Surrealistic water lilies rendered in a futuristic blend of pop and cubism will soon grace a 20’ x 100’ wall at the Silver Line Greensboro Station in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The design is the work of local artist Naturel, who recently produced commercial art campaigns and creates work for a list celebrity clients.
“This massive mural is the first major project that I have done in my hometown. I’ve been blessed enough to have worked on an array of artistic endeavors throughout the world, each time I tried my best to represent myself, my family, and my hometown. This project gave me the opportunity to bring all those experiences home and show all my folks from here the possibilities of turning your aspirations into your livelihood.
I’ve always been very inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lily Series, as have many other artists that I admire. There’s something poetic about how this particular plant can grow from being submerged in water, to breach the water’s surface and spread its leaves and petals for sustenance from the light above. The Washington DC area was built on a tidal plain, the foundation of this great city started from beneath the water line and grew to great heights. I want to leave people with the notion that no matter how deep the water you may be in, you can still grow above it.”
About the Artist
Lawrence Atoigue, professionally known as Naturel, is an illustrative based artist who’s quickly emerging in today’s postmodern scene. His futuristic illustrations have successfully blended methods of Pop and Cubism with a Surrealist vision. Considered an influencer himself with tens of thousands of Instagram fans, his talents have attracted the eyes and support of celebrity clients such as Rihanna, LeBron James, Spike Lee, Swizz Beatz and countless others. Born and raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Naturel’s work is deeply rooted within today’s urban millennial community. After studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, he began a career as a Designer and Art Director for several notable fashion brands. Moving forward after 10 years of industry work, Naturel’s craft evolved into the highly sought after fine art paintings and prints that followers are mostly familiar with today. Selling out his debut solo show at Poppington Art Gallery in New York, Naturel began to exhibit his work to much fanfare at galleries from Miami to London. Shortly after his New york exhibition, the artist began painting murals at several invitational festivals such as Pangea Seed’s “Seawalls” in Miami and Cozumel, Mexico, and the popular PowWow! Hawaii. Naturel’s countless collaborative projects with brands like Crooks & Castles, Nike, Pepsi, Fiat and others, have all seamlessly brought together his foundation as a designer with his recently mastered fine artistry to make for exciting and successful campaigns and products.
(via Art Whino. Photo courtesy of Art Whino.)