Getting attention has never been difficult for Omari Booker.

Educated at Montgomery Bell Academy and Tennessee State University, Booker is 6-foot-9 and influenced by Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.

Now he hopes when you see his work, you just say Omari.

“This is a piece that’s called … Wake up Mr. West, it’s Kanye West,” said Booker.

A canvas of Kanye West gives a glimpse to what Omari Booker likes to do.

“That was an interesting aspect on his first album cover.”

“I like to work on something that’s not controversial,” Booker said.

The laugh and his work shows he’s kidding.

Booker is a fearless leader in the rising art scene on Jefferson Street, painting what he lives.

“I’m a 6-foot-9 inch black male. What does that mean in society?” asked Booker.

Booker said he’s not here to paint roses and rainbows, instead creating what he sees.

“I’m kind of working out what issues are in my life and head and spirit.”

Message is one thing, but you still have to be good.

That’s the daily challenge.

“I got an upstairs and a downstairs filled with paintings I’m not happy with as these,” he said laughing.

He hopes viewing his paintings leads to one action.

“Now I’m going to change something in my life that will make the world a better place,” Booker said.

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Terry Bulger has been bringing you stories of the people and places that make Tennessee unique and interesting on News4 since 1990. Contact Terry if you have an interesting community story for him to cover.

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