Featuring artwork by: Luke Allen Jashar Awan Jordan Awan George Bates Ernest Bell Laura Bellmont Maximilian Bode Calef Brown Nick Cacciola Josh Cochran Andrew Degraff Emily Eibel Morgan Elliott Patrick Elliott Kiersten Essenpreis Evah Fan Gary Fogelson Sam Friedman Ghostshrimp Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch Jordin Isip James Jean Ilana Kohn Phil Lubliner Charles Lutz Sara Antoinette Martin Taylor McKimens Christopher Silas Neal Phillip Fivel Nessen Chang Park Lynn Pauley Edel Rodriguez Kim Scarfuro Frank Stockton Mark Todd Tomby Sam Weber Esther Pearl Watson Gordon Wiebe Courtney Wotherspoon
PEP is excited to present Downright, an illustration show, curated by our own Jashar Awan. In anticipation of the December release of Taschen’s Illustration Now 2, in which Awan is featured, we asked Jashar, an artist whose work has been seen in many galleries and in popular publications such as The New York Times, Vibe, and The New Yorker, to put together a show of his favorite comtemporary illustrators. The outcome is a gathering of 40 artists pulled together in one spot, PEP. From highly renowned artists to rising stars, the show is not to be missed.
“The illustrators that I chose for this show are friends, family, mentors and people whose work I’ve admired from afar. Despite the large number of artists in this show, no one is stepping on the visual toes of any other participant. The common element between these 40 artists is the honesty that I see in their work. They are all making art that truly comes from them. They have fully absorbed their influences and their art is not swayed by trends. The work is unforced, candid and sincere – in a word, downright.” – Jashar Awan