Date - February 3, 2018
2:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut, 06830
Please join me for a series of artist talks by 4 internationally renowned artists from the exhibition Beyond Street Art at the Flinn Gallery, an exciting multimedia art exhibition that encompasses the work of 5 iconic street artists who have evolved their careers into becoming globally recognized contemporary artists. Featuring the work of Billy the Artist, Paul Deo, Blake Jamieson, Lady Pink, and Swoon. Curated by Ruth Sutcliffe-Heagney.
Below are the dates and times for all – I will be present at each, please RSVP if you’d like to attend – would love to see you there!
Saturday, February 3, 2 pm – Blake Jamieson: Using Social Media to Promote Art
Blake Jamieson began his career in digital marketing, helping brands differentiate themselves using social media and content marketing. After 7 years, Blake decided it was time to make a change: Stop working towards someone else’s dream, and start pursuing his own.
Blake has been an artist his entire life, but it was not until early 2016 that he began painting full-time. During a trip to Barcelona early that year, Blake found that the rich street art scene heavily influenced him. Fortunately, his hostel was next to an art supply store, so he began spending his days cutting stencils on the rooftop, and spent nights painting on the streets. When he returned to the U.S., Blake knew that he had to keep painting, so he converted a barn stall into a painting studio at his house and got to work. Blake primarily paints portraits using stencils and spray paint, but is exploring other mediums. His favorite artists are Shepard Fairey and Andy Warhol for their art and their marketing abilities, and therefore, a viewer will see their influence in his own work.
Saturday, February 10, 2 pm – Lady Pink: The Queen of Street Art
Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, but raised in NYC. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. In 1982 she had a starring role the motion picture “Wild Style”. That role and her other significant contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture.
While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink’s canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, The Met in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groninger Museum of Holland. She has established herself in the fine arts world, and her paintings are highly prized by collectors.
Saturday, February 24, 2 pm – Paul Deo and His New York City Murals
Paul Deo is a NYC and New Orleans rooted visual artist who seeks to harness the communal, spiritual power of imagination through his video-based, multimedia projects, murals, sculptures and canvas works. He started his career as a scenic painter for motion pictures working for Spike Lee in the film Malcolm X under the tutelage of production designer Wynn Thomas. He is now well known for his innovative mixed-media murals, including the renowned Planet Harlem in New York City. He is currently breaking ground as an artist in residency at Harvard University, collaborating with the Art and Tech departments to produce a mixed-reality, digital mural to be unveiled in 2018. As a teacher in New York City, Paul is passionate about his work with incarcerated teens and refugee orphans from Guatemala and Honduras. In his words, his art “evokes the collective, drawing upon ancestral oral tradition as well as threads of modern mythology in order to establish a space for communal dialogue.” Evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with his two children, Paul Deo & his family are now residing in Harlem, NY.
Saturday, March 3, 2 pm – Billy the Artist: His Art and His Objects of Art
Billy the Artist is an internationally renowned artist whose studio is based in the East Village of New York City. His work has been seen all over the world for major clients such as Swatch, Lamborghini, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, New Balance Shoes, Sony, The Champs Snowboarding Championship in Switzerland, Gibson Guitar, Smart Car, Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota, Puma, Microsoft, Vans shoes, Cow Parade, Danica Patrick, Goebel and is currently the designer of Nescafé Dolce Gusto.
Mural projects include Woodstock 99, Art Basel Miami, Casa Décor Miami, Delaguarda, The Rio Casino Las Vegas, the Broadway, National, and London productions of the musical RENT. His paintings have hung at the prestigious Forbes Gallery as well as galleries in other major cities around the world. Billy has been published widely and has appeared on major networks such as MTV, CNN and 60 MINUTES. For the world launch of Billy’s watches for Swatch, he painted a 40×30’ mural live in front of 30,000 people while 300’ animated projections of his work adorned the walls of Piazza San Marco in Venice during the Venice Biennale.
All artist photos courtesy of Flinn Gallery.
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT