Friday, December 27, 2013

Three ArtistsYou Need To Know - There's Still Time To Catch COLOR FORMS at Sacred Gallery!

As December 2013 comes to a close so does the epic Color Forms show at Sacred Gallery.  Curated by Frankie Velez, Color Forms features three NYC artists on the cusp of mainstream recognition, Erik Jones, Rodrigo Valles and Zofia Bogusz.   Learn a bit about each artist and head over to the gallery by December 31st at 424 Broadway (at Canal Street.)   
Rodrigo Valles (left), Zofia Bogusz & Erik Jones (right)

The gallery exhibit tour begins with Erik Jones, also visit each artists website below.
Welcome to the incredible work of Erik Jones, whom I first discovered when he hosted a mega solo show at Dagny & Barstow designer boutique on Bowery almost two years ago.  I stayed the entire night and went back a few times to take in the work minus the crowds.  
His career has been soring ever since.  He lives and works in Brooklyn since 2009, originally from sunny St. Petersburg Florida and has received a bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art and Design.  He began working primarily in cover illustration where he toured the US, showing at different pop culture and art conventions.
Erik's work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism, captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and nonrepresentational
forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.   You may recognize his work from a cover of Hi-Fructose Magazine in mid 2013, also this  December he shows with Think Space Gallery to big reviews and acclaim at Scope / Art Basel Miami Beach.

Next on the tour, Rodrigo Valles, a NYC-based, entirely self-taught artist although he spent quite a bit of time writing graffiti as a teen. Painting is not his only profession, he is also neuroscientist by trade.  Rodrigo is of Mexican heritage, born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his early years in Dallas, Texas. His works highlight the beauty and truth in decay and his love for graffiti makes frequent appearances in his cityscapes, animal and figurative paintings. Delving further into the psychology behind his art, Rodrigo believes that encounters with sadness, confusion and destruction force an assessment of what is truly precious, thereby becoming moments of insight. He uses graffiti backdrops to counterbalance imagery of beauty and strength as his mixed media paintings document an abstract nature of graffiti layers on city settings. 

Born in Poland, Zofia Bogusz received a bachelors degree from the School of Visual Arts, where she focused in oil painting and figurative studies, regularly exhibiting her work her work in NYC and on the west coast. 
She has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Nouveau, a Miami-based art magazine and Brazilian art and culture magazine ZUPI. Zofia paints women against bold and dramatic landscapes, in which natural elements such as water and sunlight color the dynamic between the individual and the external world. Her paintings are inspired by individual histories, memories, and experiences. Pop culture imagery also plays a crucial role in her work, creating a grounded sense of the everyday. Zofia’s mediums of choice are oil paint, graphite, and colored pencils on hand-cut wood.
Visit,, & for more on the artists and the show Sacred Gallery. See it before the end of the year!