STORY BEHIND THE ARTIST AND ART
WILD WOLF FINE ARTS STUDIO
"THE WILD WOLF DISCOVERED - IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE"
the walk in the wild
HOW PEOPLE REACT TO ARTWORK I DO IS IMPORTANT. IT IS FULFILLING TO KNOW YOU ARE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING "GOOD" IN LIFE that other people may appreciate. HOWEVER, IT's an even better FEELING TO KNOW YOU HAVE given way to the POSSIBILITY of doing SOMETHING "great" ONE DAY TO IMPROVE LIFE.
Reuben Kenyatta IS a self-taught artist using the durable medium acrylic and a Marine Corp veteran of the Vietnam era WHO holds A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE (BA) FROM SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY. He is also a strong advocate of art making as a source of comfort in managing stress and eliminating the sense of worthlessness.
his artistic journey began as a toddlers when he first exposed to art while playing INSIDE THE ART STUDIO OF HIS MOTHER EMPLOYER's home. Later, his flair for creating became more meaningful upon entering his first art class in the 9th grade after migrating north to michigan with parents from the deep south.
upon graduating from high school and volunteering for the US Marine Corp at age 17, Reuben's creative urge for art was cut short after experiencing unexpected traumas during Boot Camp training and while on tour of duty in Asia that left him socially withdrawn and void of aspirations to be creative. an unknown condition at the time but now termed and treated as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
THOUGH HIS PRESENce IN THE art WORLD has been productive AND now getting professional SUPPORT FROM THE VETERAN ADMINSTRATION, he however like many OTHER VETERANS OF THE ERA was left TO BATTLE many years alone with no understanding or support from this disruptive condition tormenting their daily lives.
AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS at recovery and through the good fortune of meeting concerned people with shared insight into his situation, He was finally provided with an effective plan and direction needed to put his life back in order.
AS A RESULT OF his PARTICIPATION IN ART and WITH HIS many supporters Reuben has become AN experienced ARTIST in grasping proposed ideas with an intuitive eye and turning them into visual images for practical applications. Being self-taught using the durable medium acrylic and studying the works of admired artists, he brings a unique combination of traditional and contemporary styles that connect well with the viewer’s sense of interest. Using the motivating mantra "Giving a voice to the silent and sight to the unseen" in creating art, IT has brought national and local recognition to his ever evolving talent as a painter, muralist, and speaker on a
IT WAS some years later while
SERVING A SENTENCE IN A MIChIGAN PRISON and participating in an art workshop hosted by the university of michigan THAT Reuben's attention was first drawn to the therapeutic value of art making. being Encouraged to connect and express more he felt about the subjects of my work paint how he felt apply how I feel nd the creative process he found to be stabilizing, Behealing, and provided a sense of well being as you connect emptions .
Now calling Michigan home and the start of Wild Wolf Fine Art Studio, he has integrated art into his life once again, but this time adding it as a means of financial support, stress management, and a means to encourage positive solutions about social concerns.
in spite of the difficulties over the years Reuben has became an experienced artist turning proposed ideas into visual images for practical applications. as an artist, he brings a unique mixture of traditional and contemporary styles that connect well with the viewer’s sense of reality. Efficient in grasping intended ideas with an intuitive eye, his motivating mantra "Giving voice to the silent and sight to the unseen" in creating art has brought national and local recognition to this ever evolving talent as an artist, muralist, and speaker.
MOST NOTABLE ART WORK
- textbook Cover Design- “Social Organization of Work” by Randy Hodson (Author), Teresa A. Sullivan (Author) 2012
- ART EXHIBIT- Ledge Craft Lane ART GALLERY Artist of the month; Grand Ledge MI 48837 - NOVEMBER 2015
- SPEAKER- The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)- Arts & Health Symposium- Tuesday. September 26, 2017
- featured article- the Huffington Post: How A Prison Arts Program Transform Homeless Veteran; november 11, 2014
"no one left behnd"
22 x 28"
The tragic DEPICTION of homeleSSness among military veterans. Veterans make up one out of every four individuals AMONG the OFTEN TIME FORGOTTEN homeless population. hERE i had HOPE TO show encouragement for HOMELESS veteranS that help is here AND NOW, BOTH from the veterans administration AND the COMMUNITIES tHEY LIVE IN.
"AFTER THE STORM" 17 X 22
This idea concerns the devastating aftermath of hurricane katrina, a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that caused over 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage in August 2005. New orleans' population was the focal point of the news, but curiosity had me wondering about the affect on mother birds who can't carry their eggs as they fled.
the beauty of other artists artwork is educational and inspiring, however, it is only when you experience the curated process yourself that YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR OWN INNER joy. Trained professional artists require dedicated hours of hard work and sacrifice to fit within standards and guidelines that may be discouraging. This METHOD is not for everybody, nor was it for some of the world's most renowned artists like Van Gogh, Dali, and Picasso. They SURELY thought outside of the box- not in it. freedom of self expression was PARAMOUNT. fortunately you are in a position to do the same as an average person looking TO express YOUR OWN TRUTH.
"ONE LAST LOOK" 18 x 12"
Truly convinced that a decision must be made with her life, she painfully takes “ONE LAST LOOK”, to either go forward to a promising future surrounded by uncertainty, or return to the known social limitations of the past.
Painting "One Last Look" was humbling and an act of redemption for me. It made me acknowledge my own misguided views of women and the hidden cultivated stigmas placed by society that systematically limit their pursuit for self-fulfillment. Herein, you see those stigmas busy at work on a young lady gripped in conflict by her desire to grow and the emotional fear of failure. I hoped to have captured that brief moment where she desperately comes to term with taught limitations and the growing urge to reach her full potential. I truly hope this work of art will be a help to you as it has been for me in serving a cause much higher than my own.
Artmaking is an Interactions between the elements and emotions. in its broadest sense it is a form of communication that holds meaning to the artist's intent. this meaning is shaped by the artist's materials, techniques, and forms it makes use of, as well as the ideas and feelings it creates in the viewers .
"ELEVACION DEL ESPIRITO" 24 x 30"
depicts the “Spirit of Detroit” rising gloriously under the united power of the people as they let the light of creativity shine brightly once again upon the world by elevating and following the footsteps of its glorious past to move our great nation forward once again after the devastation of the 2008 housing crisis.
practice may not make you perfect,
but it will make you better
"EQUAL BY DESPERATION"
24 x 30"
the housing crisis, faulty loans, and jobs being shipped overseas gripped americANS TO THE POINT OF PANIC AND DESPAIR. IN Depicting the temper·a·ment OF the times, I SOUGHT TO CAPTURE THE COLLECTIVE RAGE OF THE PEOPLE FACED WITH uncertainties and challenges DURING AND AFTER THE 2008 housing market crash.
THE BIRTH OF ART
You don't have to approach the arts as if you are struggling to learn how things work on a new job. Art making is just a vehicle used to bring up and out that creative energy that we once enjoyed as children growing up. A natural process that allow you to unblock the passage to your spirit that may be filled with suppressed feelings, thoughts, and memories held in for fear of PAIN OR rejection. Take moment and RE-discover THAT freedom of expression- WHETHER IT BE woodcraft, painting, pottery, sculpture, literature, music, dance, theater, OR, photography... BE ABOUT IT.
wild wolf fine arts studio is A veteran owned studio by a self taught artist in the medium of acrylics using the creative process of art making as a means of support for stress management.
Copyright (c) 2020 Reuben Kenyatta All rights reserved
Copyright (c) 2020 Reuben Kenyatta All rights reserved