Artist Appreciation: Hayveyah McGowan


Haveyah McGowan, 20, St. Louise/ Kansas City, MO

Hayveyah McGowan studies graphic design at Kansas City Art Institute. Although she works primarily with paint, she uses a lot of graphic design principles in her work! She's definitely an inspiration for me & I believe she will inspire you too!

 "I'm really passionate about art because that's the clearest more articulate way I'm able to express myself. I have a lot of ideas going on in my head about how I visually precieve the world and art allows me to express that!" 


    How long have you had a passion for painting & how long did it take you to perfect your craft?

A: I took up painting in my sophomore/junior year in high school so about 5 years now. As far as perfecting my craft I say it took me 5 years to get to the point I'm at now and I hope that in another 5 years that I don't paint like I do now lol. So that's  just to say that I hope to never fully "perfect" my craft, I want to keep learning new techniques and styles to express myself.

    What dreams/goals do you have as an artist? 

A: Well I would say a personal goal is just to keep exploring new ways to create and create new ideas to explore . I don't ever want to be stagnant or stuck in one way of creating. In a broader sense I want to inspire other black children particularly girls to explore art to their fullest potential. Growing up I didn't see a lot of that influence to really stick to becoming an artist and becoming confident enough to purse it as a career. So with that I really want to create an organization where I can help other young artist get the support they need to take their work to the next level.

    Who/ what inspires you?

A:  I'm really inspired by color and design, specifically African. I'm really into African textile and design because of the bold use of color and shape that they use and how every mark they make is very purposeful yet very beautiful. It's the duality in it. 

    Three artist that inspire you?

A: One artist I can say inspires me is Frida Kahlo . Not necessarily her style of art but more so that she was very self aware. She was very conscious of her feelings and how she saw herself. She knew who she was and wasn't, and she expressed that in her artwork. I think being self aware is very important when your an artist, keeps you from becoming the sauce lol.

Deborah Sussman is another artist I look up to. It's funny cause she's actually a graphic designer, but I'm really inspired by how in her design she uses a lot of bold text, along with bold color and design. So with my being big on color and being kinda in your face with it, I really enjoy her work!

Lina Iris Vinktor as well. Her paintings and designs are so sick. Thats really the level of intricacy that I want to reach with my work. I want to blend my graphic design knowledge with my paintings and when I look at her work I can see that sort of blend and what the possibilities are for that. 

    What do you want people to see or feel when they look at your artwork?

A: I just want people to have a different point of view after they look at my paintings. Like maybe the way I choose to interpret skin tones or facial features causes you to expand how you see things. Then you can take that and build off it make it greater or more interesting. 


Follow Haveyah:

Instagram: @hevcassocreations

Twitter: @yesimanartist


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