SYDNEY G. JAMES
Detroit artists design custom Vans shoes for Black History Month
DETROIT – Two Detroit artists are getting national attention for their custom shoes. Sydney G. James and Tony Whlgn designed custom Vans shoes to celebrate Black History Month. She’s black, like, she’s coming out and fully aware of her blackness,” Sydney G James said. I feel like a lot of the conversation in this country has been in black and white,” Tony Whlgn said. READ: ‘Black Art Library’ exhibit at MOCAD celebrates work of artists through booksAdTony Whlgn is a visual artist from Detroit.
Local artists partner with Pepsi for 'Full of Detroit Soul' murals
My goal as an artist is to create portraits but also to tell narratives. “When I think of Detroit, I think of strength, creativity, ingenuity, resilience, art — the makeup of the Black woman. The subject, Jonni Paige, is a muse I have painted in public and private spaces all over the globe. It was the perfect time to present her face again back here at home.”The Full of Detroit Soul mural series will also be featured on limited-edition packaging on 24-packs, 2-liter, and 20-oz. bottles of Pepsi at local retailers in 2021.Detroit Full of Soul will become a multi-year community platform and creative campaign, and an outlet for Detroit community support for the city.“We looked for talent that were not only Detroit locals,” Kennedy said, “but who use the city and community as a constant source of inspiration and who embrace and celebrate everything Detroit stands for.”metrotimes.com
Well-known Detroit artist begins work on new mural honoring Detroit women
DETROIT Its one of the citys most photographed outdoor murals, but new art will be on the Chroma Building in the New Center area. Artist Sydney G. James has been tapped to create an 8,000 square foot wall, expected to be completed in September. Its going to be be the most beautiful painting in the United States, James said. At least this side of Woodward.Watch the video above for the full reportREAD: More community news coverage