My art consists of conceptually based socio-political and cultural objects. As a reflection of my experiences, my work incorporates a great deal of visual experimentation and texture. I recreate images of influential people, particularly musicians, icons and political figures who are a part of everyday life and culture.
Often times, I feel like art in all its forms, will conquer human segregation in this world. That thought alone makes me want to continue to create. I translate or transform my moods with images and colors. My colors provide clues and interpretations to how I view the world. My work also addresses the role we play as human beings.
- Artist Bio
A NY based artist, is a unique artist whose work culminates an obvious sense of culture, vibrant colors, bold contemporary flair and a majestic texture. His approach is one of genuine expressionism. The work can range from images depicting his deep relationship and passion for music and its influence, emotion, spirituality and the socio-political aspects of humanism and culture.
Provocative and bold, his approach in creating exemplifies an artist who is immersed in the process and truly uses art as a therapy and vehicle to convey his innermost thoughts and beliefs. His work is powerful and engaging.
Self-taught, the world was indeed a classroom in which Idris drew his inspiration, labeling himself a “citizen of the World”. Traveling often since childhood, especially abroad, he was influenced from street art, to galleries and museums in Africa, Europe, and here in the states. In addition to the artwork, he has always been motivated by a challenge.
This is evident in his sense of adventure and experimentation with various mediums and diverse approaches to application, often using his hands and fingers, rather than traditional brush strokes to obtain a desired effect. Therefore, allowing the paint to dictate where it would end up and how it would react in combination with the concept, tone and emotional climate of a particular piece. Playful in nature, in addition to being audacious, he allows a sense of freedom to exist, letting the inner-child have its way with the canvas. By doing this, true creativity and exploratory forms emerge.
His dynamic range of work reflects expressionistic and contemporary styles, in addition to creating Pop Art. He is deemed an “experimental artist”, often incorporating mixed-media objects, using discarded elements from New York City streets. He recycles, re-imagines and re- purposes items, giving them new meanings through his creations. This illustrates Inspiration and vision can be pulled from anywhere. Objects such as records, gold or silver leafing, in addition to metal or fabric are just some of the selected items used to create cohesive, conceptual work.
There is a vivid play on culture and iconic imagery and figures, as seen in his paintings. Concepts such as spirituality and what constitutes belief systems, religion and systematic or orthodox thoughts are other primary ideas illustrated in his work. His stimulating colors, composition and subject matter are exciting visually and theoretically.
NEW YORK, NY
CUNY City College, New York, NY M.A. in Economics 2016
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY B.S. Marketing and Media Arts 2006
2014 Rush Arts Gallery, Bombay Sapphire New York
2014 Dumbo Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Grove Alley, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Poon’ Pop-Up, Open House Lounge, NY, NY
2013 RestART ART Restore Life Fundraiser NY, NY
2012 Pray For Japan, Con Artist NYC, NY, NY
2012 The Jimi Experience, Drom, NY, NY
2011 The Mentoring Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Arter Launch Event, Red Bull Space, NY, NY
2011 Dumbo Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Oxygen Lounge, NY, NY
2009 Dumbo Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY
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