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Mari Inukai

Mari Inukai

Mari Inukai was born in Nagoya, Japan. In 1995, Mari came to the US to pursue her studies in art. She first attended Santa Monica Community College (Mentor program), then Associates in Art, Sherman Oaks, CA and finally California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, where she recieved her BFA in Character Animation in 2004. Her professional works include Nickelodeon, New York, Nylon Motion Inc., LA, Oishii Productions, LA, and NGTV, LA. Her short animated film, Blue and Orange, has been an official selection at numerous national and international film festivalss including the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and was the Japanese Grand Prix winner at the Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005. Besides her animation works, Mari regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings, designs clothes, ceramic toy figurines, and other fun products. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Sena.

Kent Williams

Kent Williams' work has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions over the past ten years, including shows in New York City, San Francisco, CA, Sundance, UT, The Duke Museum of Art, Durham, NC, and in Los Angeles, CA, where he is represented by Merry Karnowsky Gallery. His painting, TRACE DOUBLE-PORTRAIT, was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC as part of THE OUTWIN BOOCHEVER 2006 PORTRAIT EXHIBITION. His work is collected both in the US and abroad, and is included in the collections of Robin and Marsha Williams, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Darren Aronofsky, and Meg White.

Primarily a figurative painter, Williams' work explores, in both bold and subtle ways, and often through a suggestion of narrative and woven symbolism, the thread of life that ties us together as human beings. Embracing our virtues while not shying away from our faults, he shows us portraits of ourselves, intense and penetrating.

A graduate of The Pratt Institute in New York, Williams, a consummate draftsman and painter, has realized his work through various other artistic channels as well; that of the illustrated word and the graphic novel (most recently, THE FOUNTAIN with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky), printmaking, photography, design, architecture, and film. A selection of his works on paper, KENT WILLIAMS: DRAWINGS & MONOTYPES, was published in 1991, and KOAN: PAINTINGS BY JON J MUTH & KENT WILLIAMS, was published in 2001. His most
recent book, KENT WILLIAMS, AMALGAM: PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS, 1992-2007 is the most comprehensive collection of Williams' work to date. Williams is the recipient of a number of awards for his work including The Yellow Kid; Lucca, Italy's prestigious comics award. In 2001 he was invited to be a fellow at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Sundance, UT.

Williams returned as a visiting instructor to The Pratt Institute, and has since gone on to teach at The California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA. He currently teaches contemporary figurative painting at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and is Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA as part of the MFA program.

Williams lives in Los Angeles. He has two sons, Kerig Sun and Ian Kai.

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Shawn Barber

Shawn Barber

Shawn Barber Born 1970 in Cortland, NY Shawn Barber’s body of work focuses primarily on painting portrait and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. He received his BFA in 1999 from the Ringling School of Art % Design, in Sarasota, FL. His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues


Belinda Eaton

Belinda Eaton was born in Mombasa and did her schooling from Spain. She was lost in rural France and was found in Pakistan. She has done her Post-Graduation in Etching from Central School of Art, London. The nomadic life of Belinda Eaton has allowed her to perceive things around with fresh enthusiastic eyes and this resulted in the unique creation of what is known as “Belinda's World”. Her world is full of rich and vivid colors, brilliant characters, swirling spaces, excessive energy that cannot be trapped in the canvas, constantly moving images, living life, dancing, drinking and eating. She believes that “within the canvas there are no boundaries of subject, perspective or reality”.

Belinda Eaton has exhibited her portrait of Cilla Black in the Star Portraits with Rolf Harris Exhibition at the County Hall Gallery in London. She has participated in various exhibitions at Cannes, Regensburg, London, Madrid, Karachi, New York and Alicante. Her paintings and a recent interview were shown on Star Portraits with Rolf Harris on BBC One in June, 2005. Belinda Eaton has also written and illustrated a children's book named Seaweed the Dog . She has been a part of various prestigious projects. Some of the famous acrylic paintings of Belinda Eaton include Girl With Swallow Tattoo, Oscar, Tattoo Girl, Men With Prawns, Sardine Extravaganza, Champagne Anyone, Woman in Armchair, Artist and Familiar, Woman with Oranges, Olive Tree and Woman with Parrot among many others."

"My paintings are my world, my fascination for people, plants, animals and colour, how I perceive things with all their energy. I've spent my life traveling and living in different countries, always trying to see things with a fresh eye, my senses constantly being stimulated, any preconceived ideas challenged."

Belinda Eaton


"For me the process of not expressing myself creatively through the use of colour, the mark of the brush and the creation of images and movement on a canvas would leave me feeling dead."

Belinda Eaton



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