digitas, hallmark, simon and schuster, random house, walker books for young readers, Nick Jr magazine, gallison/mudpuppy, GP Putnam and Sons book for young readers, Viking, macmillan, georgia pacific, American Greetings, Disney, Kids Can Press, as well as many Graphic Design and Advertising Agencies.  He now travels nationally giving talks about art and books to schools, universities and bookstores.

He has been featured/interviewed in the Washington Post, Creative Loafing, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, the Washington City Paper and many others and a few years back he showed 16 of his tiny drawings in a show in Beijing.

Mike is also the co-founder of Paper Ghost a gallery and studio space in Atlanta’s Candler Park.

Sanithna Phansavanh

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Sanithna Phansavanh

ABOUT

Sanithna was a part of Paint Love's no-so typical art auction- Paint Love Live! 

See more at http://www.gopaintlove.org/live

BIO

I am an artist working and living in Atlanta, Georgia, with a focus on examining the human condition, particularly the dynamic between creation, existence, and permanence. My work, ranging from small, intimate drawings to large-scale, public murals, has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with notable showings at the High Museum of Art, on the Atlanta Beltline, and through the City of Atlanta’s Public Art programs.

Kyle Brooks (Black Cat Tips)

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Kyle Brooks (AKA Black Cat Tips), Mixed Media Artist

BIO 

What is a BlackCatTips? A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and
a thinker— a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a streetfolk artist from way
down in the American South.

In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy.

Brooks lives in Arabia Mountain USA, Georgia with his wife and old dog. He also likes hot drinks, biscuit houses and growing orchids.

Fabian Williams

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Fabian Williams, AKA Occasional Superstar

BIO

Fabian Williams (b. 1975) is a visual and performance artist best known for his work depicting the seemingly state sanctioned violence perpetrated against black men. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Williams studied fine art at East Carolina University. After working for 13 years in the advertising industry with a long list of clients from Nike, Warner Bros to HBO, he decided to move to a purely expressive practice, outside of the commercial space, where he had the freedom to express more political and socially relevant contemporary themes.

Accessing and updating the Black Arts Movement’s centering of a racialized aesthetic, Williams' vibrant and sometimes neony illuminated art interrogates both the liberatory and oppressive forces at play in black American life. In his entire body of work, Williams employs a broad scope of source material from commercial illustration, classic portraiture, and hip-hop iconography, to confront issues of race and the larger public’s oft uninterrogated consumption of black cultural icons and products. Williams’ early realist paintings were of the men who he played pick-up ball with on Venice Beach, California during his stint in marketing and design. Through his formal education, Williams cultivated an interest in realism, particularly the work of Italian painter, Carvaggio. He also is stylistically inspired by the naturalistic works of Norman Rockwell. His series Rockingwell, an homage to Rockwell, reimagines Rockwell's depictions of America through a racial and pop-cultural informed lens. In much of his work, Williams often idealizes the seemingly ordinariness of black life and situates hip hop icons and everyday citizens alike in sometimes idyllic and sometimes imperfect postures.

In 2008, Williams began his ongoing art battles through the World Wide Art Federation (WWAF) in Atlanta, Georgia. These bravado filled exhibitions, in which artists paint against each other in timed bouts, distinguish themselves from others of their ilk as they are deemed by the artist an extension of public art, hip-hop and 80’s wrestling.