Wednesday, July 12, 2017

From Meeting The Future to Flowing on Stage


Meeting Journalism Students


For artist JaFleu, last week went from 0 to 100 real quick. Beginning with meeting with a youth group from Urgent, Inc's F.A.C.E Journalism Institute. Michelle Hollinger, the publisher of The Sistahood arranged for the students to meet with JaFleu the day before the closing of the All Eyez On FLEU solo exhibition for a private viewing where they could pick his mind.





As the young inquiring minds examined the artwork, they delivered hard hitting questions that stemmed beyond "What inspires you?".



Questions that went to touch on subjects of representation in art, the artist's role in today's society and much more.  As Michelle streamed live  the experience on facebook questions poured in. It was an beautifully intimate time. A perfect way of closing the exhibition.


View more photos by Visualist HERE

The Norton


Later on that same day, Visualist & JaFleu attended Art After Dark at The Norton Museum of Art. Sitting to listen and support Street Art Revolution's panel it was an pleasant surprised to see the work they participated in earlier this year as well as their names come on the screen.


FLEU at FLO'POCALYPSE




And of course what better way to end the week than performing at  The Broward Center of Performing Arts  as one of the featured spoken word artists at this summer's Flo'pocalypse. An honor JaFleu plans to never let down.





An experience to never be forgotten from rehearsals, to behind the stage last minute practicing in the mirror to taking the stage and leaving it all there.





NEW CARDS!


New Business cards & stickers on deck!!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Behind the Art: Guilty of Innocence

Behind the Art: Guilty of Innocence

Guilty of Innocence
24in x 24in x 1in
Acrylic on canvas


I think this is one of those pieces where people would want me to really breakdown everything happening in the painting. And that's understandable.

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Me personally, I think it's one of those pieces that is clear once you're able to see it. But basically as an artist I very much adhere to Nina Simone saying "How can an artist not be a reflection of the times?"... I'm paraphrasing.

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But as a black man in America, I cannot use my art to address social issues. Something I've been notorious of doing my whole career. Especially with topics on police brutality.

And so here we are. With "Guilty of Innocence" I wanted to capture how we as black people feel. How we feel we're on America's chopping block constantly.


Here we have a young boy who has not only been shot multiple times by crooked Overseers (Officers)  still being judge and sentence to hung. This my way of symbolizing how the victims are always turned into villains after the fact.



I brought back something I utilized something I used in past pieces about this. The brick wall that separates us. Something crazy to consider when you think of who the President is. I placed signs with the names of some we've lost Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Philando Castile & my homie Anesson "Ano" Joseph. All some of the many victims of police brutality.

This is anti-police... This is anti-the-injustice.



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This is just me speaking aloud.


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JaFleu Performing at Flo'Pocalyse


I'll be performing alongside some legendary poets Saturday!!! July 8th at The Broward Center of Performing Arts as part of "Flo'Pocalyse : Silent and Ready". Get your ticket today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Solo Exhibit "Our BeautiFLEU Lives"


Our BeautiFLEU Lives: JaFleu Solo Art Exhibit

Opening Reception July 20, 2017 | 7p-10
Harold's Coffee Lounge
509 Northwood Rd
West Palm Beach, Fl 33407

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Behind The Art: The American Hustle

Behind The Art: The American Hustle


On first glance this painting probably comes off as some ode to strippers. In actuality it's not about strippers. I when I originally created the watercolor study of what would later become this painting, I wanted to have a conversation about America.






Here's a video of myself creating the watercolor study.



Particularly how America attempts to pimp us on it's poll, teasing us with the opportunity to get higher in life... but forcing us to have to hustle in ways that will strip who we are in pursuit of the mighty dollar.




It's me kind of asking, how far are we willing to go for the American Dream?



While we hustle to get to a better position in life and stack our bread we never fully notice how America can often already have us locked down under their view... and those of us that realize it move to figure how to level up around that.




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Summa Vibez Paintng


Recently sold to a new collector based in New York. "Summa Vibez" was pretty face forward in towards about what it's about. Which is just had it is in South Florida in the Summer. Just a couple kicking it having a great time!!!!








