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Mid Wilshire’s Thought Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts. Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Mid Wilshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Susan Arena

The constant through-line in my work is an obsession with representing the human figure. I studied at the New York Studio School, where students spend all day painting and drawing from the figure. I got my MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art. Read more>>

Katerina Godina

I do believe that each of us have unlimited power that can be communicated through your passion and manifested into something powerful, beautiful and meaningful. As an artist, I am still in search for my individuality but one thing I stay true to are my values. Read more>>

Julia Griffin

I started teaching myself Digital Art when I was a nerdy middle schooler, in need of a way to impress fanfiction authors. It became a real passion for me in my down time as a teenager, when I would visit my workaholic dad (who worked all day on Saturday while I sat with my laptop learning Photoshop). Read more>>

Hallo Smith

The thing I love is that the journey hasn’t been by anyone’s book and the learning is endless. I’m always able to find new inspiration and tap into a new way of experimenting and expressing myself with photography. It hasn’t been the easiest thing in life to live as an artist in LA, but it’s the happiest thing I’ve done. Read more>>

Donna deSoto

Although I have an eclectic background, at the heart of it, I am a designer. I have designed fabric and clothing and ran my own handbag design and manufacturing company. Read more>>

Apollo (Aaron) Loco (Lim)

I always loved music even at a young age. Even as a kid, my dream was to be a performing artist watching music videos and performances on tv. I would emulate a lot of artists that I would watch. At the age of 16, thats when my passion for music started to really take over. Read more>>

Jason Whitworth

I have been torn between Photography and Graphic Design, so started to work on developing my creative eye, leading me to us these two skills in Branding, Design, and Creative Consulting. Read more>>

Carole Silverstein

Art making has filled a deep spiritual need in me, and my exposure to both intellectual and spiritual nourishment has always been a deep and urgent need to then spin my creative web. Read more>>

Jenny Hager

Life experience has taught me that while intensity bears certain fruits, this is not a sprint. When I landed in Los Angeles, I was overwhelmed with dealing with an unfortunate experience and taking the necessary steps to be healthy. In regards to my art, I chose to focus on building a body of work. Read more>>

Paula Riff

I set up a tiny darkroom in my bathroom with a small enlarger over the washing machine, film hanging from the shower curtain and a few trays precariously sitting in the sink. Those were fun times! Read more>>

Kenny Routt

I am an Illustrator and Designer from Florida. I went to art school in Florida then moved to New York in 2016. I lived there for about a year working in Graphic Design and freelancing as an Illustrator. Read more>>

Lari Alejandro

Expressing myself through art was always fulfilling to me. I believe that art is a universal language. My parents always encouraged me to follow my heart and that is exactly what I did. Read more>>

Thaddeus Strode

I got involved in surfing, skateboarding, street hippie art culture, eclectic shipyard motifs, watching horror movies on tv, going to comic book stores with my sisters, and emerging myself in the punk rock music scene. Read more>>

Courtney Kawata

Unofficial portrait master with crayons. MySpace and from there Disney, Fox Broadcasting, and currently at NBCUniversal. Read more>>

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