Thursday, March 31, 2011
Last night at The Stage was crazy. Taalam Acey, one of my all-time favorite spoken word artist was featured last night and completely killed it. The 1st time I heard of Taalam I was on a hip hop message board back in 2007 when someone posted this video of him doing my favorite piece "Market For Nigga$".
It literally changed my whole view on how I saw the world and how blacks were marketed. Later on in my life while I was doing my stint as a rapper (yeah I did lol), I was so inspired by that piece I did a whole mixtape on that concept.
Taalam is crazy ill on the mic, he revealed to us that he writes and edits all these amazing pieces he does in his head, while performing. Thats insane! I can barely type and pay attention to what I'm typing (thank God for spell check). Taalam is so dope a poet that Stevie Wonder, let me say it again STEVIE WONDER interviewed HIM. Thats nuts, and also brings us to the point of this blog lol. I had done this oil painting in August of last year of the legendary Stevie Wonder.
Stevie is my favorite artist of all time, in fact the very last mixtape I did during my rapping stint was a tribute to him called InPlainSight: A Stevie Wonder Tribute. I had this painting hanging in my apartment since I made it, and just so happen I decided to bring it out with me to The Stage last night. And it just clicked with me that I should give it to Taalam. So long story short, I can now officially say one of my favorite paintings is now own by one of my favorite spoken world artist the renown Taalam Acey. *In Charlie Sheen voice* WINNING!
As of last night, I can not only say the incredible Taalam Acey has my painting but that the beautiful and amazing Queen Sheba also owns a Jason Fleurant original painting. She was the featured artist and Love Jones alongside Taalam Acey, and I just couldn't pass up giving her one of my works as appreciation for her a amazing talent. She straight shut it down. I gave her "Khamaileon's Infusion".
Monday, March 28, 2011
I had one last canvas and it was one of the big ones (36 x 48). Don't ask me how I came up with the concept because if I knew that I'd probably have a name for it lol. I was messing around using that draw style contour-lining because of the way I can use colors when I paint and this happen. A name we'll appear eventually lol. I like this style just because it's different, and gives me another dimension for a lack of better words. I'm sure there is a name for the style.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Wasn't feeling well last night, still not but I wanted to finish this series if you will. While watching The Heatles win again last night I painted part 3 0f the 3 recreations... this being the 1st appearance of The Batman created by Bob Kane. Batman 1st debuted in Detective Comics issue 27 (later renamed DC Comics). Click the names to check out the Amazing Spider-Man, And Superman.
I'm pretty happy with how all three have turned out. Thought it was a cool concept and glad I finished them. Of course I've got nothing on the legends that created this iconic images and heroes that have such a huge impact on popular culture for years and years to come. In many ways these 3 are what define what comic book heroes are define as. All 3 have transcendent the pages of imagination and gone on to be some of the most recognizable brands ever. Touching everything from tv to movies and so much more.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
This is the second of the three paintings I was doing were I was creating my version of classic iconic comic book covers. The first one I did was Jack Kirby's Spider-man. This time I'm tackling Jerry Sigel and Joe Shuster's Action Comic debut of Superman. The original iconic cover was drawn by Jerry Shuster.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This has proven to be a very cool journey and time in my life. I'm excited about things to come like April 8th's show: The Art of Soul - Through Paintings and Poetry, where my art will be featured along side to incredible poets Yanatha and Steiman Desouvre. It's going to be incredible, and I'm nervous about it but hard at work creating pieces. The beautiful thing is we're bring attention to great foundation... Foundation Hope For Haiti, while displaying our talents. As three young Haitian men, it's only right we use what God has blessed us with to represent our people properly.
Here's a little more info about it:
The Art of Soul—Through Paintings and Poetry
for National Poetry Month
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – “The Art of Soul—Through Paintings and Poetry” is a free event that will feature the paintings of Jason Fluerant along with poems performed by published authors Yanatha and Steiman Desouvre. The event will be held at Gilou Island Cuisine in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday, April 8 at 7pm. The event is being coordinated to raise awareness for Foundation Hope for Haiti (foundationhopeforehaiti.o
These young men of unique talents are not simply talented individuals—all three endeavor to motivate others to reach out for their every dream. Fluerant and the Desouvre brothers are combining their unique and complementary talents to encourage others to see the opportunity in every moment of life through paintings and poems.
“Every one of my paintings tells a story of success, sacrifice and empowerment. My paintings are simply a part of my soul being transferred over to the canvas,” Jason Fluerant explains, “and I want everyone to see that there are many ways for us to express ourselves.” Yanatha Desouvre added, “Through my writing and performances, my ultimate hope is to bring out the best in others. My poems are personal, yet, have a universal theme of encouragement.” Steiman Desouvre seeks to touch the reader’s soul and connect to their most inner voice and most inner sanctum. He believes that “poetry is more alive than ever.” All three artists invite the public to join them on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 7pm as they express the “art of soul” through painting and poetry while raising awareness for Foundation Hope for Haiti.
Foundation Hope for Haiti is the America-based development arm of Foundation Espoir, created to support projects in Haiti through fundraising awareness and nurturing of long term relationships with national and international friends of Haiti (www.foundationforhaiti.org).
Jason Fluerant, born in Illinois to two wonderful Haitian Immigrants, was reared in the sunny, but more dangerous areas in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he still resides. Although having taken only one formal art class during his freshman year at Palm Beach Lakes High School, Fluerant found his natural painting ability propelled and guided to incredible levels after the shocking January 12, 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince that registered 7.0 on the Richter scale. Fleurant’s work was displayed on the Lynn University campus for the one year anniversary of the Journey of Hope mission to Haiti event held on January 12, 2011.
