africanamerican

“ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD”

ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD COMES FROM THE APPRECIATION EITH MY SURROUNDINGS AND FINDING THE SUBTLE YET RAW BEAUTY THAT IS HIDDEN IN EVERY CRACK AND CREVICE.. THE VISUALS FROM A HOOD MUCH LIKE THE ONES YOU SEE ON TV.. OCCUPIED WITH DISMAY AND HOPE WITH POLICE AND STRUGGLE WITH TRASH AND VACANCY.. WITH BROKEN DREAMS AND THE BIGGEST ASPIRATIONS.. THIS IS ITS ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD AND TO ME THE HOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD.

(These visuals reflect my personal observation and a small glimpse into the East New York, Crown Heights and Brownsville neighborhoods in Brooklyn. All areas I’ve lived in one time or another in my life. Hope you and enjoy and stay Woke)

"FUCKING AROUND"

“FUCKING AROUND”

"PITKIN AVE"

“PITKIN AVE”

"DURAG"

                               “DURAG”

ROCKAWAY AVE 2"

ROCKAWAY AVE 2″

"ROCKAWAY AVE"

“ROCKAWAY AVE”

'CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS"

‘CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS”

"MAKE IT"

                   “MAKE IT”

"SELF PORTRAIT OF A NEGRO"

“SELF PORTRAIT OF A NEGRO”

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“AUTOPILOT”

IM ALWAYS INTERESTED IN HOW MY BRAIN WILL REACT WHEN I STRIP AWAY ALL THE PRE CONCEIVED THOUGHTS OF CREATING SOMETHING. I HAVE BEEN GETTING MORE AND MORE COMFORTABLE WITH TAKING RISKS AND SEEING WHERE THEY LEAD ME. I FEEL LIKE I MYSELF HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE FOR I AM NOT CLAIMING TO BE A PAINTER OR A ILLUSTRATOR OR A DRAFTSMAN. I SOMPLY VIEW MYSELF AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPRESSIONISTS. I DONT MEAN IT IN THE TERM A PERSON MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH BUT I MEAN IT IN A SENSE THAT I AM AN AWARE BLACK ARTIST WHO WISHES TO NOT BE CONFOUND TO A STEREOTYPE OF WHAT I SHOULD BE DOING. FOR ME I FEEL AS IF IM JUST BEGINNING MY FLIGHT TO DISCOVERING MY TRUE POTENTIAL. HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS PIECE WAS DONE WITH ACRYLIC PAINT AND SOFT PASTELS ON MIXED MEDIA PAPER. THE DIMENSIONS ARE 17X14.

             "AUTOPILOT"

“AUTOPILOT”

“BLUE NOTE”

THIS IS GOING TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SERIES OF PIECES IM GOING TO BE DOING INSPIRED OFF OF BLUE NOTE ALBUMS, THE ARTWORK THE MUSICIANS AND OF COURSE ALL THE GREAT MUSIC THAT WAS MADE ON SUCH A GREAT RECORD LABEL. MANY OF THE ARTWORK PRODUCED FOR BLUE NOTE JAZZ ALBUMS I BELIEVES ARE THE MOST VISUALLY STIMULATING IMAGES I HAVE EVER SEEN AND IT MAKES ME IMMEDIATELY EXCITED TO LISTEN TO THE ALBUM, I AM A HUGE FAN OF JAZZ BUT REALLY STILL ARE AT MY BEGINNING STAGES I FEEL WITH DISCOVERING ALL OF ITS GREATNESS. THE DIMENSIONS FOR THIS PIECE ARE 14X17 AND WAS DONE WITH ACRYLIC PAINT AND SOFT PASTELS.

"BLUE NOTE"

“BLUE NOTE”