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Journey of The Sage (kolpeace)

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This is my work, my imagination, and my peace of mind. I have a passion for my work, and I’m talking about the passion you get when you want to quit and give up because you’re tired, I understand. I’ve had that feeling when I didn’t sell one thing and made me think my work wasn’t good enough. I wanted to create something with a purpose and that means something to me, something that people would believe in. Share my work however you feel, but i want you to see it because I love it, I will never sell out just to make a quick buck.

The Process of Restoration | KOLPEACE

This video was created on the grounds of Jubilee Arts with the hot sauce collective. This video is the expression of my artist joy with the community and restoring that grand time we experience between each other. Celebrating life, love, and faith with the Baltimore community with the help of local artist such as @artbychuks putting this dope video together, @brandonwoody @joshpma musicians , @monica165 the model & @hot_sauceart art collective for the space to create a live kolpeace with the people.

kolpeace | Chadwick Boseman Dedication | "koolaid"

This video is dedicated to the Brother from the south, Chadwick Boseman as he inspired me and many beyond the big screen. His words of wisdom has fueled our rich historic ideals and pushed our good for the people. I have always created these types of videos but to have friends to help shoot it made these tall tale dedications of my work impactful and engaging to celebrate the life of this man and others who have influenced my life.

"Amputated Peace"

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"Amputated Peace" 34x34 Acrylic On Canvas The piece was influenced by the rise of unforeseen future. The death of black men and woman continued from ongoing years of police brutality & racism. Making noise & tall tales with my art ; while creating a kolpeace (performative activist tribute battle cry art) of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor , Ahmaud Arbery there was something that still had be said. First I had questions for the other side, was a group of 10 or more black men and woman walking/expressing freedom of speech down the street a riot ?

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About Christopher

Baltimore City

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Christopher Johnson also known as kolpeace , the southern man where the tea is sweet and the people are sweeter ( American b. 1994 Columbia, SC, lives in Baltimore , MD) pursuing his MFA in Community Arts Program at The Maryland Institute College of Art set to graduate this May 2021. He received his Bachelors in Graphic Design in May 2017 from Charleston Southern University in Charleston,SC. He is currently a Artist - In - Residence at the Greenmount West Community Center , ... more

Birds & The Beez

This series of work , "Birds & the Beez was invited into a group exhibition by hot sauce art collective and curatored by Thomas James & Derrick Adams. It was on Display at The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institue and Cultural Center. This series created on hand built frame standing beautifully at 42x60 acrylic on hand stretched canvas. It speaks on the narrative that represents a mythological dichotomy of the right of passage for black women & men.

  • Birds & the Beez

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    These three women inside of the painting are people that I personally know. I wanted to incorporate subjects that would best show the ideal narrative that I was looking for. To the left of the piece shows focus and nurture , to the right shows care and compassion, and the bottom shows the knowledge yet to be learned.
  • Brotha & The Beez

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    These three brothers inside of the painting are people that I personally know. I wanted to incorporate subjects that would best show the ideal narrative that I was looking for. To the left of the piece shows determination and passion, to the right shows confidence and brotherhood, and the bottom shows the a mentor.
  • Work on Display

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    Viewer taking a look my work
  • Birds & the Beez On Display at Eubie Blake

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    Birds & the Beez On Display at The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

Dedication to My Aunt Blondell

My Aunt blondell would enter any room and light it up. She was not only my aunt but my friend, she introduced me to activism and the way of making people feel joy. Though she was older she never showed her age. Being a woman from the south she had the attitude and gratitude to stand on her own. I would always remind her cheetah print coat and big shades when she walked in. Her love for traveling influenced this video to be able to bring people I didnt know regardless of age joy, is something I wanted to include into my portfolio. 

  • Blondell

    This video is dedicated to my aunt Blondell , Even though I lost one of my best friends I gained many more because of her.

I Know I Can (Mural) at Greenmount West Community Center)

My artist Residency at GWCC has continued to push my work and character to produce prolific work. The Greenmount West Community commissioned a mural at the entrace of the facilaity. The mural stands on a 10 to 15 ft wall with the title "I Know I Can". The mural was grateful made from my own a creative freedom to exemplify excellence and engagement. This orginal work speaks on the narrative of youth influence in and outside of the community while confronting stereotypes. At the top stnads the Executive Director of GWCC Kisha L. Webster surrounded by a ray of colors who entrusted my vision to fortify her's in this mural. Two the left and right are youth representing the brilliant young people of Greenmount and to show a vision of intellegnece and creativity. Photographs were taken by my good friend Niajea Randolph, the mural is located at the Greenmount West Community in Balitmore, MD.

  • "I Know I Can"

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    The mural stands on a 10 to 15 ft wall with the title "I Know I Can". The mural was grateful made from my own a creative freedom to exemplify excellence and engagement at Greenmount West Community Center.

"Resilient" Exhibitied at Avery Research Center & Saul Alexander Gallery

The five individuals memorialized in “Resilient” are Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Kara Walker, Muhiyidin D’Baha, Cyntoia Brown, and Robert Smalls. “Each Resilient Warrior had to go through real life to bring out the truth in people’s heart, including my own, and I’m proud of the message that God gave to me,” affirms kolpeace.

