All posts filed under: Conversations With Artists

Talking Art and Career with Street and Graffiti Artist, Elle Street Art

A new mural was going up in my neighborhood. It was colorful, timely, and drew a crowd. The mural was of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the artist was Elle Street Art. I stood on the sidewalk with my East Village neighbors, we cheered on the artist, and some discussed the mural in detail. There were a lot of conflicting ideas. While Ruth Bader Ginsburg is at the center of the mural, there are quite a few symbols around her. It is a hopeful feast for the eyes. To clear things up, Elle was quick to explain the mural on her Instagram. The flowers to the bottom left are Black Eyed Susans, which represent justice. Above that is the Brooklyn Bridge, signifying Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s childhood borough. Above her head are hits of a crown composed of her many collars. This is also a gentle nod to Biggie, the namesake of her nickname Notorious RBG. The justice of the Supreme Court seemed to enjoy the nickname. To the right of the justice’s heads is the turquoise …

Celebrity Photographer Timothy White Speaks On Being Part of History & The Morrison Hotel Gallery Endless Summer Exhibition

If you find your walls lack art, here is your chance to nab internationally recognized photography, representing the best of the best in music and Hollywood culture. Morrison Hotel Gallery’s web-exclusive Endless Summer Exhibition shows a collection of photos that capture famous musicians and actors enjoying an effortless summer. One of the gallery’s partners and curators is Timothy White. Timothy White is a well-known award-winning photographer. He is one of the world’s most sought-after photographers, and for a good reason. He started his career in the early 1980s and since then, he has photographed some of the most recognized faces in the world. Photography captures a moment in history, and therefore nostalgia. Timothy White has been a big part of that history. Read our Q & A with Timothy White to find out more. Cultivated: When did you first decide to join the Morrison Hotel Gallery as a partner/co-owner and why was it important to you?   TW: I joined with my partners about 10 years ago after curating a number of shows with other photographers. …

New York’s Art On Full Display: Talking With Moi One, A French Graffiti Artist Based In New York City

With New York businesses closed, the gates are down. The only upside to the pandemic lock down is endless street, graffiti and mural art exploration. We start to notice details we might have missed during the busyness of the hussle. The quietness of the city displays artwork like a gallery would, and I can’t get enough. On one of my most recent mental health neighborhood walks, I became attached to one particular mural. The artwork is located on St. Marks Street, known for its history of influential musicians and artists. It gets a lot of notice from locals and visitors alike. The artist is Moi One, and the artwork is called “Sympathy For The Devil”. The French artist agreed to doing an interview, and for me, that kind of willingness to be vulnerable makes his art even more powerful. In today’s climate of uncertainty we are yearning for more color and inspiration. We draw strength from escape, and art provides exactly that. Cultivated: Tell me more about your upbringing and how your life became immersed …

The Artist, The Writer & The Bavarian Philospher: Talking With Beatrix Ost

Was it the hair, the style, the otherworldliness, or the art? Beatirix Ost caught my eye and I had questions. This artist likes to wear many hats, but my admiration is not necessarily for the art (although it reflects everything she is), but for her ability to live a genuinely unapologetic life. Beatrix Ost (@beatrixost on Instagram) is an old world individual, one that does not conform to trends or society pressure. That being said, her wisdom and style seem to transcend all that. I image her fan demographic ranges in age. While I admit, I have not read any of her books, it is on my to do list. Her latest book, “The Philosopher’s Style”, further explores her artwork and storytelling abilities. As an artist and writer, who grew up in Central Europe, I feel that I can connect with Beatrix. Truthfully, I am inspired by a fellow old soul. The takeaway? Dare to be authentic, explore all of your artistic abilities, and never mind your age. There is much to be learned from …

Free Humanity Takes On Social Manipulation

There is art that is simply beautiful and then there is art that makes you think and feel. Free Humanity has managed to combine beauty with emotionally provoking colors and messages. Although I have never met the artist in person, I find myself admiring his graceful effort to wake humanity out of social manipulation. The artist is clearly an observer of the human condition and sensitive to issues that effect the lives of the 99%. While moving and beautiful, this is more than art. It represents altruism and it is not for everyone. The Los Angeles based artist behind Free Humanity stays anonymous to most people. You might recognize some of his vibrant murals, incorporating his favorite icons (Mother Teresa, Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn) and lotus symbols. Whether he plants the tiniest of seeds or fails to move us, he has been giving it a real effort for the last 11 years with no signs of stopping. As an artist myself, I empathize with his struggles to balance art and life. If you follow …