We’re often drawn to the flamboyant, bright colors. Big expressions and odd angles are often what we define as “good” photography. Then, there are artists like Nathan Cyprys. His photos are gloomy. There’s a stillness to every photograph whether it’s a landscape shot or a portrait of a person and there is an unmistakable coldness that comes across louder than the most vibrant of photographs.
Everybody has a unique journey, and a story to tell. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to pick the brain of Chanell Angeli, a mixed media artist whose work is as dope as her journey is, and it also provides inspiration for others.
Street art is commonly seen on the walls of many suburban buildings all around the world. Ranging from simple quotes spray-painted on brick—to masterpieces developed on canvas that take your breath away and remain in your memory long after you have driven past.
In art, the term “mark-making” refers to the different lines, patterns, and textures created. For painters, it aligns with the strokes of their paintbrush and it can be as simple as creating a line with a pen. Mark making can be used as a voice because it aids in depicting the artist’s tone without words. Artists can create sharp abrupt lines to channel stoic energy, or flowing curved edges for a more whimsical appeal. Artist, Tariku Shiferaw, used mark-making as inspiration for his successful 2017 exhibition “One of These Black Boys.”
What does it take for an artist to be as unique as the art they produce? For self-described Brit-Aussie, illustrator, and artist Sarah Beetson, dancing to the beat of her own drum has never been an issue. Her art reflects her life: always moving, busy but controlled, and most of all, beautifully assembled.