This Month we are not just celebrating Black History through music, but also throughout the rest of the creative industry. Today’s post features budding artist Variety Brown, who I had the pleasure of meeting at interviewing at the parallax art fair, earlier this year.

What inspires your work?

My subject choices are predominantly individuals who contributed to the civil rights movement. Their stories inspire me to shed light of their history through my work.

My style of my painting and choice of black and white is inspired by the era of photography of my subjects. I enjoy the bold contrast displayed by using black and white.

What is your favourite piece to date and why?

Up until now my favourite piece has been “Fro Girl” which is a portrait of the iconic Angela Davis due to her expression which I fell in love with. However, I am also drawn to my latest piece “Ms. Understood” which is a portrait of the iconic Nina Simone. I too adore her expression as well as the mosaic style I painted her in.

What do you want people to feel when they see your work?

I want people to be hit straight away with the boldness of my style and strength of the expression of the faces. I want them to be drawn into a story and to want to know more. I aim for my work to bring insight and encourage people to research and educate themselves on my subjects.

Why was it important for you to share your work at parallax?

I love meeting new people and connecting through my work. I always find feedback insightful and overwhelming. I find it fulfilling when visitors describe my work in a way in which I would which shows they see my vision.

How would you describe your art in 3 words?

Bold, Contrasted, Expressive

Where are you based?

I am currently based in South London

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

In 5 years I aim to be highly successful and for my work to be well known nationally and internationally.