Friday, December 30, 2011

Rebel with A Paintbrush: TheeOHmy Video Interview

You know that feeling when you've come across something that is literally a raw gem? Something you know that can and will probably become the next big thing? That's what I felt when I first came across Tiffiane Chin, better known as "TheeOHmy". The pint size artist, paints larger than life new school masterpieces that will leave you amazed.

She's never one to bite her tongue and her artwork is an explosion of emotions, life experiences, and just raw unadulterated talent. Her talents don't just stop with great pop, abstract, complementary art work but she's also wicked with a camera! TheeOHmy is the epitome of the art student who said fuck the rules and did it her way. And quiet frankly, we wouldn't want it any other way.

video of TheeOHmy responding to my questions which are listed below

Anyone who has seen your work can tell its screams out that your not like anyone else, that your style is your own. What do you believe causes this? How did you end up developing such a unique look with your art?

Not only do you paint, but you also do photography work. Which artistic expression do you feel more comfortable with, or should I say more attracted? How did you get into both?

Your known for doing live painting, me personally I've struggled with the idea of painting in front of others. So what is the feelings you get doing live installs? Have you ever had a moment where the piece just didn't come out right or vice versa?

Whats the process of TheeOHmy when creating art? I know a lot of artist have their rituals.

Do you feel that Tiffanie and TheeOHmy are different people? How would you describe yourself to people?

Who are your influences, what are your favorite pieces by them?

You yourself have some incredible pieces, what are your personal favorites?

Do you study the history of art? How would you compare yourself to past artist, is there anyone in particular you feel you most resemble?

Whats the feeling like of tagging? I remember when we first linked up you mention waring with another artist. What was your most exciting time doing it?'

People can always claim that they love all their work, but the reality is their are always some occasion where as artist you create something that isn't up to par. Have you have that moment(s)?

What are the reactions you get from people about your work? How does that make you feel?

How does your family, friends feel about you being a artist? I know plenty of times people can't understand what it means to be a artist. All the sacrifices that must be made, do you feel supported?

Have you ever had that moment where you felt this was pointless? What kept you moving is so, and what advice would you give anyone else pursuing art?

2011 is a wrap, from when you started to today what are the highlights of your career as an artist? Do you feel you've made an impact?

What's your plans for 2012 and beyond? Any special projects?

Lastly, if you could only choose one word to describe you what would it be?

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 The Year of W!

Where do I even begin, 2011 what an incredible year for myself as an artist. This time last year, I could be in a room and no one knew who I was. I could just play the shadow as I did years before, slip in and out and not be concern about to many even acknowledging me. Yet right now, I can't even go out without at least getting a W! one time... and it's beautiful.

There is a saying that you can "speak things into existence" and at some point this year became a testament to that. I owe the credit to so many people. I'm honored by everyone who has been in my life and helped me on this journey of discovery. It's been a roller-coaster ride that hasn't come down.

It started when Yanatha hooked up the opportunity for me to display my artwork at Lynn University's  Celebration Of Life, to him pimping me (sort of speak lol) and letting me be apart of the Poetry/Art tour he put together in April. This literally happen, the day I lost my job of 9 years and realize I was going to end up loosing my apartment. The chance to be apart of this made me realize that my artwork could be important and that people generally really felt a connection to it when he forced me to get up and speak about the paintings and myself.

In that same month, I got to give a man who inspired me and is one of my poetic heroes Taalam Acey and the ever so amazing Queen Sheba paintings by me. At this point I'm thinking it gets no better this is the highlight of my life right here. Only to have months later Acey ask me to be apart of his latest project (Modern Aestheticism) by submitting two painting that he would create spoken word pieces around.

The W's kept rolling from there on. From doing my first ever live painting/feature at The Stage. Being in my first ever group art show (Journey of a Thousand Destinations), linking up with Dsmooth and Crucial's "ConflictRhymes" and making our own art show "ArtOfficiallyDope". To putting together the first ever art  showing "Paint The Throne", with the help of some incredible friends ( and being able to say Murs, Blueprint, Mark McCrazy, Preston Lowe, Ben Prestage/ Reks and many more have paintings by me. To even getting my first interview via Kreyolicious,com.

Playing a part in giving back to my community with art has been one of the best parts of this year. I want to thank the ladies of LCS Productions for that chance. I'm honored to have touch hearts and use my art to pay respect to the legend Will Da Real One (R.I.P). The greatest feeling may have been be able to put on our own art shows, and giving artist a chance to shine. It was only yesterday I was begging to get in the door, and now I'm holding a key.

