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Born in Detroit, Michigan, Courageous started creating art as soon as his motor skills began to develop. Renaissance, Dutch, and Pre Raphaelite paintings quickly caught the eye of a very inquisitive young artist. The grand illusions of the great masters would captivate and pre-empt the study of architecture, at Texas Southern University and Lawrence Tech University. Thereafter, Courageous went on to study the discipline of fine artistry from various global and spiritual sources. Courageous work is described by many as ethereal and visionary. His compositions are created in a whimsical world that often evokes a familiar sense of nostalgia. The use of wood, mixed media, and old master techniques inspires many ideas to come to life in the forms of canvas paintings, murals, furniture, and clothing. Like the masters before him, immortalizing the spirit of a subject or simply telling the story as it was viewed through the eyes of a creative spirit became a passion that would shape his destiny forever.

“Go, be ye of great courage, and creativity shall become your companion and servant.”

Artist Statement

The grand illusions and unmistakable truths of the great masters have captivated me from the moment my eyes were able to focus. Like the masters before me, I seek truth through creating my art. Today I know that I am the truth and art is the vehicle which brings me closer to that which I seek. This exploration of self comes from a culmination of times of antiquity and the present. I often choose figures as subjects to explore spirituality, social injustice, human behavior, size acceptance, and sexuality. My desire is to make an indelible mark on the lives of those who view my art.

As an African American I honor my ancestors, elders and youth by presenting positive, provocative, and passionate artwork. I stand on the shoulders of the master artists who have come before me. As I draw inspiration from them I seek to empower our people through my visions. My desire is for my art to be relative, informative, and transformative. I will always create with the thought that there is a responsibility and accountability to my community and to my God, the master of all creations.

Exhibited Work

Eyes of Hope

Graphite on Paper
22 x 30 inches

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.