Brian Pittman : Source of inspiration for Black America
​​​​​​​
Brian Pittman : Source of inspiration for Black Americans.

Art is truly one of the strongest means of communication between people. People who do not speak the same language, the deaf, the speech impaired, the young and the old, everyone understands the language of music, painting, dance. Some of the scariest tragedies, including slaughters, genocides and slavery were depicted by famous artists through their artwork. Brian Pittman is a successful young artist who uses special materials, such as charcoal ash and grape soda to express his inner world. The symbolism behind these materials is very important both for Brian himself and for the African Americans. Brian explains that the charcoal ash he uses to produce his masterpieces is actually obtained from Klansman’s charred cross, which represents freedom. Freedom is the most important aspect of life for the Black Americans. Furthermore, grape soda is a symbol of all the unhealthy drinks sold to the kids from Brian's neighbourhood. It is also a strong reference to his own childhood. The artist himself experienced prejudice, injustice and racism tensions as a child. Past events and people from the past are his strongest inspiration. He is a hardworking investigator of the past and history of his people. He reads old newspaper and books about the history of African Americans.

Therefore, the topics of his paintings strongly relate to his past and past of his people. This is why Black Americans are inspired by his work. The central topic of his complete artwork is slavery. Brian Pittman points out that contemporary slavery is even more present than slavery in the past. His paintings are means of struggle against any kind of slavery and oppression. The artist himself claims that learning from the past is the most important task we have to complete today in order to live a healthy and peaceful life. This is why Brian says that the key role of art is to trigger the contemplation process in people's minds and to make them ask questions. According to Brian, if the audience does not understand the artwork, they must be free to ask questions to the artist. 

All of the above reinforces the artist's belief that exposure of the art piece to the audience is the most important segment of its life. All of his paintings carry a strong message. For example, the one named "Dark times" shows a man's blurry face and represents the accomplished man who was unfortunately not heard of, because he is black. Another painting, showing a glasses-wearing man's face hit by black mass which covers him, called "Black life = hard time", tells a story of how black people living in America actually feel. There are many other truly captivating and touching stories behind these unique and highly artistic pieces. One of them is a remarkable painting "40% less" which tells a story of how the Black Americans have been considered only 3/5 of a man. Some of the paintings deal with everyday situations and problems any person, including the African Americans, can come across, including some disorders and the ways in which they are dealing with it. 

African Americans find inspiration in Brian's work, as both the symbols he successfully incorporates into his art and the paintings themselves send a strong message to the world: racism and tension must stop.

Brian Pittman : Source of inspiration for Black America
0
79
0
Published:

Brian Pittman : Source of inspiration for Black America

0
79
0
Published:

Creative Fields