What am I doing now?
Hey. Just think its time to re-introduce myself. I won’t bother with the whole history/resume/artist statement (except that I am an award-winning artist… real awards), because you already know a fair bit about all that. But I would like to keep you abreast of where I am now… and that’s exactly what I’m doing with my new website (created by Niki Lopez) that gives me better control of my presence.
So what have I been doing lately? Hmmm, not as easy an answer as that might originally seem. Suffice to say I have been creating, done some important shows, gotten some kudos and all that. But the most important thing of all is that I have been creating in all sections of my art.
Aaah. That’s a good place to start. My art is essentially divided in two. There is the work I categorize as ‘Activist’. This is the body of work which focuses primarily on social imbalances… homelessness, exploitation, sexism, racism, the environment etc.
I’ve been an activist before I was an artist and art is one of the media through which I express my activism.
The activist section is divided into two… the overt and the more subtle. The overt is biting political/social commentary, and well, is in your face, not hidden, not being coy, rarely ambiguous.
The subtle side is softer, less apparent, likely to be very ambiguous. But my activism is still at the core of the work.
Jamaicans say, “donkey know di worl’ nuh level (Donkeys know that there is much inequalities present in the world), and that is true. We would love a ‘kumbayaah’ kind of society. That doesn’t exist… but it doesn’t mean we can’t work towards such… and I feel that’s where my calling lay.
MY work doesn’t focus on one single issue. I feel that that as long a there are those who are disenfranchised, exploited, ignored, those who fall or are pushed to society’s edge, then I believe that my art can be a voice for those people… and things.
My other work belongs to what I regard as my ‘No Naked Walls’ philosophy. This project aims to fill those empty spaces in your personal space, enrich your environment and your appreciation for art… at an affordable cost. And this might be of interest to you.
This project, subtitled Small Wonders, aims to provide unique and original art, and to repeat, is very affordable. There are three features to this project.
One, is to help those who would like to start collecting art but who finds the whole art thingy intimidating. When people show off their collection, the first thing they make sure is that you know how much money they have poured into it.
You start thinking that for you to collect, you will have to spend a lot of money, which you can’t… but you really love art. Well, here’s the thing. You can buy a huge expensive piece for say, $600.00. But where do you go from there? It will take you some time to expend that kind of cash again unless of course you have tons of money lying around. So that large expensive piece lives on its own for a long time.
An alternative is to get more affordable art. But guess what? That large piece at Macy’s is cheap, but really quite tacky. Yes, it is on the wall, but you know and your friends know right off, that is a mass-produced unoriginal piece, perhaps reproduced ad infinitum in Singapore. And the more of those you get, is the more tacky you appear.
The solution is to get smaller, but unique original works that are more than affordable. And you can purchase many pieces without having to have break your bank… and you can do it one piece at a time. So you spend $35-45.00, here and there, now and again… and for the price of that $600.00 painting, you can have 15 or more unique pieces.
One advantage of collecting this way, is that you find your style. Bit by bit, you will see the kind of work that you gravitate to… and ten small works on the wall tell you a lot more about your style than one single solitary piece. As you grow in confidence you can start purchasing larger pieces.
Which leads me to another aspect… enriching your living space. Ten pieces of art will likely cover a lot more space than one large piece… unless that piece is humungous, which usually means expensive. But ten pieces have a lot more flexibility. You can break them up into categories or colour, sizes, or subjects. You can stretch them out horizontally, vertically or diagonally, or you can create blocks of art.
This flexibility gives you many opportunities to recreate and refresh your environment quickly and easily. And every time you do so, visitors to your space will notice the change.
Which leads me to the final element- gifts. Lets say a dear friend falls in love with your $600.00 piece. Are you going to take it off the wall and give it to them? Not likely. But if its less costly, imagine how generous you would appear if you simply say, “You like it, its yours”. A great gift that far surpasses your loss.
And talk about loss. What happens if that $600.00 piece is damaged. I can already imagine the angst. On the other hand, if it costs less than $45.00, then the pain is negligible (and I can always replace it).
And what about gift giving? We all know what a chore it is to find something that is unique, that tells the person you care because you didn’t just walk into a store and bought the first thing your eyes fell upon. Well, here is a solution… ‘Small Wonders‘, where every piece looks far more expensive than they will think.
These pieces are all mine. Practically every component is mine. The art itself is absolutely all me. Nothing borrowed, bought or stolen. They will also have my name and you will get a certificate of authenticity. And the frames are all uniquely hand-painted.
And here is something interesting. All of the pieces for Small Wonders, can be upsized… from 7×5″ (image size) up to 36″ large side. Perhaps even larger… but I have to stop somewhere. So if you have a small one and really like it, it can can be made larger without deterioration in quality. That’s because these pieces were born large.
So let me stop there. If you are interested, my number is 954 249 7352. I know I will enjoy talking with you. If email is your thing, then that’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
I invite you to take a look at the attached contact sheets. They represent a small portion of my inventory… and I’m always creating more. til