Artist Anthony Liggins stands in an atrium of a downtown Washington office building where his paintings have transformed the lobby into an art gallery. Outside, passers-by stop and peer through the glass windows at the art that draws in viewers with its complex layers. The longer a viewer stares at the paintings, the more he or she sees.
“My work is really about how color manifests itself and speaks a sacred language of love and lightness,” explains Liggins, whose solo exhibit, “Blossom,” opened Thursday and will run through May 23 at the Washington DC Economic Partnership at 1495 F Street, in Northwest Washington.
“I try not to put too many words on my art,” Liggins says. “I try to paint in the perspective of how color moves — in a direction, in a way that is hopefully positive.”
“Blossom” grew out of a collaboration between the Washington DC Economic Partnership and the Sol Studio with a mission to “redefine the relationship between contemporary art, business and the public.” The Sol Studio, which was founded by Lewis Long, provides exhibition space in D.C. for artists.
“This is our inaugural exhibition with the Washington Economic Partnership,” Long said. “I’m excited to have an artist represent what the economic partnership seeks to achieve. This artist believes in global interconnectedness.”
At the opening reception Thursday, Liggins explained to the crowd his piece titled “Face to Face.”
“This looks like something released in the universe,” said Liggins, who grew up in Newport News, and was inspired by the artist Mark Rothko, the designer Karl Lagerfeld and the Chinese writer Gao Xingjian, author of “Soul Mountain.”
Liggins also mentioned his interest in the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which “teaches you to see beauty in imperfection.”