My work explores the juxtaposition between physical and virtual reality via the use of social media. Influences are from Afro-surreal and abstract expressionism in which new worlds are navigated as chronological tales. Raised in a sub-culture of the African-American experience, I often found solace in observance and imagination. Whereas my teachings in the Moorish Science Temple of America instilled pride in my people, the larger society often demonized our experiences. I choose Asiatic subjects as visual affirmations, promising an empowered experience in the future.
Symbolisms are overlaid and personified through figurative subjects. Spirits take form in an evolutionary subconscious, enabling tethered minds to roam freely, yet stay grounded in the world of manifest.
Bey is a native of Richmond, VA now residing in San Diego. He received his Bachelor’s of Art in Graphic Design from Hampton University and his Master’s of Fine Art in Visual Studies from Norfolk State University. Bey has exhibited nationally with highlights in Los Angeles, New York, and San Diego. He has participated in a number of residencies and served on various art committees in Virginia. As an artist and educator, Bey encourages creatives to master process as a way to awaken environment-shifting epiphanic ideas.