The dopest artist/ musician you haven’t heard of
Miami’s Art Basel has featured some of the rarest and most prestigious pieces on the planet, and aspiring artist clamor to have their work showcased in its shows yearly. Among the artist who have had the pleasure of being featured is Arrington Porter, a young African American artist who has painted realistic portraits of everyone from Michael Jackson to Metro Boomin. Porter has turned heads as both an artist and musician and hopes that his artistry will one day be the main focus of his life, and his income.
“My style ranges from traditional realism to surrealism.”
Porter’s ability to excel in both art and music perhaps stem from the fact that he doesn’t view them as two separate entities. “I would say what makes me unique as an artist is that I pull a lot of subject matter from the specific music I listen to,” He says. Being raised by his grandparents, Porter was encouraged to pursue art and creating by all means but didn’t begin taking his craft seriously until college. Since then he has found his own style as an artist, and the versatility to pull it off. “My style ranges from traditional realism to surrealism.” Porter states.
“It’s like one has to learn how detach themselves from their work when putting it forth”
Being an artist is often a constant struggle of truly being happy with your own work and blocking out criticism, one that Porter knows all too well. While developing throughout his career he has learned that dealing with other views on his work, is just part of the territory. “It begins to get easier after awhile of doing it for so long,” Porter says. “It’s like one has to learn how detach themselves from their work when putting it forth where people can freely express their opinions, good or bad.”
“I just plan to just keep creating art as well as music”
With Porters work being admired by many, the reception has definitely been more positive than negative. As he continues to grow as an artist and musician, we have the feeling that Miami’s Art Basel is just the beginning for where he’ll take his talent. “I just plan to just keep creating art as well as music with hopes to eventually be able to fully rely on my craft to support me financially as well lead me to live a fulfilling life of peace and clarity,” He says. “I just want to be the happiest and best version of myself.”