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Beverly McIver

Beverly McIver

Chapel Hill, NC
PAINTING

“Artist Beverly McIver paints portraits that distill the emotions of a moment down to their essence. From the bright joy of the first bite of a summer peach to the bitter pain of hyper-visibility, racism and police brutality — she lifts the emotional veils from her subjects and connects...

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell

Wilson, NC
SCULPTURE

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” To that much-quoted Benjamin Franklin aphorism, artist Jeff Bell might add: Yes, but at least you won’t be bored. In his early work as a sculptor, Bell was very much a planner, until he realized all that prep work left...

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Greensboro, NC
PAINTING
QUILTING

Barbara Campbell Thomas refers to her art studio as a self-generating system, where failed paintings get cut up and pieced into new works. But the North Carolina artist (and associate art professor) also keeps another category of scraps that could be more accurately described as ‘mother-generated’: pieces of fabric...

Martha Thorn

Martha Thorn

Raleigh, NC
PAINTING

For abstract artist Martha Thorn, diligence and dedication to her craft are paramount — but excessive planning is something to avoid. She prefers to paint intuitively, focusing on materials and the process of making, allowing meanings and underlying themes to reveal themselves slowly, sometimes after she has finished a piece....

BA THOMAS

BA THOMAS

Raleigh, NC
PAINTING

In the life of an artist, the daydream of being part of an artist colony probably plays in heavy rotation at one stage or another: the supportive, creative, collaborative environment; fellowship with and inspiration from other artists; time and space to focus and create without the distractions and demands of...

Brandon Dudley

Brandon Dudley

Kinston, NC
PAINTING

North Carolina native Brandon Dudley comes from a long line of artistic minds. Though he might be the first in his family to work as a full-time artist, his father, grandfather and uncle are all creatives. “My grandfather, who I admire dearly, is the most creative person I know, says...

Leigh Suggs

Leigh Suggs

Richmond, VA
PAINTING

Here’s what I’m seeing, but tell me how you see it?

It’s the kind of conversation commonly overheard at galleries showing artist Leigh Suggs’ work — intricately crafted cut paper works that often double as optical illusions, 2D art that looks 3D depending on where you’re standing. Though her...

William Paul Thomas

William Paul Thomas

Durham, NC
PAINTING

Of the hundreds of portraits artist William Paul Thomas has painted, he says the large scale oil painting of his grandmother Carolyn Thomas is probably his favorite, and not just because it was selected by Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to be featured in its annual Black Creativity exhibition. The affinity...

Rob Matthews

Rob Matthews

Nashville, TN
PAINTING

An encounter with one of North Carolina-born artist Rob Matthews’ works can be curiously disorienting. In one way, you’re sure you’ve never seen anything quite like it before. But on the other hand, something about it feels familiar, making you linger a little longer as your brain tries to...

Sangsun Bae

Sangsun Bae

Kyoto, Japan
PHOTOGRAPHY
PAINTING
SCULPTURE

Among the reasons a person might uproot her life and move to another country — a job, school, love — 'there was a statue that made me cry’ is not high on the list of common explanations. But Korean artist Sangsun Bae does not take lightly such...

Jack Early

Jack Early

New York, NY | Edenton, NC
PAINTING
MIXED MEDIA

Picture this. You’re a young artist living in New York City in the early 90s. You’ve lived at the Chelsea hotel, worked as an assistant to painter and sculptor Richard Artschwager, and now you’re partnering with another artist to create genre-blending work combining...

Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea

New York, NY
MIXED MEDIA
PAINTING
PHOTOGRAPHY

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, multi-disciplinary artist Anthony Goicolea describes his childhood growing up as “a gay Cuban Catholic boy in the South in the 70s” as “uniquely challenging.” As a talented art school grad who moved to New York in the 90s, he challenged himself to...

Michael Whittle

Michael Whittle

Hong Kong
PAINTING
MIXED MEDIA

What if the solution to a puzzle you’d been struggling to solve ended up being the METHOD you were using to solve it? Sounds strange, but that’s exactly how English artist and researcher Michael Whittle came up with the idea for his award-winning 2015 PhD thesis, which has since...

Susan Harbage Page

Susan Harbage Page

Durham, NC | Spello, ITALY
PHOTOGRAPHY
PAINTING

A red blanket caked with mud. A child’s shoe, pink and white and filled with sand. These are two of the roughly 1,000 items included in the Anti-Archive of Trauma, part of artist Susan Harbage Page’s 13-year U.S.-Mexico Border Project. These objects tell the stories...

Shaun Richards

Shaun Richards

Raleigh, NC
MIXED MEDIA

It’s not terribly uncommon for a one-day home improvement task to expand into a one- or two-week project. But it is rare that such a project would lead to a creative breakthrough that changes the focus of your career. Artist Shaun Richards would know. It was 2006 and he...

Tim Lytvinenko

Tim Lytvinenko

Raleigh, NC
PAINTING
MIXED MEDIA

Unlike the kids his age who were afraid of the dark, photographer and printmaker Tim Lytvinenko spent a good chunk of his childhood angling to spend more time in dark rooms. He took his first photography class in third grade and was fascinated by all of it, but found his...

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