We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Adam Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christopher, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I started my art business, I wanted to bring fine art to communities of color that don’t typically have access to this type of art. I wasn’t taught about African-American art in school. You are taught about Eurocentric art. When I am at an art convention or gallery and a young person of color is able to see me and think that they can have a career as a fine artist, it means a lot.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
MY ART PRACTICE FOCUSES ON BLACK JOY.

Black Joy- a spiritual feeling that has uplifted the African Diaspora through countless trials and tribulations in the quest for freedom and equity. It defies a simplistic explanation. Black Joy is like a heartbeat. Never bitter, it is sweeter than the blackest of cherries or the richest of chocolates. It is a steady climb or an out of frame kiss. It is a moment that is magical, that expands what it means to be Black and does not limit Black people to being solely objects of judgement and discrimination. My joy, my Black Joy may not be the same as the next. For me, it is a vehicle for connection, educating others and sharing my experience as a Black man. I am able to develop authentic empathy for my subject matter, laying their soul bare in my art making. At once, the viewer connects not only with my subject matter, but also me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite places to eat are:

Mensho Tokyo- It is the best ramen, arguably in the US, which explains why most times there is a line out the door. It is fresh, colorful and the service is impeccable. The hostess and owners are the best!

Sol Food- They hosted our wedding and it is the most consistently delicious food I have ever tasted. They never miss a beat. We always look forward to Fried Fish Fridays. It is so good!

Muse Juice- My wife and I love the healthy, fresh, cold-pressed juices made right in front of you.

To support incredible artists, definitely check out Root Division and the MoAD.

I love taking walks near the water, especially stopping by Cafe Goody to get a delicious chai latte near Fort Mason, going to all the cool shops in Japantown and checking out vintage clothes at ReLove.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My late father has always been encouraging and supportive of my art practice, basically anything that I have done. He always said if you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability. Don’t do it halfway.

Website: http://theblackdavinci.com

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