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
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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 

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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.





Friday, June 23, 2017

Artist Inspires Little Haiti Youth & Breathes Life in Hip Hop Album Art

Artist Inspires Little Haiti Youth & Breathes Life in Hip Hop AlbumArt




JaFleu Visits "Achieve Miami"

The students of Jesse J Mcrcray Elementary who attended the "Achieve Miami" Art Program this summer received a special visit from Jason "JaFleu" Fleurant. As the guest speaker, JaFleu spoke to students about the life of an artist, pursuing dreams and more.

Showcasing original artwork and answers questions from the young very engaging youth. After  having delightful and surprising thought provoking Q&A,
JaFleu began to surprise the children and staff when after having everyone came up with a name for a particular painting he had brought, he revealed that the painting was being donated to the school.



In another interesting plot twist... It turns out on the same exact day of June 22, JaFleu had done his very first of many guest speaking opportunities when he spoke to the youth of Palm Beach State College's summer youth program.


JaFleu creates Haitian Fresh's Upcoming Album Cover



After being commissioned to create an portrait in his own style of Recording Artist Haitian Fresh. JaFleu set out to put his soul into it. The end result...





The Label and Haitian Fresh himself agreeing to turn it into the cover artwork for his Upcoming Album.

New Solo Exhibit "Our BeautiFLEU Lives"


JaFleu's next solo exhibition #OurBeautiFLEULives opening reception is July 20th at Harold's Coffee Lounge.

Booking/Art Inquiries: Lue at fleumgmt@gmail.com 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

All Eyez Focus on the Art of FLEU


All Eyez Focus on the Art of FLEU

On June 17th, Haitian-American Visual Artist JaFleu The Artist had his 7th solo art exhibition "All Eyez On FLEU" on the 3rd floor of the 1310 Gallery. An Exhibit that was a combination of past works on loan from collectors and brand new creations.


The vibrant hues combined with fantastic detailing and subjects of JaFleu's  works drew art lovers in like moths to the flames.





"I had some of the most interesting conversations with people about their observations of my art. One of the constant things I heard, particularly from other black people is how happy and impactful it is to not only see that this art is focused on us but created by someone they can identify with."





"I watched this woman for what was like 10mins studying my painting. It was fascinating seeing someone get lost
like that. She walked up on it, stared at it, took a pic, attempted to walk away but was drawn back to viewing it. I meant to pick her brain but got caught up so much that I never got to introduce myself. "






Conversations about his constant depiction of the strength in women, fatherhood, as well as conversations of the struggle with police brutality and gang violence. The exhibition was JaFleu's soapbox and the brilliant colors screamed his thoughts to the world.



"I've dreamt of moments of like last night ever since I picked up a paint brush. It was such an honor to be
blessed by so many supportive wonderful people. To be able to see the things you dedicate hours on hours, days and a social life to create be appreciated and touch people is a blessing. We took Chillingworth to the Gallery walls! To of been able to sell multiple pieces and raise some funds for Girls Call The Shots in the process was/is a blessing. To get to overhear the thoughts of friends and strangers alike honestly speak amongst themselves of my work is a blessing. We hung this exhibit on May 28, Haitian Mother's Day and not only did we get to put on for Juneteenth with an
exhibition of black art celebrating black life, but today is also Father's Day. So in the span of the exhibit I was able to honor both my Mother & my Father (Rest in Power). Thank you Neri Street for the opportunity. I thank you all for coming out.

Sincerely,
That Nigga with the Paintbrush
- JaFleu
#AllEyezOnFLEU"

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 The exhibition was an success. With multiple sales being able to be donated to the organization "Girls Call The Shots"

#AllEyezonFLEU" will be running until July 7th.

New Solo Exhibit "Our BeautiFLEU Lives"


JaFleu's next solo exhibition #OurBeautiFLEULives opening reception is July 20th at Harold's Coffee Lounge.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Eyez Open to Haitian-American Artist's Passion This Saturday!

Eyez Open to Haitian-American Artist's Passion This Saturday!


With a week left before the opening reception of #AllEyezOnFleu Visualist, Lue (Fleu MGMT) and artist JaFleu took one last visit to the 1310 Gallery to go over the exhibition.

JaFleu's solo exhibition "All Eyez On FLEU" opening reception is Saturday, June 17. The exhibition of 35 pieces of artwork by the Haitian-American visual artist.

10 retrospective pieces spanning from 2012-2015 on loan from various collectors of JaFleu's work and 25 brand new works from his "Colored Folkz" & "Iconic Fleu" series. 



"I'm just looking forward to seeing the reactions of the people when they see the work in person." Said the JaFleu, who is currently within his 7th year of his art career. Photographer and fellow artist Jamaal "Visualist" Clark alluded to the styling of JaFleu's "Colored Folkz" painting reminding him of skittles in the way the colors made the works look almost edible.  



"Last year, we held the closing reception for "All The Way Up", an exhibition where through Exhibit Treal I curated all three floors. It was on my father's birthday may he rest in peace. So standing here today, the day before his birthday and anniversary or the closing I got chills. I'm just excited and anxious and hope those that come can truly feel my passion."



"I view my solo exhibition's as albums. I even lay the work out in that way. In my head art and music are very similar. To me this is like a double album. Or maybe a triple. An album of which I worked all the way to the 'deadline' creating, removing, adding and rearranging tracks. On one disc you've got older tracks, the Retrospective which showcases my past and disc two you've got this brand new body of work. I feel like this is a classic."


"I create all of these new paintings in the park of the neighborhood I grew up in, so that energy is there. To me I was able to take Chillingworth to gallery. And that means something treal to me."



20% of sales of JaFleu's new works will be donated to the non-profit Be Your Own Answer's "Girls Call The Shots" program.

Girls Call The Shots equips teen girls to be leaders in film and media by immersing them in the production process of a film.

 All Eyez on Fleu Opening Reception Saturday June 17.
On the 3rd Floor of the 1310 Gallery
1310 SW 2nd CT, Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33312
6pm-9pm


And in case you miss the opening, make sure you're there July 2nd for the screening of the documentary "Liberty in a Soup"


For JaFleu Booking/Art Inquiries contact Lue: fleumgmt@gmail.com