Talayia Teague: Artists of Hip Hop

Artist Statement:

I started painting six years ago when I moved back home from playing college basketball. I had no idea what I wanted to do and who I was, honestly, outside of basketball. Out of pure boredom,I looked up some art paintings one day and went to Walmart and picked up a few colors and a small canvas. I was terrible at painting, but something about it just clicked in my head. I suddenly knew I wanted to be amazing at it and wouldn’t stop until I felt like I improved. I took classes at College of Southern Nevada, and it helped me in so many ways. My abilities improved so much just by being around other artists, creatives, and students. It was a world I felt like I belonged in and where I could excel. I have worked extremely hard on my art and I am better on all levels. I am very proud to have come so far, and I refuse to stop now.

I have used oil paint, acrylic paint, spray paint, plaster, and even broken glass and my medium. I started painting with acrylics and then switched to oils. Oil paint is my true soulmate. The vibrancy, drying time, and versatility of oils all appeals to me.

I enjoy painting portraits of musical artists. I especially love women’s faces and bringing them to life. Portraits are timeless. Whether the portrait is of you, me, or the president, they hold a certain significance to history. Some of paintings involve abstraction, allowing me to feel free and further express myself. I've also explored applying texture and dimension to some of my pieces.

Art is a testing ground, it tests your patience, discipline, loyalty, and even self-worth. It has shaped me and allowed me to grow in so many ways. I hope this is what the audience sees. A girl who has gotten better with each painting. I hope they see and recognize my style change and growth over time and with each painting. This is something I’m proud of and something I want to show the world.

On exhibit at West Las Vegas Library from June 27, 2024 through September 15, 2024

Opening reception on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM