One of the reasons I created Cultured Mosaic is to give black artists of every discipline a space where they are celebrated. From illustrators to graphic designers to textile designers to ballet dancers to music engineers to set designers and everybody in between, I want this to be the home for all things black visual and performing arts. With that, I am happy to share this exhibition with you.
Flo Awolaja is an artist of Nigerian descent who specializes in printmaking and textile design, among many other things. After receiving a tweet, I asked her to e-mail me so I could feature her work on the blog. Her newest exhibition, Authenticity: Homage to Peju features fabrics from Ghana and Nigeria, creating “abstract compositions harking back to West African traditions of using textiles as a means of commemoration and communication.”
If you live in London, go not now but RIGHT NOW to check out Flo’s exhibit at Boulangerie Bon Matin, (Patisserie) [178 Tollington Park Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3AJ]!
One of my favorite causes to raise awareness about is autism and this month is Autism Awareness Month. I happen to be a sibling of a person who has autism and I try my best to share how people can help support families who live with the disability. You’ll be surprised how far empathy and acceptance will go.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I’m featuring an incredible artist who has autism. Born in London, Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist that is able to draw major city skylines from memory after taking a helicopter ride of the city. Amazing right?! Stephen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and went to London’s Queensmill School, where he expressed interest in drawing.
Photo Courtesy: Stephen WIltshire
His early drawings reflected his interests in animals and cars, to this day he is a collector of American cars. He became fascinated with London landmark and by the time he turned 8, he received his first commission to create a drawing of Salisbury Cathedral from the British Prime Minister.
Photo Courtesy: Stephen Wiltshire
Since then, he has drawn skylines of London, Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai and Jerusalem to name a few! In 2005, he created his largest panorama drawing of his career by drawing the Tokyo skyline on canvas. Citing New York City as his spiritual home, he has drawn it twice, once in 2009 and then in 2011 for UBS’ global advertising campaign.
Stephen and his work have been the subject of many documentaries and has published 4 books. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II named Stephen a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to art. Later that year, he opened a permanent gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade. If you live in Houston, Stephen will be in your city later this month for Elevate Houston to draw the Bayou City live. Remember that support I mentioned earlier, this would be a great opportunity.
It’s no doubt that Stephen’s artistry is one of a kind and I’m glad to share his #blackmanbrilliance with you. To see more of his artwork, visit his website.
As Women’s History Month wraps, it’s only right that I feature 5 women slaying in their art discipline. Ranging from graphic design to acting, these women are incredibly talented and ones to watch. Continue reading →
I’m finally back with a new post! I know I know, long time no see. Being consistent with 9-5 is difficult but I’m making it work.
In January, I introduced the Audible Pleasure Mixtape and even though I said it would be a monthly feature, I wasn’t completely sure if it’s something that you the readers would like. Well y’all were really feeling it so we’re continuing it for March. I even created a Spotify account to house the playlists.
I’ll have to admit that this month I’ve really been listening to four songs on repeat. It’s weird I go song binges where I only listen to one or few songs on repeat for weeks at a time. So when you look at the list, don’t be confused.
Because I wanted to keep an archive of all the playlist, I created a Cultured Mosaic Spotify account. You can listen to January Mixtape there as well. You know who I do it for.
Continuing with the song lyrics as titles, I guess you can assume what today feature will be. I always admire people’s ability to express themselves through visual art mediums such as watercolor painting, sculpture or acrylic painting. Even combining mediums to create a masterpiece. Today we’ll be looking at 5 painters that create visual treasures by the stroke of their hand.
Happy February! Happy Black History Month! As we all know Black History is American History and even further, it’s world history. Tomorrow I will be kicking off our Black History Month series, #BMHonCM. In weekly posts, I will share black leaders in arts. From painters to dancers to thespians, I’ll cover both young and old artists you need to know about. Journey with me as we explore black artistry.
One of my favorite features on the blog is Audible Pleasures. If you are new to the blog, Audible Pleasures is just what it sounds. Music, podcasts or anything else that sounds pleasing to the ear. For the first time on the blog, I’m introducing the Audible Pleasures Mixtape. A monthly compilation of songs that I’m loving. This month is a nice mix of oldies and newbies. I’d like to say something for everybody. What do you think?
