Size: 36"W x 36"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
“Hypnotize” is a piece I created for my Jazz3 collection that pays tribute to Louis Armstrong. In this series I’m basically paying tribute to the greats through vibrant, emotional, cubism-based art. Music has always played a big role in my life as I grew up hearing Jazz and a number of other genres in my household. Using a fine mixture of warm and cool acrylic tones, I was able to play off the portrait’s natural energy and provide balance and allure.
While working on hit records in the music industry has played a driving force in his career, it’s Vakseen’s (born Otha Davis III) passion for the arts that has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment business. The self-taught, Floridian has developed a distinct collage-influenced painting style (Vanity Pop) that fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, abstract portraits. While most viewers assume they’re viewing collage or mixed media art, each creation is in fact meticulously hand painted directly on canvas. Drawing distinct inspiration from our fascination with popular culture, his gallant paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity and self preservation. Currently based in Los Angeles, his paintings have been featured by Adidas, Vans, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, Complex, Vibe, Bombay Sapphire and Tupac Shakur’s estate, amongst others. In addition to being sold to collectors and art enthusiasts, his art has been shown in museums, countless gallery exhibitions and featured in over 100 magazines worldwide.