“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world” Mother Teresa.
Comissioned by an old friend of mine who prob is so modest that he wouldn’t want to be mentioned (Andrew John) lol. I also got him on video getting “excited” (or his version of excitement) to get this piece.
He has now given it as a gift for his pastor on Christmas Day.
One of the most memorable times in my life was when I was able to visit the Mother Teresa orphanage. I’ve also read all of her Bio’s, painted two major pieces with her as the subject matter. I admire her kindness, her love.
She basically said that we don’t have to help a crowd. Start with one. One person. Start there. That’s where small actions can express tremendous love. Painted this on canvas with a frame I’ve been saving for years. The frame is gorilla glued to the canvas, based on the actual canvas being larger than the frame. This created a very three dimensional aesthetic.
Highlights of gold aren’t able to properly be seen in the pic, but when the light catches it, it dances off of the reflection of the gold bits.
Part 2. Of this three piece panel. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus Christ. Loved painting this piece for my client Phyllis. When she asked me to do “A Diverse Last Supper”, I had to make it happen for her. She wanted a piece that her children and family could relate to. I waited to post this series of three parts of the whole piece because of the holidays. As we are running around, shopping for presents and standing in long lines (which can be a bit frustrating- to say the least); remember why we celebrate the holidays and Christmas. We do it because giving is sometimes a better feeling than receiving. Sometimes it’s nice to see a loved ones face light up when they open up that thoughtful and perfect gift for them. Sometimes all we needed was just the gift of love. But it’s always because we as humans have a basic need for love. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” - #JesusChrist#jc#merrychristmas#happyholidays#artwork#thelastsupper#nicholaikhan#thinknyc#holyspirit#rockingaroundthechristmastree#redstarmovement#artfido#painting#illustration#love#artistsoninstagram#humanity#forgiveness#hope painted with oil based markers, spraypaint on canvas.
Part 3. (Third panel) of the last supper. Just in time for the holidays. Will be posting the other two panels to give a full view of the piece. When my girls coworker commissioned me for this rendition of “A diverse last supper”, I was definitely up for the challenge. She wanted an image that her and her children could relate to, to put up in her home. The technique and ability I needed to paint (in oil based markers, spraypaint and various other supplies) took me a very long time to develop. I studied Davinci’s last supper and many other paintings which different races depicted in this pivotal part of jesus’ life story. Each figure in this painting represents the disciples in the Bible. I personally went through a lot in my own life, especially in this last year to come to begin this painting. I am lucky to have a mother that practices Hinduism, a stepdad that’s Jewish, a father that’s Muslim and stepmother that’s Protestant. I’ve gone to Hebrew camps, catholic schools my whole life and even sought my own spiritually by traveling to japan, India, Egypt and studied with monks and shaman. It was books like “a course in miracles” and “awakening into oneness” , “the wisdom of our cells” and many others that truly helped me on my journey. My spirituality and relationship to sciences is very important to me. When she asked me to do this, and I felt it was important for her spiritual understanding, I was all in. I was and still am, very honored to have painted this. #thinknyc#artwork#thelastsupper#artfido#illustration#nicholaikhan#goodvibes#goodenergy#redstarmovement#painting#graffitiart#jesus#holyspirit . #lovethyneighbor#streetart#artwithamessage#equality full image will be seen on my Ig page as three panels.
“mi sirena, mi ángel, mi corazón”. Cartoon angel with little green flowers painted to life with striking, and vibrant color; hair of fire and a tattoo that exposes her angelic heart. Third character I’ve done like this in my new sketchbook. I’ve been drawing and developing characters like this in every Blackbook I’ve been passed since the early 90’s and have been sketching them since I started doing comic, graffiti, and anime art in the 80’s. It helps me to loosen up and develop new techniques and styles which I apply to many of my less cartoon styled pieces. Plus they are a lot of fun. Def influenced by “cool world”, “Jessica rabbit”, and many other cool female characters. I think I’ll call this one “lil Miss le toes!” (If you look closely, the plants on her clothing are made to symbolize a combination of bud plants and a lotus flower.- higher/elevated thinking). #thinknyc#nicholaikhan#illustration#cartoonnetworth#design#redstarmovement#painting#artlovers#cute#angel#anime#disneyremix#blackbook#graffiti#streetart#artoftheday#redhead#artfido
Thank you to my family, friends, and loved ones who have been there for me along the way. And thank you to those that have come in and out of my life.
Thank you for this gift of Art and thank you for the ability to practice every day.
Thank you for the ability to share my talent with so many people.
Thank you to New York City for all the amazing experiences I’ve had in a city filled with art and culture.
Thank you to every Country I’ve been lucky enough to visit and explore.
Thank you for the true Wealth I’ve received which is a wealth of love and abundance.
Thank you for the past, the present and the future and all the great lessons I’ve learned and will learn. The present being a gift to keep opening.
