This fall I've spent a great deal of time thinking about new methodologies and the ways in which historical figures who may have been overlooked, can take on a new life as art shines a light in that space. now I'm in the studio, hibernating and developing... It shall be a long winter.
Super grateful for my kin.
In honesty, when it comes to my work I take things very personal. Cause it is. "Echoes and Whispers" was the awakening, "Black Rivers; Steal Away" the manifesto, "Jerome" is the self portrait, The mural was the coronation of my practice. And the other projects are apart of the future vision. All as one.
Thank you all for housing me, sending opportunities or suggestions, collaborating, buying or commissioning the work, encouraging me with letters, text, words, food or liquor, praying with me, sharing the work and attending the ceremonies.
Much Love!!! I'm excited to say that 2018 I will have new work and programs not just in the Chi, but all over the Midwest. It's all thanks to you! Happy Thanksgiving! Keep moving forward! #wednesday#thanksgiving#vsco#artist#artist#fallfashion#dance#film#chicago
It has been such an honor observing, learning and creating in a space that has both the historical legacy of artistic integrity, and the openness to allow me to develop as an artist. As artist in residence I was able to introduce new forms of art, while discovering a new respect for the process. To top it all off, I am so grateful to have had the honor of creating a public space, my largest single installation to date, in my native town. Thank you to all who came to the opening, I am truly humbled by your friendships. @oakparklibrary thank you for your commitment to community and the arts, to you.
There's always an internal conflict. The will to do great work, the need for the work to touch the lives of others, and the need to receive recognition for that work. In truth, recognition for the work blesses an artist with more opportunity to continue to do whatever that artist pleases. Sometimes, you can feel tempted to do a project or use an aesthetic that isn't you for the sake of the market.
One of my contemporaries @brycelandic encouraged me with these following words,
"Keep you practice Sanctified." That's what I give you today. This challenge, this Charter. No matter what the challenge or constraints, "Keep your practice Sanctified" watch the glow up happen. "The Artist at Praise" - 2017 by yours truly. #artist#sunday#worship#chicago#santuary#brysonallison#jonveal
Summer 2017 I came out as an artist, had my first solo show, every painting sold, did a few murals, got to show work at @dusablemuseum artistic legends hired me as a consultant and I obtained a super dope residency. Cool.
Summer 2018, I'm trying to work with y'all. I'm trying to go see @joshysoul in concert, head to NYC and work with @africankillerbees on some underground exclusive joints, make a trip to France show work with @ouassilarras go to LA write with @damepierre write music in Phoenix with @chris_jarod shoot a short film in the Chi with @erinmorgant & have @stevachii star in that joint. I'm trying to work. Y'all down?