Brad Ruppert creates images using vintage materials such as wire, vintage ceiling tin, watch parts, vintage fabrics and architectural salvage. The artist’s assemblages utilize several textures in the depiction of wildlife achieving a quaint yet sophisticated effect.
David Burton creates entertaining pop assemblages incorporating found objects, toys, epoxy, and paint. The objects he creates are free standing in the round, and high reliefs protruding from their frames. These works are packed with pop iconography and humorous juxtapositions. Burton leaves little to the imagination vis a vis his inspirations with titles such as, “The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.” Ken Kesey would be proud.
Suzy Scarborough’s decoupage wall panels incorporate elements of printed literature, cartography, photography, and reproductions of fine art pieces and artist portraits throughout history. Each piece had a golden patina not detectable in our sub-optimal reproduction, but that lends an antique-object aesthetic to her objects. These are light and fun conversation pieces for those with even baseline art historical knowledge (in the above e.g., Gaugin).
Tai Taeoalii creates highly graphic pop art/surreal images using ballpoint pens and various other media on paper support. His subject matter and symbolic reference points owe much to Dali’s surrealism and the street art symbols popularized by Banksy, etc., but his work is entertaining and visually appealing.
Amanda Outcalt creates charming multi-media assemblages that include embroidery, intaglio printmaking, and needlework elements. The intaglios were largely renditions of wildlife–a time honored subject matter that facilitates the benefits of this printmaking process. The printmaking elements are cut out and adhered to a larger paper support. The intaglios lend a highly graphic focal point that do well to prevent the works from floating in the huge unfinished negative spaces lurking in each piece. There will be more on this elsewhere. You can learn more about the process and artist here.