Collectors Gallery

A new contemporary art exhibit, opens at CASS Contemporary on Friday, October 27th.  This group exhibition features the work of highly specialized contemporary artists who are both leaders in their industry and experts in abstract figurative design.  The name of the show is Masked Intentions, and much of the work can be thought of as having multiple interpretations or hidden meanings.

CASS is a Tampa-based art gallery focusing on modern, collectible art pieces from local, regional, national and international artists.  CASS presents various exhibitions throughout the year and offers lectures and workshops from emerging and established artists. The gallery also provides art-consulting services to individual collectors, as well as boutiques, banks, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses.  In addition to assisting clients in selecting and purchasing artwork, the CASS mission is to provide a space for individuals to view and appreciate an array of art and engage in the art community.


Anthony Lister, based in Sydney, is an internationally recognized street and gallery artist who has been participating in the international arena of Contemporary art for over a decade, with successful solo shows across Australia, America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Lister is a pioneer of street art in his hometown of Brisbane and in some cases considered internationally as Australia’s leading ambassador. This urban art movement, known as street art, has been documented as being the largest art movement ever. Through the clever mixing of “high” and “low” brow cultural imagery, Lister’s paintings and sculptures are studies in which he dissects themes and subjects such as misguided youth, ballerinas, strippers, contemporary mythology and crime. Lister has become one of the most influential street artists of all time.
Six Eye Feline Mask

Anthony Lister
Six Eye Feline Mask, 2017
Mixed media on wood
220mm x 280mm x 18mm


Bask is the moniker of one, Ales “Bask” Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery along with the sun. The artist’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image.
American Horror Story

American Horror Story, 2017
Mixed media on wood panel
24 x 36

Welcome to the NRA

Welcome To The NRA, 2017
Mixed media on wood panel
24 x 36


At the age of 12, van der Sluijs attended The School For Traditional Painting in Goes, the Netherlands where he studied the old techniques from painting and theory. In 1996 he graduated and was accepted for a 4 years painting and graphic education at St.Lucas in Boxtel, the Netherlands. Graduated in 2000, and attended the art-academy St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. He studied illustration for 4 years and graduated with a bachelor-title in 2004.

After the graduation at the art-academy St.joost he moved to the south of The Netherlands where he lives and works on exhibitions and projects. His work can be described as personal pleasures and struggles in daily life. Translated into his own visual language. The work from Collin van der Sluijs has been published in magazines, books, and shown in galleries and project-spaces or walls in The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Belgium, The U.S.A, Luxembourg, Italy, United Kingdom and Spain.

Distorted Portrait

Collin van der Sluijs
Distorted Portrait, 2017
Mixed media on canvas
24 x 36


DAIN is one of the most influential street/contemporary artists to emerge from New York City in the last decade. His distinctive work pays homage to a romanticized era when women’s fashion was modest, and attention was drawn to their faces instead of their figures. Each piece is playful yet sophisticated, elegantly blending stereotypically masculine elements of street art with stereotypically feminine depictions of Hollywood glamour. DAIN has been showcased in galleries worldwide including NYC, Rome, Paris, Australia, Berlin, Miami, London, Montreal and more…
Floral Lips Couture #9

Floral Lips Couture #9, 2017
Mixed media
24 x 36


Born on the outskirts of Clovis, New Mexico, Drew Merritt lived and worked on a farm, fostering a deep emotional connection to nature.  This is where he began his work as an artist.  Drew Merritt aspires to earn the title of artist, and he works hard to convey a broad spectrum of feelings. Feelings like Loneliness, vanity, and even contentment. He paves a highway into the emotional world (visually) by creating empathy in the viewer. The use of vivid colors, and his almost graphic style, creates a visual biography around the subject, showing who they are, and where they’ve been. His ever-changing body of work utilizes a vast array of mediums and textures, while putting classic subjects in a contemporary setting.
Mask Off

Drew Merritt
Mask Off, 2017
Oil on panel
24 x 30


Eric Lacombe (born 1968 in Lyon, France) is a graphic designer, painter whose work is focused on melancholy intended as a negative and yet unavoidable feeling that is often accompanied by fear, anxiety and sadness. Eric’s work has been conceived to investigate the most recondite corners of the human mind, populated by depictions and transfigurations of the human body in the context of a plain, unadorned metaphysical scenery. Eric’s works are characterized by a well thought-out juxtaposition of figurative elements and expressionistic brushstrokes.

