Artists from across the country define ‘urban art’ with their work

UrbanArt_webYes, there will be spray paint. But the Arts Council’s edgy (and even raw) exhibition featuring urban artists goes well beyond graffiti.

The exhibition “Urban Art: Expressions of an Environment,” with its broad scope of artists and mediums, opened during 4th Friday on June 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., and continues through July 19.

Artists from Fayetteville and around the country were selected to participate – resulting in a distinctive exhibit for the southeastern region. The artwork represents urban social commentary, urban rebellious sub-text, use of urban material (sculpture), interpretation of the urban environment, the urban environment as a distinct place and space, and more.

Local and regional artists include Aaron Wallace, Eric Longley, Jihad Z. Ali, Michael Romagano, Lovell Pulley (all Fayetteville residents) and Stacy Utley (Charlotte).

Artists invited from across the country are Percy Fortini-Wright (Massachusetts), JooYoung Choi (Texas) and Senghor Reid (Michigan), Kevan Foust (California) and Abezash Tamerat (Maryland).

Fortini-Wright is a traditional painter of plein air scenes and classical portraiture, as well as a technician of wild style graffiti letters, tags and bubble letters. He says his inspiration comes from “the beautiful, creative and destructive forces of Mother Nature, and the architecture of the Creator.”

Quick, dynamic, expressive and unrefined. Those are the traits Romagano says exemplify his aesthetic. An art instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College, Romagano says those traits “place instantaneously what resides in the thoughts of the artist through medium and application.”

Learn more about these artists and their work during “Urban Art: Expressions of an Environment.”

ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure, one of the exhibition sponsors, welcomed visitors during the exhibition opening on June 27. Thanks also to Skin Prik City Tattoo Studio for supporting this show.

For more information about the “Urban Art” and other upcoming exhibitions at the Arts Council, visit


Published on July 14, 2014 by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County