Artist: Yuko Nishgaki
Series: Fox and Scissors
Coffee Shop: Cafe Grumpy
Originally from Japan, Yuko likes to combine the cute and the creepy in the characters that she creates. Drawing from two specific sources – nature and vintage – you can find warm illustrations of colorful fancy tackling everything from themes of youth to tapestries.
Fly away with her, on the walls of Chelsea, why don’t you.
Artist: K Scott Rawls
Series: Figure Studies
Coffee Shop: Stumptown
The Decemberists made a song about “why they fight.” And, how that song feels, seems to evoke a similar reasoning behind the fight in the sculptures displayed in Figure Studies that are “repelling each other, ﬁghting for a footing, clinging at last,” according to the notes about the exhibition.
Rawls works with surfaces that engage materials – contemporary and raw – evoking images that look like patterns imposed upon busts. Contemplative, ingenious and eye-catching, these will pair well when the viewer has time for an elongated stay at the Downtown location.
Artist: Robbie Conal
Coffee Shop: Javista
Lets start with his Twitter bio, “I’m a painter raised by Siamese cats and communists. Sometimes I put up a poster or two to get my message across.”
That’s enough to warrant a visit to Hollywood to view the works of this satirical portrait artists whose graced the stages of Charlie Rose, the pages of The New York Times and museums like MOCA.
Take him on, the journey is sure make you fall for his comic sensibility.