Art Smash Artists

LAUREN BREVNER

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Lauren Brevner grew up in a mixed heritage family rich with culture and inspiration. In 2009, she moved to Osaka, Japan in hopes of reconnecting with her roots. There, Lauren had the honor of apprenticing under renowned artist, Sin Nakayamal. It was through her mentor that she first began her work as an artist. Nakayamal was the inspiration that sparked her journey to self-taught fruition.

The composition of her paintings explores mixed-media through the use of oil, acrylic, and resin. This unique technical style is combined with a collage of Japanese chiyogami, yuzen, and washi paper on wooden panels. Her influence originates from the stylistic elements of traditional Japanese art and culture. She aspires to reinvent the eloquent tradition of using gold and silver leaf in art.

Lauren’s paintings primarily involve the interpretation of female portraiture. She plays with polychromatic layers; the figures within it existing in surreal and isometric spheres. The women embody strength and femininity through somber silence. Their gaze a myriad narrative. Lauren Brevner seeks to create a commentary on the subject of women and their depiction in art throughout the ages. Her portrayal of women serves to empower rather than objectify: a reflection of the vitality of sensuality over sexuality.

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JAMES HARRY

James Harry is a Vancouver born artist. He is of Squamish Nation and European descent. At an early age, he began carving with his father, Xwalacktun. Similarly, learning painting from his mother Jennifer Kleinsteuber. 

James attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design graduating in 2014.  In 2011 he won the YVR art scholarship which allowed him to display his work in the Vancouver International airport. In 2015, he was commissioned to create a permanent installation at UBC.

During the same year, James designed the International Masters Game medals produced in Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  Harry has had artwork displayed in Ottawa’s parliament building, the United Kingdom, and Munich Germany. 

James has dedicated a lot of his time to his local community in the Lower Mainland working with over 7 school districts and 6 different city municipalities.

His art practice includes sculpture, design, installations, and painting. 

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KELSEY HALL (KC HALL)

KC Hall was born in Bella Bella, BC, and was raised in East Vancouver since he was two years old. He is the grandson of hereditary Chief Irene (Wakas) Brown. At a very young age, KC always had an interest in illustration. In high school, KC developed a passion for handwriting, lettering, and graffiti. After graduating from high school, he began creating work on a larger scale, including paintings and drawings. In February of 2012, KC studied with Nisga’a artist Robert Tait in the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program at Native Education College in Vancouver, BC. The course inspired KC as an artist since he was introduced to Northwest Coast formline, and he instantly fell in love with the visual language. In 2016, KC designed and presented a blanket to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge while the royals were on a visit to BC. Currently, KC is creating work that combines both his style of graffiti and the art of his people and formline design, while still following the traditions of both intricate forms. In 2017, Lattimer Gallery hosted an exhibition titled Hálúɫ (Fresh) which featured the work of KC and fellow Heiltsuk artist Dean Hunt.

“firmament” is my artistic depiction of what I think heaven looks like or even what I want heaven to look like filled with the shapes, stories and visions of our ancestors… a place more vibrant and colorful than the earth we live on .....a place above the clouds.”

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SANDEEP JOHAL

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage.

Sandeep believes in the power of art to create awareness around issues related to cultural identity, gender equality, and human rights. Her art practice is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Her most recent series, Rest In Power (2017), is a body of work dedicated to twelve women from various cultural backgrounds whose murders have impacted her deeply.

Her mural for ARTSmash is based off of one of her black and white drawings entitled Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice (2017). The title and image serve as a reminder to women that our voice, collectively and individually, is important and that we have a right to use it, but to be impeccable with our word in doing so.

Sandeep recently completed a mural for Vancouver Mural Festival and a large-scale public project for the City of New Westminster. Her work has been featured in Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, This Magazine, Gray Magazine and numerous other print and online publications.

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KARI KRISTENSEN

Kari Kristensen is a contemporary Canadian printmaker living in Vancouver, BC. Kari’s current body of work, the Imagined Landscapes series, is composed of intricately cut linoleum prints that are referential to the Canadian landscape. 

This particular piece was designed specifically for Granville Island and represents the view of the Lions/2 Sisters from her home in False Creek.  The mural is intended to be a large ­scale painting which embodies the elements of her printmaking techniques.

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ERIC LOUIE

Louie’s paintings have always had a sensibility towards the natural order of things. He is interested in creating events that both acknowledge and deny spatial illusion simultaneously. Louie feels as though there never is an end to these works in their self-fulfillment, which is exciting and challenging to him. His process in the beginning is to make a painting in response to one of its predecessors. None of the works are planned and continually change course until they come to some resolve where he can let them go. The forms are invented during the process, some of which survive until the end, others lost in the many layers of thin glazes of paint.

The paintings have a pictorial emphasis for the most part… They tend to be mind paintings but also allude to landscape, still life and portraiture. Having explored many of these genres in the past, they still surface in his abstractions to some degree. The objects within the paintings tend to be unique shying away from pattern or repetition. Many, especially in his recent bodies of work, meld organic and geometric elements. Louie has found that this development takes the work in two directions: On one level to point towards the idea but not define the works as autonomous art objects.; on another, to perhaps talk about this type of interaction of forms, their tension and broader meaning.

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VICTORIA SIECZKA

Victoria Sieczka is an artist living in Vancouver, BC. She is a first generation Canadian born from parents who immigrated from Poland and Ukraine. She graduated from Emily Carr in 2014 and has since focused on the finding the perfect medium between art and design. In her piece she focuses on the shape, colors and semiotics. Semiotics is the study of symbols and how they are interpreted. The mural focuses on the possibility of taking symbols from life, language and culture and recontextualizing them to give them a whole new meaning.

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RUBEN SANCHEZ

Born and raised in Madrid, adopted by Barcelona in the early 2000’s with short periods in NYC and currently back in Spain after 3 years in Dubai (stay that started with a one-year art residency with Tashkeel), Sánchez is a self-taught artist with a strong, graphic style that resonates through all of his projects: paintings, murals, sculptures or installations.

Coming from the cultural worlds of graffiti and skateboarding, Sánchez started learning by teaching himself graphic design and illustration. This took him to the art direction of different skateboard companies and design studios but broke up with the computer in the mid 2000’s and went back to the analog work, where he changed the screen for wood, saws, brushes, murals, spray cans, found objects or canvases, but this rupture with the computer wasn’t definitive since he still works on digital art for selected projects.

If you dissect his work you will find that graffiti and graphic design from his old days, skateboard graphics, cubism, connectivity, tribal art and Mediterranean lifestyle among many other things. All this mixture, including his continuous explorations with volume in the past years will take us to a natural evolution that is making of Sánchez’ work what it is nowadays.

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DEBRA SPARROW

Debra is a self-taught Musqueam designer who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. Debra is an acclaimed weaver who has been weaving for twenty years and is deeply involved with the revival of Musqueam weaving.  She integrates her peoples' history into her art and design work which can be seen in various museums and institutions, such as the Vancouver Airport. It is Debra's hope to educate others about the beauty and integrity of her people's history through her art.

"Everything I do is a reflection of my people. The ancestors speak to me through this creative gift. I, in turn, share it with you and others who take the time to stop and ask the questions - Reflections, traditional designs, contemporary colors..."

- Debra Sparrow

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JEREMY WONG (JNASTY)

Jeremy Wong, is a graffiti artist with 20+ years experience. He takes much of his inspiration from contemporary urban culture and street art. His artwork has been presented in locations such as the 2010 Winter Olympics, TED Talks and the Vancouver Mural Festival.

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