Artist: Julian K. Van Dyke
a artist and illustrator, author and actor. His work can be seen in art galleries, the front cover of books (“In
Our Traditions, African American Family Recipes Celebrating Our Traditions). He has created exterior design logo of churches,
as well as the inside sanctuary art work, and has painted murals in his home town of Benton Harbor, MI (funded by the
W.K. Kellogg foundation) Marshall Field in Chicago IL, as well as murals in elementary schools. He frequently visits schools
and libraries reading to young students from "Juneteenth, Celebrating Freedom, a book he has written and
illustrated. He is currently writing and promoting his new work, “My Family Reunion”, and his autobiography,
to be released later this summer. His canvases grace the walls of the Lear Center at the Eppley School of Business at Michigan
State University as well as other departments in East Lansing, MI.
His work was on the front cover of “Sports magazine” featuring the image of Michigan State University’s head
basketball coach Tom Izzo. “I really enjoy showing my art and reading to our young people”, Van Dyke says, “It
is important and vital that we continue to read and communicate to our younger generation and to keep the linkage and
bridge alive to our rich heritage and past. Although influenced by artists like Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Charles
White, and Richard Hunt to name a few, his artistic vision is not limited to canvas and paper, but also stage and local theatre.
His recent performance in Riverwalk Theatre’s
production of “Cobb” brought in rave reviews, as Lansing Michigan’s City Pulse theatre critic wrote, “Julian
Van Dyke layered his role of Old Negro Hall of famer, Oscar Charleston with a complete range of human emotions and consequently
becomes the only character worth caring about”. His art work are consistently being shown in the art district
of Old Town in Lansing and as well around the state. The recipient of the silver anniversary in the arts from the Greater
Lansing Area Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. He has received proclamation
and letters of accomplishment from Governor Jennifer, Congressmen Mike Rogers, Senators Debbie Stabenow, Joan Bauer,
and Lansing Mayor Virg Benero, and the Lansing City Council.
“Painting and drawing images is a ever evolving process for me”. It
fulfills me when I am able to share my art with others who are equally creative, whether through the arts, or just thinking
and talking on a level that respects your fellow man or woman, and making the world we live in a better place to live.I am
grateful and appreciative to be asked to show my work, and hope you will enjoy!
Front cover of "Sports" magazine
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