THE SECOND MONTH OF THE FINE ART THEORY JOURNEY!
Although February is the shortest month of the whole year, it has already started with more excitement than we have seen in a long time….AND…it is the National month to honor African-American / Black History in the United States. Well, we the people of Seattle, WA are celebrating our African heritage in grand style.
Starting with “THE HOOD AIN’T THE SAME ART EXHIBIT” – Through the Eyes of Art at the EMP Museum. The event was a huge success with more than 650 people in attendance, there was also music, public speeches and a professional art exhibit featuring the works of eleven talented visual artist and photographers. The energy in the building was healing to those who may have personally been affected by the results of gentrification that has impacted the greater Seattle area, specifically the Central District and South End / Rainier Beach neighborhoods where many African-Americans, Latinos and Asian Seattleites were born and raised, myself included. It was also great to see so many people and some whom I have known since my childhood come out in such huge numbers to support the fine arts culture.
Central District Forever by Shurvon H.
This event was sponsored by local business owners and produced by phenomenal rapper Draze and hosted by Hiawatha Davis, international visual artist & web designer. A public speech was given by Seattle City Council Member Bruce Harrell, who spoke about the importance of encouraging our people to strive and succeed in all areas of life. The artwork featured for this exhibit was purposely intended to bring forth spiritual and intellectual enlightenment to the viewer, my goal is to always offer a positive experience to those who encounter my newly termed “art-peace's.” Special thanks to all my friends and family who supported my participation as a visual artist, especially to those who expressed interest in purchasing artwork from my new “Art Theory” series, I am so thankful.
The African-American culture has been oppressed for so many centuries that we need essential nourishment from all sources including visual art in an effort to rebuild and regain the strength that we naturally inherited from our native African ancestors. We can no longer allow our spirit, mind, soul and bodies to become extinct…we must honor our purpose here on this earth everyday!!! ( read the artist statement below for more details)
Strength and the Lotus Healing Bowl by Shurvon H.
*** THERE IS ANOTHER PART TO THIS EVENT ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND AT THE "MOHAI" MUSEUM - THE LEGACY OF HIP-HOP" FEATURING THE SUPER-DUPER TALENTED VISUAL ARTIST DELTON SON...YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!!! visit www.mohai.org for more information
50 NEXT: SEATTLE HIP-HOP (OFFICIAL TRAILER)
The next BIGGEST MOMENT of the year was the Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl Championship and of course we won (43 to 8). It was the Seahawks first time winning a NFL-championship and we celebrated in grand style with a city-wide parade of 750,000 people. Although I personally don’t watch much football due to my inability to handle the human body being tackled to the ground. I was still excited for the players, the 12th man-fans and my city securing a place in sports history and I will be a making twelve limited edition art prints to commemorate this football game (place your order today)!
February is also the month that many people celebrate Valentine’s Day to honor those they love. There are many different ways to define and express love but the most important message to remember is that WE ALL DESERVE LOVE!
Heart of Love by Shurvon H.
Original inkblot painting
The other national observation day of this month is ‘President’s Day’ were we recognize the leaders of our country, that I have now renamed and declared to be “President Obama Day” because he is the first African-American president in the United States History and therefore deserves to receive all the respect as the Commander In-Chief, until the end of his term.
Well, that’s all for today folks, hope you have a very prosperous month, remember to be thankful, grateful and appreciative of all the back breaking, inhumane tortious brutally forced working conditions, sweat, tears and excruciating pain that our kidnapped and enslaved African ancestors endured for 400+ years without any wages or healthcare and under extremely abusive mistreatment which has caused many to either die in the fields or suffer from what is known as post-traumatic slave syndrome – (research studies written by Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary). That is why every single person living in the United States needs to show respect and gratitude towards the descendants of the enslaved black men and women who suffered in this country, just in case you didn’t know – now you do!!!
MY FINE ARTS VISIONARY STATEMENT for the 'Through the Eyes of Art' Exhibit...
