ARTISTS FEATURED THIS MONTH
Featured January Artist:
JANUARY - BRIDGE LOUNGE & WEST GALLERY
Desiree Kelly, an award winning artist from Detroit. She was introduced to oil painting while studying Graphic Design at Wayne State University. Raised on the Eastside, she became inspired by the environment and developed a style of storytelling through portraits. Her portraits of public icons are historically immersive & reflect on the narrative of her subjects by including artifacts & phrases within each piece. She is known for her distinctive mixture of “street art” & traditional oil technique.
Shortlisted by Complex (magazine) as a “Rising Street Artist to Watch in Detroit”, now her work can be experienced all over metro Detroit in permanent and temporary public collections. Kelly’s work can be seen in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building (Mayor's office), dPoP!, Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles, Eastern Market, and Charles H Wright Museum of African American History Permanent collection.
She has been commissioned by a growing number of clients which include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Converse, Jack Daniels, Cone Communications, City of St. Claire Shores(MI), City of Royal Oak(MI), Beaumont Health, Atwater Brewrey & FootLocker INC.
Upcoming February Artist:
VOTED DETROIT METRO TIMES BEST VISUAL ARTIST OF 2018
Also known as "BNick", Brian Nickson is a very talented artist from Detroit, MI known for his illustrations and abstract realism paintings. His painting medium is acrylic, and is often mistaken for oil paintings. Names like Snoop Dogg, and Martin Lawrence are just a few public figures who responded after seeing Brian's work on his social media handles. Even DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons has tweeted about Brian's artwork.
His gift was discovered by his parents at the early age of five. In his childhood years, Brian attended several art programs at the Northwest Activity Center where he learned the fundamentals of art. He then attended Cass Technical High School and graduated under the art curriculum. After graduating high school, Brian attended the College For Creative Studies for a year only to lose interest in his passion. After 7 years of entering different career paths, he began to realize his true happiness was through art. He started drawing portraits with pastels and posted them on his social media pages.
In January 2017, Brian decided to leave his job at the plant to pursue his art career full time. Brian has been in numerous group art shows, including Illumination, Mississippi Mud, Dirty Show, and The 48HR Experience. His first solo show was held at The Baltimore Gallery entitled “FREEYOURMIND”. He has collaborated with companies such as -Vs-Everybody, One Custom City and Vizuvlgvds. His illustration of Fela Kuti was printed on a black hoodie worn by fashion designer Muktar of Vishuvlgvds on NBC News. Brian has a painting on display at the 36th District Court. He has also been a sponsor at events for The Golden Future Foundation and The Ezekiel Ansah Foundation, and partnered with the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue for pet portrait commissions.
Brian is a member of the Detroit Fine Art Breakfast Club and has inspired artists globally with his style of drawings and paintings. He is currently a residency artist with Project Art where he instructs a children’s art class at Parkman and Hubbard Public Library on the west side of Detroit.