feature: denver-based visual artist i am detour paints lively abstract portraits of legendary creatives

March 28, 2016

I am Detour is the creative brand of Thomas Evans, a multi-talented artist based in Denver. Evans’ main artistic focuses are currently photography and painting. As a painter, he mainly does murals and portraits (and usually a combination of the two) of legendary figures of the arts and sciences. His abstract portraits are characterized by his, seemingly, colorblind or random use of colors that come together in an unambiguous way that really lends itself to bringing the subject to life with that extra layer of personality.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Above: Billie Holiday

Above: Nina Simone

Above: Spike Lee as “Mookie” in “Do The Right Thing”

Above: Frida Kahlo

Above: Ms. Lauryn Hill

Above: Ray Charles

Above: Erykah Badu

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at