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Artist Resume, and other Good Stuff

Artist Statement


I am an artist who specializes in colorful folk art paintings. My artistic style is outsider brut. It is primitive in style, raw emotionally, and mature in nature.  Everyday I need to process new bits of information. In this sense my artwork is a mutation of myself as I'm adapting to my surroundings.

My artistic impulses are involved in a dialogue with the customs of the past and the stories of the present. I love to tie new stories and old folk tales into my work. I also love to play on words either formal or slang. I love painting animals, celebrities, made up fantasy creatures, and spirited women. Often, the made up creatures are half human and half animal. The spirited women are usually fashionable, full of emotion, and full of moxie.

I strive to produce an end product that has both strength and beauty. I believe the human mind is a lot like my artwork; filled with hard facts but also softened with abstract thoughts and emotions. The overlap between these two components is an interesting manifestation of mind and spirit.

Artist Resume/ Past Shows

"Wild" Group Exhibit

 Curated by Scott Hocking May 24 to July 6 2019

at Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202


Cafe 1923

​ 2287 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 

"Springtime in Detroit. The Visual Puns and Silhouettes of Andy Ross and Gwen Joy Art Show"  

The opening is April 19th 6pm to 9pm

April 19 to May 26th 2019


Spread Art

5141 Rosa Parks Detroit MI 48208

"Erotocrat Seminar of 2019"

one night performance and art showing on April 13th 2019 7pm to Midnight


Minha's Coffee Haus

58 Cherry Street 

Mount Clemons, Michigan 48043

Art Discussion on February 23 2019 

11am to 2pm

The paintings will be up from February 23rd to March 21st 2019. 


MOD Detroit
Urbanrest Brewing Company
2615 Wolcott St, Ferndale, MI 48220
October 13th 5pm to 9pm


Oloman Cafe  
10215 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
The Female Bob Dylans of Detroit. The Art Show
Art opening is Sept 22 2018 6pm to 9pm
with Live music, comedy and poetry
​The Show runs until October 12th 2018.​


Office Space Gallery  2870 East Grand Blvd Detroit Michigan 48202
Opening September 30 2017 


Art Loft-  August 2017
Group Show - Mount Clemons MI


Fourteen East Cafe- June 2017
Solo Show - Detroit MI


333 Midland Gallery- February 2017
Group Show- Highland Park MI


Lawrence Street Gallery- Birds of a Feather -May 2016 Group Show - Ferndale MI


YMCA Boll Family - October 2015
Solo Show- Detroit MI


Detroit Artist Market -Holiday Art Show- November  to December 2013


Cafe Ollie- August 2013
Two Person Show- Ypsilanti MI



MICA Holiday Art Show- December 2012
Group Show- Lansing MI


Grey Area- December 2012
Manhattan New York City New York


Green Zone Pizza - December 5 2011 to March 2012 

Two person show - Grosse Pointe , Michigan


Whitdel Art Gallery- Detroit -Love Letters; A Typographic Affair- November 11 to December 30 2011


The Majestic Cafe - June 16 to August 16 2011
Detroit, MI - Color and Fun art show


Madonna University Gallery - January 10 to February 20 2011
Livonia, MI - Creature Art Show


Grosse Pointe Art Center- November to end of December 2010
Grosse Pointe, MI - Holiday Gift Gallery


New Center Park - Lighten Up and Dance - August 21
Detroit, MI - Night of Fashion, Music, and Art


Cass Cafe - July 17 - September 18 - Detroit and Issues- Detroit, MI


Gallery Project - June 18 - July 15 - Animal Farm theme art show - Ann Arbor, MI


Cafe 1923 - June 1 - July 1 - Women, Animals and Things - Hamtramick, MI


Cranbrook Art Institute - March 13 2010 - Bloomfield Hills, MI
One Day Bat Themed  Event and Art Show


The Ronald McDonald House December Art Show - Dec 1 2009- Jan 2 2010
3911 Beaubien Street - Detroit, MI


Pechu Kucha - November 24 2009
One Night Event of Art, Fashion, and Design - Detroit Film Theatre - Detroit, MI


The Furniture Factory - August 6 2009 - August 22 2009 - Detroit, MI - Group Show


Cityfest Art Gallery - July 1 - July 5 2009
Detroit, MI - I curated and exhibited in a Group Show called "Detroit Id"


Majestic Cafe - April 2 2009 - May 2009
Detroit, MI - two person show with Jason Smith


