Beat of Urban Art, The

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Groundbreaking artist Justin BUA is internationally known for his bestselling collection of fine art posters—The DJ being one of the most popular prints of all time. Staring in the world of commercial art, BUA designed and illustrated myriad projects, from skateboards and CD covers to advertising campaigns. He developed the look and feel of the opening sequence for MTV's Lyrist Lounge Show, EA sports video games NBA Street and NFL Street, and the world of Slum Village's award-winning music video, "Tainted," among others. His line of apparel and his limited edition sneakers sold out completely. His energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents,, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and dangers to street kids and art connoisseurs.

In The Beat of Urban Art, BUA lays out his unique vision, melding urban rhythms, graffiti, and classical art training. This visually arresting book is about his life, his work, and the birth of Hip-Hop. As we follow BUA through his turbulent youth, navigating he streets and underground worlds of the urban jungle, we recognize the powerful evolution of BUA's distinct style—"Distorted Urban Realism."

Following in the footsteps of the great masters, BUA represents the lives of the revered and the marginalized, the heroes and the underdogs of his time—New York City during the 1970s and ‘80s. With an autobiographical narrative illustrated with photographs, drawings, sketches, studies, and explanations of how many of his paintings were created, The Beat of Urban Art takes you into the head of the modern-day Toulouse-Lautrec.

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Justin Bua creates cool art. His wiggly–armed D.J. intently scratches vinyl on a turntable, head and shoulder wedging in place a set of headphones that he is too cool to wear, while surrounded by the tools of his trade. In another painting, two bald, shirtless basketball players on a city playground rise into the air as the backboard and pole snake ever upward towards surrounding tenement buildings. In the background, a third player stands by in awe, mouth agape, Afro Pick at attention in his hair, while their earthbound buddies are a study in attitude. In "1981," a breakdancer spins on his shoulders, Adidas–clad feet in the air–a collection of characters from the uptown 'hood circling him to marvel at his amazing moves. These are just a few of the pieces included in The Beat of Urban Art, which showcases a motley cast of jazz musicians, homeboys, street hustlers, and neighborhood toughs–from the heavy–lidded "Piano Man" in his cubist yellow jacket to the slyly romantic "El Guitarrista," strumming his acoustic guitar and peering lazily out of his bedroom eyes; from the exuberant nighttime craps players of "Green Street" to the joyously sneaky grafitti artist entering the subway yard through a hole in the fence in "The Artist."

About the Author:

Since the early 1990s, Justin BUA has been making a mark in the art world with the unique style he has named Distorted Urban Realism, spearheading a new genre of art. Born in 1968 in New York City's untamed Upper West Side and raised in Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, BUA was fascinated by the raw visceral street life of the city. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts and complemented his education by writing graffiti and performing worldwide with break-dancing crews. BUA went on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he earned a B.F.A. in Illustration. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter and teaches at the University of Southern California.

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