UGLAR group

Evan Skrederstu

Evan Skrederstu often employs photo-realistic technique in his paintings & murals. This is not by accident. As a lead scenic painter in the entertainment industry, heading high-concept creative projects for major theme parks & production companies, it was imperative that he be invisible as an artist. Which is why Skrederstu does the opposite in his own work: he draws attention to how they were created. Whether in detailed works on insects or on large walls, Skrederstu skillfully explores this tension between artist & medium, man & nature. His work has been featured in the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), & The Wall Street Journal.

Evan Skrederstu

Chris Brand

Painter, draftsman, sculptor, muralist, graphic designer, tattoo storyteller, Christopher Brand finds inspiration and a chance for exploration in as many disciplines as possible. Along with his collaborations together in UGLARworks, his work is developed through a combination of refined technique and thoughtful concept. Drawing from the rich and extremely diverse cultural history of Los Angeles, his work finds connections and celebrates the diversity of the the human condition. Be it abstract, primal, political, or humorous.

Steve Martinez

Los Angeles native Steve Martinez is a fine artist, muralist, photographer, and graphic designer. His contemporary work deals with the discourse between the symbolic and the realistic within daily urban life. The thread of Mayan symbols and hieroglyphs—both representative of Martinez’s history and culture—is inescapable in his work, always connecting the present to the past by uplifting, preserving, and honoring a significant layer of meaning and identity. At the end of 2013 Martinez partnered up with fashion company Ludwig & Schwarz from Cologne, Germany combining fine art with fashion, and this project is currently still ongoing. He also contributed a piece to the Getty Research Institute’s “Book of Friends” Black Book Project. His work has been featured in the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) and Museo Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEART) in Mexico.


Espi works mainly in Japanese Horimono tattooing & Tibetan Thangka painting. Frequently exploring the unexpected intersections of these disciplines with Mexican culture, his pieces act as decorative meditations balancing these seemingly disparate cultures. His art has been featured in magazines, books, galleries, and museums from around the world.

Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis is a writer & educator. His most recent book, All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, is grounded in 2.5 years of research & background spent with former Latino gang members, firefighters, nurses, & other L.A. citizens who lived through it. Set to be translated into 13 languages, The New York Times called it a “a high-octane speedball of a read” & its film rights have been acquired by HBO. Gattis lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he is a founding board member of 1888, a Southern California literary arts non-profit, & counts himself incredibly fortunate to be a member of UGLARworks. "They saved my life. Without them, I would never have glimpsed not just the hidden spaces of Los Angeles, but the way its river, its streets, its textures, & its people combine to form something magical," Gattis has said. "They are my key in the lock of the city."



LA Art Show 2016
Live painting and exhibit
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


"All Involved London"
Art and literature pop up show
Gallery 133, London, England

"Special Dedication"
Pan Macmillan lobby, London, England

"The Muralist"
Painting collaboration with Willie Herron
City Terrace, CA

"Riot Postcards"
Over-sized postcard series

"Six Days"
Paris, France

"Beware! Yokai!"
Empire 7 Studios, San Jose, CA

"All Involved"
U.S. and U.K. release of Ryan Gattis's published work

"The New Temple of Huitzilopochtli"
Centro Estatal de las Artes de Baja California, Mexicali

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

"Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art and Tradition"
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

"Perseverance: Japanese tattoo tradition in a modern world"
Towson University, Towson, MD

"Bird Call"
Viper Room, Hollywood, CA

"Hey! Magazine France"

"L.A. Stories"
Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, CA

"LA Liber Amicorum"
Getty Blackbook Project, Getty Research Institute Collection, Los Angeles, CA

"Public Works"
LALA Gallery

"Public Works Billboard Project"
Billboard paintings
LALA Gallery, CBS Outdoor, and Clear Channel, Los Angeles, CA

"Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas"
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena CA

The 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach CA

"The 5th Food Group"
Gallery 1927, Los Angeles, CA

"Abstract Warfare, Parts One and Two"
Los Angeles, CA

"Let it Rain"
Los Angeles, CA

"Painting the Painters"
Los Angeles, CA


"The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River"
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena CA

Smoking Mirrors Gallery, Pomona CA

"Dia de los Muertos"
Smoking Mirrors Gallery, Pomona CA

"UGLAR Book"
Los Angeles, CA

"The Sharpie Show"
Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Dia de la Virgin de Guadalupe"  
Smoking Mirrors Gallery, Pomona, CA

"The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River"
Book and subsequent exhibitions:
Capsole Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Koolsville Gallery, Anaheim, CA
Nomad Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Three Tides, Osaka, Japan
Skull and Sword, San Francisco, CA
Invisible Gallery NYC, Brooklyn, NY

"Top of the Dome V"
Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Audio Canvas"
Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Unofficial Masters"  
Furthermore Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

"Top of the Dome"
Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA