We’re excited to showcase original art from some of California’s most inspired artists. All artwork on display at our store for sale with 100% of proceeds going directly by the artists!
Current Artists on Display
At The Artist Tree, we have a unique platform for showcasing artists from all backgrounds to promote inclusivity and community. Now, more than ever, we strive to remedy the racial injustices that plague so many in our society by encouraging positivity, creativity and love.
Our current Art for Change exhibit features artwork by Gabe Gault, expressing his experiences and identity as a Black American man. His work employs classical techniques on modern subjects. The portraits in this exhibit highlight influential figures who have made a positive impact on our culture, including Mohammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Nipsey Hussle, Yayoi Kusama, Spike Lee, Blake Leeper, Ai Weiwei, and Cornell West.
The Artist Tree is proud to partner with Leon Mostovoy and the Artist Corner Contemporary Art (ACCA) Gallery to present works from the LGBTQ+ Heritage Exhibit by Hunter Reynolds and George Lyter, Chris Russo, Victor Wilde, and Johnny Cubert White. The works reflect the diversity in our local community from different perspectives – age, race, color, gender, and sexuality. The “LGBTQ Heritage Past, Present, and Future” exhibit presents a diverse and inclusive view of LGBTQ+ issues, touching on discrimination, identity, culture and history.
Artist, Gabe Gault spent his formative years in Venice Beach where creativity, popular culture, and its colorful residents made a lasting impression. A reading disability caused him to turn his full attention to art as a way to express himself and explore his identity as a Black American. His works often feature backgrounds with juxtaposing urban camouflage pattern and classical flora used as a story telling device. Gault’s notable works include murals for the legendary Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Complex magazine, Nike and Nike Air, and commissions for the NAACP, Will and Jada Smith Foundation, and UCLA’s Centennial “100 Years of Activism”.
Hunter Reynolds has his roots in Los Angeles. As a runaway gay teenager, he escaped to LA in 1975 at the age of 15. He experienced 1970s West Hollywood, attended the Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising, and graduated from the Otis Parsons School of Art and Design in 1984.
Reynolds notes, “I could not have survived that journey which as you can imagine was filled with difficult obstacles and amazing stories. It was the new Gay and Lesbian Services Center which had just opened and the many gay men I had met of the 70’s who helped to mentor me through that difficult time, and I owe them and their spirits eternal gratitude.”
His pieces, “Healing Hands Flying With Patina du Prey” and “Healing Hands on the Beach” represent that gratitude and is currently on display at The Artist Tree. (Gold hands photographed by George Lyter. Patina du Prey photographed by Michael Wakefield.)
As the founder, art director, and chief designer of The Bohemian Society, Victor Wilde is known for infusing the methods and attitude of visual art into his singular garments. He creates textiles with body-printing and uses politically charged symbols, words, and even gunfire to create texture and narrative in both his clothing and visual art. He distresses, deconstructs, and recontextualizes vintage clothing and unconventional textiles, literally tearing found fashions apart and recombining them into expressive, unexpected profiles. His piece, “Baggage,” is currently on display at The Artist Tree.
Chris J. Russo.
Chris J. Russo is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her work aims to give voice and visibility to women to portray them in the power and equality they deserve. For the past two decades, Russo’s award-winning short films have screened all over the world. She is currently completing her feature documentary film, Lady Buds, that tells the story of cannabis legalization in California through the eyes of six women cultivators, entrepreneurs and activists.
Russo’s works, “Flower” and “How Blue The Sky Was” are currently displayed at The Artist Tree as part of the LGBTQ+ Heritage Exhibit.
Johnny Cubert White.
Johnny Cubert White is a maker of still and motion pictures. Known as a sensitive and instinctive artist, White made the most of his experience of dropping his camera by creating his #MyBrokenCamera series. His works from the series display unusual and astonishing visual results, such as prismatic halos, ambiguous architecture, and an overall sense emotional charged energy.
White’s works, “Puscie Envy” and “Cerebral Hedonist” were created as part of the #MyBrokenCamera series and are currently displayed at The Artist Tree as part of the LGBTQ+ Heritage Exhibit.
Cody The Creative.
Cody is mainly a painter of unconventional canvases. He believes that art can (and probably should) be everywhere. Cody takes the commonplace and gives it another life.
This exhibit showcases Cody’s collection of #PennyPopArt in which he either alters Abe’s appearance with acrylic paint using numerous methods, to turn him into iconic celebrities such as Leonardo di Caprio, Rihanna, or even Waldo, or he paints over Abe altogether, replacing him with whomever or whatever he feels inspired by (in this case, well known cannabis enthusiasts).
“I have always taken the roll of challenging the status quo, of making people think about things differently. When I was younger, I wasn’t aware this was a gift and it rarely worked out in my favor. I’ve learned from those experiences, and I’m now having nothing but fun with it!”