Past Events

 With these three paintings, I decided to interpret the name of the event, "Double Mirror", in my own way. I painted three women of different ethnicities with the same skin tone. With this, I wanted to show that we are reflections of each other... more alike than different. I also wrote backwards words on each piece, so they could be easily read in a mirror. The words are thoughts of self-reflection.

Natiq...

With this 2nd body of work,,the artists Natiq Jalil and Paige Babin continue to explore the question of when a work of art is "finished".

Is it when the canvas is completely covered?

Or is it when the artist can no longer "add" to the piece?

Both artists felt the answer to the question was a bit more intuitive. Sometimes, a painting just feels right, regardless of whether every line has been filled in. Sometimes, white space speaks more clearly than unnecessary color.


There are times when even a single brushstroke more would diminish the message being presented. In completing this 2nd body of work, the artists put down their brushes when they first felt that nothing else was needed beyond that point, regardless of whether the painting was considered "finished". They present you with a body of work in various stages of completion, at precisely the point where the artists first felt moved by their own progress. 

 Join us at the Gallery Crawl for Reflective Locations, which features the work of artists capturing a place that reflects their personal identity. 


People often remember specific places throughout their lives that help to shape their identity. Even a seemingly empty location is full of energy, memory and potential. Reflective Locations will task the artists with the challenge of exhibiting personal identity through place; veering away from traditional representation or reflection of self by way of portrait or some interpretive object. By pushing the artists to share what places have helped to create the person they are today, the curating team hopes to encourage the audience to consider how location shapes our sense of being. These pieces will provide an honest and varied reflection of the selected artists through various mediums. All of the artists chosen for this exhibition are black males, giving the audience the opportunity to experience varied reflections of the contemporary black existence. 

Reflective Locations will take place in the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s new Big Room located on the 7th floor.

"At First Sight"

15" x 19 1/2" Watercolor, graphite pencil, ink, and gold leaf on watercolor paper. 

This is the first piece I completed for the group exhibit, "Reflective Locations", at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. 

The words on the side read, "When I first saw the city, I dreamed of possibilities. As I stood across the street, I saw this gallery, and my goals became clear."

More information about this event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/576124252476033/ 

Have you ever wondered how I do what I do? Come on out to the Wunderground at the Rex Theatre on the 11th

I will be painting live in all black. Some amazing artists, like Matt Hunter, will also paint live. Get your tickets, now. It's going to be a good time.

Tickets - http://www.showclix.com/event/winterwunderground

Facebook Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/1389120914668850/?context=create

I will be displaying new paintings at "A Night of Burlesque" Hot August Night Edition at Cavo Nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA on  August 23rd. Come be a part of an exciting night! 

More information below. 

The Souls of Art Folk has been rescheduled to September 13th!

I will keep you posted with details as they come and previews of the art for the event.

Explore the 

world of

unfinished 

art with

 them.

April 5th, 2013, 7pm

Garfield Artworks 

4931 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15224 

With this collection of work, the artists Natiq Jalil and Paige Babin explore the question of when a work of art is "finished".

Is it when the canvas is completely covered?

Or is it when the artist can no longer "add" to the piece?

Both artists felt the answer to the question was a bit more intuitive. Sometimes, a painting just feels right, regardless of whether every line has been filled in. Sometimes, white space speaks more clearly than unnecessary color.

There are times when even a single brushstroke more would diminish the message being presented.

In completing this body of work, the artists put down their brushes when they first felt that nothing else was needed beyond that point, regardless of whether the painting was considered "finished". They present you with a body of work in various stages of completion, at precisely the point where the artists first felt moved by their own progress.