Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Project Onward Artist: James Allen




Project Onward Artist: James Allen
Born: January 01, 1985..
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Project Onward Artist: Pedro Basantes




Project Onward Artist: Pedro Basantes..
Born: August 18, 1985.. Chicago, IL..

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# Artwork of Pedro Basantes..

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Pedro's art is strongly influenced by being raised in Chicago. Identified as an artist at an early age, he attended Chicago's Academy of the Arts in high school and began working at Project Onward in 2006.

Pedro's multi-layer approach to painting creates life-like light and shadow - his heroes are classical and modernist painters such as Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo, and Claude Monet, Jackson Pollack and Chuck Close. Interested in architecture, engineering and photography as well as art history, Pedro says of his work, "I don't have structure in my own life, but art gives me structure. That's why I work with architecture."

Pedro's architecture paintings tell of the demolitions of the Chicago Housing Projects and Cabrini Green in relation to current vibrant cityscapes of Chicago. His art making practice is influenced by the city but also acts as his mental get away. "I grew up watching the city grow. I've always been interested in buildings. In the city everything compliments its surroundings and has its own personality..

Project Onward Artist: John Behnke


Universal Gate - by John Behnke..

Midnight Fairie - by John Behnke..

Lost Coast - by John Behnke..

Project Onward Artist: John Behnke..
Born: 1991, Chicago IL.

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# John Behnke [Work-in-Progress "Loast Coast"]..
# John Behnke [Work-in-Progress "Ghost Town"]
# Exhibit at Chicago Cultural Center: John Behnke, Golden Country, 2011..
# Painting, "The Welcoming" - by John Behnke [Golden Country, 2011]

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John Behnke is one of Project Onward's youngest artists, but his paintings of richly imagined dream worlds are the confident work of a master. Working with acrylic on canvas, Behnke uses dazzling colors and meticulous details to create pictorial narratives of his own invention. Each painting tells a complex story, drawing upon fairy tales, science fiction, romance, environmental decay, and the artist's own vivid imagination. While Behnke's dense, often hallucinatory visions are deeply compelling in their own right, the artist has written narratives to accompany each of the paintings in "Golden Country". The stories combine a romantic attitude toward the natural world with distopian visions of the near future: "How much can the earth give, until it's all gone? We're growing, and numbers leave scars" (from "Urban Tribe"). The text for "Universal Gate" contrasts the lives of millionaires who colonize other planets with the have-nots who toil humbly for the betterment of a degraded earth: "They could live in their gated community in the sky, but we'll live, finally, as one..

Project Onward Artist: David Blaisdell


Project Onward Artist David Blaisdell..
Born: 1949, Quincy, MA
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Project Onward Artist: Ruby Bradford



Project Onward Artist: Ruby Bradford
Born: January 01, 1985.. Chicago, IL..
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Project Onward Artist: Michael Bryant




Project Onward Artist: Michael Bryant..
Born: 1958, Birmingham, AL..
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# Michael Bryant..
# Exhibit at Caffe Baci: Art in Focus..

Project Onward Artist: Larry Chestnut




Project Onward Artist: Larry Chestnut
Born: 1980, Chicago, IL
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# Work-in-Progress - by Larry Chestnut..

Project Onward Artist: Tony 'Bright' Davis



Project Onward Artist: Tony 'Bright' Davis..
Born: September 08, 1960..

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# Artwork of Tony 'Bright' Davis..
# Caffe Baci Exhibit: Art in Focus..

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Tony Davis is a narrator of urban mythologies. His colorful renderings of street characters in flamboyant garb draw inspiration equally from comic books and the artist's own checkered past. Davis' gallery of rogues includes street walkers, street fighters, hustlers and pimps, the dwellers of an underworld rarely seen in art. Many of Davis' scenes are based on real people and actual events, but others - like Night Army and Black Goons - offer an alternate narrative to the crime and decay of the inner city. This is a tale of redemption in which the very pimps and prostitutes who dragged the neighborhood down rise up like superheroes to take back the streets from the new urban predators and their drug houses...

Project Onward Artist: Louis DeMarco

Project Onward Artist: Stephon Doby



Project Onward Artist: Stephon Doby..
Born: 1989, Chicago, IL..
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Project Onward Artist: Rhya Fogerty

Project Onward Artist: Rhya Fogerty..
Born January 01, 1962..

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# Artwork of Rhya Fogerty..

Project Onward Artist: Jennifer Hager



Project Onward Artist: Jennifer Hager..

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# Artwork of Jennifer Hager..
# Work-in-Progress, by Jennifer Hager..
# Work-in-Progress, by Jennifer Hager..

Project Onward Artist: Andrew Hall


Self-Portrait by Andrew Hall..


Project Onward Artist: Andrew Hall..
Born: August 11, 1986.. Chicago, IL..
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Project Onward Artist: James Hall

Project Onward Artist: Safiya Hameed




Project Onward Artist: Safiya Hameed..
Born: Jan 01, 1989.. Chicago, IL..

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# Artwork of Safiya Hameed..

