SELECTED WORKS

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The Rebirth of the Cool
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In a Sentimental Mood
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Martin
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Obama
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Common
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Badu
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Badu
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Snoop Dogg
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Chucks
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Tupac
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Notorious BIG
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T-Bone Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch's Grape
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Trumpet
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Hey Arnold
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Piccolo
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Somethin' Bout Love
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Mother Mary
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The Rebirth of the Cool
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In a Sentimental Mood
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Martin
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Obama
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Common
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Badu
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Badu
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Snoop Dogg
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Chucks
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Tupac
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Notorious BIG
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T-Bone Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch's Grape
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Trumpet
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Hey Arnold
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Piccolo
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Somethin' Bout Love
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Mother Mary
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THE REBIRTH OF THE COOL

The Rebirth of the Cool was an exploration into color theory as well as gestural and textural painting techniques. The inspiration came from music, Jazz specifically. Jazz is characteristically cool with its smooth sounds and improv nature. I was interested in capturing those aspects of Jazz and bringing them out within the works.

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Natural Selection
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Natural Selection
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Natural Selection
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Same Sad Song
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Same Sad Song
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A Tribute to the King
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A Tribute to the King
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Midnight Blues
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Midnight Blues
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Jazzman
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Jazzman
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BeBop
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BeBop
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Trumpet Boy Blu
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Give Da Drumma Some
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Pianoman
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Upright All Night
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Jazzman Sketch
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Natural Selection
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Natural Selection
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Natural Selection
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Same Sad Song
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Same Sad Song
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A Tribute to the King
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A Tribute to the King
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Midnight Blues
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Midnight Blues
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Jazzman
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Jazzman
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BeBop
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BeBop
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Trumpet Boy Blu
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Give Da Drumma Some
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Pianoman
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Upright All Night
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Jazzman Sketch
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ERICK NKANA: LIVE IN THE LOOKING GLASS 2017

Live in the Looking Glass was a conceptual view of African- American culture and its appropriation from primitive to mainstream. The pieces simplified and exaggerated the human form like early cave paintings and other works found in African culture. Stylistically this type of rendering has been labeled “primitive” due to lacking certain technical aspects.