“There are some beautiful people out there that have left the world better off. I’m glad I could share some of them over Black History Month, one portrait at a time,” says Mel Waters when talking about his piece-a-day project in San Francisco’s Mission District in February. Funded from his own pocket, the 34-year-old artist devised the project for himself and executed it on city walls (and one delivery truck) to pay tribute to famous African Americans during Black History Month.
A lot of entries look like an attempt to re-interpret Master Hair Dresser Nicholas French. Yet none have his precision or attention to detail. My favorite category this year is definitely Hair Color and the entries of Jake Thompson.
We can’t get enough of artist and illustrator Lola Dupré’s precisely fragmented, surrealist collage creations. So (as we often do when we spot art that makes us say “Wow!” or “How?!”) we asked her if she’d like to be interviewed. Dupré kindly said yes—but that we’d have to conduct the interview by sending emails back and forth, as she was in the midst of moving from one country to another.