Curtis Stokes is an artist, a SoCal native, specializing in larger than life artwork, black light, and invisible black light painting.
Passionate about art since age four, Curtis has made it his mission to continuously acquire new skills and hone existing ones. Starting his mural business while still in high school, he now has over 25 years of experience, and during this time, has built a large arsenal of styles and techniques. From cartoonish to realistic, from complex to simplistic, from hand painting to airbrushing, stenciling to faux painting, dual image or invisible, he will use whatever application is best to arrive at that specific desired effect. His attention to detail shows, not only through his artwork, but in the story behind it. Historical, geographical, and spiritual accuracy is important, so extensive research is put into every project. And every project Curtis takes on is a process of emotion, energy, and enthusiasm. Hours, days, and sometimes weeks, are spent planning and working closely with his clients until the mural begins to form in his mind, so that long before the first brushstrokes touch plaster, Curtis has envisioned the client’s dream and can confidently ensure that their creative ideas, no matter how bold, will magically be brought to life. Skilled in photography, graphic design, and vector art, he incorporates these modern digital mediums into the planning process to ensure that the final product develops seamlessly. Then, the mural comes to life as he applies any or all of his artistic techniques.
Although every piece is unique, and may be painted in a completely different style, you will recognize the feeling. Whether he’s transported you to a distant galaxy, a cloud kissed sky scape, or to the depths of the deep blue sea, you are surrounded by serenity. A calm washes over you as if you’re submerged into the crisp cool ocean, floating through the depths of the cosmos, or lounging in an open field, gazing at the clouds, on the laziest of days. Meditation is part of Curtis’ daily routine, and it often shows through in the new ambiance created in your space.
Artwork on a small canvas can summons an emotion, while mural work filling the room, will change the ambience and entire atmosphere. Imagine what effect that this larger than life artwork would have on the feeling of an entire venue, a club, or an arena. Decor for themed parties, events, and nightclubs quickly became one of the avenues of Curtis’ artistic expressions. Purchase your ticket, walk through the doors, and be magically transported to a mystical forest, where nymphs and satyrs exist, while they dance with the to a deep tribal techno beat. Or stumble out rum drunk, shipwrecked with the pirates and wenches of Paradise Bay. Whether it’s your private event, the Playboy Mansion, a rave on the beach, or even at Club Hakkasan, Encore, The Hard Rock Hotel, or the Wynn in Las Vegas, Curtis can harness that energy and create the vibe that you need, for your guests to lose themselves in, and dance the night away.
Hollywood has also taken notice of his expertise. Curtis and his artwork have been featured on numerous television shows, from MTV reality shows, to multiple home makeover shows including seven episodes, one Emmy nominated episode, of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner commissioned Curtis to paint a cloud covered ceiling, in the bedroom of one of his playmates, but didn’t stop there, he also hired Curtis over the course of many years for many different personal events, including the famous Midsummer night’s Dream parties. Other clients include Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Steven Spielberg, Barry Bonds, and Henry Winkler, to name a few.
Being fascinated by space, science, and technology, coming from a rave and club background, and being an enthusiast of the night, Curtis naturally drifted toward the black light early on. Curtis’ black light murals and UV artwork are his most awe inspiring creations, and these breathtaking pieces can transform your walls or desired space into entirely new worlds. Through a process that he has personally tested and developed, he can transform rooms from day to night with the simple flip of a switch. That cloud covered ceiling could be just that during the day, and by utilizing a combination of acrylic paint, UV reactive paint, and invisible black light paint, an entire universe can be revealed at night, but only in the dark, and only under black light. Watch a featureless Buddha come alive with detail and emanate light while chakras appear, by a literal change in wavelength, a vibrational frequency.