Steiman Desouvre, born on the magnificent island of Hispaniola in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, moved to the United States at the age of eight and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. His collections cover a wide spectrum of human emotions, dilemmas and experiences and he encourages all to read them and be inspired. He studied Computer Information Systems at Drexel University, and currently runs a technology consulting company and a music-production business.
Yanatha Desouvre was born in Haiti and grew up in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He resides in West Palm Beach; Fla. Desouvre received his MBA in Marketing and Mass Communication and Media Management from Lynn University in 2010 and his Bachelor of Science Degree from Drexel University in Management Information Systems and Marketing in 2001.
Gilou Island Cuisine is located at 1922 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33409 at the corner of Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard. For more information about the restaurant, contact Gilou at 561-269-5345.
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Out of curiosity I went through my paintings from last year and saw that the first painting I did on actual canvas was March 14th, 2010. At the time I was still using those Walgreen brand watercolor paint and I had got a 3pack of 8x10 canvas. I painted this picture of a man praying as Haiti was being held by God. And A angel was in the background waving the Haitian flag.
I had given it to my mother in a frame. She loves it and proudly displays it in her house. Fast forward to March 14, 2010 I can see that for a guy whose self taught and only been painting for a year and some change now I've come quite a way. The painting I did March 14, 2010 is theDwayne Wade and Lebron James Takeover. I'm thinking of possibly recreating it.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I decided to do a series of paintings. This is the 1st of the 3, I'm doing my interpretation of 3 iconic comic book covers that mark the 1st appearance of the 3 most famous comic book characters ever. Those being Superman, Batman, and Spider-man. The 1st one I did was Jack Kirby's cover of Spider-man from Amazing Fantasy.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
First off congrats to my Miami Heatles for giving The Spurs the bizness last night. Payback for when the thrashed us for 30pts, we returned the favor and smashed them for 30pts. Can you hear the haters jumping back on the bandwagon? I can.
Anyway, yesterday was my day off from work and I couldn't decide rather to go to the movies or buy more canvas to work on. I opted to buy more canvas and paint. So on this 22x28 canvas I had I started working on this painting. It's based on one of my favorite pictures from this season, a picture that will probably define The Miami Heat this year.
Dwayne Wade driving to the hole on a fast break, passes to a speeding Lebron who makes a thunderous slam. Wade doesn't even look back, he knew his pass was good and he knew Bron would throw it down. So he just looks out into the crowd with a look of "hell yeah we've arrived"! A magnificent play...I need to get this poster. Or I can just settle for my painting lol. I started this at 3pm and crazy enough ended at exactly 8pm just in time to watch The Heatles beat the number one team in the NBA The Spurs! Go Heat!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I was flipping through photos of The Heatles vs The Lake Show game from Thursday, when my Miami Heat ended a 5 game loosing streak and the Lakers 8 game winning streak. This one photo caught my attention of Dwayne Wade (who was ballin!!!!) going toe to toe with the great and most hated Kobe Bryant.
Something about that photo was just screaming dope to me. So I just wanted to flip it. Whenever The Heat played The Lakers it was always great performances between Wade and Bryant. I started this at like 9:30pm and ended at 2am something... which btw is now technically 3am because of daylight saving time, so Spring Forward!
I chose Kanye West song "The Glory" from Graduation was because it went great with the title. It's a battle of two greats for The Glory. I forget Kanye had that line in the song where name checks Wade sayin "In 2yrs Dwayne Wayne became Dwayne Wade", nice!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Just wanted to do something a little different. The thing I love about that style where when you do the sketch you can't pick up the pencil is when I get to paint it the way the lines cause break ups lets me have cool uses for colors.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Yesterday was the 14th (God I can't believe it's been that long) anniversary of the death of Notorious B.I.G. So like most Biggie fans I was listening to his music all day. Biggie was one of my favorite artist growing, not just cause of his music. But because of his whole vibe, or what is known now as swag. Being the extra dark skin big kid at school, seeing Biggie's chrasima and way with the ladies made me a little more comfortable in my skin. I lived that line "Hearthrob never, big, black ugly as ever. However, I stay Coogi down to the socks".
I wanted to do a little something different when I painted him. To give it something of a 'abstract' type of vibe I used the method where you don't pick up the pencil so the whole sketch is essentially one line. We'll always love ya, Big Poppa!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
How's this for a "Clash of the Titians"....The Man of Steel vs The Peoples Champion. It's probably one of the most famous comics ever released and most well known comic cover. There in the middle of a ring Muhammad Ali squaring off against Superman off all people. I'm going to avoid spoiling the details in case you decide to read it for yourself.
It was cool to me to learn some years down the line when I started getting into comics of this issue. And I just had to reinterpret it my way. For Superman I went with a more Christoper Reeve/ Brandon Roth look seeing they play him in the live action movies (ugh Superman Returns sucked!). And for Muhammad Ali, I grabbed one of his photos so I can have a more realistic look to him.
I didn't want to do a exact version, because where's the fun in that?
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
People always seem to ask me the same questions time and time again when they find out that I paint. And since I'm not great with on the spot responses (I'm much better when I can sit and think my thoughts out) I decided to take the time to answer more thoroughly the simple questions. So I interviewed myself.