Haylee Ryan

Haylee Ryan paints people. Not exclusively, but it’s undoubtedly her preference. She paints people because it enables her to pay sincere homage to what captivates her.

Matilde: Front View, acrylic and oil on wood panel, 24 x 30 inches

Matilde: Front View, acrylic and oil on wood panel, 24 x 30 inches

Haylee has known for the majority of her life that she was meant to be an artist, and the allure of the human form first captured Haylee’s imagination at a very young age. As a child, she began sketching and painting people in a journal she eventually gifted to her beloved grandfather. Before he passed away, when Haylee was only nine years old, he made Haylee’s mother promise to encourage her to pursue art forever. Thankfully, she’s made it the bedrock of her life.

Spanish Family in the Yard, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24 inches

Spanish Family in the Yard, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24 inches

Haylee’s fascination with humankind and her intrinsic inclination to see beauty in every face and every body has gifted her with the rare ability to paint people – from friends and family members to total strangers – vibrantly and provocatively. Her most recent series was inspired by a woman named Matilde whom she observed at a street market in Paris. As she so often does, she began sketching the woman from a distance before finally approaching her and requesting permission to paint her, and the resulting collection is extraordinary.

Matilde Sketches, acrylic and ink on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Matilde Sketches, acrylic and ink on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Each portrait Haylee paints draws its audience in and initiates an almost immediate longing to know the person captured. Like the subjects of her work, Haylee unwittingly exists as an almost preternatural enigma to those aware of her and/or her art. While she is undeniably an avid and passionate artist… Haylee is also a devoted, part-time elementary school art teacher. She plays guitar and sings in the popular band Sister. She is a volunteer member of the executive team for Art Conspiracy. And on top of all this, she is (unsurprisingly) a constant adventurer and (as often as possible) world traveler. She lives modestly and deliberately so she can enjoy life abundantly. Haylee’s unique existence, naked humility and irresistible effervescence inspire the same longing experienced by onlookers of her art to also get to know the artist herself.

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Martha Elaine Beldan

Kyle Steed

Kyle Steed is an artist who somehow manages to be all at once eminent and inconspicuous. You either know Kyle Steed and deeply admire both the man and his work, or you’ve merely heard his name around town without really knowing why that is.

His quiet passion for creating art, both professionally and personally, is inspiring and has put his work in high demand – in Dallas and around the country. Even his Instagram is expertly curated and draws a substantial following, giving fans and friends a glimpse into the preoccupations of this ubiquitous artist. Kyle’s vibrant murals adorn the walls of coffee shops, boutiques and storefronts across the country... some even live as city landmarks.

He is perhaps most well known for his playful typography and often colorful, always minimalist drawings. But his personal work lies in a category all its own.

The consequences of pleasing people, 2016, acrylic on panel, 9 x 12 inches

The consequences of pleasing people, 2016, acrylic on panel, 9 x 12 inches

Never one to “follow the rules” (his adolescence was marked by teen angst, punk rock and a skateboard), Kyle and his art move outside the proverbial lines. As he puts it, “I’ve always gravitated toward the mentality of seeing the way things are… but resisting.” And as an artist, he has earned the freedom to continue to disregard the rules… but with maturity and a purpose. From transforming found objects and memorabilia into original works to using his art to wrestle with and reflect on firmly held beliefs, Kyle Steed’s art is both deeply personal and generally accessible.

The duality of man, 2016, acrylic on found plywood, 48 x 50 inches

The duality of man, 2016, acrylic on found plywood, 48 x 50 inches

Talking to Kyle about his work and his art inevitably involves more philosophy than technique. He is humble but not deprecatingly so… art is just something that makes sense to him. For as long as he can remember, Kyle has known his life would be one of creation and creativity. From breathtaking photographs of his beloved wife and daughters or an interesting light pattern fallen across a geometric surface to a mural welcoming Dallasites to the city’s illustrious Design District to a series of faded old photographs manipulated into colorful mysteries… art isn’t something he does… it’s who he is.

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Martha Elaine Beldan

Paxton Maroney

Paxton Maroney’s surreal photography invites the outside world to step inside snapshots of her dreams. For several years, she has woken up from vivid dreams, often in the middle of the night, and drawn the images composed on the backs of her eyelids. At times, she even engages in lucid dreaming throughout the day as she’s “trained her brain” to create new chimera for her
portraiture. Then, when she has scouted out the perfect location, she begins reconstructing the scenes of her subliminal imagination.

Since she was a young girl, Paxton has been preoccupied with the habits and inclinations of an artist. Growing up, she was shy and quiet and preferred spending her time drawing her favorite cartoons and coloring with her crayola caddy gifted to her by her parents in the 1980s. As she was never a very social person, even after graduation and into college, art has always been an outlet for Paxton. While she wishes she’d taken more art classes throughout her education, her pursuit of a degree in landscape architecture from Texas A&M enabled her to enroll in everything from architecture drawing to writing to a watercolor class she took in Italy in 1999.

