The aesthetic world of Lea Barozzi is a purgatorial realm where a living fog sustains a sense of static tension and freezes the emotional states of its subjects in contemplative introspection. It is punctuated by symbolic props that engage the viewer with instant metaphorical recognition and elements of surprise which draw on our love of mystery. It is populated with little maidens and echoes of discarded dolls who are no strangers to loneliness but persevere to find their way in the dark out of the corners they have found themselves painted into.
Lea’s art helps us to explore the perils and peace in the isolation we all find ourselves reluctantly enjoying when no one else is there.
Hello, my name is Brenda Dunn. I am a self-taught illustrator based out of Oregon. The mediums used in my illustrations are ink, pencil, and paper.
For my whole life, or as long as I can remember, I have been in awe of women and the beauty they possess. Drawing was a part of my daily life as a child, and the subject matter was always women. Mermaids, princesses, and skater girls were the recurring characters in my art until my late teens, upon the discovery of pinup art from the forties and fifties. Ever since then my art shifted more towards that style, while making it my own. I strive to make art that women can relate to, a more modern and inclusive pinup than that of the older era. In addition to vintage pinup illustration, I take inspiration from burlesque culture, tropical everything, and the clean lines of art deco and art nouveau.
In the current political climate and advancement of women’s rights and feminism, my work has had mixed reviews. My art is in no form a statement or suggestion that there is any specific look, shape, size, or skin color that makes women beautiful… Beauty comes in all forms.
Kendra Binney was raised in a small mountain town with no shoe stores. Most of her time was spent barefoot treading through the minuscule world of spiders, snakes and all things hiding in the grass. She transfers this closeness with the small and obscure into her paintings. Through scenes of dripping landscapes and insecure, vulnerable characters, she illustrates a world draped in memories, remorse, and fragile realities. Seen through pastel washes and shiny candy coatings of resins, her works evoke both nostalgia and contempt. They are at once gentle and cruel, sweet and unsettling.
Though her paintings have been exhibited, sold, and published around the world, Kendra herself spends most days in a small studio in Portland, OR. There she paints, daydreams, and paints some more. Past clients include Microsoft, Sanrio, Vinyl Films, and Collage Greetings along with numerous commissions for private collections.