YabYum Seven: Andrea Zakrzewski

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Andrea Zakrzewski poses with her piece, “Overwhelming Love”
Who are you and what do you do?

Andrea Zakrzewski: Fine artist who specializes in impressionist floral paintings, I design clothing that features my artwork and I am a freelance Journalist.

How did you get your start?

I have been painting since I was a child with my mother Andrea de Kerpely-Zak. My first teacher was Ted Degrazia who gave me private instruction.

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“African Daisies Blowing in the Wind”
What inspires you?

My mother Andrea de Kerpely-Zak is well known floral artist and most of my inspiration stems from her. I also love all the impressionists like Monet and Van Gogh. I also like to spread joy with my art and spread positive healing vibes to others.

What do you like about AZ?

My favorite things about Arizona are the amazing views of nature, the sky, mountains, and flowers. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. Arizona is a great place to live because there is such an amazing arts community and we do have culture.

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“Life is a Gift”
Where can we see you(r) work?

My work is featured at Gallery Andrea located at 7019 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251 and open Monday -Saturday 11 – 5 PM or online at artandrea.com.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I am happy with everything that God has blessed me with. I will continue to use my skills as an artist and freelance journalist to support the arts. If I could have the opportunity to get our works in some museums and have a segment like Samantha Brown on the Travel channel that would be some extra icing to the cake!

What is your mantra?

Everyday is a Blessing and Celebration of Life…

~

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“Celebration”
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“Beautiful Journey”

YabYum Seven: Grimanesa Amoros

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Grimanesa Amoros, photo by Gigi Stoll
Who are you and what do you do?

Grimanesa Amoros: A human being that adores LIFE! An interdisciplinary artist that was born in Lima, Peru, and creates large-scale light based installations.

How did you get your start?

With a lot of determination, passion, and love for what I do.

From a young age my mother put me in art classes after observing how much I was obsessed with drawing and painting maps.

Initially I went to university to study psychology, but three months before I graduated, I decided to leave my university and fly to New York to pursue my dreams and live the bohemian life, Hemmingway style!

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“Breathless”, all photos courtesy of Grimanesa Amoros Studio
What inspires you?

My travels, architecture, being healthy, and appreciating every single day, as time is truly precious.

What do you like about AZ?

The AMAZING LIGHT in the mornings!

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“Golden Waters”
Where can we see you(r) work?

You can find my work on my website 😉

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

The thought of dying has always been far from my thoughts, as I truly never think about it! I live in the present moment, but I would say I’d like to live part of the year in a castle close to the ocean, and hear the constant movement of the waves.

What is your mantra?

Life is a Romance with the Unknown

~

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“Occupante”
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“Pink Lotus”

YabYum Seven: Kaori Takamura

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“Between Shapes 0517″, Acrylic on Wood Panel, Silkscreen, Stitching, Lasercut, 40″ H x 48” W
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Kaori Takamura. I am a visual artist. I am originally from Tokyo, Japan and now I live and work in Carefree, AZ.

I was a graphic designer for many years specializing in branding and packaging design. During my practice, I created many graphic symbols for brands or corporations and this experience heavily influenced what I am doing now.

My work is focused on graphical media painting combined with a hint of hand crafting. I paint on canvas or cut out pieces of wood either by hand or by laser then I stitch them together. I sketch on the computer working on technical drawings prior to painting and I believe that this process is a bit different from how most traditional painters work.

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Garakuta boxes, mixed media
How did you get your start?

I took a painting class at community college about 15 years ago just to learn the basics of painting since my education was mainly based on the graphic arts.

After I painted my first piece in this traditional oil painting class, I took it home and was suddenly compelled to apply stitching on the painted canvas with my sewing machine and brought it back to class. I felt that stitching could also be a part of my expression just like brush strokes.

Everyone was shocked about what I did but my instructor back then suggested that I take art seriously as my career. So I did and I have never looked back.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by artisans as a metaphor and I am interested in how artisans are influencing our culture by sending messages as a symbols in our everyday lifestyle.

Also, in my artwork I find influences from some of the Japanese graphic designers such as Ikko Tanaka who created Japanese modernism principles in the 80s. I am still a fan of their minimalistic yet bold approach.

