SELECTED WORKS

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

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
Natural Selection
Natural Selection
Same Sad Song
Same Sad Song
A Tribute to the King
A Tribute to the King
Midnight Blues
Midnight Blues
Jazzman
Jazzman
BeBop
BeBop
Trumpet Boy Blu
Give Da Drumma Some
Pianoman
Upright All Night
Jazzman Sketch
Natural Selection
Natural Selection
Natural Selection
Same Sad Song
Same Sad Song
A Tribute to the King
A Tribute to the King
Midnight Blues
Midnight Blues
Jazzman
Jazzman
BeBop
BeBop
Trumpet Boy Blu
Give Da Drumma Some
Pianoman
Upright All Night
Jazzman Sketch

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.