Combining art and music with Neal Hamilton of Paint Out Loud Studios

Neal Hamilton and his latest work (Image courtesy of Paint Out Loud Studios)

Award-winning rock ‘n’ roll photographer and artist Neal Hamilton stopped by the rolling out studio to discuss his latest piece, “Six Degrees of Musical Genius.” poster series. The poster features images of Hamilton’s famous portraits of music legends that include blues legend Leadbelly, Grace Jones, Tupac, Prince and many others.

Neal Hamilton’s latest work “Six Degrees of Musical Genius” (Image courtesy of Paint Out Loud Studios)

Hamilton has a unique style that has its roots in a house fire.

“It started with a fire. I was the official photographer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had covered a lot of musicians and bands. Then one day a house fire destroyed all my belongings. But I was able to move to another house that I owned and I had to start over. But the only supplies I had were three cans of latex house paint (orange, red and black), screwdrivers, putty knives and razor blades,” he recalled.

To this day, Hamilton uses the same tools to create masterpieces that have been seen on TV and the big screen. His art can be purchased through his online studio at

His interview can be viewed below:

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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