The artwork created for this art show was intended to highlight the positive qualities that African-American people have provided to their communities since the civil rights era. Each “art-peace” is a representation of the natural resources that were damaged during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, but are now in the process of being restored to bring forth the healing that is needed for our nation to be blessed and live abundantly. It is my goal to use my artwork as a form of visual imagery for those who can appreciate the fine arts as a tool for social change and awareness.
The main purpose of gentrification is to prevent people of African descent from of having a healthy productive lifestyle and from having a place of belonging, a place to call “HOME,” for their spirit, mind, soul and body. This type of propaganda technique has been used to produce psychological, emotional and mental trauma towards African-American citizens who live in “urban and inner-city” neighborhoods hindering them from reaching their highest potential as human beings. The strategic dehumanizing techniques directed toward African-Americans are so severe that it has caused many of them to experience Post-Traumatic Syndrome for several generations. This type of mistreatment is often mistaken to be normal to those who are victimized by it which is how it has flourished for centuries.
African-Americans are often publicly criticized and bullied for their darker skin tones, curly hair textures, broad facial features and muscular/voluptuous body types, by those who haven’t realized that these original natural supreme attributes are God-given and God-made! This is just one form of racial warfare that has been afflicted upon us since enslavement and is now being used to destroy our positive self-esteem, body image and cultural accomplishments.
That is why it is now time to put a stop to the forces that are trying to destruct Africans world wide. For such a time as this… the new “generation next” will succeed, prosper and be in good health. They will no longer tolerate the crimes against humanity that was forced upon their ancestors just because they were black and labeled unworthy of quality education, economical opportunities and social respect. The new status of African-American people is described in the subtitle of the artwork on display today. “Worthy of our Place in this Race.”
*BLACK DIAMONDS $150.00 (sold)
Mixed Media on Birch Plywood
This art-peace was made to celebrate Women of African-American Descent who are just fine with how they were created.
Mixed Media on Birch Plywood
This art-peace was made to celebrate the spirit of love that Is Increasing in African-American relationships and families everyday!
*BE ENCOURAGED AND LIVE $150.00
Mixed Media Collage (sold)
In Honor of...(this collage was created in the memory those who now R.I.P)
artwork by Keith H, Linda H, and Shurvon H.
SHURVON HAYNES – FINE ARTS VISIONARY!
Visual Artist, Social Media Blogger and Jewelry Design
THE FIRST MONTH OF THE ART THEORY EXPERIENCE FOR JANUARY 2014!
The first month of the ‘Artist Theory’ exhibit series has been quite the experience, from creating innovative artwork, meeting new visual artist in my community and participating in my very first Art Walk at the Avanti Art & Design Gallery in the Phinney Wood neighborhood located on 85th and Greenwood Ave North right down the street from my former chiropractor that treated me for scoliosis more than twenty years ago.
That’s right I have scoliosis which is a severe curvature of the spine, it is something that many children are diagnosed with in grade school and can usually be treated by wearing an orthopedic brace and corrective therapy. Well my curve begin to progress and I had to have an emergency surgery to prevent my lungs from collapsing. I’m telling this story for the first time online because it was during the month of January that I was admitted into the hospital at the very young age of twelve. The surgery was a huge success and I am now able to function with very few issues. Although, I still have to maintain some level of health awareness about orthopedic back care.
Spinal Curve Memories
by Shurvon H.
The art show was very fun, exciting and colorful. It was so nice to be able to participate in something so creative with other talented artist such as Aramis Hamer and Whitney Larene, even the most novice art enthusiasts would have been impressed with the creative energy in the room that night and I was glad to be there in the midst of it all. I decided to show some old and new artwork from my Art Theory series, which include: Love In The Midst of the Sea featuring a special message in a bottle poem, Gold in the Wind, The Honeymoon, Goldtones and Be Encouraged & Live. They are all 2.5-dimensional mixed media collage paintings that are very near and dear to my heart of hearts, but I am more than happy to share them with the “very important person” who decides to take them home, from myheART to yours. visit www.avantiartdesign.com for more information about their upcoming art shows.
