These Are the Venice Beach Artists You Need to Know

Orleans sculptures
Orleans' sculptures | © Elizabeth Orleans
Dominic Bertolami

Freelance writer

Walking along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, it is clear art is everywhere. However, the local warehouse spaces and residential streets house some of the city’s most accomplished creatives.

Whether well established on the L.A. gallery scene or keeping the spirit of bohemia alive, these must-know Venice-based artists are truly unique. Discover how some of Venice’s hottest innovators have made their mark in such a competitive arena.

Elizabeth Orleans

Elizabeth Orleans working inside her Venice art studio.

Elizabeth N. Orleans seeks innovation in her sculptures. Combining both geometric and organic forms, her work conveys thoughts of growth, the human body, and abstract life forms. Her ability to transform traditional places into experimental environments plays heavily on human emotion. Nestled in the heart of Venice, her studio space is an old Coca-Cola bottling factory shared with nine other artists. The hallways inside this warehouse connect the studios together, creating a shared sense of community and purpose among the artists occupying this unique location.

Glazed ceramics installation at Sloan Projects of Bergamot Station, Santa Monica (2016)
Elizabeth Orleans’ installation at Bergamont Station in Santa Monica, CA
(From left to right) “Wind up,”Vesta,” and “Volturnus,” glazed ceramics (2016)
“Metallic Movement,” glazed ceramics (2016)

MB Boissonnault

MB Boissonnault has been painting in Venice, CA for 18 years

Both a hard-working painter and personal vegan chef, MB Boissonnault‘s ethereal and energetic artwork reflects her vibrant attitude toward life. Previously studying under Dutch artist Jan Dibbets in Dusseldorf, Germany at the KunstAkademie, she has been creating in Venice for 18 years. Taking inspiration from California artists such as Larry Bell, Boissonnault incorporates both a German style of accuracy and the airy emotions of 1970s California. When not painting or sharing her passion for healthy living, this socially conscious artist is involved in promoting social awareness around the Venice community and across the city of Los Angeles.

“WARMING,” Oil/synthetic canvas
Recent work by Venice artist MB Boissonnault
“Little standing rock” by MB Boissonnault

Danny Thomas

Danny Thomas is a freelance artist based in Venice, CA

From a young age, Danny Thomas established himself as a pillar of the Venice scene. A free spirit with a natural ability, his psychedelic-inspired art immediately spoke to the eccentric mentality of the beachside community. Self-taught, Thomas found his niche working with black light reflective paint, creating mind-bending works in kaleidoscopic colors. Whether working on a commissioned mural or burning the midnight oil painting live at a music festival, his flamboyant charm is infectious.

“Dreams do come true-ish” mixed media on paper
Mixed media drawing by Danny Thomas
Mixed media drawing on paper by Danny Thomas
Self-portrait by Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas catches air on the vert ramp at music and arts festival, Burning Man

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