Art of @quillemons by @hildeatalanta
“I don’t know who I would be or what I would be doing if I wasn’t making art,” says Quil Lemons (@quillemons). The 20-year-old student and artist based in New York City creates work that sheds light on his community. “As a black creator, it’s vital that my work explores the many facets of the African-American diaspora,” says Quil. “I think my work allows black men to feel pretty — to be themselves.” On Instagram, he’s found community. “I don’t think I could exist without the support that Instagram provides,” he says. “In urban communities, access to resources for sharing and creating art doesn’t exist. Instagram allows the artists who occupy these communities to flourish and receive rightful recognition for their creations.” In turn, Quil hopes his work will propel other people’s dreams. “I hope young black kids that admire my work will believe it’s possible to become a successful artist.” Watch our story to hear more from Quil and others about building community, and follow along on #IGYearInReview as we reflect on the most memorable Instagram trends of 2017.
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