Illustrator, Lover, Laugher
Sarah Gay-O’Neill is an artist and educator in Boston. She can be found live-illustrating fashion events at Saks Fifth Ave for major world wide brands such as Jo Malone London. When Sarah isn’t drawing, she can be found teaching animation and digital media at MassArt and Harvard University. Her work has been shown throughout New England and in Brooklyn. In March 2013 she received a glowing review from Artscope Magazine, and a Maker’s Mark Award at the MassArt Auction. Her animations have screened at a number of festivals garnering awards along the way. In addition to her active role in the art community of Boston and greater New England, she is also an avid cycling advocate and nature wanderer.
Massachusetts native Michele L’Heureux is an artist and curator with an abundance of wanderlust. She has switched jobs nearly every two years for three decades but now happily runs the gallery at Wheaton College, where she thinks she’ll stay awhile. In 2014-15, she took a leave of absence from Wheaton to circumnavigate the United States in a 17-foot camper and live for seven months in Lisbon, Portugal with her spouse, Wiley. Her art practice over this past year has involved writing and illustrating a cooking and culture zine, sewing stuffed sardines, developing a toy theater piece, and creating mixed-media collages inspired by her travels. The more she travels, the more Michele is convinced that there are no fixed borders between countries, ethnicities, even genders—everything is mutable.
Massachusetts native Jack Byers is a lettering artist from Upstate New York. Having no formal art training, he prefers to learn by doing. His style draws as much from futurism and the early modernists as it does from gestalt psychology. He spent many of his formative years painting on other people’s surfaces but has more recently looked to break free from that context. In his compositions you will find letters bent, twisted, and repurposed to create new context.
Greg Lamarche grew up in Queens, NY and made a name for himself as a graffiti artist in the 80s. He published Skills, an early influential graffiti magazine, in the 90s. He currently works as an artist and designer and shows at galleries internationally. His work has been featured in a variety of print media including the New York Times, Juxtapoz, Arkitip, Print Magazine and many others.
Artist, Art Installer
Cyrille (pronounced SiR-iLL) Conan is a full blooded Breton, hip-hop loving hippy artist/mystic who was born and raised in Queens, NY. He paints random things in a style he refers to as LauBrauBauHaus Pop. He makes pretty things in his basement/studio in Roxbury, Massachusetts… Or anywhere people will let him. When he is not busy restoring balance to his many lives lived in parallel universes, he installs art at fancy museums and galleries including the ICA/Boston and The Rose Art Museum.
Beautiful then Gone
Matthew Zaremba is a renaissance man—artist, designer, musician, photographer… he does it all. Drawing on experiences and involvement in what he calls “criminal subcultures,” Matt’s work looks at home on gallery walls and sketched in dark alleys and subway tunnels. His upbringing here in Mass. instilled in him the importance of adventure, freedom and individuality. Matt’s ever-evolving body of work captures life’s fleeting moments and serves as a raw, real and graphic record of our time. His interdisciplinary work has been exhibited and featured throughout the US and on a variety of international blogs and websites. Matthew lives and creates in Boston.
The Smoothest Hand
Kenji Nakayama is a professional sign painter and visual artist, and a 2014 recipient of St.Botolph Club Foundation- Emerging Artist Award, Nakayama is also a former mechanical engineer in Japan, also a former footwear designer at Converse Inc. His unique career path clearly reflects on his work ethic, Nakayama dedicates his time and energy to his craft trade and artmaking. He currently lives and works in Boston Massachusetts.
Fish McGill is a designer devoted to drawing. Fish uses drawings to tell stories about the world around us. After graduating from MassArt in 2004, Fish went on to design for Harmonix, Bentley Publishers, and freelance projects, get his MFA and teach at the ICA, SMFA, and MassArt. He believes in design as a method of action with empathy and observation at the core of innovative work.
Maker of Fine Comics
Daniel White prefers to leave his accomplishments and mundane life facts where they belong—in the past. He likes to focus on the now, and implores you to do the same. Comics were an escape that made life fun until the day Daniel realized he needed to be that catalyst and take on the responsibility of making his own life exciting. He started creating original comics … and every day since has been better than the last.
Khaldoun Hijazin is an painter from Jordan. In 2010, he received his BFA from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan. More recently, he received his MFA from SMFA/Tufts. Hijazin’s artwork has been shown internationally in the cities of Amman, Rome, Beirut, Boston and more. He is a current faculty member in the department of visual arts at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan. His work deals with the appropriation of the western tradition of representation. His subject matter is derived from his interest in exploring the evolution of power and control dynamics and their effect on issues of class and cultural politics.
