Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake Brown.
Blake, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, July of ‘91, I picked up the skill of drawing at the age of two actually, my mom noticed me drawing a duck, the interesting part is that I attempted to draw every feather on the duck in detail. From a young age, drawing has always been my form of expression if I wasn’t playing basketball, it kept me out of the typical mischief kids would get in while being at home. I’ve always seen things differently in reference to a drawing, never having or feeling limitations on what I could draw or how I could draw, drawing to me is as handwriting is to most people. Up until November 2016, I had never been a fan or user of paints or any wet mediums. I had only used graphite, pastel, and charcoal, my favorite being charcoal because of the depths of value I could achieve using it. My lack of interest in using paints of any sort came from a fear of not being able to control it well enough to execute what I’m trying to get across, and being sort of my own critic I wasn’t down for the challenge as of yet. September of 2016, I began to gain a serious interest in painting as my career search after college wasn’t going too hot. I went to Michaels craft store stocked up some canvases and I began to paint from then on with my inspiration coming from the artists that I had learned of while in college, the Van Gogh’s, Picasso’s, Bacon’s, Basquiat’s etc.
I then did my first ever live event at the IO Godfrey Hotel and from that moment I knew this was for me, I then became Art Director with Paradigm CreatVe Group, helping curate events centered around the arts. I have in a year and a half did dozens of group showings and live painting showcases and I am humbled to have progressed as far as I have in this short of a time frame, and I have no intention of slowing down. I have a passion for awakening the creative eye in others and also advocating change in our communities with imagery that is remnant of comic book strips/propaganda posters with juxtaposed thought-provoking imagery and quotes profound in nature and content. The style I have developed over time to call my own falls under both propaganda and contemporary, so that’s what I call it “propa-contemporary”. The style is ever changing but that’s art & humanity always in motion.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have a passion for awakening the creative eye in others and also advocating change without cropping the real issue at hand in our communities with imagery that is remnant of comic book strips/propaganda posters with juxtaposed thought-provoking imagery and quotes profound in nature and content. That is why you will see a “crop line” around the outer layer of all my work. Thick layered acrylic paints & India ink, broad strokes, vibrant colors, words spelled incorrectly & repetitively, a celebrity pun here and there, words crossed out to draw your attention to them, because they seem to mean more when crossed out right? Drama, lots of it. The style I have developed over time to call my own falls under both propaganda and contemporary, so that’s what I call it “propa-contemporary.” The style is ever-changing but that’s art & humanity always in motion. As of lately adding a cubist stylization trial with my most recent work, series titled “CONDUIT – The inner turmoils of the millennial mind”, where I shine light upon the things that have created torment in the lives and upbringing of millennial men and women.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
The biggest challenge for artists I think today is also the biggest advantage, and that’s social media. Social media can be an artist’s best friend but also can be a nightmare because of the fact that the market seems so overly saturated which is both beautiful and challenging to the ego of the artist. Especially for an artist driven by notoriety solely and not the passion for their craft.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Yes! Be on the look out for my first solo exhibit at Hyde Park’s Connect Gallery titled “CONDUIT” in February 2019! Also I’ll be showcasing at Art Basel with Pigment Int’l Artist Collective. You can see my work on Facebook on my page titled B.LEN ARTISTRY, also on Instagram under the handle @blenartistry. My website is in need of maintenance so pardon me while I get that taken care of! You can also purchase my work or inquire about commission via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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