I'm honored for all the friends and connections I've made this year. I can't even begin to list names or all the things that has happen this year. All I know is 2012 is going to beautiful, and thank you all for 2011. You say that I'm humble, I say it's because you all keep me grounded as you help me touch the sky. Thank you.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Jean-Michel Basquiat!!!

I just wanted to take this time to say happy birthday to one of my art heroes Jean-Michel Basquiat. One thing I loved about him was he could of been a traditional artist if he so choose, but instead he painted from his heart and did his own thing. Created his own lane. A rebel, if you will. The more and more I learn of him the more I admire him. From his meteoric rise to his saddening fall. He has left a major mark on not just "urban" or "black" art but art overall. His work has extended far and wide. Gone to soon, but forever he lives through his work that inspires so many. Happy birthday Basquiat, and thank you.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child Documentary

I am not a black artist, I am an artist.

I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.

I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Pussy & Religion" Painting/ My Interview with!

Last night after teasing if for while we finally revealed the painting of "Pussy & Religion". The reaction was amazing and I am beyond humbled at the love that was given for it. "Pussy & Religion" was inspired by Kanye West's song "Hell Of A Life" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In the hook Kanye sings "No more drugs for me, pussy and religion is all I need...". The line stuck with me, the two most powerful and controlling things in this world are these to things. Wars have been fought for it and so forth.

Making Of "Pussy & Religion"

Pussy & Religion
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I decided after completing this piece that I'm going to do a exhibit in early 2012 that will be called "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Every painting I create will be based/inspired by the Kanye West album (which has been snubbed for Grammy: Album Of The Year), rather it be full songs, concepts inspired while listening to the albums, lines etc, So be on the look out for that.

Also checkout the Interview I did with "Jason Fleurant: A Portrait of the Young Painter" . I want to thank her for taking the time to do that. I'm honor, it was my first time being interviewed. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hip Hop Elements (Painting)

To know me is know I love Hip Hop. I love every aspect of it. I could not imagine my life without it. Dare I say, Hip Hop saved my life word to Lupe Fiasco. And since we've got the ConflictRhymes & ArtOfficialDope show going down Tuesday night, I decided for one of the pieces I was going to show I'd do a little tribute to the four basic Elements of Hip Hop which our Djing, Breaking, MCing and Graffiti.

Edit: This was surprise gift for Mr. Stylepump himself Dj DSmooth

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Soul of The Artivist: Dahlia Perryman Interview

It's one thing to be held absolutely captivated and amazed by the art work we see. Fascinated by the details of every stroke or pen strike, left at awe about the story behind the masterpieces. Yet what really makes art special, what really takes things to another level is when you get to know the story behind the creator, when you get a peek into the psychic of the artist. Rest to sure that Dahlia Perryman is every bit as extraordinary as the art she creates.

Dalhia Perryman is an intellectual, activist, visual and performing artist and pageant queen utilizing her art as a catalyst for social change. With a classification of ‘very superior intellect’ she holds memberships in both the International High IQ Society and American Mensa High IQ Society.
She has been an orator for more than 15 years contributing her gift of gab to organizations such as the NAACP (Act-So), AARP, the American Red Cross, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Nova Southeastern University’s Lead Program, and Cope North Opportunity School. However she is more than a mouthpiece having contributed over 5200 lifetime hours of community service. Including a year of national service with AmeriCorps where she tutored non -literate adult learners and pre-school children. She has participated in Haiti relief efforts with the Port of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Change is Coming Campaign in Miami, Florida. She was a relief worker immediately after Hurricane Katrina for evacuees from the storm and later spent time rebuilding homes in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, the most devastated portion of the city. She also participated in a tornado relief telethon with channel 25. She has been an AIDS activist for more than eighteen years and most recently obtained four national certifications in Basic HIV education, and African American HIV Education and Prevention. She has participated in multiple fashion shows, including several benefiting Dress for Success of the Palm Beaches, an organization that provides free interview suits for low -income women.
As much as she loves art, Dalhia loves teaching even more and has held positions with
Iris Moon Beads as a jewelry/beading instructor. She taught drawing and painting with KidzArt and Senior Art and was a liturgical dance instructor and choreographer for pre-school students.
She was recently published in the African American National Biography a Henry Louis Gates/Harvard Production. And was invited to be a speaker at a press conference entitled 8 voices, 8 causes: a Community Forum on Global Hunger and Poverty in Fort Lauderdale. She has been honored by the American Association of University Women; the North Dade Chamber of Commerce, the American Association of Black School Educators and the Miami Dolphins among others.