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“Between Shapes0717″, Acrylic on Wood Panel, Laser cut, Silkscreen, Stitching, 45″ H x 43” W
What do you like about AZ?

I like the winter in Arizona. In terms of the art scene, I like the size of Arizona art community.

Where can we see you(r) work?

I am currently showing some of my paintings at Phoenix International Airport Terminal 4 until October 8th 2017. It is a curated group exhibition called Drawn to Pattern.

Locally in Arizona, I am represented by Gebert Contemporary. I am going to have my solo exhibition in February 2018.

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“Dots0715”, Acrylic on Canvas, Silk Screen, Machine and hand stitching
What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I always feel a slight gap between what I’d like to express through my art ( I guess you would call it “vision”) and what I am actually creating. I think this is because I am still in the process of searching it out and I’m trying to figure out how to achieve it. I believe that this is a dilemma that all artist’s have to go through.

Before I die, it will be wonderful if I can create things that match exactly what I visualize in my mind to my full satisfaction.

What is your mantra?

In terms of my art, my mantra is,

“Stitch-by-stitch I will express the tangled thoughts of our everyday lives.”

~

For more Kaori Takamura, visit her website.

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“Between Shapes0717 (Detail)”
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Untitled, Installation at DC Ranch, Scottsdale AZ

YabYum Seven: Yuko Yabuki

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“Transition.” All photos courtesy of Yuko Yabuki
Who are you and what do you do?

Yuko Yabuki. An artist, I paint and cook.

How did you get your start?

When I was a child I would draw anything that came to my mind whenever I could find any spare time.

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“White Dragon”
What inspires you?

Something beautiful that we can not see with our eyes, but we know is there in our mind.

What do you like about AZ?

Dryness. Heat. Nature. Indigenous culture.

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“Metamorphosis”
Where can we see you(r) work?

yukoyabuki.com

Mostly online (Facebook, Instagram)

{9}gallery. Ice House.

Some annual shows (Hell City Tattoo Convention in August, Chaos show in October).

My art studio.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Travel the world. I want my parents to be happy about what I do (art). I want to show them that what I do can make people happy, so they can die happy.

I want to publish my art book, and of course, I want to paint the masterpiece that I could feel I am ready to die.

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“Destroy And Resurrect”
What is your mantra?

Don’t complain.

Beauty is not something only we can see or touch, it is something we feel with our heart.

~

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“Oracle”
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“World”

YabYum Seven: Shannon Campbell

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Shannon Campbell with Carlos Santana. All photos courtesy of Shannon Campbell
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Shannon Campbell. I am a creative director, wardrobe stylist, style reporter and single mom to my amazing 11-year old son Brady.

How did you get your start?

I went to Catholic grade school, first through eighth grade, and had to wear a uniform to school every day. When it came to go to high school, my parents said I could either go to public high school or Catholic high school. I have always had a love for fashion my whole life. I used to babysit and any money I made I would spend on clothes. I opted for public school so I no longer had to wear a uniform.

I spent more time the night before coordinating what I was going to wear to school the next day, than on my homework. Everyone said it was like watching a fashion show every day seeing the outfits I would wear. And did I throw out my clothes after I wore them because I never duplicated the same “look” twice. Its all about mixing and matching, and accessorizing. I didn’t know that I could actually do that for a job!! I went to college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the rest is history.

Shannon Campbell 02What inspires you?

My son inspires to me to want to be more successful and be a better mom/person every day.

I am also inspired by runway shows and fashion magazines (specially international ones). I could sit at Barnes and Nobles all day just to check out what the latest trends and fashions are.

I am also a big fan of Pinterest to get inspiration and ideas for upcoming shoots.

What do you like about AZ?

I am a big fan of the sunshine. I grew up in the East Coast and spent six years in Manhattan. Cold and grey just isn’t me….and I love that you can literally drive down the street and go to a 5-star resort for a fun day at the pool or staycation.

Also I work a lot in Los Angeles, and Las Vegas so its not a long drive or plane ride if I need to work there for the day. And the cost of living is not nearly as expensive.

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Shannon with Larry Hernandez
Where can we see you(r) work?

You can see me on all the local TV stations talking about fashion trends. But I feel my home is with all the amazing people at Fox 10 News. I am a regular on that channel.

