Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Modern Art and Classic Hip-hop (and Playboy) Collide in Naturel's Angular Paintings
Artist in Residence

Modern Art and Classic Hip-hop (and Playboy) Collide in Naturel’s Angular Paintings

I first saw Lawrence “Naturel” Atoigue’s artwork on the Gram. It popped out of the iPhone screen and made its place among the scroll of my ADHD timeline. Shapes—they’re what make up Naturel’s art. Shape after geometric shape that somehow coalesce into an image, often of a rapper or an athlete. Sure, he delves into other subjects, but the faces of my icons—2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Jay Z—are the ones that stand out. Regardless of the subject, many of his pieces are completely original takes on instantly recognizable people: Spike Lee double-fisting a Do the Right Thing pizza box and an Oscar; Grace Jones holding a mike along with a yoga pose; a Naomi Campbell–esque goddess in flight, dripping in gold chains. Other works present pop culture classics old and new, served with an interdisciplinary helping of cubist, surrealist, graphic and multimedia techniques: a 3-D study of legendary Playboy covers with abstracted versions of Pamela and Kate; color-blocked, Picasso-ized renderings…

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