LOLA SHERWOOD // Festival Art Curator // @everyoneonly
FEATURED ARTISTS AT THE MEADOWS:
Born and raised in Connecticut, childhood trips to NYC in the mid-’80s exposed Greg Mike to the creative potential of reinventing public spaces through art and design. Always obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons, by his early teens Greg began using the walls of his native state to fuse these two passions together. Mixing the take-no-prisoners bombast of classic NYC street art with the eagle-eyed precision of mass market illustration and animation has been his goal from the beginning. Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the fashion world, he has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective. Populated by gleefully twisted characters, his world is unsettling, mischievous and uniquely captivating.
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Greg Mike is the founder and creative director of ABV AGENCY / GALLERY, a multi-platform studio specializing in branding, apparel design and visual production. A hub for Atlanta innovators, ABV also functions as a gallery exhibiting artists from around the world, highlighting emerging talents alongside globally recognized names. In 2015, Greg Mike founded OuterSpace Project, an event series that merges public art, live music, design, action sports and culture in Atlanta, GA.
Glossblack Raised in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Glossblack is an American freight writer who began painting in the early 2000s. Today, with over a decade of work under his belt, he has solidified himself as a nationally recognized practitioner of the art. As graffiti culture rises in popularity, he manages to continually find new territory, creating pieces that are instantly recognizable. Working predominantly in aerosol and oil paint, his dynamic lettering styles, layering techniques, craftsmanship, and dedication to detail result in striking works of art. While demand increases and commissioned work grows, Glossblack is taking on larger commercial projects that allow him to bring his work into the public sphere. From massive neighborhood landmarks in Philadelphia to the fine detail of canvas letter studies, his portfolio is a reflection of his prolific career.
Steffi Lynn is an illustrator working and living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is filled with quirkiness, color and character. She is driven to take normal scenes and moments and make them playful and exciting. Her work is inspired by everyday things and simple imagery from her imagination.
Steffi’s talents and inspirations are diverse and her illustrations reflect her many interests. Her intent with her work is to create something bright for the viewer to enjoy. Steffi’s work has been published in places like Seventeen Magazine and MTV.com. Have a nice day!
Doug Aldrich is an artist based out of New York City creating work that mingles graphic art and a bold color palette with a mindful sense of design. Sharing influence from both American traditions, its subculture and the art of advertising, his work creates a similar contrast in their surreal pursuit and use of symbolism, whether on walls or canvas.
Born Robert Michael Provenzano in 1970 in the Bronx (NY) to a middle-class family, Ces began writing graffiti in the early 80s. He’s part of the second wave of writers, those that innovated in letters.
Influenced by the dynamics of the pioneers: large images on trains, subways and walls, Ces helped develop the writing commonly known as Wildstyle. The NY Wildstyle that Ces was instrumental in developing employed more jagged, aggressive and hard edge letters as opposed in the rounded script of classical graffiti.
Imitation is a form of flattery, and the graffiti innovations of Ces have been relentlessly knocked off by his peers and have influenced the new generation of writers in the US and throughout the world. Ces, also known as Wish, has produced large aerosol murals in various countries and continents. His work is also available on canvas.
Born in the United Kingdom’s West London, Wayne is of West Indian descent and lived in England and Grenada until he was 7 years old. In 1978, Wayne’s parents brought their 2 sons to the U.S. and moved to New York City’s North Bronx. The elevated tracks soon caught Wayne’s eye and he slowly became obsessed with watching and admiring the many great graffiti writers of the late 70’s and early 80’s.
In 1983, Wayne became ‘Wane One’ when he painted his first train. This was the beginning of a lifelong love for graffiti and the culture that surrounded it. Subway cars and train walls were his favorite canvases. He had an unquenchable thirst for painting his pieces onto these metal surfaces, thus transforming them into mobile works of art. Other writers knew his style was significant and a bond was quickly established with many serious subway painters. In 1988, Wane started experimenting and exploring other medias, such as painting with acrylic on canvas, denim jackets and jeans. He then began airbrushing onto t-shirts, which became popular in his neighborhood and gave Wane his first taste of being an entrepreneur. Wane was also one of the first writers to make the transition into Graphic Design and has designed logos for hip-hop groups like Gangstarr, Jeru the Damager and Group Home. Presently, Wane divides his time between painting, running his company Writers Bench, designing for Sean John Menswear, Nike, and Reebok and traveling around the world. Wane still resides in the Bronx.
KEY DETAIL is a Belarusian artist who works with painting, drawing and illustrations. Currently lives and works in New York, US. He focuses on creating huge outdoor murals and canvases and keeps working on his style. The artistic map of KEY DETAIL features murals and exhibitions all over the world. KEY DETAIL’s artworks have been featured in a number of international magazines and books. His art is a balanced concentration of emotional reflections on reality transformed by the prism of surreal interpretation. Every his character has charisma and outstanding personality, he lives in his own environment rich with elaborate details.
Belarusian female mural artist YU-BABA currently lives and works in New York, USA. Germany, Italy, France, Austria, UK, Belgium, Greece, Poland, USA, India are some of the countries where her work can be found. Studying art since childhood Yu-baba graduated from the faculty of Architecture in Minsk, Belarus. She primarily began focusing on creating mural art since 2013. Since that time, Yu-baba has grown and evolved within her career as a mural artist. Yu-baba continues to balance her love of painting large-scale public artworks with creation of canvases. Her works were exhibited in galleries in Germany and USA.