Lyndon Barrois Jr. is interested in identity, culture and intersection. He's named after his father, who was also an artist. He's lived in Southern Cali and New Orleans and now works as an educator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where his work has also been displayed.
His passion for Prince started as a young kid; influenced by his cousins and young parents. After Prince died, he grappled with it a few different ways - including writing this interesting essay. After you read it - you can check out this interview he did about art he created that involves a basketball court. As an artist, Barrois Jr. takes issues that can be hard to reconcile; like race, identity and constructed realities - and presents them for the audience to mull over and find their own meaning in.
He spoke with me about this and more during his exhibition at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, called "Avez Vous un Crayon?" (a line from Prince's movie Under The Cherry Moon which the art is drawn from.) Take a listen, and if you can, check out his work for yourself before the exhibit closes on Thursday.