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Tariq Mix

“Bold & Beautiful”

February 15 – April 21, 2018

City Art in Columbia, SC is pleased to celebrate Black History Month with the work of Tariq Mix and his new show entitled “BOLD & BEAUTIFUL” featured in the main gallery February 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018. An opening reception with the artist will be held Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

City Art recognizes the variety of the artist imagery as similar to past work but reaching into the future with diversity. “I always create to inspire the world, in the most powerful and positive manner. I aim to give you life, perseverance, power, and strength to move through life's obstacles, with a strong sense of beauty and boldness. Be bold and be beautiful.” -Tariq

Tariq received his undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington D.C. The strong African American studies program at Howard had a large impact on his painting. He found himself immersed in the culture and history of Movements like the Harlem Renaissance and jazz figures such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. They motivated Tariq to create imagery evoking the smooth, laid back rhythm of jazz.

Most of Tariq’s work prior to arriving in South Carolina was set in a jazz club scene, with the majority of the work focused on musicians. Recently, however, he adjusted the angle of the work to focus more on club-goers: diners, dancers, romancers. This does not mean that Tariq forgoes the music aspect of his work. The essence of jazz is still there, in the contouring lines of the figures and the movement evoked by them. “My work dances with emotion across the canvas,” he said, “I create with bold colors, strong design and composition and lively characters.”