Brayden Bugazzi

Meet Brayden Bugazzi of Los Angeles, CA

It has not been a direct road to becoming a fine artist for Brayden, but he has always known that he was creative.

After studying at Herberger School of Fine Arts at Arizona University, he moved to Los Angeles to become an editorial photographer. This profession didn’t fit well and he soon found his true calling as a fine artist. Today he thinks of his old dreams with a smile and a hint of irony, “my dream was to be printed in Vogue in some capacity, but I ended up seeing my art on their site in the company of a famous NYC socialite who was the muse of the mythic fashion Icon from a bygone era, Halston.”

Today Brayden makes vibrant collages of pop icons out of old magazines, newspapers and books.

He begins by ordering books about his subject on eBay or Amazon and hunting down material in local used bookstores. Tearing pages up and cutting out fragments with his x-acto knife, Brayden meticulously builds the work up to get the final three-dimensional effect. From a distance, his art looks flat and representational – anyone passing by can easily identify the subject. But the real joy of his art occurs when you step closer and the famous face fades into a thrilling collection of tiny fragments of old printed material.

Humorous details sprinkle his work – such as the name of Frida Kahlo’s lover (Leon Trotsky) that appears on her lips.

A Snapshot View of Brayden Bugazzi

Favorite Artist: Shane Guffogg.
Spirit Animal: Bobcat.
Secret Superpower:  Patience and tenacity.       



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Javiera Estrada

Meet Javiera Estrada of Los Angeles, CA

Javiera Estrada was born in Acapulco, Mexico and moved to the US when she was 8. She and her family bounced around the country from Connecticut to Atlanta.

She has known that she would be an artist since age 6 when she would draw on the walls with nail polish, much to her mother’s dismay. Abstract things, such as the sound of breaking glass, captivated her attention and made her think of the sublime. She finds the instant gratification of photography satisfying, allowing her to join the real with the ethereal.

Her work originates from her inner terrain, as a “physical expression of that inner nameless world [that her] soul inhabits.”

As a result, each work is a kind of self-portrait, a small reflection of her inner self for others to see. The beauty and intensity of these segmented portraits are palpable and addicting. Javiera has a wide body of work but the pieces here at WhyNotArt are part of recent experiments with the behaviour of ink in water.

Working in black and white as well as exploding color, she captures velvety, ephemeral forms that are tactile yet strictly visual.

A Snapshot View of Javiera Estrada

Favorite Artist: She has so many favorite artists and it’s hard to limit it to one: Frida Kahlo, Sally Mann, Tim Walker, Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Diane Arbus.
Spirit Animal: Her spirit animals are the hawk, lion, and butterfly.
Secret Superpower: She can read people fairly quickly and accurately. She has been known to break down people’s personalities and characteristics by “reading” their faces.        



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Peter A. Barelkowski

Meet Peter Barelkowski of Toronto, Canada.

Peter Barelkowski is known for his explorations of the human condition through his minimalist style.

Particularly drawn to the themes of isolation and loneliness, Peter’s signature one-dimensional figures act out alienating scenes in unadorned landscapes. The results are strangely arresting compositions that beckon to the viewer, asking them to pause for a moment to consider what sadness, one of the most fundamental human experiences, can mean.

Peter’s artistic journey began in Poland where he was born. He began to experiment with painting in the 70s when he also established his first studio.

He has a global background in art, having completed courses in Poland, Toronto, Norway, and London. While at the Camden Arts Centre in London he was also a street performer for tourists in the 70s.

His works are in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

A Snapshot View of Peter Barelkowski

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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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Christina Twomey

Meet Christina Twomey of Los Angeles, CA.

After creating her first work of art using materials from her local art store on the corner of Pico and La Cienaga in LA, Christina knew she’d found her calling.

What initially began as an attempt to decorate her new home quickly turned into a successful Etsy store and then into an invitation to show her work at RAW Natural Born Artists. And all of this happened just five years ago. Since then, Christina has watched with a joyful mixture of astonishment and delight as demand for her work grows and the requests for commissions roll in.

Today she works primarily in resin, experimenting with the medium’s different viscosities and pigment loads to achieve a wide range of vivid effects.

In addition to uncovering her raw talent for working with color and her keen eye for composition, Christina explains that kick-starting her artistic career has taken a lot of work. As Malcolm Gladwell says in Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of investment to become an expert in anything. Love for her artistic process propels her forward, as does the passion for creating something for someone.

Ultimately it is the constant challenge that she sets for herself to find her recognizable style and to be unique and original that keeps her focused on those 10,000 hours.

A Snapshot View of Christina Twomey

Favorite Artist: Cy Twombly.
Spirit Animal: A bird so she may soar high and take in the view. And of course, her beloved rescue dog, Kazan.  
Secret Superpower: Her intuition. Being able to connect with her clients on a deeper level provides her the passion, energy & intuition she enjoys experiencing in order to deliver something they love.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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