Artist Brian Bowens, brings his “Symbol of Solidarity” artwork to life as part of the round21 "Reflexion collection." An artist with a visual eye and passion for sports, he is skilled in capturing emotion and storytelling through his work, let’s get to know about the artist better known as "bbsketch."What do you love most about your city?The place I call home is Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. The thing I love the most is the real sense of community we have in this little town.Take us to the beginning…what was the inspiration behind your work? E Pluribus Unum (Out Of Many We Are One) – It all started from an original painting to help as a visual aid while speaking at a Peaceful Gathering. An illustration of all kinds of people and their experiences coming together exercising empathy and compassion.What do you hope people feel when they see the design?Unity and Solidarity among diverse people. Solidarity through Empathy and Compassion. What's your relationship with basketball or the NBA? Favorite player is Lebron, however I’m a Sixers fan. I grew up watching Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers! I’m a fan of LBJ and have watched his journey from the beginning.How would you describe the relationship between art and sport (in general)Artists and athletes allow for peoples’ gifts to be displayed and perfected.How big of an impact does basketball have on your life?I love basketball - as strong source of inspiration for me just by seeing greatness demonstrated through natural ability and hard work.The Sum Up ...Brian's talent and passion for sports gives him a unique ability to create and connect sports fans and athletes to art. Keep up with Brian on Instagram and his website where you can shop his work and follow along his creative journey, like we are. by round21 staff
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