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.
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
Going by the name Artfool, Maurice Laflamme III takes the delicate and simple strokes of a diverse range of color to another level of prestige and awe. The psychedelic feels his pieces create are euphoric flow that can really transition your state of mind. Even though you may find him painting live at a festival near you, you can always catch him wherever you are via his livestreams. So far, he has livestreamed 15 1/2 hours of painting.
His work is also for sale, ideal for work or personal environments that are chill and fun.
Teacher, artist, designer, scultper, and more, from New York, Beth Costello.
Benjamin Casiano's Bio:
Benjamin Casiano was born & raised in New York City. An accomplished art director, graphic designer and painter received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In his lifetime Ben went from artist to designer back to artist again.
"I never paint to escape but rather to return"
His 20 years experience as a designer had profound effect on where his prolific work is today. For the past several years Ben has developed his own style & technique. Some consider his work to be a form of expressionism, cubism & fauvism. His bold & stylistic works can be seen in numerous galleries & owned by corporate & private collectors throughout the US. Today he continues to paint adding to culture, one painting at a time, one exhibition at a time.(Source: Casiano.info)
D'Evolution Productions and Ankhlave Mind Media is now accepting submissions for the April 3rd - April 30th Juried Art Show and ATM Auction. A annually event of Fine Artists, rotating antique collections within the Legendary Project Reach Center.
Location: 39 eldridge st. #4 manhattan ny 10002
• Opening reception will be on April 30rd
• Display images of artists paintings, photography, digital art, etc.
• Artists name, website and contact info will be displayed with their images
• Up to 3 images per artist can be entered
• Limited spaces per month available
The exhibitions will be featured in their Project Reach (Legendary Gallery for a week), giving shoppers the opportunity to view your art. Your images will contain your contact details so if a customer is interested in acquiring your work then they can deal directly with you. Oversea applicants are welcome.
The exhibition reception will be combined with their concert series (live music event), which will feature wonderful entertainment by talented musicians.
To have your work considered please email up to 3 attachments (images of your work) with the following information for each piece of work you submit:
• Name of work
• Name of Artist
• Email/Tel No.
If they think your work is a good fit they will send you an online invoice to make payment and register.
Amanda Rothschild recieved her BFA in Painting with minors in Art History and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She now lives in New York City as she continues to produce amazing pieces while working at The Met (Metropolitan Museum of New York).
Her paintings, primarily done in oil, focus on emphasizing and beautifying otherwise mundane places and objects through the physicality of a painted surface. She works with overlooked objects, often those found in an average home, including microwaves and countertops, especially focusing on sinks and drains. These paintings use areas of abstraction combined with areas of precise detail that give these objects a life and narrative separate from their original utilitarian usage. During her years at Washington University in St. Louis she has been featured in a number of student shows including Knuckle Knuckle: a Junior Painting show, and Community Visuals: A Student Exhibition in Two Dimensions. She has served as both treasurer and president of the Art School Council and was an active member of the Undergraduate Council, while also serving on the Undergraduate Experience Committee. She was nominated for the Eileen Battell Stoeckel fellowship in the spring of 2013 and received the Eda L. and Clarence C. Cushing Memorial Prize in Painting in 2013. Prior to her managing role at The Met, Amanda worked as a Studio Assistant in the studio of St. Louis based artist John Sarra and worked as a Museum Teaching Intern at the Saint Louis Art Museum. (source: amandarothschild.com)
From the creatively brilliant mind of Andrew Scott Miller. Check out his profile below to see some of his sketches. As he has followed his path of the military he never lost touch of his creative ability and serves as proof that we can all achieve levels of talent, while maintaining priorities in the daytime.
-Available for commision
JAY DAVIS - Jay Davis is an emerging, self-taught artist born and raised in Washington, DC. Jay discovered his love for art at the age of 8 when he created his first abstract piece that still hangs in the home of his proud parents.
Jay creates vivid abstract paintings with a contemporary flair, specializing in acrylics and textured art designs on canvas. He loves bold color, and enjoys using some very unique textures that gives his abstract work a powerful presence. Jay finds his inspiration in his many life experiences.
Growing up in a middle class home, Jay excelled in sports, especially soccer and basketball. Unfortunately he opted for a fast paced lifestyle which exposed him to adventure and risk as he witnessed crime, betrayal, separation and tragedy. This environment helped shape and develop his intense love for his craft.
Art became his refuge later in life and has now developed into his passion. Jay’s life experiences have given him a colorful outlook on life, which is vividly displayed in his work. A steady stream of friends and acquaintances along with word of mouth, have created quite a buzz around Jay’s art work. Corporations and private collectors up and down the east coast have commissioned his work and now he is proud to be able to share his talent with the world. (source:Facebook)