Fetauring Nek Chand, Catherine Garrigue, Norimitsu Kokubo, Jesse James Nagel, Cara Macwilliam, Kenta Ochi, Shinichi Sawada, Yuka Noda
The League Education Treatment Center’s LAND Studio & Gallery is a unique day program that teaches life skills through the modality of art. LAND (League Artists Natural Design) was founded in 2005 and serves as both studio and gallery for 18 artists with developmental disabilities.
LAND artists develop their skills in a nurturing environment, while their work is marketed to the community in a vibrant and inclusive manner. The artists’ work with painters, sculptors, fiber artists, animators and others who value creative collaboration. LAND artists are represented by contemporary art gallery Shelter.
LETC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and internationally recognized agency for evaluation, treatment, and education of children and adults with disabilities.
Byron Smith (b. 1963)
Byron Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008, Smith joined LAND, and in his early work, Smith repetitively drew gorillas and robots with their arms held out, toting flowers and basketballs. In 2013, Smith began to turn his attention towards the glossy pages of fashion magazines, selecting a different “model” to feature in each drawing. Smith continues to invent new ways of drawing elaborate portraits and stylized figures in a variety of media.
James Rosa (b. 1965)
James Rosa lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and has been a member of LAND Studio and Gallery since 2015. Finding inspiration in his surrounding environment, Rosa’s drawings, paintings, and collages begin with simple outlines of found objects, but grow into intricate compositions of narrative and abstract worlds. Popular motifs reflecting Rosa’s life and environment often include houses, faces, flowers, rats, circles, and teeth.
Robert Latchman (b. 1976)
Robert Latchman is a Trinidadian born artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Latchman uses a variety of materials to capture the personality of his environment. In his current work, Latchman is primarily focused on representations of the Brooklyn Bridge, a structure that he describes as “snapping together” against “different tones of color and texture.”
Through each representation, Latchman imbues his personality into the canvas. As playful hues brush against the boats and people surrounding the bridge—subjects of his earlier works—the images serve as a representation of both Latchman’s present life and the history on which it was built.
Kenya Hanley (b. 1975)
Kenya Hanley lives and works in Brooklyn, and has devoted countless hours a day to drawing his two great loves: food and reggae musicians. Hanley's meticulously organized images, often color coded and labeled, pay homage to the food he grew up eating, the sweets he tries to stay away from, and the music he so lovingly listens to. Hanley has been featured in multiple Outsider Art Fairs in New York City, Belgium’s MADmusée, and Tokyo’s UTRECHT design store. His work has been the subject of an exhibition at the flagship J Crew store on Madison Avenue and has since become part of J Crew’s corporate collection. His art also figures prominently in The Museum of Everything in London, England. Hanley has been reviewed in VICE Magazine’s Creators Project series, Artforum and Disparate Minds. In 2017, a monograph of his work, Tasty Reggae, was published by All-You-Can-Eat Press. Hanley has been a member of LAND Studio and Gallery since 2005.
Kenya Hanley (b. 1975)
Colored pencil on paper
19 x 24 in.