EuGene V Byrd III
I’m an artist that draws inspiration from life experiences and people around me. Influenced by the mannerism art movement, combined with bold colors, patterns, typography, printmaking, graphite, paint, collage, among other mediums. I enjoy exploring and pushing the boundaries to maintain fluidity within my style.
The use of printmaking has furthered my mission to provide original affordable art to first time art collectors. I aim to create something new, yet familiar, that generates curiosity for viewers of all demographics. When I paint I have fun, I love to use non-traditional materials, recently I used Listerine and shaving cream to manipulate the paint.
A few years ago, I stepped back and really looked at my body of work and I realized that I wasn’t telling my own story. I was addressing civil rights issue and things that were very important to me, but it wasn’t MY story. I realized that I was being guarded within my art. I wasn’t letting anyone in. For the last couple of years my work has organically become more personal. Some paintings are like dairy entries, while others I’m directly speaking to someone or the viewer. Sometimes I may not have the courage or unable to find correct words to speak out loud, but I can put it in my art. I talk though my paintings.
I’m no longer interested in just creating single pieces of art, only complete bodies of work. I want my art to provoke emotion. I want the viewer to sit within my art; I want it to stick with you. I want you to walk away changed somehow. Art has power.