Haroshi’s Skateboard Art

Haroshi is a Japanese sculptor, woodworker,  and skateboarder from Tokyo, Japan. He is known for creating large sculptures made out of used skateboard decks. He makes each sculpture by carefully selecting and stacking the skateboards, then he hand carves, paints, and polishes them into a veneer finish. He also sculptures teddy bears, cartoon characters, sneakers, and fire hydrants. During the construction of each sculpture, Haroshi puts a broken skateboard piece into the core of the piece or gives each piece a “soul”. This practice was inspired by Unkei who was a  12th-century Buddhist sculptor. Unkei would place a crystal ball inside each of his Buddha sculptures.

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Artist Mickalene Thomas

Naomi looking forward painting
by Mickalene Thomas

Artist Mickalene Thomas creates amazing paintings that are embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her paintings represent African American beauty, sexual identity, and power. She also includes different genres in her artwork such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and nude. Mickalene  Thomas was born in Camden, New Jersey, and studied at  Yale University School of Art in 2002.

Green couch painting
by Mickalene Thomas.
Bedazzled collage painting
by Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas Interview