Lacy Talley, a Cleveland-based artist, graphic designer, and muralist, is renowned for vibrant and eccentric figure-based acrylic paintings capturing otherworldly existences with a lively poise. Her work, characterized by a bold palette and diverse perspectives, emanates an intuitive aesthetic. Through gestural brushwork, Lacy's pieces evoke joyful, organized chaos, prompting emotional responses. She draws inspiration from crystals, their impact on emotions and thoughts, infusing her style with a unique edge that transforms recognizable subjects into imaginative visual experiences.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Pan African Studies from Kent State University, her creative journey has embraced branding, identity projects, illustration, and mural art. Beyond academic pursuits, Lacy's explorations led her to Ghana and Senegal through Kent State's study abroad programs, gathering anecdotes and experiences that significantly influence her art.
Lacy's childhood fascination with animations and illustrated books fueled her trajectory toward becoming a designer and illustrator. When not at her laptop, she channels her energy into crafting new pieces for her art store, Talley Marxx and Co., and devising innovative ways to integrate her art into diverse spaces.
Embracing a fusion of Afro Futurism and Surrealism, Lacy's artistic narrative envelops the enchantment of crystals, inviting viewers to delve into their inner realms. Her vibrant palette, distinct perspectives, and crystal-infused creations infuse vitality into her canvases. As an Art Director, she has collaborated with esteemed names like Spotify, Moet Hennessy, and Cadillac, leaving an indelible mark. Her influence extends beyond campaigns, including collaborations with Maker's Mark for their Art & Soul Program and contributions to significant projects like the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award.
In the role of Creative Director, Lacy has curated captivating exhibitions like Cleveland Collabs, Nucleation, Crystallize, and "I AM," where art metamorphoses into immersive experiences. Her dedication to nurturing emerging talent shines through her work as an art educator with the Center of Arts Inspired Learning and Karamu House. This commitment to artistic expression and community engagement earns her a featured spot in the Heights Art Collaborage Group Exhibition, showcasing from August 18 to October 15, 2023, along with an upcoming mindfulness-centered art installation at the 2023 Fresh Fest. Currently, her exhibition, "I AM," resonates with revisiting comforting childhood activities, running until September 23rd, 2023, at The Edge: An Artisan Fair