New Orleans based, Compton III who is known for SPY BOY, the rendition of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian in art toy form, has revealed his latest series. ladies and gentlemen get ready for the Big Steppa as every inch covered in extravagant detail. Towering at 19 inches, Big.Ash.Energy is an art toy influenced by the aesthetics of Ashley Longshore, the New Orleans-based pop artist. Big.Ash.Energy is a head-turner honouring local New Orleans artists.
The neckline holds custom pendant chains featuring New Orleans artists. Placed on the left, Ceaux Young of Axiom Gallery and right Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters, are dear friends and teachers to Compton, both of whom expressed deep admiration for Longshore. The back of the rose gold Gucci tracksuit salutes designer Dapper Dan while the shoes nod to the 90’s hip hop staple, Bally design, with Drake OVO owl references, and the wrist embellished with custom Rolex watches.
Intentionally overdone, each detail on the piece speaks to the vitality of pop culture. Big.Ash.Energy captures Ashley Longshore’s dichotomous over-the-top, bigger-than-life personality while also celebrating her artistry.
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About Compton III
Compton III is an American artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a native New Orleanian, Compton’s work champions the narrative and social realities of the Black male identity in New Orleans. He is the first art toy designer in Louisiana with his debut art toy, SPY BOY. He serves as the creator of Space Broccoli™featuring the Tunes. The continuation of his work captures the coexistence of nostalgic necessities and contemporary fantasies. Compton III works alongside other international artists within the Axiom Gallery in New Orleans.
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