Thursday, May 15, 2008

I have Henry Matisse Genes
Street Affair Lower East Side; NEW YORK

A piece written by Flex/Lesny JN Felix
Edited by Bianca A. Bailey

The science behind my inspiration; before I even knew of the master, I knew who I was born to be inspired by. The wonders of


Henri Matisse--the name sings harmoniously. My mentor, R.Mutt taught me about him a while ago.

I recently

looked at the exhibition list on the LACMA website and saw a piece by Matisse. My reaction was simply, "wow." I was in awe.

The DNA and GENES reference is basically what I was born with--the same GENE family of Matisse. Except for he, of course, was born before me. In my generation, my destiny to continue that GENE, is to carry forward the creativity in Matisse's work.

I'm fascinated by the fact that his work is in the same breath, yet, a bit different. I feel my work is more flamboyant; flamboyant in a good way. Matisse is like the peacemaker who loves mature, calmer, and clearer expression.

My work as I see

it, is very well a continuing progression of the GENE. I am Haitian Mulatto--the French revolution has Haitian ties, so that ground is ideal for transferring the GENE. It has ties to me at the point of encounter.

I feel and think many thoughts of becoming a minimalist someday. As I have developed, I now know what I like to paint. This is where Picasso comes in. I like the idea of using paint; any color, whatever you want, whenever you want. This idea was greatly influenced by Picasso. I also like the way Andy had the mindset to produce effectively, in a fast paced scale.


tested this. I ended up finding out how to produce efficiently and fast paced without cheating my effectiveness. When producing art, I do so based on my understanding of their (Picasso, Warhol...) level and forum of display. This is the level that I am shooting for, and with that in mind, want to create to the best of my ability work as effective, yet,

original--as original as I am capable of producing.

Soul searching through yourself, your inspirations, as well as those who you surround yourself with, paint a picture of who you are and who you are becoming. After many gallery openings, it was clear. I grabbed my brushes and materials to begin.

It was a search. A search for identity, a search for how to carry on, a search to find what could only be found within myself. Today I know it is within me. I have found it.

There was a time, in the beginning, that I convinced myself I was not in it for an experiment. I wanted to start and finish.

I wanted to make good pieces. With every piece I started, I never doubted that it could be good. I convinced myself that I was good, and every time I applied a stroke of medium, I got better.

Standing behind my work, and the end result, is important. You should feel strongly about products you present.

Strong to

the point that it's look, and/or direction is comparable to that of a master of influence. I admire others who create great work. I love feeling confident, influenced and inspired by them. I share a common GENE with Master Matisse, so I am

preparing myself to be on the same level as him. I carry that in the highest regard and I take it seriously. Hence, I will be taken seriously in my industry. I am as real and Human as can be.

Examining currently in production, (88% Complete), paintings that display the depth that I believe is reflective of the growth of my creative GENE. I want to create work that has endless satisfaction for the eye.

The power of the Eye is to use it endlessly, the power of the mind is to think endlessly, the use of both is the ultimate blessing. The mind is really what makes it so interesting, because without the eye, the mind still functions.

I enjoy my

work, and when I look at it, I see an explosion that meshes water and land. So I give you what I like my own eyes to have,

the satisfaction to look-- and end up glaring and staring.

I started PAINTING two and a half years ago. My mentor R.Mutt enlightened me, and I became what I was due to become from the beginning. I was 2 ADHD (ADD) my first year at M.L.K High School when I dropped the class, like a flat line.

If you want to know more, visit me in person.

Jim Morrison sang, "when the music is over turn up the lights", so I say to you
"when you glare at my paintings, turn up your pupils".

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Describing Haitian Artist Lesny JN Felix Art

Describing Haitian Artist Lesny JN Felix Art.

A young Painter is describing how Lesny's see in his creative character that make him what he is but also comparing his views as a bird.
After she had seen a photograph of Lesny's paintings.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Difference Maker: Oh Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz was a visionary with an open mind and impeccable taste for modern art. The fact that he was as modern as any artist could ever be, he was also supportive of all that is modern. He had the vision and the skill to combine both and blend them together.

That made him what Hollywood would call Drew Barrymore a triple treat. I love the fact that a man with his ability fought for what he believes photography should be and how serious as his quest to find new art. He also fought to bring recognition to the European artists and shine that light onto American Artists. You've got to understand that Art is a matter of taste, not about that this or that artist is better.

My taste is different than your taste and so on. My taste is I don't prepare in front of the mirror pampering myself. I let my hair take it's own course of action if indeed it feel to transform it self into a sculpture, but it's still unique. It’s all interpreted by the individual, like music. So does this mean that Basquiat is the last dread-locked, black Haitian-American artist that made a household famous name with dreads? People are too quick to make the comparisons. I understand how they fall into categorizing, but it’s far from the truth of any artist...

