Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Stroke of Justice

There are many ways  a person's creation can bring you to a peace. Small simple ideas growing into masses of beauty we can see. All art evokes emotion, and although many adhere to art that is boldly political or painful we need happy places. We need things to make us smile, remind us we are alive, without the stroke of pain but strokes that inspire. Art offers the world a place to get away and seek refuge in beauty, painter, Justice Dwight, the Plainfeild New Jersey native, currently a Richmond Virginia resident  does just that with his work

His use of bright vibrant colors, with a pop art feel that isn't widely seen in the Black art diaspora, Justice manages to serve a niche that is underserved. Many would refer to his style as Afro-Pop, when asked he responds
You know, I never thought about that. My aesthetic has been called Afro-Pop before, and I think that’s a term that perfectly fits my creations."
Black representation is a large part of his work, it's a deliberate effort to counter what many Black children experience in art, and also popular culture. Much of his influence is birthed from what is present in  the media. 
Black representation is important especially in my work because growing up and going to school, there were no black people in the art history books and if there were any, we skipped right past them. I represent what I know in my artwork so that the next generation won't feel so excluded. 
His preferred medium is acrylic due to the bold bright colors they create. Justice has no formal art schooling, which wouldn't be the assumption His art influences range from his father who was a painter, other artist like Andy Warhol and many other artist creating currently. 

His work mirrors his personality, with a vivacious, outgoing, and  socially welcoming appeal. It brings a smile which is needed, and sometimes missing from the Black narrative in most art worlds, not just visually. With every stroke of his brush, he gives the world a view of happy Black people,  something that is often forgotten. In the most  simplistic way he reminds the world we are simply human. 

You  may find more of Justice Dwight's work on instagram @JusticeDwight , and may purchase his art here 

Take a look at more of Justice Dwight's pieces in the gallery bellow!

Which painting by Justice Dwight could you not live without? 

By Queen
Instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul.   

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