Brad Lawrence started BLVisuals experimentally as a Fine Arts major and graduate from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Brad's interest in the Ultra Violet world was inspired by the psychedelic posters he grew up screen printing with his Father. He began to experiment with the possibilities of Fluorescent pigments in his spare time while creating a Black Light Stop Motion Short Film. Upon experimenting, he figured out a way to utilize the hydrodying process in a way that allowed him to paint on both clothing and on skin in a safe manner. However, after Graduating, Brad focused more on his drawing career, and his Ultra Violet art remained a side project while he labored away on 12 massive commissioned charcoal drawings.
The tables turned again when just months after his graduation from CCS, Brad began experiencing pain in his forearms, and was diagnosed with chronic tendonitis in his wrist. After months of being frustrated by his inability to draw with the condition, he began to take more interest in his hydrodying methods as a form of Art Therapy.
Morgan Lawrence is Brad's cousin, and started off her BLVisuals career from the beginning, helping Brad at his painting booths at Cirque du Womp shows in Detroit back in 2010. Two years ago, while living in Chicago, Morgan had four seizures, rendering her unable to graduate from Columbia College. She experienced two more seizures after moving back to Michigan and became increasingly frustrated with being stuck in her hometown without her license to drive. This huge detour in her life set her back in a way, but it also gave her the opportunity to reconnect with her cousin and rejoin the crew in the pursuit of a brighter, more Colorful life and a refreshed Creative outlook.
Chase Goff has known Brad since they attended the same AP Art class together in high school, while Chase was the captain of the high school football team. Chase graduated with a Bachelor’s in Digital Media Kendall College of Art and Design. In the summer of 2013, Chase pinched his sciatic nerve while working his construction job, and the labor industry was no longer an option. Chase reconnected with Brad in April of 2014, and has used his artistry and skills learned from his construction jobs to benefit us. Stepping away from the labor industry has rekindled the creativity in Chase, and he has been driven to draw and paint once more.
Gavin Mahoney, 5'20"
AKA Galactic Gavin
We also have so many other great members of the BLV Fam that help us at festivals. Together, our eclectic group aims to travel around the globe and inspire people everywhere to open their minds and experience the magical healing capabilities of Art Therapy & activate the Creative Soul within.