How It All Started
Endeavor was founded in September 2015 by Ian C. Hess and Eli McMullen when a space at 316 Brook Road became available. Over a beer and a concept it was time to get serious about our artwork. Wingchow joined the gang and we started creating and sharing our artwork together.
Nick came aboard in 2016 and we started to craft our programming with more purpose as a brand. We believe visual art has the ability to sew community fabrics through pervasive programming and collaboration. In our studio and gallery practices we develop projects that mold Richmond, Virginia into a premiere creative destination.
We are forever grateful for the opportunity to display our art to the public and work with so many passionate people who help us realize everyday that it’s not impossible to turn something you love into a career - if you’re dedicated enough.
We welcome anyone and everyone to get to know us, the studio and to continue building the creative community.
For Information on what we do click on our PROGRAMS tab
Ian C. Hess
Character, concept, and form are always at the center of my artwork. Often my characters end up faceless, or their identity being the suggestion of something much bigger, or even impossible. In studying portraiture, I found a resonance with antiquity and iconoclasm that's resulted in bizarre color palettes, fractured forms, and emotional expressions through recognizable imagery.
Whether steeped in reference or from imagination, my works seek to find a balance between opposites such as sharp yet soft, solid yet transparent, repetitious yet unique.
Taking on many different forms, meanings, materials, and concentrations - my work has continued to evolve beside my artistic capabilities. As of late, I've taken inspiration and reference from Greco-Roman busts.
Wing Chow’s work focuses on the creation of form through the use of amorphous, organic shapes. Many of her paintings begin without reference, existing in a highly reactive state of flux until the main image begins to develop.
Color choice precedes imagery, which then emerges through a push and pull process between an intuitive flowing movement and the corresponding, calculated response. Chow is inspired by both the whimsical and the visceral, often resulting in cartoonish characters which are both playful and grotesque. The work aims to explore the malleability and versatility of form without preconception; staying open to constant evolution.
My work investigates the environments within my paintings through the dynamics of landscape and structure. My influences stem from urban architecture; breaking down combinations of geometric shapes and designs to reconstruct them into ever-changing compositions.
I am inspired daily by my surroundings and I regularly take photos to capture the mood or experience of the moment. Referencing these photos, I aim to represent my initial interaction with the space, yet allow the organic abstraction of the lines, forms, and colors to take focus to create otherworldly situations and new possibilities of reality.
Nick De Souza
My work lies in the business behind the brand. Through my experience in marketing and communications I found a passion in working with creatives. Now, we work with countless individuals to integrate visual arts into the fabric of our communities.
You can find me advancing the strategy of our brand and the production of our programs.
Grounded in the belief that pervasive art programming improves the quality of life in any community, I help give artists opportunities to create more.
When I’m not in the field or on my laptop you might find me with my loved ones having a bite to eat and enjoying what life has to offer.