Basquiat made the "king crown" famous, and the reason I believe he made it famous is simply because he used it more than other artists, knowingly. The other artists that used this same symbol did not look at it like Basquiat did. He had a different reason altogether with using it. To make it his trade mark. I discovered that he was not the first to use it when I went to the MoMa, viewing all the masters.

The first person who emails me back with the name of the "artists" (along with the title of the piece) , who have used the crown shape that Basquiat made a trademark, I will provide them with complimentary paintings, and other cool art from my own body of work.

Back to Stieglitz. This man was on a mission, bringing awareness to modern talent and being a promoter of it. He was a creator in finding talent and a creator in promoting those talents.

Marcel Duchamp was not taken seriously. You know the story about the head of the MET saying he would never be important to American Art or art in general. He nearly almost died before seeing his own notoriety. With Vincent Van Gogh, it was a different story. He never knew of his artistic importance (from a public point of view) and died a frustrated man. I feel for artists such as this man. I hope today that people are more aware of modern art and young artists like myself who appreciate the recognition, its rewarding. When Matisse was shown in the U.S by Stieglitz, his whole show could have been bought for 2 grand but all went back to
Paris unsold.

I have a little secret for you, talent is innate, you've either got it or you don't. Don't buy into to the whole inspired by this and that. The most inspired thing about modern painters is not what they saw on a screen and the entire BS that's written to make one sound or feel sophisticated because that's all a stretch. Braque and Picasso did not call it cubism.

So what really inspired Picasso and Matisse and many other great artists is simply not knowing what to do once you prep the surface of your medium and knowing that you don't know how it’s going to make you satisfied. That is what makes us. Dealing with no actual plan or outcome, but the plan to produce an outcome that merely pleases.

That's what I enjoy the most about my work; I enjoy the "not knowing". I enjoy finding beauty and what looks good, just like the rest of my past and current modernist, I love it all.

I sign off with saying, Art is just Art, taste is a gift that pleases and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.........

Written by:
Lesny JN Felix
Edited by:
Linda George

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

DEATH! "The Miss interpretation"

IMG_0309.JPG, originally uploaded by eloactis.

"The Miss interpretation"

I was somewhere in Grand Goave and Cafou, Haiti when my dad passed away.
I remember that during the time he made efforts to visit me as often as possible.
My father was a driver, he co-owned a private transportation tap tap, (taxi), in Haiti.

were fun then you know. Here's your pop, he was there for you but barely saw you, blah blah blah. The one story I would recollect about him was when my grandmother would tell me that he once kidnapped me. She had to encounter the act of kidnapping me back from him, ha! This had to be something my grandmother thought hard about, taking a risk doing, because my father is from a real head hunter's part of Haiti, full of Voodoo and black magic.
I had the short memory of pops, and I didn't know him long enough to know what kind of a man he was, and how he would have dealt with me and my growing pains. I don't know much about his and my grandmothers relationship, or why they where distant. So his death was brief. After his visits, I learned he had passed and that his death had to do with his co-partner who wanted to have the tap tap, all to himself. Nice way to live!

I've heard talk about the cause of his death being linked to black magic and voodoo.
It's possible that's the case, as a Haitian I can understand these things.
I am not saying I believe it or not, but in Haiti anything can happen.

the death of my father is mysterious and could have made "Unsolved Mysteries" tv series easily. I loved that show back then. I remember watching it at night and it creeped me out like crazy, but I did enjoy it since fear is something that can be controlled and that series is like a test to control your fears in a way. Besides, I have walked in a cemetery in Haiti at night and that's creepy enough. I've had nightmares due to neighboring "loogaroo", a witch who'll fly over your house at night and bother young children. Stories like this were told to us by our grandmothers. Scary then, funny now.

my next installments I will cover my Grandmother, Step-pop and Mother, which are interesting cases in itself. I will touch on an interesting series of my growth and the fortunate and unfortunate situations involving Haitian culture. My goal is to bring a heightened interest in Haiti's culture.

in death do us part. I do believe that due to the dark result of death, it's misinterpreted, know one really knows? So my own interpretation of death is one in a million. Until my next post I will share stories with you. I have come a long way, and with your support I go a long way. I feel that I have an obligation to share with those who are interested in my culture and how it was for me and others to grow up in Haiti. I feel I owe my country that much, and believe that I can give her something in return.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


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I would like to extend a cordial invitation for you to join us for the 2nd NewSalon Art Event, a reinvention of the salon tradition.

We will be introducing interesting new work by
Adam den Haene (Sculptures)+
Eric Johnson (Drawings)

Come, mingle with members of a select group of intelligentsia and meet the emerging vanguard of downtown art. Enjoy full cash bar with DJ sets by surprise guests.

Thursday May 17th

Private viewings, by arrangement only.

will begin in the late afternoon (4-6).

