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Meet Tyrell Bronner of Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyrell Bronner.

Hi Tyrell, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born with this gift. My imagination was on the walls of my home in O’fallon Place Apartments as a toddler and received punishments for doing so. Scrubbing walls after I got caught drawing on them was well worth it. Even in school, I had characters sketched between my notes during class. It was only natural to enter children’s programs centered around the arts. It wasn’t until I went to Blewett Middle School where my potential shined, the art teacher at the time Ms.Crutcher heard about me and had me enter her art class soon after. Another artist and I at the time really had eyes on the public schools in the downtown area scoping for talent as we swept through the contest and art programs. So this energy shifted to Gateway Institute of Technology (at the time), once more attracting positive attention to black talent in urban areas. In the recent years I contacted Kris Blackmon from UrbArts, and she quickly replied with great detail on an upcoming event. I officially started painting fall of 2018. I’ve grown with every error and each opportunity that came my way.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to greatness is never smooth. Each project and event becomes tougher. With each project, you push yourself to improve with details and structure. You must dig deeper for creativity to outshine the previous work with each project. Each execution must speak the artist’s name and intentions. Prioritizing time becomes a big factor in your craft as well. Be warned your gift is a blessing but the cons of brainstorming ideas, prepping for a piece and actually working on it is time consuming. Not all our loved ones will be understanding of your scheduling and that’s ok. Calculate your time as best as possible and keep a balance.

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As a creative, I’ve had a hand in many art mediums. From; colored pencils, oil pastels, and, currently acrylic paint. I’m proud of each piece I’ve done, from personal work to commissions and gallery pieces. My eye for detail and hard yet colorful creativity set me apart from other artists. I try to infuse the black spirit with its surroundings so it’s a mix of the trials we face with the positivity and love we have in our hearts. My style is a highlight to what we desire and want not so much issues we face. I’m a firm believer in manifesting so I stay mindful of what I create. I intend to change hearts and minds for the better so I choose to create positive artwork. One piece I finished during covid was Break Free, where the ideal black male if breaking from whatever holds him. May that be depression, addiction and stress. Another piece is BGM (black girl magic), where I have portray black feminine energy but I celebrate the so called ghetto aesthetic in a positive light with the immense Afro and the grill she’s wearing.

Do you have any advice for those just starting?
For those who are starting, please be patient with your gift. Remember nothing comes overnight, to this day I look back at older works and see what in need to work on. Evolve with each piece and paint from the heart using your style. Originality is everything, and it comes down to your work impacting the world. Comparing your journey to another artist will only end in frustration, we all have a different calling within our own creativity and remind yourself what’s for you is only for you. I wish I knew that starting out. Your work, imagination and each brush stroke count.  Lastly, have fun and let that imagination loose.

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