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Clay Life

Art comes in many forms, but rarely do you see it displayed tasteful with clay, specifically characters made from clay. Lisa Mathews a self-taught artist from Dayton, OH breaks the stereotype of traditional art with her unique form of visual art. Lisa a mother of two creates characters with polymer clay, she began pursuing her career with no experience and all the will. Determined to leave corporate America she began to blaze her own trail, educating herself in the field of clay characters Lisa started making beautiful pieces for decoration then taking it a step further creating customized chess pieces.  Ever since Lisa swallowed her fears and followed her artistic  dreams her work has been exhibited and noticed across the country at art festivals and galleries, in 2012 she was awarded “Best in Show” from the International Polymer Clay association for her sculptures. She is truly a gem and we look forward to seeing her growth. Check out her work below and as always…

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Resurrecting Art

Bronx-raised Awol erizku saw a lack of positive representation for members of his community, particularly in high art. To answer this, Erizku supplants iconic works from the masters of Renaissance art like Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio but using primarily black models, whom he scouts from the streets. His strong art education- BA from Cooper Union School of Art and MFA from Yale’s Visual Arts program- makes him a force to be reckoned with, growing up in New York Awol befriended many musicians like A$AP Ferg  from whom he drew inspiration. Awol experienced high end fashion by attending the world’s most prestige art schools but he also had his ear to the streets with his humble upbringing. His portraits are powered by colorful characters and sculptures from historical time. His aesthetics reference cultural trends like hip-hop and basketball as well as maintain a crossing between pop art and minimalism. Erizku’s long- term project is to remove the labeling of a black artist as being only concerned with making “black art”, and in doing so, he hopes to elevate blackness in the library of art history. His art sparks conversation, and stirs controversies by taking historical images and adding his artistic perspective, some may think this to be criminal but isn’t all art inspired from other artist? I’ll let you be the judge, stream the video below to see Awol work and as always…

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DOES LIFE IMITATE ART OR DOES ART IMITATE LIFE? 

There’s something special about being able to transfer your imagination and ideas to paper, especially when you have an imagination like Markus Prime, a 28 year old cartoon/portrait artist from New York. Prime’s artwork is very refreshing and unique as he draws cartoon characters we have grown up watching and adds his creative spin to them creating superhero’s and characters that defy societies norm, like illustrating black women as superhero’s, to create an image with children they normally wont see on television. Prime is challenging normality and deconstructing the standard in cartoons and comics, creating drawings for children of all colors to enjoy. Subconsciously he is planting a seed in a young mind that they to can do super human things and be heroes in their own lives. Growing up, Prime would use his drawings as a way to cope with his emotions and deal with his problems. Now he has matured into a well-known artist who’s goal is to redefine the cartoon and comic culture with diversity. With over 100k followers on Instagram Prime is starting to become well known and appreciated by the masses, using his art to change the culture and impact the youth. Prime looks at his work as a movement to raise awareness and confidence with all who come in contact with it, conveying a message within each illustration.  You can see more artwork from Prime by visiting his website at mlnnprime.com

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SehIII

Good vibes, good culture, and good people are what Sehiii brings at every event. This unique organization, stationed in Brooklyn New York, prides itself on providing a platform for artist to perform worldwide. In a world full of creators and artists it is necessary to have a place to show your work and also get inspired by other artists, the problem usually being finding a venue to do so. Sehiii is helping solve that problem with events such as open-mic nights where talented poet’s, rappers, and dancers can come showcase their skill in a positive comfortable atmosphere. They don’t stop there also offering body painting nights, fashion shows, and selling food. Decorated with art from around the world this colorful venue invites creativity and gives a certain magic that draws you in.  Sehiii also offers spaces for vendors and small business to sell their homemade products at each event as well as holding networking events. This live interaction with people creates genuine relationships and takes you back to a time when phones and social media didn’t dominate communication. Acknowledging the importance of human interaction Sehiii has laid a foundation for artist to experience real support from their peers, while creating a dope place to do it in the process. Located at 1103 Fulton Street NY, 11238 Sehiii is welcomed to the public and encourages all to come support the culture.

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