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Legend of The Urban Monk

 

It is my belief that art in it's true essence can enlighten an individual. Through the years of focus and discipline, starting at age 6, I have dedicated myself toward the pursuit of my craft believing my energy is best used toward creating artwork.  Through my art I reach universals that people can emotionally connect with. Each work of art is intricately designed from concept to production. 

While creating work I often time spends sessions of 10-16 hours working. These sessions require an extreme amount of focus which is how a partial explanation of The Monk came to be. Another is due to my high level of production often times creating hundreds of pieces a year, typically between 200-400.

I have always believed that an artist's path is to fill the world with art or, at least, that is my role as an artist. Art has a way of connecting the viewer with beyond just what one can see. A work of art can trigger the imagination, inspire, and enhance the world around it.

 

Bio:

My style of art is called, " Post Modern Barbequeism " which is inspired by the essence, culture, and ritual of barbecueing.  The original artwork I produce ranges in mediums and techniques as I let concept and narrative dictate overall style.

I am a mixed media artist as I work in, but am not limited to charcoal, conte, watercolor, acrylic, spray paint, screen printing, collage, ink, and alternative materials.

I  developed my techniques while in Savannah while constantly seeking new techniques throughout my career. I am a colorist by ature and it is a theme consistant in my work. 

The fashion aspect of my work is Urban Monkism Fashion using patterns based off my artwork I design leggings and other assorted women's clothing while also producing original t-shirt designs with the whole screen printing process done in-house.

During my career as an artist I have published several books including  a novel, collection of poetry, art books, a strategic professional practices guide for creatives, and an alphabet book.

I have donated time and work to several charities including Choices, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Keys4Kids, and donate my time a visiting instructor at Central Ohio Art Academy specializing in mixed-media.

A project near and dear to my heart is a collaboration I have with Fonta Flora Brewery and Defiant Whisky. Annually, Urban Monk imperial stout - aged with Defiant Whisky oak spirals is brewed. We teamed up as friends to produce an event held at Fonta Flora Brewery called "Funk & The Monk" which is the beer release coinciding with an exhibition of all new work I produce specifically for this event.

Styles/themes I work in - abstract, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, pet portraits, illustrations, paintings, large scales paintigs, collage, mixed media, sports, flowers, political, murals, and commissions.

Exhibitions in Cities, Shows & Businesses: 

Cities: Columbus, Ohio - Manhatten, New York - Chicago, Illinois - Savannah, Georgia - Fort Myers, Florida - 

Businesses: Geno Elon's Shoes, Columbus Grande Theater, Fonta Flora Brewery, Fullsteam Brewery, Catawba Valeey Brewery, Wisteria, Central Ohio Art Academy, MacWorthington Gallery, Jake's Burgers, Hal & Al's, Desoto Row (starland district), Javitz Center, US Bank, State Farm (corporate), Turtle Creek Spa, Hangfire Bar, Naperville Art League, Uncubed (Chicago) 

 

Education:

12 years Central Ohio Art Academy

8 years Savannah College of Art & Design

1 year apprenticeship at Modified Flesh, Columbus, Ohio

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