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 Pasadena that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Ying-Te Julie Chen
After graduating from ACCD, I attended the American Film Institute (AFI) for my master’s degree in Production Design. Ever since graduating AFI, I have worked professionally as a freelance Production Designer. After 16 years here alone in the States, I am still here chasing my dream, and working towards achieving my goal. Read more>>
Somewhere, somehow, I became obsessed with cartoons. Not Saturday morning cartoons, but the likes of Gary Larson’s “The Far Side”, Matt Groening’s “Life in Hell” and Scott Adams “Dilbert”. Something about the gags filled with dry and sinister humor was attractive to me, and for a while, I was dead set on cartooning. It was a short but sweet period of my life, and possibly the only time I was certain of what I wanted to do. Read more>>
I grew up on a tiny tropical island in the Pacific called Saipan. It’s a US commonwealth, about 12 miles long and a few miles wide. The way I like to describe it was like growing up in “small-town-USA” — just surrounded by water. Yes, we used US currency and spoke English. No, we didn’t live in grass huts or eat only coconuts! We had amazing tropical beaches and scuba diving, and the maximum speed limit was 40 mph on the whole island. Read more>>
I grew up in San Diego and was always interested in music. While studying the piano, I had less interest in reading music, and began composing music to avoid my “serious work”. I never really took to the formal aspects of classical music or jazz for that matter, but I always flourished inside music and the study of music. It was hard to find good music classes in San Diego at that time. Read more>>
Espresso started in 2015 while Colin Martin, Alex Gutierrez-Kovner, and Dashel Dupuy were in high school. They all grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles called La Crescenta. In its own bubble, La Crescenta had few musicians and literally no other bands around, so the boys had to scavenge around LA for shows and likeminded people, eventually finding the DIY scene in venues like The Smell and the Lyric Hyperion Café. Read more>>
I am a concept artist working in the game and film industry and I am currently working for Netease North America. As far as my story and how I got to where I am today, let’s see…I was born and raised in a small city in New Hampshire, and ever since I was young, I was interested in art and storytelling. This is probably because of my dad introducing me to Star Wars and video games, like Half-Life and Halo when I was really young. Read more>>