Original Air Date Febraury 18, 2021
Artist Carlos Culbertson (aka Zulu Painter) welcomes artist Reid Jenkins to the eighth episode of Friend of a Friend, a monthly interview series from Creative Pinellas drawing connections between artists, inspirations, friends and mentors, showcasing the individuals that together make a creative community. Each month an artist interviews another artist in Pinellas County that has been an inspiration to them. The next month the interviewee becomes the interviewer, speaking with a Pinellas artist that has inspired them in turn.
Zulu Painter is an international multi-media artist who works in traditional mediums as well as body paint, special effects and scenic art. Zulu’s large scale mural work can be seen across the country and contributes to the art revitalization in communities throughout the USA. The vibrant colors in his paintings help to convey his goal of creating Art that uplifts the viewer with positive energy.
Zulu has worked as a Scenic Artist for The Science Channel, Disney on Ice, Home Shopping Network, Sea World Parks & Entertainment, national ad campaigns and as a representative Artist for Visit Florida. “I want to grow Art everywhere” is his motto as he travels the world creating “Mindful Murals for all to enjoy.” Zulu recently completed a mural in Palm Harbor in collaboration with Creative Pinellas and Pinellas County.
Reid Jenkins (AKA El Ren Sloe is a contemporary artist who lives and works out of St. Petersburg. He holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Reid has shown in numerous group shows including Re Group Show at Redefine Gallery in Orlando, FL, and 100 Films at Blue Lucy, St. Petersburg, and has participated in Shine Mural Festival. His current work focuses on the display of the range of human emotions and experience. By capturing the moment of an individual’s being in an iconic stature, he believes the essence of an individual is conveyed.
Tune in and get an up close and personal view into the inspiration and process of art creation for these two amazing artists.