Galore Art: “The Select Five” Of Amanda Brown Artist Management

Artist manager, Amanda Brown, has launched a new company specializing in the exclusive representation of some of today’s most renowned and up-and-coming contemporary artists. Her recently signed group, “The Select Five”, will exhibit Original, never-before-seen works, as well as a few pieces from past collections at the companies official launch party next month. Check out our profiles of the 5 artists below!
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Harif Guzman:

When did you know you wanted to be/were an artist?

Never. (Seriously)

What inspires you to create and why?

I don’t want to say woman any more, just people, living on earth, flea markets…people watching and fabrics…people watching and traveling…that’s good right?

5 things you can’t live without?

Water, lemons, soup and woman….(that’s only four)…oh, MOM.

Favorite music to listen to when you’re in the studio and why?

There is no favorite, different styles, different music, different moods.

Name something that best embodies you as an artist.

Cozy…cozy chaos, slap and kiss.

Dream collaboration and why?

NASA to put me on rocket to another planet…to go home on a rocket ship…to discover unchartered planets…that’s good right?

Who’s your muse and why?

Jesus. Laughs….Jesus is my muse because the bible tells me so.

Best thing to do when you have artists block?

I don’t know what that is.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

Working at Home Depot….no, drywall….laughs, for real!

Where do you see art going in 10 years with the changing technology?

To hell and back….laughs.

Michael Houghton:

When did you know you wanted to be/were an artist?

It goes as far back as I can remember, was always in the arts even when I was in school…no date. From music, Beatles, looking at first album cover in 1964…seeing art from there shoes to clothes and then listening to it.

What inspires you to create and why?

Why would be I would die if I didn’t—I just have to…when I get depressed creating makes me happy. All has to do with music, album covers, art that goes into it…wasn’t so much a classic guy, not going to museums, more earthy. Visuals of albums and the creative minds behind it, a cool world that I liked, it’s own gally, 60’s and 70’s, the rebel life.

5 things you can’t live without?

Food, love, love, love, love —- then I said, Love, music, art, good food/wine, and a great laugh.

Favorite music to listen to when you’re in the studio and why?

Rolling Stones.

Name something that best embodies you as an artist.

Vision and album covers.

Dream collaboration and why?

Porsche, a car, I had one when I was younger… then I thought about designers doing interior work…so design interior to car. Going 100mph and sitting in it, would be a cool high, I think.

Who’s your muse and why?

There’s too many to answer – your favorite bartender that has a good joke to take your mind off the day (laughs) just too many to mention.

Best thing to do when you have artists block?

Drinking red wine.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I’d be your favorite bartender.

Where do you see art going in 10 years with the changing technology?

It seems to always be about the classics, music, art, and fashion…timeless things stay timeless. It will still be classical, images…inspired by experience…in 10 years, would be magical new experience…return to history. If you don’t know your past, and the true myth to art, need to understand that first to know what new art is…have to know the old to know the new….education.

Alan Sonfist:

When did you know you wanted to be/were an artist?

In my childhood, I realized art is part of me. All my art has been an eco of my childhood.

What inspires you to create and why?

I grew up near the last virgin forest in New York City. The ancient forest became my sanctuary from the burning buildings of where I lived. The deers and foxes roamed the forest and became my friends. The burning streets had packs of wild dogs attacking any stranger. The ancient trees talk about the wisdom of time. I started to record their messages. This is the beginning of my art.

5 things you can’t live without?

Talking forest, the smell of the earth, silk shirts, Nike running shoes, my Canon camera that photographs ghost images

Favorite music to listen to when you’re in the studio and why?

Bono (U2) because of his concern of the planet.

Name something that best embodies you as an artist.

Whiskey Stones (stones that I have collected throughout the world).

Dream collaboration and why?

Leonard Susskind, the director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics, a pioneer in String Theory. String Theory is about the connecting force of the universe, which is a main theme of my work.

Current interest: Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke who is working with the connection between fabrics and earth, which is similar to some of my early artworks.

Who’s your muse and why?

My mother Red Oak Tree is my muse. She taught me about the nature and its connection to the city.

Best thing to do when you have artists block?

Talking to my running dead fox in my basement.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

Be a geologist, finding rare earth.

Where do you see art going in 10 years with the changing technology?

With technological advancement, I can imagine a real-time project of forests all around the world in public museum and private space. People could then select whichever forest they would like to explore on their leisure time, and they could also have the forest continuously in their house.

Ward Yoshimoto:

When did you know you wanted to be/were an artist?

I always can remember drawing when I was young, and in middle school I started taking traditional Japanese brush painting (Sumi-i) at the local Buddhist church in Gardena California. For the next years through my first of college I was always searching for my spirit and the meaning of zen, weather through martial arts, wrestling, surfing or golf. I took an art class at the local college while in high school and a few years latter ran into my teacher and was convinced to get back into the art world. It wasn’t till my 3rd year of college, at CSUDH in Carson, Ca. that I saw my calling and made my first socially conscious artwork. Three years after I moved to NY as a photographer I decided to make a commitment to my art and started my true road to self discovery as an artist.

What inspires you to create and why?

What inspires me to make art is a constant search for the truth; weather within the work, within the form, or myself.

5 things you can’t live without?

The things I cannot live without starts with my family, they keep me grounded and honest. Next would be my work and studio objects… I need to be in there working, daily if possible. Next would be my good old friends, some of whom I’ve know for almost 50 years. Fourth I guess would have to be food for sustenance. And fifth would have to be new visual stimulation to always keep me interested.

Favorite music to listen to when you’re in the studio and why?

I have a prey wide assortment of musical taste, any where from Doo-Wop, Surf, Classic rock, Punk, Reggae, Bluegrass, and Jazz, etc.  I also enjoy listening to sports, college or professional. Baseball, Basketball, or football are all good.

Name something that best embodies you as an artist.

At this point, probably my material of choice, Hardware Cloth.

Dream collaboration and why?

It would probably be a tie between Tim Hawkinson or James Turrell,.. because I enjoy their connection and dedication to science, spirit and form. Tim probably more for his humor…

Who’s your muse and why?

It would probably have to be my wife Julianne Hausler, after 25 years together she has seen it all; the changes in my work and me as an artist. Her constant support and as a true sounding board, I’ve been able to make my greatest strides visually, and intellectually.

Best thing to do when you have artists block?

Go into my studio and start going through my boxes of found and bought objects for my work. The random discoveries always can trigger a thought or emotion within me, a memory or idea.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

Probably a commercial photographer, if not then some job that would keep me outside in nature.

Where do you see art going in 10 years with the changing technology?

I think in ten years the ability to make things by hand will be appreciated again. There is a movement towards this as strong as the use of technology is, I think as humans we always look backwards to move forward.

Yong Jo Ji:

When did you know you wanted to be/were an artist?

Ever since I was consensus, even i was as a child I drew on everything including the walls.

What inspires you to create and why?

Nature

5 things you can’t live without?

Water, Food, Art, Love and Compassion

Favorite music to listen to when you’re in the studio and why?

Paul Van Dyke, spirals me up

Name something that best embodies you as an artist.

Vehicle

Dream collaboration and why?

Ai WaiWai,  standing up for human rights

Who’s your muse and why?

Anna Atanasova,  her honesty to her nature is unmatched.

Best thing to do when you have artists block?

Be with the people you care about, that is art it self.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

Spiritual leader

Where do you see art going in 10 years with the changing technology?

Art will all way be used as a vehicle in technology and will be always.

 


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