George Zupp (1968) “Chicken Bones” George, is an artist residing in Marathon, TX, renowned for his idiosyncratic southwest ranch characters. His artwork typically depicts dive bar personalities and imagined cowboys, often portrayed playing a violin while wrangling goats, along with various cheeky cattle and female scenes. George earned his BFA from STSU and his MFA from the UTSA.
Andy Don Emmons Jr (1966) began creating art inspired by the tall tales of his family, friends, and foes, and earned a BFA from SHU. Andy’s unique and quirky artwork includes art cars, backyard art environments, outrageous sculptures, and detailed drawings, and has been exhibited throughout Texas and beyond. His work is included in numerous private collections as well as the House of Blues Collection, the Kansas Folk Life Museum, and the Orange Show.
A folk art printmaker, Jackdaw Russell (1978) born in Houston, often draws inspiration from eclectic pop culture or local historic characters favored by his collectors, infusing them with his signature funky spin. True to his reputation as the class clown, his linoleum cut artwork is known for its absurd and playful quality, aimed at eliciting laughter from his patrons.
Branam was born in Waxahachie, Texas, raised in Dallas and after having served as a Navy officer during the Vietnam War, he lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Depth and color mattered to Branam; the subjects of his work were secondary. In fact, most of the paintings he produced were of one model, a friend he photographed with a Polaroid in black and white.
Glen Gauthier’s uses printed ephemera to serve as a kind of time machine. He is drawn to older things, and especially the printed media from the past. The golden age of travel, imagery and typography, dusty yellowed pages of old books, brochures and documents – all of these are his inspiration that plays out in his collage work.
Arielle Austin's process-based work explores the intimate relationship between subject and viewer with layers, texture and details. Her recent works often depict an abstract scene of people, using various media and textures to portray the emotion of the setting.
Gerald Bell is presenting a series of paintings completed during a time when he was coping through a difficult marriage and divorce. While he was dealing with uncertainties, painting allowed him to work through and accept these ambiguities and changes.
Randy Padorr-Black is a commercial designer and illustrator who finds his true creativity in his recent series of collage and abstract paintings, giving him infinitely more fulfillment. The featured works are bold, simple and thoughtfully energizing.