Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland are the fantastical magical duo known as APAK. They are a child-like husband and wife art team who live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They create artwork together as a way exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for life and each other. They are known in particular for creating rich and colorful gouache/acrylic paintings on wood featuring the utopian lives and adventures of curious little beings living in lush fantastic environments surrounded by friendly little animals.
Bwana Spoons is an artist all the way thru the brain and into the guts. he is a painter,illustrator,and toy maker. Bwana has his works featured on just about anything imaginable, from cars, to strollers, to shoes. His artwork has been featured around the globe from his current hometown of Portland, to San Francisco, Los Angles, New York, to Japan, Spain, London, Paris, and a few parts in between. His favorite form of art these days is the installation working with wood and painting large scale murals. When Bwana isn't doing any of this you can find him running his gallery, Grass Hut Art Market or tinkering away in his self made studio in Portland Oregon.
The client list for Bwana Spoons includes- Adidas, Converse, Dakine, Dekline, Foundation, Gargamel, Hurley, Laika, Nike, Smart Car, Super 7, TAG, Vans, Warner Bros. and a small army of others.
Carson Ellis was born in 1975 in Vancouver, Canada. She was raised in suburban New York and college-educated at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she earned a BFA in Painting in 1998.
Born among the briars & brambles in backwoods of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Evan Benjamin Harris grew up with little knowledge of the bourgeois big city fine arts. So, he dove into the recesses of his own imagination and embraced the fables and folklore that fascinated him. With little to do but draw, he did exactly that. Now older, things havenít changed much. The stories he created as a child are still present in his paintings. With diligence and hard work, Evanís crude stick figures became the more clearly defined images you see today. With no formal art training, he creates on his own terms.
Broken boards, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal pastels, plastic resign, and melted waxes are among the mediums Evan uses. Then they are beaten, brushed, sanded, polished, and hung. Most would cringe at the idea of scratching or sanding something they spent hours upon hours painting, but thatís Evanís favorite part - creating the appearance that this wasnít made in the 21st century. Behind every scratch and claw mark is a story waiting to be told.
Jeff Proctor is originally from New Hampshire and went to school for graphic design and painting at Maine College of Art. He then worked at JDK Design Studio and Rogues Gallery. In 2006 He moved to Oregon to work for Nike Skateboarding. Proctor went freelance in 2008 while shifting his focus to illustration and has done work for clients including Nike, Burton Snowboards, Manik Skateboards, Anon, Nixon, Zoo York, Gatorade, The Black Keys, and Mogwai.
Kate Bingaman Burt is an illustrator and educator. She has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where, along with being an Assistant Professor and the co-program coordinator of Graphic Design at Portland State University, she also makes piles of work about consumerism: zines! pillows! dresses! drawings! paper chains! photos!
Martin Ontiveros is part Wizard, part Warrior, and part Werewolf. A Crazy-whisperer. Metalhead. An unstoppable force. He lives, works, conjures, battles, and transforms in Portland, OR
I'm a comics inspired gentleman surrounded by toys and Chewbacca masks. I like drawing sharks and animals and creatures and daredevils and superheroes. Sometimes I combine all of them - sometimes they are on their own - it really depends on my mood.
Ryan Bubnisí clean yet chaotic style has been described as ďurban folk.Ē Through his paintings, installations and design work, he comments on themes relating to the human condition. Vibrant, abstracted shapes and faces radiate joy and optimism while they float in and out of rich, multi-layered realms. Working intuitively he incorporates a range of mediums that include found objects, paper, wood, canvas, spray paint, acrylics, cel vinyl, sandpaper, pencil and India ink. He draws inspiration from life, graffiti, Saturday morning cartoons and outsider art from a variety of cultures. Born in California in 1975, he received his BFA in illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art where he now teaches a professional practices course to undergraduate students. His work has been shown extensively throughout the US, UK, Taiwan and Canada. He has been featured in publications such as Nintendo Power, Clout, Vapors and Juxtapoz magazines. Some of his clients include Kidrobot, Nike, Imperial Motion, Aleph Zero, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Seattle Weekly, Hasbro, Threadless, Uncommon and 20th Century Fox. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.