Zebra Love is undoubtedly the trademark of Blake Emory’s work. The series pulls from realistic proportions and implies them to Optic Modernism. The simple, yet satisfying art form represents the theory of passion, love and nature’s grand design. Emory chooses to stay true to his craft by living off of his art. Although challenging, he has created new concepts through different mediums. Emory continues to work on several projects in sculpting, film and painting.
Destined to create, Blake Emory was born to parents who live for the arts. From a young age, Emory explored the depth of his own creativity. Realizing his potential, he explored many avenues to express his vision. His journey began in early childhood when he sold his first piece. A crayon drawing of a famous baseball player he had sold to his classmate in the third grade. By the fifth grade, Blake had started his first tee-shirt business, guided by his siblings. It did not take long for this group of talented youngsters to grow in numbers and start making waves.
Emory also explored his talents as a musician, playing in various bands; he had to make a move. He found a building that would inspire any artist to start a movement. Here, Blake wrote and directed several beautiful plays, while also exploring fine art on canvas. Emory calls the experience with theater “life changing”. After realizing the harsh truth of the art world while attempting to burst through music, Emory was left with nothing but his guitar. He returned to painting.
He counted up the few coins in his pocket and came up with a meager eight dollars. He walked to a local arts and crafts store and bought a bottle of black paint and two bottles of white. He carefully selected his brush and strolled to a thrift store where he found old vinyl records by the hundreds. He painted iconic rock stars on the vinyl and began selling them in the street, where the pieces sold out in a day.
Emory was at a point in his life where things were changing. He came across another artist that had been creating art in an old warehouse. They joined and began to journey on a creative path that would eventually inspire Emory to create his own vision; Zebra Love. Riding the wave of creativity, Emory traveled to Miami, where he began to manage a gallery. The gallery was a hit. Blake brought back Zebra Love and built a mobile gallery where his path crossed with a New Yorker that invited him to bring his Zebra Love Collection to a New York gallery. Living at the gallery, he created art day and night, he finally had a chance to sculpt in stone. The art was flowing heavy; paintings, sculptures, and now film. Zebra Love continues to spearhead the movement as Emory strives to break through in all mediums of art. He currently lives in New York with his wife and children.
Zebra Love is an Expression of the social silhouette. Beauty and sexuality unveiled as the Red Shoe represents the passionate steps needed to liberate us from the human construct. The Patterns take from Natures grand design and are implemented into the tragedy of human conscience and free will. The black and white lines symbolize unity and celebrate the duality of all existence.