About the Author:
While music has played the driving force in his business career, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III’s passion for
the arts has served as his key to sanity in the fast paced entertainment industry. Drawing inspiration from
women, emotions, music and the African American experience, his mixed medium acrylic, oil and water
color paintings on canvas have been sold to collectors and art enthusiasts throughout Los Angeles and the
Southeast region of the U.S. While he’s only been on the art scene since January 2012, Otha has had a
month and a half solo exhibition at the Emerging Art Scene Gallery in Atlanta; and showcased his art at
Los Angeles’ Noho Art Gallery, Norbertellen Gallery, The Key Club, Media Temple Studios, The
Alexandria Hotel, M. Bird Salon, The Holding Co. Studios, Opulen Studios and the Rochester Art House,
amongst others. His work has also been featured in Artnois Magazine, Cactus Heart Literary Magazine,
Barely South Review, Penduline Press Magazine and Snax Magazine, to name a few.
To view more of Otha’s work, visit Vakseen.com
The paint brush is my weapon of choice these days as I create mixed media paintings using acrylics or oil with water color. It’s never been my intention, but red, black and white always seem to be a common denominator in my pieces. I didn’t even realize this until a friend brought it to my attention. I’ve always loved the dramatic contrast and power that black and white images create. At the same time, red is so sensitive. Red is intense and one of those colors that automatically demands your attention. The combination of these three elements allow me to create so much depth and emotion so I guess I’m just naturally drawn to them.
I’m invigorated by relationships, feelings and emotions. I’ve always felt they were God’s greatest creation, so my work tends to evolve around women and their natural allure. Women are very emotional beings so naturally they allow me to channel various energies through my work. I guess for a man I’ve always been rather in tune with my feelings and emotions, so I want to suck you into my world, even if it’s just for a brief moment. I want my work to captivate the viewer’s senses.
“Chic City” is the celebration of the confidently successful, fashion-forward and sophisticated, independent woman that is fully in tune with her spiritual presence and life purpose. I used red primarily to represent her strength and passion for life and to grab the viewers full attention. The triangles are used to represent her connection with society, as well as her role as a muse. This piece was created solely with acrylic paint on canvas.
“Primitive Lust” is a piece that addresses the traditional focus society places on women and the female form. Beauty and sexuality have inspired human lust from the beginning of time, so I wanted to create something that removes external physical beauty from the equation and makes you focus on the inner truth. I used red to represent the intensity of my mixed emotions as they apply to human lust for the body versus the soul. This piece was created with water color and acrylic paint on canvas.