Gee Horton is a Cincinnati-based self-trained Hyperrealist visual artist who has recently transitioned from a career in the corporate world to focus primarily on making art and building communities. Using graphite and charcoal pencils, Gee's drawings capture a heightened sense of realism, but it is important to note that the Hyperrealist style is only one facet of comprehending his work. Having earned a master’s in social work from the University of Louisville, he often incorporates his education and life experiences into his art to achieve a kind of power that for many triggers' emotional associations. With this in mind, his current work makes a connection between his African roots and their juxtaposition to American attitudes on the social and emotional development of the African American experience.
Gee is currently working on a series of work entitled, “Coming of Age”. The series is autobiographical and offers a complex multilayered conversation about black-male adolescence and their search for identity, acceptance, purpose, and love. Expect to see this prolific collection “Coming of Age” to debut in 2021, which will be his first gallery showing to the Cincinnati community.
After a long week of work, what energizes you?
Usually a “Whoa” latte from Black Coffee or a delicious cocktail from Lost and Found energizes me after a long week of work. Outside of that, I easily get energized from our Arts scene. We have one of the best art scenes in the country and I find myself energized whenever I get an opportunity to attend an art show or see local musicians like Triiibe or Lauren Elyse perform – we have some of the most talented artists in the country here. It feels like were reliving the Harlem Renaissance, especially within the Black artist community.
What is your most proud moment in recent history?
Other than the birth of my two children, I am most proud of my recent career transition and taking the leap into the world of entrepreneurship as a professional Artist. It has been a dream come true and I am excited for what is to come.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I hope to leave a legacy of inspiration. I hope that my story inspires others to follow their own dreams and pursue their passion. I also hope that my artwork outlives me and becomes a healing modality for others as well.
What is your advice for emerging African American leaders?
Do not be afraid to accept your greatness! Be bold and always be yourself!
What does Cincinnati as a “future city” mean to you?
Cincinnati as a “future city” means that it will be a city that is blazing the trail for other cities. The “Future City” will be a city that is built on collaboration and unity. A city that models what inclusion and equity looks like for everyone!
Tell us about something that most people do not know about you.
I am a die-hard Radiohead fan. I also taught myself how to play the guitar in college.