Art Basel has begun in Miami and it's only right that Chicago's top artist of the moment links with Miami's King. Hebru Brantley presented LeBron James with this personalized piece today, which James also instagrammed below. Our own Cam Be is with Hebru all week in Miami so be sure to follow him @Camovement for more exclusive updates!
Special thanks to my Big bro Juwan Howard aka 17 on this personalized @hebrubrantley piece. Crazy! Really appreciate the both of u for this. #KnowTheLedge #Art
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July 13th, 2013 was a day filled with appreciation of art, poetry and music. The amazingly talented painter Janeen held an art and instrumental event in downtown Chicago. This event was not only to show off different skills of art but, also an appreciation for those with breast cancer. This was definitely an eye opener for those that love art and for those that are interested in the culture of art.
When entering the venue, nothing but love and support filled the room. Beautiful smiles along with bold introductions were given as a generous amount of soulful food was placed in your hand (In a plate) to feed the mind, body and soul before the show started. Also with the food came tasteful desserts such as milk, cookies, cotton candy, chocolate sticks and pie to fill your sweet tooth.
After filling the stomach with such great food, it was time for the show to begin. As the crowd took their seats, Janeen guided the show away. The first artist that stepped to the mic was the urban culture poet Ebonee. This woman had words that could really speak to one's mind. The emotion filled in each word was full of passion, as she continued speaking in each piece she gave. Ebonee spoke each piece of poetry as if she was the only person in the room, but she surely connected to each heart that was in the area.
Next stepping to the mic was the homie Real T@lk. The name speaks for itself. Using bold metaphors and mindful stories, he gain the attention and support of the crowd. Real T@lk did more than just rap, he created a visual picture for our eyes to see and did justice to the genre we all know as Hip-Hop. As the beats from the music had your body bouncing, the skill and flow that Real T@lk presented had hands waving in the air and the crowd chanting his words. I for one chanted a few times, esspecially..."DYNAMITE, DYNAMITE"!! As Janeen stated "He's Dope", I easily agreed after his performance. #DOPExHYPExFRESH performance Bruh.
After the poetry and music was complete, the crowd went crazy with excitement because the talented Janeen was about to give a live show of how she creates her artwork. With this piece of work being dedicated to her mother (A breast cancer survivor), everyone know that this work of art was going to be a wonder to see. As the smooth tunes filled the room, with Janeen's mother in front row, she lets all emotion and creativity bleed into each brush stroke. As Janeen grooved to the tunes, the picture became clearer. Beautiful shapes, bold and bright colored with a piece of mind certainly described her appreciation and views of her mother. Once the piece was complete, a loud standing ovation was given with tears of joy and a rosey blush from her mother was given. This piece opened our eyes and warmed our heart. This piece has to be one of my favorites.
Before the night ended, Janeen's mother took the stage and gave each and everyone of us some words of encouragement. Speaking from the mind and heart, this Holy woman touched each of our hearts. After hearing some wise words of wisdom given from such an amazing woman, it was time for the event to come to an end. Although the event came to an end, we all left with a blessed mind.
Thank you to Janeen for such an amazing experience. And thank you for giving us the chance to see your wonderful artwork. We here at GWHH look forward to seeing more of your work soon.
This is clever. Illustrator Ali Graham has illustrated one of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" each day with a new post on his tumblr page linked above — all inspired by lyrics from Hov's whole career, through his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
I picked out 15 of my favorites above, with 42 total released so far. I hit the Follow button so I don't miss any future "problem", which I assume will keep going til #99 (and I assume a "b*tch" will not be a problem, ha). Love the characters and cameos from everyone from Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Rick Rubin to Superman and Ronald McDonald. More magnificent, minimalist design. Props, Ali Graham!
Gotta show some love to fresh Chicago toy and art boutique, Rotofugi, for this unique new, yet old-school way to create vinyl art figures.
They brought back the Mold-A-Rama machine from the 1950s, rehabbed and renamed it to the Roto-A-Matic, and enlisted some designers to sculpt a toy that the machine can sculpt for you, for only $6. Last month's toy was Tim Biskup's "Helper Dragon" (seen in the slideshow above) and was inspired by the classic green Army Man figures.
Be sure to pay them a visit in Chicago or online to find out more and get a toy for yourself. Video of the Roto-A-Matic at work can also be seen below.
*tips hat* to the spotlight on this over at Complex that had me lookin' into this more
"Reflection" is a collection of the work Andres has completed within the past year. The artwork consists of portraits of individuals who have inspired him artistically as well as pieces depicting the direction in which his art style has been evolving.
The artist's medium of choice—watercolor—is as unpredictable as the inspiration behind this exhibition: iconic public figures and pop culture personalities.– Phyllis Navidad, Gallery Owner, Pop tART
Zombies drip blood, celebrities drip gold. While zombies follow the scent of flesh, ‘celebrity’ trails the stink of attention. These digital prints, part of Lee Queza and Daniel Calderon’s I ART YOU 78/83 partnership, bring a new subtext to the idea of fame and might be the hippest Halloween decorations we’ve seen. ~via Fab