Austin is one of the most creative and encouraging places in the world. Most residents are here to pursue something they’re passionate about, and it’s rarely a surprise to hear an Austinite refer to him or herself as an artist.
We asked Austin to share its art with Citygram for a mobile gallery in our Art Issue. We also asked the question, “Where do you find inspiration in Austin?” The response to our open call was overwhelming, and we’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” many neighboring artists with a variety of talents.
From puppets to picture books, these artists have shared their creative endeavors and where to find them. We hope this gallery serves as your introduction to emerging artists in Austin and inspires you to seek out more
of their work.
Mixed – paper on paper with inks
The figure represents an endless source of inspiration. In Austin, whereever you look, you will find people who are strong and empowered in mind, body, and spirit. They exude a glow unlike anyone else. Could it perhaps be something in the water or organic produce? Or maybe it’s just the creativity and freedom that Austin fosters? -Marcy Ann Villafaña
“The Grand Finale” (2014)
“Black and Tan” (2015)
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
It feels like the city is born of inspiration… the rich music scene, the spray-painted walls of buildings appropriated for urban art, or the local zest encapsulated in a good street taco.
Bind Contour Woodburning on Plywood
“Early Morning Paddle” (2015)
florescent lighting and colored lighting gels
The culture of this city keeps us nourished. The food, creativity, greenbelt, music, and everything else that makes Austin shine, is built on a cultural foundation that spans generations. It’s a place where people embrace and care for things that matter and equally give no shit about the things that don’t. With infinite paths the soul of a city can walk, Austin chose one that resonates deeply with our identity. We are grateful for this resonance, and draw inspiration from it every day.
-Tim Derrington & Natalia Lopez
“1956 Red Thunderbird”(2015)
Acrylic and latex on canvas
“Muller Airport Control Tower” (2014)
Fine Art Photography-Archival Pigment Print
“Beneath Blue Sky” (2014)
Burn, acrylic and plaster on wood panel
“Mother Wolf” (2014)
Oil on canvas
“Urban Harem” (2014)
I like to photograph odd moments pulled out of reality that have an underlying cultural, historical, & economic double context. Austin is where I can always rely on these moments.
Most of my work is influenced by my daily commutes. All my images come from small glimpses from my daily life and my compositions are minimalistic with a touch of color. The use of color can be traced back to my Mexican Culture.
“Small Pleasures: The Little Things in
Life That Make Us Smile” (2015)
Artist book; pen & ink, watercolor
“Soul Reflection” (2015)
oil on cradled wood panel
The many art collectives are great hives of creative energy. Being a part of a creative complex like Canopy allows for sharing, discussion, brainstorming, and general kinship with other artists.
Venetian Plaster & Etched Plexiglass
“Austin, Texas!” (2015)
Watercolor, Ink, Adobe Illustrator
“Zilker Park” (2014)
Archival Print on fine art paper
People flock to Austin in record numbers because there still is a unique level of connection. People don’t go to Blues on the Green because of the music and booze; they go to experience connection—to music, the park and one another. If it was just about tunes and alcohol they could blast Shakey Graves from their iPhone at home and drink a beer on the sofa. I’m seduced with drawing those connections and giving them form. Everything has to swirl, ripple, and connect.
“‘under your skin, the Moon is alive’ ~Neruda”
“Sonic Boom” (2015)
“Beneath Blue Sky” (2014)
Acrylic on canvas
“Town Lake Bridge” (2013)
Photo-based polymer print intaglio
“Urban Waste” (2014)
Spray paint, acrylic, wheat paste on reclaimed wood
The growth of this town is actually quite comedic with all the people trying to find their place in a city that doesn’t know where it’s going.
“This is an Adventure!” (2013)
“That’s What It’s All About” (2012)
Acrylic on individual plywood panels
Pen and Ink
Inspiration comes from a late night at The White Horse, an art event on the east side, a green parrot landing in your backyard, and house shows (that still exist). Cold beer and black ink.
“Temple of Tomorrows” (2015)
Mixed Media on wood panel
“Inside the Giant”
“Lingering Midnight” (2015)
oil pastel, acrylic, and latex on stretched canvas
Molly Ann Wolfe
Oil on Canvas
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