Canadian Art Director / Film Photographer Keith Skrastins of (the Haus of Skrastins) is not your average creative. Skrastins noticeable anomalistic methods and his staunch loyalty to traditional film and his subject matter/client base within the Music industry set him apart from the rest due to a streamlined focus and vision as an industry-specific service provider.
Skrastins work has continuity yet it's candid and untamed; which provides a sincerity few could fabricate. Project and roster based the Haus of Skrastins aims to provide a cohesive presentation for the clients project all under one roof. This scales back the time and energy the client would use to seek the multiple sources it would take to launch a project. This allowing them to focus on what they do best and the Haus of Skrastins taking over the branding and overall visual concepts.
In 2017 - 2018 Haus took an active hiatus and during this time he concentrated his focus further infusing his work with his mystic practices. Moving forward Haus is expanding his distinct style and esoteric approach into areas of industry and culture alternative to his previous work.
My name is Kimberly Rodriguez. I was born in EL Salvador. My family moved to Canada when I was three years old and I have lived here since.
I am a self-taught artist; I have been painting since I was young. I love art, I love looking at it, I love creating it. I am not tied to one style of art. I create bold and powerful pieces, others are bright and fun. Some are to calm the wild and soothe the soul. I use various mediums such as acrylic, pastels and modeling paste to achieve various effects.
I’m inspired by life’s adventures. My energy is in my work in hope of creating emotion in the audience. To create a feeling is my greatest goal and reward.
Nicholas Gunhouse currently resides in Calgary, Alberta and studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design, working towards a B.F.A in new media art. His body of work ranges from traditional print-based media such as silk-screen to contemporary digital work such as VR and video. Nicholas has always been fascinated by art, design and the impact that it has on people. He is inspired by the Dadaist, and flux movements and uses their influences in his practice. The mediums he works in, directly translate into his conceptual thinking where he is critical of media and ideologies and their force on society through satire in his performances and images. By using symbolism and comedy, he disarms audiences to promote the deconstruction of the art and allows the audience to form their thoughts on the concepts presented. This artistic exchange allows Nicholas to challenge and encourage critical thinking around mass media, ideology and history.
Nicholas lives and studies in Calgary, where he will attain his bachelors of fine art in new media art.
I grew up on a farm in southern Alberta. My world spun counterclockwise and I found myself in Calgary. This is my tenth year living here.
I draw inspiration from an assortment of things, especially minute details. Traveling, product packaging, epherma, nature and architecture.
When I create I usually have an idea of what I want to do, but seldomly does my vision replicate the end result; this is half the fun. Let it go, let it flow.
A recent trip to the Netherlands, England and Belgium inspired me to submit a few of my pieces. Why? Why not.
I tend to go through phases of creating. I have dipped my hands into a variety of disciplines. Doodling, needle felt, 35mm, collaging, tinkering, zines, weaving, stained glass, repairing, upcycling, screen printing and sewing.
When I am not creating, I am exploring, climbing, sharing awful dad jokes, running, reading or hanging out with my two cats Alan and Doris.
I am not a full time artist, although maybe one day. I have a few side hustles, a full time job and I am currently taking online courses through Olds College for cannabis production.
Live free or die.
Fun is the new F word.
Thank you Big Studio.
HAWK is a team of communicators obsessed with design and user experience. Normally digital artists, they’ll be going way outside of their comfort zone to help slap together the community stage - a collage inspired by the #mybigwinterclassic photo contest brought to you by BIG Winter Classic and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
When we’re not doing whatever this is, we’re making websites, riding bikes and crackin’ beers. See ya there.
Sarah Slaughter is a Calgary-based visual artist whose practise is a reflection of her wide open perspective and respect for multi disciplinary creation. Immersed in a world where art is everything, she distinguishes herself by her versatility and fearless approach to design and creation.
Constantly exploring and pushing her creative boundary, Tay Odynski is painting by her own rules. She calls her process messy and unplanned, but time and time again her execution yields stunning moments captured on canvas.
Tay lets the natural movement of the paint dictate the outcome of her work, taking
advantage of every natural drip and never being too scared to add a little (but usually a
lot of) sparkle to bring each piece to life. A unique and diverse style led to her most recent accomplishments: illustrating both a magazine and a children’s book.
This ACAD grad found a love in the unpredictability of commission work, so you may not notice a general theme to her paintings. She loves the collaboration with her clients and presenting someone with a unique piece that no one else in the world has. Working with someone’s crazy ideas, helping make them real and their joy when the project is complete keep her painting every day.
Enjoy her work, because she certainly enjoyed painting it for you!
