Hakim Callwood is a 23 year-old freelance visual artist from Columbus, Ohio. He designs, illustrates and paints. We talked about the intent and emotions behind Sheba’s Place. Hakim also goes into his own working definition of art and the obstacles he faces as an artist. You can find more of his work on Instagram or buy his work here.

Sheba

Sheba

Mother

Mother

Daughter

Daughter

Step-Sister

Step-Sister

What emotions and intentions were your line of focus with your submitted work?

In my series, Sheba’s Place. I want the audience to have just enough info about the family I made portraits of so they could make up their own story about them. You see different personalities in each portraits and all you know is they live together at Sheba’s place. The rest is up to you.

What do you think art can be when it is laid in a context of a world, an America, that is so sick?

Life is what you make it. I believe there’s more good in the world/country however it’s not always highlighted. I don’t consciously make work that reacts to what’s going on around me but I try my hardest to make only positive art that can make someone smile or laugh.

Do you have a working definition of art?

Not really, I think everything is art lowkey.

What obstacles do you face as an artist?

Confidence and finances are my biggest issues. One can cause a problem with the other but I have to power through it if I want to be successful.