Birmingham’s art scene is what makes this city so lovable. From local artists to multiple local exhibitions, you’re bound to find a Birmingham artist you love. Keep reading for 10 reasons why we love Birmingham art.
1. Jamie Bonfiglio
Celebrate the beauty of colorful and vibrant portraits that look good at any angle. Jamie Bonfiglio is an expert at defining angles and lighting that make her work pop.
Find her mural art in the alleyway between 55th street North and 55th place North in the historic Woodlawn neighborhood.
- Jamie Bonfiglio: Instagram
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2. bendy knees design company
Jordy and Levi take art to the streets of Birmingham to share with anyone passing by. Together they created bendy knees design company, a small business that turns blank spaces into vibrant pieces of art.
You can find their work in downtown Birmingham and the Summit.
3. Marcus Fetch
Over the past four years, Marcus Fetch has captivated the hearts and minds of the community with his murals. As one of the many mural Birmingham artists, Fetch stands out with his interesting incorporation of the mundane and nature in his work.
Find out where all the murals are located in Birmingham by browsing through our directory.
- Marcus Fetch: Website
4. Xie Beth Craig
A Huntsville transplant and recent UAB Bachelor’s of Fine Arts graduate, Craig experiments with lines and composition that make her art feel alive.
Although the BFA exhibition is over at AEIVA, you can follow her Instagram to keep up with her captivating work.
- Xie Beth Craig: Instagram
5. Art by Burx
Brian Burks founded the traveling Punk Rock Art Show, an event that celebrates radical art and music in Birmingham. Catch the next art show at True Story Brewing in Crestwood.
Apart from hosting the Punk Rock Art Show, he also is a Birmingham artist. A lot of his work is inspired by 90s comics, punk rock and the people he meets. Find his work at Birmingham Oddities.
6. Byron Sonnier
As a Southern Lousiana transplant, Bryon Sonnier finds inspiration for his art through the pervasive Southern religious symbolism, creating his own controversial meaning behind each work.
Catch a glimpse of his most recent captivating pieces at VOX Gallery in Tarrant, opening May 12 from 6-9 PM.
7. Tameca Cole
Art is a way to meditate on yourself and how you engage with the community around you. According to Cole, she found her passion in art through Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project.
Back in December, Tameca Cole’s art was on display in “Marking Time,” an incredibly moving art exhibition displayed at AEIVA. You can now find her artwork in Nicole R. Fleetwood’s Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration immersive book with other works from the exhibition.
8. Julianna Richey Art
As a Birmingham visual artist, Julianna describes her art as “love letters to life in all forms.” Her art can be known as magical realism, which means she tries to express an experience of the person she paints.
Richey plays the imagery of mythology from meditative and self-exploration. You’ll find that her art will enchant you with its blur lines and shifting edges.
“[This] is true realism for me—the reality of connecting with a subject on multiple levels of the psyche’s perceptive abilities.”Julianna Richey
- Julianna Richey: Instagram
9. Ann Trondson
Keep up with Birmingham artist and co-founder of VINEGAR Projects, Ann Trondson, as she documents every day in her “the day series.” This large-scale project takes the mundanity of the circadian week and makes it into inspiring art.
10. Doug Baulos
Doug’s art is a reflective account of their life, spirituality and grief. Their work uses complex layering of materials that transform their ideas into something tangible.
- Doug Baulos: Website
Who is your favorite Birmingham artist? Tag @bhamnow and let us know!