September 09, 2015
Justin "JWAD" Wadlington is a self-taught Philadelphia artist who never let one big obstacle slow down his work in visual art: As a child he was involved in an accident that left him blind in one eye. Fast forward to the present and, most recently, Wadlington's work was admired by 50 Cent when he created an abstract painting of the rapper's Effen Vodka for a local bottle signing.
Wadlington is known for his work in many media, but he is perhaps best known for his awe-inspiring graphite sketches that look just like photographs. From portraits of pop-culture icons like Jay Z and Nas to still-life recreations of everyday objects, his skills are undeniable.
Friday, Sept. 11, Wadlington will display his work in a solo show for the first time at Keya Graves in Darby. The special event will feature his best works as well as special guest performances, prizes, music, poetry and food. The artist himself will also be there to paint or draw a new work live for the audience. It's a chance to support a local artist and see him at work, up close and personal.