Eric Lacombe
MI001, 2017
Mixed media on canvas
24 x 36


The work of Los Angeles based artist, Erik Mark Sandberg, features gawky teenagers often in poses traditional of school portraits. Their clothes are colorful while their expressions are defiant. The think hair that covers the creatures in his work is symbolic and acts as a metaphor for the insecurities that come with transitioning into adulthood. Like a protective cloak, the hair cocoons the figures while simultaneously making them more visible.

Erik Mark Sandberg
Inherent, 2017
Oil, acrylic & epoxy resin on panel
24 x 36


From his London studio, HUSH paints for exhibition and site work in Europe, Australia, and North America. A UK native, his street art, murals, and paintings have been featured in numerous books and publications and was recognized by London’s The Independent as one of the ‘Top 20 Up and Coming Artists’. HUSH lately curated New York hotspot VANDAL situated in the Bowery, as well as creating a large scale mural himself he curated the best artists in street and urban art
from around the world.
Masked Intention

Masked Intention, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint, screen
ink and ink on canvas
28 x 42


Muralist and Peruvian painter born in Junin, his work focuses on representing situations of everyday life through an imaginary embracing emotions and spiritual human being, he understands that the street is a communication tool and murals they are codes reflection between the passer and the wall, tending main purpose to raise questions in the viewer but not giving answers. Motivated by the language of the mural supports and strengthens its graphic with a strong admiration for the animal and visual poetry.
Hacia Allá Vamos Todos

Jade Rivera
Hacia Allá Vamos Todos, 2017
Watercolor on fabriano paper


Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, New York, and London.

Jean-Paul Mallozzi
Eupnea, 2017
Oil and acrylic on canvas
24 x 36


Jesse Draxler’s pieces are enigmatic explorations of existentialism. The artist tackles ideas of beauty, nihilism, sexuality, and absurdity through deconstructed images that incorporate found photos, abstract painting, and design, and the resulting pieces are dark, monochromatic, and visually challenging. 

Jesse Draxler
Containing Multitudes, 2017
Mixed media on wood panel
24 x 36


Jose Mertz is an artist/image maker based in Miami, Fl.  His creative areas of interest range from traditional drawing and painting to graphic & product design.  He focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from Ancient Civilizations, Science Fiction, Eastern Philosophy, Dreams, Myth & the Super Natural. Embracing multimedia, his work has also been incorporated in graphic t-shirts, prints, stickers, installations & several other platforms that mend well with his personal imagery.
Metatrons Blade

Jose Mertz
Metatrons Blade, 2017
Mixed media on paper
22 x 30


Kristen Reichert is a contemporary artist who creates realistic figures laden in vibrant color. Reichert began her career in southern California where she received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Originally from Kansas City, Reichert’s move to the west coast and her subsequent collection of eclectic adventures served as a major inspiration and source of growth within her work. The vibrant coastal culture that surrounded Reichert in her formative years as an artist is apparent in her work, which employs vivid color combinations to create entrancing figurative compositions.
Diamond in the Sea

Kristen Reichert
Diamond in the Sea, 2017
Oil on canvas
24 x 36


Michael Vasquez was born in 1983 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2001, he moved to Miami to attend New World School of the Arts, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005. Currently, Vasquez has seven works included in the exhibition “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. The exhibition features six artists of Latin American decent whose work speaks to issues of culture and identity. Vasquez has given two museum lectures to co-inside with this exhibition, and was also honored with opportunity to serve as a guest speaker during the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Young Ambassadors Program, a week-long series of lectures and workshops with some of the United States’ brightest high school students.

Michael Vasquez
Reverse Slope Defense –
Forward Slope Unit, 2017
Acrylic, acrylic spray paint and
acrylic paint marker on canvas
24 x 36


Miss Van started painting walls at the age of 20, in 1993, initiating the feminine movement in Street Art. Originating from Toulouse, France and having spent most of her artistic life in Barcelona, Spain. Miss Van has travelled the world painting her instantly recognizable women on the streets, as well as on canvas. She has exhibited extensively for decades worldwide in Europe, USA and Asia.

