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6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Shawn Warren Gives His Take on 'The Moors'

  National Art Curator for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Andre Guichard, Top 3 Winner Artist Shawn Warren. Courtesy Photo

National Art Curator for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Andre Guichard, Top 3 Winner Artist Shawn Warren. Courtesy Photo

Recently  guests gathered for the 6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series mural installation that took place in Los AngelesLocal Artist Shawn Warren unveiled his massive public mural, The Moors, at 7300 Melrose Avenue followed by a cocktail reception at E.P. & L.P.

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES fosters the talents of emerging artists through a nationwide search for the best up-and-coming names in visual arts. "It's important as an artist and as a black male to create pieces that focus on unknown black narratives. I think its important that knowledge is expanded in parts of history that we are unaware of. I think its important that we know where we come from because our narrative is more than slavery and civil rights," Warren states. 

  Top 3 Winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mural Unveiling in Los Angeles, Artist Shawn Warren. Courtesy Photo

Top 3 Winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mural Unveiling in Los Angeles, Artist Shawn Warren. Courtesy Photo

He then explained the meaning of the piece and it's importance. "The Moors had originated in Africa and traveled through parts of Europe and ruled parts of Europe. They were really known for introducing a lot of things that you hear about. From Astronomy, Architecture, Literature, they were the most advanced people of color in existence for hundreds and hundreds of years. For me personally, I feel like it is such an intriguing and powerful narrative to tell on canvas." 

"Art is something that can't be censored, I think that is the best way to convey a message," states Warren. "To convey so many parts of history that are unknown to people and it's a good way to educate." 

  Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mural Unveiling in Los Angeles E.P & L.P. Afterparty, featuring Artist Shawn Warren. Courtesy Photo

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mural Unveiling in Los Angeles E.P & L.P. Afterparty, featuring Artist Shawn Warren. Courtesy Photo

Guest enjoyed the evening sipping on cocktails by Bombay Sapphire Gin while snacking on delicious appetizers. Check out our favorite cocktail recipes below:

 The Cocktails! Courtesy Photo

The Cocktails! Courtesy Photo

The Moors
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Apricot Syrup
Lemon Juice

French 75
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Lemon Juice
Simple Syrup
Prosecco

If interested in participating and submitting pieces to the 7th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, click HERE.

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