Vincent Kamp

Meet Vincent Kamp of London.


Vincent Kamp is a self-taught artist whose raw skill is evidenced by the technical achievement in his works.

He has devoted an enormous amount of time learning how to paint in oils through life drawing, sketching sculptures and copying the masters. Using the exceptional resources available in his city, Vincent took to the National Galleries of London to understand form, color and lighting. The time spent with the masters is discernible in his expert use of oils and deep understanding of lighting. At the same time, his work is incredibly contemporary.


Cinematography has also been an influence and is especially visible in his use of dramatic lighting to set the mood and begin the narrative.

Vincent often turns to underground subcultures for his subject matter, believing that those who exist in the gritty shadows of our cities will always be intriguing. He began his ascent in London’s art scene with a series of portraits of barbers working around the UK. The variously coiffed and often heavily tattooed men provided him with material that cut across social barriers.


In his most recent work he focuses on his love of film in thirty paintings that tell the story of a high stakes poker game.

A Snapshot View of Vincent Kamp


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Ant Carver

Meet Ant Carver of London.


London-based artist Ant Carver cites oil and spray paints as his favourite media for their complementary qualities.



Oil paints allow the creation of intricate detailing, while spray paint is perfect for producing looser colour elements. While trained in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes, Ant’s passion for art grew from his interest in street art.


After university, he set up his studio in Hackney Wick, and jokes that he realised he was an artist when he could pay his bills.

Ant continues to be inspired by traditional and street art, and notes that a visit to the pub can cure a bout of creative block.


Ant Carver’s interest in art originated from a passion for graffiti and street art.

His work concentrates on the use of hand painted details, contrasting with bright abstract elements. His work continues to take inspiration from both street art and more traditional styles.

A Snapshot View of Ant Carver.


Favorite Artist: Conor Harrington.
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Katherine Kean

Meet Katherine Kean of Los Angeles, CA.


Katherine Kean’s deep respect for natural landscapes and the weather is evidenced in her work. Cloud formations, rain, and storm patterns are common themes that she masterfully represents in oil.


Her chosen medium brings deep color to her canvases while the longer drying time gives her greater flexibility during the painting process. By working in layers, she slowly builds up the surface of the canvas and creates various textures that enhance the two dimensional representation of three-dimensional phenomena.


With her painting she seeks, “to stir wonder and excitement for the transformative impacts of weather, wildlife, and natural phenomena, all the while revealing the serene center that can sit in the midst of Nature’s turbulence.”

It comes as no surprise then that she was particularly excited to have two of her paintings shown at the National Weather Center Biennial in 2015.


As part of the exhibit, she got a tour of the Center, learned some more about the science, and met other artists who focus on climate themes.

A Snapshot View of Katherine Kean


Favorite Artist: If she has to narrow it down to just one, she’ll go with J.M.W. Turner, but she has dozens of favorites.
Spirit Animal: She has several. Among them, a large red horse, a raven, a bear.
Secret Superpower: She’s been known to make it rain.

 

Irena Orlov

Meet Irena Orlov of Los Angeles, CA.


Originally from the Urkaine, Irena Orlov lived in Russia, Israel and Canada before settling in Los Angeles.


Her passion for creating mixed media art is informed by her varied background in architecture and design. With photography and different types of painting as her tools, Irena uses artistic production to express her emotions and feelings. 


Her work showcased at WhyNotArt consists of clean sleek lines that twist and turn in dynamic curves to create a composition that is simple and calm whilst bursting with movement.

To create this vibrant effect, she used digital print, ink, 3D paints, acrylic and acrylic gel on canvas.

In the artist’s words, “My work is infused with the spirit and energy I felt at the moment I created it. It encourages viewers to interpret it their own way. My art evokes different feelings in the audience depending on their individual experiences and memories.”


Irena is particularly drawn to the color orange because it reminds her of being a free spirit – of life and its positive energies.

A Snapshot View of Irena Orlov


Favorite Artist: Gustav Klimt.
Spirit Animal: Dolphin.
Secret Superpower: Curiosity and Enthusiasm. Find the wonder in everyday life.

 

Eleni Dori

Meet Eleni Dori of Turin, Italy.


Born in Athens, Greece, Eleni Dori has lived abroad most of her life. Trained in Fine Art at the Central School of Art and Design and The Slade School, University College London, Eleni now lives in Turin, Italy.


Her work is a direct response to her surroundings, inviting her audience to reconsider the trivial that is often overlooked. She focuses on the relationship between word and image in her more recent work. Eleni prefers to work in oil-based media that take longer to dry and allow for more changes throughout the artistic process.


Color is an important element in much of her work. She points out that color gains its strength by the way it’s applied to the canvas.

The same pigment can be transparent and opaque, or anything in between, depending on how it was handled. The color that is next to it, above it, and under it, will also determine and influence its perception.


Spending most of her time in her studio, Eleni notes that no one prepares an artist for the loneliness of the profession.

A Snapshot View of Eleni Dori.


Favorite Artist: Francis Picabia.
Spirit Animal: “That one” that is, the one that is so small that nobody sees. The one that lives its life without the need of an audience.
Secret Superpower: The acknowledgement of doubt. 

 

Ty Joseph

Meet Ty Joseph of Los Angeles, CA.


