This month, the Warehouse Arts District Association is excited to welcome several new artist residents in the studios at the ArtsXchange. One of these artists is Nick Davis, a 29-year-old digital artist born and raised in Saint Petersburg, who has gained both popularity and exposure for his unique style of digital art. Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, and Kara Walker, to name a few, Nick says his art expresses everyday life. He uses his iPad and the Procreate app to sketch and draw beautiful illustrations and animations.
Nick is open with his struggles with anxiety and depression, and has said that, “My goal is simply to encourage my community and others that you’re not alone but that your Black Is Beautiful.” He says he wants to focus on his community, and help others to know that they are not alone.
Nick has been a full-time artist for just a little over a year. His most recent series, called Black Is Beautiful, and has gained him a lot of new followers – over 17,000 on Instagram -- and great interest from the artist community. He has been recently featured by Creative Pinellas, WEDU Arts, and 10 Tampa Bay.
We asked Nick a few questions.
What inspires your art?
My community, driven by lack of emotions.
What is it like to be an artist in St. Petersburg?
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg. It’s a city full of talented artist willing to help each other grow.
Why did you join the ArtsXchange and how do you feel that will inform or influence your work?
I’m excited for the opportunity to join a community of creators driven to grow. My hope is it to encourage new medium such as Digital Art.
Learn more about Nick here: www.ndartlife.com