Bio: Take an iconic British symbol add an iconic woman and create a plague of pop art paste ups in crayola colours Currently learning to draw with “Crayola” crayons. UK artist with work throughout the UK, Europe and America.
Bio: If you take the time to listen to your own creative pulse, one does not need to look too far to find inspiration. Producing art that is profoundly expressive and thought provoking in effect is what Anna Laurini does best. Her abstract pieces peppered with visceral splendor, her figurative portraits possess a certain signature elegance.
Chiefly drawing influence from her experiences in the big city, Anna has acquired a well rounded learning circle from her studies in Milan, New York and London; including the Art Student League Academy and Fashion Institute Tech in New York City, and Central Saint Martins Fine Arts College in London. Arguably so however, much of her creative learning process can be credited to her everyday personal experiences in these cities. Whether walking the streets or riding buses, the vibrancy is prevalent in much of her work. The fact that her art exudes such a global metropolitan air is testament to her exhibiting and selling commissioned works from Europe to the United States and Australia.
Bio: drsc0 is an artist who is continually curious about what makes us human. He is primarily a charcoal drawer that converts his drawings into posters and paintings. drsc0 also dreams of bringing mountains into our cities. He typically does not seek permission to publicly display his art work. He resides in Portland, Oregon.
Bio: Rx Skulls aka Arrex is a adhesively obsessed exterior decorator from Portland Oregon who’s street art revolves around a single skull photo taken in the Natural History Museum in London. The project began its evolution in 2010 after a series of medical hardships and a trip to Europe, exposing Rx to the world of street art in person. Having already dabbled in screen printing, creating stickers and posters from scratch quickly became more of an addiction than a hobby. To this day, six years later, Rx travels the world sharing his skulls, tombstones, poison labels, and plethora of other morbid designs with the masses.
Bio: Megzany is an LA-based street artist working on an international stage to spread positive messages paired with zany imagery. Her affinity for flight and use of dream-like imagery elicits playful inspiration and motivation in anyone who stumbles upon her work. Her art can be found in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Boise, Denver, Chicago, Philly, New York City, Montreal, London, Kraków, Paris — and beyond!
BIO: WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and an emerging street artist. Born and raised in the Midwest, he relocated to LA and started doing time in Hollywood, chasing the dream like countless others. Past and present worlds merged when he came up with the concept for WRDSMTH — a unique combination of stenciling and wheatpasting — and began temporarily tattooing walls in LA with indelible thoughts and phrases.
Active in the street art community since November 2013, he’s made his mark in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadelphia, West Palm Beach, London, Paris, Kraków, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. He’s been featured in Playboy, LA Weekly, LAist, LA Magazine, and The Philadelphia Enquirer. He was named one of The Art of Elsyum’s 2014 Emerging Artists and his work has been sold at Julien’s Auctions, Art Share L.A., Q Art Gallery, The Gabba Gallery, and LabArt.
Narcossist is a self-medicating artist based in New York’s East Village. With art, s/he aims to start a candid conversation about mental health in a society hooked on prescriptions pills and popularity contests. What s/he loves about street art is the medium’s imperfect nature and unpredictable fate – like people. All s/he hopes for is that his/her work makes someone happy for a brief moment, or longer. @narcossist can be contacted at email@example.com. More of his/her work may be spied upon at www.narcossist.nyc.
Currently, Narcossist is working on a series called ‘Monsters.’ But they’re not mean monsters. They’re nice ones. The only thing they scare – or hurt – is themselves. Some of them may resemble humans, some may appear savage; you may think others come straight from the pits of your deepest, darkest nightmares. But please, don’t be afraid. Their intentions are good. And they respond positively to kindness.
Ethan Armen, is an anonymous 7 year old whose artwork began appearing all over NY in late 2013. He has recently been spotted expanding its borders to other locations including California, Boston, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. His identity is unknown although he’s been spotted drawing live at street art shows and on Instagram. His work is unattainable, yet his following is quickly expanding.
LIBBY SCHOETTLE is a collage artist who with her alter-ego character, PhoebeNewYork, delves deep into the life of a timeless woman in a modern way. Ironic, irate, loving and smart—Phoebe always makes us think about the emotion beyond the aesthetics.
