art by Claude J. Easy November 27, 2017
What would you do if actress Gabrielle Union walked up to you and said, “Nice painting kid…” then bought your painting for $40,000?
Would you yak it or start running forever on some Forrest Gump type shit from the hype?
Well, 17-year-old street artist, Skylar Grey is letting everyone know that he is Union’s favorite artist and that his “King Jean Michel” is now hers.
This wouldn’t be the first time Grey has flipped one of his art pieces to high profile client. Grey’s client list also includes Diddy, Nick Cannon, The Game, and former L.A. Dodgers player Carl Crawford.
Nor is it the first time he’s sold a piece for $40,000. According to the most hot-boy news source on the entire planet, TMZ, $40k is his going rate.
Sheesh, that’s a lot of guap for someone who’s still in high school. Doesn’t say much for the rest of us who are making pennies at some part-time hustle flipping retail or delivering pizza.
Regardless of your hustles, let’s look at it this as motivation for those of us who want to take our passions to the bank. At 16, Grey was the youngest person ever to grace the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the Art & Style section.
Grey started his artistic journey from a very young age. According to an interview, he did with Paper Magazine Grey has been flexing in the art industry from 8-years-old,
“I’ve been drawing all my life, and at the age of 8 I was going to school 6 days a week — 5 days of regular school and art school on Saturdays. Weekends I would wake up early and my dad would play different art documentaries for me to watch all day so at 8 I was exploring different art forms, galleries, and museums. By 11, I was creating art professionally. My first painting was of the Queen — Amy Winehouse.”
This young homie has the heart of a lion.
Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of Grey’s work as the Miami Art Basel is gearing up to commence in the beginning of December. One thing we know for sure is that Grey’s got a very prominent life ahead of him.