Discover new works of art at Ballston Quarter. As a hub for our vibrant community, we’re excited to share some amazing pieces by these very talented Washington D.C. metro area-based artists.
Beginning September 18, local artists will be painting live at Ballston Quarter. All of the artists’ paintings will be made available for sale through an online auction after the series. All proceeds from the auction will benefit a local charitable organization in support of their programs and services that strengthen the heart of our community.
Explore our community through the lens of these local artists-in-residence.
Marlon Diggs is a self-taught artist from Newport News, VA. He began pursuing his passion for art as a child drawing everything from cartoons, comics, action figures and athletes. Drawing influences from his surroundings, he incorporates the ever-changing world of pop culture into his work, expressing his inner thoughts and experiences. These are captured through layers of bright bold colors and patterns coupled with popular and relevant images from his childhood which are utilized to express himself. His work is the perfect mix of two prolific genres of contemporary art; pop and urban street art and has successfully exhibited in major international markets including New York, Paris and Tokyo, to name a few.
Born and raised in Washington D.C, Yetunde said that ever since she was three, she’s known that art is her passion. One day Yetunde was having a conversation with a friend who was being pressured by her mother to chemically straighten her hair. This was drastically different from Yetunde’s experience. She sees her own upbringing as unique because unlike many of her peers, Yetunde’s mother taught her and her sisters to love their natural hair from a young age. When asked about her inspiration, Yetunde says she gets a lot of her ideas from her own experiences growing up. “When I was younger, I used to only draw pictures of girls with straight hair or fair skin, now I take pride in drawing and embracing black women with bold and beautiful features.
Sonia Jones is a self-taught mixed media artist. Her home studio is currently based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, but her forever home will always be the Oakland Bay Area. Sonia’s art is the output of her contemplation of the question, “Who Am I?” “I took on the task of exploring my West African ancestral roots, and I slowly became a student of its anthropology and became fascinated with its rich culture. The portraits I create aim to explore black identity across the diaspora and widen the viewer’s experience of Africa and its beautiful people. I take inspiration from my ancestral West African roots and try to connect it to my Black American heritage and culture. The canvas is my playground, and with the help of various fabrics and paints, I’m able to tell the story of my people. I invite you to explore my work, and I hope it makes you see the beauty in people and life’s everyday moments.”
Aniekan Udofia (born 1976) is a portrait artist known for his large-scale paintings and murals in the Washington, D.C. area. His artwork familiar to the community of northwest D.C, came to prominence after a mural tribute to American icon Duke Ellington. Udofia garnered national attention with his caricatures and photorealistic illustrations for publications such as XXL, Vibe, DC Pulse, and The Source.
All of the artists’ paintings will be made available for sale through an online auction after the live painting series. Stay tuned for more details! All proceeds from the auction will benefit a local charitable organization in support of their programs and services that strengthen the heart of our community.
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