Chris showed off his amazing artwork with artist Ron English in NYC! Read on for EXCLUSIVE details on Chris’ art-filled affair, paintings, philanthropy and more!
The talented 23-year-old debuted his first collection of paintings on June 11, as well as a collection of tiny astronaut toys. Chris partnered with Ron English to design the collectibles called Dum English. HollywoodLife.com caught up with Ron who worked closely with Chris to discuss their electrifying pairing.
“I didn’t even know who he [Chris] was,” Ron told HollywoodLife.com, laughing over blaring music at NYC’s Opera Gallery. “I downloaded some Bobby Brown songs and my wife was like ‘that’s a different guy.’”
However, Chris had long admired Ron. In fact, he has three tattoos of Ron’s artwork on his body.
“It’s more of a compliment than buying,” Ron told us about Chris’ tattoos.
Chris set a goal to collaborate with Ron and easily achieved it. Together they launched Dum English – a limited edition of toy astronauts. However, despite how cute their trinkets look at first glance, Chris and Ron had a darker meaning behind the space creatures. In a way, the astronaut represented Chris’ rise to fame. The journey can be thrilling, yet isolating.
“There’s a dark side to fame. It’s a lonely thing,” Ron said.
Aside from Chris and Ron showing off the Buzz Lightyear look-alikes, Chris displayed his own personal paintings. Chris’ work — which included comical names like “Chompuzz” and “Too Many Partie” — were graffiti-inspired canvasses.
However, the most personal part of the evening for Chris was the way his artwork meshed with his charity, Symphonic Love. Any proceeds from Chris’ paintings – which sold from $2,500 – $10,000 — were donated to the charity which supports artistic development in children.
Chris definitely glowed throughout the evening with his girlfriend Karrueche by his side. And even though an almost awkward moment occurred when ex-girlfriend Rihanna’s song “We Found Love” blasted through the speakers, the two were very playful and flirtatious. Chris was a gracious host and never denied a photograph with a friend or fan — including myself and HollywoodLife.com’s Editor-in-Chief, Bonnie Fuller.
Click through the gallery above for exclusive pics and weigh in below: what do YOU think about Chris’ artwork?
– By Nicole Karlis
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