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My name is Marcus Addison, aka, “6oldie The Artist”. I am a self-taught visual artist born in Killeen, Texas, and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. I choose the name “6oldie The Artist” because of the value of gold. As an investment gold is valuable and appreciates over time! You may find it hard to pronounce my name because it begins with a 6: [goal.de]. I purposefully decided to get creative with the letter G to spark curiosity and provoke thought of who I am as an artist. 

 I decided to become an artist because it was the only thing, I was good at. Art was my escape from my environment. I used art to paint a different picture. I wanted to see beyond my circumstances. I can even say art found me! 

Humble Beginnings

I remember visiting my grandmother in Lower Peachtree, Alabama as a
child. There was nothing to do so I started to draw things. My grandmother 

would always ask me to draw her something. It made me feel special so I kept drawing to feel that as often as I could. 

 One of my fondest memories as a kid was with my brother. We loved watching the cartoon “Dragon Ball Z” and playing with Pokémon cards. We would draw the characters and print them off to sell them at school. We took full advantage of my mom’s printer. We used the money we earned for snacks and anything else we wanted to buy. That was the good old days!

 I first picked up a paintbrush when I took an art class in junior high school. This was when my “lightbulb” turned on. I started to use my paintbrush to express my emotions. It was difficult for me to voice my opinions because I could not find the correct words to say.  Art was my voice. It gave me freedom when it did not exist. Art was my peace when there was no peace!


The “lightbulb” moment was so impactful, I designed and trademarked my light bulb design. It is now the inspiration for my series, “Light Work.” I utilize the “lightbulb” to bring together diverse cultures and genders. It also focuses on the thoughts that run through a person’s mind. You can use the mind to escape. Thoughts become things! 

 As an artist, it is inspiring to use my art to change the narrative. I hope to inspire other kids that look like me and kids of any nationality to create their own narrative. They can paint their dreams by using their minds. Thoughts become things! I am 6oldie The Artist! 

 The creation process is an artwork within itself. I use music, my environment, magazines, people, anything to create a mood to bring a canvas to life. The song lyrics by the Impressions, “I got to keep on pushing! I can’t stop Now,” is who I am as an artist.

My art expresses no limitations or boundaries. It allows me to take my vision wherever I desire with no regard to boxes and opinions.


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