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Tuesday
Dec132011

artist profile: gordon chin

Only artist Gordon Chin from the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—could have created such playful imagery.

One of his favorite foods—besides pizza and ice cream—this variety of donut appetizer plates is a quick study of a subject that could be endlessly explored.

Born in 1962 and of Chinese descent, Gordon has been experimenting with the many mediums offered at the studios since 2005. But since 2006, he has produced hundreds of greeting cards—most often with an image, a curious phrase, and a wash of watercolor.

To spend one minute with Gordon Chin in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Wednesday
Nov162011

artist profile: hope goodall

From the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—comes a quirky watercolored menagerie by artist Hope Goodall.

Born in St. Louis in 1965, she made art at Creativity Explored for these past 20 years—sadly, Hope passed away earlier this year.

In 2010, Goodall completed a series of self-portraits—similar to other figurative works such as these seven critters—composed of loose lines layered with washes of muted color.

Furry friends frolic…hedgehogs and cats cohabitate with a bear, a mouse and a dog…as Hope’s memory lives on.

Thursday
Oct272011

artist profile: camille holvoet

Created in collaboration with San Francisco’s Creativity Explored—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—couple print is a colorful expression of affection.

Oil pastel artist Camille Holvoet teaches a way to deal with life’s anxieties—through the repetition of favored objects like desserts, Ferris Wheels, and cross-eyed expressions—by allowing the joy of the creative process to alleviate negative or frightful thoughts.

For the past 10 years, Camille’s been luring fans into the studio with her charm and honesty—we think she’s having her cake and eating it too.

To spend one minute with Camille Holvoet in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Thursday
Sep082011

artist profile: thomas pringle

Artist Thomas Pringle was born in California in 1941 and in 2006 he joined San Francisco’s Creativity Explored—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Bold close-ups in vibrant acrylics are what fills Pringle’s portfolio—which is exactly what attracted us to woman in white sweater.

The first step in his portraiture process is to observe. Inspired by beautiful women and celebrities, he draws and simplifies their likeness into strong colorful shapes as he sees them—only later shifting focus to details like hairstyles and clothing.

To spend one minute with Thomas Pringle in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Thursday
Aug252011

artist profile: josé nuñez

Untitled is an exciting premiere collaboration for bedding with our friends at San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art.

Studio artist José Nuñez was born in 1945 in
El Salvador, moved to California in 1996, and began creating art at the studio in the late 90s.

His beloved homeland inspires much of his work by way of nature—both flora and fauna. Also, figures and faces made with few strokes sit atop extremely long legs and are often separated by color tipped flowers.

Hints and washes of color are added to punctuate and accent the strength and delicacy of his line.

Six handmade screens—one for each color—translate the original untitled ink and pencil piece from art canvas to cotton bedding.

To spend one minute with José Nuñez in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.