Street Opulence:

Define “Street” (n): “relating to the outlook, values, or lifestyle of those young people who are perceived as composing a fashionable urban Subculture” – Google

Definition of Opulence: great wealth or luxuriousness – Google

Street Opulence: “The name is somewhat of a mashup through my work. I wanted to show rough gritty side as well as an over the top glamorous side. Pop culture reference and traveling was definitely a huge influence”.

Abstract Artist, Steven Mykel, hosted his 2nd art show titled “Street Opulence” in Washington, DC last Saturday, October 5th.  Once the doors opened at 4pm, anxious fans entered an eccentric loft to view his new featured work, all in hopes of snagging a piece to call their own.

From artwork adorning the walls to the whole venue itself, Mykel brought his vision to life. The beautiful loft held many of his pieces such as custom distressed jackets, a snazzy mannequin sporting a funky tilted hat, and limited edition adorned mini frames.  My personal favorite were the mannequins. At the center of the ground floor, one stood tall covered in newspaper and a beaded face.  Another sat to the left dripping in gold and beads. The third, on the second floor, wore a distressed custom jacket and black hat with a bow. There was undoubtedly a sense of richness with a twist of street art.  

Everyone, including I, observed together and were obviously in awe of his art; peeking into the artist’s mind through each painting and experiencing the very world which he has dubbed “Street Opulence”. Guests enjoyed soft music, light conversation, and some networking. This art show was like no other, a different vibe filled with laughter, smiles and, of course, tasty hors d'oeuvres.

When asked, some guests described the evening as “amazing”, “speechless”, “inspiring”. I asked the artist his thoughts of the show to which Mykel replied “ I feel as though Street Opulence went exceptionally well. I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to share my vision with everyone who attended”.

 I dare say that this was one of my favorite art shows of the year so far and I can’t wait to see what Steven Mykel has in store next for the public.

 To view his work, follow Steven Mykel on IG @therealstevenmykel and visit his website at

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