ARTISTS & SIGNS
We’ve selected 60 of the city’s most talented artists to complete our signs. We looked for a combination of clarity, inventiveness, and unique style.
This year, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act, yet voter participation rates in the US are at historic lows. Instead of being an exuberant celebration of civil rights, the experience of voting is often frustrating, bureaucratic, and dreary.
In Philadelphia, many polling places are difficult to find, hidden deep in the recesses of schools, churches, and community centers located on side streets. The required paper signage identifying polling places must only be posted by the entrance of each location, which means they are often out-of-view for anyone on the sidewalks. These frustrations may be causing barriers to entry for first-time voters.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Once upon a time I used to be a body painter – though I don’t actively paint bodies anymore, I hand paint and customize murals using the same colorful, symmetrical and organic style.
My recent work represents several months of exploration into the term “maze generation” and ways that it could be applied to my process. The term first came into my view after seeing a documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. I was intrigued by the descriptions of maze patterns in the film and shortly after, the surrounding concepts and theories of maze generation began relating to the way I approached my work. These paintings are the result of allowing those theories and various interpretations of the term to lead me through a re-evaluation of my process, application, and approach to color.
Ryan Beck is a Philadelphia based artist who has shown in Philadelphia, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
Braille Street Art (Sonia Petruse & Austin Seraphin)
Sonia Petruse & Austin Seraphin are the duo behind #BrailleStreetArt, the Philly Geek Award winning project that combines the social, political & tactile processes of art and accessibility.
Philadelphia raised artist with a concentration on mixed media. Candy wrappers are the main focal point of my work. It creates a nostalgic vibe but also may transform the way people view mediums.
Aubree Eisenwinter is a Philadelphia based freelance illustrator specializing in intricate ink drawings and flat gouache patterns. Her artwork is greatly influenced by nature.
Dominic Episcopo is one of Philadelphia’s most reputable photographers. His career spans over 20 years of experience, during which he has built a viable reputation in several major markets on being just as professional as he is creative.
Gaia grew up in New York City and is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world most notably The Baltimore Museum of Art, Rice Gallery and Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive. His street work has been documented and featured in several books on urban art, including, most recently, Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, (Berlin, 2010). Gaia lives and works in Baltimore, MD, but spends a majority of his time traveling painting murals across the world.
The Guild – Mural Arts Project
The Guild is a 6-month skill building program created in collaboration with the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Participants have had some involvement with the criminal justice system but have not necessarily been incarcerated. Through The Guild, participants are mentored by professionals and trained in industries that connect with Mural Arts activities, including basic painting, graphic art and computer skills; sealing, stucco, carpentry, and brick wall repair and preparation; landscaping and lot reclamation; conservation; and the creation and restoration of murals. In all phases, they participate in job readiness classes, meet with a social worker, and work with an employment opportunities specialist to develop short and long-term goals, identify employment opportunities, prepare resumes, and apply for jobs.
Doug Nox is an artist and illustrator who took up the street art alias “Harlequin” in the summer of 2011, inspired by a series of strange dreams. An avid student of magick and the occult, he actively engages his environment by tapping into the unseen energy and forces in urban landscapes. He is currently based in Philadelphia and has brought his art across the US, from the streets of New York to Los Angeles, Chicago, and the alleys of New Orleans. Further exploring the intersection of street art and the occult, Nox is currently working on a graphic novel which endeavors to open eyes not only to the ethereal and otherworldly, but also our material world and its issues.
Matt Erdely for Here’s My Chance
Here’s My Chance is an award winning creative agency based in Philadelphia, PA that builds good brands by design. Our mission is to create impactful, engaging designs that motivate people and lead to organizational success.
And we only work with the “good guys” – nonprofits and socially responsible companies that work hard to make the world a better place. We specialize in branding, design, videos, websites, and infographics and we are the creative team behind Next Stop: Democracy!
Ishknits, or Jessie Hemmons, is a yarnbomber who recently moved to Oakland, CA from Philadelphia, PA. Her work concentrates on facilitating a shift in the perception of street art, by using a typically feminine craft to initiate a dialogue on the relationship between gender and non-commissioned public art. Through her use of vibrant colors and an historically emphatic medium, she encourages people to understand and utilize the ability they possess to be assertive as well as positive in their community. Her work exemplifies that the loudest public voice does not have to be the most hostile and threatening, but can be used to encourage and elevate. (Photo credit: Conrad Benner)
Darla is known for her bizarre animal sculpture which is shown nationally and internationally. She runs the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, which she started with a Knight Arts Challenge grant in 2011.
Olivia “O’Rae” Jackson Grant
O’Rae is a Philadelphia-based artist known best for her minimalist portrait style, She likes kittens, baby bears and candy and ice cream. She dislikes spiders, monsters (except Sully) and cherries.
After achieving a Certificate in Fine Arts from UArts his paintings have been included in books and many shows and exhibits. He is also a graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School.
