Friday, 12 May 2017 02:50

Will Porter

Damn, from VA to NYC, multi-talented hip hop musician and artist (see here), Will Porter quietly released a dope a$$  8-track solid hip hop project in 2016 titled Mansa Muse. Literally every track made the head bop with stank face and all that. Straight fire. Beats dope (ohh especially Finger Painting), voice right, lyrics and flow right, with each track having an overal chill, soul grungy, hip hop vibe.

Before releasing this project however, this man has been working.  Within the span of only a few months releasing a few projects back to back, also containing straight - for instance 'Back to Basics'. I think those 17.9k listeners agree as well.  

Artist Bio: 

Will Porter is a multidimensional visual and performance artist. His strong knowledge of color, form and movement allow him to create moments that transcend the physical piece itself. His acrylic and oil pastel works both exhibit an overstanding of line manipulation that suggests movement, allowing the observer to navigate throughout them and experience something new in each direction. Building such a solid foundation in art allowed for these same attributes to permeate into his music and poetry. He has an innate storytelling ability, directly reflective of his ability to paint such vivid imagery, driven by a cadence reminiscent of his brush strokes. Ranging from sporadic to disciplined, as to create a controlled chaos.

Will was born and raised in Flint, MI. Being a sponge in such a vibrant and dynamic city as Flint in the 1990's, it's no wonder that his passion for art sprouted at such a young age. Will, affectionately known as Junior by family, began drawing at the age of 4. He was under the study of his older brother, Jeremy Cooper. Jeremy being very skilled in pencil and graphite, would instruct Will to recreate many different video game and cartoon characters. including, but not limited to, Mortal Kombat, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Mario Bros. This addition of technical drawing to his infinitely creative mind birthed a black and white framework that he was eager to fill with color. He took every art class available in school from first grade to freshman year in college.

In 2001, Will and his family moved to Stafford, VA. The significant contrast in scenery and aesthetic was yet another catalyst of growth for Will's creativity. His medium of choice shifted from tempura paint, to the more robust oil pastels, and oil and acrylic paints. He was able to transform his formerly flat, and one dimensional paintings into pieces that showed great promise of form and depth. Will worked tirelessly on projects both in and outside the classroom so that he could sharpen his talents.

In 2009, with encouragement and a letter of recommendation from his high school art teacher, Stephanie Athanasaw, Will was accepted into the VCU School of Arts program. He was quickly humbled by the advanced and ambitious work of the students there.Being forced to adapt, Will met the challenge head on. Excelling at times, while failing with confidence at others. His time at VCU would be short lived due to financial woes, but even after returning home to work, what he'd learned on that campus, remained in him.

He continued the path of self improvement, pushing the limits of his gift with each new piece he created. Creating works that were more personal and without parameters allowed for Will to extend his total body of works to upward of 500. He has been quoted as stating "...art became so fluid for me, to the point where it's easier most times to communicate through paintings than through words." This surgence of work catapulted Will to becoming a standard in the culture of art and not just a student. Needing a larger platform to showcase his large catalog of work, Will made the transition from Virginia to New York in December of 2015.

Since being in the big city, Will has landed full time employment as a dog walker while juggling art, music and poetry into all the time in between. He has worked alongside musician/curator Steff Reed in shining a light on police brutality and systematic oppression, collaborated with actress/vocalist and cinematographer Angelica Jackson in the creation of her groundbreaking docuseries "The Grind BK", while also making his presence known in multiple venues throughout New York; either by opening up the space with his artwork, or commanding an audience with his music and poetry.

One of those spots being Brooklyn's own Backdrop. A venue that focuses on providing the space and a welcoming environment for creatives to come inspire and be inspired. Will is only just getting started, so to avoid missing his amazing journey of self exploration, be sure to use the links available on this site to familiarize yourself with his social media, soundcloud, art gallery and more. Since I've caught you up to speed with the artist, I'd like to introduce myself. Hi, I'm Will Porter :) welcome to my page. Explore it with open senses. - Will Porter

 

 

 

 

 

Published in Music
Saturday, 02 April 2016 16:10

Flysaiah

Isaiah Roberson.

"BIGGER than the image. Photographs are an important part of our world . Time travel as we know it has not ever been achieved, but ask anyone who sees a beautiful portrait of themselves. Most likely they can tell you what was happening in their life, how they were feeling, and what the weather was that day."- Flysaiah

Published in Photography
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 10:45

Natalie Pujols

 

Natalie Pujols work influences a constant gaze into imagination. Its not only because there is this realism involved; its a certain movement, personality and emotion that is evoked from the expressions, gestures and other details she creates via a combination of colors on canvas.  The objects and other relatable, familiar media or concepts she incorporates, creates these thresholds of familiarity we can't resist. Thresholds that allow for that constant gaze and awe.  Check out her work here.  

