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While music has played the driving force in his business career, Otha “Vakseen” Davis IIIʼs passion for the arts has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment industry. Drawing inspiration from women, emotions, and popular culture, his paintings deal with the theme of female identity and evolve around society's idolization of beauty, the enhancements women endure to obtain this level of "perfection" and the impact this has on the female species. Vakseen has been selected for 13 solo exhibitions and over 15 group exhibitions in venues like Art Share LA, Noho Art Gallery, Venice Arts, Santa Clarita City Hall, Norbertellen Gallery, Larrabee Sound Studios and Atlantaʼs Emerging Art Scene Gallery, amongst others. His work has also been selected and featured in over 35 art and literary magazines and been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout the U.S.
As a creative mind, the arts have played a major role in my life from childhood. I grew up overweight, so I wasn’t always the most confident. It wasn’t like I was a hermit or anything, but I was insecure. I was also never really allowed to have a voice so I didn’t really express myself until I was older. When you can’t find the words to say or aren’t allowed to express your innermost thoughts and feelings, it’s crazy how creativity can serve as an emotional release. Art has always played the role of my therapist and helped me maintain sanity in this crazy world. Ironically, that same insecurity would serve as a major inspiration and subject matter years later in my paintings.
Initially I would typically create using both acrylic and oil or water color paint, but now I tend to gravitate towards acrylics. I usually zone out and create pretty quickly, so I love the flexibility, depth and complex layers acrylic paint allows me to create. Black, white, blue and red hues are always a common denominator in my pieces and at this point, it’s definitely intentional. I’ve always loved the dramatic contrast and power that black and white images create. At the same time, colors are so sensitive and vibrant. I absolutely love how colors automatically demand your attention. They play with your senses and tap into certain emotions.
I’ve always felt they were God’s greatest creation, so my work evolves around women, their natural allure and the insecurities or confidence created by Pop culture. Simply stated, my work is a reflection of society’s idolization of beauty. I can’t imagine being a woman in this world. Everywhere you turn you have these “perfect” images that are supposed to represent an image every woman can relate to. Everything has to be perfect. But if you’re not perfect, there’s always plastic surgery, Botox, makeup, jewelry or fashion accessories to provide some sort of remedy. With that foundation, I use high end fashion magazines to clip and surgically collage the perfect pieces together to bring my creations to life. From here I recreate everything and paint these beautifully insecure souls onto the canvas. If I have to label it, my focus is definitely surrealism consistently fused with elements of hyperrealism and cubism. My work is simply a reflection of the surreal, superficial times we live in and I want to suck you into my world, even if it’s just for a brief moment. I want my work to consistently spark complex dialogue, captivate the viewer’s senses and most importantly, question the importance we place on outer appearances.