Starstruck (A Moment of Madness on Rodeo)
30x30" acrylic painting on wood
by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III
While working on hit records as a music executive/producer 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, museum- exhibited 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, each #VakseenArt creation is in fact meticulously hand painted directly on canvas. Drawing distinct inspiration from our fascination with popular culture, his gallant paintings are a celebration of women, beauty, duality, insecurity and self preservation. Currently based in Los Angeles, his paintings have been featured by Adidas, Vans, Playboy, Complex, Bombay Sapphire, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, and Tupac Shakur’s estate, amongst others. In addition to being sold to collectors and art enthusiasts, his art has been shown in museums, countless gallery exhibitions and featured in over 100 magazines worldwide.
Social media, reality TV, streaming, etc are at an all-time high. No matter the price, we want to see or be seen. We all want to be the center of attention or connect to someone who is. I created Starstruck to highlight how our fascination with needing to feel connected & keeping EVERYTHING in life under the lens has become the status quo.