Christine's Cuisine - February 2009- March 2009 - Ferndale, MI - Solo Exhibit


Izzy's Raw Art Gallery 
January 31 2009- March 2009; Detroit, MI - "Intrepretation of Winter "- Group show



River's Edge Gallery - December 2008- February 2008

Wyandotte, MI - Noire Et Blanc, Group Show


The Woodward Lofts - October 2008
Detroit, MI - Solo exhibition in the main floor's windows


The Majestic Cafe- October 2008
Detroit, MI - Group show


Cityfest Gallery - Gwen's Urban Playhouse - July 2008
Detroit, MI -Curator and artist in group show


Art House - July 2008
Ann Arbor, MI - I painted a life sized mural for a feature film starring Iggy Pop


Red Marble, Blue Marble - May 2008
Detroit, MI - I painted an over life sized mural for a sci-fi feature film


The Black Diamond Box Gallery - April 2008
Chicago, IL -Solo art showing


Anton Art Center - October 2007
Mt. Clemons, MI - Halloween Group Show


The CityFest Gallery - July 2007
Detroit, MI - City celebrated festival curated art show


Zeitgeist Gallery - March 2007
Detroit, MI - Group showing of folk artists


The Motor City Brewery - February 2007


The Tangent Gallery - February 2007
Detroit, MI - Erotic group art show


Christine’s Cuisine - December 2006
Ferndale, MI -Solo exhibit of holiday themed work


Centaur Bar - August 2006
Detroit, MI - Solo art showing


The Bankle Building - August 2006
Detroit MI - Solo show


Izzy’s Raw Art Gallery - December 2004
Detroit, MI -Group Show of women artists


Pure Design Lab - Sept. 2004-Sept 2007
Detroit, MI - Store that showcased independent Detroit designers.


Ford World Headquarters - August 2003
Dearborn, MI - Solo exhibition


Tastefest Gallery - August 2004
Detroit, MI - Group show associated with Detroit’s renowned music and food fair


The Padded Cell - August 2003
Royal Oak, MI - Solo exhibition


Detroit International Institute Cafe - July 2003
Detroit, MI - Solo exhibition



Museum of New Art - February 2003
Detroit, MI - Part of The Dirty Show group exhibit



Detroit Contemporary Gallery - Sept. 2000
Detroit, MI - Group Exhibition


David Broderick Building - November 1998
Detroit, MI - Group exhibi

Ongoing Shows

  

Fourteen East Cafe Detroit Michigan

They sell my necklaces  

http://www.14eastcafe.com/  


MOCAD giftshop  Detroit Michigan  

​They sell my necklaces and joytoys  

https://mocadetroit.org/  


The Truth Art Gallery  Toledo Ohio

​Group show ​http://www.thetruthtoledo.com/Gallery.html 

Current Exhibitions

May 24 2019 to July 6 2019

Wild Group Show at The Scarab Club

7pm - 10pm

Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202

+ Event Details

May 24 2019 to July 6 2019

Wild Group Show at The Scarab Club

"Wild" Group Exhibit curated by Scott Hocking May 24 to July 6 2019

at Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202

7pm - 10pm

Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202

July 13 2019

Alien Orbital Art and Music Extravaganza

7pm - 12am

Spread Art 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208

+ Event Details

July 13 2019

Alien Orbital Art and Music Extravaganza

Bands, writers Jane Fader, Tara Ray and Gwen Joy reading fiction, poetry and anecdotal material and 12 female artist exhibit their art.

7pm - 12am

Spread Art 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208

August 2,3,4 2019

Charivari Detroit

2pm - 11pm

West Riverfront Park @ 10th street and West Jefferson Detroit Michigan 48216

+ Event Details

August 2,3,4 2019

Charivari Detroit

A vast and impressive DJ, dance and art festival that occurs every day 2pm to 11pm at West Riverfront Park in Detroit.

2pm - 11pm

West Riverfront Park @ 10th street and West Jefferson Detroit Michigan 48216

8/24/2019

"Metallic"

7pm - 12pm

Spread Art @ 5141 Rosa Parks Boulvard Detroit Michigan 48208

+ Event Details

8/24/2019

"Metallic"

A one night art, performance art and music event. DJ Mike Ross will be djing, Ziam will be doing a liquis silver fashion show, Mary Cotter and Paper Bags will be performing music and an assortment of visual artist will be showing art that is related to the theme.

7pm - 12pm

Spread Art @ 5141 Rosa Parks Boulvard Detroit Michigan 48208

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