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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 mixed medium paintings have been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles and the Southeast region of the U.S. While heʼs only been on the art scene at a professional level since January 2012, Otha has been selected for 13 solo exhibitions and over 15 group exhibitions in venues like Art Share LA, Noho Art Gallery, Santa Clarita City Hall, Norbertellen Gallery, Larrabee Sound Studios, Aquarium of the Pacific and Atlantaʼs Emerging Art Scene Gallery, amongst others. His work has also been selected and featured in over 30 art and literary magazines.
As a creative mind, the arts have played a major role in my life from a young age. I grew up overweight, so I wasnʼt always the most confident. I never really had a voice until I grew older. Sometimes you canʼt find the words to express your innermost thoughts and feelings and art always served as that emotional release for me. Art and creativity tend to play the role of my therapist and help me maintain sanity in this crazy world.
I started out drawing, but the paint brush is my weapon of choice these days. I create paintings using acrylics or oil with water color. I always use at least two of the mediums in my work, as it adds a certain level of depth and complexity. Red, black and white always seem to be 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, red is so sensitive. Red is intense and one of those colors that automatically demands your attention. I absolutely love colors and how they play with our senses, but the combination of these three elements allows me to create so much depth and emotion. They definitely provide a solid foundation.
I’m invigorated by women, popular culture and the value of self. I’ve always felt they were God’s greatest creation, so my work tends to evolve around women, their natural allure and the insecurities or confidence created by Pop culture. More specifically, I touch on our 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 the average woman can relate to. Everything has to be perfect. If you’re not perfect, there’s always plastic surgery, Botox, makeup, jewelry or fashion accessories to provide some sort of remedy. I think 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 and most importantly captivate the viewer’s senses.