Tommie L. Blackwell started young with art and got involved in student projects. Once he went back to get his GED, he got back involved in student activities such as the school newspaper and received their featured artist, which were some of his first published pieces of art. Tommie was also published in their Gifts Giving book. After that, he attended ITT Tech which he made Dean’s Honor List. In 2013, he decided once again continue perusing his education and goals in the art field. He entered Minneapolis Community Technical College for Visual Arts. First honor received was accepted in St. Mary’s Basilica Celebration of Love in 2013. Currently, he continues to be an active artist participating in community events and exhibitions throughout the Twin Cities. Tommie is a member of the Avivo ArtWorks Collective.
I am a multimedia artist. I love to work with metallic acrylics. I paint on canvas and cardboard. I also love working with graphite and doing life like portraits, cartooning, and web page designing. I base my work on not just my passions but current events going around me to make a social statement; to evoke awareness, and it usually gets a lot of interaction and feedback, a lot of it positive. I do this because I don’t feel many other artists do. A lot of artists are not focusing on unification or peace or education or family values. I put narrative into my social justice work because I want each piece to have a clear message. The beauty of nature and the city around us, simplicity, diversity, and culture are themes I also like to explore.
I want to continue and participate in adding beauty and knowledge through art to the general Minnesota area. I want to be involved. I find it very motivating. I would like to grow into doing larger scale paintings, airbrushing, large murals, and public art installations.