Fifteen-year-old artist has own art show at local library

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 7:50pm

Where did Marvin Bryant, 15, get the inspiration to create an entire art show's worth of paintings? "I just take my emotions and my imagination and put it on paper," he said.

When Greenwell Springs Road Library was in a bind, Marvin saw an opportunity to put his creativity on display. "They came to me and said there was a cancellation, so you know, I had to jump right at it," said Bryant.

Now the library's walls are covered in over fifty paintings, many of which display his heritage both as an African-American and a South Louisianian. "The reason why I have those different pieces, like with Africa -- I'm very in touch with my nationality and who I am as a person," Bryant said.

Marvin says he's also influenced by some of the Renaissance and Modern era masters. "I really like the famous deceased ones, like Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci. I thought their art was really cool and I always thought that one day I could do some art like them," he stated. 

Bryant taught himself, starting at just 8 years old. He has created over 600 pieces in the past 7 years. That averages out to one new painting every 4 to 5 days.

His mother, Jackie Bryant, noticed his talent when he was in elementary school. "At that time, I really realized, 'Okay this is what he likes, he likes to draw,' and as a parent you know I just began to nurture that gift," she said.

Even though he enjoys painting, Marvin believes his future is in another field of art: "I want to become a film director, writer, and producer," he told us. 

As one of the youngest artists in the area to have an entire art show devoted to him, Marvin wanted to give some advice for artists of all ages. "Let your imagination do what it does," he said. "Whatever you feel, whatever you think, just put it on a piece of paper."

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