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Bobby English Jr.

Bobby English Jr.

Artist Work

Blossoming Black Power: Message I
2015
Performance
Desired Length
I Am Not a Rock
2015
Performance
~15minutes
Blossoming Black Power: For Those Weeping
2015
Performance
~20minutes
I Am Mountain
2015
Performance
Desired Length
Blossoming Black Power: Property
2015
Performance
~30minutes / desired length
Immure
2015
Performance
~7minutes

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Phone
8044792042
Artistic Category

Media Arts, Other, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Bobby English, Jr. creates empowering, yet self- destructive performances inspired by world mythologies, ancestry, identity, dreams, and the dualities of nature. His process is very laborious and exhausting, yet it is meditative and spiritual. While creating, and even after completion, there is a dialogue happening between the form and English’s body. The dialogue ultimately becomes mystic, almost ritualistic, thought-provoking performances that he feels are channeled from the many mythological archetypes that he understands both from his own life experiences and those of his ancestors. Often times, these performances become uncomfortable, alienating, dangerous, and painful. However, physical and/or spiritual distress aids English in connecting to his higher-self; sacrifice for enlightenment. English wants people to be inspired to connect with the divine nature within themselves, their personal mythologies, and be comfortable in the expression of their divinity, their true selves. The goal of his art is to create an atmosphere for conversation, understanding, and ultimately compassion for all people.

Artist Bio

Bobby English, Jr. was born in Randallstown, MD in 1989. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. He received a BFA  from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. English lives and works between Baltimore City, Maryland and Petersburg, Virginia.Jr. was born in Randallstown, MD in 1989. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. He received a BFA  from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. English lives and works between Baltimore City, Maryland and Petersburg, Virginia.

Since his first exhibition in 2011, English’s work has been shown in major Baltimore galleries, and Art Basel Miami in 2011. His sculptures and performances have been the subject of much praise, and have been shown in multiple venues and publications including ARTFORUM, Hyperallergic, and galleries nationally.