Thank you for each form of inspiration I’ve had and will continue to have.
Thank you for food, clothing, and shelter.
Thanks for a sense of humor that won’t quit and the ability to smile, which is the good stuff.
Thank you for this island boys dreams coming true!
And Most of All- thank you for the ability to use all that I am grateful l for to help and share with others along this journey.
Have a great day to you and yours!
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”- John Lennon. Had the privilege of teaching the students of an ESL art class at The School Of Visual Arts. They helped me create a new piece of artwork. The students were naturals at using the Montana markers and molotov markers supplied. We discussed the importance of art (in its various forms), dreams, and the willingness to practice their chosen art professions. When I was younger I wanted to go to SVA and FIT. I ended up going to FIT due to my scholarship but also got a lot of my art education by teaching myself how to draw since I was very young. Much of my lessons were from the streets as well. To do this was such a pleasure for me. It was awesome to see how eager the students were. @shawnliu5 @emelylopezr and the other students communicated with color and their own styles. #ThinkNYC#RedStarMovement#NicholaiKhan#NICKICON#artclass#graffiti#streetart#painting#love#artlovers#art_secret#picoftheday#artoftheday#illustration#montana @mtncolors #artlife painted the Statue of Liberty wearing a John Lennon New York City T-shirt. Overhead is the basquiat inspired @nyorigin8ors_llc crown. This one is for that big ol Apple and all those that want to take a bite out of it.
Painting is my way of expressing my sense of self. I do it with purpose and with a message attached. Everything to me is symbolic. When professor joanie (named after Joni Mitchell.) asked me to be a guest Artist for a class in the school #SVA . I was all in. When Jo’ told me that the young artists in the group were from various countries, and were learning about how to use art as a form of communication; I was all in! An ASL art class?! Her next question was “can you do a demonstration and also speak with the students about graffiti art and street art?” My answer; “yes, and I think I have an idea! Why don’t I paint the Statue of Liberty with the likeness of John Lennon, wearing his iconic New York City T-shirt? The idea of joining together, reminded me of our huddled masses coming to make their marks on society, and it somehow also reminded me of the powerful message an artist can tell. The students helped me bring this piece to life. And as for the rest, it seems to be history in the making... #NicholaiKhan#ThinkNYC#RedStarMovement#love#freeistspeech#poetryinmotion#art#artfido#illustration#painting#graffiti#streetart#love “We are stardust, we are golden, We are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.” - #JoniMitchell .
Painting live at @papasitonyc while @d3nyx36 did his thing behind the lens. Used oil, acrylic, and molotow markers to create this piece. Had a lot of fun dancing, meeting people, and painting the hell out of the canvas. Which is prob why that glowing Cross like image is hanging overhead. I love when Dennis takes my pics bc he always stumbles (wether intentional or by happy mistake) on things like that. Sometimes it’s good to have different angles (I mean angels) around while doing my thing. I like to do spontaneous art because it’s definitely genuine to my artistic process. This canvas was done in between 1 1/2 to 2 hours in a crowded restaurant! This is how I play, this is how I have fun. It’s also how I get to stay young at heart. I hope to inspire others to do the same. Wether that be through art or any profession of their hearts desire. I didn’t get this far by wishing ill of others. I only wished them the best or to me the illest they can be. That’s extremely important to me. #nicholaikhan#NICKICON#thinknyc#graffiti#painting#streetart#redstarmovement#liveart#artlover#loveart#artfido#artsecret#sugarskull#color#twinms3#iconic#nyorigin8ors
It’s great to give artists the opportunity to grow in their craft. Got to paint on a precinct. Did this collaborative mural on the #108thprecinct in #LongIslandCity with @jessliss2k4. When Jess suggested we do this, I couldn’t help myself. I’ve painted a few precincts before and I’m always amazed about how the community responds. Her sketch has now finally become a reality (after my many schedule changes I was grateful for her patience and understanding of my having to postpone due to my other projects). At the end of the day we did something great for the community and added a lot of color to a precinct in queens. Jess was also able to take a Lil break from being a forensics cop to being an artist, getting to practice her craft- hands on. All I had to do was give a few small pointers and she did the whole background of this piece. #nicholaikhan#streetart#graffiti#thinknyc#instalike#painting#illustration#livepainting#wallart#muralart#nickicon#redstarmovement#spraypaint#queensny#artlovers#artforthemasses
“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” Rumi #Rumi Full image of the painting I did at #thacorner . So much amazing art at this spot curated by @turtlecaps. I’ve known him for so many years. We originally met on the seven train in the 90s. We were both on opposite sides of the train car, scratching our tags into the window. My boy @clearviewrealtygroupnyc noticed him doing his thing and we introduced ourselves. The rest is history in the making. It’s amazing to see how our friendship has now evolved. Sometimes the chance meetings we have become the longest lasting friendships. Both of our styles have changed since then but we equally never forget our roots. #thinknyc#nicholaikhan#streetart#artforthemasses#redstarmovement#painting#artcareer#artlovers#graffiti#streetart#artfido#love#life#artwork#popart
