Today I want to share the incredibly moving paintings of Frank Morrison. And when I say moving, I MEAN MOVING. I stumbled upon his work many years ago and even shared it on my blog at the time, but it's been awhile, and I have a host of new people in my life now, and I want to share it again.
First, a little background information...
As a young boy growing up in New Jersey, he found pleasure and creativity in his own neighborhood, in the rhythmic movements of B-boys dancing on streets and the sprawling tags decorating the walls and commemorating the deaths of loved ones. He became a talented break-dancer and actually became well-known for it, even going on tour with The Sugar Hill Gang. His dance career took him to Paris, where he fell in love again with art while visiting the Louvre.It was there that he realized what could be done with paint.
And I am so very happy that he found out what he could do with paint.His passion for movement and dance and love for the soulfulness of a person is evident in his work. I am once again drawn to an artist who can create movement in a still work of art.I am in love with artwork that shows motion in one frame.Video, I know, can show beautiful dances and passionate body-play, but to be able to create that beauty in one painting or a single photograph takes crazy talent.
Morrison says of his work, “My work dignifies the evolution of everyday, underrepresented people and places within the urban landscape. I seek to both highlight and preserve the soul of the city through the lens of hip-hop culture and urban iconography. I want people to experience the visual rhythms that choreograph life for the average, everyday person.”
His characters have depth and personality; they are jazzy, snazzy and sassy; they seem to be moving, to come alive, to hurl themselves right off the canvas.You can almost hear the sounds around them.
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