Archives For January 2013

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Last night, I went to check out the famous Drink & Doodle hosted by Greg Mike and Ash Lethal at ABV Gallery over at Studioplex.  If you’re not familiar with the event, I urge you to catch the next monthly event.

The event brings together a dozen or so artists who literally “Drink & Doodle” while guests can spectate, view the other work in the gallery, and of course, have a drink of their own. The event begins around 7pm and last until about 11, and after the masterpieces are complete, the become available for purchase.

Still don’t get the concept? Take a look at the pics below:

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“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” — Charles Horton Cooley

Curron Gajadhar

Ish Holmes —  January 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

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I sat down with Curron a little over a week ago, and I was able to gain a lot of insight to not only art, but a way of life. Not only does Curron produce stunning modern work that fuses the Urban Atlanta landscapes with gorgeous female “goddesses”, he also practices Parkour, which he says fuels his work, lifestyle, and attitude towards overcoming obstacles.

Take a look at some of his work below, followed by a brief interview:

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So how did you get started in art?

I’ve always done art, but I was reluctant to showcase and follow through with it, until Kim Landers, my 10th grade teacher, gave me a nudge. Although I resisted, she went ahead and submitted one of my pieces to the local Dogwood Festival and it actually placed. After that, I felt the confidence to actually pursue a career as an artist.

How would you describe your work?

It’s a way of expressing my perspective of life and the modern, urban scenery. Most of my work features goddesses and dieties that, for me, represent the sensuous collective consciousness. I have this feeling that I’ve “been here before” and I’m reliving a different age in the modern world. These goddesses nurture and look over me as I pursue my very own epic, like those of Gilgamesh or Iliad. The setting is just modern day Atlanta, instead of the large colosseums of the Classical period.

What materials do you use?

Acrylics, markers, grease pens, china markers, different mixed media, found objects, canvas, street signs, planks of wood or canvas.

Who are your inspirations?

I really like Fahamu Pecou, and Tim Okumara.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I’m a Renaissance man. I want to continue my art, my progression as a Traceur (Parkour), and become an advocate for Asperger’s syndrome, which I’ve been diagnosed with.

So you do Parkour too? Tell me a little about that?

Yeah, Parkour is an amazing art form that has replaced an attitude of obstacles with an attitude of possibility. I’ve earned a “Parkour Vision”, so to speak, that enables me to view obstacles very different from before. I’ve learned with the right amount of time, persistence, and finesse, you can overcome anything.

Sunflower Man – Matt Miller

Ish Holmes —  January 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

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I had the opportunity to sit down with the amazing fashion illustrator Matthew Miller, aka Sunflowerman, to gain some insight on his work and process.  We decided to link up at Condessa Coffee, where much of his work is displayed, to sit, talk, paint, and of course, drink coffee.

Take a look at some of his artwork below, followed by a brief interview.

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So, what got you started in art?

I know its cliche, but I’ve ALWAYS been drawing. I feel as if I was born to do it. I never really had a choice.

How would you describe your work?

I said something really nice one time, what was it? I think it was, “An ecclectic assault on common place.” Yeah, I think that’s it.

What sort of materials do you use?

I’m a fan of recycled materials….book pages, leftover fabric, whatever.  I really like to “redeem” things. I also use Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink and some round, synthetic brushes.

Can you name 3 of your favorite artists/inspirations?

Caravaggio, Alphonse Mucha, and David Downton. That’s a guy from the Baroque period, one from Art Noveau, and a new school guy that does fashion illustrations.

Where do you see yourself and your art in the next 5 years?

Uh, I’m just going to keep doing men’s fashion illustrations. I’d love to do advertising work for some big brands.

Why men’s fashion specifically?

Well, almost nobody really does just men’s fashion, so I see an opportunity there.  Besides that, I wear it and identify with it, and I can express my own identity of fashion without really having to buy all of those expensive clothes.

Where can we see more of your work?

On my website, www.sunflowerman.com. And my stuff is featured in Condessa Coffee, H. Stockton, and Q Clothier.