In the Old Days:
Lagoon and Midway
Arielle Haze views
Unpainting the Town:
Helen K. Garber photos
Art at the Rose Cafe'
New Venice Sign
2004 Carnevale Poster
neither master nor slave
Official Carnevale Book
Sue Ramsay card
2003 Carnevale Poster
St. Charles mural, by Terry Schoonhoven, in early stage.
Old Venice Jail postcard
2005 Carnevale Poster
"Morning Shot" by Rip Cronk,
Venice Artists Roster
Visual artists who live in Venice or did in the past; or who visited and made art depicting Venice; or who made murals or designed buildings that are an important part of the landscape. (There are other websites with excellent photos of the public art of Venice.) Some of the people listed here have worldwide reputations and sales in the millions to big-time collectors and corporations. Some have sold their work on the boardwalk. The history of Venice encompasses every kind of artist there ever was, including some not found anywhere else. More information is welcome!
Bennett Abroms - sculptor, maker of silk flowers
Larry Albright - neon artist in Venice since Sixties
Jimmi Alonzo - beat lightshow artist
John Altoon - beat painter, died young in 1967, said to have been mentally unstable
Kwaku Alston - celebrity photographer
Topse Anderson - photographer, studio at 108 Rose Ave. in 1922
Mike Angeleno - beat painter, decorator of Gas House
Diane Arbus - No, she didnt live here but her photo "Miss Venice Beach, Venice, CA, 1962" recently sold for over $43,000.
Patti Arpaia - photographer
Bill Attaway - ceramics, mosaics, sculpture. Was a resident artist in Taiwan, Studio 334 Sunset Ave.
Judith F. Baca - founding member of SPARC, muralist/visual artist, professor
Russell Baer - photographer with Venice Arts mentorship program
Dana Balicki - CodePINK Media Coordinator
Billy Al Bengston - Originally established studio in Venice on a $30-a-month budget; told an interviewer,"I think I was the only non-drug-dealing artist in the area."
Tony Berlant - his work is said by Gordon J. Hazlitt to "capture the conceptual heart of wicked Venice"
Wallace Berman - influential guy (Dennis Hopper calls him a guru) who is on the cover of the Sergeant Pepper album. Bermans saying, "Art is God is Love" was written on the wall of the Venice West Café, and he appears in Easy Rider as a sower of seeds, which William Wilson calls "very apt." Berman published a zine called Semina. In 1959, his wife Shirley was on the cover of #4. He and Bob Alexander frequented jazz clubs, self-identified as outlaw artists, and had a lot to do with the Ferus Gallery. Recently, all nine issues of Semina were "recreated" by George Herms in a four-year project.
Edward Biberman - his painting entitled "The Story of Venice" or "Kinney's Dream" was in the old Venice Post Office.
Critter Bill - glass figures
Annette Bird - sculptor, jeweler, visual artist, once had studio in renovated church, St. Jive's by the Sea
Jeremy Blake - "moving paintings"
Peter Blake - British, did paintings in the 1990s of various Venice Beach subjects such as rollerskaters and bodybuilders
Sandy Bleifer - collage, handmade paper
Bob Bond - airbrush artist specializing in custom auto work, raised in Venice
Gil Borgos - Linnie Canal. The Sidewalk Cafe' named a dish after him.
Ruth Lercher Bornstein
Jonathan Borofsky - Venice studio, large outdoor sculptures include "Ballerina Clown" at Venice Renaissance Building
Michael Braden - architect
Craig Bradley - some pretty impressive creations via Lighthouse Stained Glass
Foster Brashear - developed Metaphaser
Charles Brittin - photographer, around since the late 50s when he and his wife lived in an apartment at 15A Avenue 54 apartment
Diane Butler - artist and activist
Huguette Caland - personally designed her studio/home, collects work of fellow Venice artists. Used to design caftans for Pierre Cardin
Vija Celmins- resident in the 70s and 80s
John Chamberlain - sculptor - mid-Sixties
Meredith Childers - photographer
Michael Childers - Hollywood portrait photographer, also studio in Venice
Jack Chipman - abstract style paintings; longtime collector and connoisseur of California pottery.
