I am very honored and grateful for the 3 Kids’ Month posts Georgiann has submitted. This is the first.
Georgiann is a writer/author, artist and blogger. Check her out on her blog Rethiking Life!
Michele Eastman holds a “Picture Book Pass It On” drive every year. Click on the logo to go to her blog’s article explaining the charity, and where you can find the address to mail your picture book donation. OR: Click on her name and go to her FaceBook page, where she is also working on the campaign.
It is my glory to have received a guest submission from the artist, Mike Johnston.
The first 6 pieces of art shown in this article were all painted during the summer of 2016 in Winnipeg.
I asked Mike to tell me a bit about himself.
Mike: “Ive been a street artist in the city for 18 plus years, and have been tattooing for the past 12 years, dedicated to the craft. Now, I’m realizing I have more to accomplish with my art, and am hitting the streets hard with work and coming out of hibernation.”
I, for one, am thrilled Mike has come out of hibernation. His work is eye-catching, totally gorgeous and the details are mesmerizing.
I asked Mike about this very interesting work of art, shown in the above photo, and next 2 shots.
Mike: “The mural with the panels was a painting i put up at a recent art show. The blank spaces are the paintings that came from the installation.”
I love it!
The following shots are some earlier examples of Mike’s work.
You can visit Mike on his Website www.murdersnest.com .. where, if you’re in need of some gorgeous art on your building or on your body, he has a Contact Page.
Below, is Lester. This was one of the very first pieces of Street Art I ever encountered in Winnipeg. However, Lester was seriously obscured by industrial trash bins. Two years later, I returned, only to find a good portion of this amazing work had eroded due to the harsh Winnipeg Winters.
“Having multiple meanings, it could be about the past lives of Spanish and African American Heritage influences on the island. If you notice the mural is signed by two figures from the past who according to the mural have died.”
“The mural is open to multiple interpretations but seems to emphasize on the colonial influences of the past. There is a white man sinking in the water, but there is also an African American man who is heading towards the water also. The wooden branches tied together seem to represent part of the Spanish colonial vessels who traveled west to colonize the islands of the Caribbean and brought both the Spanish and African culture, symbolized by the multiple shells which can also suggest the presence of the Caribbean Taino Indians already inhabiting the island”
“The white man is portrayed as sinking in the water, yet the African American sinks also”
“Hands also seem to represent the acceptance of fate, although, as said earlier, this is open to interpretation”.
“Flowers can symbolize the aspect of transition and transmission of culture, since they carry seeds which could germinate in distant places, and spread cultural influences, if that were to be the interpretation”.
“This has been one of the most surreal murals I have ever seen seen. However, its symbolism seems to highly relevant to the Puerto Rican people and its cultural heritage.”