Kid Hazo (pronounced has•ohh) is a Philadelphia based street artist out to catch a few smirks and smiles by creating pieces that parody the heart of Philly culture and venues around the city. His lighthearted props and sculptures are interjected into the urban environment in attempts to brighten up someone’s day and add a layer of comic relief on the streets. (Photo credit: Albert Lee)
Mixed media & fiber artist Kelly Kozma, grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design. She is represented by Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia. Kozma has participated in several solo and group shows in Philadelphia as well as New York, Delaware, and Miami, Florida for Art Basel. Her current work combines drawing, painting and hand embroidery with elements of chance and probablity to create vivid, pattern driven pieces.
Hawk Krall is an illustrator and artist from Philadelphia who has been working for various publications and small businesses for over 10 years. Well known for food illustration, Mr Krall has also done a lot of humorous editorial illustration and gallery shows over the years, the best of which have been archived here.
Sarah Lownes is an illustrator and designer. Fresh out of art school and eager to please, Sarah hopes to use her skills to attract attention to things worth knowing about and maybe get a laugh or two.
Amber Lynn is a Philadelphia based mixed media artist who sees the world through candy-coated eyes. Most of her work is conceptual and often comments on popular culture, body image, or lady drama. She draws inspiration from past and present personal life experiences. Her work, raw and vulnerable, seeks to touch on the viewer’s emotions and evoke feeling upon first glance. Her ongoing “Cat Call” series stems from daily life encounters on the street as a woman. The Cat Calls are placed back in their original habitat and are made to be just as public and uncomfortable as actual cat calling.
Visual artist. Designer by trade, artist by nature, painter by passion, collaborator by desire, creative by DNA. Spectator of life through a lens. Dresser of t-shirtless torsos, bijoux-less bodies. Decorator of people, decorator of places. Enhancer of lifestyles. Brand designer, marketing maker, identity describer. Shown in galleries, featured in publications, commissioned by passionate individuals. Collaborator with like-minded forces of awesome. Live to create. Create to inspire. Constantly explore. Become versatility. (Photo credit: Melissa Kinney)
Residential architect by day, collage artist by night, Lily fuses the familiar with the fantastical through quirky collages made from vintage magazines in her South Philly living room studio.
NDA is an American born Urban Artist currently living in Philadelphia, PA. His work can be seen around the world from Mexico to Norway. His bold use of color and personalized brush work have been described as dramatic and grotesque…but you know, in a good way.
NoseGo is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and his surrounding environment.
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The PMG site, Zagar’s largest public artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar’s artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences.
Ryan Psota is an illustrator/designer living in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts where he studied illustration. His inspirations include urban art, nature, and lasers.
Sophie Roach is a self-taught artist and illustrator based in Austin, TX. She discovered her passion for compulsive drawing when she was supposed to be paying attention to lectures at the University of Washington. By using familiar shapes, patterns and her own intuition, Roach has created a unique visual language based on spontaneity and rhythm. Her abstract style is playful yet austere, extremely detailed and often vibrantly colored. (Photo credit: Arrested Motion)
After a decade spent amongst the collapsing scenery of the music business, Dan migrated to the sequin mines of advertising, as an art director at Gyro Worldwide. In 2004 he joined 160over90, where he served as a creative director. In 2010, Dan joined Brownstein as the Executive Creative Director – fostering an open, collaborative creative culture rooted in rigorous thinking, unfettered imagination, cultural literacy and craftsmanship.
Miriam Singer received her BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Brandeis University in 2000, and her MFA in Painting with a concentration in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art in 2003. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004 she has exhibited at LG Tripp Gallery, Friends of the Print and Picture Collection, Art in the Airport, James Oliver Gallery, Gallery Siano, Inliquid at Painted Bride, Art in City Hall, Topstitch, Spector Gallery, Gallery at Minnow, and Padlock Gallery. Singer uses a combination of printmaking and drawing media to create her unique works on paper and designs for public art projects. Noted public art projects with The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program include; Southeast by Southeast, 2013, Under The Clothespin, 2012, and Take Me to the River, 2010. Singers accumulated imagery becomes layered and busy with impressions of the cityscape. Singer is currently a LG Tripp Gallery Artist and a current member of Space 1026.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Jaison spent years walking up and down hills during his time there and eventually got sick of it. In 2003, Jaison moved to Philadelphia, drawn to the abundance of music, art, and the accessibility of the city.
Nicole Sonsini is an expressive arts educator living, working, and napping in Philly. She works with teens in the Philly foster care system and helps them to find their creative voice through art.
I am an artist and illustrator living in Philadelphia and my cartoon world. My comics are a way to record the tiny things that happen every day that make me laugh and that make life so lovely.
Jason Andrew Turner
Jason Andrew Turner’s work explores movement through minimal mark making and texture with hints to cultural history and abstraction. By using the standardized point of the tool, he forcibly limits deviation from the prescribed purpose of said tool; allowing him to construct environments or situations in the simplest of terms. This notion of process instills meaning and beauty into the work and the resulting images are peculiar, graphic and bold. These works on paper are reliant on personal experience, written language, and the craft tradition as well as their relation to the visual culture of line and symbol.
Dave Yasenchak is an ever-evolving illustrator and printmaker hailing from Phoenixville, PA. His eclectic creations are characterized by their intricate, surreal, and largely improvised line work.