Artist CV

Calamity Cole



2004-2006       Fine Arts The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2006-2007       Fine Arts The San Francisco Art Institute


Exhibition Record: (solo shows marked with a *)


2012    “The Bard of LA”, The Huntington Curator: Sarah S. “Sue” Hudson, Los Angeles CA

2009    “Tattoon Show”, Eclectix Gallery Curator: Patricia Zemanek, San Pedro CA

2008*    ”Technicolor Revival”, Well Gallery Curator: Riquelle Small, Oakland CA

2006    “The Long Beach Experiment”, The Blue Café Curator: K. Howell, Long Beach CA

2006    “Chillin’ Productions Presents”, Mezzanine Curator: Irene Hernandez-Feiks, SanFrancisco CA

2005    “ ApARTment”, Traveling Art Show Chicago Curator: Elina Baranov, Chicago Il



-Art Editor: Anne Vickman. Paintings: “ Duck, Duck Goose” and “Sinking.” Redivider

Magazine. Volume 7 Issue 1. Fall 2009: 16 & 17

-Flavia Potenza. “Nicole Martinez, Darkness and Light and Deep Roots.” Painting

Featured: “Tranny”, “Blue Mary”, “Eaten”, “Birth of a Symphony”, Political

Cartoon: “Al Martinez Gets Even With the Times.” Topanga Messenger. August 13,

2009: 2, 12-13

-Political Cartoons: “Mice; on the gentrification of San Francisco”, “Our San Francisco”,

and “Gavin Newsom and the Cash not Care Campaign.” Trigger Magazine. April 2009

-Paintings: “Man in the Mirror” and “Sinking”. Two With Water Magazine. November



Featured on Websites:

Featured Artist May 2009

Painting “America” 6/30/09

Featured Artist Saddle Stitch Magazine 8/8/09

Featured Artist 2009




Artist Statement:


I believe it to be the duty of an artist to create works that have a human authenticity and truth.  It is my intention to showcase this in my work in a witty but blunt way.  Most of all I am inspired by the tragedy and comedy of the human condition.  Being a horror movie junky, my paintings sometimes reflect a darker psychology and a bit of gore too.  I juxtapose this against an “ideal” lighter world that appears carefree.  As I am passionate about civil rights, political and social issues often manifest in my work as well.

I enjoy experimenting with many different mediums including pyrography, oils, ink, acrylics, gouache, charcoal, and spray paint.  I have always been most interested in the human figure and portrait as this best symbolizes humanity.  The artists who most inspire me to paint are Frida Kahlo, Caravaggio, Degas, Monet, Gustav Klimt, Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso.