Curtis Grayson, III has had the desire to be an artist since an early age. Whether it was drawing with his first crayon or watching his favorite TV sitcom, “Good Times” as J.J. (Jimmy Walker) created masterpieces on his easel. He later learned that all the artwork shown was from The Ernie Barnes Collection.
One of Grayson’s most celebrated series of work is his “Revelations Series”, a dedication to Alvin Ailey’s signature dance piece. One of the pieces in the collection, entitled “Dance of August” can be seen in the HBO production of Terri McMillan’s novel Disappearing Acts, starring Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes, which premiered December 2000. In 2013, Grayson’s artwork was selected to be featured in the highly anticipated “The Best Man 2” the sequel from director Malcom Lee with the original supporting cast.
Recently, Grayson’s work was commissioned for the McDonald’s 365 Black History poster to salute Black Media Legends. The poster was distributed throughout the tri-state area. Grayson is currently the A/P Studio Art Teacher at Columbia High School. Grayson has had the opportunity to exhibit his work throughout the region and different parts of the country, while attracting and receiving countless noteworthy collectors.
He works with oils, acrylics, watercolors, collage and other mixed mediums. He uses bold, brilliant and bright hues, which display power and energy with each brush stroke. His paintings are filled with strong emotion and feeling.