Libby is a storyteller interested in exploring what it means to be human. Libby relies on words, their placement, their shape, and their texture to explore her character, and this helps her to explore and explain herself. She uses found photographs (often worn and damaged), as well as record album covers, images from contemporary fashion magazines, and pages from old fashion and pop art magazines to create her own narrative that reveals her fantasy life and her rich memories from childhood. Libby finds art materials at flea markets, antique stores, through private collectors, eBay, and also at Strand Bookstore. She also discovers things, especially printed words while walking down the street. Libby is always looking for things and, in this way, art permeates every moment of her life. Libby considers this act of searching for art material as valuable as the eventual outcome, completed artworks, because her search inspires her to live. “When I’m looking for something, I have a purpose.”
Libby’s work is mildly surrealist, her character lives on the edge of self-destruction and loneliness in some artworks, and yet she is considered a cute, whimsical, and happy girl in others. In many ways Libby still considers herself a child, and Phoebe is her grownup way of playing dolls. Her inspiration and materials for Phoebe spill from assorted boxes of paper letters, words, dresses and heads. Everything goes back into the boxes and is put away after a day of creating collages. There is a constant search for meaning with Phoebe and a playfulness while finding it.
PhoebeNewYork is rooted in existential values; she is no longer a mainstream human: she is part of the desk the bed, she is a coffee-maker, an egg beater, a box of cookies, a flower. PhoebeNewYork is the artist’s channel for love, for pain, for all the good and bad of life; she is a means of self-exploration and self-expression of the positive and negative for Libby. Through Phoebe, by reinventing and reinterpreting photos and magazines pages and whatever other objects she finds, Libby is able to explore her hopes and dreams, and her nightmares as well. There is a strong element of black humor to PhoebeNewYork: the character is able to make light of the serious in sometimes disturbing subject material. Through Phoebe, Libby delves into addiction, death, anxiety, depression, love, eating disorders, beauty, and time.There is an overall confusion as to where Phoebe is in time, and Libby likes to explore that as a way to explore her own confusion regarding time.
Libby also expresses herself through written work, self-portraits, and line drawings, and is currently the subject of a docu-series regarding her life as an artist.
STREET ART WORK “Stickers are an amazing way to ‘show’ your art. The street organically becomes your gallery.” – Libby Schoettle
Libby’s street art came about quite accidentally. In 2014, the artist found herself looking around the city, really noticing stickers and wheat pastes. She thought, “I wonder if my art could fit in out on the streets.” It felt like she was asking if she, herself, could truly fit out in the streets. This was a valid question for such an introverted artist who still chooses to spend almost all her time creating art, alone, inside her apartment.
Libby began the adventure of getting out and putting stickers up, which quickly became a fun ongoing activity. Until she began to “sticker,” (and later wheatpaste) Libby had no idea what impact repeated symbols on the street could have. She has received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the street art, and she is excited when she finds people have publicly posted pictures of her on Instagram. She continues to evolve her street offerings to inspire herself and, hopefully, others.
Libby likes making street art for so many reasons, including its unique relationship with time. She appreciates the immediacy of spreading her art on the streets. She feels rooted in time whenever she passes a PhoebeNewYork image she put up yesterday, or months ago. She considers the decay of a PhoebeNewYork image over time to be beautiful evidence that her art has lived (and she has lived through that experience, as well). The serendipity of who sees the art—and which version of its changing form they might see—is another way in which the intersection of art and time intrigues the artist.
A child of the 80s, Chris’ world was often completely flooded with the imagery and ideas presented by his television, his comic books, and the music and movies of the time. Immersed in these various mediums, Chris began to store the images brought forward though these everyday experiences in what he refers to as a “mental journal”. This journal was a haven of his thoughts that he could refer back to whenever necessary. Chris’ paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche’s cache. This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. Chris’ works frequently reveal everyday musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice. These images also aid Chris in the creation of a visual language comprised of his own iconographic imagery. Through the repetition of this imagery, Chris strives to familiarize his viewers with the language he has constructed. Chris believes that the notions within his pieces serve as a backbone to the many stories created by the onlooker when he or she is viewing the work.
In 2001 Chris set in motion RobotsWillKill.com. Robots Will Kill is an arts site dedicated to community and exposure for artists/media often disregarded by the mainstream art world. Rather than featuring his own work exclusively, he opened it up to allow the possibility for it to become whatever it evolved into being. RWK has a core group of artists, those artists are Chris, Kev/Psyn, Veng and Over Under. Along with overseas affiliates ECB (Germany), Peeta (Italy), Flying Fortress (Germany) and JesseRobot (Belgium). This extended roster of artists helps to promote RWK as we push the boundaries of art.