Tyrus Solomon aka TySolo is a 23 year old artist and native of the small town Roseland, LA. He has been creating since he came out the womb with his influences stemming from different directions. I caught up with TySolo as we chatted about his journey as an artist, staying motivated, and the ups and downs of being a creative.
Art heals me and helps me navigate my mental space, express my feelings and dig deeper into life’s mystery. My art style consists of varying degrees of expression with portraiture, anatomy and significant abstract styles. “
What did you want to be as a child?
TS: “I was very exploring and innovative as a child. I grew up mostly alone during play time, so anticipating that I would develop into some form of creative has always been a back thought. I just wanted to be useful. “
At what point in your life did you know you were an artist?
TS: “Great question. I’d say during school when coloring and arts and crafts became one of my favorite activities. I remember falling in love with the smell of play-dough on my first day of pre-k. I knew then that things were made to be molded. “
What are the things you’re most passionate and motivated about?
TS: “I am most passionate and motivated about cultivating spaces, inspiring others to be creative, and forming real relationships and connections. It’s been tough, but I’m a real southern guy. People who just “get it”. I value things like that.”
What’s the best advice you have for a creative who may feel “stuck” and uninspired?
TS: “Get out in nature now! Pray, meditate, and find something odd to do. Go collect some leaves and use them as canvases. Go take yourself on a lunch date and laugh in the corner to your own jokes. Do something out of routine. I always tell people that our artistry is like a little child and remaining in our innocence can allow us to maneuver in and out of a rut. Patience is imperative. Don’t allow anything to overstimulate you. “
How do you get your creative juices flowing when you’re feeling uninspired or in a rut?
TS: “I take walks surrounded by trees. Nature really refreshes me. New music. New foods to stimulate my taste. Laughing. Sourcing memes and sending them to random people. Learning about different cultures. Sometimes just being still can suffice or even traveling solo. Creative recovery itself is an art. I am always adding to the tool box or bucking the box that I may find myself in. Lmao. “
What is your biggest goal this year as an artist?
TS: “My biggest goal this year is to come across new prospects for my original works and find new homes for them. I don’t think anything will ever amount to the joy I feel when seeing my work in other people’s homes. “
Who are some other artists and creatives that you admire or look up to?
TS: “I admire and look up to so many people. A quick list would include: Andre 3000, Basquiat, Erykah Badu, J.Cole, Solange and a plethora of my fellow artist friends. The list goes on. “
What is your personal motto or a quote you life by?
TS: “A personal motto or quote I live by? Hmm there are many that keep me going. Right now “hakuna matata” is in rotation. Tomorrow it may be a bible verse, who knows. “
What does the world need more of? Less of?I don’t think the world needs more of anything. I feel like as long as people are being born, the world is well equipped. I do think the world needs less distractions so that we can realize this.”
What’s the best advice you’ve received from someone when you first started out as an artist?
TS: “The best advice I’ve received from anyone when I first started out my art career was “try new things” or “put yourself out there”. Simple but confound. “