2014 Resident Artist Bios

Meet our artists!

Darrell Kinsel is a self-taught, left-handed award wining Pittsburgh artist. He works as an early childhood development specialist by day and as an artist by night. Pittsburgh Magazine honored him as a 40 under 40 in 2013. His sprezzatura, as he proclaims is unmistakable in everyway that he expresses himself whether it be his artistic approach, eclectic fashion sense, or obsession with $2 dollar bills. The lives of iconic figures such as Basquiat, Teenie Harris, Andy Warhol and August Wilson, empowered and influenced him, particularly when it came to expressing his own creativity in nontraditional ways. As he matured those unconventional methods proved vital not only a professional artist, but in his ability to engage and communicate with others. www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/accounts/view/avantguardian

Sam Thorp is classically trained in drawing and anatomy. Thorp has had numerous exhibitions locally in Pittsburgh where her studio is located, including shows at the Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery. Thorp’s work has been shown nationally as well, with exhibits in New York City, Los Angeles, & Detroit’s cPOP Gallery. Thorp’s artworks being bought and collected across the United States, UK, France, Australia, and the Netherlands. Thorp is highly active in the Pittsburgh art community not only exhibiting, but also regularly organizing other artists and events to support numerous non profits including the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh http://graphicanatomy.com/

HollyHood wrote her first song in 6th grade detention, since then she has become one of the most well known female rappers in Pittsburgh. Besides making music, HollyHood also holds a number of hip-hop events during the year such as PMS (Promoting My Sisters), Pittsburgh’s largest all-female showcase, which includes a female DJ and female sponsors. As co-owner of the Proud To Be Local event series, as well as co-founder of the Pittsburgh Underground Music Awards (PUMAs), she has worked with a good number of the city’s hip-hop and R&B artists. Over the last year, she has branched out into other areas of the arts and even graduated from the Steel City Burlesque Academy under the stage name Holly B. Hayve. This year, Holly looks forward to offering a series of workshops to teach hip-hop at Most Wanted. HollyHood has been teaching at the college-level for over 12 years and recently earned a doctorate in information systems and communications. www.facebook.com/ihateholly and www.hollyhood156.com

Wright Williams works mainly depicting scenes that surround religion and sexuality, but it is the process and materials he uses that define his work more than the images being represented. Creating a marriage of both the permanence of digital with the delicate lifespan of organic materials, he creates paintings and prints utilizing inks made from decaying food, milks, and juice-dyes with digital printers and computer drawing applications. Additionally he attempts to make all of his art using means available to anyone, and an

underlying current in his work is the artistic democracy available in the age of affordable consumer technology. http://instagram.com/wetthings

Tara Sherry-Torres is originally from Brooklyn, New York and moved to Pittsburgh to pursue an MSW. Currently she works as Community Organizer for a local community development corporation. Building community is her passion.  She envisions creating a place in Pittsburgh where different parts of the city converge to enjoy good food, hospitality and community. Tara’s style of cooking is influenced by the traditional Puerto Rican food that her mom made and the Brooklyn bagel shops in she grew up frequenting. http://www.CafeConLechePGH.com/

Macabre Noir is a gothic cabaret performer and artist-breathing life into odd mixed media artworks and curiously morbid fine art dolls including specially designed series of Saints, Sinners, Sirens, and Goddesses. In 2013 Macabre established the Steel City Burlesque Academy in conjunction with Most Wanted Fine Art to help preserve a dying performance art. http://www.moroseandmacabre.com/

Jay Malls was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He received his BFA from the School of Fine Art at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. He’s a trained visual artist who’s spent the past decade DJ’ing, contributing to Pittsburgh nightlife and researching local recordings made in Pittsburgh. He is currently working on a project that tells a story of Pittsburgh history through local contributions to music and the art of vinyl records. http://jmallspgh.com/

Dante Lombardi was born in Pittsburgh and draws inspiration from his neighborhood of Garfield. Using spray paint and acrylic paints he makes the urban landscape come to life with bold lines and color. He also stays active in the Pittsburgh art community by participating in various regional art exhibits and competitions including Pittsburgh’s Art Car Festival, Art All Night and Cleveland’s Battle of the Rust Belt. Recently, Dante became a resident artist at Most Wanted Fine Art, where he volunteers at events and helps paint the monthly mural.  dantelombardiart@yahoo.com

Kai Devenitch is a graphic designer by day and a sketchbook fiend by night. Continuously trying to expand his artistic horizons, he crafts everything from still lives to cartoon strips, paintings to animations. As a digital artist, Kai has created posters, t-shirts, logos and illustrations for such clients as Bayer HealthCare, Alexander’s Athletic Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also stays active in the Pittsburgh art community by volunteering and participating in various regional art festivals and competitions.

Rich Jackley is a Pittsburgh native raised in the Penn Hills area. In 2010 he graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a BFA in Graphic Design. Since then he is working as a freelance designer and has created everything from logos, and identity systems to invitations and party posters. Rich started working in the film industry in transportation, moved to the art department. Now he is Art Director on feature films made by Bear Fruit Films, including Devils Night opening in 2014 and Little Savages filming late 2013.

Shawn Farester creates both figurative and abstract metal sculpture. The majority of his work integrates form and space, creating a cohesive strength that exhibits a majestic flow, which is testimony to the many qualities of the metal itself. This ability to form a rigid material into a fluid form is a magical process that often leaves the audience shocked that metal can be manipulated in such a way. Farester graduated Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a BFA in Sculpture and followed up with a welding program.