What happens when you gather artists together to display what black means to them using their medium? A MASTERPIECE. (pun all the way intended.)
Black: Color, Material, Concept, one of the current exhibits at the Studio Museum, showcases work from modern and contemporary artists as they explore BLACK through their personal lens. Work from artists Sam Gilliam, Nari Ward, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Noah Davis should be the one reason to catch this exhibit before it ends.
Noah Davis, Black Wall Street, 2008 Courtesy: Studio Museum
But I give two more reasons why I’m stanning for this exhibit:
A) black is beautiful. Black artists creating pieces using black as their inspiration. It doesn’t get better than that. B) Thelma Golden is the Chief Curator of the Studio Museum which means she’s responsible for championing and bringing amazing work to Harlem. Epitome of #blackgirlmagic.
The exhibit runs through March 6. Meaning you have less than two months to see. If you do go, tag us #CulturedMosaic. I would love to see pictures!
The Golden Globes were Sunday night and #blackexcellence showed up and out that night. Starting off with the fashion, capes were the common theme. Taraji looked amazing in her white Stella McCarthy dress while Jada looked stunning in her emerald Versace number. Can we just talk about how flawless and ageless Angela Bassett looks? I just want 8 oz from the fountain of youth she’s drinking from. Just EIGHT OUNCES. Lol. Michael Bae Jordan looked so handsome as did, Will and Uncle Denzel.
I had THREE favorite moments of the night. Because they were too many to choose from. Of course Twitter makes any live shows 10 times better. Anyway on to my faves:
Jamie Foxx pulling a Steve Harvey by announcing Straight Outta Compton as the winner of Best Original Score. HILARIOUS! I love how comfortable he is with being his self. Even how woke he was to mention ‘ghetto’ after Quentin Tarantino used it in his acceptance speech. The most heartwarming part of it all was Jamie introducing his daughter as Miss Golden Globe. She looked gorgeous!
Denzel Washington accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award. First of all, this man’s body of work is PHENOMENAL and LEGENDARY. The montage created in honor of him made me want to binge watch all the movies he’s acted in. He brings his entire family on stage. Halfway through his speech, he couldn’t read what he had written down and Auntie Pauletta was like you need your glasses. He was like nah I’m good. Still struggling, Auntie Pauletta leans to try to help him out. Then he asks her to help him read and she was like I don’t have my glasses either. LOL! It was such a cute moment because it not only reminded me of my parents trying to read something together but it made them seem so down-to-earth.
Taraji Henson winning for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. Taraji is just #blackgirlmagic. Like you can’t help but to love her. After her name is called, she immediately grabs cookies off the table and starts handing them out like Oprah, you get a cookie, you get a cookie, you get a cookie. Gets to the stage and starts her speech by being so #woke. Saying how she thought she would’ve won this award with a role like Queenie from Benjamin Button. Eluding to the fact that these awards shows only give awards to black people when they are playing subservient role. See Lupita for 12 Years a Slave. See Octavia Spencer for The Help. We are still mad about Will Smith and Denzel Washington for being snubbed for their roles in Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X respectfully. I digress. The person working the teleprompter had the AUDACITY to wrap? Her clapback was just perfect. #yougonwait. Simple as that. Taraji you have officially become a #CMmuse.
That’s my recap! Did you watch the Golden Globes? What were your favorite moments?
I’ve decided to resurrect this blog one last time because 1) it’s a new year and 2) I really want to give this blog another shot. A shot with more effort than I exuded last year. In New Years fashion, I’ve decided to share my top 3 goals for Cultured Mosaic this year.
PROVIDE CONSISTENT CONTENT I know I mentioned last year that I wanted to create new content twice a week. Clearly that goal was not achieved. All shade towards myself. So 2016 is the year of execution.
ATTEND ARTS EXPERIENCES I hibernated in 2015. I didnt feel like going many places. But this year, I want to attend more art exhibitions, dance performances, concerts, orchestra performances. I’ve signed up for a ton of newsletters to stay updated on local performances. As a result, I hope to share these experiences on the blog as well.
SUPPORT BLACK ARTISTS This blog has allowed to find some dope artists and of course I can support them by sharing their work on the blog but I would like to take it a step further by putting money in their pockets & purchasing their work.
I hope all your dreams and goals come true and I hope that you work hard to make them a reality!