Miss Van’s recent artistic pursuits have taken her to Los Angeles, Miami, Spain and Brazil, which hallmarks a recent return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio, charging her new works with increased depth, emotion and an elevated romantic darkness and delicacy. Her iconic sultry female characters reappear in sensual yet dark animal masks and evolving environments. In gauzy romantic compositions, they carry a surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion.

Lady Blue I
Acrylic on linen canvas
25 x 31


Patricia Ariel is a contemporary artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Although part self-taught, she had some formal instruction in visual arts that included classic drawing training and graphic and fashion design. Besides drawing and painting, Patricia has expressed herself since early age through different artistic languages like theater, dance, and music. Patricia’s art is strongly influenced by her spirituality and insights about the connections of men with nature and magic, and the spiritual/psychic dimensions.  From her passion for the figurative art combined with patterns, expressionistic abstracts, and esoteric symbolism, she uses a realistic representation of the human figure in an attempt to merge reality with the immaterial. In her paintings of haunting and mysterious figures, she evokes her own experiences with loneliness, isolation, and inadequacy, as well as escapism and the search for transcendence from the material reality.

Patricia Ariel
Psalm, 2017
Oil on canvas
24 x 36


Copenhagen based artist Rune Christensen grew up in a small town in Denmark, but has always been fascinated by the wider world. He was inspired by the music and graffiti scene in the 90’s and later street art. Rune’s work has found identity as part of a growing urban art movement and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries and art fairs throughout Europe, Australia, Lebanon, Central Asia and across the US.

Rune Christensen
Split, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel & sealant on canvas
30 x 40cm

Rune Christensen
In Deep Water, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel
and sealant on canvas
24x 36


Saner was born in 1981 in Mexico City, where he is currently based. As a child he developed an interest in drawing and Mexican muralism and began expressing himself through graffiti in the late 1990s. In 2004, he received a degree in graphic design from Universidad Autónoma de México. His work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide including Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York and Mexico City. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Luis Potosí in Mexico.
Saner in the Reflection

Saner in The Reflection, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36


Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a loneexploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston, MA and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, shortly before the real life version of the year 2001, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

Scott has been profiled in Juxtapoz, Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, and New American Paintings, and has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Montreal, Boston, and many other nice places.

Scott Listfield
Reality Television, 2017
Oil on canvas
24 x 36


Sean Norvet is an artist born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His paintings are usually precisely executed in oils on panels, but his style and subjects reflect the media-saturated, commercialized environment we inhabit today. His work is often deconstructive and simultaneously jarring, intense, hilarious and disturbing. His work is sometimes explosive, sometimes still, and often mashes up elegant photo-realism with two-dimensional cartoon buffoonery.
Trail Mix

Sean Norvet
Trail Mix, 2017
Oil on panel
24 x 36


Combining traditional and non-traditional techniques, Leon”Tes One” Bedore creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Allowing himself to find beauty in the mundane, he is able to juxtapose rejected landscapes with figurative illustrations, all the while identifying what is common between the conversing elements. These opposing forces coexist to create paintings that are both symbolic and metaphorical. Tes One’s conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.
Wide Awake

Tes One
Wide Awake, 2017
Acrylic on wood
24 x 36


Zach Johnsen is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, working both in the commercial sphere and fine art world. He works in graphite, watercolor, pen & ink and acrylic on mostly 2D surfaces and by far his most trusted medium is the micron pen. He uses them exhaustively to describe an ever-expanding world of ghouls, monsters, and misfits – the shady characters in everyday life and how they expose themselves in our world. His work is frenetic and chaotic, an explosion of lines and color influenced by infomercials, cartoons, sweets and the over-consumption of popular culture. Zach has lent his unique style of frenetic pen lines, jumbled character piles and explosive color to a variety of applications.  He has worked with MTV, K2 Snowboards, ESPN, Arbor Collective, Nike, Gnu Snowboards, Icon Motosports, Slingshot Wakeboards, Stanley Thermos and Sony/BMG. His fine artwork has been displayed across the US, in Australia, Copenhagen, Japan and the UK. Zach currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Televangelist #1

Zach Johnsen
Televangelist #1, 2017
Smoke bomb, acrylic and
aerosol on canvas
24 x 36