“Hypnotize” is a piece I created for my Jazz3 collection that pays tribute to Louis Armstrong. In this series I’m basically paying tribute to the greats through vibrant, emotional, cubism-based art. Music has always played a big role in my life as I grew up hearing Jazz and a number of other genres in my household. Using a fine mixture of warm and cool acrylic tones, I was able to play off the portrait’s natural energy and provide balance and allure.


While working on hit records in the music industry has played a driving force in his career, it’s Vakseen’s (born Otha Davis III) passion for the arts that has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment business. The self-taught, Floridian has developed a distinct collage-influenced painting style (Vanity Pop) that fuses elements of cubism, photorealism, fashion design and pop surrealism into vibrantly alluring, abstract portraits. While most viewers assume they’re viewing collage or mixed media art, ...

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