Corey Helford Gallery are set to present "Four", a group exhibition of painting and photography by four dynamic Los Angeles artists of the New Fine Art movement who are exploring the boundaries of creative expression through their diverse personal experiences: Jason Shawn Alexander, Sarah Folkman, Melissa Forman, Karen Hsiao and Special Guest Artist Miso (who’s work is above). The reception for "Four" will take place on Friday, May 30 from 7 to 10pm, and the exhibition will be on view during the Culver City Artwalk, read more about each artist below and make sure you check this out as it has all the making for a must see.
Los Angeles artist Jason Shawn Alexander was born in Iowa and grew up in Tennessee. He is a self-taught painter whose early childhood experiences shaped his style and technique. Alexander’s father exposed him to the masters from the Renaissance era, and taught him how to draw and express himself through art. Influenced by the world around him, Alexander absorbs everything he sees: films, books, art, music, life, the news, people-watching on street corners and in coffee shops. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and is included in the collections of director Darren Aronofsky, screenwriter Andrew Cosby, and novelist Greg Rucka.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sarah Folkman is a self-taught painter who was interested in music at an early age. She started her first band when she was eighteen and went on to work with musician George Sarah in the band THC. Folkman’s songs have been featured on television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as in motion pictures Curve and Cleopatra’s Husband. Throughout her music career, painting has stayed with Folkman as an outlet to express herself. Her work is based on a variety of personal subjects from childhood ray-gun fantasies to a lifelong battle with insomnia. Her recent paintings are snapshots of people and animals caught in the act of being inappropriately awake and are images of what goes through her head in an awake-but-not-quite-conscious state. Folkman is working on her first novel which will be available later this year.
Melissa Forman was born and raised in Hartville, Ohio. Since she was 14 years old, she has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits. In 2002, Forman graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design and went on to work as an illustrator at a large greeting card company in Cleveland. With her days full of teddy bears and birthday cakes, she spent her nights exploring darker, more evocative themes and building upon her roots as a portrait artist. Forman uses the art of portraiture to explore the elegance, beauty, and sincerity of human emotion. She draws upon her own experiences to create symbolic, idealized characters and the worlds they inhabit, finding beauty in the subtle realities of the human experience. Her paintings have been shown in galleries across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, and her growing list of prominent collectors includes Mark Parker, CEO of Nike.
Karen Hsiao is a Chinese-American artist who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up, Hsiao always knew that she wanted to be an artist. She loved working with her hands and creating through painting, sculpture, and photography. She went on to attend Art Center in Pasadena where she received a BFA in Illustration and developed her style as a painter. However, it was photography that became her passion. Self-taught in the art form, Hsiao is known for her antique photos infused with modern elements. She has collaborated with a number of notable artists and creative companies including Gary Baseman, Liz McGrath, Mother of London, AMF Korsets, Fiercecouture, Skin Graft, and Torture Garden. Her work has been included in exhibitions worldwide at galleries such as Vanilla Gallery (Japan) and Gallery Nucleus, as well as featured in numerous publications including Eyemazing, Marquis Style, Marquis, City Slab, Imago Zine, Nocturne, Savage, and Skin Two.