Each work in “Resilient” was illustrated by kolpeace in his self-taught signature speed painting style that has made him a crowd and critical favorite at events and venues such as the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, Spoleto Festival, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, North Charleston Arts Festival, Lowcountry Local First Good Business Summit, MOJA Arts Festival, and various schools nationwide. The five entries are personalized with armor and/or battle garb to show their unwillingness to back down or go out without a fight.

Rev. Coleman-Singleton was an assistant pastor for Mother Emanuel AME who was killed during the racially motivated June 2015 mass shooting at the church. A beloved member of Emanuel and Goose Creek High School’s faculty, her legacy of compassion rooted in faith continues through her son, Charleston Southern graduate and professional baseball player Chris Singleton.

Kara Walker is award-winning artist known worldwide for her graphic and provocative imagery depicting African Americans, often with Antebellum and Jim Crow era themes. Her uncompromising style has been met with controversy throughout her career, but Walker has remained true to herself and her craft to this day.

Black Lives Matter Charleston leader Muhiyidin d’Baha was a prominent local activist that fought for the Black community with immense dedication and sincerity up until his Feb. 2018 murder in New Orleans at the age of 32. A memorial was held in his honor at Hampton Park by the Denmark Vesey statue Feb. 9.

Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old when she was given a life sentence for a shooting that resulted in the death of 43 year old Johnny Michael Allen, who picked up the runaway teen in 2004 to solicit sex. Brown argued self defense was her reason for the shooting, but she would remained stuck with life term in prison until a January 2019 order by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted the sentence to August 7, 2019.

Robert Smalls is the legendary enslaved Beaufort man that escaped to freedom and became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is presented in his military uniform in “Resilient,” a call back to his daring plan to steal the Confederate warship CSS Planter during the American Civil War to secure freedom for his family.

  • "Resilient" Exhibited at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture & Saul Alexander Gallery

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    Resilient – Local artist Chris “Kolpeace” Johnson will highlight the power of being resilient with this work that recognizes African Americans who have shown strength through adversity including the late local activist Muhiyidin D’baha and Cyntoia Brown, who faced life in prison after being convicted of homicide as a juvenile. These pieces are tributes to memorialize the impactful strength of an unsung hero in the community, engaging the soul and spirit.
  • Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

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    Resilient – Local artist Chris “Kolpeace” Johnson will highlight the power of being resilient with this work that recognizes African Americans who have shown strength through adversity including the late local activist Muhiyidin D’baha and Cyntoia Brown, who faced life in prison after being convicted of homicide as a juvenile. These pieces are tributes to memorialize the impactful strength of an unsung hero in the community, engaging the soul and spirit.
  • Saul Alexander Gallery (Charleston, SC)

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    Resilient – Local artist Chris “Kolpeace” Johnson will highlight the power of being resilient with this work that recognizes African Americans who have shown strength through adversity including the late local activist Muhiyidin D’baha and Cyntoia Brown, who faced life in prison after being convicted of homicide as a juvenile. These pieces are tributes to memorialize the impactful strength of an unsung hero in the community, engaging the soul and spirit.
  • Robert Smalls

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    Robert Smalls is the legendary enslaved Beaufort man that escaped to freedom and became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is presented in his military uniform in “Resilient,” a call back to his daring plan to steal the Confederate warship CSS Planter during the American Civil War to secure freedom for his family.
  • Cyntoia Brown

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    Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old when she was given a life sentence for a shooting that resulted in the death of 43 year old Johnny Michael Allen, who picked up the runaway teen in 2004 to solicit sex. Brown argued self defense was her reason for the shooting, but she would remained stuck with life term in prison until a January 2019 order by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted the sentence to August 7, 2019.
  • Muhiyidin D’baha

    kolpeace
    Black Lives Matter Charleston leader Muhiyidin d’Baha was a prominent local activist that fought for the Black community with immense dedication and sincerity up until his Feb. 2018 murder in New Orleans at the age of 32. A memorial was held in his honor at Hampton Park by the Denmark Vesey statue Feb. 9.
  • Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

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    Rev. Coleman-Singleton was an assistant pastor for Mother Emanuel AME who was killed during the racially motivated June 2015 mass shooting at the church. A beloved member of Emanuel and Goose Creek High School’s faculty, her legacy of compassion rooted in faith continues through her son, Charleston Southern graduate and professional baseball player Chris Singleton.
  • Kara Walker

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    Kara Walker is award-winning artist known worldwide for her graphic and provocative imagery depicting African Americans, often with Antebellum and Jim Crow era themes. Her uncompromising style has been met with controversy throughout her career, but Walker has remained true to herself and her craft to this day.

Live Pefromance Art in Community

  • C.H.O.A.S

    This style of performance art has been brought to communities around SC to MD to show a joyful side of the artist but also reaching spaces that don't there doors to black men that look like me.

Christopher 's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.