NEXT at the Corcoran


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Last weekend I attended the opening event for NEXT at the Corcoran, a group show of the school’s most recent graduates. It brought out many of Washington’s young, hip and artsy crowd, ready to mingle and enjoy some art.  My lovely … Continue reading

Class is in Session


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This past Saturday was my first day in a figure and portrait painting class at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. I have been so anxious about it ever since I signed up for it 2 months ago! You can imagine … Continue reading

I want to Van Gogh to this

Van Gogh Up Close, now showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through May 6, 2012.

I’m definitely planning a trip up to Philadelphia to see the Van Gogh show in Philadelphia! Rooooad Triiiiiip!! haha…I can’t wait, I should be making the drive a little later this month.

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!

Artists in Black History: Sam Gilliam


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Sam Gilliam (b. 1933 – ) is one of the most important artists to know in the genres of Color Field painting and Abstract Expressionism. Associated with the Washington Color School, one of his biggest contributions was being the first … Continue reading

Black Artists in History: Jacob Lawrence


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Jacob Lawrence (b. 1917 – 2000), one of the most famous African American artists to emerge in history, was a painter that was known for his paintings inspired by the city of Harlem and the black experience. He described his … Continue reading

Black Artists in History: Joshua Johnson


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Joshua Johnson (c. 1765 – 1830) is documented as being the first working black portrait artist during the early 19th century. Very little is known about his personal life outside of his paintings. What is known, is that he was a … Continue reading