May 6th First Friday Art Walk

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May 6th First Friday Art Walk
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Spruce says
This month we are featuring the works of Ebony Ice and Mathew Brian!

About Ebony:

"I am an African American woman who enjoys expressing identity and gender taboos. My self-portrait series is a juxtaposition of African American stereotypical imagery designed to engage the viewer through a whimsical lens. To me, it sheds tangible light on the absurdity of racial prejudices. My hope is that these pieces are food for thought, a catalyst for change or just a good laugh, your choice.

My family is from the South Side of Chicago. They were very involved during the civil rights movement and I’ve always been incredibly impressed by those who have the integrity to stand up for what they believe in. Making the self-portrait series is my quite resistance, my Watermelon Revolution. This body of work tends to be quite poignant and sometimes disturbingly uncomfortable.

On the other hand, I also do whimsical children’s artwork like nursery paintings, birth announcements, and custom invitations. My background is in drawing: pencil and charcoal, but I also enjoy working with oil, acrylic, mixed media, digital and animation.

Thank you,
Ebony M Ice"

About Mathew:

"I am 28 years old, I was born in CA and moved to Denver 9 years ago. My Uncle Bob had moved here a few years prior to that from northern CA and opened a studio with my Aunt Betty in the Berkeley Park neighborhood where they taught and I watched and tried to soak everything in. I find my biggest inspiration to be the natural rhythms observed in water and try to let it flow through me to the canvas."
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By: Spruce

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