Seems like the beautiful bad moon is rising. My artwork for 2016 explores demons, the concept of falling into hell, and for Necro Nectar, skeletons. I am inspired by symbols ominous and synonymous with death. It is a challenge to explore these notions of angels falling, death beckoning, and skeletons rattling in a manner that also offers a glimpse of beauty. The Necro Nectar illustrations also explore creating on paper that has already lived a full life. The drawing surface is recycled, stained, and with wrinkles. The graphite process also required multiple layers of graphite to develop the rich darkness seen in corners. Often times when working up these drawings the less than pristine paper and overlay of graphite reminded me of deceased loved ones who told the best stories.
Les Caison III is an award-winning visual artist from North Carolina. A diverse upbringing and public education complete with critical accomplishments in music and visual art inform his creativity. Les paints and illustrates, often intertwining the two. His style is the immediacy between raw and refined. His mixed media paintings tell stories. They offer something for the viewer to think about for a while.
Les enjoys creating visual dialogue for others to consider. He’s also grateful for having a variety of resources and venues to offer his art for public viewing. His work is mentioned in numerous publications including the March 2010 issue of North Carolina-based “Our State” Magazine. Honors include a 2008 Elsewhere Artist-In-Residence in Greensboro and a 2003 Asheville Artist Grant. His commission projects and patrons span many states and several reside overseas. Les is collected internationally and has over 120 exhibitions under his belt – 35 of them solo. He recently accepted an invitation to appear in the 2016 “Cherry Bounce” Group Exhibition at William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA.
Les is from Greensboro, NC. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a BFA in Studio Art. He is currently the Four Saints Brewing Company’s Art Wall Project Manager in Asheboro.
In his free time (ha) Les can be found working on an array of commissions from t-shirt & tattoo designs to portraits from life & large format paintings. He is an associate member of Winston-Salem’s favorite art venue, Delurk Gallery Collective and enjoys his time working each year with fourth grade art students via the Guilford County’s Artists In-Schools program.
Stay tuned for his next exhibition of brand new creative musings with his ninth and final exhibition for 2016: December at Camino Bakery also in Winston-Salem.
His website is www.LesIII.com .
Read more via his blog: LesCaisonIII.blogspot.com
Follow his sneak peek images on Instagram and/or Twitter: @lesthreee .