** INSPIRATION TO THE ARTIST ** Our profession is not linear. There will be ebb and flow. You may have to sleep on park benches. In your car. There will be things that you’ll do that you never thought you’d have to – just to be able to create. But do not quit! Do not quit! Do not quit! It will pay off. Ashe.
REPOST : For years I used to trip of being “slim” – (I’ve been the same weight since High School). Being called skinny and bony and frail (and all that) used to get to me. Especially as a man in this body-conscious country. *Note: I was NOT the dude getting sand kicked in my face – for the record. I was never that guy. I digress… I was good in sports and athletic, but I would try weight gain protein, lifting, stuffing my face, drinking high-carb beer..and so on. Nuthin. I realized how I overcompensated by being a huge risk-taker, challenging, and just not giving a damn. And, admittedly, I LIKE pissing on fire hydrants. Once again, I digress… I must add that I have also benefited greatly from this experience. It made me strong-minded. And resilient. Anyone on this Facebook thang, that knows me, knows that I’ve been through hell (like you). Put myself through hell (like you). And I’m still standing (like you). But one thing I HAVE been is: 100. I’ve never been fake. I’ve never kissed ass. I’ve sacrificed a lot for what I believe in. And everyone knows, I Will Stand Alone. My point is this: Who gives a shit? Do you. Be me. Love, the skinny guy. And I love you. We all have our insecurities. I thank you for allowing a space to have shared mine. Happy Monday Fama and Friends!! Love yourself. Completely. #artsnobagency
Peace Fama & Friends! Join me for my debut solo art exhibit and book reading, “Love is Active – A Small Guide to Save Your Mind” @ Edgy Gallery in Mesa (AZ). FREE Admission and books are for sale online at: www.loveisactive.com (Amazon, Kindle, and BookPatch). There will also be FRESH Art available to purchase. We’re changing the world – you and me.
Love is Active. Art is Life. Come thru! #100 -NR
@ Edgy Gallery | 4-9PM | 14 N Robson | Mesa, AZ | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Frida’s Diego” | 24″x24″ wood + acrylics | Nik Ridley. 2017 | @artsnobagency | http://artsnobagency.com
There is a science to everything, and selling your art is no exception. One problem is that few of us ever had a mentor, and another issue is that we often have a misunderstanding of what marketing is – we make it far too difficult (and ineffective).
I will show you 4 simple steps that will help you sell your art, without selling YOURSELF. The first, is necessary, the last, not an option. This workshop is not an infomercial or sleazy sales function. Be prepared to have a working document (literally, a blueprint) that you will be able to execute immediately. Materials are provided. Fee: $20 per person.
Saturday, November 25th from 11-4 pm we will have @artsnobagency showing his work and doing some live painting at the shop!
7135 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 175
Scottsdale AZ, 85251
What distinguishes the Phoenix Art Museum is its beautiful architecture. I was amazed at the layout and design which uses stone, steel, and glass in such a unique way. The open space has a minimalist feel to it that I am fan of. Of course, the artwork was stellar, with a focus on quality over quantity. If you’re ever in Phoenix you’ll want to check it out – you won’t be disappointed. I’ve included some eye-candy for your viewing pleasure. Peace!
Join us as Edgy Gallery and Artsnob:agency presents “Love is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind” book signing and solo art exhibit by local fine artist, Nik Ridley.
Love is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind is a book about love being an active, living force and not merely an emotional construct. LIA is an artistically humanistic guide, complete with interactive exercises, that expand the notion of living a healthy and loving lifestyle by offering practical solutions to today’s challenging issues.
An opening reception is Saturday, December 2nd, from 4-9:00 p.m., where Ridley will be reading excerpts from his book and exhibiting fresh fine art. Join us for a night of great energy, music, and light refreshments as we celebrate life and our shared experience. Family friendly.