The salon will
be from 7-11 pm. 325 Bowery @ 2nd street, 2nd floor.
(Next to Rivington Arms, above Kelley and Peng)

I look forward to seeing everyone at the NewSalon's inaugural event. Please RSVP to ensure admission.



New Salon is privately showing the works of Adam den Haene and Erik Johnson on Thursday May 17th 2007

NY SUN 2007, LESNY May 3, 2007, New Salon will exhibit a two man show that will be the second installment of Artists...An organized show that will be guest curated...This will be the second of many more upcoming, private viewings of emerging artists.

Thursday May 17th


325 Bowery (At East 2nd Street.)
We are already expecting approx. 125 guests to the viewing.

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 17th... We would be working with your brand on a collaborative effort, to place your brand into the eyes of a niche market. We are working diligently to bring to the forefront, all artists, whom are talented and need exposure...We will help them build a fan base and we hope we could do all of that with your brand support. Our next event should be directly after, so check it out now, so we can be more optimistic towards our goal.

Monday, April 30, 2007


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I have a Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.

I was born to find my own way in life. So far I am on a breaking point between failure and success.
Lesny JN Felix

I have no control over success except for failure.
Lesny JN Felix

I'd ask around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.

Before I found myself, I had to search my peers with the same interest. Since then, I realized that they had influenced me to become an artist. If I fail it's on me. If I succeed it's because of them.
Lesny JN Felix

I've decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks.

I've come to understand that you are no-one to those who are oblivious and
just another person to those who have a clue. Once you become commercialized
everyone wants a piece of you and your assets.
Lesny JN Felix

Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?

Isn't life a series of changes that re-invent and evolve oneself to become what you think you should be?
Lesny JN Felix

Land really is the best art.

Darkness is an interesting canvas for art; Heaven is a luxurious reward from the creator.
Lesny JN Felix

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

They say time changes things, but isn't it all of us who are making the changes together simultaneously?.
By..........? Or, They say time changes us? Does that mean we are a part of time if we decide to change?

I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.

I have a Social Disease. I am a Voyeur, obsessed with the unscripted performances of people in a natural, socially fun environment.
Lesny JN Felix

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.
Pablo Picasso

All of us are born smart and creative. Being original is real. Not pleasing those who think you are good. You are connecting the dots of one who's dead and famous to one who's living and poor.
Lesny JN Felix

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

Colors are extremely sensitive. To feature all of them together effectively is to place them at the right place on your surface. Like a chess game.
Lesny JN Felix

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

Computers are a copyright violation of ones creation. It's like a double whammy or catch 22.
Lesny JN Felix

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

The genius of Einstein leads to fear; fear of mass destruction which is an art of itself.
Art of Terror.
Lesny JN Felix.

Everything you can imagine is real.

Everything you doubt is fear. Fear is accepting the possibility of failure.
Lesny JN Felix

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.

Give me a group of artists and I'll show you my taste.
Lesny JN Felix

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

I put no thoughts and envy toward one's work, but appreciation for one's work of being original. Raw originality, is to tap into your inner creativeness instead of the outer.
Lesny JN Felix

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.

I do not seek. I find.

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

I don't paint to live, I live to paint.

Once I found myself, I become an experiment in progress. I found my soul and I instantly became an artist. Or... I found my soul and art followed..........
Lesny JN Felix

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time.

I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.

Whomever wants to know me, should look intensely at my paintings. There is where you will find me......

You'll know me, by my surface expression. You'll understand me, through my different mediums You'll appreciate me by thinking I am an originalist. You'll please me by supporting my work.
Lesny JN Felix

True relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me.

Self relaxation is knowing I have created more from less.
Lesny JN Felix

There is no self-portrait of me.

There is no need to paint my self-image. Only to paint my feelings of pain and joy, true realism.
Lesny JN Felix

I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true.

I can't paint or draw, self-taught, circumstances gave me the ability to paint and draw without being professionally taught.
Lesny JN Felix

I am prepared for all eventualities with my work which is indeed very agreeable.

All art is erotic.

The beauty of erotic painting is appreciation, caring about what was created. It's not about sales but an appreciation of our past and present.
Lesny JN Felix

A patron of the arts is someone who believes that humanity will gain from your artistic presence. Not for wealth but for priceless values.
Lesny JN Felix

In an effort to change my country's history, I need to crush my ego and allow others have a say, a point of view. Produce great things together, without being the one to receive the credit. The whole should share the credit.
Lesny JN Felix

To end poverty is to give those without from those who have unprecedented wealth of land and assets, which they will never use in one lifetime. and of course, hand out alot of condoms to those who ar epoor and keep having children and starving them...
Lesny JN Felix

Les Femme en Danger

Les Femme en Danger, originally uploaded by eloactis.

I was told that there's a kissing scene in this painting. Please find it and let me know where is it?