Hypeart Visits: Alvin Armstrong Paints the Magic of the Black Experience

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“There’s space. There’s room. There’s something there for me to discover.”

Can you talk about your biggest inspirations growing up and how they have influenced the artist you’ve become today?

I’ve been painting for about five-and-a-half years in total and what happened at the start was I just graduated acupuncture school. Before I started working on people, I wanted to clean up my act: I decided to get sober. In that transition, so much was changing in my life. I just started trying new things as suggested by my sober community.

Once I found museums and visual arts and made the decision to put my all into it, what I drew from was my life experiences in sports. Discipline, work ethic, I knew that I could match the intensity of preparation as anyone else, because there’s only a limited time in each day. That was a measuring stick that I could show up every day and put in as much time as anyone else on Earth. That type of energy is how I got the engine going and still to this day, use to power forward.

Which sports in particular?

Football was my main sport. My family, however, is big on basketball. My dad played collegiate ball, my sister played point guard in high school, my brother played at Columbia here in New York, my nephew’s dad also played in the NBA.

I played volleyball and soccer, but I really could never choose one. I always played many different sports — it really was about that competition. As a kid, I enjoyed the fact that it was the closest thing to a meritocracy that I had discovered. The fact that the hardest working, most dedicated usually ended up on top. So I was really drawn to the competitive sides to all sports. Football was the main one though.

Are there particular players you revered as idols? On-and-off the field/court?

I’m almost 42, what I draw most from watching sports today is the stories and advice these players are giving. I would probably say Kobe Bryant is probably the most influential in terms of what he has said and what I can pull from daily in how he approached his craft. Michael Jordan as well with The Last Dance. Growing up, my dad was from Crenshaw, LA — he’s no longer here with us, but he was a huge Magic Johnson fan. So our home was a huge Lakers house. That being said, I was still heavily influenced by Jordan’s level of preparation, style and grace.

Present day, getting a peek into what LeBron and Tiger Woods do to prepare. Tons of women: Mia Hamm was a huge influence on me as a young kid. Cheryl Miller, I mean are you kidding me? These people that are insane and delusional in their approach and what that can turn into — a life of dedication.

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