May Exhibit: Yakime Akelá Brown, “Eclectic Abstraction”
Artist Yakime Akelá Brown was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Bear, Delaware. He has received no formal art training and has been painting professionally for about six years, exhibiting his contemporary abstract style of artwork in numerous galleries on both the east and west coasts. Yakime is currently represented by B2 Fine Arts Gallery in Tacoma, Washington and Madison Art Consulting of Hilltop, New Jersey. He is constantly experimenting with new techniques and approaches to his art and absolutely refuses to be restricted to one style or image, preferring instead to be known for his wide range of enduring works that speak to a broad spectrum of tastes and perspectives.
Concerning his ‘Eclectic Abstraction’ exhibit, Yakime says, “This theme alludes to how during the creative process we can sometimes become preoccupied or even enamored with a particular concept, idea or notion, resulting in previously unexplored approaches. I believe that experimentation is a contributing factor towards the evolutionary growth of an artist. In my opinion, it enhances the creative process and allows for a broader spectrum of personal expression. I would describe a number of my new paintings as some of my most mature work to date. It, to some degree, marks a slight departure from my signature style of large, boisterously colorful abstract paintings. Albeit, you will see a bit of that as well. Over the years my style has been characterized as eclectic, moody, and tactile. Nevertheless, while my technique has been refined and continues to evolve, a constant feature of my work is the use of texture, fluidity, and motion, which I am able to achieve through the use of strong brush strokes and palette knife manipulation.
The focal point of my new work is sculptural components married to a monochromatic and metallic palette in juxtaposition with purposeful black voids. These voids lend to the illusion of depth, giving the finished works an appearance of density and heaviness like that of a carved slab of metal. The splashes, swirls, blotches, and bursts of seemingly viscous liquid exhibit a fluid yet tactile characteristic that invite you to touch. Some of the works contain mixed-media elements (i.e., brush and paint can), but all are composed primarily of acrylic. In addition to a variety of implements, a blow torch is employed during the creative process, lending to the textural diversity and visual interest of each painting.”
“I believe that experimentation is a contributing factor towards the evolutionary growth of an artist. It enhances the creative process, allowing for a broader spectrum of personal expression.”
Yakime Akelá Brown