The Gift of Art Exhibition includes the work of 20 remarkable artists, representing the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club (DFABC) and beyond. This show, literally, has something for everyone! Perhaps you’ve been to see it, need another look, or haven’t been able to make it out at all. Either way, you can enjoy the full show, and all it has to offer, RIGHT HERE! Meet featured artist, Errin Whitaker, view and shop his work below…
Errin Whitaker. Brother, 2020. Acrylic, Gold Leaf, resin, paper on canvas. $333
Errin Whitaker describes himself as a “proud black man from Flint, Michigan.” He remembers creating his first piece of art when he was 5 or 6-years-old. His grandmother had him draw a dream he had of a man having a house on the moon. It’s an experience that he said has stuck with him his entire life.
With a background in community development and education, Whitaker graduated from Oakland University and went on to receive his master’s degree in elementary education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. But it was his time in high school – when he was able to stay with his grandmother, an arts educator – that had the greatest influence on his artistic life.
Through his art, Whitaker is committed to memorializing history and honoring the collective African American present and past. His style plays off of 6 years of personal study, traveling the United States admiring works in the major museums across the country, and making a point to explore the spectacular murals and public art sites in every city he visited. Involvement in galleries/museums such as Norwest Gallery Of Arts and Black Wall Street Gallery Of Arts have also played an important role in his practice. Whitaker’s work has been featured throughout the country, including the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.
Errin Whitaker. Reign of the Future, 2020. Mixed media: Acrylic, plastic, resin on wood. $555 OBO
Errin Whitaker. Eye For An Eye, 2020. Mixed media: Acrylic, house paint, wood, on canvas. $444 OBO
Errin Whitaker. Black Boy Joy/Wonder, 2020. Acrylic, polyurethaneon wood. $777 OBO
“My particular art work focuses on the beautification and style of African Americans. I enjoy piecing together many different materials tied to my environment and identity; the usage of collage, portrait, abstract, and installation art. My main influences are the greats and many spectacular artists before me such as Romare Beardon, Beardon influences me to make work which speaks to things in the community, while raising awareness of injustice around the world, particularly within the African American Community.” — Errin Whitaker
Errin Whitaker. The Price of It All, 2020. Mixed media: Acrylic, plastic, resin on wood. $666 OBO
Errin Whitaker. Smiled Upon, 2020. Mixed media: Acrylic, on canvas. $444
Contact Irwin House Gallery to inquire about or purchase any of these works of art: 313.932.7690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.