Jenny Chu - photographer
Bernice Colman - fabric collagist, in Venice since 1974
Jackson Collins - has been a Venice painter since age 16
Alyssa N. Col - photographer
Mike Colt - Outsider art
Robbie Conal - poster artist, father of Men With No Lips, studio at 5th and Rose
Kristin Corning - home and studio
Maureen Cotter - photographer
Rip Cronk "Lost Art" mural on the facade of the Venice Heach Hotel (the old St. Charles) and "Venice Reconstituted" on the west wall. Also, on a different building, "Morning Shot", a portrait of Jim Morrison (1991, Speedway at 18th Court); "Rip Tide" and "Ocean Swell" on Clubhouse Avenue, "Homage to a Starry Night" at Wavecrest and Ocean, more
Keith Crutchfield - digital graphic designer
Kate Cunningham - painter, also "John Harris Designs" the one-of-a-kind art furniture company
Beverly Danailoff - spent some time in the Venice art scene in early 60s
Woods Davy - home/studio in Venice, creates sculptures from natural forms, mainly stones
Julia Dean - photographer
Milica Dedjier - architect
Lionel Delly - photographer
Brian Detweiler - photographer
Guy Dill - studio in Venice, has made a sculpture called "Venice Angel," and "Harmonic Arch" is at Navy Avenue
Laddie John Dill - once told an interviewer he came to Venice for its quiet. Original studio was on the boardwalk at Wavecrest and Speedway, another over the Townhouse Bar on Windward Avenue which might or might not be the same as his studio in former Venice Cable Car headquarters
Mark di Suvero
Scott Dosch - creator of sand sculptures on the sidewalk, also a mural on the Sidewalk Café and an aerosol mural on Clubhouse Avenue. Used to live in a van parked at the beach.
Dougo (a.k.a. Doug Smith). Venice-raised, self-taught painter and graphic artist
Jean Edelstein- studio in Venice
Gregory Edwards - published his lithographs at Hamilton Press
Steven Ehrlich - architect, has designed numerous homes and other buildings in Venice
Shari Elf - makes delightful things from found objects
Jerry Emmons - Venice paintings really beautiful, used to be part of veniceartists.com, now in Taos
Ned Evans - surfer-painter, lived in Venice more than 30 years
Eleanore Fahey - drawings of boats and houses seen in the Canal District
Greg Falk also appears in a mural by somebody else
Claire Falkenstein - apparently later moved but kept Venice house as art archive
Mark X. Farina - street aesthetic, cryptic messages, academic credentials
Eric Farnsworth - performance artist early 1980s - rode all over Greater LA on a bicycle at night, decorating lampposts with hanging cardboard rhinoceroses with "600-600" written on them. Told reporter, "If I don't do it, who will?"
Gavin Farrell - photographer
Robert Farrington - best pictures of Venice ever painted
Mollie Favour - neosurrealism and organic abstraction.
Wylder Flett - Look up his "Odd Box Bags." Go ahead. I dare you.
Patrick Fraser - photographer
Anthony Friedkin - photographer, had a 30 year retrospective show in 2003
Kathleen Gahagan - jeweler; sterling silver masks
Jim Ganzer - surfer/artist. In early 1980s was making furniture and lamps using palm tree branches, surfboard resin, and helicopter window Plexiglas, in a studio three blocks from the beach. He is in the 1975 Ed Ruscha film Miracle
Helen K. Garber - photographer, creator of the official Centennial book. Venice is represented in her L. A. Noir series. Is a friend of, but not the same person as, the painter Helen Garber.
Frank Gehry - architect, designed the two buildings flanking the three-story "Binoculars" by Claes Oldenburg (1991), and many other Venice buildings
Christopher Georgesco - sculptor, in Venice 1968-82, making large columns in concrete and steel. See his studio in 1975
Janet Gervers - designed poster for Carnevale 2005
Alexandria Gibson-Shankweiler - boardwalk artist, CD cover artist for Venice Beach Drum Orchestra, editor of Spirit of Venice Speaks, Free Venice Beachhead photographer.
