Armed with acrylic paint, brushes, palette knives and other non-mechanical implements, 16 artists create paintings on the clock in a monthly competition at ExchangeLA called Art Battle.
“It’s a really interesting challenge,” said Ben Silberstein, a full time artist originally from Manhattan. “I don’t know exactly what for sure I’m going to paint but have a general sense of the colors I want and will see where that takes me.”
Silberstein competed in the first round and said he felt “relieved” and “happy” when time was called. He named his piece “Play My Game.”
The evening consisted of two competitive rounds followed by a final four showdown. The winner, Noemi Barajas, determined by audience vote secures a position in the L.A City Finals. Painters work against a backdrop of live electronic music, provided by NKRIOT, or DJ sets spun by local artists.
“Most people say that they’ve never seen anything like this before and didn’t know what to expect but really loved it,” said Dustin Treinen, producer of Art Battle L.A. “The creative scene out here is really thriving.”