Or also producing, and speaking at fashion shows. I just did a big show with John Jay Van Es from 104.7 kiss FM for his #lovepup charity.

Also I just styled Carlos Santana for his new album that is coming out this month that he collaborated on with his wife Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers called Power of Peace for Sony Music.

I also just worked on a music video with Latino Musician Larry Hernandez, and supermodel Sofia Guzman for NBC Universal.

I freelance with many publications so you can see my work in many different magazines. I’ve worked with North Valley Magazine, So Scottsdale, JAVA, Arizona Foothills, Fantasticsmag.com, Gladys Magazine, Ellements Magazine, Vanquish, and Vogue Italia to name a few.

And I also love to style fashion shows, I am up for styling a show for Miami Swim Week in July.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I would like to own my own fashion magazine and live on the beach.

What is your mantra?

Its not about the label, its about the look – you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks. Its all about how you accessorize and put the look together.

~

For more on Shannon Campbell, visit her website.

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Spring Into Summer Fashion Show with JGroup Media for La Isla Brand Swimwear. Brooke Villoine at FORD RBA

YabYum Seven: Steve Weiss

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All photos courtesy of Steve Weiss

Who are you and what do you do?

Steve Weiss: I’m an Arizona native, first generation American, and pride myself on having all of my hair and most of my original teeth. I sound like I’m from the East Coast until you ask me to say the word “fire”, at which point a drawl ensues.

I run No Festival Required Independent Cinema as an independent film programmer. I’m also an exhibiting film photographer and a filmmaker.

How did you get your start?

Each has its own beginning.

Independent Film Programming

In 2002 I began programming and screening short films and later, documentary and feature films, under the company No Festival Required, first at Modified Arts and later for Phoenix Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Arizona Opera. I worked six months to develop the programming model for FilmBar, then booked it for the first six months of its operation.

It’s my honor and pleasure showing a great film by an outstanding filmmaker to an appreciative audience. It gives me multiple layers of satisfaction that’s much harder to find than simply doing my own thing.

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Model Train AZ State Fair

Photography

I began photographing artistically and commercially while in high school, went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at ASU and in the process got to study photography and filmmaking one year at San Francisco Art Institute, most notably with cult fame filmmaker George Kuchar.

I shot the first New Times “Best of Phoenix” cover, did a year-long documentary series on Maricopa Medical Center’s Burn Unit and had my work published in a French photo annual. Through local art consultants Armstrong Prior, I’ve had commissions for several corporate and professional collections.

Lots of exhibits over 45 years of doing photography, though I tend to be about 3-6 years behind on shooting and then exhibiting. Sometimes it’s even longer. I’m more interested in showing something different less frequently than exhibiting every year.

Filmmaking

Twenty years after college courses and graduation, I got back into filmmaking and have continued making short films and video installations, many in collaboration with artist and comedian Leslie Barton.

We worked together with interior designer Janis Leonard in 2013 to create a 3-film, six screen installation titled Keyhole that screens in the “He/She” room at Scottsdale’s AZ/88. Janis first commissioned me in 2011 to do a looping video installation for the original SMoCA Lounge at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

What inspires you?

I compulsively seek visual order and emotional content from inanimate objects and in natural and urban environments. Mostly these days I’m more interested in moving pictures than just one image, but I still have a lot to print.

What do you like about AZ?

Flat horizon lines so you can see what’s coming. Being able to drive 45 minutes and be away from most everything. AZ also tends to nurture the entrepreneurial, so I have been able to do many different artistic things that would have been harder in a more saturated market.

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Golden Figure Mirage Hotel LV

Where can we see you(r) work?

For film, the Keyhole installation runs all the time at AZ/88, but goes “R” rated after 9:30 pm!

For photography, I have a small online presence at this website.

And my film YouTube channel.

Next up No Festival Required Independent Cinema will presents
a Salon Screening (maximum 50 seats) of TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT, a documentary film by Tyler Hubby on Thursday, May 18 2017 doors 7:30pm, show at 8pm at the Trunkspace.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I’d really like to see the state of Montana based on John Steinbeck’s description of it in Travels With Charley. I have a documentary project and a few film projects I’d really dig bringing to fruition, and then all that printing.

What is your mantra?

