Artists you should know
This is a list of artists and collaboratives that I love, and that I think you should probably remember.
RAW: natural born artists | rawartists.org
I've been a RAW Artist since July 2015, and even though I've only done one show since then, I highly recommend either attending a RAW showcase whether you're a supporter, as an artist, or both! It's a great opportunity for emerging artists of most disciplines to showcase their work locally and globally! I plan on participating in another showcase in the future; stay tuned.
Brandon Combs | BrandonHCombs.com
Brandon is a good friend of mine! Fashion and Portrait photographer from The Chi always ready to grace the world with his existence.
Born in Chicago, IL 1994
(D)edication | (M)otivation | (A)dherence | (C)reativity: The secret to success
This partnered with the unique storytelling ability of lifestyle photography would eventually create the moniker of "DMacTheRealist"
Brandon Combs began photography at the age of 15. As the years eventually flew by, he quickly became accustomed to his new found love/craft. Combining his young, creative vision along with his love for vintage fashion/urban appeal, Brandon has adapted a unique style of photography that seems to attract inquiries from all ages.
Currently Located in the Maryland/DC area; if you are in need of a photographer, be sure to consider Brandon as the one to capture your greatest moments.
Collin Chan | society6.com/collinchan
I came across Collin's work on Periscope (of all places), and I've never been bored of watching him work. He'll never give away his identity, but being a faceless artist (much like Banksy) is a concept that I will always admire him for.
Alicia April Adams | aliciaapriladams.com
I met Alicia while I was a dual enrolled student at Daytona State College, in the Photography program. I remember seeing her work every week and thinking, "Damn. She's gunna be a star!" Seeing her work develop over the years has been very fulfilling. She never disappoints. Keep it up, Alicia!
Alicia April Adams is a photographer from Florida who lives and works in San Francisco, California. She specializes in fine art and commercial photography with a focus on self-portraiture and anything brightly colored.
Alicia began photographing seriously in 2006, primarily using herself as the model. In 2011, she was laid off from her desk job and decided to dive headfirst into photography. She enrolled in photography school and earned her AS degree in Photographic Technology from The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies through Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida and her BS degree in Photography through the University of Central Florida. Alicia has received several scholarships and awards and has exhibited in multiple venues including The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, Orlando City Hall and The Dr. Phillips Center For Performing Arts in Orlando Florida.
Weird Art Society, LLC | weirdartsociety.com
Weird Art Society is the clothing line dedicated to the Weirdos and the Creatives thought up by a mastermind named Fox.
Weird Art Society is an expression of individuality.
When you wear our t-shirts, hats, and accessories, we want you to feel like you were born for greatness. Weird Art Society is about getting in touch with the inner you and what separates you from everything else.
Weird – Originality
Art – The form of action, recognizing that we all have a talent to what we do.
Society – What can hold that inner you back, but in our case, is a haven for diversity, innovation, and artistic expression.
There are a lot of people with these great talents who join the rat race to make a living, all while thinking; I’m a great actress, not a security guard…or I’m great at all that I do, I’m not a parking attendant.
Embrace the mindset of Weird Art Society, an expression, a lifestyle, an attitude for that inner you; the true you. And once it escapes we provide the official uniform.
We live in a society where we’re told to walk a specific line, but people are more colorful than that. Weird Art Society encourages people to be themselves, and give the world that special power only they possess. A person’s originality adds color to the canvas of life.
Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter | gibsonhuterstudio.com
This is my beloved mentor, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter. I met her in 2014 when she was teaching at Bowie State University as an adjunct printmaking professor in the Fine Arts department. I was a studio assistant while I was a student at Bowie, and I would usually sit in the printmaking studio while Mrs. Aziza was teaching. We began talking about the art that I do and eventually, she asked another mentor of mine, Gina Lewis, to to give me her information so she could take me under her wing and intern for her. From January to July of 2015, I was working in her home studio in Washington, DC as her assistant. She's introduced me to some of the greatest DC artists including Michael Platt (printmaker) and Carol Beane (poet), and her adorable dachshund Kiwi; she has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities I have as a young artist of color. I can't thank her enough for sharing her wisdom with me.
Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter attended Tyler College of Art, and graduated from Temple University. Claudia attended graduate school at Howard University and moved to Harlem New York. After completing her MFA in printmaking, she studied in Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Studio and later received a fellowship from the Bronx Museum of Art. She joined “Where We At “, a noted Black women’s artists group in Harlem. In 1987 she returned to Washington, DC to raise her family. In 1999 she was invited to take an adjunct position at Howard University to teach printmaking. While at Howard University, she completed a residency with the Canadian School for Non Toxic Printmaking with Keith Howard. She was awarded two grants within the university, one to install non-toxic printmaking equipment. Howard University became one of the few Non-Toxic printmaking studios in the country.
In 2002 Aziza decided to pursue her art making full time. In 2003 her focus became painting.
By 2005 she was combining printmaking and assemblage with painting, moving into mixed media works. Since then she has exhibited in Washington DC, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Great Brittan, Argentina and Poland. She was one of the ten artists chosen to create a digital print portfolio with David Adamson for the DC Commission on the Arts. Ms. Gibson-Hunter completed a banner for the Washington DC Art Walk as part of a public art piece erected on the grounds of the former Washington DC Convention Center. A co-founder of Black Artists of DC, she represented BADC during Art Basel Miami 06, in the Design District. In the same year Ms. Gibson-Hunter was awarded the Artist Fellowship Program Grant, from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. In 2010 she took a residency with Pyramid Atlantic where she studied papermaking. Her work is included in the Washington DC Art Bank, the John A. Wilson Building Permanent Art collection and other notable collections.