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The Medium is the Muse

Pamela Smith Hudson knows the power of a mentor. It was one of her painting teachers that connected her with Daniel Freeman, a master printmaker for Gemini G.E.L. who had printed for Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns. And it was Freeman who steered Pam to Johns’ work, introducing her to the medium that would become her muse—encaustic painting. “It’s steeped in antiquity but it’s very contemporary,” she says of the hot wax paint, which artists have been using since Greco-Roman times. “You can do translucent layers. You can paint realistically; you can paint abstractly.

A Mural Comes to Life

Artist and part-time instructor David Russell, took nearly three months to complete "Welcome to Westchester," a five-story mural commissioned by Drollinger Properties, through a Creative Action class he teaches at Otis College of Art and Design. Creative Action is an integrated learning program that introduces students to compelling social and environmental issues within their community through a series of core courses.

Eric Fischl Offers Guidance for Figurative Artists at Otis College Summer Residency

One of the most influential figurative painters of our time, Eric Fischl, kicked off the Otis College of Art and Design Figurative Summer Residency program with a keynote lecture that covered his personal generative process.

Los Angeles Times: Painter Gajin Fujita keeps his norm-violating spirit

At the summit of a steep incline in Elysian Heights, past an unassuming gate, down a slightly dangerous walkway, you’ll find a concrete landing that serves as the plein-air home studio of Gajin Fujita.

Charles Gaines: Moving from Subjective to Collective

What roles does a work of art play in society today? Is the purpose of art to provide pleasure, access the subjectivity of the artist, change society, or to provide a new mode of proposing ideas? Rather than seeing art as a subjective practice—one unassailable by the demands of culture or society—Charles Gaines’s lecture at Otis College of Art and Design for the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art proposed that art needs to be reimagined as a cultural practice in order to be fully relevant for today’s political and social climate.

On Painting Men, Embracing Social Media, and Rediscovering L.A.

Born in Los Angeles, Hayley Quentin studied at Otis College of Art and Design, where she received a BFA with Honors in 2008. She spent the next seven years living and working in Europe, mainly in the UK and France. In 2016 Hayley returned to Los Angeles, where she currently resides and works, both as faculty at the Brentwood Art Center and as a practicing artist at her studio in Inglewood.

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'Artbound': Alumna Camille Rose Garcia’s Psychedelic World

Reprinted from KCET Artbound, March 13, 2017 

"Three women — a wizened witch, a sleek, pipe-smoking femme fatale and a bare-chested school girl sporting a mini-skirt and a sword — shimmy up the hairy shank of a monstrous wolf. It’s not just the beast that’s foreboding; part of his massive torso has been replaced by a melty mountain range with a gaping chasm at its center.  

In the Studio with Alumna Hayley Quentin and 'ArtMaze Mag'

Reprinted from ArtMaze Mag

"Hayley Quentin’s ('08 Fine Arts) paintings challenge the conventional representation of male beauty and eroticism in art. Her ethereal facture is characterized by the interplay of diffuse and saturated oil colors, working together to create a lens through which the viewer sees the painted body.

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall's Highly Anticipated 'Mastry' Comes to Los Angeles

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry will hit the final stop of its three-city tour at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) on March 12 and will run through July 3, 2017. Mastry is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (The

Forbes '30 Under 30' List Includes Two Otis College Alumni

Kour Pour ('10 Painting) was named to Forbes' 2017 '30 Under 30 Europe: The Arts' list. Of British-Iranian decent, Pour's work explores the social and cultural connections between western and eastern cultures. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Dublin, Naples, and Hong Kong.