Dallas, TX – The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College presents “We Appreciate Your Business,” a group exhibition running from January 23- February 15, featuring work by Favio Moreno, Kat Freedman, Hatziel Flores, Christopher Bingham, Antolin Pineda, Brennen Bechtol, Fransisco Javier and Arturo Donjuan. An Artist Reception will be held February 9 from 4-6 p.m.
This exhibition focuses on a group of local artists whose work displays expressive use of color, text, and iconic imagery to explore Lowrider culture, nostalgia, self-exploration, Latin American culture and Pop Surrealism.
Hatziel Flores is a Dallas-based artist who finds himself just as comfortable in street art as in a gallery setting with his unique, new, contemporary portrait style. Hatziel has shown work in different galleries around the United States and has done commission work for big businesses such as NBC, Red Bull, Nike, and MTV.
Favio Moreno likes to explore painting, printmaking, and design in his work. Moreno has cultivated a visual language, drawing from an array of influences including Latin and American Culture as well as iconography and contemporary design. His signature style utilizes hard-edge painting with an extremely refined sense of color.
Kat Freedman is a calligrapher and graphic designer based out of Dallas. She has been utilizing her artistic skill for over three years and works as a full time calligrapher for Halo Calligraphy, crafting hand addressed envelopes and cards, to more personal and unconventional items such as wedding china, sea shells, decorative agate and even urns. From traditional flourished calligraphy to modern and free hand design, Kat works with a variety of mediums for event and wedding planners as well as other artists and brands. She has hand addressed envelopes, menus, and place cards for former presidents and heads of state, and hand written proposals and vows, heart-felt cards and more.
Christopher Bingham was born and raised in Dallas. Art has always been his passion. He began college as a graphic design major but quickly turned his focus to studio arts. Since graduating in 2006 from The University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in Drawing, he has devoted his time to creating art and staying passionate about his craft. When not painting, Chris works on keeping his students motivated to do the same as a high school art teacher. Chris has been a creative force in the North Texas art scene since 2006, displaying his work in the DFW area and all across Texas. Along with having works in numerous private collections, he was also a two-time finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in 2011 and 2015.
Brennen Bechtol is a local DFW sign painter by trade whose work primarily focuses on design and self-exploration. He gets most of his inspiration from other local sign painters and hand painted signs around the city. Brennen has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design.
Antolin Pineda is a local airbrush artist who specializes in custom lowrider paint jobs. His work features early native Mexican imagery combined with street art and graffiti culture. Antolin is most known for his work that was featured in a 2013 issue of Lowrider Magazine.
Francisco Javier is mostly a self-taught artist whose inspiration comes from early 20th century surrealist painters, the Romantic era, and the Classical era. Francisco has been an active member of the Dallas art scene since 2011. His current focus is portraiture in acrylic, but he also creates work in oil, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.
For more information, please contact gallery coordinator Raymond Butler at 214-860-2115. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“Complex” by Hatziel Flores