May you all continue to explore with me on my journey through the wonderful world of the Fine Arts, the next creative experience will be on Saturday, February 1st at the EMP-museum / Seattle Center. I will be one of the few artist selected to participate in the “Through the Eyes of Art” in honor of Black History Month. I will also be unveiling the second installment of artwork from my Art Theory series. I bet at this point you are wondering what in the world is ART THEORY according to this artist…well you can read my definition of art theory and much more at www.creatingfinearts.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/BWB365
Thanks, to all those who have supported, challenged and created with me during this very spontaneous process, myheART HAS BEEN CHANGED…LET THE ARTIST’s for ART SAKE have a peace full of heARTs!
Fine Arts i-create just4U,
Shurvon ‘shaynlicia’ Haynes
P.S. I also have to include appreciation for my first real artist influence, my uncle and visual artist: Kieth H.
WHAT IS THE ART THEORY SERIES???
Monday, December 30, 2013
In the beginning of the FINE ARTS THEORY 2014 SERIES!
What is the Art Theory exhibit? This series has been circulating in my mind for many years, especially after I decided to create more art for public viewing at local art events. Once I became more serious about being a visual artist, I noticed more questions being asked about who influenced, encouraged or gave me "permission" to be an artist. Which seemed a bit odd considering that I have always been interested in the FINE ARTS culture along with many other subjects throughout my lifetime. These type of situations really caused me to think deeply about the type of artwork I would create as an visual artist. After many trials and errors of trying to create one (1) style of artwork, I soon discovered that I don't have just one particular artist style and I never will, which is actually the way my artwork is supposed to be. This type of art making process has allowed me to expand my creativity beyond the stifling limits of who, what and how art should be according to some preconceived stereotypical assumptions of what my artwork should reflect.
Dressed-Up part 1 & 2 by Shurvon H.
I was not fully aware that creating artwork would be so controversial in the opinion of others, which ultimately led me to research, rediscover and redefine myself as a African-American female artist in the 21st century. This journey was both exciting and painful as I begin to realize that there were only a few forms of expression that were considered to be "real" and or "authentic" representations of art from a black artist. It was at this point that I decided to expand my options beyond those boundaries this is at least one trait that all artist have in common we create ways to create and that is how the 'Fine Arts Theory'(2014) series was born.
The black female artist with goldtones by Shurvon H.
This exhibit will explore the questions of WHO is an artist?, WHAT is art?, WHEN should an artist create art? WHERE do they get their creativity, inspiration and ideas? HOW should artist create their art? WHY are there so many misconceptions, myths and mystery in the art world? This series will also explore what art is not, meaning that it is not just limited to traditional oil paintings of portraits, still life, flower vases and fruit bowls. Although these type of images may have a certain significance in the art world, it is not the only form of visual expression in the Fine Arts category of life. So stay tuned for more details, dates and definitions of the 'Art Theory' 2014 series...to be continued.
THE JOURNEY OF THE ARTIST: SHURVON - THE NEXT CHAPTER OF "ART THEORY!"
WHY IS ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE & AWARENESS IMPORTANT?
The fine art of painting is so much more than just having a picture on the wall; it is also a form of communication that can be shared amongst many different social groups to help build a better understanding of how the Fine Arts culture can bring intellectual enlightenment. However, each individual will have a different viewpoint on how they interpret all forms of art, and that is not just limited to my artwork. There are some people who like certain art forms because it relates to their own life experiences and personal interest which is the way it should be, it is also okay to buy artwork just because you think it is pretty, there doesn’t always have to be some deep philosophical reason for selecting certain artwork. The more artwork a person collects the more meaning it will have and the more knowledge of its significance will be gained over a period of time. The new emerging art world is definitely becoming more aware and appreciative of the historical and traditional art world features, while at the same time creating new structures of artist engagement for future generations to explore.
I definitely have my own reasons of why I make certain pieces of artwork, but it is not always consistent for each new project I make for example, I may use a certain color, style or technique in one painting that may have a totally different purpose or meaning in another painting even if they are identical objects. This concept is similar in theory to how most people shop for a pair of jeans, one pair is worn to work and the other may be a little fancier for special occasions. Understanding art doesn’t have to be complicated because it is simply a form of creative expression that isn’t much different from popular fashion clothing designs, except for that fact it is usually on a canvas or paper instead of being worn as a shirt or dress in public.
