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West LA 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 West LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Brian D. Mason

I am a proud Jamerican! My family is from Jamaica, and I grew up in Long Island, NY and went to High School and college in Boston. I was always an athlete that loved the arts, but it wasn’t until I took an acting class in college and left the football team that I was able to expand on my interest in acting. Read more>>

1ManBand Wilson

Known for his 808’s and signature drum patterns, 1MANβAND began creating music at an early age. Igniting inspirations to create and produce music, initially came as a result of a sixth-grade class project. 1MANβAND has been honing his craft ever since, never looking back. Read more>>

Jen Ditchik

By applying poetic and often metaphorical language, I embrace the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation. Read more>>

Anton Mora

I moved to LA in 2011, that was my first big trip out of my country. Here, I’d be exposed to amazing art and talented people that inspired me every single day for the next eight years. I found my passion for street photography, capturing real moments and emotions that are around us but usually get unnoticed. Read more>>

Matt Barbier

I’ve been here about 12 years, which is, by a fairly large margin, the longest I’ve ever lived in any one place. I think all that moving gave me a strong underlying desire for stability and stasis in my own work, but a comfortability with that always needing to shift. Read more>>

David Loomstein

I’m grateful for the opportunity to make music, produce events, and share art and community with others. It was a career I never knew I could have, or even have the permission to start. But now that I’m doing it, there’s no stopping. Remembering there is always a way, even if it may not be in a straight line. Read more>>

Lindsey DelaTorre

I have been lucky enough to work on so many fun, challenging projects that have allowed me to flex my creativity and try new things. I have expanded from just calligraphy to art prints, graphic design, wedding and event stationery, greeting cards and other paper goods. Read more>>

Annie Terrazzo

My art has always been about communication. I love to explore the way a subject can communicate a story through art. I think thats why I was so drawn to creating art with the newspaper after working primarily as a painter for many years. Read more>>

Marcus Gustafsson

I finally found something that combined my gymnastics background with my extreme side, and I felt like I finally found my right element. I started to compete in the sport of Freerunning as I turned 18 and was quickly recognized in the sport. And after 15 years doing it I have gathered some good experiences! more to be found on my website Zyrken.com. Read more>>

Madeline Helland

I came to the conclusion that I would always make art, but it felt unrealistic to plan my education and professional ambitions around it. The path to becoming an artist seemed murky, and I wasn’t convinced I was talented enough to weather it out. So, I went off to college and decided art would be a hobby while I focused on a safe major in STEM. Read more>>

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