Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Painters


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Courtesy of T. Smith
The Waiting Room No. 2
10. T. Smith
Recently named to the Houston Press 100 Creatives, T. Smith is a former Hunting Art Prize finalist. Influenced by surrealism, Smith first photographs individual elements such as a mannequin, a garden, a gravestone. Smith draws on a huge collection of photos assembled over several years and eventually pairs elements which can be paired visually, though not always narratively. The painting seen above, The Waiting Room No. 2, is from a series Smith recently completed and showed at the JoMar Visions, Hardy & Nance Studios.

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Courtesy of Lillian Warren
9. Lillian Warren
We like Lillian Warren's delicate paintings, especially the work from her Waitscapes series. Prompted by yet one more afternoon sitting in Galleria-area traffic, Warren noticed everyone was moving and waiting at the same time. "I was driving back from the Galleria area, traffic was thick, I was annoyed," she told Houston Press writer Meredith Deliso in 2012. Then it hit me. I saw this long, multi-level snake of cars winding through space and time, everyone sealed in a personal cocoon, all of us trapped in no man's land, unwilling but docile participants in this insane experience. Well, after that I had to see if I could capture something of that feeling and that visual impact."

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8. Shelbi-Nicole
Coming in at No. 8 on this list is Shelbi-Nicole, one of the youngest and most exciting painters working in the city today. "Bold" doesn't quite capture her style. We think "brazen" is a better description.

She's a prolific painter and counts among her collectors a man who commissioned her to create enough art to fill his entire house as well as several public art projects. Shelbi-Nicole has been profiled in the Houston Press 100 Creatives series and is an Artopia alum.

Shelbi-Nicole has a group show with friends Dandee Warhol and Daniel Anguilu planned for later this year.

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16 comments
bwoodsu
bwoodsu

I love Angela Fabbri! Check Fabbriology

Beautiful work!

bwoodsu
bwoodsu

Check out Angela Fabbri at Fabbriology. Such stunning work!

cam255eron
cam255eron

I made a profile on this website just to comment about Shelbi-Nicole. First of all, I'm glad the "artwork" section of her website is blank because she is not an artist. Her work is a blatant copy of Basquiat. I can't believe she has the nerve to even use crowns sporadically. Fortunately, anyone who knows the tiniest prick about art(obviously not the blogger) would pick up on this and dismiss her. Oh and of course she has a show with someone named "Dandee Warhol"(very creative name). 

Cheers to pretending you're something your not and getting away with it Shelbi.

helloworld
helloworld

To quote a friend when speaking about the Shelbi Nicole -

"That's so beyond derivative I don't even what to call it. Dishonest?"

Has anyone ever heard of Basquiat? This is borderline plagiarism.

WhiteLightnin
WhiteLightnin

I'd definitely add Wendy Wagner and Sergio Santos.

Elaine Lozano
Elaine Lozano

Kalie Gusemano Sanders needs to be on this list!

jecartist
jecartist

Like Roger Mayweather would say "Houston Press dont know shit about Painters" 

Sharon Bippus
Sharon Bippus

You need to correct the spelling of Colombia in this article.

X1224
X1224

wendywagner.com

troy150
troy150

This list is so bad.

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