Think Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’, De la Soul’s ‘Me Myself & I’, Wild Style the movie, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and you’ll be beginning to get the flavour of this exciting new picture book by Charles George Esperanza.
Esperanza’s artwork gives a nod of respect to New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who in the 80’s made a name for himself as a graffiti artist using the tag ‘SAMO’.
This picture book feels like a declaration of the right to express yourself creatively …and with VOLUME!
Pulling this book off the shelf on a wet and dreary day in London brings a bit of carnival spirit into the living room.
Here’s a bit of background on the creator of this delight of a picture book, in poetic form from the man himself.
Born the second of six kids. The South Bronx is where he first opened his eyelids. A land shrouded in bright colored decay, the birthplace of graffiti and the hip-hop DJ! He paints fantasy worlds of elephants, and castles too! Accompanying this wonder is some whimsical truth. Charles has a voice that is seldom heard. A fusion of jazz, distorted guitars, and chirping birds.