The Three-Piece

Artists by the Numbers

Three works of art. Two minutes each. One artist.

The Three-Piece.

3… Three works. Straight outta the collections of Black Art In America comes three compelling pieces of art for this week, including Twice As Fast, Authentic, and Twice As Easy.

2… Two minutes. We encourage you to take at least two minutes to view each of these works, study them, and connect with them. See which ones speak to you, challenge you, and-or inspire you.

1… One artist. The artist behind today’s works is Vitus Shell. While a student at Memphis College of Art (MCA), the Monroe, La. native traveled and learned more about different cultures and art forms. At MCA, Shell met several artists who continue to inspire him, including Brenda Joysmith, George Hunt, and Alonzo Davis. In 1999, he attended the National Black Fine Arts Show for the first time and received a firsthand view of the inner workings of the art world.

Shell has participated in exhibits at universities, museums, and private galleries across the country; painted a mural for the National Civil Rights Museum’s NBA Pioneers exhibit; and been commissioned to do public art by the Memphis UrbanArt Commission. Shell is humble about his bright future and committed to becoming one of the greatest artistic “voices” of his generation.

Okay, now that you’ve been briefed, we’re gonna hit ya with The Three-Piece:


“Twice As Fast” by Vitus Shell
22 x 30 inches, acrylic and paper on paper 2015 — unframed

“Twice As Easy” by Vitus Shell
22 x 30 inches, acrylic and paper on paper 2015 — unframed









“Authentic” by Vitus Shell
22 x 30 inches, acrylic and paper on paper, 2015– unframed

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