Following the release of his highly anticipated debut album 'Welcome to JFK’, the family of beloved Queens rapper Chinx is gearing up for the "Long Live Chinx" Auction in his memory. Vowing to keep his legacy alive, Chinx’s team and family have partnered with Brooklyn-based visual artist Allison Dayka for a one-of-a-kind painting of the late rapper.
“So many people inquired about the original piece” says Janelli Pickens, "we thought about getting an artist to do a piece that we could auction off. We knew it had to be Allison!”
Both her original and the tribute pieces are featured in the ‘Long Live Chinx’ documentary from Revolt TV and live on-stage at Stage 48. Allison live-painted part of the Tribute painting with the assitance of Chinx’s children at the listening party held for ‘Welcome to JFK.’ The original painting now hangs in the Pickens home, a gift from Allison to the family.
The Auction Piece features Chinx prominently placed in a Versace shirt, sunglasses and hands clasped as if to say, “I’ve Arrived.” The original photo, captured only 3 weeks before Chinx’s passing by photographer Kent Miller in New York was first turned into poster artwork for the album by Art Director Andy Sheffield of Cure for the Common Studios. Building on this lineage, Allison used her signature diamond dust style and textured backgrounds to bring the painting to life. Finished with a custom gold frame hand-selected by Allison, it was decided that the painting would be auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to Chinx's family and children.
"I’ll do whatever it takes to keep his name alive” - Janelli Pickens.
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