An Evening of Art featuring the works of Johnny Otto, Annie Preece & Yuri Sountsov at The Ashley Paige Hollywood Gallery
Swimsuit Designer Ashley Paige, whose clients include today's hottest celebrities, such as Amy Adams, Carmen Electra, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and countless others, hosted an exclusive Art Show which exhibited the works of Filmmaker/Abstract Artist Johnny Otto, Graffiti Writer/Muralist Annie Preece, and Russian Photographer Yuri Sountsov. The event took place in Ashley Paige's Hollywood Gallery on Sunset Blvd.
The opening night gala on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 attracted an intimate and eclectic crowd from the world of art, fashion, film, music and TV. Among those in attendance was actress Tara Reid, writer and celebrity photojournalist Clinton H. Wallace, musician Stephen Bradley from pop band ‘No Doubt’ and filmmaker/artist Christy Oldham.
Johnny Otto’s abstract art work has been compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Willem de Kooning and Picasso. “My father introduced me to the art world at a young age where I came in contact with the works of Picasso”, Otto said during the exhibit. Otto is also a filmmaker whose company is called Ottophobia Productions. Find Johnny on Facebook: facebook.com/JohnnyOtto
Yuri Sountsov, a Russian born photographer who now lives in a small town in Oklahoma with his photographer wife Mila, showcased his photos which consisted of his life in pictures in Russia with his family and then young 7 year old son Alek Sountson, who is now an entrepreneur/photographer and founder of Potriotic, a new apparel line that Ashley Paige is creative director of. Find Yuri on Facebook: facebook.com/yuri.sountsov
Annie Preece, a former heroinaddict who only a few years ago was near death on the streets of Los Angeles, has garnished tremendous publicity lately after her 2010 appearance on the TLC reality show ‘Addicted’. A now clean and sober graffiti writer/artist, she displayed a few of her acrylic canvases to a receptive celebrity filled room. When asked about her creative style, Preece shyly said “I mostly paint from images that are in my head”. Follow Annie on twitter at @foureyedannie.
Ashley Paige Gallery / At the age of 18, Ashley left the coast of Florida ona Greyhound bus with three hundred dollars, three suitcases, and the dream of building a career in fashion. Once in LA she put herself through college designing a small collection of bikinis & selling them to friends and students, building her first die-hard fans and launching her revolutionary line of hand made knit bikinis. Within her first year of business, she landed eight covers including the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Four years later Ashley made a name for herself as the maven of swimwear and her designs were in high demand amongHollywood's A-list celebrities. Her styles have graced the pages of numerous magazines as well as countless television appearances including Extra, ET, the style network, MTV, VH1, and Bravo. This small town girl hit the big screen in "Peace, Love & Bikinis", a documentary about the grueling behind-the-scenes world of fashion design, which won "best documentary" at the New York Film Festival. For more info on Ashley Paige, go to www.ashleypaige.com