Meet Big Color Artist: Joseph Church

Joseph Church, "Cave-In", oil on canvas, 55 x 27
Joseph Church, “Cave-In”, oil on canvas, 55 x 27

Joseph Church received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He works as a freelance preparator and art installer in Chicago.

The paintings in this series of work are very much planned out and designed. Most of my artistic decisions involving color, shape and composition are made and finalized early on in my process. The paintings are crisp and linear with large areas of flat color saturating the entire canvas. Each line is carefully hand drawn and each shape is carved out by the line. The deliberate and precise style in which I work makes my imagery appear as if it has been programmed or machined.

Meet Big Color Artist: Francisco Magos

"Le' Grand Doodle"...4ft.x8ft.x4in....oil and acrylic(mixed-media)
“Le’ Grand Doodle”…4ft.x8ft.x4in….oil and acrylic(mixed-media)

Francisco Magos is a Chicago based artist who is currently focused on color,and lots of it. Most of his time is spent creating art of many mediums that have been put in front of him, such as oil,acrylic,watercolor, ink,ceramics,sculptures on various items(traditional and non- traditional) canvas,wood panels, books,and found objects. All of Francisco’s art is inspired by his ex-fast paced way of life. In that life, colors were vivid and so were the troubles. His current working method mainly consists of spray painting on anything he can get his hands on.

Meet Big Color Artist: George John Larson

Master Relaxer Silver
The piece is called, “Master Relaxer Silver”, and is acrylic on stretched canvas, 36″x48″.

Mostly self taught. I never intended to be an artist. It just became a necessity. I took one beginning painting class for therapy after I started getting chronic headaches. Doctors and self-medicating was not helping. What did I have to lose? I had not even taken art in high school.Creating art has given me positive goals for the future.

My Art is trying to capture the subliminal ironies and absurdities of events, words, and things, real or imagined. This is for my need of comprehension, and my need to create beauty with an alternate reality. To share this is also desired.

“Master Relaxer Silver”, is about my job as a construction worker. Some times materials for the job would be moved for no reason. It was discovered that the boss was doing this because it helped him relax. So to move something has become to relax. The forklift moves the most stuff. So it is the master relaxer.

I first paint the central figure in the piece, then the surrounding background. Then I outline the piece and add accents.