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Have you ever noticed how animals have an emotional body language that we as humans can relate to?  Working from her Berkeley studio, Tara Tucker creates art that reflects the subtle similarities between animals and humans.  Her exploration into emotional / psychological states and relationship irony is a central theme in many of her works.  Tucker goes to great lengths to research what animals look like and how they have been depicted in history.   She strives for accuracy and at the same time, is a strong believer in not having rules in art.  Her works are exquisite in detail and rich in story.

Check out the fine details of her work here.

Why do we often assume that art is not functional?  On the other hand, why do we rarely view the purely functional as a work of art?  Bayview artist Ian McDonald delves directly into the world of form and function in his bright and austere studio.  With ceramics as a current focus, McDonald also works with wood, textiles and various other materials that allow for direct manipulation.  When asked about his source of inspiration, McDonald revealed that it is the begun process of work itself that serves as his guide on where to go next.

Read an interesting interview and see more images of his beautiful artwork here.

Alvaro Sotomayor is an Amsterdam based Painter/Ad man who has spent the last decade feverishly painting portraits of bulls. Originally from Spain, he is passionately opposed to the cruelty of bullfighting and brings a vivid street-at look to his portraits of the 69 bulls that have succeeded in killing a Matador in recorded bullfighting history. Alvaro calls these bulls “heroes” and his studio is filled with their faces.

To read the full post, see images and video from his studio click here.

Samira Yamin’s work deals primarily with the narrativization and representation of war through an interrogation of documentary war photography. Recently she was a resident artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, and while there she was working on two bodies of work: Geometries, a series in which she meticulously hand-cuts Islamic sacred geometries onto TIME Magazine articles about current wars in the Middle East; and a series of short stories called Charlie the repeatedly and obsessively narrate a single photograph of two soldiers dragging a dead Iraqi face-down in the dirt. She’s driven by a pressing necessity to confront the imagery of wartime photojournalism and its relationship to our systems of acquiring and distributing knowledge. Her engagement with this material is two-fold: analytical yet teeming with emotion.

To read the full post and see images from her studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Val Britton makes large collaged works on paper that draw on the language of maps. She began making this body of work as a way to connect with her father, a truck driver who drove eighteen-wheelers across the country; he died when she was a teenager. Based on road maps of the United States, routes her father often traveled, and an invented conglomeration, mutation, and fragmentation of those passageways, her works on paper are abstractions of loss and longing.

To read the full post and see images from her studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

San Francisco based artist Mark Baugh-Sasaki makes sculptural work that combines organic and manufactured materials that draw attention to the ever-evolving dynamic between natural and industrial systems. These composite pieces are a mediation on the complexity and nuances of hybridized landscapes, where the natural and man-made collide, merge, and metamorphosize one another. With his work he aims to make the viewer more aware of their environment and their connection to it.

To read the full post and see images from his studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

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Martin Machado is a San Francisco based artist whose medium of choice is painting. His work often explores themes related to labor, escapism, leisure, and personal narratives. Having labored over a decade in the maritime industry, his work is greatly influenced by seafaring culture and history.

To read the full post and see images from his studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Fran Siegel is an LA based artist who works with lightweight materials such as paper and wire to create drawings and installations that explore ever-changing elements of space, light and atmosphere, and the impressions and insight they enable. Ephemeral shifts in light and perspective play an important role in extending the presence of the work beyond its material borders. She has also been teaching a contemporary approach to drawing at California State University at Long Beach since 2002.

To read the full post and see images from her studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

LA based artist Christopher Russell employs photography, bookmaking, writing, drawing, and digital printmaking to explore the darker side of the human psyche. His work is often steeped in references to current and historical events, and offers an unsettling yet observant take on the ways in which people live and behave outside what might be considered socially acceptable.

To read the full post and see images from his studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna

Lia Halloran is an LA based painter and photographer. In her ongoing “Dark Skate” series, which she began in 2008, Lia photographs herself while skateboarding in the dark, creating self-portraits that reveal only the presence of movement and light. Through these long exposure photos she examines notions of performance, perception, and time. The scale of time is also an inherent theme in her current paintings, which are inspired by ginat crystal caves in Mexico. Her work is process oriented and questions driven – she begins with something she’s interested in and as she spends time learning about the subject matter, she explores the possibilities for what medium seems most fitting. Lia is also an Assistant Professor of Art at Chapman University.

To read the full post and see images from her studio click here.


Photo courtesy of Klea McKenna


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