Congratulations to all of the Arts Council's inaugural ArtPop Tampa artists. ArtPop uses the urban landscape as gallery to spotlight local artists, displaying their artwork on Outfront Media’s digital and vinyl billboards.
The People’s Choice artist, Caitlin Albritton of Tampa, was selected by popular vote for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s latest program for Hillsborough artists.
Born and raised in a home by the woods, Albritton grew up enjoying the outdoor and. graduated with a painting major and a ceramic minor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently an MFA Candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. In her textured, 3-dimensional oil paintings, she manipulates the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Find out more about here at caitlinalbritton.com.
Other winners include Joan Garcia, Lutz; Zuri Grimm, Tampa; Tes One, Tampa; Luisa Padro, Tampa; Laura Waller, Tampa, and Dee Youmans, Lutz. Here's a brief look at the works and what they create. To find out more about their bios, visit tampaarts.com.
The works of Zuri Grimm, an alum of Paier College of Art with a BFA in Illustration, and indigenous artwork of Africa and Australia. The works are intended to convey "the beauty and god-like nature of the imperfect human form."
Joan Garcia has been working professionally in fine art for three decades and has shown her work in several group and solo shows, having won First Place, Patron and Best of Show awards. Her works comprise realistic landscapes, wildlife and still life paintings in oil and acrylics, illustrations and portraits in colored pencil.
Leon “Tes One” Bedore creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, using principles of both urban and fine art. His conceptual paintings incorporate movement and emotion with stylish illustration.
Luisa Padro, who also goes by Artysta LuLu, is an expressionist painter whose works are easily identifiable by their distinctive, whimsical cartoon imagery. Innocence meets esoteric ideas as Padro promotes "peace, love, self-empowerment and an awakened mind-set" in her illustrations.
Laura Waller paints full-time and is working on her series, Port of Tampa Bay, which was featured in a 2015 solo exhibition at the Clayton Galleries, Tampa. Her award-winning work is collected by individuals and corporations nationwide. A solo exhibition of the latest of Laura Waller’s Port Tampa Bay Series will open January 2017 at Clayton Galleries.
Dee Youmans' images tell stories with their layers of elements, creating its very own narrative. She has an extensive background in both graphic and fine art, and holds degrees in art history and art education.