Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I never really planned for the show to have a musical theme, but sometimes things have a life of their own. I’m not trying to be philosophical, because I’m not, but I think every moment has its soul, and sometimes that soul comes to life.I never really planned for the show to have a musical theme, but sometimes things have a life of their own. I’m not trying to be philosophical, because I’m not, but I think every moment has its soul, and sometimes that soul comes to life.
Nina is one of my favorite artists of all time. Her work as a feminist and civil rights activist makes her iconic, and gives her music a deeper meaning. This work is based on cover of her “Young Gifted and Black” album. The first time I saw the album I got obsessed with drawing it in a pop-art style, later I realized numerous artists had drawn her in that style from the 70s. With this piece I wanted to capture the of the mood of the time, but most of all its simplicity.
I remember going to into a shop in New York a couple of years ago, hanging on the wall were these stunning sketches of women in various poses. The style of the work was so breathtaking it sparked my creativity. Shortly after I got on a bus and did what would become the first piece of my next style of work; hence the title.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Anyone who knows my work will notice that most of my subjects are women, artists, political icons, and drummers. Although I have drawn numerous drummers in the past this was the first one created in this style. I doubt Gon-Gon will be the last.
The Nomad marks a clear departure of my previous work, not only because of being the lone acrylic piece of the series, but also because of the personal nature of its subject matter. I conceived this piece while reading the Alchemist. Its central message of not silencing the voice in your heart, and pursuing your a dreams despite the circumstances, struck a cord on me. Dream comes with hustle, struggle, and adventure. Where others see pain and suffering, I see perseverance, power, and adventure.