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Raashaad Jones at The Gulu-Gulu Cafe
Apr
14
to Apr 30

Raashaad Jones at The Gulu-Gulu Cafe

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APRIL’S ARTIST – RAASHAAD JONES

Art Opening on April 14, 2016 @ 8:00PM

Raashaad Jones is a Connecticut born artist with a passion for fantasy, lore and gaming. During his younger years, he fell in love with the various illustrations in trading card games. Seeking an outlet for his imagination, he would often be seen drawing in his sketchbooks everywhere he went. Being the “art kid” growing up, he decided to venture to Beverly, MA and attended Montserrat College of Art in 2012. Having little to no painting skills yet always determined to improve, he delved into various mediums to find what resonated with him most. Raashaad eventually discovered digital painting in his junior year of college. With a humbled ambition and support from instructors, he honed his skills with recognized merit. Raashaad found his voice in being a fantasy artist focusing on serene, boldly colored, figurative illustrations. He dreams of a life making monsters, dragons, wizards and other fantastical creatures.

http://raashaadjones.com/

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Bren Bataclan at Gulu-Gulu Café
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Bren Bataclan at Gulu-Gulu Café

In honor of Gulu’s 10 year anniversary we are bring back our very first featured artist – Bren Bataclan!!!

In the summer of 2003, Bren Bataclan began his street art installation. The project involves the artist leaving his cartoon inspired paintings for people to take for “free” all over Boston (park benches, train stations, hospitals, senior centers, schools, etc.). Attached to each painting is a note saying, “This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often.” Bren has since gone worldwide with hisproject and he has begun to paint murals and exhibit his paintings across the country. Prior to painting full time, Bren taught computer graphics and design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Boston Museum School. He also worked in a design think tank lab in Boston and was involved in the computer animation industry in California. Bren received his undergraduate degree in design from UCLA, Summa Cum Laude, and his graduate degree in computer animation from the Ohio State University.

Bren’sproject has been featured in the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Readers Digest, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and various Philippine-based & Filipino American newspapers, TV shows and news programs (Bren was one of the “Top Newsmakers of 2009” by Balitang America). In 2013, Heinemann published a book about Bren’s artwork.

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Greg Orfanos at Gulu-Gulu Café
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Greg Orfanos at Gulu-Gulu Café

Greg is a mixed media artist that works primarily with acrylic paint and collage. He graduated from Montserrat College of Art and has now joined their faculty as a part time Illustration instructor. His work has been shown in galleries throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Greg has also been commissioned for many paintings by both businesses and private individuals throughout the east coast and abroad. As an illustrator, he has worked in the fields of editorial, advertising and surface design.

Greg can often be found in his studio or walking around with his head in the clouds. He lives at home with his wife Judi their son Mars, a Pug, turtle, hamster and two dwarf frogs.

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Ray Gilbert at Gulu-Gulu Café
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Ray Gilbert at Gulu-Gulu Café

Raymond J. Gilbert (1966) American artist born in Lynn, Massachusetts, studied at BostonSchool of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University (BFA 1993). Working in multiple mixed mediums and limited addition wood cuts in a contemporary expressionist style.

My first memories of art was the smell of linseed oil in my grandfather’s kitchen which doubled as his studio.  My own art began with whatever paints and brushes came my way. With the exception of a few years in the 80’s were my creative energies were focused in a post punk band my primary focus has been visual.  Though music and songwriting still intermingle in my creative process, it, like myself has become a little more unplugged.

My work looks at time lines of where we have been (collectively as well as personally) where we are and where we could be. It’s about journeys.

Often my work is jammed with images and metaphors as a Marquez novel or Dylan song, telling stories of the world both socially as well as spiritually.

“An internal response to an external image is in my opinion one of the highest achievements of visual art, it is something that stays with you, it transcends borders or language it is global…for all people. It is this desire to speak beyond cultures to that common thread that links us all which continues to drive my work to whatever end it finds.”

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Adam O'Day at Gulu-Gulu Cafe
May
14
to Jun 12

Adam O'Day at Gulu-Gulu Cafe

I’ve been known to paint some expressionistic and impressionistic views of famous cities around the world, especially our beloved Bean Town. I’ll throw the occasional fantasy-based painting in there for my own enjoyment too. However you slice it, I’m painting our world and worlds existing in my mind the same way, with gestural, expressive emotion

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Niki Farrel at Gulu-Gulu Cafe
Apr
16
to May 12

Niki Farrel at Gulu-Gulu Cafe

Satiating my “hunger” has been a continuing effort in my life. Beginning with gel pens and now painting my cherished travels, I am beginning to understand the concept of the “je ne sais quoi.” My landscapes have begun to scrape the surface of that inexplicable driving force. I am lighthearted and blissful when the scenery of France engulfs me. It is like all other worries dissipate; that is precisely why art is mon bec sucré.

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Meghan Chase at Gulu-Gulu Cafe
Feb
12
to Mar 11

Meghan Chase at Gulu-Gulu Cafe

Buildings hold the stories of the lives and memories that people have created in them. This is why I am interested in urban architectural scenes. They are constantly moving, changing organisms that shed light on their past. They are torn down and rebuilt so frequently that what we are left with is a shifting landscape revealing small traces of their history.

I build my paintings like our cityscapes are built; they are just as much reductive as they are additive. I scrape, rub, tear and sand away layers to capture the feeling of these buildings as they evolve. I began incorporating photographs or other collage material and letting glimpses show through to continue the illusion that something exists beyond the surface

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January Featured Artist at Gulu-Gulu Cafe: Scott King
Jan
1
to Jan 31

January Featured Artist at Gulu-Gulu Cafe: Scott King

Scott King will be hanging at Gulu-Gulu Cafe for the month of January, 2015.

Art Opening: January 15th at 7:00PM


Scott King is a local artist and musician based out of Beverly, MA.  His roots in painting focus on abstract expressionism and automatic writing.  Recently, however, he has been inspired by street art techniques that incorporate stencils and spray paint.  Abandoning canvas and working strictly on wood, along with combining these two different styles of art, have lead to an interesting exploration of subdued color and texture.  The palm sander has become as important as the paint brush in his latest series. Working layer upon layer while removing and adding simultaneously the artist is creating a new interpretation of the ‘push and pull’ method.

 

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