She began entering open shows as a painter in the mid 2000s, until, with a simple gesture, her means of expression took a turn. In 2008, she was gifted her first DSLR camera, and her entire world changed. At this time, she had already been working as a retoucher for an established photographer, studying and practicing retouching people. And as she grew more skilled, she realized retouching would enable her to do whatever she wanted with photography. Now, photography is her primary medium, and she is entirely self taught – something she says she cherishes, as it forces her to constantly study the dynamic artform. At the end of the day, she doesn’t see her shift from painting to photography as much of a change at all beyond the learning curve. As the medium is forever changing and progressing, she is eagerly and forever learning.

To Paxton, dreams aren’t so much stories as they are symbolic images that tend to hold deep meaning for the dreamer. But don’t bother asking her what her art means… she’d rather you step inside and find the meaning for yourself.

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Artist Statement:

I am a Conceptual Fine Art Photographer. My work tends to lean towards the surreal which is contrived from my dreams. I try to work organically when shooting, but stick to the ideas that have been ingrained in my head since the conception of that piece. I strive to portray a stillness in my work, even if there is movement involved - unimaginable movement sometimes. My influences are varied which include music, nature and scripture, each of which significantly informs the process of my art creation.  My photographic work employs constructed photographic images modified with digital editing.  I like to describe my work as “painting with photographs.” I tend to focus on a subject in a unique environment that tells a story, though I have started to move from a human subject to more installations and sculptures.

Exhibitions and Events:

  • Solo exhibition at Jen Mauldin Gallery, Dallas. Title: Reverie February 4th-27th 2017
  • Artist representation Jen Mauldin Gallery 408 N. Bishop, Suite 103, Dallas, Texas 75208 
  • TVAA National Competition and Exhibit artist. Dec.5-28th 2016 Mesquite Arts Center 1527 North Galloway Avenue
    Mesquite, TX 75149 (Dec 8 5pm - 7pm Reception and awards presentation) 
  • Virtual to Actual 5 artist at Viridian Artists. September 27th-October 15th 2016 548 W 28th St #632, New York, NY 10001
  • Selected Artist for Axis Gallery’s 11th National Juried Exhibition, Sacramento, CA. Artist Reception August 13th 2016
  • Selected Artist for Third Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition, Exhibition on Display | June 24 – August 6, 2016
  • Art Conspiracy ANONYMOUS Saturday, June 4, 2016 7:00 – 11:00 pm LIFE in Deep Ellum 2803 Taylor St. Dallas, TX 75226
  • Fractal Logic 3 exhibition artist at Kettle Art in Deep Ellum Dallas. Opening March 24, 2016
  • Art Con 11 Artist. Auction is Saturday, November 14, 2015 WHERE: 1450 Browder Street, Dallas, TX 75215
  • KXT 91.7 selected artist for Fall Fundraiser
  • Selected Artist with Peter Miller Fine Art 2nd Open Call Juried Photography Exhibition
    October 15 – November 14, 2015
    Jurored by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography.
    Opening Reception Thursday October 15, 2015
  • The Beginning | Aiden's Dream and The Veil were selected in The Dreamers Collection by See Me's Exposure Award and is available for purchase here (http://www.peecho.com/…/…/136584-The%20Dreamers%20Collection)
    http://www.seemorebeauty.com/collections/dreamers.html
    The photography presented within this collection was honoured at a private reception at the Louvre Museum, in Paris, July 13th, 2015. Honored my work was chosen and featured today, August 27th 2015, at the intro to the collection online. Thank you See Me!
  • Directors Choice Award Viridian Artists’ 26th International Juried Competition June 30 – July 18, 2015
  • Selected artist at FRONT Art Space | OPEN15 Publication | June 18th - July 2nd 2015 Location: TriBeCa - 118 chambers st. NY, NY, 10007.
  • Selected Artist for Art Conspiracy SKEWED, a live art auction of work from 40+ curated artists selected to create and auction their art based on this years inspiration of skewing concepts and ideas.  June 6, 7pm-11pm
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts: selected artist for Shaping New Worlds Exhibition with Juror Lori Kella. A National Exhibition of Constructed Photography. Opening Reception is Friday, April 10th, 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: April 10th - June 13th 2015 Reception held in conjunction with the Sewickley Spring Gallery and Art Walk
  • The Center for Fine Art Photography: selected artist for H2O (Water) Exhibition with Juror Dina Mitrani and awarded Hamidah Glasgow's Director's Honorable Mention for works titled "Self-Reflection" April 24, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Artist in the LOCAL Spring Art Exhibition at the UT Southwestern Medical Center Library. Reception March 5, 2015
  • NYC4PA New York Center for Photographic Art Honorable Mention in the Portraits 2014 Call for Entry. Artwork titled "Allena" was selected by juror Ellen Denuto to be included in the online gallery and the catalog. 
  • NYC4PA New York Center for Photographic Art Honorable Mention in the Black and White 2014 Call for Entry.
    Artwork titled "Serendipity" was selected by juror Dan Burkholder to be included in the online gallery and the catalog. 
  • Featured Artist small works – BIG TALENT Las Laguna Gallery December 4th thru December 27th
  • Solo Exhibition in Arlington, TX at The Upstairs Gallery Nov. 1st-25th.
  • Fall Gallery Night 2014 at The Upstairs Gallery, Arlington, TX
  • New Texas Talent XXI at Craighead Green, Dallas, TX
  • Awarded by See | Me, artwork entitled Waters Edge, featured in Times Square, taking over the entire 25-story-tall billboard on July 26th, 2014.
  • Paxton was one of the featured artists in the White Linen Dallas Exhibition benefiting the Bridge May 15th, 2014