And believe when I tell you, there is much more. Dahlia is more than just an artist, she is someone I would love for my future daughter to idolize. Just meeting her, you can feel that she has a great positive presence and is a real down to earth sincere Superwoman. Ladies and Gentlemen, lets get to know....Dahlia.

If ever there was anyone who was more than an artist it's you. Your activist work is outstanding. How do you find the time to be so involved and what inspires to give yourself for these causes?

I make time to be involved. I consider it my life purpose and think it's why God put me on this planet. To whom much is given, much is required.

When did you first realize that you have this talent to be a artist? What made you decide to stick with it?

I knew I had talent as a little girl but stuck with it because I had the audacity to believe that if I worked harder than most, one day I might BE one of the greats of my generation. My mentor the late Oscar Thomas also encouraged me to pursue it.

How would you define yourself as an artist to the world?
There's a new word floating around that fits me to a 't'. I consider myself an 'artivist'. That's someone who uses art as a vehicle for activism.

I know there is a saying that picking your favorite work is like picking your favorite child, but which pieces that you've created stand out the most?

Honestly the work I did in high school was some of my best work because I hadn't been to art school yet and no one had yet tainted me with their view of what art 'should be'. That work was raw and came from my heart

Now you have a love for teaching, so my question is what kind of role do you think art can/should have in today's education system?

I love art and sports. Unfortunately they are both being taken out of schools in order to focus on standardized tests. However I've seen scientific studies that suggest kids who participate in sports and the arts score higher on IQ tests. I personally believe it helps develop children's intellectual, decision making and motor skills, should remain in the school system AND be a core part of the curriculum.

A lot of your work from what I have notice has a reoccurring theme of strong women. What do you feel your trying to covey to the world with that? 

Traditionally women make 70 cents for every one dollar a man makes in the U.S. In some parts of the world women are killed for voicing an opinion and 1 billion people in the world live on less than $1 a day I want American women to realize that we are blessed and have responsibilities as women in this part of the world. I want women in general and black women specifically to feel empowered to change what they can change, to combat abuse, to learn to love ourselves, to feel like queens and demand to be treated as such because we ARE!

Can you take us on a tour into the artistic process of Dahlia?

If its a contest I start with a theme, and find the best reference photos I can find which helps make the work realistic. I draw until it feels finished, look at the image in a mirror ( seeing an image in reverse tricks the brain into finding mistakes.) Then I have my inner circle evaluate it to get rid of final mistakes then do photos, slides, prints, copyrights and frame

What as an artist would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

Professionally it was getting my work on CBS. Personally it is staying true to my style.

What advice would you want to give young up-coming artist, or even a child who displayed a natural talent?

I was told I wasn't talented enough to be an artist as a child, so first I'd tell them to believe they are the 'baddest' artist to ever do what they do. If you believe it, it's true. Work on your craft more than necessary. You don't want to be mediocre. You want to be phenomenal. Study: learn what made the great artists iconic. Get a mentor. Find that one thing you were told was impossible and do it. Finally....... Just draw!!!!

Who are your favorite artist and what are some of your favorite pieces?

Henry Ossawa Tanner, Synthia Saint James, Augusta Savage, Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Justin Bua, Skam2?, grafitti artists.......Favorite works: Sistine chapel, Ernie Barnes Sugar Shack, (the picture at the beginning of Good Times) Michelangelo's pieta, the complete journals of Leonardo Divinci

I know this can be an awkward or even borderline offensive question to ask a artist, but who would you compare your work to?

How could I be offended by that? Ironically my artwork leans more towards writers, civil rights leaders and musicians than artists, thematically Maya Angelou, Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni Bob Marley and conscious rappers (common, Nas, public enemy, the roots, and krs1) can be seen in my work. Artistically it mirrors my mentor Oscar Thomas.

Do you feel your art has made a impact on people?

Definitely, I can tell by the random people that share their stories after my shows. But my job is to do the work. It always reaches who it's meant to reach.

Being a black artist, do you notice any different treatment in the art communities?

I've had stereotypical and derogatory racial and gender based comments said to me at shows but I combat that by aiming to be the best artist period... not just best black artist... You can't deny excellence.... Paying my dues so I can get there.