“Sleep Is Good”, no wait, that’s my epitaph. I really like “Measure Twice, Cut Once” but I also like, “Fuck it, let’s just do it.”

~

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Render Unto Caesar Caesars Palace LV
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Ticket Booth AZ State Fair

 

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Smiling Winner LV
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Poled Hereford

YabYum Seven: Mignon Gould

mignon gould 01Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Mignon Gould and I am the founder and Agent-in-Chief of TheChicSpy.com, an online style and entertainment publication featuring the works of creatives in fashion, film, and pop culture.

How did you get your start?

Several years ago I worked for The Arizona Republic. I wrote for their weekly style publication called “Yes”, as well as a few of their other magazines. After leaving the newspaper, I went to graduate school in San Francisco, received an MFA in Fashion Journalism with an emphasis in Multimedia Studies. I used my publication as my thesis and decided to launch it into a business.

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All photos courtesy of Mignon Gould

What inspires you?

I’m so inspired by my family in all that I do. Creatively my mother was inspirational. She is a clarinetist and performed for the Phoenix Symphony. She also enjoyed pottery. She created this amazing chess set when she was 16 and it’s mine now. It’s beautiful and the details on the pieces are amazing.

As a publisher, writer and entrepreneur, I’m also inspired by my 3rd great uncle John James Neimore, who in 1879 founded The California Eagle, one of the first African-American newspapers in California. He was in his teens. I can’t imagine how super focused he had to be to do something so groundbreaking at that age, and in that era.

What do you like about AZ?

I love the arts community and how unpretentious and enriching it is here. After all, we have one of the leading fashion collections in this country at Phoenix Art Museum, and we have one of the most attended art events in the nation with Artlink’s First Friday Art Walk. In the Valley, art is accessible for everyone.

mignon gould 03Where can we see you(r) work?

You can view my work at thechicspy.com and mignongould.com. You can read my featured commentary on fashion and pop culture topics here.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I would like to have helped others achieve their professional goals. I’m currently preparing to launch Chic Spy Studio, a virtual internship program for college students and recent graduates in journalism, fashion, media, marketing, and design. I piloted the program in 2013 with students from around the country including Arizona State University in Tempe, Syracuse University in New York, and Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I originally launched my website to create a portfolio of my written work. I was able to get a job at a newspaper with that portfolio. Now, I want to create a platform that helps others land their dream job.

What is your mantra?

Carpe Diem. I wrote a poem in the 90s, and keep it with me always. It keeps me marching on, knowing no mission is impossible:

Have you ever wanted to create a new version of you
Someone who’d always know what to do
A feeling of strength and power divine
No limits or boundaries to draw the line
Carpe Diem is to seize the day
Become who you want
Make your own way
It’s now or never, I’ve heard some say
Now is the time, to seize the day

~

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YabYum Seven: Brooke Grucella

Brooke Grucella 03Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Brooke Grucella, I am an artist, curator, and Professor of Practice for the School of Art, University of Arizona. I primarily work in 2D and installation these days, however, occasionally I dabble in video and sculpture.

How did you get your start?

How did I get my start….as far as exhibiting…hmmmmm. Well once I graduated from the MFA program I began to search for galleries around the country that exhibited the same type of work I was doing. I got my start as a sort of New Brow, graffiti- influenced artist.

I started showing at a space called Wind-up in Mesa along with a wide arrange of Low Brow, New Brow, Graffiti, and Pop Surreal artists. I expanded out to Cella Gallery with my first solo show, shortly thereafter. Both spaces have since closed, but they gave me my first taste of working in commercial galleries.

Brooke Grucella 02What inspires you?

I am inspired by a lot of things, most of all pop culture and youth driven culture. There is a dash of nostalgia in my work, but it is obscured by the use of skate, surf, toy, comics, and cartoon imagery. Most of my figurative work revolves around my siblings coupled with the stories and communication of our relationships.

Right now I am fixated on abstracting comic book imagery into symbols that represent both the emotional and physical states of dealing with the trauma. Trauma or the disruption of the norm can happen any number of ways.

The next body of work is going to deal with the trauma of cancer. It has effected my family is quite a few ways so I am creating these “portraits” of family members’ cancer using comic book and surf/skate influenced imagery. It would sort of look like microscopic images of the cells, but think of garbage pail kid aesthetics.

