CounterPoint will be celebrating the Southeast’s cultural diversity and burgeoning crop of creative souls by collaborating with some of the best young contemporary artists and art programs. In addition to a world-class music lineup, we promise to deliver a visually stimulating experience from the moment you arrive on-site! Gaze upon and interact with our various large format installations spread throughout the site, take a stroll through the Art Village to check out arts, crafts and other cool pieces of merchandise, or just marvel at the natural beauty of Kingston Downs. Regardless of your preference, CounterPoint is sure to arouse your quest for visual stimulation. Get to know some of our Artists and Art Vendors below!
Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from walls to billboards in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and Brooklyn. After growing up on comic books, graffiti and skateboard culture, Tristan designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and began working as an artist full-time. He has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys’, designing the Dunny and Munny figures for Kidrobot.
Shortly after studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Tristan founded Thunderdog Studios, of which he was the President and Creative Director for 10 years. Thunderdog Studios regularly designs and consults for clients such as Nike, Disney and Barack Obama on projects that span the globe across all mediums.
In 2012, Tristan moved back to his childhood home of Los Angeles to pursue his paintings and large scale mural projects full-time.
Tristan’s work can be seen in galleries around the world and in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Growing up in the farmlands of the south in the studio of a landscape painter, Trey Moseley became fixated on the transience of life, the chaos of nature and the order that man tried to assign it. He has shown work throughout the east coast and is currently living and working in Atlanta Georgia.
NoseGo is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and his surrounding environment.
Douglas Hoekzema “HoxxoH”
The gestural language of Douglas Hoekzema, continues to assertively evolve, in a painterly manner, towards the physics of movement; as if exploring the basic laws of nature and how they relate to the human experience. His continuos investigation of the mark making capabilities of spray paint enables Hoekzama to expand on the vocabulary of his language while maintaining a cohesive evolutionary process. Hoekzema resides in Miami where he has a studio in Little Haiti and shows with Butter Gallery. He will be showing this fall in Vienna, Austria at the Ernst Hilger Gallery.
Born, 1980 in San Francisco, California.
As a child, Ricky Watts loved to draw, often creating comic strips involving epic battles between nuclear dinosaurs and the U.S. Army. In junior high, he and his friends experimented with spray paint under bridges around town. Fascinated with the art of graffiti, by high school he was fully engaged, painting elaborate works under the cover of night. After graduation, he traveled up and down the west coast, painting large murals and establishing himself as a premier street artist in the scene.
Looking to expand, Watts enrolled at the Art Institute of California, San Diego campus with an emphasis in graphic design. After college, Ricky began painting on canvas in his spare time. In 2004, Watts’ debut solo show “Spontaneous Combustion” received rave reviews and nearly sold out opening night. Since then, Watts’ shown in galleries in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, London, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego and through out northern California. His art has been featured in numerous international print and web publications, Juxtapoz.com, Herman Miller, X-Funs (Taiwan), Refused, Dig-In Magazine, Bay Area Graffiti (book), Flo Multi-Zine and the 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival.
A member of the ZeroFriends collective, Ricky currently works out of his Petaluma, CA studio.
Nicholas “Turbo” Benson is an Atlanta based freelance muralist and illustrator of great mystery. They say his murals can be found speckling the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. Hushed campfire whisperings might speak of his clients including PBR, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, and Hasbro Toys, among many others. There’s a remote tropical island where the natives swear he hunted extinct reptiles and once turned down a free tequila shot. If you ask he might tell you about it, but why ruin the great mystery.
Venice, California is a place of contrasting visuals: from the tattoo shops and open art boardwalk to the calm beaches and clear skies. It’s a place that acts as a petri dish of creativity and inspiration for all who appreciate beauty in the unexpected. Christina Angelina, a Venice based artist, embodies that influence in her art. Her success and continued honest expression make her a unique gem for the Los Angeles art scene.
Fine artist, street artist, photographer and producer: Angelina’s unique talent lies within every image she constructs, in every single stroke of her brush, in every color she mixes, in every mystical story behind her work. Her education varies from a BFA in Art in from UCLA to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Art Center College of Design. Most recently, Angelina completed several paintings and window dressings exclusively for Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (the paintings have now become part of Neiman Marcus’ permanent collection). In September of 2011 she created the cover art for Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s latest album, “Area 52”. Angelina has also appeared as herself in several documentaries, films and most recently the music video for Van Hunt’s latest single, “Eyes Like Pearls,” which debuted in December on Rolling Stone.
Angelina is a process-oriented artist and her objective is to find the temporal and raw moments that define a lifetime and then cram all the details and nuances into one image. When she isn’t bound by professional commitments or finishing a painting in her studio you can find her wheat-pasting her drawings to the beautifully weathered and sun-stained city walls.
Peter Ferrari is a freelance artist working and living in Atlanta. With a background in graffiti and street art, he worked as a school teacher for several years after college before deciding to pursue a career in art. He is known for both large scale murals and smaller acrylic paintings. His distinct style is influenced by graffiti lettering, indigenous art forms, tattoos, contemporary graphic design and urban landscapes. Peter Ferrari has become one of Atlanta’s most identifiable artists and he hopes to continue to play a role in the growing Atlanta art scene.
Johnny Robles is a native of Miami, FL born in 1984.
His work is approached with a reserved, collective and methodical rationale that’s apparent in his developing collection.
Creating from memories and reinterpreting them constantly, Robles’ themes derive inspiration from complex paradigms shaped or changed by nature and nostalgic visions of childhood. The impulse toward story telling in his drawings, paintings, and sculptures is set-off against the immediacy of his precise, compelling imagery. Johnny’s saturated color palette, subject matter, technique and bold themes unfold creating visual conundrums for the viewer and even himself. His attempt to explore new dimensions and forms in his work embody emotive and perceptual associations such as play, interaction, elation and control.
Robles attended the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy and later theMaryland Institute College of Art (MICA), from where he obtained his BFA in 2007. He currently lives and works in Miami, FL
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