Creative fine arts is the very foundation of everything we see and use in our daily life, take a better look at the world around you (start with your own clothing, jewelry, shoes, books, car, home, cosmetics, food and all forms of currency (coins and dollars) it was once a drawing or blueprint on paper that came from somebody’s mind somewhere, it could have been a small little ink pen drawing or a large colorful mural on the side of a building. That is why it is so important to encourage and support creative thinkers to explore and execute what is in their imagination into reality for others to experience. Where would the world be if we only had one color, style and design for every product we used, “BORING, SCARY & ZOMBIE-ISH!”
We the people need different styles of fashion, cars, food recipes and items to choose from as we grow from childhood to adults, nobody wants to be a carbon copy of someone else or live in a neighborhood with identical houses with identical furniture and decorations. Several different career occupations “start with art” engineers, doctors, architects, movie directors, choreographers, and textile designers, you don’t have to be genius to understand this concept. It is for this very reason that Fine Arts Education needs to be a permanent fixture in our public schools, colleges and universities it is the creative lifeline our society needs to live colorfully, advance technology research and support the economy.
THE BEST BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS SUBJECT:
Art for Change Teaching Outside The Frame by Beverly Naidus and Art on My Mind Visual Politics by bell hooks
WHAT PROGRAMS OUR OFFERED IN SEATTLE TO PROMOTE THE FINE ARTS CULTURE?
Visit www.seattle.gov/arts for all the fine art, funding, training and education programs in the city of Seattle.
WHAT HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME AS AN EMERGING ARTIST?
There were several obstacles both personal and external that tried to hinder my creativity but I’ve always had an interest in the Fine Arts culture, which is what helped keep my creative vision alive. NEVER LET ANYONE ASSUME FULL CREDIT FOR YOUR INNER CREATIVITY IT WAS THERE BEFORE YOU MET THEM, IT WILL BE THERE WHEN THEY ARE GONE ~No matter who they are or consider themselves to be in the art world. That kind of thinking only comes from those who have wrong motives. However, when you can appreciate, collect and inspire artists to create, miracles become unlimited!
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE STYLE MOTTO?
Always maintain your own style of art freedom for all images you create & design, only custom orders come with limited design options. Also know that not all art is the same your order does not equal another order which may determine a different price point. I don't create carbon copy art for those who just want to find the lowest match price for original artwork. Basic prices start at $100.00 and up, just to cover materials, time and delivery fees unless it is on sale or a print. Charity donations and free gifts are only offered at limited times according to my own discretion.
WHAT TOPICS TO DO YOU PLAN TO EXPLORE IN YOUR UPCOMING ‘ART THEORY’ 2014 EXHIBIT?
The artwork created for the ‘Art Theory’ 2014 will be very eclectic and diverse, meaning that there will be various styles of artwork added at different phases of the tour. The main and most important element of this tour is that it will be encouraging, spiritually creative and artistically innovative images of people, places and things that are seen everyday. Starting with the abstract expressionist designs that I will create for the first phase of the tour which will last from January – March 2014, there will be a lot of bold solid colors, intricate collage detail and contemporary art photos related to personal and current events. I’m still in the process of planning all the details of this tour and it will be divided into four separate phases starting in January – March 2014, April – June 2014, July – September 2014 and October – December 2014, if your business or organization is interested in reserving a date for a exhibit or a having a few pieces of artwork on display, please contact me at https://www.facebook.com/BWB365
My personal art collection featuring my art and other visual artist worldwide.
Written by: Shurvon Haynes © 2014 / visual artist and creator of the “ Fine Arts Theory” series.
*THE FULL ART THEORY EXPERIENCE WILL BE ON DISPLAY DURING THE WHOLE MONTH OF MARCH 2014 AT THE HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE LIBRARY GALLERY (4TH FLOOR) IN DES MOINES, WA* ARTIST RECEPTION DATE -TBD!*