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erick felix

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle is BACK this week with local artist local printmaker Erick Felix (@erickstrechfelix)!

Erick received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has had solo and group exhibitions across the Kansas City area was included in the Dia De Los Muertos alter at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in 2017. We are very excited to look at the art world through Erick’s take over, so to get things started, here are a few words about his work and artistic inspiration…

“My art started as a connection with people, like a validation for myself in my middle school and high school years. I started with graffiti and calligraphy, I would write names and words for people so they can show it off by placing it in front of their folder. My materials were simple, acrylic paints, markers, pens, spray paint. The names stood in place as portraits, and sometimes the words can embody an entire statement. I was always intrigued by the story and the individual, all being from different backgrounds but connecting with me through the art or lettering. My art moved from this to painting and eventually making my way into printmaking. I always had the same idea in my art, I always wanted to tell a story.

Today my prints or paintings are very process orientated. There is no one way I start but in every piece there are multiple ideas and stories that go with it. I keep multiple notebooks that I write anything from my thoughts to lyrics that I use. I take photographs of people with my phone or camera that I use as a reference for my prints. The photographs themselves are never in a controlled environment and usually happen during a night of drinking and conversations. All of the drawings are digitally drawn while I am alone with a playlist that influences the design also. The end product is usually a mixture of feelings, ideas and thoughts throughout a week or night.”

We just can’t wait to see what Erick has in store for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Erick on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, February 8th – Tuesday, February 13th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

ari fish

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle is kicking back up this week with local artist Ari Fish (@ari_fish_studio)!

Ari received her BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work spans across a wide range of media from sculpture and photography, to clothing design, drawing, writing, music and large scale multi media installations. She is the recipient of a Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship and a two time recipient of the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. She splits her time between her studio practice and as the Career Advisor at the Kansas City Art Institute. We are thrilled to look at the world through  Ari’s lens, so to get things started, here are a few words about her current work and artistic inspiration…

“Ari Fish creates spiritual works of art that are of service to people and the space they reside within. A key component to her art practice is the construction of non-denominational temporary temples in public exhibition spaces. Each temple is themed around the numerological significance of the sequence in which it was constructed. A focus on inclusive human centered transformative experiences within these temples is of greatest importance. This focus of spiritual transformation carries on throughout all Fish’s clothing design and the construction of her ceremonial jackets and uniforms, writings, music, drawings and graphic design.”

We just can’t wait to see what Ari has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Ari on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, January 25th – Tuesday, January 30th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

rick wright

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle is kicking back up this week with KCAC Member and local painter Rick Wright (@rickwrightart)

Rick graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A in Design/Illustration and an M.A. in art education. He currently lives in midtown Kansas City, Missouri and routinely exhibits work in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Throughout the year he participates in art festivals in Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, St Louis, Chicago, Memphis, and Des Moines. In addition to his personal work, he has been an art educator in both private and public schools and currently teaches art at Van-Go Inc., an arts based non-profit job training program in Lawrence, KS.

It has been such a great pleasure to watch Rick’s work grow and evolve over the past several years and when we saw his Instagram page, we saw a perfect fit for the KCAC Artist Lifestyle take over! So to get things started, here are a few words from Rick about his current work and artistic inspiration…

“Terpsichore, in Greek mythology was one the nine Muses of the arts. Her traditional domain of dance and song, along with more contemporary cirque nouveau and burlesque performers have influenced my most recent figurative explorations. Though semi-abstract and expressionistic, I value a believability, proportion, and movement in the form. Within each piece, I challenge myself with color relationships, and mark-making to build, define, redefine, and refine each painting without losing a sense of liveliness and energy. I seek a balance between the raw nature of a gestural five minute sketch and the sophistication one expects of a resolved painting. The strength and grace of these feminine forms in motion both challenge and compliment the direction of my work.”

We just can’t wait to see what Rick has in store for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Rick on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, January 18th – Tuesday, January 23rd!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

joseph jurkiewicz

The KCAC Instagram is BACK to chase all your winter blues away with KCAC Member and local artist Joseph Jurkiewicz (@josephjurkiewicz)!

We first got a look at Joseph’s artwork in 2016 while he was interning at KCAC. His hard-work and dedication to his artwork and practice struck us immediately. Upon graduating from KCAI in 2016, he jumped straight into producing a wide range of art, networking with area artists and gaining several group and solo exhibitions along the way. His continued growth in his work and career is incredible and we thought it was time to take a look into his world through the KCAC Instagram lens, so without further ado, away we go!

To get things started, here are a few words from Joseph about his current work and artistic inspiration…

“I am a visual artist involving complex narratives.  My paintings explore themes of solemn, desire, enigmatic and exaltation. Pulling influences from street art and fashion illustration to create perplexing surreal imagery. Using no reference’s to refer too, my imagery comes straight from the depths of my mind. My impulsive nature can be found in the pages of my sketchbooks, where I constantly explore new ideas, mark making and surrounding influences.”

We just can’t wait to see what Joseph has in the works for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Joseph on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, January 11th – Tuesday, January 16th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle