CHNK is a prolific mixed media artist from South Florida bringing complex illustrations, fresh color and an emotional perspective to deteriorating everyday objects.
After his portfolio submission was rejected six years ago by Maryland Institute College of Arts, he decided to dedicate his energy to being the most active and self-improved creative he could be. Today his work has been featured in over 50 group shows and live art events nationally. CHNK has been a resident of Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) since August of 2016, and contributes as a Spray Paint workshop facilitator and teacher.
CHNK is influenced by graffiti aesthetics, classic comic books, and grotesque raw emotional imagery by painters like Francis Bacon & contemporaries like Alex Pardee. Known for his use of slang and letter manipulations, he was dubbed CHNK by his father at the age of 11 during a graffiti jam in Fort Lauderdale. His works generally consist of spray paint, acrylic, ink, enamel, textiles and found objects. CHNK’s vibrant murals and commission artworks can be found throughout South Florida and online.
My art is driven by my fascination with people. I am drawn to themes of witness, connection and transformation. How are we in relationship with one another, and our natural and cultural environments? In my portraits, I strive to capture true likeness always inhabited by interior emotion, where the individual becomes less of an object, and engages the viewer back through reaction or intention. I also use portraits and the human form as my canvas for exploring larger cultural issues through series designed for exhibition.
My journey with sculpture began in 2008 at the Art Students League in NYC where I studied under Jonathan Shahn and Barney Hodes until 2015. I started exhibiting my sculpture in 2012.
Born and raised in the Florida Keys, and while attending the art institute in 95' I picked up screen printing as a hobby. Returning to the keys after graduation, that’s when I turned my hobby into a business which turned into a passion for screen printing. Moving to Pompano Beach in 05' attending art walks and any other street events possible to spread the word of Jinx Remover. The brand itself started around 06' with a few ideas printed them on wood and never stopped. Hosted numerous pop up events and art walks displaying all sorts of work by doing a mixture of printing on wood, paper and even live screen printing event.
Samantha McInnis is a native Floridian potter who spends her days creating ocean-inspired functional and sculptural ceramic art. Her artistic inspiration began at a young age during the usual weekend boating trips on the west coast of Florida. Her primary source of inspiration is now the Atlantic Ocean and Florida’s eastern coastline. Her art is characterized by coastal colors, flowing shapes, and fine craftsmanship.
After passing her portfolio review, Samantha was approved for her Bachelor of Fine Art concentrating in Ceramics from Florida Atlantic University. She graduated in 2011 upon completion of the student installation exhibition, Gamut.
Samantha has since been evolving her craft as well as her company The Clay Cache. For the last two years, she has been relentlessly participating in as many art shows and craft fair pop ups as possible. She has shown her work in places such as the West Palm Beach Bridal Expo and the Coral Gables Mad Hatter Festival. Some weekends she has her booth set up at a monthly art walk in Fort Lauderdale and other weekends she can be found at larger events such as the Dania Beach Seafood Festival.
Besides pop up shops, Samantha sells her work online through Etsy and Amazon Handmade. The Clay Cache can also be found in a few boutiques around the area too. Samantha is working to develop a strong brand for The Clay Cache through shows and social media. The Clay Cache is a name that will be sought after not only for its beauty, but also for the precision and craftsmanship behind her handmade work.
Saleeby is known for her evocative figurative forms in marble and bronze. But, she is not limited to traditional materials and loves the versatility in non-conventional mediums such as neon, tar, and metals. She explores spaces that become installations of reflection.
Awarded the Duane Hanson Allied Artist grant, was chosen by artists Harries & Heder to assist with their Art in Public Places Commission, a park in Miramar, Florida. Her responsibilities were to oversee the construction of an amphitheatre and other artistic features. Two of her original seating sculptures in massive coral rock, can be seen in the park.
She was also selected by French artist Bernar Venet, for a fellowship in sculpture at the Atlantic Center for Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. She combined her sculptures and paintings and collaborated with other fellow artists from disciplines in music and literature. This work, “Dynamism” was presented at the Fort Lauderdale Museum.
She challenges the process of inspiration, to wherever it leads. And is delighted to give voice to her work and be part of the BACA artist community.
Sandi recently fully committed herself to the art of pottery, after 30 years in the teaching field. After having discovered the craft ten years ago, the practice changed Sandi’s life and outlook on artistic expression and its priority in her life. Over the last year, Sandi’s functional pieces have gained a dedicated following and she now balances her academic pursuits with commercial sustainability. Sandi continues to experiment and challenge the boundaries of clay, firing and glazes, and is always looking to learn from those well-established artists willing to share their knowledge. In turn, she looks forward to being then able impart her experience as well. Sandi’s work can be found weekly at the Pompano Beach Green Market, here at BaCA, as well as local and regional art fairs.
Missy Pierce is an artist specializing in vibrant paintings that explore the nature of identity in all its fractured manifestations. A repeated theme in her work is that of containment—especially the containment of the hidden selves we try to reconcile with the conflicting roles we play in our lives. Her paintings often represent the “release” of those otherwise eclipsed parts of our identities, and what happens when the distorted logic of consciousness strikes against tasks, duties, and expectations. She often plays with this theme by using humor to explore the clash between domestic and feminist roles. Through painting and collage, she stages unrelated figures and reverses expectations—such as when manuscript pages fall through the sky or a wily-eyed prehistoric creature passes underneath a background of housewife poppies—all in an effort to examine the frayed edges of an identity built out of contrasting selves. Pierce’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been shown in numerous local exhibitions. She currently works as an Artist in Residence at the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pomano Beach, Florida.
Todd, native to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is primarily a painter and illustrator. His early training began under the apprenticeship of established South Florida artist, Peter Olsen. His collegiate career was at Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Painting. Always having a strong connection and correlation with musicians, Todd intertwines his commercial work with the music industry. He has displayed art and painted live at numerous musical venues, such as Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, and The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Todd has presented his portrait work and made collectors of musical icons such as Snoop Lion (a.k.a. Snoop Dogg), Steve Aoki, and many others. He has hosted a solo shows at the Green Room, and Helium Creative in FAT Village, both located in Fort Lauderdale. Todd has garnered a dedicated following and fan base through visual art and music lovers, as well as family and friends.
Cindy’s artistic process is as integral to her work as the completion of the artwork itself. Accumulating endless materials with which to construct the work can take up to years. The intention of her work can be as simple catching the eye of the viewer with a pleasing surprise of reflective color in a dark palette, or replicating the astounding complexity of a piece that seemingly change with light and angles. Drawing inspiration from nature and its dynamic forces, much of her process is improvisational. Each finished artwork tells a handful of anecdotes, each from a different place and time. Her pieces are a memorial to the personal experiences she’s had- the fragments of stories she places in front of the observer. Cindy’s art reflects her spiritual beliefs, and creating the artwork elevates her consciousness to a higher frequency. It is a therapy that she practices in order to achieve balance and contentment.