Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 30, 2014
An artist with an eye for color, Corey Barksdale is all about promoting creative expression, spreading positive energy through art and creating a better environment through unified meditation. His fine art subject matter ranges from human figures to non-objective abstracts.
In recent years, Barksdale has concentrated his talents on themes that portray the love and strength that exists within the African American community. His paintings grace the covers of books, magazines, CD covers, and posters. Among his convictions is to give back to his community through art education. His art has been featured throughout the U.S. Just recently, his work was featured in Atlanta, at “Chairish the Future” (a unique gala and auction that challenges talented artists and design firms to create pieces of art from household furniture), and the American Coating Show (presented by Solvay). Other projects include a mural project for Pick Six Kicks in downtown Athens, GA and the poster for the Seattle Women in Jazz Festival.
Barksdale often incorporates the immediacy of photography with the timeliness of paint to create lively real-time interpretations of events ranging from corporate events and banquets to weddings and birthdays. At the end of the event, paintings are gifted to the CEO or bride and groom as a memento that is timeless and unique. The painting can also be auctioned at the end of the night to raise money for a charity. An Atlanta-based artist, Barksdale was born in Nashville, Tennessee into a family of artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother, a quilt artist, and his mother, who was gifted with an intuitive feeling for design and fastidious detail. This rich beginning is the root of Barksdale’s creative expression. Barksdale earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the prestigious Atlanta College of Art in 1994. During this period, he was heavily influenced by the abstract expressionists and admired such mainstream artists as Jasper Johns, Clyfford Still, Willem de Kooning. The African-American masters Aaron Douglas, John Biggers, Romare Bearden, and William Tolliver instilled in him an appreciation of African/American artistic heritage.