Thursday, August 18, 2016

Golden Age Glamour

This is a charcoal piece inspired by the Golden Age of movies.  The use of charcoal really emphasizes the lights and darks that help capture the glamour and romance of the era.

Yes, I did it!

Willis (Marque) Washington, Jr.
www.thewashingtoncollective.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scarface

This piece was inspired by the movie Scarface, my favorite scene in the movie.  The scene when you first meet Elvira played by Michelle Pfeiffer.   The piece really captures the slick feel of the Miami home where the scene takes place.  The movie was released in 1983 directed by Brian De Palma and the screenplay written by Oliver Stone.  The movie was inspired by the classic movie called Scarface: Shame of a Nation 1932.  The movie uses a historical time in history when cuban refugee's are actually released  in the spring of 1980 at the port at Mariel Harbor and allowed into the United States.  This piece is timely given the the political climate that Donald Trump has created with his remarks on illegal immigrants.  Maybe Trump is looking at movies instead of actual facts, something to think about.

Yes, I said it!

Willis (Marque) Washington, Jr.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Adam

This is an expressionist painting inspired by the male body.  It is called Adam to convey the disconnection from societal convention.  Being naked is natural and the human body should be looked upon and appreciated in it's natural state.  This is a statement from the artist to remind mankind that clothing is an institution created by man.

Yes, I said it.

Willis (Marque) Washington, Jr.
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Faith Is the Power Within
By Willis C. Washington, Jr.
www.thewashingtoncollective.com





Faith is the power within
That leads the way,
And guides from within the soul,
And one must not betray,

And juiciest is the taste to be savored;
And sweet or sour it is your desire
That which way you will sway,
That which is pleasure or pain.

You’ve tasted it in it’s purest form
And at it’s warmest 
Yet, never at is deepest depth
Dive and receive your reward

Follow your path led by faith

Taste your reward hold it’s weight.

Yes, I said it!

Willis (Marque) Washington

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Janis

This picture is inspired by Janis Joplin, I was trying to capture the emotion that Janis put into her performance.  The abstract coloring and the use of the patterns on her face helps to convey her very emotional connection to her music which added an elevated aspect to her performance.  The portrait also shows a dark side of her performance using bright colors an opposite approach to achieving darkness creating an unexpected emotion for the viewer.

Enjoy!  Yes, I said it!

Willis (Marque) Washington, Jr.
www.thewashingtoncollective.com
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Marque World News

Keep up with what I have to say, more is coming.

Yes, I said it!
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Marque World News


Kui and I discuss the issue of transgender.

Join the Conversation, I would love to hear from you.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This is one of my charcoal pieces.  You better walk! I will be working with a lot of charcoal, keep a look out for more to come.  www.thewashingtoncollective.com  I have been a hairstylist for more than 30 years and have found another creative outlet.  This is also, the first time I have used my real name publicly and professionally, it is very rewarding.  Please enjoy the journey!  I am looking forward to where this creative journey takes me, anything is possible.  I feel that in this phase on my life it is time to use my given name to give homage to my family, this is my legacy.

Yes, I did it!

(Marque) Willis C. Washington, Jr.
www.thewashingtoncollective.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Nina Simone, I came across documentary and decided to paint a picture of one of my favorite singers Nina 2016.

Yes, I did it!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Marlene Dietrich Portrait

My latest work, done on May 25th. 2016

Yes, I did it!

Marque
www.thewashingtoncollective.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

Lady Gaga arrives

I have talked about Lady Gaga in the past about her making questionable fashion choices which overshadowing her musical talent.  Now, it seems that Lady Gaga has arrived and made the decision not to let the public be overwhelmed by what she is wearing and focus on her talent.

#ladygaga #monsters #littlemonsters

Yes, I said it!

Marque

Discarded Memories


MFA Studio Art Thesis Exhibition
of
Natali Bravo-Barbee


Discarded Memories:  Rescuing the Forgotten by Natali Bravo-Barbee
                                 April 4-8, 2016  5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

The City College of New York / Compton-Goethals Gallery 1617 Amsterdamn Avenue (#CG134)
#CityCollege  #Art  #Artist #Met #Discardedmemories

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Exhibit at Gitler&______

Gitler&______ presents the work of Nicolas Holiber:  Stolen Idols.  The exhibit will run from March 12-April 11, 2016.  Nicolas Holiber lives in New York.  The artist use of found objects, oil and acrylic to create these three dimensional works creates
a unique connection to the environment.  #Gitler&____

Please make sure to visit.

Yes, I said it!

Marque
www.thewashingtoncollective.com
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Friday, March 25, 2016

My Art Showcase.

video
Check it Out and Enjoy!  #Art #TheArts

Yes, I said it!

Marque
www.thewashingtoncollective.com
#thewashingtoncollective


My first completed Oil on Canvas 2016.

Yes, I said it!

Marque

Action and Reactions

Artist Peter Zachary Ziemkiewicz pictured with his MFA Thesis show of #actionandreactions.  @Compton Goethals Gallery 1617 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY  10031, City College.

Yes, I said it!

Marque

Friday, February 26, 2016

                                                              Self portrait 2015


This is a part of my journey in Art at City College.

Taking Pride in Washington Heights


The Beautification of Washington Heights is picking up speed.  Here the graffiti artist Danielle is working on a mural at 156th. & Broadway.  The Audubon Society and the Gitler &___ gallery in Hamilton Heights has teamed up to beautify and spread awareness to climate threatened birds.  This project adds beauty and awareness to the plight of endangered birds.  Just one way you can see the change in the area.  @daniellebknyc @audubonsociety @agitlerand #audubonmuralproject

Yes, I said it!

Marque

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Avocado Photo update

Today is February 25, 2016 and I moved my avocado tree to the south facing window a month ago and here is the progress.  Yes, that is a New York fire escape and the view from my bedroom window.  The plant is 20 inches tall, has two limbs, with seven leaves on each limb.   In doing my research on this project it was advised to trim half of the plant at this point but, I don't want to because in nature there would not be any pruning so, I have decided to let it grow organically.  This plant is growing faster than I thought.

Yes, I said it!

Marque