About The Artists


Luis Lara

Painter, designer, graphic artist, muralist. Self-educated in aesthetics, phenomenology, world history, literature and philosophy, with knowledge of English and French. His works are held in numerous private collections in Europe, the USA, and South America. In Ecuador, his artwork is found on permanent exhibition in the Contemporary Art section at the Central Bank of Ecuador's Museum as well as in the reserve of the Municipal Museum of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Critical appraisal of his work has appeared in books about the Ecuadorian artists of the 20th Century written by the renowned Ecuadorian Art critic, Hernan Rodriguez C. and published by Central Bank's Museum.

Luis Lara was born on October 10, 1945 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. His paternal grandfather was a painter and a blacksmith; his maternal grandfather was a builder of stringed instruments and furniture designer; his father is a painter, a graphic art designer, and former Graphic Arts professor of the Catholic University of Guayaquil. Luis Lara began his initiation in the local Guayaquil art scene in 1967, participating in the July Exhibition (Salon de Julio) at the Municipal Museum along with renowned Ecuadorian artists. In 1968 he moved to Quito, where he settled to live and work. There he established relations with the "four musketeers", leading young artists of the time: Roman, Jacome, Unda e Iza, who were associated with Wilson Hallo's 20th Century Gallery.

He participated actively in the bohemian and artistic scene that centered at the old Café Royal in Quito Ecuador. After a period of apprenticeship, the painter Francisco Coello-currently living in Switzerland, and a long time friend and collaborator of Luis' father- visited at his atelier and invited him to exhibit his first one-man show at the Center of Artistic Promotion of the Casa de la Cultura in Quito, of which Mr. Coello was Director. In the 70's Lara made his first trip abroad. He traveled to the Ducht Antilles, and from there to New York, where he learned design and graphic art techniques. He was able to study the work of world famous artists in the New York Museums and Galleries, and was powerfully influenced by the innovations, social movements, and architectonic development that he observed in the city. There he became a good friend of Andree Lambert, who ran a florist shop in Greenwich Village, and with her participated with the many local N.Y. artists, intellectuals and bohemians who were in the scene in the late 1960's and early the 70's. Andree herself was one of the survivors of the Woodstock Festival.

His life in the Village gave Lara an insider's view of the truly international and culturally diverse art and intellectual movements in NY of the day, which were fueled by the presence of artists from all over the world. After his return in 1973, he settled into his atelier in the Las Penas neighborhood in Guayaquil, where he met Robert Mix (+) and Bird Bettis, with whom he developed a deep friendship. Due to his solid academic education, Mix became a critic of Luis Lara's work as well as his biographer.

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Ellen Kallas

It is not only my passion, but a goal in life to produce the most rememberable and collectable art. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada leaves many paths of inspiration, from the bright lights of the "Strip" to the National Parks of Red Rock.

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Andrew Naar

Andrew is a native to California and was raised in the Santa Monica Mountains by the Pacific Ocean. After graduating in Public Relations at Pepperdine University, Andrew initially pursued the Hollywood agency business assisting the famous agent Ed Limato at International Creative Management whose star clients included a strong Australian contingent, and subsequently became a literary agent in Sydney, Australia.

This work made him an avid enthusiast of science fiction and fantasy movies and is reflected in his "wooden dreams" tree branch art and functional woodcraft designs. Another life change, coaxed his return to Southern California to build his art in the San Fernando valley where he lives with his wife and two young sons.

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Adrianne Walker

Adrianne Walker received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the California State University of Northridge. These days her life consists of Graphic Design and Art Direction for the Entertainment Marketing Company mOcean.

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Joelle Pitts

Joelle is inspired by the organic shapes, circular planes and decorative flowing lines of the Art Nouveau style, as well as the brightness and cleanliness of more modern styles. Her work employs elements from both of these artistic worlds.

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