Stratford’s Forest To Shore Gallery promises both “horror” and “beauty” when they present four regional artists in a “A Kick Ass Art Show” in a reception 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Jan. 26. (Why don’t more gallery receptions last until midnight?)
Live painting will be performed by all four artists on a single canvas throughout the night.
Also, there will be a special “Instagram raffle” with prizes donated from each artist and FTS.
FTS supplied this information about the artists:
Christian Perez was born and raised in New Haven, Christian started tattooing at the young age of 16. For the past 11 years he has worked at many shops in the Connecticut area, meeting great artists and cool clients. He’s worked really hard in the last six years to better himself as an artist. The last few years he has been doing a lot of oil painting and trying to bring that essence into his tattooing. His style is considered very dream like and kinda creepy at times. Christian has been inspired by the artists at Hope Gallery even before he joined the crew in 2010. (bio taken from hopegallerytattoo.com)
Carly Janine Mazur is an illustrator out of Shelton. Working primarily with oils and acrylics, her works bring together the rendered figure with graphic lines, shapes, and abstraction to create a strange yet pleasing visual dichotomy. Her subject primarily the human figure, she likes to illustrate story and myth in her own unique way. To Carly, you don’t need the entire picture to understand the most important parts.
Tom Ryan, of Naugatuck, says: “Creator, problem solver, and my own worst enemy. My name is Tom Ryan — I’m what many would categorize as an artist. I create fun loving characters that evolve from simple line drawings to full colored rendered paintings. Problem solving comes with its frustrations when determining size, placement, color, value, and overall design concept of my work. Seeking my next inspiration and pushing my elements to the next level can be frustrating yet rewarding. I am constantly facing an inner battle by fighting thoughts like: Is this good enough? How much further can I push this idea? When should I stop? It’s an uphill battle, but I think at least the score is tied.”
Markus Blanchard, from Brooklyn — cult art, painting, drums, metal. tattoo artist.