San Francisco, California
Yarrow Slaps is a San Francisco-based artist and musician, whose art is grounded on portraying icons of popular culture – rappers, basketball players and painters. Born and raised within a family of artists, Slaps studied City College of San Francisco, and began expressing himself first by music, and later through paintings and drawings.
His name suits him well – yarrow root is an herb which grows in all conditions, known for healing wounds. Just like this plant, Yarrow tries to spread positive energy among people and show the best in them, through his dynamic music and appealing paintings. Mixing high and low culture, Yarrow’s art depicts characteristic street aesthetic, making his style unique and unmistakable.
Although he uses photography as a starting point, his portraits are not about sole realistic representation of subject – rather, Yarrow’s main idea is to capture inner self of portrayed icons. By leaving negative space and painting the background in single, monochromatic color, his figures are in the focus. By choosing the right color for the background space, Yarrow manages to set the mood and atmosphere for each of his pieces. - WideWalls