Artisic Aspirations

by Terry Watson | September 11th, 2013
Tyreik Summers (Photos by Mykel Media Company)

Tyreik Summers (Photos by Mykel Media Company)

Spray Paint Art is an art form using spray paint, traditionally on posterboard, but can be done on any non-porous material, such as wood, metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. For Tyreik Summers, he prefers a canvas to convey his message that is full of artistic explorations. It differs from graffiti art in that graffiti is performed on buildings and trains, as opposed to more traditional art surfaces.

Spray Paint Art (Sadotgraphia or Aerosolgraphia) originally began in Mexico City in the early 1980’s by Ruben “Sadot” Fernandez. Sadot was a poet, made mosaics, and also used other traditional media, but became most known for his artwork made with aerosol spray paint. This art form is generally performed on the street and in large metropolitan cities, creating surreal landscapes of planets, comets, pyramids, cities, and nature scenes. Additionally, simple one-colored backgrounds or even multi-colored backgrounds where the paint swirls together or fades has been discovered.

A graduate of James B. Dudley High School, Summers describes himself as a unique individual who thinks differently and is extremely creative, imaginative, and very intelligent. He first started drawing when he was in the fourth grade. He was influenced by his father, who is also an artist and referenced his pictures for drawing. He began spray painting in 2011 after watching a YouTube video that described the thriving form of Spray Paint Art.

“I get influenced by the skills of other advanced artist. I look and compare how detailed and clean their work is to my own. That makes me more determined to improve my skills,” he says. His artwork is mostly traditional, but can be very different. His style is based on different perspectives but his signature is always detailed, colorful, precise, balanced and neat.

Summers says his goals in life are to find a career that includes art (auto body), create his own cartoon, and start a union for all artist. “I seek to expand my skills and knowledge on anything that proves to be beneficial to me,” he says. He finds inspiration in everything that looks interesting. “I take the time to think about it, and then I envision a picture based off what I saw,” says Summers.

The market price for one of Summers creations begins around $15. He has sold over 20 pieces and says his most memorable sale was one that depicted a Sea Turtle. The biggest challenge he faces as an artist is finding the time to paint while working and attending college.

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