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Artist of the moment…..Brett Cook Dizney….

Brett Cook- Dizney is an artist that now spends much of his time painting faces of people. Much of his work is mural size public commissions so he paints them quite large. His style is one where he uses a lot of color in depicting faces. He also has done works in ink is an excellent draughtsman.

Brett Cook- Dizney was born in 1968 in San Francisco, California.

For his collegiate education the artist went to the University of California at Berkeley.

The artist hasn’t had much work sold at auctions and the only price I was able to find was $1250 for an ink done of Harriet Tubman.

Like other great street artists Swoon and Crash, Brett Cook Dizney started off by showing his artwork on abandoned buildings in places like Brooklyn and Harlem, New York.  His work is great for the community as he uses actual people from the neighborhood in his murals.

A link to the artist’s own personal website: http://www.brett-cook.com/www.brett-cook.com/Brett_Cook.html

Brett  Cook- Dizney also creates some fantastic installation work that combines his graffiti skills, his painting skills, and sometimes photographs and text to provide the viewer with a great background for his ideas. Of the artists I have written about lately I would say he reminds of Betye. Saar makes some great sculptures and installations also with photographs that show her mixed racial background. Below is a great example of her signature style. The piece is a mixed media masterpiece that involves painting, photography, and is made on a window.

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The artist has shown his work at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The artist talking about his views on peace!

A show given by Brett Cook-Dizney that showed many African-American celebrities: Watch as people help to fill in the lines that Cook-Dizney created. Very similar to the Sand Animation for New Years we saw from Sadarshan Pattnaik. This event took place near San Francisco, California.

In this fantastic clip the artist tells us why he enjoys using community members in his mural art. He enjoys telling the story of the local community members. He does much research in his work, sometimes taking up to one year to before starting his project. Its great that the community helps to produce the art. Many people feel inspired and motivated by helping to do their part at improving their community. If everyone is engaged, people won’t feel the need to destroy it.  The people learn to care about things again.

Brett Cook-Dizney is a great artist who shows us what a mural painter can do for a community. Sure its great to see mural art like John Pugh, very trompe like in appearance and it causes people to stop and stare. But Cook-Dizney takes his art one step further by allowing the community to help participate in the creatino of his artwork! A celebration of art for all involved.

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