Luis Bloom started as a collective founded by Anthony Lamitier (Luis Bloom) and Khristyn A Richardson in Detroit Mi, 2016. The idea of working as a team grew into a large scale plan to maintain financial stability for all who follow the independent creative field, starting with visual artists/entrepreneurs. To the current date the Luis Bloom Collective has collaborated with over 15 businesses/entrepreneurs and has featured over 100 creatives through the Vibexx Creative Event started with Crowdfreak. We seek to grow, learn, and influence the world of creativity/business, we look forward to our future collaborations!
All Photos by Xavier Cuevas - @barelyhispanic
“There are so many stories in my life that have created the structure of my thoughts, but I would like to start with my personality. As an Artist, I’ve learned to accept myself and be open about my personality. The five-color perspective used in all my work is based on my personalities (modes).
Pink is my refined earth-bound self, completely crafted by morals, mistakes and loss.
Mango yellow is my inner self-a very open, friendly and vulnerable side. Often reserved as I am still on the journey of learning when I can be my purest self. I have often been misperceived after opening this portion of myself to others.
Lime Green is literal envy. I’m honest with myself so I know I am envious of others, but I’ve learned envy can be a very useful tool, it causes me to learn how to break out of my confinements or areas where I lack knowledge. Envy is, as they say-a thorn in my side because I don’t feel anyone (me) really wants to feel it (often used in my work as an isosceles triangle in my art).
Purple is myself from yesterday and the day before. I like to carry this one with me because I like to overcome myself as my own competition.
Dulled Blue is my instinctive self. The most natural and responsive self unrefined or tampered with (the unconscious).”
Luis Bloom is a native Detroiter, and is a first generation Haitian-American. Luis’ journey as an artist began at the age of 12 with pencil drawings, primarily focusing on people’s faces and expressions while watching his older brother, Timothy, who practiced car design after beginning his internship at LEER. Luis continued mastering facial expressions even after learning graphic design during his senior year of high school. While attending a basic drawing class in college he discovered the process of breaking down an image to it's “wire form”, after this he began floating toward more abstract approaches. Finally, during his Sophomore year of college he felt that the fine artists in the world were more respected because they created art in the form of painting. This thought led him to ask his close friend, Khristyn Richardson to teach him to paint. While learning to paint he was encouraged by students at the College for Creative Studies while visiting to sell his work. After much contemplation, Luis decided to print some of his work and began knocking on his neighbors doors, off West 7 Mile Road in Detroit. Soon thereafter Luis created a collaborative business partnership with Khristyn. Six years later, their work is sought after throughout the world. Luis and Khristyn have been commissioned by individuals, major sports teams and Fortune 500 companies to create high-priced original works. Together they look to inspire the world with their colorful, abstract, pop art.
Khristyn Richardson’s mom will tell you that the Detroit native has been making art for as long as she could hold something. Her love of art rose from her reading books, watching cartoons and playing video games. She often stayed up late, enraptured by the worlds that artists created.
Khristyn, 25 , learned to draw by replicating her favorite cartoons. Her family noticed her interest in art and always supported her pursuit of excellence as an artist. Other kids got dolls. She was thrilled to get art supplies and books.
Khristyn had few art classes throughout elementary and middle school, but that changed when she entered Renaissance High School, which she credits for providing a major part of her art development. There she learned new ways to create and had opportunities to grow in and out of school. She was sponsored to take classes at The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. She earned a scholarship to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art for a summer, and she attended classes in the College for Creative Studies (CCS) Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) program. She said she didn’t know CCS existed before those classes, but they recognized her talent, and a recruiter visiting her Renaissance art class convinced her to apply.
Khristyn now holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration and even went on to teach those same CAP classes that once inspired and influenced her.
Khristyn joined Luis Bloom in 2016 and collaborates with him on original traditional and digital art. The duo recently co-hosted a major art exhibit and auction for young artists, Young, Gifted and Woke, with the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship and the prestigious Detroit Institute of Arts that gave artists searching for a platform, major exposure to thousands of patrons. Gene Gargaro, the chairman of the DIA, purchased an artist’s work at the event.
Khristyn creates art in the hope to make a difference, whether it is as simple as making someone smile or laugh, to tell someone’s story, or as complex as guiding patrons to explore self -identity, mental health, connections and nature.
“My goal in life is to be a blessing to others,” she said. “Growing up, I learned not to focus on the negatives. My work has developed through my view of life and how I handle going through difficult situations. Laughter or a smile could change someone’s day. Through my work, I want to get across the message to enjoy the little things and take time to review what you do have. There is beauty in all things.”
Khristyn A. Richardson | Co-Founder & Representative
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