I know, right?! I spotted an art piece called Imagination Is Free in a photograph in the background on the kitchen wall of a woman who was being interviewed in O Magazine back in 2008. The art wasn't named or mentioned in the piece. It's huge and was the focal point of her kitchen nook. When I saw it I knew I had to have it in my home. So I did what I always do when I see amazing, inspired art or hear amazing, inspired music and texted my sister. After that, I tracked down the artist by contacting the magazine. They were so awesome and were more than happy to contact the photographer who contacted the family and relayed the name of the artist to me within a matter of days. Once I had his name, Cedric Smith, I found him online. At the time he wasn't selling prints of his collage art work, only enormous, glorious originals, and that one had obviously been sold. I told him how much the piece spoke to me and how I had just given birth to a black boy in Texas and how much I needed that image in my home. He thanked me for my passion for his work. A few months later, he opened an Etsy shop and sent me an email letting me know the print was available. I had a very happy birthday and Christmas that year, because at the end of it, I was the proud owner of Black Pepper and Imagination Is Free, both pictured in my kitchen and my son's playroom below.
There appears to still be one print of Imagination Is Free available in his Etsy shop here.
To see what Cedric Smith is up to currently, visit his profile here.
I'll be sharing more art and the story behind how I came to own my first and favorite piece next time.
Do you have a favorite artist?