CARSON ELLIS (leoui--001/007/008)
Carson Ellis is an illustrator, author, and artist living just outside of Portland, OR. She has illustrated numerous books, including The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket. She is the author of the bestselling books Home and Du Iz Tak? (a Caldecott Honor book and E.B. White Read-Aloud award winner). Ellis has also collaborated with her husband Colin Meloy on the award-winning Wildwood series and on the upcoming The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid (fall 2017), as well as with her son Hank on a series about aliens for the People’s Biennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She is a two-time recipient of the Silver Medal awarded by the Society of Illustrators. Throughout the past decade, she has exhibited original artwork in Portland at PDX Contemporary Art, Basil Hallward Gallery, Motel, and Nationale, where she is represented.
ANNIE SWIDERSKI (leoui--002)
Originally from Long Beach, CA, Annie Swiderski lives in Portland, OR. Her work primarily takes form in paint and deals with the complex stories of American symbol and myth. Swiderski received an apprenticeship at Portland’s Columbia FiberArts Guild in 2014, and a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015. Her work has been shown locally at Nationale, Open Gallery, Eutectic Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft; and internationally at David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen, Steinsland Berliner Gallery in Stockholm, and Agnes B’s Gallerie du Jour in Paris.
NATHAN PRESTON (leoui--003)
Nathan Preston is a Portland based artist and illustrator originally from Anchorage, Alaska. After many years working professionally as a designer, digital compositor and image retoucher, he began drawing and painting in his spare time in an effort to counteract the negative psychic effects of working for Fortune 500 capitalists and their associated global retailers. His work is decidedly primitive, and eschews any mechanical or digital means of production. He currently sells original drawings and small paintings in person, and refinishes vintage furniture in his back yard.
LINDSEY CUENCA WALKER (leoui--004)
Lindsey Cuenca Walker is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Originally from California, she attended Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Her practice focuses primarily in the areas of painting and printmaking, however, a lover of many mediums, she also works in publications, textiles, and functional wood and ceramic object-making. A distinctive use of shape and formal sensibility create a visual language which connects her work across all mediums.
BRANDON VOSIKA (leoui--005)
Brandon Vosika lives in a haunted apartment building in Seattle, Washington, where he works on acrylic paintings, small sculptures, book making, illustrations with watercolor, and the pursuit of a career in mystery and ghost stories.
EMMA KOHLMANN (leoui--006)
Originally from New York and now based in Western Massachusetts, Emma Kohlmann holds a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at V1 Gallery (Copenhagen, Denmark), Galerie Kornfeld (Berlin, Germany), KIT Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Greenpoint Terminal Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Cuevas Tilleard Projects (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (Tucson, AZ), Basilica Soundscape 2017 (Hudson, NY), Nationale (Portland, OR), and Miami Art Basel among others. She has self published dozens of zines and been commissioned to make the ticket edition on the occasion of the 2017 NYABF opening preview, as well as various works for City Lights and the music labels Wharf Cat Records, Hardware Records, Feeding Tube Records, and Katorga Records. She is represented by V1 Gallery in Copenhagen.
NATHAN PAUL RICE (leoui--009)
Nathan Paul Rice was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2003 with a BA in fine art and sociology. His drawings, objects, and installations explore the space between art and design, play and peril, and humor and sadness. In 2018, he received his MFA in Applied Craft + Design, a collaborative program between Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft, and had a solo exhibition at Nationale, all in Portland, OR. Rice is the recent recipient of the Applied Craft + Design Curatorial Fellowship.
LILIAN MARTINEZ (leoui--010)
Lilian Martinez (b. 1986, Chicago, IL) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a BFA in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder of BFGF, an art brand inspired by comfort, beauty and humor that offers accessible and functional art objects for the home and body. Martinez has exhibited her work throughout Los Angeles, most recently with ltd los angeles, Ochi Projects, Carlos Queso Gallery, and Wayside Gallery, and in Tokyo at Commune Gallery.
MICHELLE BLADE (leoui—011, forthcoming)
Michelle Blade is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Center for Contemporary Arts-Santa Fe, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Netherlands, Jack Hanley Gallery-SF, Johansson Projects, Roberts & Tilton, Nationale, and Western Exhibitions. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Gather Journal, GQ, Juxtapoz, The California Sunday Magazine, and Blue Magazine among others. Clients include The Thing Quarterly, Chronicle Books, RVCA, Air BnB and Facebook. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles art collective, The Binder, and holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.