11-year-old sixth grader and artist, Charles Gitnick, from Los Angeles is the talk of the town in the art world, boasting title features at the Washington Post, Yahoo! News, Huffington Post, and the LA times. The young prodigy’s current work involves spray painted guns ranging in size and color, splattered with “Jackson Pollock-esk” paint drips, intended to bring awareness to America’s epidemic of shootings and violence. He calls his art work “3-D gun art” and claims that he was seven when he first started creating abstract artwork. He also asserts was inspired to be an artist by the work of Andy Warhol, Lenonardo Da Vinci, and Basquiat.
(AP Photo/J Pat Carter) Photo Taken from: Yahoo News
He writes in his website bio: “My feelings about guns are that they are scary and dangerous. When I make one of my pieces, I create a background and then I camouflage the gun to make it almost invisible. The gun is still there but it’s hard to see it or you don’t see it for what it really is. Hopefully my art will get people talking about guns, gun safety and gun violence. I wish guns were only in an art gallery.”
In a recent interview conducted with LA times, Gitnick talks about how he first sold his art in Venice Beach. The LA times asks:
LA Times: Last December’s Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut affected you – and your art – deeply. Can you elaborate on that?
Gitnick: I stopped making art for 18 days because of it because I was afraid people would think I was promoting guns and not like my art. My dad talked to me about it and told me when those bad things happen it’s not a time for artists to back down; that’s when everyone is talking about it, it’s the best time to get the message out. So I started making art again.
We rented a house in Venice a few years ago and we were walking on the boardwalk and I sold some gun art on the boardwalk — we got a permit. That was the first time I sold to the public. This summer we sold every weekend in July. We made $1,100 in one day, the most I’ve ever made in a day. I’m saving for a car.
Gabrielle lives in So Cal. She’s black.
WeBrand’s blog posted a feature of the designers that are currently participating in the VAC T-shirt contest!
Get to know them, and stand by as we announce our winner TONIGHT!
Remember back when when we talked about our t-shirt contest and cheeseboards?
Well the t-shirts are in and we are now accepting votes! Like which shirt you think is best on WeBrands Facebook to vote for your favorite!
Deadline to vote is TONIGHT at Midnight.
Winner will be announced on Friday Dec 6th at 12pm.
Pre-order them online at http://bit.ly/CrowdShop.
Proceeds from each shirt benefit individual designers and The Venice Art Crawl!
Which one is your favorite? Let us know, Here!
From tourists to every-day Venice Beach roamers, the Venice Public Art Walls are a large contribution to the vivid color, zest, and infamous livelihood of Venice Beach. What many people don’t realize is that much of these graffitied walls and murals are completely legal, thanks to the believers at In Creative Unity- ICU and there creation of The Venice Art Walls. The Venice Art Walls are located on the sand in Venice Beach and as of June 3, 2007 artists with a valid permit are invited to express themselves and paint on the walls— legally!
Check out some of the walls from over the years!
Bottom: Skills & Cali86 – LACK
Artist: SNE One & DOC NOVA
“In Honor of Cesar Chavez Day,” Artist Unknown.
Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker and civil rights activist activist, who, alongside Dolores Huerta, co-founded the United Farm Workers Union and thus he is a major hero for the Latino community. He is perhaps most famously known for coining the famous phrase “Si, se puede” or “Yes, one can.” This mural was done by an unknown artist in Venice in 2008.
“Venice Mural,” Artist unknown.
“Say it with flowers in the form of a skateboard. Artist and designer Didi Dunphy, who once called Venice home, takes inspiration from the town’s vibrant, bohemian beach lifestyle. Her Modern Convenience Recess Play furniture and accessories line includes an upholstered seesaw bench, oversized indoor swings and multi-use skateboards. In full bloom, these wooden skateboards with bright wheels and hand-applied vinyl graphics are her latest designs.
Words borrowed from from the LA Times.
Hey Crawlers, you can buy Didi Dunphy Zinnia Skate and Bachelor Button skateboards and support her!
Skateboards are, 7 1/2 inches wide and 33 inches long, $225 each, plus $45 for second-day delivery at dididunphy.bigcartel.com)”
Steve Christensen’s photography is reminiscent of a modern David Scott. Like Scott, Christensen gravitates towards candidly capturing Venice Beach surfers, sunsets, ocean views, the pier, the mystery of Venice canals and also the daily lives of the people of Venice.
With a serious affection for surf culture, Steve embraces the California lifestyle and truly encompasses a love for the city that he is from— Venice Beach.
Check out some of his amazing photography and follow his journey on tumblr too!