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!
As a child, I
can remember visiting my grandmother in the Lower Peachtree, Alabama. 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
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!
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!
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!
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 there on narrative. They can paint their dreams by using their minds. Thoughts
become things! I am 6oldie The Artist!
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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