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Mickael Broth screwed up when he was twenty one. He painted graffiti in the conservative capital of the South, Richmond Virginia, and for his crimes he spent almost a year in jail. During his time behind bars, he refocused his creative energy into extraordinarily detailed drawings weaving together images and ideas related to his situation. In the years since then, he’s gone on show work in galleries and museums around the country, and after being awarded a prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, was invited before the Virginia General Assembly to be honored as a valuable member of the community. The irony being that the very same legislative body had passed a strict anti-graffiti law in response to his arrest only a few years earlier. Much of the work in this show focuses on the building of DIY skate spots, something which Mickael has been personally involved in, and promoted, as co-founder and editor of Born Ugly Magazine.
Ed Trask - Father, Drummer and Regionalist Painter – Richmond Artist, Trask, keeps himself very busy. His murals speak to the local geography, whereas his applied art sometimes has the opposite intention, in hopes of energizing ones day to day. With influences ranging from impressionism to American realists like Thomas Hart Benton, Trask captures a certain lively and painterly quality—breathing life into the surface and the scene in which he represents.Trask has a long list of bands he’s been in starting from the mid -80′s including Holy Rollers and Kepone. Ed now plays in the bands AVAIL, Heks Orkest, and Corntooth.
Ed has shown with us in the past; April 2008 and August 2010.
El Kamino’s work is a result of mixing instinct for rawness with his knowledge of fine art. Raised in the suburbs of Virginia, El Kamino started wall painting/graffiti as a teenager. Although there was not a lot of galleries or artists to collaborate with early on, the influence of Thrasher Magazine motivated El Kamino’s beginnings. His connection to duality in humanity and nature find their way into a large body of his work, but it doesn’t stop there. His tag brings in that element of graphic design, mixing hard edges with the continuity of calligraphy.
I paint the little things that I love.
The minutes in between.
For better or worse,
I taught me to paint.