ART-of-Motion Artist Biographies
Shawn Mitchell Perkins (@sptheplug) is a painter living and working in D.C., by way of Detroit. From canvases to large scale murals, his work can be found all throughout the DMV. He has been commissioned for artwork by Southwest Airlines, MGM National Harbor, RevoltTV and some of D.C.’s top restaurants and schools. Recently, he was featured on ABC7 news in recognition of his paint classes hosted in the city. His style is layered, and somewhat contemporary combining [sur]realistic foregrounds against abstract backdrops. He loves to work with both oil and acrylic paint as well as unique mixed media on wood panel and canvas. With the nickname “SP the Plug”, Shawn loves to trademark most pieces with an electrical outlet or plug of some sort. It represents how he uses his art to connect with others, and also an acronym for “Painting a Legacy Under God.”
Juan “CRI” Pineda is a D.C.-based visual artist, whose distinct style is also characterized as urban-contemporary/street art. His connection to traditions resulted in unique mural work in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area since the mid 90’s. In 2005 & 2014, Pineda was recognized by the “The Washington Post” for restoring the last and only remaining outdoor Latino mural in the Nation’s Capital entitled; “A People without Murals is a Demuralized People” -1977. In 2016, he partnered with Bethesda Arts & Entertainment and Arts Brookfield to embellish the Bethesda Metro Center. Pineda consults and volunteers with various causes that are related to art and culture. He works closely with non-profit organizations and is a member of UW LAW, one of the most talented graffiti crews in NYC. Pineda continues to create art in all mediums and categories for residential and commercial venues.
Jeff Huntington aka Jahru is a studio painter and street artist living and working in Annapolis. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 1997) and the Corcoran School of Art (BFA 1995). Huntington taught painting as an adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, George Washington University from 2012 until 2016. He is a founder of the nonprofit arts-outreach program, “Future History Now.” His murals can be seen in Panama, Brazil, Colombia, France, Philippines, India, Hawaii and throughout the continental United States. Huntington is represented by Porter Advisory in New York City, Reyes+Davis in Washington, D.C., and The Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland.
Matt Long is an artist and designer who specializes in using acrylic paints and Sharpie markers, to create fluid forms with bright colors and an engaging sense of movement. While he draws inspiration from a diverse array of sources, many of Long’s paintings are a manifestation of his love for nature, surf, sun and music. He worked as a screen printer and apparel designer while pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design degree at Shepherd University. The multimedia artist and outdoor enthusiast currently lives in Frederick, Maryland where he works as a graphic designer for Bechtel Corporation. Throughout the day, he contributes his creative efforts into marketing, business development, digital media design, and photography. Throughout the night, his heart and artistic sensibility are never far from the ocean and his more personal creative pursuits which have included collaborations with small businesses and charitable fundraising efforts for a handful of non- profit organizations.