The Art Of A King

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Art demonstrates skill and is known to be one of the best forms of expression. Lorenz King, 16, is one of the many Black teens in Chicago to create art and do it well.

King, a sophomore at Saint Rita of Cascia High School, has been creating  art for as long as he can remember and it is clearly paying off. Recently, King’s work titled “Lil Chano From 79th” was displayed in the Museum of Science and Industry as part of the 2018 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition. When asked how he felt about accomplishing something so great, King said, “I felt extremely humbled by the recognition and very honored to have other people see my work in such a public place.”

King says the Chance the Rapper painting was created to symbolize “how Chance carries Chicago and the amount of awareness he has for the city.” He represented Chicago by using a silhouette of the city’s beautiful skyline behind the rapper’s face. To create this piece, King used thick and thin Sharpie markers, an oil-based marker, pencils, and an assortment  of watercolors. King is most proud of this work, not only because of all the positive feedback he has received from it, but also because of the many symbols he was able to represent within this piece.

King doesn’t just find art to be a fun hobby. He plans to make a career out of it. In order to develop his skills even further, he creates something artistic every day. Whether it be creating a large project, painting shoes, or just doodling on paper, Lorenz always tries to occupy himself by creating something new. “I try to stay creative and artistically sharp on a regular basis.”

When he is older, King wants to pursue a career in either architecture or mechanical engineering. He takes an interest in these two career paths specifically because he “loves to create, draw, and design ideas” of his own. He wants to have a career doing what he loves because he believes he will always enjoy it. King lives by the quote “If you do things you love, you will never work a day in your life.”

Watch King create his wearable art.


By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Brooks College Prep

Snapchat/Instagram: @cece.kodak

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