artist, author, priest

SESSION: Monday, October 19, 1:00

Find Your Art

Can art be a spiritual practice? By the way, what is art? What is good art? What is a spiritual practice? Will it help us find our purpose? Why do we keep obsessing over our purpose? Who are we? Are we supernatural beings? Is art supernatural? Does quantum physics have any answers? Is God a man-made design? Does that mean God is real, or not real? Am I flawed or are they flawed?  It certainly matters - but why? 

This and other unanswerable questions about purpose, shame and vulnerability with Shabazz Larkin, founder of Larkin Art & Company in Nashville Tennessee.


Shabazz Larkin is an American Artist, painter, writer, illustrator, book-maker and product designer. His practice of vandalizing photographs, overwhelming use of color and bold typography, at times feel like visual concepts better suited for the editorial section of Rolling Stone. This technique only veils Larkin’s true intention to explore societal  issues of race, justice and religion. Shabazz is most known for his portraits that capture the beauty of resilience in Black culture.


Shabazz has served as the Executive Creative Director over all of Sean Combs’ brands and helped Barack Obama launch his first initiative after leaving the White House. 


In 2017, Shabazz moved his family down to Nashville, TN where he has begun documenting accounts of normal people about their encounters with God and posting it up as street art. Meanwhile, back in his studio, he paints portraits of black people in stark black or red skin, a kind of rebellion against the Eurocentric notions of beauty. 


Most recently, Shabazz and his wife, Ashley, have turned their attention to building a product design business - Larkin Art & Company, focused on producing artifacts that enrich the lives of people of color. Like Tribe Vibe, a card game that celebrates the diaspora of Africa and America. Shabazz loves traveling the country inspiring students to "Find Their Art" and use it to change the world.

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