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Exclusive Interview: Cultural Artist, Tysen Knight, Takes His Masterpieces, Latest Art Series From City to City

Art is expression. We see it every day and in every corner that we turn. Street art is among the most unique and gives our communities life. American street artist, Tysen Knight, grew up in the peak of the street art movement. He is inspired by the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

“I like to blur the lines between street art and fine art to create something new that I hope captivates and inspires people from all walks of life,” says Knight.

Knight uses his influences along with the styles of great classic artists to create unique pop culture graffiti pieces that hang in private and public collections around the world.

Recently, Mr. Knight launched his latest collection of paintings and drawings in the Robert James Gallery in Palm Spings. The works are part of Knight’s new Masterpiece Mash-Up series where he re-imagines paintings from the great masters including Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci and Grant Wood.

According to the co-curators of, Robert Byhre and James Hollenbeck, “We’ve been fans of Tysen for several years and we asked him to create the Masterpiece Mash-Up collection exclusively for our online gallery. The pieces listed on the site are the first in an ever-expanding series of original works on paper and canvas that we feel will best represent Tysen’s vibrant colorful whimsical style.”

In addition to his art, Knight has worked in many different forms of media including acting in feature films and music videos, modeling, and even directing his own full-length film, “The Art of the Hustle: Street Art Documentary,” which is getting critical acclaim at film festivals internationally.

I was in awe of Knight’s work that I had interview him. Listen to the interview above.

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  • Naomi K. Bonman

    Naomi K. Bonman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She also holds her Masters of Public Administration. She is the Founder and CEO of Awakened Media Enterprises, Inc. which owns Purposely Awakened. She has been in the media field since 2006 covering beats that range from social justice, community, entertainment, sports, fashion/beauty, and culture news.

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