Brooke Glaze - designer and animator
Betty Gold - sculptor
Darryl Golden - photographer
Jane Golden - mural, Ocean Park at Main - Venice in its heyday as an amusement park, with rollercoasters, lots of people and bright umbrellas
Marc Goodrich - sand sculptures
Robert Graham - figurative sculptor, home and studio in Venice
Joel Gray also an actor. Three blocks from beach
Michael Grecco - Santa Monica photographer, held a week-long Lighting and Dramatic Portrait workshop on the Venice Boardwalk
Deborah Greene - EpoxyBox Gallery
Lauren Greenfield - photographer
Ron (Ronald Dean) Griffin
D. J. Hall
Ed Hamilton - master printer of traditional lithography, longtime collaborator Ed Ruscha
Richard Hamilton - British artist said to have invented Pop Art. In a Venice gift shop he came across a lapel button imprinted with the words SLIP IT TO ME. Greatly enlarged, this became an art work titled "Epiphany"(1964), an homage to Andy Warhol.
Kenny Harris - lives, works in Venice
Mr. Pot Head
Seeking Heaven - muralist
Victor Henderson - cofounder of LA Fine Arts Squad. Collaboration with Terry Schoonhoven began in 1969 with the mural "Brooks Street Painting" on the back wall of Henderson's Venice studio.
Jimmy Herciuk - home and studio Venice
George Herms - beat artist
Justine Hill - photographer
Cheryl Himmelstein - place of residence unknown; photographed Venice as part of the LA Neighborhood Project
David Hinnebusch - A 2007 show was called "Paintings from the Sandy Alleys of Venice." Lisa Adams says: "I am convinced that making use of the Venice boardwalk was a brilliant and intuitive action on his part. It seems that the chaos the boardwalk provides, day in and day out, is a clear external manifestation of David's internal landscape."
Jeffrey Hirsch -Venice painter, sculptor
Phillip Hitchcock - sculptor
Diana Hobson - formerly of Venice, now of New York
Diana Hobstetter - Venice is not only location but subject. A People Palette is one of the coolest artist sites Ive ever seen. In a project inspired by the Bean Queen coffee shop behind the Bank of America on Windward Circle, she painted a series of Venice folk, each with an object significant to her or him. And there's a -parallel series of abstracts that go with each painting; chosen from among the paint rags used in the creation of that portrait. ( Webslave's note: I used to keep some of the paint rags from Dale Hartmans works, and am absolutely in harmonic vibration with the impulse that considers them to be artworks in themselves). Hobstetter says, "The color bar at the bottom of each painting shows the palette of colors used to create the skin tones of the respective person, demonstrating that a person is not just one color. " Her husband Richard Grossman is credited for the color bar idea. A couple in artistic collaboration is a beautiful sight.
David Hockney - did a print called "Skaters in Venice Beach"
Craig Hodgetts - Studioworks in Venice - co designer of Gogasian Gallery
Wayne Holwick - in 1966 painted a Bob Dylan mural; one called "Groupie," one called "Rimbaud" none of which exist
Dennis Hopper - artist and major collector. Venice home called the Art Barn, designed by two different architects, Frank Gehry (office) and Brian Murphy (the rest), "a big metal house, closed on the outside, with the light coming through skylights." Hopper says it is perfect for his art collection
Mei Man Hou
Jim Hubbard - photographer, director of Venice Arts Mecca
Mike Illes - studio, home
Carol Ingram - may or may not have lived in Venice; one painting titled "Lincoln and Rose" depicted the Food Barn at that location.
Robert Irwin - site-specific, primarily public, artworks. Moved out of Venice studio 1970
Anthea Izzart - early 1980s, "utility art," decorated shower curtains in Venice rooftop studio by dripping paint on them with a teaspoon, sold them in exclusive shops for $125-150
Tibor Jankay - very interesting life, worth looking up!
