Rhett Johnston is an artist who paints from the heart, approaching each piece with a clear mind and a focused intention that allows the present moment to come alive through the pigment he applies to his canvas.
From an early age, Rhett kept himself busy drawing pictures at his family’s kitchen table. More interested in comics than toys, he became immersed in the visual world and creating art became an obsession. As he grew older, his interest turned to writing graffiti, heeding the call of the isolated freight trains on the edge of his Alabama town. After experimenting with a few different names, Rhett landed on DES10--sending a message to everyone that creating art was something he was “destined” to do.
Eventually, Rhett moved west to California in 2009 and currently resides in West Sonoma County. Using With the the idyllic backdrop of the redwood forest surrounding him, he leads a peaceful existence that allows his creativity to unfold with each passing day.
Rhett’s formal training in drafting and design and the meticulous attention to detail that those two disciplines require has resulted in a pleasing dialectic between order and chaos that is evident throughout his wildly spontaneous and conceptual paintings.
Rhett’s work has been on display at San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery, Denver’s Knew Conscious Gallery, and Ukiah-based Tribe 13 Gallery. He has collaborated with many artists, such as Graham Nelson, Musashi Thoth, David Hale, and Casey Swanson to name a few. He is also a founding member of the Bay Area-based artist collective, Articin.
In addition to formal showings and collaborations, Rhett has painted live on stage with a number of musical acts, including STS9, Umphreys McGee, LTJ Bukem, BassNectar, Bonobo, and Dubconscious, and with many more musicians at festivals such as Symbiosis, Raindance, Earth Dance, and Gem and Jam. It’s also common to see him around various Bay Area venues, adding his unique visual aesthetic to countless electronic music events.
Drawn to painting as a deeply meditative and contemplative act, Rhett focuses his attention inward while he works, seeking to bring forth the landscape of his current mindset rather than rely on external forces reality for inspiration. He always seeks to take his artistic journey to the next step and is deeply grateful to his practice for providing him with a sense of peace and wonderment within his world.
Graham Nelson has been working in the Bay Area as of 2007 since relocating from Cincinnati Ohio and Stillwater Oklahoma. After completing his BFA at the San Francisco Art institute, he has been working on a wide range of collaborative projects as well as his solo work. The diversity of his work utilizes style and medium to conceptually construct relational elements of visual language fueled in tandem with the diversity of his surroundings and influences. Though he focuses primarily on mixed media painting within his solo work, constant collaboration is an integral part of his practice through experimentation and development among a variety of people with a variety of mediums. The majority of his collaborative work has accumulated with the Bunk News and Articin collectives.
Born and raised in Detroit, moving through Tucson, Los Angeles and now residing in San Francisco, Lizzy is an artist who creates utilizing a wide variety of media. Her art falls within the realms of illustration, painting, printmaking and graphic design while melding techniques, materials and content to spawn a visual experience that is whimsical, innovative, unique and aesthetically pleasing.
Originally beginning his practice at a very young age in Key West Florida, Michael Medina has more recently been working under the keystone of Musashi Thoth. Within his journey he has rediscovered his passion for painting and drawing through the study of sacred geometry. Since then he has emerged in the San Francisco Bay Area, displaying an eloquent and unique approach to his craft with a growing number of mediums. There is no question that his work contains levels of conceptual understanding rarely grasped by the contemporary.
Sonoma County, CA
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Saree Robinson is a California-based American artist who makes analog artworks. Employing a variety of techniques to achieve a layered complexity, her dreamscape portraits often feature femme fatales in all their wonder. Saree's subjects showcase the female spirit in past, present and future, drawing on her influences spanning the history of civilization. Proud, strong, beautiful and bold, her portraits embody the modern muse.
Casey “SD” Swanson reaches into otherworldly spaces when drawing inspiration for the groundbreaking wearable art and micro-sculptures he creates. Influenced by H.R. Giger and Salvador Dali, among many others. Swanson is dedicated to the pursuit of new creative techniques and and the process of constant self-improvement. Working in precious metals and gemstones, he is constantly rethinking the way in which natural and man-made materials interact with one another. Swanson’s interest in Sci-Fi, Fantastic Realism, and Biomechanics shines through his work and each piece is emblematic of the unique perspective he brings to his practice.
We believe the most important and enjoyable aspect of the collective concept is the potential for collaboration with fellow artists. The result is a cross pollination of ideas and technique which often yield some of our favorite results.