Photos by G. Art by Ari Lankin.
Ari Lankin is not just an artist. He’s a fountain of creativity. I recently discovered his work and it was love at first sight. After a visit to his New York studio, it’s very clear that Ari Lankin is a name you’ll be hearing about for years to come. If you don’t know his work, it’s nearly impossible to categorize as he does everything from sketches to collage to abstract and realist paintings to sneaker design! It’s often intimidating to be around someone as creative as Ari Lankin, but from the moment I walked into his studio, he was down to earth and extremely interesting to talk to. Over the course of a couple of hours we talked about everything from spirituality to street art to our shared love of Picasso and our personal experiences meeting the singer Bjork. Lankin is extremely well read, well experienced and he has new ideas flowing constantly.
A walk through Ari Lankin’s studio is the equivalent to going into a cleverly arranged art exhibit as there are paintings from ceiling to floor varying in size from small to extremely large with abstract paintings hanging side by side with collages. While eclectic, it all fits perfectly because Ari wants the viewer to escape into another world, even if just for moments at a time. Your mind will not only take the trip into Ari’s world, but if it’s anything like the experience I had, it won’t want to come back.