Statement:

My work is an investigation in memory and perception. The process of encoding, storing, and retrieving information as it is filtered through an amalgam of consumer and popular culture intrigues me.

My work focuses on how various forms of collective culture shape issues of sex, gender, politics, depression, fear, anger, love, loss and social strata. My own personal experiences and those of the people who immediately surround me influence the content of the images.

The work considers what develops when romantic, platonic, familial and social influences translate into various forms of recollection. The pieces are not nostalgic, but rather an exercise in distilling down memory into a mutation of commercialism. Figural, textual and decorative aesthetics are essential in the presentation of each piece. Products are signifiers of the events themselves; creating memory becomes a spin-off of the popular culture process.

Brooke Grucella 05What do you like about AZ?

I can remember the first time visiting Arizona before moving here. I thought it was bloody hot, but coming from Simi Valley, California, which is nestled in the Santa Susana Mountains, I thought the spaciousness of Arizona was amazing! The open space, the sunsets, and the monsoons are utter highlights for me. Plus living in Tucson I have the added perk of being in a sort of artsy liberal-ish small (feeling) community.

Where can we see you(r) work?

My work was recently up at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and will soon be in the Small Works Invitational at Davis Dominguez Gallery. I am working on getting my website up and running this summer and Foudai Projects in SF has some of my works in their inventory.

Brooke Grucella 04What would you like to accomplish before you die?

That is a BIG question. Honestly, I would love to be able to focus more on my studio work and travel across the country meeting people, learning new places, finding different inspirations and explore.

What is your mantra?

You can’t make red from orange. Meaning, you can’t go back and change what has already happened. All you can do is live, learn, and grow.

~

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YabYum Seven: Jeremie Bacpac Franko

bacpac 011.Who are you and what do you do?

“bacpac”— (Jeremie Bacpac Franko). I do “bizarrechitecture”: Art and architectural design of the possible but still fantasized world. My medium is airbrush and aerosol, architectural drafting and photography.

2.How did you get your start?

It all started with a can of KRYLON and a Harmony Rocket guitar.

When I was 14, my cousin needed someone to paint “lace panels”and lettering on his Camaro, so I used my first cans of KRYLON spray paint. I started getting asked to put ART on cars in high school—rat finks, zodiac signs, etc. After school, I painted numbers on demolition derby cars for a local auto body shop where I learned how to prep and paint cars and bikes. Then a biker in my hood told me about the “airbrush” and I bought my first Paasche. I got into the custom bike and car scene pretty quickly with the airbrush and spray guns, and through customizing, I earned my college tuition. I went to Carnegie and got my BA in Industrial Design.

CONTINUATION: At the same time, I had been playing guitar since I was four, and I set up to go to London for the music scene by going for my Masters in Architecture in London. I knew I wanted to move over into a very non-conformist kind of architecture, so by designing scenery and set design, I could blend the design with the spray-painting.

I worked for a number of architects , video directors, and theater planners in London and New York and eventually went to LA and became a scenic artist. So to conclude, it all started with a can of KRYLON and a Harmony Rocket guitar.

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“Living in the Grid”

3.What inspires you?

THE GLOBAL: The INGENUITY OF MAN, and the interface of these creations with Nature: OIL RIGS and the sea; TRAINS and the desert; the pristine design of a twelve-cylinder ROTARY JET ENGINE and the elements; the AIRPLANE BONEYARD and time.

THE LOCAL: Random and beautiful graffiti = letters and colors with a message…the smell of spray paint sends me running in that direction, to witness some lone artist or a crew throwing up a gorgeous piece on a freeway wall.

4.What do you like about AZ?

The fact that very few people are actually FROM Arizona means there is the potential for great diversity in the culture. I have met more people from Wisconsin, Chicago, Mexico and Bosnia than I have met Arizonans.

And, The CANAL SYSTEM. I am completely infatuated with the canal system here; its engineering and the juxtaposition of habitat and the need for water.

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“You’re Fired”

5.Where can we see you(r) work?

As yet I do not maintain a regular website or catalogue for my art and bizarrchitecture.