Josh Falk is a Boston-based mixed media artist. Born and raised in Leominster, MA he spent most of his time exploring the outdoors, skateboarding and painting graffiti, as well as woodworking with his grandfather. He attended the Art Institute of Phoenix and Fitchburg State College. There, Falk began to use photography as a means to document his various urban explorations and it soon became his main creative focus. More recently his work has evolved to include collages, painting, and site-specific sculpture work. Falk is also a founding member of the internationally recognized artist collective Project SF. Their collaborative work as well as His solo work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Boston Magazine, Juxtapoz, and Beautiful Decay.
Masha Ryskin is a Russian-born Printmaker and mixed media artist and has worked, exhibited and taught in the United States, Europe, Costa Rica, and Indonesia and is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Oslo, Norway. She has also completed a number of environmental and public art projects. Ryskin’s work has received a number of awards and has been reviewed and published in a number of publications, including The New York Times, and can be seen on the covers of scientific volumes. She is represented by Candita Clayton Gallery in Providence, RI.
Illustrator and Animator
Faye Orlove is not on reality TV. She saw the Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour 3 times. Faye is a Virgo and currently on #TeamAdore for Rupaul’s Drag Race season 6. Follow her @resilientbstrd, on tumblr or find her on Tinder.
Illustrator and Textile Designer
Minneapolis-based Llew Mejia is an immensely talented San Francisco-based illustrator. His botanical patterns and wide-eyed animals drew us to him immediately. Llew’s art is inspired by the natural world, scientific illustrations, the occult, and his childhood spent travelling between the United States and Mexico. Llew currently designs textiles for Target Corporate. His interests include travel, textiles, fashion, folk art, wallpaper, and all types of candy.
Artist, Illustrator and Real Nice Guy
Brian Butler is an avid miniature golf player, and amateur cryptozoologist. His obsessive interest in kitschy roadside culture has led him across Massachusetts on an 87-stop tour of every miniature golf course in the state. His passion for the bizarre has also fueled a worldwide campaign advocating the existence of the half human, half ice cream hybrid, the Ice Cream Person.
Artist, Designer, Fancy Shoe-Wearer
Lizmatic is one of the coolest people we know. While not hard at work at her full time job designing shoes, she spends her time power lifting, avoiding the Whole Foods parking lot in Jamaica Plain, and eating oysters by the dozen. She’s a self-proclaimed “true fan” of 90s hip hop and loves Biggie Smalls in, well, a B.I.G. way.
Lauren Barnett is a comic artist who currently lives in Queens, New York. Her first book, Me Likes You Very Much (Hic & Hoc Publications) was nominated for a 2012 Ignatz Award. In May 2013 Lauren co-edited a humor anthology for Hic & Hoc called The Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humor. She posts a daily comic at melikesyou.com and you can see more of her artwork at laurenmbarnett.com.
Designer, Illustrator & Artist
Nick Z is an artist extraordinaire — as comfortable in the studio painting as he is in an alley catching a quick spray. His artwork has been exhibited widely all up and down the East Coast and worldwide from Montreal to Hong Kong. We love the ease with which Nick Z’s imagination can roam from gallery walls and fine art to commercial murals and product design. He’s one of the most versatile gentlemen we know!
David Buckley Borden
David Buckley Borden is an artist, landscape designer (highly unlicensed landscape architect), and humorist hailing from the great state of New England. David’s art often features landscape ecology, NTS mapping, land use history, “the great outdoors,” and the past, present and future challenges to the lands called North America.
it's a beautiful world
Earth Magik is a design duo based in Boston, MA. They create scarves and other printed objects inspired by the natural world. All of their designs are hand-cut out of rubylith, then screen-printed and finished by hand. Keep an eye out for their work in boutiques in Boston and London.
Painter & Printmaker
Gupi Ranganathan was the artist-in-residence at The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard in Cambridge, MA from 2009 until 2011. The residency was created to explore the intersection of art and science. During her residency, she explored the concept of “unfolding” in its various forms: as life unfolds, as the genome unfolds to interact and give instruction, and as scientific discovery unfolds at the Broad Institute through the collaborative work of researchers. Over her two year residency, she worked closely with a number of Broad scientists, including Erez Lieberman Aiden, Catherine Luce, Dawn Thompson, and Sarah Calvo. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including Boston, Philadelphia and Beijing.
Comic Artist & Illustrator
Farel Dalrymple is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. He is currently writing and drawing an original 300-page comic book story, The Wrenchies for First Second Books. His creator-owned comic book, Pop Gun War (Dark Horse Comics) was a Xeric grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators.