artists

Artists

Take some time to get to know our artists, Outer Edge Studio is always looking for talent. Send us some work.

Billy Martinez

Billy has been working in the comic industry for over 13 years. His credits include Heavy Metal Magazine, Kickass Girl and his work on the popular Fox series "The Family Guy" which he contributed over 1,000 sketch cards for. In 2000 he started his publishing company Neko Press and has currently illustrated over 42 titles within that time. In 2004 he decided to try his hand at painting and started to do live art shows on stage busting out over 6 paintings within one night. The paintings started to get attention by many new fans and since then Billy has painted over 125 paintings to date. Many of the paintings were printed in his new art book titled "Girls." The book has sparked much attention and was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune for his unique style of sexy cheese cake art and his guest spot at this last years Comic Con International. In his spare time he enjoys teaching 17 classes a week at his San Diego based school "Neko Press Art Studios." September 29th will be the release of his new line of original "Girls" art and prints at the Outer Edge Studio. So don't miss out! This reception should be a blast!

Bonnie Gammill

Bonnie Gammill was born north of Dallas in Lewisville, Texas in 1982. She received her B.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and spent time abroad attending the Glasgow School of Art. Currently she lives and works in Austin, Texas, beginning the Graduate Program at the University of Texas this Fall.


David Choe

Born and Raised in Los Angeles, of Korean descent, an art school drop out, hustler, lover, thief, gambler, world traveler, arteest, and heart breaker.
In the past, or I should say, most of his life,he’s has been fueled by such feelings and emotions as loneliness, anger, bitterness, rage, self-loathing, and idiosyncratic nihilism.

He marveled at irrelevance. However, now in the last year, with a drastic turn of events, David is now powered, fueled, and driven by an emotion and feeling much greater than these, and of course that is LOVE.

Shepard Fairey

The FIRST AIM OF PHENOMENOLOGY is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one's environment. The OBEY sticker attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the sticker and their relationship with their surroundings. Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the product or motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with the sticker provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer's perception and attention to detail. The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. Because OBEY has no actual meaning, the various reactions and interpretations of those who view it reflect their personality and the nature of their sensibilities. (excerpt from manifesto - obeygiant.com)

Dabo

In his work Dabo feels most comfortable using a surrealist approach to relate these subjects to his viewers. He feels this style gives him the freedom he needs to speak his ideas in an encompassing and lucid fashion. Though one’s first impression when encountering his work may be that of shock (due to the graphic nature in the majority of his pieces) upon closer inspection there is an underlying theme of hope and redemption that becomes clear. He also enjoys working with different surfaces and materials to present his work on, experimenting mostly with wood and metal; this can be perceived as a continuation of his graffiti ethic, choosing to still reject the canvas and all of the formal excess that attaches itself to it, opting to portray his work with an urban based minimalism instead.

Marco Almera

Marco Almera began his artistic career in the Southern California Surf/Skate/Punk Rock culture of the early eighties. As a teenager, Almera was inspired by the do-it-yourself style of this culture, and created his own t-shirts and stylized graphics. His underground art style has always gravitated to this world of surfing, cars, pinup girls, and California culture, and he remains a representative to this way of life. Almera has spent the last 15 years working independently, creating t-shirts, album covers, rock music posters and commissioned paintings. Almera's hand-pulled serigraphs can be found in poster shops, music stores, and art galleries throughout the world. Most recently, he has enjoyed success with his serigraphs in Japan and Germany.

Jaya King

I am attracted to subjects which, to me, represent distorted beauty in a modern age. These sadly expressive creatures lost in their own wonderland.My primary source of inspiration is the dark lullabies of Tom Waits. It is through his raspy voice what I find the under worldly characters scratching to be let out. There is an underlying obsession of carnival life, freak shows, and the caravan leaving its footprints if the backbone of America that haunts nearly all of my images. My portraits usually travel along a rocky path outside the norm, providing a looking glass of subversive pleasure. It is sometimes strange for me to consider my work as my own. After the piece is completed the face looking back at me seemed to have created itself. Perhaps this is because I am looking at a sick facet of my own psyche that I am finally able to see.

Gustavo Venegas







Mitsy Ávila Ovalles

"I realize that to someone other than myself, this work appears to be dissonant in subject but it does congeal, thematically, unfolding who I am. Despite the formal disjunction the subtext remains constant in describing the conflicts of living a hybrid cultural identity. Each piece is rooted in my reality, using metaphors of domesticity, identity, and violence to explore issues of gender, culture and class. In these works I engage in an internal multilayered dialogue, referencing my Mexican heritage and other subcultures, in this allowing for a strained syncretism to emerge. This is a slice of my personal memory nostalgia, a reality that is not common to others but specific to those with a similar marginal experience. Inspiration for my work comes from outside of normative qualities of art, borrowing aesthetics from the folk art of taco trucks, excessive feminine decoration, graffiti and food labels."

