Kyshan Wooten: Philadelphia's Next Top Artist

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Meet 20 year old Kyshan Wooten, one of Philadelphia’s young artist. Being from Philly, where the artist culture has thrived for decades, Kyshan’s artistic capabilities were able to blossom. Now attending Pratt Institute, Kyshan is perfecting and honing his artistic abilities to the highest degree of freedom. Kyshan’s work is exceedingly impressive. 

For example, when being accepted into Pratt Institute (#3 Art Design institution in the nation), Kyshan’s overall portfolio was featured in Pratt’s Staff Selected Exhibition; not to mention PARTYNEXTDOOR stole a picture off of his Instagram and didn’t credit it. Kyshan is located in the Philadelphia and New York area.. I got to sit down with Kyshan this week and interview him on his life of art.

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm an artist in the vaguest term. Art has always been a second nature to me. It practically runs through my blood and is translucent in everything I do, thus being why I chose to study at Pratt Institute, the #3 design school in the U.S. I went in my freshman year undecided as to what major to run with because I've always explored painting, drawing, digital art, and photography.

What’s your background/Where did you start?

Naturally gifted with creating visually appealing images through numerous mediums, at a young age I developed a passion for painting and drawing. This passion later sprouted to a digital form when I was introduced to the Adobe Suite Collection while attending a “Young Artist Workshop” hosted by Moore College of Art and Design. After receiving a DSLR of his own entering high school, I began shooting and manipulating the world around me through my Canon lens and the Adobe software collection.

What art do you most identify with?

To be honest all forms. Specifically conceptual art because I love a piece that tells a story. Artist are always expected to please their audience or viewer when in reality art isn't always about just appealing to a crowd. It's also about telling a story or relaying a certain message which is what I aim to do.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I don't discriminate but I feel as though photography and digital media is an exciting yet tedious process. I especially enjoy projects within this area when I'm meeting new people and exploring unique grounds.

What themes do you pursue?

I’ve explored themes involving masculinity, lust, the youth, social media and its significance in our generation, beauty, and comfortability in your own skin.

What’s your favorite art work?

I don't have one in particular but recently I've been studying the works of Thomas Donaldson and George Billis. And of course there's the phenomenal Jean-Michel Basquiat.

What do you dislike about your work/ What do you like about your work?

I'm actually pretty proud of my collection of work. I feel as though I progress within every piece I do and I'm always looking to improve or define my specific style. I like the fact that I can explore a realm of mediums. I also think my specific work is distinguishable and all pieces beings can connect to (specifically my generation)

Where do you draw inspiration?/ Who inspires you?

Where do I begin, Kanye is one of my biggest inspirations not only for his music but for his artistic vision. People find his work to be appalling and weird but don't even take the time to try to dissect it and interpret what he's conveying. He's a legend. Point blank. I also pull inspiration from Basquiat and his short-lived life of a young black artist. He made a distinctive mark within the art world within his life and didn't even live past 27.