Curtis Cole, is a multimedia artist from Austin, Texas who loves finding interesting shapes, colors, and patterns in ordinary places. While Curtis is no stranger to working with mixed media, his specialty is shooting and manipulating abstract photographs to create alternate visual paths that lead the viewer’s imagination to arrive at vast and unexpected conclusions.
Art is my therapy, my joy, and my passion. For me, finding the inspiration to create is like chasing fireflies: although they may be flying all around, there’s no guarantee I’m going to catch one. I guess it’s the challenge of capturing an especially unique moment that really draws me in. The other half of my motivation is people. I love people and I love seeing how my art connects with people’s emotions. I also love the way art can bring people closer together, raise the vibration of a space, and make life better.
Most of my pieces begin as photographs, but where they travel from there is always a mystery. I love playing with negative space and I always ask the piece itself how it wants to be completed. The dialogue between myself and my art is sometimes so funny that I break out in full-on laughter. I love working with geometric shapes like high-voltage power lines, as well as fluid images that reveal some abstract reality or the idea of a face. Fantasy, science fiction, and a sense of humor all conspire in my brain to become my art. One of my greatest joys is the moment when I get to share my creativity with the world.