Sunday, January 25, Raymond Person of Person Enterprises creatively directed and produced The PHD Experience at Philippe Chow in Beverly Hills. The eclectic cultural event featured a live band, performances and visual artists headlined by Ron Bass. The Brooklyn native is known for his vibrant paintings and sculptures that can also be purchased as apparel. Bass recently collaborated with popular clothing company, Forever 21 for a line of shirts, sweatshirts and pants for men and women. Bass has also collaborated on art projects with singer, Chris Brown and his pieces have been worn by Beyonce.
Person gives this insight on the atmosphere he strived to create amongst the young professionals and cultural influencers in attendance. “The Ph.D. is the highest form of education that one can attain. The PHD Experience is taking events, art, music and creative expression to another level. It’s the PHD level of artistic expression. From what you smell when you arrive, to what you see, to the taste of the food; it’s going to be a recurring theme of events that use all of your five senses.”
On why he chose to work with Ron Bass, Person says, “We’re both God-fearing men. I’ve known him since I was five years old. We’re both from Brooklyn and we went to church and college together. After my last art event, we decided to work together. When you collaborate on positive events and emit nothing but love, you can do great things.”
Bass echoes similar sentiments about his lifelong friend. “We may have gone separate ways growing up but when I lost my mom and dropped out of college, Ray was extremely encouraging and helped me get back into school. When I got into art, it helped to bring us back together.” For those who could not make it to The PHD Experience, Person had a videographer, Meosha Bean and photographer Samuel Chang in attendance to assist with producing a documentary on the series.
When attendees arrived, they entered into a restaurant that had been transformed into a vivid theatrical experience. The space was sectioned off into several planned segments. The bar area was home to artist Kami Sparks, whose photography and mixed media art set a dark tone of culture awareness. The next area included DJ Nosaj and DJ Daro who gave the event more of a party vibe.
Patrons were able to look up to the balcony and watch a live painting by Bass. The finished piece was his unique take on esteem artist Andy Warhol. Continuing into the later part of the event, sculptures by Bass were on display while musicians Greg Paul played the drums and John Anderson played the guitar.
Person exclaims, “There was never a dull moment. Everything was so meticulously planned out. This event was like none other to me. There’s no time to sit down and be idle. There was always something going on to entertain and engage the crowd.”
On what he expected attendees received from his art, Bass comments, “I hope they got a positive message. I hope people could see how colors in a piece are metaphoric for us as a human race. Everything isn’t so black and white. You have to add the color of love and the color of peace, which makes things better. My art encompasses that.” When asked how did he know that his artistry would be a viable career, Bass says, “When I realized that there’s no right or wrong way to do art. Growing up, I looked at what was deemed ‘art’ and said I could never do that not realizing that’s just one person’s perspective; we’re all artistic. The way you write your name is an art form. The way you walk, your style of dress-all art forms. It’s basically the value you put in it. One day I woke up and said this is what makes me happy, it’s therapeutic for me and I want to share it with the world and that’s what I’ve done.”
Person found artist and photographer Kami Sparks through the social media platform, Instagram. She gives Person this praise for her participation, “I’ve been kind of sheltered as an artist and Raymond really brought it out of me and helped me to show my heart to everyone. My views are controversial, deep and dark thoughts. I’m hoping that everyone can see that those thoughts are okay. I’m hoping my art can influence the world.”
Person, who is planning his next event in March to celebrate Women’s History Month shares this insight on some of his professional goals. “I don’t like to put myself in a box. I’m not just an event planner or a curator. I do what God tells me to do. Person Enterprises has multiple ventures from fashion to agriculture to real estate. Raymond Person is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated as an well as the United States Army. He loves bringing people together and providing them with a platform based on the connections he has made. Overall, Person and Person Enterprises believe in giving back to the community.
To learn more about Raymond Person and Person Enterprises visit Instagram @personenterprises and @RaymondPerson