Painting

Jess Kristen by CreativPaper

Based in Vancouver, WA, Jess Kristen is a portrait artist and freelance illustrator who specialises in capturing the expressions of our favourite actors and characters through striking, unique and bold colour combinations.

Jess attended the USC School of Cinema and studied the art of visual communication.  She attended a one month oil painting realism class and fell in love with the technique. Using only 7 colours to blend her palette, Jess crafted a skill of capturing expression through narrative strokes of exaggerated colours and layering/blending techniques.

The challenge of expressing the subtleties of emotion across a face became a source of excitement and pride for Jess Kristen. Raised on the pop culture of the 80s and 90s, Jess enjoys blending cinematic references around a central theme to connect film generations. This exploration is most visible in her paintings such as “Medusa Ripley”, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”, “Patch the Red Nosed Raindoc” and “Doc Brown, Time Bandit."

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Alexander Johnson by CreativPaper

"I left school at sixteen to do a two-year foundation course at Worthing Art College. I did a further three years BA Honours degree in Fine Art in Cardiff, specialising in printmaking and graduated in 1985. After my degree I moved to London for four years before moving to Barcelona in early 1989. In Spain I gave English lessons and continued to paint, then in 1991, I relocated to Nijmegen in Holland where I set up a studio for three years. I had a number of solo shows in Holland over this time, my work was figurative and overtly political taking inspiration from Basquiat and Keith Haring, commenting on the first Gulf war, homelessness and political extremism.

I returned to the UK in late 1994, spent a short period in London and then moved to Brighton. I exhibit regularly with online agencies, in commercial galleries and during the Open Studios in East Sussex in August. I am a full-time artist and have a purpose-built studio next to the house where I live in Laughton in the Sussex Weald. Currently the work is reflecting my recent move to a rural setting, which in turn has led me to reflect on my own childhood in the countryside in West Sussex in the 1960’s."