My name is Lady Pink, and I am a New York based artist. (mellow rhythmic music) Art started for me at the High School of Art and Design in New York City, I was majoring in architecture, but my real love was the New York subway trains. (heavy rhythmic music) Painting on the New York subways was like painting on a rolling canvas. It was the bloodstream of New York. It went from one borough to the other. We were actually giving our talents as gifts to New York City. I started in 1979, and the subways became clean by 1989, and then everything went aboveground, and street art was born. To create my artwork, inspiration comes from everywhere. It’s from everything we see, and hear, and watch, books we read, and movies, and video games, and life experiences, and everything is poured into the artwork. It mushes up in your brain, and artists just spit it out in our version of reality. My sole purpose in creating artwork is to inspire others. I will use this platform, this voice that I have, and my visuals, and the artwork that I create to empower other women. So if I have a voice, I’m gonna use it. I’m going to be painting a canvas for the Rachael Ray Show about women and feminism. (inspirational digital music) It will depict a Latin woman with two little girls coming into the country illegally, there’s a chain link fence frame around them, which speaks to today’s times. It has an African American woman, I have an Asian girl, I have a woman holding a flag, so I think, you know, my feminism self is coming through. (rhythmic piano music) Hopefully this mural will inspire the Rachael Ray audience to take it upon themselves, and create their own art, and I am thankful for the opportunity. (audience clapping) Not only has Lady Pink graced us with her talents, I find that her subject matter, especially moving as a second generation American. I’m just so thrilled that you put women and children, they’re trying to come to this beautiful country and find their American dream up on our walls, it was really moving and touching to me. Your work is absolutely glorious, and she’s never had one day of formal training in her life. (audience clapping)
Oh, thank you. How did you go from subways to galleries? That big jump? I was discovered at the age of 16 when all the other guys were going aboveground and showing in the galleries, with Keith Haring and Basquiat, and they felt they needed a token female, and there I was–
You were the token female! I love it.
Exactly, as a teenager, and so–
That’s amazing! At 16, you broke into the gallery world, amazing. So it was all happening at the same time, it was a whirlwind of crazy activity in the ’80s. Hip-hop was being born, and graffiti on the subways was going– Girl, I can’t even remember the ’80s, I’m so thrilled.
(David and Lady Pink laughing) I can’t either (laughing). Now, how long did, let’s say for instance, the wall that you did for us, how long did that piece of artwork take you? I did it all with brush, and I worked with my assistant, and it took us about two weeks to paint it. Amazing, two weeks of work, and up on the walls for all of our guests. You fill my heart with joy. (audience clapping) We’re gonna grab a picture of the artist with her artwork. Thank you to all of the amazing, talented women that have come here to grace our audience wall with their beautiful, beautiful artwork, thank you so much to my dear friend and co-host, David, we’ll see ya when we see ya, everybody, ‘bye-‘bye. ‘Bye-‘bye.
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