For years, self-taught artist Reginald Laurent avoided developing a signature style out of concern that doing so would hamper continued exploration of his abilities. However, when one of his paintings won third-place in a juried exhibition, Laurent realized that a signature style – abstract art – had asserted itself..
Drawing on his knowledge of fine and modern art, Laurent creates large, colorful, and detailed works that he describes as “visual smorgasbords,” ranging from “feasts of color and movement” to “simplistic images that convey a universal vibe.”
A Chicago native now living in Atlanta, Laurent especially likes creating abstract art because the genre allows him to reveal a side of himself that, “is not gauged by my race,” adding that, “If viewers like the art, then what difference does my color make?” Laurent acknowledges his artistic ability as God-given, saying that, “At times, I merely hold the brush.”
Collectors of Laurent’s work include Ambassador Andrew Young; Bishop Eddie L. Long, Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church; and Mike Glenn, Commissioner, World Basketball Association.