Respected Los Angeles visual artist Steven Lopez features soul goddess Erykah Badu in his latest addition to the â€œAfter Midnightâ€ series, a collection of portraits celebrating notable musicians. One hundred copies of the limited edition GiclÃ©e prints, signed by Badu and Lopez, will be available for sale beginning April 15 at midnight, exclusively at www.aftermidnightsoul.com.
Lopez, who uses the music of artists as his inspiration for his portraits, describes Badu as one of his favorite performers whose music he has wanted to artistically interpret since first hearing her in concert in 2005. â€œShe understands the healing power of sound and she delivers strength which is often lost in todayâ€™s music,â€ said Lopez.
Through his art, Lopez was able to capture that â€œstrengthâ€ and Badu took note. Once he completed the artwork, he posted it to the comment section of Baduâ€™s website and she reportedly loved it. â€œWhen I saw the image on Erykahâ€™s MySpace page I was really surprised and extremely honored,â€ said Lopez. â€œIt was a great feeling to know that she appreciated my work and wanted to share it with her fans.â€œ
Badu was so pleased that she reached out to Lopez and they decided to offer a signed, limited-edition of the painting, donating a portion of the proceeds to Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.), a charity organization she established to provide community-based programs for inner-city youth.
For more information check out www.aftermidnightsoul.com.
About the â€œAfter Midnightâ€ Series
Steven Lopez combines his two passions â€” music and art, to create the â€œAfter Midnightâ€ series, a collection of portraits featuring notable musician. He starts by researching each artistâ€™s photo history, discography and live performances. Once versed visually and aurally, Lopez selects a favorite song from the artist as inspirational for the painting process. His manner of painting, synergized with music, is heavily influenced and constantly nurtured at the world famous Mint Club in Los Angeles where he regularly performs his craft in front of a live jazz audience. Lopez â€™s artistic style, which reflects influences of jazz, soul, funk, and hip hop, draw from his early days as a respected graffiti artist. That perspective gives this now, self-described contemporary artist a unique vision. It is this fusion that inspired the â€œAfter Midnightâ€ series and, in the process, brought Lopez together with many musical greats including Chaka Kahn, Sade, Aretha Franklin, India.Arie, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.
About Erykah Badu
Best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, Erykah Badu is an award winning American soul singer and songwriter, whose sound â€” a concoction of soul, hip hop and jazz â€” can not be contained to a single genre. The Texas native, who prides herself on being a â€œmother firstâ€, is a touring artist, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, vegan, and conscious spirit. Committed to children, Badu gives back to her hometown through Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.), a charity organization she created to provide community-based programs for inner-city youth.
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