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Safiya Ameera Hameed has been an artist at Project Onward since 2007, and is a graduate of Gallery 37. Safiya also attended Harold Washington College and received her certificate in Vocational Training and Development in 2009. Smart and determined, Safiya always has new ideas, new projects and the energy to see her plans through cheerfully. Her artwork reflects her interest in nature: colorful flowers, trees, animals and the sun radiate positive energy, as do the portraits of her favorite singer, Stevie Wonder.

With a style popular since the beginning of her Gallery 37 days; Safiya continues to make thoughtful, detailed compositions about nature, color, and music. Her first solo show, at the Project Onward Gallery in 2009, was a big success. Her goal is for her art to get "better and better," and she creates art to touch people with the same effervescent happiness that guides her brush strokes...

Project Onward Artist: Adam Elias Hines




Project Onward Artist: Adam Elias Hines..
Born: January 1, 1986..

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# Artwork of Adam Elias Hines..

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Since joining Project Onward in 2004, Adam Hines has produced thousands of "masterpieces": colorful, whimsical drawings on paper and cardboard that depict the contents of his extensive mental data bank. Game shows, TV commercials, dog breeds, cars, architectural landmarks, and people who have the same first name are among the endless stream of lists, categories, and memory-defying feats that appear in Adam's artwork. He is also the soulful lead singer of the rock-and-roll band DHF Express, along with fellow artist Louis DeMarco, and he brings the same open-hearted confidence expressed in his artwork to the music stage. Adam says, "I want to grab colored pencils and markers to start drawing whatever I want and make it into a masterpiece. Art making takes a lot of courage, especially to do such a fantastic job as I do."

Project Onward Artist: David Holt


Project Onward Artist: David Holt..
Born: January 01, 1985..

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# David A. Holt..

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David Holt started to draw in high school at Gallery 37, the City of Chicago's after school job training program in the arts. David's interest in music, romance and celebrities quickly found its way into his artwork. At Project Onward, David refined his craft and, beginning after the death of his grandmother in 2009, began to create memorial portraits of "important people" who have died. Whether drawing on a small piece of cardboard or painting on a monumental canvas, David is a consummate professional; he works hard in the studio and for each and every customer who has purchased his artwork, he logs their information in a small spiral notebook with his meticulous handwriting. Of his work, David says, "I did it and you can too. I am a dependable, honest person who is dedicated to my work... Being part of Project Onward is like a dream. It is fabulous blessing to make art. It is an opportunity to draw, paint, and have fun."

Project Onward Artist: Michael Hopkins




Project Onward Artist: Michael Hopkins..
Born January 01, 1956.. Chicago, IL..
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# Artwork of Michael Hopkins..

Project Onward Artist: David Jarmon




Project Onward Artist: David Jarmon..
Born: 1988, Chicago, IL..
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# Work-in-Progress, by David Jarmon..

Project Onward Artist: "Chuckie" Johnson


Project Onward Artist: "Chuckie" Johnson..
Born: January 01, 1940.. Chicago, IL..
"Chukie" Johnson..

Project Onward Artist: Varton Kachadorian

Project Onward Artist: Varton Kachadorian..

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Project Onward Artist: Blake Lenoir




Project Onward Artist: Blake Lenoir..
Born: January 01, 1985..

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# Artwork of Blake Lenoir..
# Blake Lenoir [work-in-progress]..
# Blake Lenoir [work-in-progress]..

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Blake Lenoir is an artist with autism and a longtime member of Project Onward. His elaborately detailed colored-pencil drawings of nature scenes and people working together have been exhibited all around the country. Blake specializes in depictions of entire ecosystems, with as many plant and animal species as he can fit onto a sheet of paper. His animal kingdoms, including endangered species, are peaceful places where everyone gets along. Several of his images have been used in national and local marketing campaigns, and one of his illustrations provided the cover for Temple Grandin, My Life in Pictures: A Coloring Book for Children about Autism, a companion to the HBO original film about the autistic author, activist, and livestock expert who is one of Blake's heroes. Blake's life and work, including his award-winning gift for gardening, have been profiled on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight," among many other media outlets. In addition to his artistic talents, Blake is a passionate advocate for people with autism, support for the arts, and a host of causes that need champions..

Project Onward Artist: Motesem Mansur




Project Onward Artist: Motesem Mansur..

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Project Onward Artist: Meg McCarville





Project Onward Artist: Meg McCarville.
Born: 1980, Shaumburg, IL..

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Meg McCarville has created a world, The Kingdom of Lil' Princess, populated by fanciful yet mischievous dolls. These dish soap bottle assemblages each come with a description that tells the story of that individuals adventures and mishaps in the land of Lil' Princess. A graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago, Meg studied video and photography, but especially enjoyed video for its immediacy. When she decided she needed to devote her time solely to art, she made use of her obsessive collecting ability, finding a myriad of materials and supplies to feed her projects, from fabrics and ribbons to doll heads, old toys, party favors and more. Since she began working in the Project Onward studio in early 2010, she has created over 100 figures. Her favorite artists are Sally Man, Henry Darger and Chris Burden.