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Art of Wellbeing

EMPOWERING OUR PEOPLE | OUR PLANET | OUR LEGACY​

The Art of Wellbeing is a project to promote wellness through the COVID-19 pandemic and empower each other to speak about the issues that are important to us, represent different narratives, and

connect through compassion.

 

Six artists were commissioned to

create artwork based on six themes:

Wear a Mask, Prioritize Self Care, Wash Your Hands,

Protect Eachother, Get Vaccinated, and Together Towards Recovery.

 

Using these prompts, the artists infused

their personal styles, stories, and purpose.

This program was supported in part by a grant from the

City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

 
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JACKIE 

HERNANDEZ

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Jackie Hernandez also known as Las Chicas Peligrosas on social media is a 21 year old artist born and raised in Los Angeles, California specifically in Mid-City. They graduated from California State University, Long Beach with their Bachelors in Studio Art Winter 2021.
 
Jackie is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with various mediums of art such as painting,  drawing, printmaking, animation, murals and digital illustration.
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JACQUI C.

SMITH

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Freelance Illustrator Jacqui C. Smith creates unique artwork that showcases diversity amongst women of color. With her artwork, she’s released four coloring books, “Know Yourself: A Coloring Book for Women (& Girls)”, that focus on positive self-identity for girls and women of color. For years, Jacqui struggled with her self-identity as well as her self-confidence so she wanted to give women of all ages something that would motivate them to love themselves as they are. In addition to coloring books, Jacqui makes stickers, prints, buttons, and other merch. She also designed the “Beautiful Skin” Beer can for Brewyard Beer Company in Glendale with donations going to the Glendale YWCA to fight social injustice and partnered with the Brewyard to create an annual Brewyard Art Festival in June 2017. Jacqui was also recently featured in LA Weekly, Voyage LA, Shoutout LA, and Hopped LA. 

 

Jacqui began her journey as a Freelance Illustrator a few years ago after going to various events and conventions in LA and never seeing diversity represented in the arts, and over time, it became a driving force in her work. One of the things she loves most is the dialogue that her art brings to the forefront about race, representation, beauty standards, and female strength. These discussions all stem from the same place: there needs to be better treatment, representation, and acceptance of women of color, and Jacqui hopes that her art serves as a reminder that we cannot and should not be overlooked.

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KAYLYNN

KIM

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Hello! I am an illustrator and cartoonist born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Growing up, my favorite things were drawing, comic books, mac and cheese, and chocolate milk. Not much has changed, except now I’m lactose intolerant.

I graduated from ArtCenter College of Design, majoring in Illustration. My work is a representation of emotional introspection and daily observations of my environment. I enjoy making meaningful illustrations that are simple at first glance, but upon closer inspection you will find carefully placed details help tell a deeper story.

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OMAR

MARTINEZ

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Omar Martinez is an illustrator, muralist, graphic designer, producer, and beatmaker. He attended Otis College of Art & Design and has worked for Bitbot Creative Agency as well as Phantom Design. Past clients include: Black Ring Coffee (Product Design), Contra Coffee (Product Design), and the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (Digital Marketing). Omar has provided beats for musicians such as Angie Rose, Dre Murray, Ruslan, Mikol, and more.

Omar is also the founder of the art collective The X Bakery

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SANDY 

LOPEZ

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Hello! My name is Sandy and I am a freelance designer and illustrator. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I truly love my city. The beautiful murals, neighborhoods, diversity, and yummy food all inspire me and my art. Growing up, I asked for coloring books for my birthdays and was obsessed with Lisa Frank stationary. I always had a love for color. 
 
I am a self taught designer and I am a proud graduate of the university of youtube! After working as an educator for over 5 years, I had a mid life crisis. In the middle of my panic, I realized I needed a change. I was unhappy with my career, I was craving growth and creativity. So I quit my stable 9-5 and tried to build my way up to corporate marketing.
 
Within a year I had finished an internship and got my first big girl design job working as a social media designer for a beauty brand. After a couple of years, I realized my love for design was depleting and art was becoming like a chore. I had worked so hard to do what I love and when I began to hate it, I knew it was time to quit.
 
So I quit, and now I am a full time freelance designer and illustrator! The journey so far has been extremely rewarding and I have met great like minded clients who love me for me, not just because I can use a computer. 
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VAL 

GALINDO

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Val Galindo is an illustrator, designer, and maker born and raised in the technicolor sunshine of Los Angeles California.
 
They are mostly inspired by folklore from all over the world, nature, music, history, and the communities she grew up in and she illustrates them with a bold, vivid, and loving hand. 
 
When not making things they can be found reading, rummaging through a flea market, getting lost in a national park, or telling ghost stories.   
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