Featured Artist: David Marion

Colorful, thematic, and full of passion are just a few words to describe the work of David Marion Green.  Born in South Carolina in 1982, David Marion found his artistic gift at a very young age.  Never being formally trained, he looked for new ways to expand on these talents, but it was not until high school that he learned the technical skills he needed to enhance his artistic abilities.  From there, a whole new world was unleashed.

David Marion went on to pursue a degree of Architecture at Hampton University in 2000.  Still very passionate about art, he continued to grow and experiment with different mediums.  After graduating in 2005, he began working in the field of architecture while still painting in his spare time trying to perfect his craft.  By 2007, David Marion finally created a signature style which he describes as “realism with a touch of the surreal”.

As an artist, David Marion draws inspiration from his own life experiences and tries to make a statement with every piece that he creates.  Art has become a platform to voice his views of the world and also tell his story.  “Art is such a powerful tool of communication and my overall goal is to give my testimony through art; in hopes that it can further inspire someone else or help them to realize the true gifts that are within them”.David Green


Featured Artist: Hamilton Glass

hamilton glass Hamilton hampicHam? is an artist native to Philadelphia, PA and currently based out of Richmond, Virginia. Growing up in Philadelphia allowed Hamilton to experience different cultures and art. As a young child his mother constantly enrolled him in art classes at the Philadelphia Institute of Art. Here he gained a strong foundation that allowed him to tap into his creative side and begin his journey as an artist. After graduating from Arch Bishop Carroll high school, Hamilton started his college career at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. After a semester in Atlanta Hamilton realized that it was not for him and chose to move back north to Hampton, VA. At Hampton University he obtained his Bachelors of Architecture and went on to work within numerous architecture firms in Virginia and New Jersey.

 It’s been his journey in Richmond that has allowed Hamilton to introduce his design ideas to the city and the art community. His work serves to create dialog between mainstream and underground art enthusiast. He is one of many street artists who have taken part in the on going debate as to whether graffiti belongs on a gallery wall. In Hamilton’s mind it should be able to belong in both j spaces, which allows two different environments in which to view and experience the art.

You can expect Hamilton’s work in constant rotation at “A Jazz Affair” where he’s volunteered his time to paint live during past events, a piece on display of John Coltrane with a Ham flair added in, and in support of the project he’s agreed to donate 30% of his proceeds, we say thank-you Ham.

Connect with Ham at: http://www.whosham.com