Maxx Feist is a self-taught artist from Asheville, NC. Combining elements of pop, lowbrow, and folk art, Feist’s work explores the intersections of the whimsical and the macabre. It has been exhibited at several galleries throughout North Carolina, including the Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville. Maxx is also a featured artist at the Horse and Hero Gallery in Asheville, and has been recognized in such publications as the Mountain Xpress and the New York Daily News.
Feist’s characters represent a vividly imagined underworld where the whimsical merges with the macabre. Viewers will encounter otherworldly beasts, bejeweled skeletons, and nameless but oddly familiar animals in dynamic, richly decorative paintings that depict the sinister and threatening bound up with the gentle, the tender, and the brave.
Maxx’s lifelong association with the punk scene and its ethos is the foundation for the work. “Punk has been perceived as angry, menacing, and harsh, but that’s only the armor,” Feist says. “The hardness on the surface is there to protect and preserve what’s underneath. People who are sensitive, more affected by things, need more armor.”
Feist’s characters are creepy and endearing, unfamiliar but strangely comforting, often funny and sly. They invite the viewer to find the dark humor in the light, as well as the beauty in the darkness.
Gus Cutty is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who cut his teeth painting rooftops and walls in the southeast in the late 90s and early 00s before moving to San Francisco to expand his perspective in 2006. Since his return to the area in 2012 he has built a reputation as Western North Carolina’s top muralist known for his large scale spray painted portraits that exist somewhere between pop and realism. Additionally he has become an integral part of the Asheville art scene as one of the founding organizers of the annual mural festival Burners and BBQ and accompanying art exhibits and events. Though recognized for his unique ability to reproduce images on the huge scale without the use of grids or projectors, Gus has recently focused on the opposite, shrinking his detailed characters using a unique process of meticulous layering, to produce small pieces for numerous private collectors and art galleries in the Asheville area. Collecting broken wood from the endless sites of demolition in the area, Gus builds one of a kind backdrops for his characters adding rich textures that hint at the memories of lost places and people resulting in rustic pieces which are uniquely Appalachian. Besides being voted the #1 muralist in WNC several years, Gus has created work for various regional breweries and bars, designed and painted several murals for PBR and Mellow Mushroom, is a returning artist at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, and was chosen to participate in the Tag the Jewels project for Run the Jewels in 2015. Having recently opening his newest exhibit Moet with Medusa, an ode to 90s hiphop, at Satellite Gallery in Asheville, Gus is excited to continue to travel and participate in solo and group exhibits and public art projects in 2017 in San Francisco, Atlanta, Orlando, and beyond.
Justin Rabuck is a visual artist, event producer, and gallery owner based in Asheville, NC. He hails from New Orleans and received his Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in painting at the College of Charleston in 1999. Rabuck mixes paint, charcoal, and print techniques to create figures that are just this side of otherworldly. He and his partner own Asheville’s Horse + Hero gallery.
Alli Good – l exploration of family, social anxiety and feminism, tackled in the dark, surreal, but often humorous style for which she’s known. Her paintings, influenced by comic and pop art, depict large, fleshy females in unsparing and sometimes grotesque nudity, exploring deeply-ingrained issues of female body-image. It’s a kaleidoscopic journey in which women sprout ice-cream cone hands and have halos made of unicorns, where female trolls cling to the legs of a woman and flesh turns to fish scales. Ultimately, the images are both disturbing and strangely poignant, forming a jagged path to beauty and self-knowledge.
Hannah Dansie. Originally from Northern California, Dansie studied fine art at Central Saint Martins University in London, UK where she graduated with a BFA (honors) Degree in 2004, before moving to her current home in Asheville NC. With influences derived from iconoclasm, folklore, and the natural environment, her images try to illustrate the connections that go unseen between ourselves and the natural world. Her work has been shown in Asheville at The Satellite Gallery, the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro NC, and at the Red Truck Gallery in New Orleans.
He has a Visual Arts degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and specializes in woodblock printing and serigraph. He taught himself woodcut printing on a 8000 mile road trip through the American Southwest and further refined his skill apprenticing under master printmaker Betsy Bowen. Noah’s work often references the natural environment and his rural upbringing and experiences through traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques. His work has been featured in numerous locations and events across the southeast and midwest notably the American Swedish Institute, Asheville Area Arts Council, Betsy Bowen Gallery, Horse & Hero Gallery, and in 2015 Noah’s woodcut illustrations alongside author Marlais Brand, received The Midwest Book Award for their book The Hungry Coast published by North Star Press. In addition to his printing, Noah manages Horse & Hero Gallery in Asheville, NC, which proudly represents over 70 local and regional artists and artisans.
The artist’s name is Nathanael Roney. He is a full-time pedestrian, holding home and studio in Asheville, NC, USA. The majority of his work begins with a choice and then a black-line drawing. Should the image find greater application, it is colored and scaled to larger, more job-particular formats. He predominately uses the pen, paper, print shops and paint. He often uses language of his own to produce a common tone. He has rhymed his words. Available for jobs both large and small, he’s gathered most of his experience in poster and editorial design, fine illustration, commissioned painting, public muraling and both interpretive and/or formal typography and signage.