Hello! My name is Twan Kaikpo & I’m a 23 year old artist, stylist, & musician. I moved to Atlanta when I was 16.
I would say I’m a lover of all things beautiful & I’m very passionate about the arts. I recently discovered my love for painting while sitting around in my best friend’s basement. She also paints & hangs them up on the wall down there. I looked at them & thought “I want to paint!” But didn’t try until I randomly found myself in the arts & craft section at Walmart one day. I became addicted after that. Haha.
As an artist I try to translate my spirituality and my strange imagination into images. I believe my artwork is unique because it’s a bit corky, jovial, spiritual, colorful, and almost childlike. It’s definitely not “fine art” but I think it still conveys a message.
I paint because it has a healing effect on me. I could be upset or just really angry all day, but as soon as I pick up a paint brush, all of those feelings are released and I feel happy again. I hope I don’t sound like a lunatic when I say this but I believe that God puts all of the images I’ve painted so far in my head. I say that because I usually get ideas for paintings after having a daydream while meditating or from dreams.
I haven’t been on the art scene long. I recently started to believe I could actually have a career in art so I haven’t explored different types of mediums yet. So far I’ve only used acrylic paint & water colors on canvas. I think the more comfortable I get, the more I will experiment.
One of my best friends is also a painter and she was the one that inspired me to get into painting. She is probably my favorite artist. Her work is a bit corky, symbolic, spiritual, and abstract like mine. She showed me that art is art. Your style is your style. You don’t need to try to be like anyone else in order to be an artist. You just have to believe in your talent and your work will speak for itself.
When people see my artwork I want them to feel the joy I felt while painting it. I want each and every color to pop off of the canvas and have a healing effect on people (you can be healed through color therapy). I want to inspire any young person out there that wants to be an artist but doesn’t think that they’re good enough. I want to show them that they don’t have to be a Picasso to have “talent”. Art is whatever you have in your heart that you want to translate with your paint brush (or however you want to express it).
Visit the website of Twan Kaikpo: TwanyeEastDaArtBeast.blogspot.com
Have a beautiful day!