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 business has played a driving force in his career, itʼs Vakseenʼs (born Otha Davis III) passion for the arts that has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment industry. The self-taught, Los Angeles-based artist has created a distinct collage-influenced painting style that fuses elements of surrealism, cubism, photorealism and fashion design onto canvas. Drawing inspiration from women, emotions, and popular culture, his paintings deal with the theme of personal identity and evolve around society's idolization of beauty, as well as the enhancements women endure to obtain this level of "perfection". Currently a resident artist at The Hive Gallery, his paintings have been selected for over 40 solo and group exhibitions in various galleries and venues throughout Los Angeles. His work has also been featured in over 45 art and literary magazines and been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts worldwide.