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By Marcus Wright
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Gregory Anderson cannot paint, but he makes paintings last forever. He and his fiancé, Toyia Lee, own Last Forever Paintings, a channel for artists who are not business savvy.

Anderson said he encounters a large number of artists who have talent but lack business and promotional skills. “That’s why Toyia and I started this business,” Anderson said. “Seeing so many people with talent, not being channeled correctly, we decided to see if we could help.”

Anderson said he is not an art critic, but he has learned paintings can mean different things to different people.

Organized December 2011, Last Forever Paintings is fairly new. But it has a major artist, Damon Maurice Chisolm. Known as D Maurice C, Chisolm’s portfolio is filled with over 400 original acrylic, giclées, pastels and mixed medium pieces.

“(D Maurice C’s) paintings capture the attributes of people,” Anderson said. “Many portray the beauty and strength of women, since they are the channel through which creations are brought into the world.”

D Maurice C has paintings hanging in the Detroit Rescue Mission. His work “One in a Million,” inspired by the late R&B singer Aaliyah, was featured on BET television show “In the Basement.”

Anderson is a native Detroiter. He attended Noble Elementary School, Henry Ford and Detroit City High. While imprisoned, he earned his GED. He currently attends Oakland Community College, where he plans to graduate with an accounting degree in May.

Toyia attends Henry Ford Community College. Her collegiate goals are a BA and masters in health care.

Last Forever Paintings exhibits their client’s paintings at art shows, hair shows and cultural events. “We display the client’s paintings wherever we can,” Anderson said. “Once they become known we encourage them to start their own company.”

Anderson said Last Forever is not trying to take advantage of artists, but empower them. He said Last Forever has print agreements that allow the company to sell copies.

To view or purchase a print, contact Last Forever at 248.469.6498 or paintingslastforever@gmail.com

Contact Marcus Wright at marcuswright@michigancitizen.com

 

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