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EuGene V Byrd III

Artist, Master Printmaker, Curator, Designer, FDA Founder

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. I aim to create something new, yet familiar, that generates curiosity for viewers of all demographics.
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.
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, I tend to use it.

UNGUARDED HOPES AND FEELINGS

I found this written in my sketch book. I don't remember when or why I wrote. But as I read it out loud it stuck with me. It was as if I found what I've been missing. My work and life was changed.

— EUGENE V BYRD III

SOFTER THAN COTTON

I saw this pitchfork. It was old, broken, rusted and worn. I picked it up and had visions of my mother, my aunts. The pitchfork spoke to me, it spoke of strength, determination, hard work, pain, it spoke of cotton. It made my both proud and sad.

— EUGENE V BYRD III

NUTHIN' BUT A G THANG

Taking it back to that West Coast Cali 90’s Vibe. This body of work is my most expressive art to date, influenced by expressive 90’s west coast hip hop. This exhibition was all about SUMMER & FUN.

— EUGENE V BYRD III

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"Social change though art, that's the goal"

— EUGENE V BYRD III