Marilyn Artus is a mixed media artist based in Oklahoma City, OK. Some highlights of Marilyn’s art career so far have been Solo & group museum & gallery shows in Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee & Washington. She was a co-founder of The Girlie Show, an all female art festival that ran for 10 years in OKC. She received the Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011. In 2010 led an art making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. She is currently working on a nationwide art/travel project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment called Her Flag.
Being female is my greatest curiosity. It is a never ending resource of joy and heartache that inspires me. My passion is working with materials that are unexpected as a vehicle for fiber making to explore this curiosity.
Oklahoma City artist Matt Goad has been working professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 25 years and venturing into the realm of paintings on canvas in 2007. Whimsical, geometric, simple and complex, his paintings of animals and nature draw inspiration from classic graphic design and pop art reproduction of the mid 20th century. The discovery of woodcut printing during college was a major turning point in Matt’s development of his illustration style he refers to as “chunkism,” utilizing stencils and acrylics to create a world where nature and geometry meet and have a baby
I love flat colors, good stories, rock and roll music, thin crust pizza, Stuart Davis, dogs, cats, Picasso, lizards, owls, bears, the desert, Alex Steinweiss, the Beatles, cheese, bread, ghost stories, the sun, coffee, Led Zeppelin, friends and family, eggs, water heaters, Jim Flora, air conditioning, Charley Harper, furnaces, fireplaces, the mountains, the forests, the birds of the air, the fish of the streams, the beasts of the land. And I love good metaphors. These are the ingredients in varying levels I try to put into my art. Because they are some of the things I love. I hope you do too.
As the Director of the smART Space Galleries at Science Museum Oklahoma, Scott Henderson’s goal is to educate the community about the symbiotic relationship between the arts and sciences. His formal art training was acquired at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions around Oklahoma City and abroad. His works are included in important private, public and corporate collections. He mainly works in collage and mixed media with a focus on fantastic themes in correlation with self-identity. With a raw collage style and a painterly approach his art presents new ways of looking at the world in relation to the graphic realm we are invariably surrounded by.
My painting/collages show the dichotomy between the comfortable familiarity of our environment and the veiled nature of reality. In my artwork I express the ideas of individuation and archetypes and how they influence the psyche, and the Self through the use of symbols, diagrams, multi layers, and textural imagery.
Oklahoma born artist; Paul Medina has been making art for over 40 years.
He has always worked in a mixed media format, saying he was “much too restless” to be confined to any one medium. Part of the joy of making art is the struggle through the unknown of materials and new tools. The main search of diverse mediums has been to find the right combination to express his concepts in the best possible way.
Roses and Thorns Series
A Journey of Sorrow and Beauty
This new series was born from grief and the weight of a great loss. I lost four of my closest family members in a span of two years and it shattered me. I had become the oldest of my family. My studio had always been a refuge for me in difficult times, but this time was different, I couldn’t even enter my workshop.
As I processed my loss, I struggled to find a new way to express my sorrow and make sense of the dispair. The first to emerge from my endeavors were the clay Roses and Thorns sculpture. The work began to represent how I was feeling. The rose was a perfect metaphor for me, the pain of the thorns and the bloom, a revelation that great beauty could come from such a cost.
The painted rose collages followed. As I accepted my losses and found better footing in this journey, I focused on the glory of the rose. The thorns would always remain with me, but the beauty of the love, the connection and the memories of my families would live with me for the rest of my life.
a native new yorker, christie owen lives in edmond, oklahoma and divides her time as an artist and graphic designer. her 2d and 3d works are included in global museums, galleries, public venues, private collections & retail locations. she has been featured in numerous printed publications, television shows & documentaries. christie is both co-founder & curator of verbode urban core artists and owner of hive design web & graphic studio.
christie owen creates art to escape the technological realm. with themes ranging from texture and light to nature and seasons, her work explores primitivism and minimalism. in order to find visual solutions and keep evolving, she utilizes a variety of tools, mediums and applications to transfer concepts and techniques from project to project. creating art allows her to slow down and capture a visceral experience. with a playful and organic feel, her paintings utilize a variety of techniques and applications to create a sense of enduring tranquility in our modern world.
self employed artist for the past 11 yrs.
I simply enjoy the curious aspects of materials. What they seem to do naturally, almost willingly, as if they want to be more than what they really are. I help them to accomplish this.
Born and educated in Tehran, Iran, Behnaz Sohrabian discovered her love of art, freedom and creative expression as a small child, developed a passion for painting and began her professional art career at the age of 10.
Behnaz has earned a B.S. in applied chemistry, a B.A. in painting and a Masters of Arts in art studies. After completing her Master’s degree she immigrated to the United States in 2010 and has been living in Oklahoma ever since.
My aim is to paint simply. Apply east brush strokes. Emphasize light and shadow and the dynamics between the subject and the background. I choose varied subject matter to convey the concept of feminist with simplicity, natural beauty and inspiration. Women, our beloved animals, flowers and Mother Earth symbolize the essential power of creation in our world. They interact with an intentionally sensuous dance that expresses the process of fertility and reproduction, strength and compassion. My art explores the drama, texture and wonder of this creative process.