 

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Shoby Modjarrad

Shoby Modjarrad deeply values the beauty that exists all around her and is increasingly mindful of her impact on nature and the environment. And, as an artist, she invites her audience to see the world through her discerning eyes.

Her love for colors and details in nature serves as a constant teacher and perhaps most heavily influences what and how she chooses to create. Yet, there is another aspect to her process that is unapologetically shaped by several years of experience in architecture.

Her first developing series—called 1DAY—which is heavily influenced by her awareness of our impact on the environment and her love of nature, is based on post-consumer goods and objects and calls attention to the waste of one individual in One Day. She is acutely aware of the effects of consumer plastic on everything from our nation’s physical health to the world’s ecosystem.

“We’ve worked so hard to make our lives convenient and efficient; yet, we haven’t thought much past that... about the price that we will have to pay one day. I’ve realized that the price of convenience is lots and lots of PLASTIC; which exists in everyday products, from shipping containers, kid’s toys and kitchen appliances to car parts - the earth is getting full.”

Tiffany McAnarney

Tiffany McAnarney’s immense curiosity is the driving force behind her truly unique artistic style, which thematically explores the concepts of humanity, the divine, space & time, gravity… even quantum physics.

 

Raised deep in the Bible belt in a relatively sheltered Southern Baptist home, Tiffany discovered new realms of thought and imagination living with her Buddhist grandparents for a few formative years during her adolescence. Extremely open-minded, her grandparents encouraged her to never accept anything at face value. Thus was born her fascination with all things invisible and unknowable. Because she is mentally more inclined toward math and science, Tiffany’s artwork is calculated and helps her explore and better understand the complexities of the universe. Often, she says, her paintings are physical manifestations of conversations she has with herself. The universe may be ruled by what we cannot see, but Tiffany never stops observing and considering the possibilities. Tiffany graduated in 2010 from Oklahoma State University with a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in watercolor and graphite. Unsurprisingly, she elected to focus on watercolor because it is perhaps the most difficult medium to learn, and if she could master watercolors, everything else would be that much easier to pick up. Not only does Tiffany paint in a challenging medium, but she does so in a way that forces her to sacrifice control… because this allows her work to more accurately reflect both the frailty and resiliency of human life. Because she likes to think on a quantum level, Tiffany breathes the notion “nothing is impossible” into each of her paintings by using techniques that defy gravity and mixing mediums (primarily watercolor and acrylic) that are traditionally relegated to opposing sides of less adventurous artists’ universe. Tiffany’s ethereal creations are brought to life on paper, canvas, walls and masonite.

Written by:

Martha Elaine Beldan

Hobbes Vincent

Hobbes Vincent is one of the Dallas art world’s most treasured enigmas. Born in Mexico, then (as he tells it) raised by a merry band of feral pigs in Northwest Arkansas, Hobbes is an often barefoot, occasionally axe-wielding, eternally grinning intellectual giant who weaves one hell of a tall tale.

You never know whether you’re getting an accurate portrait of reality or one that’s been manipulated into something far more interesting. His, much like his sculptures, is a masterfully altered reality. Growing up in a poor family who could afford very few toys for he and his brothers, Hobbes first began sculpting as a small child, making his own toys out of sculpey [an oil-based sculpting clay]. When he was 17, he was visiting an art gallery when he looked around and decided he might be able to turn his hobby into a real livelihood. Then, in 2009, Hobbes officially made sculpting his full-time career. When asked where he draws his inspiration, his answer tends to lie somewhere between mischief and hyperbole. However he dreams them up, his remarkable attention to even the smallest details makes his surreal sculptures incredibly lifelike while still entirely fantastical. His truly singular style in concert with his eccentric imagination means every piece is all at once immediately identifiable and entirely unique.

*The accuracy and validity of some of the details outlined in this biography should be accepted at the reader’s own discretion.


Written by:

Martha Elaine Beldan