You heard it here first, these LA creatives are bomb
With MADE LA coming up on June 9 & 10 we wanted to prep and prime you with some of the best LA-inspired and LA-origin artists on Instagram right now. Peep our curation below.
One of LA’s finest – Ben Heath – counts Nike and Coach among some of his clients. Heath says his path into photography was a windy one starting with him taking ‘horrible’ photos as a teen. Now way past that phase, Heath produces both commercial and fine art photography and counts Alex Webb and Bruce Davidson among his key influencers.
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Choe is a muralist and graffiti artist from LA who has been coloring the walls of the city of angels since he was a youth. His work centers on themes of desire, deterioration and ecstasy and notably, he was commissioned to translate his visual talent into the album cover for Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s Collision Course.
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Hailing from the sunshine state means Jonpaul Douglas already likes skateboarding, film and Los Angeles. Douglas’s work aims to challenge the conventional and bend the imagination. One of his most recent series – pizza in the wild – involved him composing images of pizzas in the most unlikeliest of circumstances.
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Molly’s shots are exactly how we see LA – vibrant, cutting-edge, bright and effervescent. Her still life and portraiture usually takes the form of one subject against an opposing background and she incorporates an inescapable level of candy floss pink into her work – and nothing really says Cali like pink.
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Matt is both a writer and photographer. Alongside his work behind the lens he has published two collections of short stories and is currently working on his first novel. His Instagram predominantly translates into a mood board for the LA lifestyle – think yoga, palm trees, surfing and art.
Pictures of pictures is not everyone's jam, but David Hockney is inspiring to me. His colors. His subjects. His aesthetic suits my imagination, and seeing the way his work was displayed at this gallery reminded me a bit of how I've tried to vary and contrast and saturate my own gallery/grid here on Instagram. 💞
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One glance at Stephanie Gonot’s Instagram is all it takes to know she doesn’t much care for grey tones. Gonot appears to take her inspiration from the pop-art, iconography world and likes to work with subject matter that is both humorous and edible. But what’s even cooler is that this LA artist used to work in an ice-cream sandwich truck – we’re sold.
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