Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Probably my last show for the year...

Well this blog starts off with a bang...well...more like a crash. I was on my way to drop my artwork off for my next show and let's just say I came to a screeching halt. Due to me living through a car accident that totaled my car the prices of my artwork haven't gone up! Lol (too soon?) After taking care of the ambulance and cops I was fortunate enough to get my undamaged, (undamaged? Yes, undamaged) work to the gallery with some help. The show went well with potential buyers! This show stays up for a month so if you're in the area you should drop in and see all the exceptional work displayed. If not, I captured a few images.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Undying Flame...

...in every series you need a fun piece. This piece was fun. Not only did it take me back to my childhood, it reminded me that no matter how strong the wind , rain, etc., if your fire burns strong it'll never go out. This piece brought me back to my childhood because it reminded me of a piece I was doing when I was younger and never finished (actually balled up and threw away) because of a comment made by an ignorant viewer. Long story short, don't try to crush a child's dreams...you're an idiot if you do and, well, I was kind of an idiot for listening to them. I've learned from my mistake and this is my redemption piece. To that ignorant viewer so long ago..."I'm baaccckkk!" Boom.


Gristle Tattoo...

...so a few months back I was asked if I wanted to be part of this group show at this tattoo spot and I was a little reluctant. Not that I'm bourgeois or anything, but my art work in a tattoo parlor? How's that gonna work? My concerns were eased when they told me it was also an art gallery and that my work would fit their June show. Lo and behold I was asked to show two pieces. Since I had some work already done I was ready for the show, plus it was hard to paint with pins in my feet at the time. The funny thing is, I'm showing three pieces. What? Three? Yeah you read me, Three. You may ask, "How Shabazz?" I'll tell you how. I was thinking since it was a tattoo spot by day and gallery at night why don't I paint a piece that actually has tattoos?!! So the piece I did was kinda big, but I loved it so much (coulda been the Vicodin I was on) I was willing to sacrifice the two pieces that were chosen to be hung to have my latest and greatest hang in their place. I send an email to the curator asking if this could be done and they replied saying the piece was awesome and I could add it! So art fans, if you're not doing anything June 28th 7-10pm stop by and see what I'm capable of with paint and Vicodin :)

Gristle Tattoo + Art Gallery
178 N 8th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone1 (347) 889-6422

Art Takes Times Square

…Okay, so last night was eventful. I’m all for an after party, but it was Monday, and even though my foot is healing well after my surgery it can still irritate me if I exert it too much. Overall it was nice. I got to meet a few artists, take in Time Square a bit, and have my work displayed...Oh, did I forget to mention my work was being displayed? My bad. Yeah, so I was able to get a shot of my work amongst the gazillion artists displayed and even if it was for just a moment it was a glimpse of what’s to come in my incessant art career.  

Here are a few shots from the after party with ?uestLove from the Roots (this guy is everywhere!) doing his thing on the turntables. 


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Don't call it a comeback...

"History in the Making", the fourth addition to the "From Ashes" series is a piece I kinda did a while back, but wasn't able to execute like I wanted, due to deadlines and mostly because of my dad passing away. So, I thought this series was perfect to resurrect an idea in my past that was first created without my undivided attention. In a way, I feel like Marty McFly going back in time to fix the past to create a better future. As I look at "History in the Making" while applying that last stroke of paint I can only smile knowing my future is looking pretty good.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Playing with "Fire"...

"Playing with Fire" the third installment of the "From Ashes" series is finally done. Due to not being that mobile these days (foot surgery) this piece took longer than I wanted, but maybe it was for the best... to force me to take my time. Overall I'm more than pleased with the results.

One act of Hendrix became legendary when playing the song "Fire", he set his guitar ablaze for the first time at a concert in London in 1967 by dousing it in lighter fluid and burning it. This act "sparked" me to create this piece and is a perfect fit for my "From Ashes" series.

I want to get to a point in my career where I feel untouchable, to a height where I can do no wrong. Where each piece I do is as natural as breathing. Every piece, every painting created is a step towards perfection. I won't be igniting any paintings anytime soon, but as I continue on my art journey you can be sure I damn will bring the heat.


Monday, April 16, 2012


Correction. It isn't just two clicks and you're done. I've been informed that you must click the link to collect my work, and then sign up with Facebook to make the click to collect count. Sorry for misinforming you, but if you voted could you vote again doing the above? Thanks. http://rahimshabazz.artistswanted.org/atts2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012


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