Lakeem Wilson (1991)
"Black Elevation Always Motivates Society"
a practicing artist and educator, engaging in the beautification of urban environments and transformative art. Lakeem, born in South Dallas Tx., developed a style painting and illustration that makes him one of the most celebrated artists of his time. His work challenges the idea blackness in American society while creating remarkably expressive narratives that explores the social and economical impact of black culture.
Each painting I create is concept driven and reflects a certain moral solution that I seek to speak on in society. My art practice takes on social commentary, and critiquing perceptions of black culture. Stereotypes and myths are challenged in my work; I create a dialogue between the ideas of race, identity, social climates, and conscious thinking by addressing visual literacy in the form of cultural portraits. My work challenges the notion of social norms—making room for urban intellectuals of color who are not included in this definition.
My mission is to get my artwork into the hands of the community.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Your art give us your uncensored perspective while making space for others to give theirs. We can always count on you to speak up wheather it's visually, or otherwise. We love to see it! You've inspired me inspired me to be my biggest fan,to take my craft seriously and to express myself a little everyday.
Soul Arts Collective,
Your art bridges communities and encourages unity, but also reflects powerful images of black leadership, culture and success... Your art documents the times, but then visualizes a brighter future. And you take the time to invest in your community by uplifting the youth and sharing tools for self-empowerment and success.
Lakeem's art provides inspiration to the black community as well as the creative/artist community. His visuals provoke thought and express emotions that are not always easy to articulate. This type of art is important because it provides a voice to those who may not always have the words to express their feelings.
I'm realizing my name is in rooms I havn't stepped foot in yet.
Wait until it is in those rooms at such a level that they have to reach out.. Don't worry I got your back
Your art gives a unique look into communities who typically don't get a voice.Your are is a living, breathing commentary on culture and lives of those around you. Mostly your art is important because it's you. It's open, it's honest, it's vulnerable, and it speaks to anyone who sees it.