"Turning toward the opening of the soul."

Josh Sessoms is a contemporary artist focusing on figures that encapsulate the mystery, dynamism and poetic nature of the African diaspora. Exemplification of grace, dignity, love and power is a starting point from which he begins his artistic musings. Sessoms uses the ethereal nature of imagery to infuse thematic and historical narratives with the realm of collective consciousness. Throughout his work references to ancient African cosmology, mythology, spirituality, philosophy and science are found. His primary artistic objective is to inspire those within the African diaspora to revive their collective memories of divinity, royalty and cultural ingenuity. Through his imagery he aspires to forge a bond with the viewer while illuminating the physicality, humanity and universal essence of his creations.

EDUCATION

The Art Institute of Philadelphia
2010 | Bachelor of Science - Graphic Design
Philadelphia, PA, USA

BOOKS

Cover Art, Illustration and Design

The Truth Within the Silence, by Merrylyn Anita Gabriel Candelario, (2016). 

Published by Balboa Press , Hardcover, Paperback 114 pages

PRESS

Juxtapoz Magazine — "Reviving Collective Memories with Josh Sessoms" (2016)

Black Contemporary Art — Artist Feature: "Ritual Spirit," (2016)

The Huffington Post — "Contemporary Drawings of Ancient Goddesses are Literal Black Girl Magic," by Priscilla Frank, (2016)

VICE: The Creators Project — "Artist Depicts Black Female Nudes as Ancient Egyptian Goddesses," by Antwaun Sargent, (2016)

Supersonic Art — Artist Feature, (2016)

Beyond Classically Beautiful — "Meet an Artist Who Draws Black Women as Ancient Goddesses," by Abi Ishola, (2016)

Gold Womyn — Artist Feature, (2016)