Born in Hamburg and raised in Israel, Ty Joseph now calls Los Angeles his home. It was not until his thirties that he discovered his true calling as a painter.

After tiring of his real estate career and the nightlife scene in Hollywood, he decided to pursue art – a childhood passion that would allow him to be true to his own identity while having the potential to get better with age.


Ty’s signature style – marked by a repeating ‘L’ motif – is making him a desirable rising star of the LA art scene.


“In the beginning when people started to ask me about the meaning of my L’s, I didn’t know what to say. I thought they came out of nowhere. But now I say that they stand for ‘Los Angeles’, or they stand for ‘elegance’, or they are the missing syllable from my name when I changed it to Ty.”

Influenced by Pop Art, Ty’s style refrains from excessive blending of colors while relying on distinct borders that result in striking compositions.


Above all, Ty strives to express individuality and elegance in each piece.

A Snapshot View of Ty Joseph.


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Ina Jungmann

Meet Ina Jungmann of Los Angeles, CA.


Born in Mannheim, Germany, Ina Jungmann spent most of her life outside her home country.

She attended kindergarten and elementary school in Japan and, after living again in Germany four years, completed her education at Santa Monica high school and the University of California in Los Angeles. She then studied photography at the art institute of Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany.

Such experience of moving back and forth between continents and languages made her particularly sensitive to visual communication and art creation. Her Japanese kindergarten put much emphasis on building sophisticated objects with simple everyday material. The space that opens between simple elements of the real world and the world of imagination and memory still provides the main ground for her photography.


With her lens, she is always looking for the, “special-places in-between reality, subjectivity, and abstraction.”

When walking in a city or travelling through a landscape, the history of the place, her memory, experience, and emotions provide her with additional layers to the immediate impression of the real location. Ina’s multiple exposures are a way of creating images of such multilayered narratives. Yet, there is also an element of surprise in her multiple exposures because she has little control over how the final image might look.


This element of surprise enables her “to capture the moments that she experienced driving through and visiting these places…”

A Snapshot View of Ina Jungmann


Favorite Artist: Ina is especially inspired by Japanese photography, for instance, by Rinko Kawauchi or Miyako Ishiuchi.
Spirit Animal: Butterfly
Secret Superpower: Imagination

 

Moises Ortiz

Meet Moises Ortiz of Los Angeles, CA.


A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Moises Ortiz now lives in Los Angeles, CA.

He earned his formal arts education in Mexico City and Madrid but has also been deeply influenced by graffiti. The result is an artistic practice that combines traditional and non-traditional elements.


Moises prefers to work with non-conventional materials such as metal, plexi-glass and wood. But his attention to shape and color stems from his formal training. Making art is an ongoing battle for him. He is constantly working to balance the power of the act of painting with his own OCD. There needs to be harmony.


The OCD can’t smother the raw emotion of painting and the emotion can’t spill over into chaos.

While others look for meaning in his compositions, he is striving to balance that delicate equation. Moises draws inspiration to continue working from the piece itself, “the negative or positive emotions help build the art piece.”


And there is always the technical side of art making – such as framing or prepping other materials – to keep him busy through the least creative of times.

A Snapshot View of Moises Ortiz


Favorite Artist: Juan Gris of Spain.
Spirit Animal: A very small fish.
Secret Superpower: Emotions are his engine so he can paint for many hours without food or water.   

 

Made of Hagop

Meet Hagop Belian of Venice Beach, CA.


Originally from Damascus, Syria, Hagop now lives in Venice Beach, CA. He has been making art ever since a lucid dream in his senior year of college left him with a visceral feeling of what it was like to be inside an abstract expressionistic work of art. Hagop has experimented with different media but his work has always focused on collages.

Synergy is a powerful force for him and he revels in the ability to tell a different story by using discarded and forgotten things.


His work today focuses on a series of totems. Initially they were simple characters but in his more recent pieces they have developed into complex beings that exist in their own worlds.

He builds the plaster backgrounds or “walls” on which he paints – a process that brings the street art vibe into the gallery and home.


The final pieces are complete objects that look and feel like “relics of the future.” Hagop uses red, the color of blood, to sign his pieces in order to show that they came from him.

A Snapshot View of Made of Hagop


Favourite Artist: Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg for their work with found objects.
Spirit Animal: It’s a constantly evolving beast that currently looks like an elephant with owl wings and a snake tail.
Secret Superpower: He is an alchemist.

 

 

Ugo Nonis

Meet Ugo Nonis of Venice Beach, CA.


Originally from Paris, France, Ugo has been calling Venice Beach, CA his home for the past 9 years.

Nonis’ art education began at home under the tutelage of his artist father. It wasn’t until his late 20s though that he started making art.


Rather than being tied to a single medium, he prefers to see them all as part of his developing career. Oils are likely to be the next step.


Nonis loves to revisit old works and to “forget the details of making and to rediscover the layering and connections.”

He doesn’t try to pin down what admires see in his art. Instead he prefers to know that others will connect with his art as deeply as he connects to making it.


His favorite color is blue because he finds the greatest inspiration in the sky and the ocean.

A Snapshot View of Ugo Nonis


Favorite Artist: Mark Rothko
Spirit Animal: Turtle
Secret Superpower: He can see through walls.

 
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