Kevin Cole      

When I turned eighteen years old, my grandfather stressed the importance of voting by taking me to a tree where he was told that African-Americans were lynched by their neckties on their way to vote.  The experience left a profound impression in my mind.

While evolving from a more expressionistic place to one of abstraction, the tie has also evolved.  Since 1992, I have deeply explored the interplay between color and music, particularly influenced by the musical art forms born out of African American culture: such as Jazz music, R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, and Blues.  Additionally, my journey has led me to the incorporation of other idioms and symbols that go beyond American existence. Listen to more.............