 

Natalie Pujols on Vango 

Published in Art/Design
Monday, 28 December 2015 06:48

Brett Douglas Photography

Photographer from New York City.  

NYC Portraits - Photography - Headshots and more 

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Bret Douglas on Tumblr

Published in Photography
Sunday, 04 May 2014 00:00

Chapin Mathews

Chapin Mathews , a multi-media artist, designer, musician and photographer, captures the diversity of today’s world with authentic merit. Destined to be a visual artist, one night at the ripe age of 4 his father handed him a 1970 35mm Nikkormat that he used to take his first photograph of music icon Aimee Mann. In his mid to late teens he spent several years studying the traditional techniques of photography and darkroom procedures while simultaneously learning the newly developing age of digital design and production.

In 2009, Chapin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, going on to travel 50,000 miles as a performing visual artist and documentarian before the age of 30. Through these travels he gained significant cultural and spiritual experiences, which aided in developing both his ability to compassionately relate to humanity and his current creative voice.

Chapin’s work is a credible reflection of unique lifestyles that tend to receive distorted views. Through his work Chapin challenges stigmas and taboo perspectives on these lifestyles, representing a common thread of humanity we are all connected to.

Chapin Mathews Portfolio 
Chapin Mathews Music Page 

Here is a cerebral preview, a chill experience
 Misty Hills by Chapin Mathews

From Chapin Mathews blog:

First concept album out now "Coming Into The New"

Aloha everyone,  

Here is a link to my first ever concept album titled "Coming Into The New". It is currently available as a free stream and name your price download on Bandcamp. As I believe music should be freely shared and experienced in this day and age of technology, donations (though not expected) do help support the continuation of a life style devoted to creative service. Here is a description of the album's concept and I hope you enjoy! 

 
 
"Coming Into The New" conceptualizes a synthesis of the modern electronic world through the tonal projections of acoustic instrumentation. Chapin Mathews arranges a unique, tranquil atmosphere through electronic looping and pedal work driven by the acoustic guitar that will take the listener on an auditory journey ranging from meditative impressions to buoyantly rhythmic articulation.
 
Created at home in Boulder Colorado, all tracks were recorded live with the absence of any post overdubbing or layering. This process enabled an improvised, one of a kind track to be created in the moment. Open your heart and mind as you take a journey through the avant-garde sounds of "Coming Into The New".

Chapin Mathews - 5.4.2014
 

Published in Photography
Sunday, 18 May 2014 00:00

Reva May

Reva May  - From music events, models, portraits, and tear sheets, Reva May's elegant vision has placed her in her current positions as a photographer for Buzznet.
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Photo Credits: Essere Magainze, Like Magazine

Reva May is a Toledo, Ohio based photographer who specializes in portrait and live music photography. With a documentary approach, she delivers raw and emotional moments from your favorite artists and everyday life.

Publications:

Bandsintown

Alternative Press

AMP Magazine / Hails & Horns Magazine

Inked Girls Australia

LADYGUNN

LIKE Magazine

New Noise Magazine

Paste Magazine

Stitched Sound Magazine

Substream Music Press

Visuals Magazine

and more

 

Exhibitions:

Rockwood / Reva May / Rock & Roll [2015] - Toledo School for the Arts

Pride of Toledo Top 30 [2011] - Toledo Museum of Art

Dark Visions 2 [2010] - Collingwood Arts Center

Published in Photography
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Fire at Will

Fire At Will Photography is a Richmond, Virginia based photography company that has been inspiring people all over the world since 2007. Will Fisher is an internationally published, multi-talented, photographer with publications in Rolling Stone, JAZZed Magazine, Stencil Mag (UK), ink magazine, and many more. He is known in Virginia for his work in the music scene, photographing both locally and nationally known artists. He has also made quite a name for himself as a portraiture as well as a wedding photographer. 
https://www.facebook.com/fireatwillphotography 
https://www.instagram.com/fireatwillphotography/ 
Published in Photography
Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

Audie Sumaray

From the wilderness, to things forgotten, to peoples beautiful faces, anyone looking at his photography will know Audie Sumaray understands how to caputre magic.

 "I am a software developer by day, photographer by night. This is the world I live in..." 

Published in Photography
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