Mr. Glaubitz

Charles Glaubitz has been illustrating for years, since before he began studies at California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration 2001. He also received an AA in graphic design from San Diego City College in 1998. Residing “inside the paradox of Tijuana, Baja California, and San Diego, California - La linea”, he is a rare hybrid on multiple levels. Of German American via Nebraska and Mexican via los Mochis Sinaloa ancestry, his mix of influences also spans the hybrid between the two cities he now inhabits. This cultural hybrid has also influenced him to produce work that is a masterful reflection “of the cultural duality that utilizes and combines iconography, symbols, metaphors, allegories, stealing, discarding, experimenting with images from "La línea" and also lowbrow art, the subculture, comic books, art anime, manga”. His philosophy of both art and life offer the viewer a visual narrative, a combination of “intuition, honesty, imagination, observation” as the – and his - secrets for creativity.

TxuTxo Perez

TxuTxo intentionally engages the spectator with a visual vocabulary that is multidimensional in culture and vision. There are some main elements to consider when viewing his work - early influences, interpretation, and process. The first element embedded in his prints is an indigenous Mexican cultural upbringing with Aztec ancestry where social lines such as love and evil are not so Euro-black and white. The next element stems from an early exposure to Asian artifacts in his childhood, which expands his refined iconic vocabulary of Mexican and American traditional and pop art. The third element is that of the engaged cultural observer reading and transforming scenes of blended cultural themes of common life into social commentaries with clear strokes of sarcasm, eroticism, struggle, judgment, drama and passion to form visionary prints. Finally, his printing technique is unique in that he starts by rendering his scenes onto a linoleum block followed by a print composite of bristol paper, affixed gold leaf and silk-screened inks.

Don Graulich

I first met Don 15 years ago and have never met a more artistic vessel, Don has a presence of a bigger than life rockstar wearing blacked out glasses and jeweled and studded open shirts and pleated bellbottom sequined white tight pants. When meeting him I wonder how this gentle and interested lion mained introvert would be sitting in the darkest corner of a nightclub quiet and removed. then up he jumps grabing the microphone and busts out a set of velvety screamed rock n roll and if someone like me tells you he's the one who paints these paintings your asked again whats up with that guy who would guess this guy would ask you questions that caused even you to wonder what the hell your doing in this life.

Mark Jones







Tes One

From crayons to krylon, Leon “Tes One” Bedore has been creating art on walls for the majority of his life. Tes became a serious street artist in 1992, painting murals and graffiti art throughout the Tampa Bay area. In 1999, he expanded on his natural artistic abilities, with that of the computer age, to develop compelling graphic design and web pages for a number of clients. Now, Tes One is combining all that he knows from his street-art roots and his digital design profession, to create works of art that accurately depicts his perspective and the world around him. The end result of his work demonstrates the craft of his design as well as the rawness of his stenciled street art.

Ales Bask Hostomsky (a.k.a. BASK)

BASK is the moniker of one, Ales Bask Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America's popular iconic imagery. He quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. Bask soon discovered that they were simply, two sides of the same coin. Seeking conspiracies -and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, Bask began painting bold, media critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. The artist's richly textural work imbue his "anti-iconic," sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city's flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image. "My art is a type of deconstruction," says Bask, "I try to focus on the imperfection of things, rather then their unachievable perfection."

Robert Morris III







Munktiki

Miles Nielsen aka Stuckie an his " Pop" Paul Nielsen started Munktiki because they dig Tiki and get a kick out of creating stuff that’s weird, whacky, and just plan funny. Art, the conscious use of skill and creative imagination, is as they say in the eye of the beholder. They make Tiki Mugs with as much imagination and skill as they can put into each and everyone. Hopefully others can enjoy the personal spirit along with the creativeness that is crafted into a Tiki Mug.

Anne Faith Nicholls

Anne Faith Nicholls was born in Victoria, BritishColumbia in 1979 with a backwards heart. After open heart surgery,Anne moved with her mother to Seattle where she was raised an only child. Anne credits these early experiences, as well as her upbringing, as the foundation and fuel that transformed her affinity for art intoa necessity for expression. Themes of uncertainty, loneliness, urbanchaos, flight, and growth can be identified by recurring images,symbolism, and characters within all of Anne's paintings. However, these themes are usually masked by her whimsical and untraditional painting techniques which she frequently switches up. Inspired by antiques, photography, nature, art, books, history, and animals, Anne paints with both oils, inks and acrylic on traditional canvases, wood and found objects. She also sculpts, shoots, builds, sews, knits, and draws.

Jacob Arden McCLure (soon)







Kevin Taylor

refer to my paintings as abstract narratives. Much like dreams, there seems to be some underlying story or symbolic encryption; yet the significance random artifacts scattered amongst would-be characters within unfamiliar settings remains up for discussion. No one, person can provide, with utmost certainty, the expanation of last night's nightmare; however, hypothesis is always a welcomed comfort for the fretful dreamer. A work of art should be no different. To employ an all-encompassing explanation upon a work of art is to restrict its potential to awaken sleeping thoughts; and, although translation of mystery and expression of intent can and do serve purpose, I'd prefer leave that can of worms to someone else's opening- I want as little conscious control over a painting as i impress upon a dream... later, when i wake up, we can talk about what it meant.

Michael d. Schultz







Shawn Barber







Eric Joyner