Artist Spotlight: Start Vault

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Artist Spotlight on San Clemente-based multimedia artist Brett Crawford aka Start Vault.

by Daniel Barron


Painter, metal sculptor, printmaker, illustrator and street artist Brett Crawford, aka Start Vault, started making art again in 2013 after a thirteen-year hiatus. The four years since have kept Crawford very busy, with his work being found on walls across Southern California, the  “Peepshow” illustration showcase at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco, as well as SF’s Wonderland space, and most recently, the “Manifest Justice” project in Los Angeles, CA.

One of his biggest achievements was his solo show, “The Vaudevillian,” which debuted a year ago at Gallery 38 in Los Angeles and told an overarching narrative about a travelling vaudeville show populated by anthropomorphic animals. Crawford’s love of graphic novels, art history, contemporary music, and our dreams of the roaring 20s gave each of his cartoon critters vibrant life.

For Yay! LA’s 2015 Yay! Horror Movie A Day project he produced a mash-up illustration that combined The Nightmare Before Christmas and A Nightmare on Elm Street.






















A Nightmare On Elm Street/The Nightmare Before Christmas mash-up for Yay! Horror Movie A Day



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View more art by Start Vault on his website.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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