Koboe To The World: Paris Walker
She Goes By The Name Of Paris – Koboe To The World.
By: Dan Afrifa; Images by: Paris Walker
“Through the use of my own hands and skills I was able to fill that canvas with beauty for others to admire and enjoy”.
The Koboe To The World Serie displays the creative minds that inhabit this beautiful world.
Meet Paris Walker, an UK based creative and Koboe (@paris_miami).
Who are you?
My name is Paris and I am 21 years old, born and raised in the UK. I am currently a university student studying Illustration and Graphics. Alongside that I am also a singer/songwriter.
How does your background/roots influence you creative output?
Well although I was born in England my heritage is Jamaican. Generally, just being a black young person seeps through my work. I am conscious of the fact that black people are underrepresented so I like for my art to be specifically catered to our people. Most recently I have been concentrating on ‘the black woman’, recreating our aesthetic: style , skin tones , hair , cultural attire. I like to try and capture all those elements and see what I can do with it.
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
I don’t know if I am at the stage of saying my work is unique, but I think people recognise my work because of the use of bold colours and the type of pattern work I sometimes implement.
What is the best part about creating art?
I think the best thing about creating art is realising that I started with a complete blank canvas and through the use of my own hands and skills I was able to fil that canvas with beauty for others to admire and enjoy. It’s also a fun way of expressing who I am and even delivering an important or inspiring message.
What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
A challenge that I have faced is how to bridge the gap between just drawing for fun to then taking commissions and using my art as a service for others. Sometimes it can add an element of pressure, even though you recognise a client has come to you because you possess skills they don’t, at times I still question my abilities. However, it’s a learning experience and a confidence builder. I know I have to trust my talent and do the best I can.
What artists influence you work most?
To name a few of my recent favourites. I would say the street artist Kiptoe, he inspires me to start thinking about taking my work into larger spaces. Also Lorenzo Plaatjies , a young artist I found on Instagram who creates amazing digital portraits. And I would also say Koby Martin, he’s a painter and love his use of colour and strong imagery.
How do you see the future of your work/category of art?
I still consider myself to be quite new to the digital art world (as I only really started last year). However, for the future as I grow and get more confident in my style I would love to move my illustrations to a bigger canvas. Ultimately being a street artist and getting my art seen by the general public, decorating the streets with a bit of culture and adding life to the areas people label as ‘run down’