John Jerde - architect, office in Venice
Brenda Johnson - Watercolors
Henry Lee Kahn - photographer
Steve Kahn - artist and photographer
John Kilduff - makes quick paintings with plenty of commentary while videotaping
Koukla - high quality natural toys that resemble art objects
Stacie Krajchir - painter
Aaron Kramer - creates art from found objects - "Trash is the failure of imagination"
L. A. Fine Arts Squad - their mural "Venice in the Snow" was on a Little Feat album cover in 1970. Terry Schoonhoven and Victor Henderson
Leslie Labowitz - performance artist
Bill LaChasse - photographer had studio in old firehouse on West Washington
Tony Landreau - beat painter
Ruth Leaf - studio in Venice
Tracy Lee - Samson mural at Brooks and Speedway, with Arnold West
Mary Leipziger - painter, photographer
Gabe Leonard - Venice subject matter, for example, the pier from underneath. Sells paintings on the beach.
Francisco Letelier - "Becoming the Circle" mural at 5th and Rose. Studio 567 3/4 Brooks Ave. Originally from Chile
Joyce Lieberman - painter and collagist in Oakwood since 1983
Steven Light-Orr designer of furniture, jewelry, more - especially Swoopshades (whimsical, one-of-a-kind lampshades originally inspired by vintage lamps of the 1950s -1970s)
Jeff Lipsky - photographer
Michael Lipson - lighting tech in film industry. Designed Tony Bills house, 17 feet wide, and constructed from salvaged materials
Greg Lynn - architect
Mark Mack - architect
Kevin Maedgen's - Theater of Paint studio in Venice, uses vintage costumes, stage sets, and theatrical lighting to create narrative paintings
Fowad "Mad Mike" Magdalani - beat painter, known for covering trash cans and every other available surface with art; committed suicide by hanging, body not found for 17 days
Anthony Mandler - photographer
Robert Mangurian Studioworks in Venice, co-designer of Gogasian Gallery
Rich Mann - photographer
Judy Marchyn - landscape architect, interior decorator
Patrick Marston - studio on 27th Avenue
Chris Mason - "Tattoo Asylum" mural on Windward Avenue
Toby Mason - reflective glass mosaics; lived in Venice for a time. "Venice Beach Wave"- this thing is gorgeous
Charles Mattox - sculptor
Robert Maxwell - had a very successful ceramics studio business in Venice in the 1960s
Thom Mayne - architect, started out building apartments above Venice garages, designed the famous 72 Market Street restaurant
Gerald McCabe - sculptural furniture made from special woods, with natural oil finish
Patrick McCartney - used to have a photography studio at 1101 Ocean Front Walk, wrote at least one article for the Venice Beachhead
Allan McCollum - wanting to be near the beach, moved his house trailer to Venice in the late 60s
Joe McDougall - photographer
Michael C. McMillen - as early as 1965, he was turned on to art and bohemianism by the Old Pot Shop and particularly by Max Neufeldt. For his MFA theses, McMillen did a large-scale installation, the Traveling Mystery Museum, and in 1973 rented a Venice storefront for a couple a of weeks as his exhibition space.
David Meckel - designer, started out working with Eames brothers in Venice studio. Directed design work for the 1984 Olympics
Teresa Mill - now of San Diego, started with Venice canals childhood
Barbara Mills - wonderful gorgeous Venice paintings since 1969
Gerald George Morrison - painter
Art Mortimer - not a Venice resident but painted the Brandellis Brig mural; and "Hi-De-Ho and Penny Lane" at 64 Windward Ave.
Susan Moscowitz - Doll Lady
Robin Murez - sculptor
Hank Murrow - ceramics, founder of the Pot Shop, 324 Sunset Avenue, in 1963
Max Neufeldt - metal sculptor who shared the Tin Shack
Earl Newman - studio and gallery were on Ocean Front near Gas House
Cathy Nichols - painter
Lora Norton - East LA's Self-Help Graphics Foundation
Jackie Nunes - painted murals in homeless center
Natalie Obermaier - photographer
Ken OBrien - photographer. His son John says, "He chronicled the years we spent in Venice with a truly sharp and faithful eye, and I always get swept back into time when I look at his recording of our world and our lives."
