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Kareem Ballard

The Artist

About Me:

My name is Kareem Ballard. Im a visual artist from Chicago and creator of the Brand/Platform: Closed Canvas. Closed Canvas is my way of displaying my creative pallet and give my audience a chance to be a part of my growth as a visual artist. I graduated from Western Illinois University in 2017 and received my Bachelors in Graphic Communications. I interned for CII Embroidery in Galesburg Illinois, under the talented Attila Nemmeth. There I sharpened my skills as a logo and icon designer by providing service to many factions in the Quad City area. 

After moving back to Chicago I worked as a free lance designer creating designs for small businesses and clothing brands. I became interested in the different brands of modern day artist and the level of creativity they displayed. From Brian Donnelly's KAWS to the Flyboy Universe by Chicago Native, Hebru Brantley I found new idols that motivated me to create and use not only a canvas but the world as my medium. With Chicago being home to several fashion outlets and brands I decided that the best way to introduce would be through clothing in accessories. Closed Canvas is my first step into something great and I appreciate everyone who's here to take this journey with me. 

Enough about me, I would love to hear more about you. Click over to m contact page and leave a message. I would love to hear from you as we take this step together. 

-Kareem Ballard-


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