Akira Beard – Firebird

Available on paper and canvas at standard and custom sizes
Please contact us about availability: info /@/ groundswellart [.] com

Available framed

Sample Sizes:

24” x 36” Canvas: $560
16” x 24” Canvas: $240
24” x 36” Hahnemule 308 GSM Cotton Rag Photo Paper: $450
16” x 24” Hahnemule 308 GSM Cotton Rag Photo Paper: $180

Making pictures is one of the earliest memories I recall. Before learning to write the alphabet I was drawing from my imagination in crayons. And over all the years that followed, there has never been a period where I didn’t continue the practice. I remember for example just after graduating high school and living on my own as a dishwasher with no ambitions in life but to get drunk and high. But when the party was over I would be in the kitchen of a house I didn’t live in, drawing past dawn. Or even when I was a student at the University of California Berkeley, on my way towards a corporate life, having never conceived even the possibility where art could be a profession, I filled my notebooks not with words from lectures, but with sketches of teachers and classmates. And though later I would become a ‘professional artist’, I sometimes look back at such moments if confused with the roots of my creativity. It started purely as an act of autonomy, where nothing outside myself influenced or affected it. I simply drew because I enjoyed it above all else. Sure, like anyone I’ve had plenty of typical life experiences that have brought their own joy, but nothing compares in consistency and meaningfullness that making art has provided. Even during those unavoidable periods with living that challenge us most, drastic life change/loss/death, art has functioned as a medium with giving meaning to suffering, transforming it into an experience with healing. This I hope, begins to describe the art I make. The drawings and paintings you see on this site, are similar to snapshots where the lens points in Life’s  direction with penetrating force. Every piece reflects a story only Life could tell. Up until my middle twenties it was enough to make art for its own sake. When I discovered making pictures offered so much more in such ways, a journey of exploration began. Its fascinating to see how far it has come, and continuing forward never knowing where it may go. Enjoy

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Giclée Type

30 x 40 – Canvas, 18 x 24 – Paper, 9 x 12 – Paper