Hi, My name is Angelo Wayde Phillips. I was born in Cape Town South Africa and I’m a PDI coloured male from one of the poorer communities in Cape Town, Elsies River. Coming from an impoverished background didn’t stop Me from dreaming that I could one day be like or even better than the Master himself, Picasso… and so My journey began. With a Love for painting and drawing objectively I began searching for expression in My everyday life through art. This was what I was best known for during My schooling years and as someone who could draw I was often seen as a leader in social relations, someone who could express what we as I group could not ordinarily say. At a very early age, I would say as Young as 8 years old I was fascinated by the idea of making a picture out of a word and I remember the word – cool – that stands out in my mind as the word that drew me to picture writing, simply because the word cool has 2 oo and it looks like eyes. This fascination with the idea of picture writing stayed in the back of My mind throughout My early childhood and into My late teens. Until I finally was able to fully express the idea in 1997. While working at Foschini head office in Parow, CT as a debt collector, I met a Young lady, Kim and decided that I would do a painting on a bag for her. So I took My paint and paint brush and painted a dragon and without Me knowing it, I painted the dragon with the letters K I M. Yes, The name KIM actually formed the dragon, it was a stick figure dragon though and so MetaGraFix was solidified in My mind. Unfortunately I don’t a picture of this painted bag and I never looked back. since then My Talent and skill has evolved and flourished with compliments from all races and spaces and only in 2013 was the name MetaGrafix officially launched and made public on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
MetaGraFix is a combination of word and images. Meta meaning WITH, Gra meaning LOVE and Fix as in Healing. MetaGraFix does just that! With Love Healing comes and The Love of Art is gauranteed to bring one healing. The words I use, will form the image. The MetaGraFix:Brian(see attached) is a perfect example. This is an image of an eagle(head only) and an elephant(head only) and wearing a crown. If You look closely You will see the letters B R I A N that make up this image. B = the elephant, R = the eagle, I = the tusk, A = the outer part of the crown and N = the inner part of the crown. This MetaGraFix MasterPiece is really cool because it is actually four different images in one and its drawn using the name Brian . When One turns the image 90degrees, one sees a scooter, turn it again and one sees a capricorn( a mans head with horns, nose and mouth), turn the image again and one sees a MONkEY head(with big eyes, nose and mouth) and turn a full 360degrees and one is back at the elephant and eagle with crown. This is the evolution of MetaGraFix since 1997 and not only that, its the evolution of English Literature! And cavepaintings, that started it all more that 40 000 years ago. God Bless English and God Bless Literature!
PS: This means??? 100 years from now people will look back and say (like the rabbit-duck image) that MetaGraFix:Brian image was first publish by Henry Taylor Galleries in 2014\2015. This is soooo cool!!
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