New Persuasive Art is a contemporary art style .. that persuades the viewer’s mind to think outside of the box and see the bigger picture of the art itself. — Dejuan Hunt II
Reading the above words, I realized that the artist had re-framed my notion of outside of the box. At first glance, his compositions reveal a fine balance of visual elements. The dramatic black and white style with discriminating punches of color appears somewhat Baroque.
Moreover, Hunt’s urban characters participate in miracles; complete with doves, effulgences, hearts, and innocent signatures, that are not unlike Rembrandt’s Raising of Lazarus. Both artists present the miraculous moment at the height of dramatic tension. Yet, Hunt’s presentation is unpretentious and identifiable by comparison.
The hearts and simple signature convey a sense of innocence within the artist’s dramatic compositions. The subject is not of biblical significance, but rather emphasizes the unassuming urban hero. The New Perspective apparently embraces unexpected possibility.
Hunt elaborates upon his ideas in a new book entitled; New Persuasive Art: an Art Style I’ve Invented. The artist reassesses the order of things emphasizing an archaeology of meaning rather than predictably linear moments in time. Similarly, his creative vision is reflected in a process that incorporates layers of imagery to produce not only unified, original imagery, but also fresh meaning.
In New Persuasive, for example, a cut-out picture of a bird has been layered over a scene with a street light to suggest that unlikely, everyday characters participate in humble miracles. If Hunt’s New Persuasive Art operates within art history and its traditions, his reverence for love hidden everywhere around us is dazzling.