On June 17th, 2020 A long-time Professional Artist Skydin Zeal was physically attacked several times by a man who confronted the artist as he sat just a few feet from the sidewalk creating artwork on a laptop. The artist was seated in front of a boarded-up, closed storefront which was 15 feet from the steps to the building where the assailant was heading to his $2800 penthouse apartment after presumably working out. The man’s justifications for the attack was that the artist was on private property. Skydin Zeal’s week-old laptop was rendered inoperable in the attack. This laptop was a replacement for another 7-day old laptop which was stolen from Skydin Zeal along with his phone when he was attacked and robbed by four homeless men. Photos and the police report are available.
Skydin Zeal says that these are but a few ongoing incidents over the years that have called him to action both to seek an Art Patron to share the costs and profits of an art show to address these serious societal problems. In addition proceeds will go to an artist’s charity/cause.
Skydin comments “I have paid my dues during my many years of post graduation struggling. As I climbed further heights of accomplishment in my artwork the less I was appreciated. As my create-only lifestyle refined my character I could not bare to waste a moment in the pursuit of status. I had made myself addicted to creativity. Such a rare accomplishment must quickly be endorsed, even in a meager amount so that the artist is not destroyed but rather put into use by society.”
“The war against the honest worker that the Corona lockdown has made it impossible for a dejected artist to do his small part in keeping New York’s so-called soul alive.” Skydin relates that many years of awful roommates and tough breaks has cleaned out his bank account.
“We are all captains of our own ships – our lives are the ways we shape and give back to the future. My ship took ten years to sink and I’m still alive for now. It’s been too many years of being ever-enthused yet after-all dismayed with what tomorrow has brought. I have always made myself morally exemplary and ever- industrious. My charge must be heard otherwise I fear humanity’s future.” -Skydin Zeal June, 2020