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Rising Stars: Meet Art DeyJom

Today we’d like to introduce you to Art DeyJom.

Hi DeyJom, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
ArtDeyJom, born (James Atsu Agbolosu) is an abstract and a Pop Artist who does not always attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colors, and forms to send a visual language to whoever comes in contact with his works.

Art was introduced to me at the most difficult time of my life when I was unemployed after the retail store I worked with for 5years closed down.

I never dreamt of becoming an artist. I wanted to be a Videographer, Musician, or Graphic Designer. I had so much love for creativity. I took graphic design classes. I made fabric patterns and digital art (and always had), but only as a hobby.

My best friend was an artist and I was just an admirer and a critic of his works till he came to me one day and said “why don’t try this art thing since you are currently unemployed”. I believe in you and I know you can do this. I will add your paintings to my works then we wait and see the response from customers.

Days went by, I made few sales, and compliments kept coming and that was how I found my new path as an artist thanks to my best friend Ebenezer Appiah.

I am blessed to do what I love for a living. Somehow in a few years, I’ve turned a desperate situation into a profession and then into a lifestyle. While I don’t claim any profound wisdom nor that my path is the best one, I know there are some aspiring artists out there who will be encouraged to see the road that I have taken.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Making no sales sometimes mostly in the beginning made me want to give up on Art.

It’s not easy keeping up with the talent sometimes. Talent or skills never fades away, but it needs continuous practice. When you get to an advanced level and you stopped practicing you might find yourself back to being a beginner all over again.

And that’s a nightmare to anyone because every single improvement counts.

– Due to high competition and the fact that most artists work alone, it’s easy to experience loneliness.

– It’s difficult to get new ideas for days sometimes weeks or months no matter how hard you try.

– Self-doubting my own abilities because I feel am not good enough after comparing my works to some artists I see online.

These are some of the difficult times many artists or creative people go through every day and you have to be mentally strong to fight it because social media is now part of us and it’s here to stay.

– Finding the right customer to give you feedback, in the beginning, is always hard.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a self-thought artist and I specialize in (Abstract and Pop Art).

Am mostly known for being able to express my “inner feelings” through art and telling an original story about my personal experiences, background, memories, ideas, and beliefs.

As a graphic designer and self-thought artist, I feel I have an uncommon way of creating art that most artists are not used to.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I wish the public transit system could be fixed so there will be less traffic.

Insufficient parking, even in many residential areas (mostly northeastern cities).

Too many casinos while human beings are sleeping outside on the floor.

High dropout rates, poverty, drugs, and homelessness. But in all the younger generation is turning things around and they are gradually integrating despite the cultural differences.

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