Saint Louis Artist – Chad M. Lawson

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GET FAMILIAR

Chad M. Lawson is a true creative soul living and working in downtown St. Louis! Chad is best known for his beautiful abstracts done on salvaged wood doors and his mixing of oils and acrylics to create unique textures and movement. Painting on a hard wood surface can pose quite a challenge but he has mastered the skills to do so. Each piece of art is striking, layered, and begs the viewer to take a closer look!

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BE INSPIRED

Chad finds inspiration in literature and music. Part of his process is to work on a few pieces at a time while listening to a specific musical artist or genre. The type of music influences the intensity of each stroke. One day he might add strong graffiti-like elements while listening to hip-hop and the next day add precise, delicate lines while listening to his favorite cellist.

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The sankofa symbol is another important element of his work. Based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward and its head turned backwards, sankofa signifies the wisdom in learning from the past to ensure a strong future. You can see elements of this symbol in several of his works (see below)!

 

SHOW ME MORE

Want to see more?! Chad currently has pieces on display at the Cortex as well as Whitebox Eatery! Be sure to visit his website to see more of his amazing creations.

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Chad is currently working on a collection investigating the journey and challenges within the adoption and adoptee narrative.  The collection features the adding and subtracting of layers, movement, and color in the search for identity, be it past or present. This work will be revealed at his February 2017 show.

Chad is also writing a book on growth for both ones art and building lasting relationships with clients. He draws on his over twenty years of curating his own work and others, with what would these days be called “pop-up” shows. Chad started doing this in the mid 1990’s in Miami, then St. Louis, and San Francisco. The book will also contain advice and questions for both new and established artists to help them better structure their time, finances, and resources. Be on the lookout for it early next year!

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Photos from my studio visit with Chad!

Viewings by appointment only.

chadmlawson@gmail.com | www.chadmlawson.com | @chadmlawson

The Art of Healing

Today we want to celebrate the healing power of art!

Art is the free expression of the human mind and senses and it allows one to feel liberated. It makes you see, smile, feel, think, it transports you to another place, and it connects people. Last week, we came across a very inspirational company (thanks to Elements of Style for sharing). We wanted to help spread the word about this company with a great mission and also share all the wonderful programs we have right here in St. Louis!

ARTLIFTING

The company is called ArtLifting! They empower artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting is about creating opportunity, empowerment, and validation. They offer artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. By showcasing and selling artwork via ArtLifting.com, artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives. Every artist earns 55% from the sale of their work; 1% from each sale goes to a fund, which provides art supplies to therapy groups nationwide; and ArtLifting uses the remaining 44% to further their mission. Amazing, right?! The company started in Boston in 2013 and has quickly spread to 11 states around the country. Below are a some art pieces available for purchase (click the picture to be taken to the link). There were so many great pieces to choose from, so make sure to peruse the whole site!

Charles Blackwell - Bass Thumping in Red Blue Set

Bass Thumping in Red Blue Set by Charles Blackwell

Jeff Roysdon - Crest

Crest by Jeff Roysdon

Andrew Weatherly - Heaven at Night

Heaven at Night by Andrew Weatherly

Michal Baksh - Still Life Pineapple

Still Life Pineapple by Michal Baksh

Shannon - 4 Horses

4 Horses by Shannon

While St. Louis is not currently involved with ArtLifting, there are several local programs with the same impetus that we encourage you to explore! These 5 companies are doing great work in our community and many of them host events throughout the year. We hope you’ll visit their websites and follow their social media accounts to stay in the loop!

ST. LOUIS ARTWORKS

St. Louis ArtWorks was founded in 1995 as a collaborative partnership with Grand Center Inc., the City of St. Louis, and the Regional Arts Commission. Since that time, ArtWorks has provided opportunities for thousands of young people, successfully helping to prepare them for future education and employment opportunities. ArtWorks bridges economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-served youth with arts education, workforce development training, and 21st century life skills, including fiscal literacy and professional communication. In 2015, ArtWorks proudly celebrated 20 years of creating opportunities for St. Louis youth. To learn more about their amazing artists, artwork, staff and programs visit St. Louis ArtWorks.