Pat ONeill - hung out with the Beat scene in Venice before enrolling at UCLA
Eric Orr - environmental art
Noel Osheroff - ceramics
Gary Palmer - born in Belfast, Ireland
Cheri Pann - in Venice since the mid-nineties
Felix Peano - when Venice was first built, he sculpted animals and sea serpents on the original canal bridges and designed the fancy curtain for the auditorium stage, and the capitals of the colonnaded buildings on Windward.
Lori Petty - painter, also Lawd Knows clothing line
Tiik Pollet - visual artist and much more
Antoine Predock - architect
Adrianne Prober - painter of dancers, skaters and cyclists
Joe Ravetz - photographer, series of old wooden gates of the Venice Canals
Arthur Reese - was the first black man to settle in Venice. He was Town Decorator in Kinneys time. He designed the look of the Ballroom for the 4th of July Ball, also parade floats (he originated the idea of the Venice Mardi Gras parade), and downtown seasonal décor. Reese was largely responsible for the look of Venice festivities, but apparently kept a low profile at the time. This resulted in such nonsense as publicity shots of white bathing beauties with brushes, supposedly painting a giant carnival head, that had really been the work of Reeses crew of black artisans.
Susan Rennie - photographer, has documented, among other things, the gates and the dogs of Venice
Dorothy Rice - watercolorist; book of her work is called Los Angeles With Love. Working outdoors in Venice, Rice was once surrounded by a group of children who wouldnt let her leave until she included every one of them in her painting.
Lance Richburg - painter and also baseball player
Arthur Richer - beat artist
George Rodart - neo-expressionist, Guggenheim Fellowship
Aeno Rompannan sculptor
John Rose - Venice Studio
Jerry Rowitch - Sculpture Garden
Sally Russell - founded the website veniceartists.com, moved on to Taos
Nikki de Saint-Phalle - had a studio called the Zinc-Zinc Company in the early 1960s
SANO - renowned graffiti artist, work seen at Venice Graffiti Pit, has produced a DVD called Graffiti Verite' of which one critic says, "as either art instruction or social document this is a worthy addition "
Gary San Pietro - photographer
Ruth San Pietro - sculptural paintings of endangered wildlife
Marcus Schenkenberg - supermodel who at age twenty-four was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People on the planet by People Magazine. Discovered while rollerskating on Venice Beach by photographer Bill King
Christina Schlesinger - One of the founders of SPARC; "Chagall Returns to Venice" mural at the Israel Levin Senior Adult Center
Terry Schoonhoven - not a Venice resident but a muralist - the St. Charles painting; "Landscape with Musicians" at 909 Ocean Front Walk. LA Fine Arts Squad
Murray Schwartz - maker of chromatic glass: if you look at it from different angles, the color and transparency change. The technique is based on thin-film physics. The glass is coated with many ultra-thin layers of different metals. Pieces of this glass were made into three-dimensional mobiles at the The Kroma Glass shop, 2700 Pacific Ave.
Alan Shaffer - photographer
Sudad Shahin - architect, sculptor
Reesey Shaw - studio in the St. Charles
Steve Shaw - photographer
Robert Sheer - photographer, amazing in-camera effects with night photos
Scott Shellstrom - DNA Studio, has lived in Venice since 1996. His work is at LACMA and he had a show at the Rose last summer.
Rick Sinatra - photographer
Single Wing Turquoise Bird - light show production troupe, headquartered above the Fox Venice Theatre. Active in the late Sixties and part of the Seventies, it included among others Rol Murrow, David and Helena Lebrun, Bob Maestri and Larry Janss.
Fortune Mduduzi Sitole
Ned Sloane - ceramicist, photographer
Raphael Sloane - inhabitant of then 711 studio with Larry Silvers. Also known as the Farm, almost directly across from the Fox Theater.
Doug Smith - Venice homeboy, painter, graphic artist, concerned with historical preservation of the area, also connected artistically to the skateboard scene. Several of his murals are around town.
Elizabeth Paige Smith - sculptural furniture
David Sprigle - photographer
Peter Stewart - "You Are Not Forgotten" mural at Pacific and Sunset
Frank Strasser - artwork is exuberant and Venice to the bone.
