Laurel was a self-taught painter. She saw herself as a folk artist, telling stories. “In our fast-paced, changing world,” she said, “we need symbols that are a reminder of the ongoing world of the spirit.” At the age of 14, Laurel Burch left her tumultuous home life in Southern California with nothing more than a paper bag of clothing and the rare bone disease, osteopetrosis she was born with. With no job, no money, and no dreams, Laurel Burch reached the Golden Gate of San Francisco.
The number of moving stories about the giving, receiving and sharing of Laurel Burch art are a reflection not only of the woman herself, but of all the collectors who are drawn by her spirit as well as her designs. Many of them know and have been deeply touched by her life story.
“Miscre8” is the brainchild of New York-born Las Vegas transplant Tanya Watler. The adventurous spirit of street art is crossed with a distinctly feminine aesthetic to evoke love, laughter and humility through characters with a delicate charm.
Miscre8 is serendipity with a vengeance.
Neecy Twinem is a fine artist, a toy designer, and the author and illustrator of over thirty children’s books. Her work has graced classroom readers, magazines, puzzles, posters, greeting cards, apparel, public murals and galleries.
Tony Curtis began exploring art as a child when given tailor’s chalk by his father. He drew on the sidewalk outside of his father’s shop, and that grew into a passion for painting long before he started acting.
Tony Curtis was attracted to the art of his time and was mentored by accomplished modern-art-era painters whose influence can be seen in the arc of his lifelong career as a painter.
Tony Curtis’ art has been sold in galleries around the world, and one of his original paintings is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Tide Hellmeister (1942 – 2008) was a graphic designer, illustrator and artist all at the same time. A tireless worker, Tide produced numerous pieces featured in a multitude of award-winning publications and exhibitions. These many works earned Tide high honors during his lifetime and will provide future generations the opportunity to experience his mastery.
Joe Bohrer, or Utopia Joe, uses a methodical creative process. He is part painter, part engineer, and all genius. His pre-conceptualization process is as thorough as it is comprehensive, and by the end of it, he has “seen” every detail before any paint actually hits canvas.
Christian Develter’s work contributes to the history of painting, gripped in exploring new forms, colors and languages, in a manner that is not conceptual, traditional, nor even modern. Develter is a reviver, playing with colors, his favorite ones, the most vivid and simplest ones. For Christian Develter’s aesthetic is also an aesthetic of simplicity: elegant and never boring.