New Facebook Page!

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Until I get my actual artist website together, I have a new artist Facebook page that is up and running as we speak! So far I’ve just been posting random thoughts and sketches, works in progress, and whatever things I’ve been finishing along the way. Go “LIKE” it now!

Thank you!

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Check out my art from 2013!

"The Garden" Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24" 2013.

“The Garden” Acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 24″ 2013.

Finally updated my album of work on the Purple Paintbrush Facebook page! I just added a few things that I created earlier this year, plus a few pieces from recent years that I’m just getting around to publishing. Full descriptions are included for most of the work so you can get an idea of the inspirations behind the pieces.

Please feel free to peruse the album and let me know what you think! Find it here.

Thanks for viewing!

Back at it!

First let me apologize. It’s been a long hiatus! Things had definitely been a little hectic for a while. Not sure why I hadn’t said anything about it before, but now that it’s finally here I am very excited to share that I’m in Philadelphia this week doing a painting workshop at Studio Incamminati! Studio Incamminati is an atelier that is one of the best at developing students who want to learn the style of humanist realism. Students are taught under the teaching philosophy of its founder, Nelson Shanks. The experience has been stimulating yet challenging so far, and while I’m here I will do my best to provide updates, pictures, and for the first time – video! Yes, I’ll be recording video recaps of my days in class and the work that I’m doing. For now just check out the Purple Paintbrush Facebook page for the video uploads. Like, share, comment, or just watch if that’s what you’re into. 😉

Aniekan Udofia – The Villiage B-Boy

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Thanks to Twitter, I was able to hear about a solo show by an old college friend of mine, Aniekan Udofia. Filled with excitement, I HAD to make sure that I left work early to go catch him for the evening of his artist talk at the Lamont Bishop Gallery in DC 2 weeks ago. His show is titled “The Village B-Boy” and features several works of art inspired by the impact that hip hop music had in his life and on those around him while growing up in Nigeria.

I’ve always known Aniekan was an amazing artist, and as a passionate and motivated individual. I’ve seen some of his illustrations in popular hip hop magazines here and there over the years, so to see his work hanging in a solo snow was truly a treat! He said that with this body of work, he wanted to touch on something that hit closer to home. The overall response from the crowd was overwhelming positive. Aniekan’s pieces in the Villiage B-Boy show were mostly acrylic paintings, with many incorporating graphite, and spray paint into the work. He exhibited his dynamic skills with figures, each one so unique and conveying a piece of the story he tells about his early experiences with hip hop. The way he can compose a piece through rhythm and color is as lyrical as the songs from which he pulled inspiration. Ranging from smaller digestible canvases, to larger-scaled dramatic pieces, Aniekan evokes a world so vastly different from the streets where hip hop was born but he reaffirms the timeless message of how music is a language that we can all speak. It’s a connection that can span nations and eras of time.

If you haven’t made weekend plans yet, this should be a part of your itinerary. You definitely won’t be disappointed. On Friday (tomorrow) the Lamont Bishop Gallery will be hosting a closing reception from 6-8pm for Aniekan’s show. The final day of the art show is this Saturday March 3rd. So since this is the closing week, make it count and show your support for a rising DC-based artist!

To see more of Aniekan Udofia check out his Facebook page!

For more information about the Lamont Bishop Gallery:
LBG’s Facebook page
LBG on Twitter – @Lamont_Bishop
Located at 1314 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

And don’t forget you can holler at ME on twitter – @purplpaintbrush, and on Facebook!

Purple Paintbrush Now on Facebook!

Mmmhmm…Can you smell that? I think it’s called productivity. With the temperatures turned up to Hades in my area, I’m taking full advantage of this time spent inside. And I don’t even care who sees me in my drawers because as the title and accompanying graphic says, the Purple Paintbrush blog is now on Facebook! Boo. Yah. So please, “Like” away, post on the Wall, Tweet a link…all that! Check out the info page to learn more about the site and how to get in contact with me. See you there!

Soon I’ll check back in with another update, as well as a full recap of what’s new.