Do you remember that one time you made it backstage and met the singer/dj/flutist who was socially disappointing? Or that writer who was better on paper? Sometimes the art that we love is made by folks we wouldn’t like if we knew them. Sometimes bright, heartfelt, awesome, positive work comes from people who could be described the same way. Carl Oxley III is one such artist. He is the Happiness Company, and he’s a nice guy.
Detroit doesn’t enjoy the same kind of prestige as its big city counter-parts on those other coasts, but it does have a creative community working together with respect and a lot of heart. Oxley has collaborated with the city’s finest, exhibited in the full range of the cities venues, and left his mark on more than a few corners around town. In his own words; “I believe art should be accessible to everyone. It is extremely important to me that the people who enjoy my work the most, can afford to take home the piece they love.”