Steve Kalinda is a game changer and this is one exhibition you don’t want to miss. This man has to be one of the most humble yet talented men of God that I know. I recently had the privilege of attending his first ever art exhibition at the Quaker Street Bubble tea cafe in Shoreditch entitled ‘Be Bold’ – and it was nothing short of amazing.
Before we get into it, as with any artist, in order to truly understand their work you have to understand their influences, their motivation. I caught up with Steve to talk about his inspiration and the first thing he said to me was ‘From God’. How amazing is that!? Through prayer the words ‘Be Bold’ were and are still resonating in his mind – his work aims to inspire and I believe it does just that. In terms of artistic influences his primary influence is Jesus with secondary influences being fashion and ballet photography as well as the works of the famous Jean Michel Basquiat and his focus on neo-expressionism.
‘Be Bold’, two small words that seem to resonate so powerfully and hold so much weight behind them. For me Steve embodies the essence of what it is to ‘Be Bold’ in his works of art from the striking colours through to the strong, thoughtful, even joyful images that can be seen throughout the exhibition. Each figure portrayed wears a crown and Steve himself says that his ‘goal is to inspire everyone to be bold, in the little and the massive goals. To know that when they do that, they are kings and queens. To influence young people to be bold and pursue their dreams.’
If his aim as an artist was to make us feel bold and uplifted, I truly believe his work has achieved its goal and then some. For me it just emphasises that when God is at the centre you become what you were always meant to be and, for Steve, it is not the accountant that he is in the daytime, it is the inspirational artist that lies within.
Let me just leave you with this…’Be Bold’ – what does that mean to you? To me this automatically brings up images of courage, of stepping out and confidently standing firm in your faith. The verse that really jumps to the forefront of my mind has to be Joshua 1:9 – ‘Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ Steve himself has been bold and stepped out in faith letting the Holy Spirit guide him. Be bold in stepping out into the calling God has for you – hold your head high, be bold in every circumstance and remember that your confidence is in Him.
From the queues of people through to the inspirational art work this is one exhibition you don’t want to miss and one artist we all need to keep our eye on. If you haven’t already and are in London Steve’s exhibition runs to the 20th July at Quaker Street, Coffee & Bubble Tea, 10 Quaker Street, London, E1 6SZ. Alternatively you can check out his works online at www.stevekalinda.com.
Here are a few sneak peaks from the night…enjoy!!
Stay blessed x
Introducing Steve Kalinda…this guy is the real deal!!
Looking good Steve…
Love the depth of this piece #Be #Bold!!
One of my faves – jump for joy and praise His name #Be #Bold:
This one branches out into the abstract – such an inspiring piece.