Ben Talbert - beat artist
Frank Talbott - photographer
Katerina Tana - designer who bought oldest house in Venice in decrepit condition and extensively remodeled it
Tati - beat sculptor
Ann Elizabeth Thiermann - "Nurturance" mural at Venice Health Center
Ann Thornycroft - had studio in former Venice Cable Car headquarters
Jean Tinguely - had a studio called the Zinc-Zinc Company with fellow Nouveau Realiste Nikki de Saint-Phalle
Rodrigo Toledo - designed the 2003 Carnevale poster
Masami Tsuchikawa - ceramics
Keith Tucker - may not be local; mural on the wall of Bug Builders on 6th street in return for repairs on the artist's Volkswagen.
James Turrell - (Ocean Park)
Suzanne Vaillancourt - of Leonard Cohen song fame, now of Venice
Father Maur Van Doorslaer - Benedictine monk whose ceramic design was adapted for the mural "Jesus Roller Skating With Friends In Venice Beach" at First Lutheran Church on Venice Blvd.
Derrik Van Nimwegen
Jeff Verges - designed the 2004 Carnevale poster
Frederico M. Vigil - "El Quinto Sol" mural on Venice Blvd.
Philip Warbasse - Director/Photographer of the I-Wish Project
Joanne Warfield - photographer
Andy Warhol - was lured to Venice by Dennis Hopper, and had his first US show in 1962 at the Ferus Gallery which though on La Cienega, had its origins in Venice. In early 60s, hung out with Gavin Lambert who wrote 2 books that concerned Venice. In 1978 Warhol had a show "Torsos" at the Ace Gallery. Owner Doug Chrismas said "When we got to the gallery, the entire street was a solid block of people." To help protect Warhol, he had bodyguards from Golds Gym. After the opening, they partied at Hals on the Beach
John Wehrle - "Fall of Icarus" on the Fern Violette building 48 Market Street, painted over by a group sponsored by Robert Graham
Susan Weinberg - longtime Ocean Front Walk resident, paints scenes of Venice.
Ruth Weisberg - moved to Culver City when St. Jives by the Sea was sold
John White - lived in Venice 1970-85, which influenced his performance work as well as paintings and drawings
Saul White - painter, printmaker; studied at the Otis Art Institute in the mid-1950s and had a storefront studio in Venice Beach
Martha "Art Girl" Wilson - worked on the boardwalk for two years
Harry Winebrenner - Started teaching at Venice High Art Department in 1915 and because head of it. the old days. He designed the prize-winning Spirit of Venice parade float for the 1922 Rose Parade in Pasadena. Also created "Welcome" statue in the Lagoon. And "Spirituals" the statue in front of Venice High that Myrna Loy is said to have modeled for.
Emily Winters - first lived in the Canal District, when it was a slum. Free Venice Beachhead, community murals, including "Endangered Species" on Ocean Front Walk, "Jaya" at Dell and Venice, also created a collectors item the Venice Coloring Book. Co-Founder, Venice Arts Council. 50 year retrospective show in 2006. In 2007 undertook the refurbishment of two of her damaged murals in Venice
Bernard Wolf - photographer
Marvin Wolf - photographer. Starting in 1998, covertly photographed the activities of Mishkon Tephilo for four years. In his own words, the artist then "digitized these images and with computer tools, patience and evolving skills, transformed simple snapshots into striking and original works." Wolf is listed as a director of the Synagogue, but whether he lives in Venice is not known
Karen Frimkess Wolff - installation artist, sound sculptor, teacher of Braille. Moved from Venice to Echo Park
Jim Wright - photographer
Cynthia Wylie - painter in oils
David Yurkovich - graphic artist
This and other photos by Alexandria Gibson-Shankweiler at Photos by Alexandria
In early 2006, through black and white photography, Philip Warbasse documented the wishes of willing participants on Venice Beach, CA written on poster board.
These wishes will serve to characterize the subject's
dreams, aspirations and even frustrations relating to their own lives
and the world around them
..The purpose behind the I-Wish Project
is to begin to break down the stereotypes that all of us believe about
one another, through art.
This and other photos by Alexandria Gibson-Shankweiler at Photos by Alexandria
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