He’s an artist, but Nivet Monet isn’t slacking off while “chasing his muse.” On the contrary, he has started two businesses based on his love of art. One is an opportunity to paint events live. The other is to take people of all ages, experience and talent levels and allow them to create.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 19-21, he will lead workshops for children in the art of mural painting as well as a live event painting as part of the African World Festival at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It will feature many creative and talented people celebrating the African diaspora in dance, music, fashion and culture. For more information, click here.
The live event painting comes out of his Suddle Creations Gallery, which has gone mobile. A live event painting is exactly what it sounds like – Monet shows up and paints the event for posterity.
The artist has painted a great many things from a Caribbean-themed fundraiser party, a poetry series to indoor weddings. Those weddings portraits have become what his service is best known for creating.
“I start initial sketches, get the architecture in or the landscape and keep working on it,” he says. “As guests start to arrive I’m at the point I can just start painting them right into the scene.”
Armed with his oil-paints, canvas and easel, he still finds a way to stay out of sight and create the piece with as few people as possible in the know. The painting is usually well-received, although it is often met with shock and surprise. In the end though, the newly married couple has a unique picture capturing their special day from ceremony or reception.
“People get excited about being in (the painting) and feel more connected to the couple,” he says. “Not only are they invited (to the wedding), but they see themselves as part of it now. They get really excited about seeing themselves in an original painting. It’s something they probably never imagined they’d ever be in.
“A lot of people don’t get to experience that – how a painting is done. They see the final result, but they don’t see how it happens.”
Monet’s attempt to bring art the larger world is through what he calls “art parties,” small get-togethers that allow people to delve into their own creativity and access their wishes and goals in life. These parties are often in participation with local businesses and venues.
These art parties began in 2012 and are often hosed by Suddle Creation Gallery. No art supplies are needed and all levels of experience are welcome.
“I think the Detroit community has needed this for a long time,” Monet says. “It’s great to see the community come together and make connections. Everyone sits down in front of a blank canvas. Everyone is scared and nervous, so they confide in one another and you see relationships grow. It’s another form of entertainment for adults and kids in the Detroit area. I love what I do.”
Suddle has a mobile gallery that allows him take the experience all over the city with ease. Both the mobile and permanent locations, help Monet expand art in Detroit.
“Teaching these classes, being in front of people, live-painting weddings – it’s given me the satisfaction that all of a sudden I’m sharing my creativity with others. I think I thrive on the idea that others can see the process and it is like magic,” he says.
This is not all that Monet does, however. He still dedicated himself to his personal artistic goals and projects. His current work is a collection of statues made of wood, copper, iron, and steel. He also commissions murals.
The name Monet has stood for unique style for years. Claude Monet was a key figure in the Impressionist movement that transformed French painting in the second half of the nineteenth century. Nivek Monet is certainly bringing a unique style to Detroit that continues to transform the art world here.
Nivek Monet can be contacted at www.nivekmonet.com.