Kirsten Olivia was born in Calgary in 1998 and has lived primarily in the city her entire life. Having not put the pencil down since childhood, she has moved through many creative phases from scribbles to beadwork to canvas and back to paper. While dipping her toes into many mediums, her current and longest running favorite is graphite. Most frequently she utilizes her love of graphite to create finely detailed, clean and carefully composed portraiture.
Currently a part time student at Atelier Artista in Calgary’s Cspace, Kirsten directs the majority of her time to freelance work. Along with commissioned portraits, her time has recently been put towards an involvement in the local music scene. Creating designs for merchandise and album covers, as well as spending time at shows is a frequent pass time. The tight knit community Calgary has created is a second family to her.
Some of Kirstens recent exhibitions include; All Tabs Open at the University of Calgary, Arch and Arch 2 at the Bridge, Healing Hearts Through Art at Cspace and Peoples Portrait Prize at Cspace. She plans to return to Peoples Portrait Prize in 2019.
Barb is a self taught artist who has been exploring and creating with various media since she was a child.
For several years she built ceramic and found objects, mosaics and hand made ceramic tiles for various shows and shops.
Currently passionate about designing and building assemblages using a mix of collected materials has led Barb to building said assemblages using vintage postcards and HO scale figure. She endeavours to depict scenes and stories of what the traveller may have experienced on their journeys.
Often with a bit of humour these pieces are eclectic and whimsical and delightful
to make and share.
Doro Buch is a self-taught visual artist, living in Calgary since 2012. With a keen eye for colour, she creates fantastic-realistic scenes and landscapes in oil and acrylic.
When painting, she is considering dynamic compositions, selecting expressions, shapes and vibrant colours in order to evoke moods and ideas.
Inspired by the abstract and stylized paintings of the expressionists in the early 20th century. She assembles realities with abstract forms and mostly non-naturalistic colours.
The purpose of the characters populating the art pieces is to help to relate to the topic. For instance, animals, humanoid creatures or shapes convey narratives about the human condition.
Doro’s work has been exhibited in solo, group and juried exhibitions in Calgary and Edmonton including: McDougall Centre, Main Gallery; ArtPoint Main Gallery; cSPace, King Edward; Old Strathcona Centre for the Performing Arts and the Pop-up Gallery Society at the U of C, Calgary.
Chelsea Yang-Smith is a visual artist and photographer currently based in Calgary, Alberta. Using a hybrid of digital and analogue photography to create haunting, text-based images, Yang-Smith’s work examines the use of technology as a facilitator for stimulating artificial intimacy in human relationships. Her current research investigates the parallels between intersectional feminism, emotional vulnerability and intimacy in a digital context.
Yang-Smith holds a Bachelor of Design in Photography from the Alberta College of Art + Design and is a former Photography Practicum of the Banff Centre for Arts + Creativity.
Since graduating in 2016, she has participated in several group exhibitions locally such as POST-WAVE at Stride Gallery and Stationary at Loft 704. Yang-Smith works as a freelance photographer and has shot for clients like Sled Island, Quickdraw Animation Society, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, and Beltline Neighbourhoods. Additionally, her photographs have been notably featured in issues of Canadian Art and Studio Magazine.
Jesse has been applying his meager skills to unfortunate wood for several years, and with each passing day, he gets closer and closer to bringing his visions into reality. In the meantime, he builds very expensive firewood.
Functional art is the purpose with anything he creates; something one can use in everyday life, while bringing beauty to any space one might find oneself in. In particular, he likes blending organic, rough salvage with clean, crisp edges and lines of traditionally milled wood. If you see any cool, gnarly branches, he is extremely interested. If you see any cool dogs, he is extreeeeeemely interested!
He encourages you to feed your local artist, for they are hungry, and ill-tempered.
He is writing this bio, and it's... it's awkward.
Speaking of awkward, come and say hi if you see me around during BIG! I promise to be both well-fed and -tempered.
I only barely know how to use social media, but here are the places to find me:
tw: get outta here with your twitter i'm not joining that no way no how
sc: is this the acronym for snapchat? i don't do snapchat
www: www.mawood.ca for a classyish experience!
Kara is an artist currently finishing up her last year at ACAD. After, she hopes to travel overseas for her Master’s. Her art practice is process based starting with the creation of a chance-based generative system reminiscent of hand-made childhood games. This element of her practice is unseen in the finished work but it generates the title, which occurs before the physical piece and also becomes the instructions that she follows to create the finished piece.
Kara is interested in exploring random chance occurrences combined with intuition shaped by relatively strict guidelines and rules that she places upon herself. Find her at the BIG Studio 2019 event to inquire more information and to see more of her work you can follow Kara on Instagram @ milkyspacefry.
Meet the artists helping to set BIG Studio free. Find their art displayed at various venues as part of BIG Winter Classic 2019.