Lubbock Artist Spotlight

Written By Katherine White

July 08, 2016

#Arts #Blog #Culture

Art is truly a way of life in West Texas and a favorite pastime for both visitors and locals. The arts are certainly alive and thriving in the “Hub City.” While we wish we could show you all the artists we love around Lubbock (looking at you, Nate Pollock and Victoria Bee), we wanted to get you better acquainted with some of the folks featured in our latest campaign.

Joey Martinez (“Wiseone”)

martinez webJoey’s artwork can be found in Japan, Brazil, Nicaragua and The Netherlands, a long way from the Crayola masterpieces on family walls. Hispanic heritage is as vital to Joey’s artwork as it is to the history of Lubbock. Many of his pieces are Aztec-inspired with odes to Mexican culture like Día de los Muertos and heroes like Frida Kahlo. He finishes most of his commissions with an inspiring quote, which has given him the nickname, “Wiseone.”

Kathryn Thomas

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While relatively new to Lubbock’s art scene, beginning in 2008, Kathryn has already made a splash. She holds positions for both the Art League of West Texas Foundation and the West Texas Watercolor Society. She uses acrylic, watercolor and oil in impressionistic and representational styles. Her pieces, Pollen Palooza and Tranquility on-The-Rocks both placed second Best of Show in their respective categories at The Plains Art Association Show

Baron Batch (The Artist)

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Baron wants you to know he is The Artist. While many in Lubbock remember him as the Texas Tech running back turned Pittsburgh Steeler, that’s not who he is anymore. He spends much of his time getting his own brand of art, Pop-X (a blend of pop art and expressionism) into the hands of a new generation of art collectors, participating in art drops and late night deals. When he’s not making art, he’s biking, hosting creatives at Studio A.M. or letting the world “taste greatness” with Angry Man Salsa.


Dirk Fowler

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Graphic designer. Texas Tech professor. Letterpress printer. Poster maker. Dirk Fowler, a man of many talents, has always loved drawing and painting. Dirk and his wife, Carol, specialize in handcrafted posters that have been used by Miranda Lambert, Flatland Cavalry, Tame Impala, Wilco, PBS and so many more. As prolific as he has been, you’ve likely seen his artwork and not even realized it.


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