Casa reader Whiplash Girlchild recently wrote in saying, "Hey Casa, I wanted to tell you about Rah Crawford, in case you needed any more artists to profile this month (great feature, by the way). I used to work with him before he quit his job to be a true artist. His stuff is pretty awesome. You can read all about him on the site as well as see his paintings."
Thanks for the tip, Whip!
In his artist's statement, Rah says: "I create works for the modern enthusiast in search of a new approach to contemporary art. My subject matter consists of “the now” –modern lifestyles and culture along with its connection to the past. As a social observer, I seek to define our modern society through my work. A creative journey of passion and pain, my artistic duty is to simply share these visions. There is no division between the art that I create and the life that I choose to live."
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Born, raised, and currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rah Crawford has only been on the national art scene for three years. However, in that short time, he's shown in galleries in New York, London, and Amsterdam, has also created art live on stage with The Roots, been commissioned by Outkast and Jill Scott and has also inspired a couture collection.
I love Rah's use of mixed media, bright acrylic colors, political content, and (of course, since I'm a writer), words. Check out the messages woven into the hair and skin of the people he paints. Pretty cool, indeed.
Rah calls his style Neoteric Pop-Iconic Clairvoyance, which, according to his site, is "a new approach to art...a technique that asks the viewer to not only study and admire the images but to seek and find hidden text or numerals within the work and associate the words or phrases with the visual to come to a more vivid understanding of the work."