The economy sucks, but we don't care -- the Bay Area is home to artists so talented they deserve to take over the world. That's why the Masterminds grants are given to three local and emerging artists who need that little push to become even more awesome.
SF Weekly has narrowed down the potential winners to 10 finalists, with the three winners being chosen Feb. 16. at Public Works during Artopia. Until then we're going to fall in love with their creative work all over again by featuring the profiles (written by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel) of two finalists each day right up until the event. Today meet Baldur Helgason and Laurie Halsey Brown:
Baldur Helgason: The Icelandic Illustrator
A couple of months ago, Baldur Helgason was watching the British TV show Quite Interesting (otherwise known as QI), a funny quiz spectacle hosted by Stephen Fry, when Helgason was inspired to draw the wry, witty actor as a kind of cigarette-wielding monstrosity. This Stephen Fry has sinking, wrinkly jowls, a nose that looks kicked in, and an oversized hand that splays toward the viewer. "I accidentally drew him a lot older and creepier," Helgason announced on his Tumblr blog, where he regularly posts his elaborate drawings. Helgason's Tumblr elicits a regular stream of positive responses from visitors who share his love of visual exaggeration.