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


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Courtesy of Morris Malakoff
7. Taft Mc Whorter
A self-taught artist, Taft McWhorter has a background in business and youth ministry.

Launching his career in art in 2007, he spent a couple of years as the business manager of John Palmer Art before opening his own gallery in 2009. A year later he closed his gallery in order to focus on art production.

An Alum of the Toronto International Art Fair, and is represented in galleries both here and in New Orleans.

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(c) FaribaAbedin.com
6. Fariba Abedin
Iranian American artist Fariba Abedin has a slightly unexpected educational background for an artist. She has a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's degree in education. Her work often explores geometric abstraction, allowing color and form to become her subject rather than just narrative tools. As seen in the photo above, she often combines multiple canvases and employs the wall they hang on, to form a large, colorful display.

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The Bright Side by J. Antonio Farfan
5. J. Antonio Farfan
Born in Monterrey, Mexcio, J. Antonio Farfan took a year for independent study in Paris before he completed his BFA at the University of Houston. After graduating in 1995, he spent a couple of years in New York. These days, he's calling Houston his home-base. Lucky us.

While Farfan's work may seem to resemble that of other contemporary abstract artists, his visual vocabulary is actually developed from his research in medieval philosophy and early concepts of time. It's a wonderful mix of science and aesthetics that produces striking, insightful images.

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Photo by Aaron Courtland
4. Nicola Parente
Italian-born abstract expressionist Nicola Parente may have the distinction of being the only artist on our list to have designed sets for a ballet; he worked with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Terminus. But then Parente has made a career out of creating art in unexpected ways. Not only does he paint, he designs textiles, creates sculpture, works in installations (including one curated by Michael Crowder and David A. Brown for the experimental art space micro scope 1824), he's worked with the Bayou City Arts Festival (as vice president on the board of directors), Writers in School (on the outreach committee) and with the Winter and Spring Street Studios' artist advisory board (he has his studio in the complex). We especially like his over-sized paintings.

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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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