Since we started Museache, it has become more clear how different art fields aren’t as separate as you think they are. More artists are being inspired by things outside of the realm that they exist in artistically. In this case, painter and visual artist, Khari Ricks pulls inspiration from music, anime, and a few respected creatives. It has been a minute since I’ve covered an artist with Khari’s skill set, so learn a little about him in short our interview/gallery below.
Who and what are some of your inspirations?
I have loads of inspirations, I love James Jean, Peter Chung (I named my two person show after an episode of Æon Flux, his cartoon), Flemish flower painting, Hayao Miyazaki. All this stuff I kind of draw from as far as visual language. But most of the stuff that makes me pick up a brush is music. I’m super inspired and in love with Kelela and Shabazz Palaces right now. All of my recent paintings where pretty much painted to Kelela’s “Cut 4 You” and Shabazz Palaces “Lese Majesty”.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
I kind of run through favorite artist ever few months or so. Some days I get really stoked on people like Vermeer and I’ll have to go check out the European section at the MET. Then I get really into anime and have to watch “Samurai Champloo” over again. Right now I’m really feeling Jesse Kanda (did the covers and art direction for FKA Twigs “LP1″) and Jeff Soto. And I like David Choe. Frankly there so many dope people, I can’t really pick. You can find more of my art on Instagram and Tumblr