Check out a new feature article via Arty Magazine's "#ARTBAE" series on one of Virginia's standout pop/street artists, Marlon Diggs:
Marlon Diggs is a self-taught artist from Newport News, VA living in the Washington DC area. Born in 1987, Diggs had a passion for comic books and cartoons from a young age. He loved to draw everything from cartoons and comics to action figures and athletes. Heavily influenced by artists Roy Lichtenstein and Kaws amoung others, he started to pull inspiration from old comic books and newspapers. Marlon began experimenting with re- arranging bright bold colors and patterns on his graphic pop artworks until he found success with his current body of works. He has successfully found a way to utilize the characters in his paintings to give them all a hidden subliminal meaning and to tell stories of his life.
Common themes throughout his work consist of money, fashion and love. Marlon’s inspiration for every painting starts with ripping up old comic books, newspapers and magazine ads and then loosely rearranging the pieces until they tell a story. He then transforms his ideas with acrylic paint on canvas, and rather than reproducing the imagery, he documents bits and pieces of pop culture in a critically acclaimed and creative new direction.