When it's all said and done, what do you wish for your legacy to be?

Artistically i want my legacy to be that I challenged the status quo, made thought provoking work that stands the test of time and that I gave other artists help (financial, resources and encouragement) that they must then 'pay forward' to other young artists. As a human being my legacy should be that I was a decent and loving person, who worked hard and changed her part of the world. Thanks for this opportunity !

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making of "Lotus Flower Bomb" Painting

Wale's song "Lotus Flower Bomb" reminds me of the woman I'm currently talking to. In fact, its her ringtone. And after I got through talking to her while the canvas was all setup in the back I decided I wanted to paint this. I wanted to interpret the song and her through my paint brush.

16 x 20 Oil Painting - Buy The Print Here

Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb" ft Miguel 

Making Of " #Ambition " Painting (Video)

I'm calling this painting "Ambition". No real reason other than that I was listening to Wale's album at the time of making it. It was originally for something else but I'll be trying to do something different. It's about just coming through the fire, pressing forward, having ambition to keep it moving.

Song playing is "Don't Hold Your Applause" by Wale off "Ambition".

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Making of "Blueprint : Dream Big" Painting (Video)

Here's a video of me creating a painting of rhymesayer's MC...Blueprint. I plan on giving it to him when he comes to & ArtOfficiallyDope presents: The Rapture hip hop/ art show at Propaganda Dec 20th. It's sure to be a great, BIG show.

Blueprint "Dream Big" Official Video

Making Of Blueprint: Dream Big Painting

I also have another "Big" painting planned, that will be revealed exclusively there, So make sure your in the building.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Ghetto Angel Painting

While I was thinking of my friend, the Erykah Badu song "Bag Lady"

So using the style "contour-lining" where you don't pick up the pencil I just began drawing. I had no real idea what I was going to draw. It just came out this angel that kinda in a way resembled Badu. I started to paint, but left it alone for a few days because I just wasn't feeling it. I even considered painting over it...
"Ghetto Angel" is 16 x 20, Oil Painting. Original $200.00

but while thinking of my friend again I got inspired to complete it. I love it. What's funny is because of the background it reminds me of the Big Poppa & Ambitious As A Rider paintings I had did a couple of months ago using that same style.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

The "Fuck Michael's Art & Crafts" Story

Yesterday I felt disrespected in the worse way possible, I felt betrayed and irate as my twitter rant reflected. You know that feeling you get (well honestly I've never experienced this exact scenario) when your significant other accuses you of cheating when you haven't? That's how I felt when I was racially profiled yesterday while shopping at Michael's Arts & Craft store.
  Last purchase I'll make at Michael's
Now for at least the last year and 11 months of my art career, I've spent paycheck after paycheck on art supplies at Michael's. I developed a good relationship with the workers, I felt comfortable knowing that whenever I needed something I could go get it there. They earned my loyalty as a shopper, and I would constantly give them praise. Yet yesterday afternoon all of that was thrown out the window when while shopping to  get some more supplies I was being "followed".

Now this isn't the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last time I've been 'followed' around a store. It unfortunately comes with the territory of being black. I'm not blind nor foolish to that fact at all. However, the fact that this occurred here, a place I've spent countless of dollars and been in many times is infuriating. At first, I thought to myself "maybe it's me" so I had to test the theory. And sure enough with each move I made, so did staff members. Even going as far as to send transmissions over their walkies to catch me at the next isle.

I was completely embarrassed. It's one thing to ask a customer if they need a assistance, but it's another to bager that customer more every SINGLE time said customer makes a move. I was mortified. I was purchasing some brushes, oil thinner, brush cleaner and intended to get more paint as well as canvases but do to being so alienated forgot the latter two.

There was even a point where another customer asking for help was completely ignored as they kept their eyes on me. Needless to say, I'm disappointed in Michael's staff. I'm hurt and outraged. I've calm down a bit but still am disgusted with what transpired. I didn't make a scene, I simply got in line, ,paid for my items, left the coupon that came with the receipt and left the building. Ignoring the cashier saying "Sir, you have a coupon for your next visit". I could careless because as of today I shall never EVER shop at Michael's Arts & Craft store again. Fuck you from the deepest part of my heart.

Luckily for me, in the next plaza over they are opening up a Jerry's Art Arama in the next few weeks. So all of my dollars will be spent there. I'm not calling for a boy-cott or anything of that nature, I'm just saying "Fuck Michael's as a store, organization and a motherfucking crew" #TupacVoice