About the Author/Artist:
A recent Phoenix transplant from Denver, Nik Ridley’s work is urban-inspired and sensual in nature and explores what he coins, “urban abstract primalism.” Of his influences, Ridley states, “Basquiat, Picasso, Kahlo and Eddie Barnes are my heroes – their stories and imagination have always resonated with me, especially their approach to color and form.
For additional information:
Phone: (720) 461-3976
Book Website: http://loveisactive.com
Artsnob:agency Website: http://artsnobagency.com/nik-ridley-book-release/
14 N Robson
Mesa, Arizona, AZ 85201
When FASHION meets ART! New custom wearable art pieces coming soon! https://www.cityroyalsmenswear.com/
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A little fun @ Bedlam (Phoenix. AZ). 10/6/17. | “Love is You” | 24″x36″ Wood+Acrylic | Nik Ridley
“Won” | Acrylic+Canvas | 24″x30″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | $3300 | http://artsnobagency.com
Jack and Jill
Walked in a garden,
Leaving bread crumbs behind them
On a yellow brick road.
“Mirrors” | 30×36 | acrylic+canvas | Nik Ridley. 2017 | All Rights Reserved.
We often see ourselves as separate from what we are experiencing – the people, places, things. Mirrors is an interpretation of the singleness of Life, and how it is a connected reflection of our own Self. In this, there is an inherent accountability and freedom from one’s perceived condition. -Nik Ridley
Scottsdale, AZ – Many thanks to Alan Shugert [ @imsoalan ] for supporting – you are OFFICIALLY an ARTSNOB! You are appreciated. #GoodPeople #Scottsdale #OldTown
“Mother” | 30×36 | acrylic+canvas | Nik Ridley. 2017. All Rights Reserved.
With each step is a million years of experience. She birthed into this world the dreams we all are. She is my Mother. Your Mother. Her Mother. Joi is her name, and you can find her in the hills singing a prayer – what Love will do. -Nik Ridley
“She Is Muse” | Acrylic+Canvas | 24″x30″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | http://artsnobagency.com
This piece honors the “Muse” – the inspiring energy that animates the artist. When we speak of inspiration, I conceive a…messenger from God that delivers a “message” via color/sight/sound/experience. We are receptacles, or containers, of an etheric download. #Ptah
“Ties” | Acrylic+Canvas | 24″x30″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | http://artsnobagency.com
Relationships are the Bedrock of society. It is the essence and sweetness of life, and the purpose of living – so that we could all know and experience one another. This piece honors our relationships and the ties that bind us all, together. May we all know, and practice, Love for one another.
“Leila” | Acrylic+Canvas | 36″x48″ | Nik Ridley. 2016. | artsnobagency.com
“Espacios Sagrados” | 48″x48″ Acrylic+Canvas | Nik Ridley. 2016 | www.artsnobagency.com
This expose was special. Not only in its promotion for art as wellness and education, but also because Ron Jolly, his students and I have worked together before when we recorded, mixed and mastered a song that got placed in an indie feature film.
I have personally witnessed the power of art in teaching children valuable life skills and promoting wellness. Seeing the impact Ron has in his class and the positive outcomes, it just made sense to highlight his audio engineering program and to hear the importance of art from the students themselves. How they feel. What they think. The practical ways that art helps them in life.
Working alongside FelixFast4Ward added an element that words can’t describe. We also have worked together in music and theater, and there aren’t many people that are just…genuine, humble AND super talented. And, true to form, he came through – an experience we’ll all remember. Thanks, Fe 🙂
Special thanks to Ron Jolly and CEC Learning College Students (Denver, CO):
Tomas Montoya III
“Eye and Eye” | Acrylic+Canvas | 30″x40″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | $3200 | artsnobagency.com
Our blood carries messages from the past, literally manifesting who we are, presently. It is the Oneness that we all share – the Source (the I and I). This is in honor of my Bajan bloodline (Barbados) – in honor of our Primal self. In the beginning…we were One. And still are. #AllConnected
“She” | Acrylic+Wood | 48″x48″ | Nik Ridley. 2017. | artsnobagency.com