Art Enables is proud to present three resident artists with strong storytelling skills in the first Studio Spotlight of 2019. Maurice Barnes, Violet Lucas, and Michael Schaff all create work featuring characters and scenes—some real and some fictional—that have an intrinsic way of pulling the viewer in. Snapshots of worlds, illustrative techniques, and assumed dialogues make each piece a puzzle, leaving the viewer to create their own stories around each work.
Maurice Barnes is an incredibly talented illustrator and artist who has a remarkable ability to reimagine characters, images, and scenes in a distinctive style that is all his own. Maurice’s preferred mediums are commonly colored pencils and art stix. Violet Lucas' work is whimsical, sharp, imaginative, and sweet. Her love of pop culture comes through her creations in the most unexpected ways, often blending characters and genres with surprising creativity. Michael Schaff frequently works with markers, color sticks, pastels, and paint markers and often draws scenes from historical books. “Scribbling,” though not often a term used to define an artistic style, is the aptest way of describing Michael’s technique. His style creates wonderfully dense surfaces that are sometimes exclusively abstract and sometimes representational of a scene or portrait.
Join us for a free public reception on February 9, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Art Enables; light refreshment provided.