Artists Who Rock: Alvin Black III

 Introduction
Alvin Black III: I’m a Chicago native who has been here most of my life, went away to college 2001-2005, studied fine art and economics. After graduation, I worked as a TA in the art department for a year, and then came back to Chicago. In addition to painting, I also work as a DJ and designer. My first solo show was last summer, ran for three weeks and was a success! I recently got accepted into an artist residency program in April in Thailand, where i will be teaching and creating.
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Type of Art you are known for
Since starting work in pastels in 2011, my work has primarily been women of color and landscapes
Snow And Sun

Snow And Sun

Personal Garden

Personal Garden

What/ Who Inspires you?
 I often tell people that life is a series of paintings, I just have to decide which ones to capture- so I’m always on the lookout. I’ve also learned traveling (around and out of the country) is a key part of my process- to recharge and expand my horizons. I have a special affinity for big hair, just love the aesthetics of it…
Big Hair Big Laugh

Big Hair Big Laugh

Respite

Respite

How long have you been an artist?
My first memories are of drawing, I’ve made art all my life- in college my training was as an oil painter. The last few years, I’ve been working to develop my identity as an artist more strongly over the last 4 years.
Blooming

Blooming

Midnight Queen

Midnight Queen

Do you have a fave artist? If so who?
 So many! I will try to keep it concise: Some historical favorites: Degas ( master of the pastel medium ), Ingres ( uses line brilliantly ), Rembrandt ( the light and shadow in his work ) | Contemporary favorites: Kara Walker, Henry Yan, Casey Klahn, Tim Okamura, Henry Ascencio…alright I’m stopping there.
Orange Blossoms

Orange Blossoms

 Has any of your art been published? If so where?
 A number of my pieces were featured in Arielle Loren’s Corset Magazine last year, Issue 7
Embers

Embers

If you could sum up your art in three words what would they be?
 Impressionistic, earthy, quiet
Ascension II

Ascension II

Poised

Poised

Social media
FB: https://www.facebook.com/AlvinthethirdPainting
IG: Alvinthethird
twiter: @Alvinthethird

One comment

  • Lovely works lm a Artist also mostly self taught my name is Jade Yeargin I’m in Charlotte. NC. I would love to showcase your work on my TV show.lf ever in Charlotte look me up.

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