We had the good fortune of connecting with Prinston Nnanna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Prinston, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
”In the world of doubt, who will”, which simply means in a community that lack confidence, a community that has forgotten their history, individuals that are concerned about not being as good as the last person; who will take the initiative to be the change that is needed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am draftsman-printmaker based in Brooklyn, New York by way of Houston, Texas. Working primarily in charcoal and ink, I creates graceful portraits complemented with rich undertones of coffee washes. My subjects are black figures depicted in elegance and poise surrounded with recurring motifs of butterflies, bees and geometric patterns, that all have iconographical weight within the artist’s practice. I use well-known insects, such as the honey bee and the monarch butterfly, as a metaphor relating to the mothers and the children from the community
in which I was raised. The honey bee serves as a representation of mothers because they’re
known to be protectors, providers, care-givers. When a bee dies the colony left behind that
continues to grow. The monarch butterfly represents the young children from my community.
The monarch is a beautiful creature, but it lives only for about two weeks. Some of the children
from my neighborhood, and I’m sad to say, those in this generation of children as well, lack the
knowledge of their own value and beauty. Hence just like the life of the monarch they too
won’t have longevity. What I’m most exited about is finally finishing the project and seeing it come to life. Also seeing the reaction of the people and how it changes their perception on one another and themselves. I’ve discovered how my talent can be a voice that help move people to a much positive light. How did you get to where you are today professionally, I never stopped. That question was easy lol. ”Was it easy?” You know when you find what you’re meant to do in life doesn’t really seem easy or hard. ‘What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way”, You know I would cry while drawing when I was a kid. My mother would say, ”Taddy what is the matter”, I was so focus on having my drawing look exactly like the reference photo. Man, I used to beat myself up lol. She said, ”son true Artist don’t make mistakes”. I was so confused, now that I’m older I realized that she meant we make the best out of our mistakes. ”What do you want the world to know about you” I was raised in Sunnyside Houston, Texas, today I am a Brooklyn based Artist. Anything is possible.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
After God, my mother deserves recognition. She was a single mother raising three kids, a number of jobs, and she sacrificed her off days on the weekends to take us the community library. It’s there where I found an even deeper love for art. Texas Southern University’s Art Department, also deserves recognition! There I not only learned about the African American Artist that was I learned about the African American Artist that is.