A local artist in Washington County is drawing attention in the Big Apple.
Contemporary artist Quielan Gantt, known by his artist name, “Graff Dummy” puts his talent to work using spray paint and acrylics.
“I didn’t know that I could go there just from art alone,” he said.
Gantt says he’s been painting for five years now, inspired by graffiti at a young age.
“Tattoos and stuff like that in my sketchbook, graffitis, things like that. Trying to keep it legal. I didn’t want to do anything illegal,” said Gantt.
His latest work, the “Bomb Era,” took him to new heights in the Big Apple where Gantt met a stock trader, Peter Tuchman, and donated a piece of his work through a silent auction at the New York Stock Exchange that benefited Members of the Handicapped Children’s Fund (MHCF).
“I always try to do better than I did yesterday,” said Gantt. “Get rid of that fear and just pioneer.”
Gantt hopes that as his projects take shape and his purpose is fulfilled, that his paintings will reignite that spark in others to be the change that they want to see.
“Our generation is very creative and competitive and it’s just the era. We are, the bomb,” he said. “Whatever it is in your craft that you do that’s creative, you know it helps you represent that freeform lifestyle. Like you don’t have to play by the rules.”
You can check out his artwork here.