Meet graffiti-writer-turned-formal-easel-painter Jesse Edwards who, the story goes, traded in a life of crime for painting unconventional still lifes. Check out his impressionistic renditions of tenderly cared-for weed plants, a wank rag and sock, and Krylon can arrangements after the jump.
From The Examiner:
Edwards channels his energy into his paintings, which illustrate his unique and rather defiant perspective. Over time, he’s developed a more relaxed and optimistic outlook on life, and began incorporating classic 19th century Impressionist styles to complement his personal interpretations of life on the streets.
Edwards has been compared to Old Masters and Impressionists such as Degas and Rembrandt, while maintaining 21st-century raw, honest, and rather graphic style. Haunting pieces featured in the show include the horrific sight of smoke coming from the collapsing South Tower of the World Trade Center, a still life of spray paint cans with profane messages, and a graphic nude portrait of a young woman. Less blunt images include a still life with a plant with a peace symbol beside it, and an aesthetically pleasing scene of a public park.