Artist Aaron Sutton describes his work as “multi-cultural afro cosmic.” His formative years were exposed to sci-fi and horror and influenced by comics, video games and heavy metal artwork. “In 1986, I remember seeing the movie, Legend, going home and drawing the demon/devil character obsessively. I moved onto friendlier subject matter but I always held a love for the fantastic.” His bright and vibrant art is full of symbols from Egyptian, Celtic, American-Indian and Asian cultures.
He paints with oils, acrylics and aerosols, draws with graphite, ink and Photoshop, and also sculpts. His first large-scale mural project was for Operation Breakthrough and he has done additional large works at MOD Gallery, Arts Tech, Dream Studios, Derrick Thomas Academy and Graffiti Grill, all in the Kansas City area.
In addition to being an artist, Sutton is a musician and member of the group Deep Thinkers with Kyle Dykes. Their first album, Necks Move, was released in 2003 and received critical acclaim from Vibe and Vanity Fair magazines. In 2006, he co-founded Kansas City’s first Hip Hop Academy at the Creative Minds Community Art Center.