Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scion Installation Art Tour: 'It's A Beautiful World' : Sculptures

Andrew Pommier's work is a mixture of the cute and the "it's funny because it is sad." It's work that speaks about the outsider: a lone figure that has chosen to remove himself from the day-to-day, by outwardly displaying his inner thoughts of detachment and singularity. People that spend their days in costumes that once made sense in their lives, as if mascots for disbanded sports teams, now refusing to return the outfits and no longer sure how to live without them.

Pommier uses very graphic inspired techniques. Bold lines, which are informed by a youth spent watching cartoons and reading comic books. Pommier mines the world of his youth much like the Japanese artists Yoshimoto Nara and Aya Takano but he also finds inspiration in classic works such as Manet's "The Fifer" and his Beggar-Philosopher series.

Most of his creative output begins within the pages of a sketchbook. In the past few years he has started to introduce more drawing elements into both his watercolors and also in his larger paintings. The pencil line within the completed pieces translates an energy and an honesty of construction. The viewer can see the process involved in getting to a completed painting and this is laid bare in his recent work.

Pommier has crissed crossed from commercial work for such companies as Virgin Mobile and Toy Machine Skateboards to the gallery world were he has shown in far afield places such as Australia and Germany to much closer locations such as Toronto and Denver as well as LA and New York.

For almost three years Andrew Pommier has found himself living and working on the west coast of Canada. He moved to the west coast for no other reason that he needed a change of scenery after living in Toronto his home after graduating in 1996 from the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Blaine Fontana. Born in Seattle, WA and raised on Bainbridge Is. (a small and private artistic community west of Seattle), Blaine began his interest in art at a young age. Always encouraged to use his imagination, he continued to study and practice the arts whenever available. During his teens he commuted to two High Schools in order to study graphic design, photography, sculpture and life drawing. After graduating in 1994, he pursued his education of life in the streets of Seattle and Portland as a Writer (Graffiti Artist).

After about 4 years of being in and out of towns and community colleges, Blaine and his younger brother decided to put their talents in the professional arena. Both choose to attend Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Four years later Blaine left with a BFA in Communication Art/Design at the top of his class with the "Best in Show" award that is presented upon Graduation in 2002. During School he worked as an Art Director at a cutting edge design firm (Abound LLC.) and also as an Art Director at a Fashion/Lifestyle Magazine (Metro.Pop). Recently Blaine had worked as an Art Director at a young men's apparel company (Drifter), but in January of 2003 he decided to leave the 9-5 world and be self-employed as a fine artist and designer. Since then he hasn't looked back. Blaine has been doing paintings, licensing, graphics and shows for Lineage Gallery, Limited Addiction Gallery, Scribble Theory, Upper Playground, Don O'Melveny Gallery, Pr1mary Space, The Lab 101, Distinction Gallery, Keep A Breast, Pacific Sunwear, Ocean Pacific, Sessions, SCION Installation Art Tour, KID ROBOT, NIKE, Ubiquity Recordings, LRG, Volcom, Metro.Pop, Liquid Force, FLIP, FELT racing & Morey Boards. He keeps busy with commissioned paintings and is represented in numerous galleries across the United States.

Currently Blaine relocated back to Bainbridge Island, WA USA after living in Long Beach, CA for 10 years with his creative partner and girlfriend Eugenie Jolivett, a photographer and designer along with his dogs "Zeus" & "Athena" as a full time fine artist and designer. He shows frequently all across America and keeps busy with commissioned paintings, and high profile company licensing of his artwork and design.

J. Shea. Born and raised in Boston ,Ma.... J.Shea was influenced at an early age by the art of the catholic church..........classic sci-fi film........the pride of the Boston Celtics....and the music and posters of punk rock..........

while attending art school.....Shea created hand bills and posters for rock shows in Boston.........later.....after relocating to the westcoast to design sneakers......Shea began creating color posters for shows up and down the California coast........

it was around this time that Shea began exhibiting his personal art in many forms......
painting....sculpure......assemblege.....and collage....while building a career as
a sneaker designer.....a poster artist.....a puppet fabricator......an illustrator.....
and a muralist..........

Shea works in narritve/surreal themes......in all media.....all by hand...the work is more a folk art meets decrative art style then a traditional art style....his work is exhibited all over the country........and he currently works out of his studio in downtown Los Angeles.........

Sage Vaughn. Born 1976 an hour and a quarter after the bicentennial in Jacksonville Oregon. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Yoskay Yamamoto. Born and raised in Toba, Japan, Yoskay Yamamoto moved to the United States at the age of 15. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto’s artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the urban culture of the West coast. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his new Western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art. He has sold out his work recently at shows in San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

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