BlackSpit, a native of Washington, D.C, is a graduate of North Carolina A&T where he obtained a degree in Arts and Communications. He now uses his love for the arts to communicate thought-provoking messages in visual works.
A pastel painting, “The Blueprint”, contains images of Black leaders Huey P. Newton, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama.
“It’s just a part of my heritage. It is what I know and respect. I took what I do best and used it in a way to pay homage to some of the great leaders of my race,” he said, when asked the motivation behind the piece.
He has strategically placed significant details in the painting such as People’s beer bottles, produced by a Black-owned company in the 1960s.
But BlackSpit’s artwork is deeper than what meets the eye. With a careful examination, a viewer can see each painting “tells a story without actually saying anything,” he said.
BlackSpit is no stranger to The Post. The late Post Editor-in-chief Chauncey Bailey was moved when he came across the artist’s portrait of Marcus Garvey.
The painting, “The Blueprint,” continues down the same path of empowering people though its imagery.
When asked one thing he would want viewers to take away from this painting, he simply said, “Don’t forget it is not over. Although these great individuals have led the way, as a community we have to carry on their legacy.”
“In the Black community we do not have as many leaders as we used to. Hopefully my artwork will awaken the leaders our community desperately needs,” he said, alluding to the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman.
The most important message in the ‘The Blueprint” is to remind the Black community that it has overcome in the past and can conquer anything.