Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Painters
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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.
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.
5. J. Antonio Farfan
The Bright Side by 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.
4. Nicola Parente
Photo by Aaron Courtland
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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