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FRIENDS OF KIDS WITH CANCER

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases. Their mission is to be an advocate for these special kids and provide them and their families with the educational, emotional and recreational support needed as a result of the long hours of chemotherapy, illness and isolation. Through their art therapy program children are provided a creative outlet to release their emotions and help them sort through their feelings, confusion and fear.  In 2010, they introduced Art from the Heart. This special fundraising event centers around an auction of the art pieces created by kids with cancer in St. Louis. For more information on Friends of Kids with Cancer or to attend the upcoming Art from the Heart event please visit FriendsofKids.com.

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VISIONS FOR VETS

Visions for Vets offers free visual arts workshops to military veterans to help assist in the healing process, provide community and serve through art. They seek to bring the healing power of art to Veterans in need–whether it’s physical or mental healing that they need. Launched in November 2015, they offer interactive art workshops in a variety of visual artistic disciplines, including ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. Visions for Vets ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families. If you would like to learn more about this organization or find out how to get involved please visit their Visions for Vets Facebook page.

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COMMUNITY COLLABARTIVE

The Community CollabARTive is an arts collaborative housed at Peter & Paul Community Services. This program generates cohesion among residents of transitional housing programs and staff members and connects them to the arts, culture, and creativity in a meaningful way. The program was founded by Con Christeson, artist, and Tom Burnham, shelter services director, and is funded by The Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council. Many local artists, students, volunteers, and neighbors have participated over 18 years! Participants work with artists in a variety of art forms such as creative writing, dancing, drumming, sculpture and painting. The residents and staff succeed and fail together and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. They are currently holding a mixed media art exhibit exploring the intentional conceptualization of self through reflection on personal goals, dreams and challenges. Stop by the Maryland Heights Government Center until August 20 to see the artist’s work! Learn more about Community CollabARTive here.

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ARTISTS FIRST

Artists First is a non-profit organization that fosters the growth of artists with disabilities through creative self-expression. Artists First offers art-based programs throughout the greater Saint Louis area serving aspiring artists of all ages whose lives are challenged by developmental disabilities, pervasive mental illness, and/or traumatic brain injury. Visit http://www.artistsfirststl.org/ for more information.

Artwork by Jeff Johnson

Artwork by Jeff Johnson

Artwork by Melelani Perry

Artwork by Melelani Perry

Artwork by Ricky Douglas

Artwork by Ricky Douglas

Are there any other local programs you know of in the St. Louis area?  Please share in the comments if you have any more information!

Feature Image via Art Lifting:  Bubbly Creek 3 by William Douglas

Saint Louis Artist – Ted Collier, Ted Collier Fine Art

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GET FAMILIAR

If you don’t know who Ted Collier is, you really should.  Best known for his abstract acrylic paintings on canvas and signature circles he refuses to be defined by one style or medium.  An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, he is inspired by the patterns he observes in nature as well as the space his art will occupy.  Ted is an artist in every sense of the word. His passion and intensity are infectious and he happens to be a super cool guy!

ARTIST EVOLUTION

A lot has changed for Ted Collier in the past 5 years. The story goes something like this- boy meets girl, girl encourages boy to pursue his life long passion, boy listens to girl (good boy) and leaves his career in commercial real estate, boy and girl get married, open a restaurant (Katie’s Pizza & Pasta in Rock Hill), and boy achieves international success.

GRATITUDE, DRIVE AND FOCUS

Ted Collier is proof that with enough hard work and determination your dreams can be achieved. His new 2,500 square foot studio/gallery space in Creve Coeur is a far cry from the corner in the auto repair shop he was painting in just a few years ago. Today his art is featured in countless private collections in Saint Louis, Switzerland and Australia to name a few. Ted is also experiencing commercial success. Most recently he was commissioned by Nordstrom to create 18 pieces for their Los Angeles Flagship Store and Vancouver, BC stores. He is truly humbled by all the support and encouragement he receives. Lucky for us that only fuels his artistic fire. The sky is the limit for this Saint Louis artist and I personally can not wait to see what his future holds. #stlproud

Ted Collier Fine Art is located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Viewing is by appointment only. Prepare to be inspired!

Ted Collier Fine Art | Saint Louis, MO 63132 | 314.803.7727

www.tedcollierart.com

UNINTENTIONAL ART

I recently visited Ted’s studio and while we were viewing and discussing the available pieces I couldn’t help but notice the paint splatter on his black boots. I joked with him that the splatter on his boots even looks like a piece of art. When I told him I was going to mention them in the blog he sent me a photo. Guess what? Even the photo he sent me of the paint splattered black boots looks like a piece of art!!!

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Ted Collier in action | aforementioned boots