The Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s latest BIG program for Hillsborough artists – ArtPop Tampa. ArtPop will shine the spotlight on talented local artists by displaying their artwork on OUTFRONT Media’s digital and vinyl billboards that are seen by thousands of local residents and visitors. Plus we’ve reproduced the ArtPop artists for Art on HART, Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit.
Congratulations to the following ArtPop winners:
CAITLIN ALBRITTON, Tampa. Born and raised in a home backing the forest, Caitlin Albritton grew up enjoying the outdoors that Tampa and the surrounding Florida countryside had to offer. Exploring the natural world was something that has been ingrained in her from the beginning, and has since influenced her work in an organic way. In her thick, 3-dimensional oil paintings, she manipulates the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Starting with thick slabs of color, she then hacks, scrapes, rips, lifts, plops, and collages the oil paint pieces into larger compositions. She graduated with a painting major and a ceramic minor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently an MFA Candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. caitlinalbritton.com
JOAN GARCIA, Lutz. Joan Garcia, an artist in the Tampa Bay area, has artwork in corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. Working professionally in fine art for approximately 30 years, she has been in numerous group and solo shows winning First Place, Patron and Best of Show awards. Art was always part of her life, and her body of work encompasses realistic landscapes, wildlife and still life paintings in oil and acrylics, illustrations and portraits in colored pencil. jlgarcia-artist.com
ZURI GRIMM, Tampa. Z.Grimm is a graduate from Paier College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. Their work is a statement on body dysmorphia, with influences from Modigliani, and indigenous artwork of Africa and Australia. It is their sincerest hope to convey the beauty and god-like nature of the imperfect human form. artpunxstudio.com
TES ONE, Tampa. Combining traditional and non-traditional techniques, Leon “Tes One” Bedore creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Allowing himself to find beauty in the mundane, he is able to juxtapose rejected landscapes with figurative illustrations, all the while identifying what is common between the conversing elements. These opposing forces coexist to create paintings that are both symbolic and metaphorical. Tes One’s conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus. TesOne.com
LUISA PADRO, Tampa. Luisa Padro, who also goes by Artysta LuLu, is an expressionist painter whose style mixes vivid, energetic, happy colors with cartoons and images of the cosmos. Her paintings bring a simplistic, childlike view to complex and out-of-this-world ideas, promoting peace, love, self-empowerment and an awakened mind-set. Her mission as an artist is to stretch the limits and to encourage others in the direction of happiness and positivity. She states, “If even one person is changed by my art, then I can say that is success as an artist!” artystalulu.com
LAURA WALLER, Tampa. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Laura Waller received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Concurrent with her studies in sociology, psychology and social work, she developed a passion for art and art history. After an eleven-year career as a professional therapist, Laura Waller became a certified financial planner and founder of the successful Waller & Wax Advisors firm in Tampa, FL. Throughout her thirty-year career in finance, she continued to paint and study independently with a number of prestigious artists in Arizona, Florida and Maine. Waller was selected in 2013, 2014 and again for 2015, for artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center. Dividing her schedule between her two studios in Maine and Florida, Laura Waller paints fulltime and is currently working on her series, Port of Tampa Bay, which was featured in a 2015 solo exhibition at the Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL. Her award-winning work is collected by individuals and corporations nationwide. A solo exhibition of the latest of Laura Waller’s Port Tampa Bay Series will open January 2017 at Clayton Galleries in Tampa Florida. LauraWallerArt.com
DEE YOUMANS, Lutz. Combining elements such as realistic faces, landscapes, found objects or graphic elements, I contrast these with each other, developing a different context to the work. My images tell stories with their layers of elements, creating its very own narrative. Drawn in by the depth and richness, the compositions are woven together producing art that is tapestry-like in its richness. With an extensive background in both graphic and fine art, and degrees in Art History and Art Education, I possess a wide perspective from which to draw. I tend to pull inspiration from each, so that my work has references to various art styles and techniques that blend into one image. DeeYoumans.com
The ArtPop Tampa billboard program is made possible through the partnership of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County with OUTFRONT Media and ArtPop, a national program showcasing artists through available billboard space with other programs in Charlotte, NC; Lehigh Valley, PA; and Peoria, IL.