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Boston's Rising Artists: The City's Creative Class Is Quickly Ascending the World's Artistic Ranks

Boston Common Magazine, Issue 3, Summer 2015 (read there)

Raul Gonzalez III

In the drawings of Raul Gonzalez III, aka Raul the Third, beings incorporating comic-book creatures, tattoo designs, and Mexican folk art do violence to one another and themselves in the service of surrealistic but recognizably Latino narratives. Gonzalez recently7 showed at the Fitchburg Art Museum, and a children's book he illustrated, Lowriders in Space (Chronicle Books, $17.81), was published last fall. artbyraul.com

Andrew Fish

In rendering anonymous figures and the long shadows they cast in the urban outdoors, Andrew Fish takes his cues from digital imaging before moving away toward the distinctive properties of painting and printmaking. Fish recently completed the League Residency at Vyt, in upstate New York, and in 2014 he received a grant from the Somerville Arts council. wanderinfisheye.com

Deb Todd Wheeler

The art of Debb Todd Wheeler responds to scientific and environmental concerns with alternative-process photography and sculpture reminiscent of lab equipment. One of her recent works is an implied seascape of plastic bags, evoking both ocean life and ocean death in a chemical aqua hue. debtoddwheeler.com

Kelly Carmody

Of the many gifted traditionalists in the Boston area, one standout is Kelly Carmody. One of her works was accepted into this year's highly competitive BP Portrait Award Exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery, and the Art's & Business Council recently showed her portraits in its East Boston space. kellycarmody.com

Janet Echelman

Internationally exhibited Brookline-based artist Janet Echelman is having a homecoming this summer, with one of her billowing, gracile sculptures installed over the Rose Kennedy Greeway through October. As If It Were Already Here consists of 100 miles of rope connected by half a million knots and was designed using software written in collaboration between her studio and Autodesk. echelman.com

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