The Southland is teeming with art enthusiasts who use social media. Young and old market their art via the cloud, but these artists and enthusiasts are chosen for that extra personal edge. Twitter, and other social media, delivers personal contact with these creative personalities. They are open to two-way communication, and most valuable of all, getting insight into the artist’s personality enhances appreciation of their life’s greatest endeavor. They enrich the world and we can share in it.
Self-proclaimed “cultural public servant,” Oscar Magallanes’ art examines society’s inequities. Veering from mainstream conventional thinking, Oscar combines revolutionary image and the history of Alta, California in his artistic efforts. Symbolism and a personal passion drives the artist as he addresses issues of ethnicity, race, social class, poverty and nationalism. A frequent tweeter, his account is a portal to serious social comment and activist art.
New tweeter Bradley Laurent only posts occasionally, but has an established Internet presence. Using film and digital photography, he uses portraiture to bring out the uniquely stunning natural beauty of his subjects. His work is youthful and focuses on the “denizens of Hollywood subcultures.” Laurent is fast becoming a recognized innovator for more than his unique subjects. From copper and aluminum sheets, to archaic fiber sheets, or traditional paper, his choices for print media add force to his human subjects. And, the subjects have a force of their own.
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Calling the Southland her home for 30 years, Tary is a refugee of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. After living in New York City, she moved West to continue her artistic career. To her life experience she credits a powerful sense of people and their surroundings in time, place and reality. With paint, she expresses her world view with humor. This self-declared feminist and spiritual warrior declares in her work the most important things in life, or as she says it: “storytelling on canvas.”
Carlos Groppa has been an illustrator and writer for decades, and at 81 years, he is a full-force presence on the web. His illustrations take in the daily landscapes and urban scenes of the Southland. His light and brilliant watercolor pieces bring life to the commonplace events of life. He has the knack for bringing out a nostalgic feel in life today. Original illustrations, postcards and prints are available at tangoreporter.com for viewing and purchase. Argentine-born Groppa has written extensively on Tango music and dance (tangoreporter.com), and the the spirit of dance is a subtle theme as aspect in his illustrations.
Painter Amy Bernays is all about insight through art. Her work is striking and in touch with reality, but only to the extent needed to invoke emotion and meaning. Her diverse subject matter moves from landscapes to farm animals, and from people to seascapes, she brings life to many different media. As a true working artist, she sells prints in acrylic, canvas, metal and posters. This young up-and-coming artist is widely available through social media and the Internet.
Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.