I have been in a variety of random art shows over the years and my design work was published in trade magazines and my architecture [as] a book; My radio show (I have a rockabilly radio show out of Phoenix Center for the Arts) is on Mixcloud and the photography connected with that program is on the Rockabilly Worldwide Mashup Facebook page.

In the past 2 years:
LUNA CULTURE LAB: CHIGNON SOLES EXHIBITION (2016, 2017)
LUNA CULTURE LAB: “TRUMP CARD”-Artists speak out against Donald Trump

PUBLICATION:
“DRAWING AMBIANCE” [Howard, J., & Marjanovic, I. (2015). RISD Press]
Illustrations for QUICK-THROTTLE (Biker) Magazine; 4 illustrations depicting the WACO Massacre
Whitney Downtown Museum of American Art: “Five Young Architects” (1987)

I am one of the performers in the Arizona Storytellers and I was Featured Poet at the February {9} Gallery “Caffeine Corridor”.

PHOTOGRAPHY: IG: rockabilly_worldwide.
The “Selfie Project” is photography that is staged and shot by entirely by me to advertise my radio show. All the pictures have some element of radio, sound or something to do with electric power or music.
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Chingona Soles 2017 entry

6.What would you like to accomplish before you die?

To bring a FILM PRODUCTION STUDIO on the scale of Hollywood—to South Phoenix.
DO ANYTHING I CAN to grow and support the art scene here in Phoenix.
Get in on the ground level to BUILD A GREAT SOUTH PHOENIX where there are jobs and art and music which supports and enhances the community who built it…
END the prison system (prison radio was a big part of what I did in New York). Start a composting company based in South Phoenix.
Personal: WHEN I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT, move back to the UK and paint like George Sheeler, play guitar like Charlie Christian.
7.What is your mantra?
“To thine own self be true.”
and

“What you think of me is none of my business.”

~

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“Bus Station”
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“Trump Takes on the Capitol”
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“Trump Takes on the Capitol” (Detail)
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Chingona Soles 2016 entry
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“Between Land and Sea”

YabYum Seven: David Dauncey

david dauncey 03Who are you and what do you do?

David Dauncey: I am an Englishman, I studied ceramics at University, as well as fine art. Eventually I moved into panting full-time and held positions at a couple of Art companies before starting my own business.

I paint de-constructed portraits, full of imperfections, surface quality, doubt, mistakes and love. I know more of myself through the people I paint and each day before I paint with nothing in my pocket, no wedding ring on my hand, no watch in my waistcoat. I enjoy painting to music each day. New gray hairs appear and if only one then that qualifies as change and growth. I try not to look too deeply into the eyes of my influences, but by no means do I exclude them from my lexicon of marks.

Artists are very often Magpie’s stealing glittery little bits from others to line their own burgeoning mindscapes. I love to paint, and at times I love to ignore it and refresh to get my hands dirty in the cactus beds.

How did you get your start?

I was studying to be a mechanic of sorts, but two good friends of mine encouraged me to apply to art school. Obviously they had little faith in my mechanical ways.

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The walls of foreign countries, music, my peers, those that have come before. I think there is a crop of female artists based in Arizona at this time who can give any state a run for its money. So many inspirations: Kathe Kollwitz, Larry Rivers, Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Bonnard Soutine, Diego Velasquez, Antonio Tapies, as well as many current artists such as Daniel Segrove, Paul Christina and Razvan Boar.

What do you like about AZ?

I love that my wife is from here, that my children were born here, the cacti (exotic looking, to a kid from middle England), orange blossoms, my friends, the stubborn landscape, adults that ride children’s bikes, the strong Hispanic flavor and food, the mountains of the North.

david dauncey 01Where can we see you(r) work?

I am represented by Costello-Childs Contemporary in Scottsdale, as well as several art consultants, mainly in the Western U.S. You can come ‘round for a visit to my studio and have coffee and discuss what you would like to buy ☺

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

To see my kids do better things then I. To watch them become even more amazing would be priceless, uncountable. To buy a small farm in France, to visit many of the great grounds of European soccer that I have not visited. To master an instrument, to fully speak French and Italian, to still be regarded with a loving eye by my wife, to walk in more fog and more woods, to own a keen axe for wood-chopping.

What is your mantra?

“Everything in moderation” and “Adopt, Adapt, Improve”

~

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