Artist Name List on Contemporary Art Dialogue is the first of two bio lists, describing the artists discussed and profiled on this website.
This page lists artists A to K. Artist Name Search lists artists L to Y.
Josh Agle aka Shag, a fine art painter in Southern California, celebrates conspicuous consumption, 50s and 60s pop culture, ads and cartoons.
Kathryn Aiken photographed people in theater, advertising, corporate and music in New York and in Washington D.C. She later concentrated on fine art and portrait painting, and passed away in 2005.
Mary Aslin is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and shows her paintings at local galleries and in the summer at the Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.
Ken Auster is a highly respected California impressionist in Laguna Beach, Ken exhibits at the Festival of Arts, at museums and galleries and teaches the techniques of his artwork.
John Barber, master glassblower, founded one of So Cal’s first privately owned glass studios in 1973. He focuses on the rediscovery of lost techniques, including glass masterwork of the Art Nouveau period.
Marlo Bartels works with ceramic tile, terrazzo and stone; shaping, forming and glazing the clay elements by hand. See also Pacific Coast Highway.
Linda Brunker was born in Dublin, Ireland, studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, has had commissions and exhibitions in numerous cities in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Jerry Burchfield, 1947-2009, co-founder of The Legacy Project, was co-owner, from 1973-1987 with Mark Chamberlain of BC Space Gallery. See also BC Space.
Peter Busby designs, fabricates and installs numerous public, corporate and private art projects across the country and in Europe.
Mark Chamberlain is founder/operator of BC Space in Laguna Beach, CA.. See also BC Space, Double Rainbow, and The Tell.
John Connell's photography has graced several publications, including Coast Magazine, Riviera and Landscape Architect. He has shot for several books, including one on Crystal Cove Cottages, Newport Beach.
Luis Cornejo, El Salvador, has won several art awards, creating paintings of hyper realistic fashion models with playful proportions and luminous faces, inspired by Disney drawings. He exhibits in Central America, Mexico and Canada.
John Cosby works on location around the world, is founding member of "Laguna Plein Air Painters Association," signature member of the California Art Club, and a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.
Frank Cuprien, 1871-1948, born in Brooklyn, studied at the Art Students League, Cooper Union, in Paris, Munich, and Leipzig, settled in Laguna Beach. See also Laguna Art Museum and Irvine Museum.
Paul Darrow, painter, muralist, watercolorist, etcher, photographer, collage, mixed media assemblage artist and collector of endless stuff. A professor at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School, he lives in Laguna Beach.
Leslie Davis of Laguna Beach studied glass art at various universities here and abroad, including the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. She fuses, sculpts and blows glass and welds metals in the formation of her large artworks.
Tony DeLap, Newport Beach, CA, is a leader of the Minimalist art movement, has experimented with wood, metal, fiberglass, molded plastics and fabrics, created freestanding aluminum, fiberglass and resin sculptures, and wall-mounted constructions.
Ellen Dissanayake in "Art and Intimacy,” wrote"...the antecedents of the arts—rhythmic-modal experiences—evolved to enable our human way of life in relationship with others."
Lisa Dowling is winner of several poetry awards, is a photographer and an avid traveler.
Tom Dowling has taught in England, Ireland, Italy and the U.S., has exhibited his shaped canvasses and photographic collages nationally and in Europe.
Jorg Dubin Roberta Carasso wrote about the oil painter: "We feel we have entered a personal space without permission, as people unmask themselves before us and reveal their private rather than their public self.” See also Pacific Coast Highway.
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), French, believed that any object in life could be art, made art more accessible and began to change the way people think about art. Fountain. See also Assemblage Art..
Cheryl Ekstrom, Laguna Beach sculptor, has exhibited nationally and internationally. "It is only during the actual making of my art that I can experience the freedom of self." See also Pacific Coast Highway.
Greg Escalante is a lowbrow art expert - art derived from pop culture including underground comics, surf culture, hot rods and tiki structures, among other influences. He is a founder of Robert Williams' "Juxtapoz" magazine.
Shepard Fairey is a street/graffiti artist who emerged from the skateboarding scene. His “Obama Hope” poster became widely known in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
Karen Feuer Schwager, Laguna Beach, is a multi-faceted artist, who expresses her emotions, experiences and dreams through a neo-expressionistic style.
Arie A. Galles is Professor of Art, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA. His work includes "Reflected-Light Paintings" and "Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet," based on aerial photographs of concentration camps.
John Gardiner is a Shakespearean actor and performance poet, with a dozen collections of poetry published he has read and performed in many different countries. He lives in Laguna Beach.
Jacques Garnier creates formal, poetic photos of abandoned spaces, concentrate on redistribution in the American landscape, on vestiges of populations gone and quickly forgotten. He lives in Orange County, CA.
Ernie Gerzabek, Australian, paints contemporary landscapes and abstracts, inspired by nature, the unspoiled countryside, wilderness areas, wetlands, deserts, ocean and seashores.
Larry Gill uses stainless steel, granite, fiberglass, brass, concrete and wood to craft sculptures, coffee tables, dining tables and "Lightfalls," waterfalls. See also Sawdust Festival
William Griffith, 1866-1940, was born in Lawrence, Kansas, studied art at Washington University and at the Academie Julian, was a charter member of the Laguna Beach Art Association.
Paul Grimm (1891-1974), from South Africa, moved to Hollywood, where he painted backdrops for movie studios, then moved to Palm Springs where he painted in the High Sierra.
Anna Hills, 1882-1930, was born in Ohio, lieved in Michigan, studied at the Chicago Art Institute and at Cooper Union, NYC. She was a founder of the Laguna Beach Art Association.
Marcus Antonius Jansen was born in NYC and served in the first Gulf War. He paints violent brushstrokes, often changing textures spontaneously..
Rob Johnson of So Cal is a photographer, musician, printmaker and educator, and former darkroom assistant to Ansell Adams. His images are largely landscape based.
Joseph Kleitsch, Hungarian, 1882-1931, lived in Mexico, painting portraits, and later in Laguna Beach. See also Laguna Art Museum and Irvine Museum.
Edward Kienholz, 1927-1994, from His works played a major role in the 2011-2012 Pacific Standard Time art events.
Julia Klemek (see also Pacific Coast Highway) created sculptural/functional benches, figurative sculptures and low relief ceramic walls and abstract pieces that are reinterpreted natural forms.
See also Artist Name Search.