 

 

 

JaFleu Performing at Flo'Pocalyse


I'll be performing alongside some legendary poets Saturday!!! July 8th at The Broward Center of Performing Arts as part of "Flo'Pocalyse : Silent and Ready". Get your ticket today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Solo Exhibit "Our BeautiFLEU Lives"


Our BeautiFLEU Lives: JaFleu Solo Art Exhibit

Opening Reception July 20, 2017 | 7p-10
Harold's Coffee Lounge
509 Northwood Rd
West Palm Beach, Fl 33407

Monday, June 26, 2017

Behind the Art: Why "Dope Boy Fresh"?



Why Dope Boy Fresh?

From the moment I sketched what would become the watercolor study for "Dope Boy Fresh" I've been asked but why though? Why am I painting something that potentially glorifies the negatives in our community.

First let me say there is no me glorifying drug dealing. This is me addressing all that takes part in Our BeautiFLEU Lives. And it wouldn't be right of me to not address it.



I don't know how to paint ugly things, but I do know how to use my art to speak on ugly things. And while in the painting we've got him with a rack to the ear, dope gold chains it's deeper than that.

There is a reason the gun, drugs on the scale and phone aren't painted. It's to point out how meaningless it truly is to his life. While everything else is in vibrant colors.

"Dope Boy Fresh"
16x20 | Acrylic on canvas
$500 + shipping
Inquiries: fleumgmt@gmail.com


There's more to life than drugs, social media and all the "Ills or the world". If you look at his eyes and then see the two books matching the colors you realize what's really keeping him fresh is the knowledge he gains and how it's directly connected to the outside world.

What keeps this Dope Boy Fresh is he sees beyond his current situation. A lesson many of us could learn including myself.


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JaFleu Performing at Flo'Pocalyse


I'll be performing alongside some legendary poets July 8th at The Broward Center of Performing Arts as part of "Flo'Pocalyse : Silent and Ready". Get your ticket today!

New Solo Exhibit "Our BeautiFLEU Lives"


Our BeautiFLEU Lives: JaFleu Solo Art Exhibit

Opening Reception July 20, 2017 | 7p-10
Harold's Coffee Lounge
509 Northwood Rd
West Palm Beach, Fl 33407

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Behind The Art: I'mma Tell 'Em The Truth

Behind The Art: I'mma Tell 'Em Truth 

One of the things artist's want to do, at least what I like to think they would is to create art that makes some type of impact or means more than just a beautiful image. I don't always set out with that as my mission. I admittedly have said many of times that it's not truly myself that's doing the art. It's God that takes over.



When I started to sketch out this piece, my only intent was to create something of a woman singing. But as often times happens, something had more in mind.



Even though I had various podcasts playing (Fanbros, The Black Guy Who Tips, Double Toasted & more) in my earbuds, I kept hear the song "Sing for the moment" in the back of my head.




It wasn't till I started to paint it that I started to notice what was on the canvas. My childhood friend Enol, who had been kicking it with me for a brief minute said that when he saw the work in progress "she looks like "I'mma Tell Em The Truth". Instantly that clicked with me as the perfect title.

I then showed him how the microphone that seemingly comes from nowhere is actually God's finger. And she,  (Oshun is what I call her) she getting ready to give the universe the truth of her gift.

In the background you have a woman Dancing to the music, and a father and his children completely enamored by her while playing the djembe.

This piece to me is a wonderful glimpse into Our BeautiFLEU Lives!

"I'mma Tell Em The Truth"
24x24x2 | Acrylic on Canvas
$800.00
 Inquiries: fleumgmt@gmail.com 

BUY IT HERE

See it in person at:
Our BeautiFLEU Lives: JaFleu Solo Art Exhibit

Opening Reception July 20, 2017 | 7p-10
Harold's Coffee Lounge
509 Northwood Rd
West Palm Beach, Fl 33407


Thank You BLM




Also I just wanted to say thank you for the card I received from Black Lives Matter. For Mother's Day, they reached out to myself and some other artists to create pieces for a campaign called "Dear Trayvon". I was honored to be apart of it and appreciate the card sincerely.