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.

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.

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.

This is just me speaking aloud.


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

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