Born in Los Angeles, Steven Lopez was heavily influenced by hip hop culture and graffiti art. He is a painter who has emerged from the graffiti subculture and academic influence. While attending the University of Oregon Lopez studied under the guidance of master sculptor, Dora Natella and design theorist, Leon Johnson. Lopez absorbed attention to form associated with Natella’s sculptures, while refining his conceptual vocabulary through Johnson’s critique on visual continuity.

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Jason Thielke’s beautiful imagery navigates the astoundingly complex dynamics of human nature, mixing a hard linear style with soft and fluid emotion. As he puts it, the works explore the “conflict between one’s ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify.” The pieces, with their wildly intersecting lines, cosmic-like points of color and seductive subjects, convey this exceedingly well, drawing out many of those emotions in the viewer themselves. –Benjamin Starr

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