Painting on a large piece of plexi glass for my boy/client @futurefunknyc. My dude wanted some old school flavor to bless his sons bedroom with, so he came up with this concept. All I had to do was bring this monster piece to life. #FatJoe @fatjoe #koolherc#crazylegz @crazylegsbx and the one and only #bigpun#Rip . As a tribute to old school train writers he wanted some graff on a train in the image. In the final artwork, a part of pieces by @instaseen and #Lee are written on the train below these hip hop icons. I Referenced @subwayart because it heavily influenced me when I was younger. Future funk wanted to give his son a visual education in original hip hop and graffiti and I was happy to do this for that very reason. Big up to all those original New York writers, b-boy/ b-girl dancers, dj's and rappers for their contributions to this now, well recognized, form of expression. Wether it be in voice or in vision, it's important for the artist to share with those that can't see (yet). A world without originality, music, and art would not be as interesting at all. It's each generations duty to keep the flow coming and going. #nicholaikhan#thinknyc#illustration#painting#originalart#spraypaint#artlovers#dreambigger#artfido#instagood#photography#redstarmovement#graffiti#streetart#nostencils#noprojectors#handpainted#subwayart
Painted this "Dual nature of Gaia" piece on plexi glass with spraypaint and various different oil based markers. This is a direct tribute to Mother Nature. Done live at Casa Belvidere in Staten Island while surrounded by some of my favorite exotic Italian made cars. This was for the festa d'italia and the motori de Italia event. If you look close I even through a lil Italian flag in the center of the image. Growing up in bayside queens, the majority of my close friends were Italian. I used to love going to their parents houses and eating all the chicken cutlets their moms could make. Some of my friends called me the Trini Sicilian. I truly believe in diversity and my background and upbringing speaks volumes about the subject. Going back and forth from Brooklyn on weekends and queens during the week, defiantly had its impact on my taste, style, and friendships from all different races. That's what is so great about NY. It's home to so many cultures that interact closely on a daily basis. Needless to say- I love this city. #nicholaikhan#thinknyc#redstarmovement#dreambigger#artlovers#artfido#blessed#goat#artofvisuals#painting#graffiti#streetart#picoftheday#originalart#artsale
Behind each picture is a story to tell. Commissioned piece for my dear friend @angelahunte who is in my prayers today due to having to evacuate her florida apartment because of #hurricaneirma . These are some of the last pictures we took before she had to leave NYC. Just last week we were on stage at @eandcstudionyc lighting up the night with some great soca music for her fans. Angela's name isn't so far from her personality. Literally a walking angel. It concerned me greatly when I heard the news of her evacuation. Please send her some good vibes, energy, prayers (or whatever you may believe in) as well as the same feelings for everyone who is affected by these hurricanes. No matter what level people are on we are all human and no one is immune to the forces of Mother Nature which can be very humbling. I admire Angela for her strength during this time. To all those that donated time, help, money, food, shelter, or even words of encouragement to the people affected by these natural disasters, sometimes that's all the survivors of these tragedies need. A little hope goes a long way, even in the toughest of circumstances. #thinknyc#artlovers#soca#painting#friendship#livepainting#nickicon#angelahunte#grammy#nicholaikhan#redstarmovement#photography#artoftheday#artistsoninstagram#picoftheday#instagood#goodvibes#love#trinidad#prayforflorida#music#caribbean#nyc#angel#trinigyal#triniboy#queen#art @tingandtingparty @yung_oprah I'm currently in PA with my relatives for the weekend who have opened their florida home (in an area that was not affected by the hurricane) to some of the people whose homes which were affected. It's amazing to see how much some human beings rise to help others in times of need. #humanspirit .
Painted this bad-girl live at the Anthony on Bleeker for @uncuttart @pyhpodcast @protectyoheart podcast this past weekend. Bringing back characters that I've had on the back burner for some time now. It's fun to paint them again and bring them new life. I'm wearing camouflage so that way you can't see the top part of my body. It's how I blend in with my environment. This way it looks more like the painting painted itself. This piece was done with spray paint, various markers and heavy glaze to seal it. The woman symbolizes Mother Earth (Gaia) and her giant gelatinous friend #humanelementcollection#thehumanelements#redstarmovement symbolizes humanity when it's most passionate (thus the red star on its chest). Even my cartoon based images have their own symbolism and back story. It gives them life and depth which helps with the overall result. #thinknyc#nickicon#nicholaikhan#illustration#painting#artlovers#love#artforsale#design#picoftheday#photography woman behind the lens is my boo @_kimberlina_143. We hang the pieces we like the most between shows. #artofvisuals#loveyou#loveyourself#goodenergy