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Bio

If life is my canvas, then art is my imprint. It signifies a moment in which I was inspired … I was alive.

The vastness of the human spirit has always been a source of inspiration to me. Its depths and avenues are limitless, and by nature its appeal is universal. My work attempts to celebrate the human spirit as an unchained, powerful, and glorified moment in time, crystallized through strokes of colour on canvas. I begin with a creative impulse and embark on a process of self discovery, exploring the layers of what I’m trying to communicate.

However, beyond merely using human emotion as a subject matter to appeal to the masses, my art is meant to be an intimate dialogue with a viewer. It starts with an invitation to peer into my world, see what I see and feel what I feel. It then transitions into something more profound – a dialogue the viewer has with themselves. I want my art to happen to them; allow it to take them on a personal journey. Since my work is rooted in human emotion, the right piece can touch the right viewer in a place then didn’t know existed, filling them with familiar joy or even exposing caverns of vulnerability. That’s because emotion can envelop the senses in an instant, just like life.

As I embrace this artistic journey I continue to be motivated by the unknown. What will my next piece be and where will it take me? Art is my 6th sense for deciphering, interpreting and manifesting my thoughts and feelings. Through my work, it is my intention to leave my imprint on you.

Photograph by: Jalani Morgan (www.jalanimorgan.com)

Curriculum Vitae

Sep 2011 DUO Presents – Do U Original, Twist Gallery, Toronto
Jul 2010 From The Soul, The R.O.M (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto
Sep 2009 SHE, presented by JMK Art Collective, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Jul 2009 Beyond The Rhythm, The R.O.M (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto
Feb 2009 O‐NINE, presented by JMK Art Collective, Trane Studio, Toronto
Sep 2008 SIGNATURE, presented by JMK Art Collective, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Jul 2008 Roots to Rhythm, The R.O.M (Royal Ontario Museum), Toronto
Nov 2007 INSPIRED, presented by JMK Art Collective, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Jul 2007 MASK, Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto
Feb 2007 Artuary Art Show, Toronto
Nov 2006 Colour Blind, Toronto
Feb 2006 Artuary Art Show, Toronto
Jun 2003 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto; Acknowledged as a “New Emerging Artist
Nov 2002 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto
Jul 2001 “BLACK” the Bantu Artshow, Toronto
Apr 2001 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto
Feb 2001 Human Rights Commission Through Art
Feb 2001 Society of African Canadian Artists (S.A.C.A.), Juried Exhibition, Toronto
Oct 2000 “The Love Within” Artistic Fund Raiser, Toronto
May 2000 “Power of Expression” Art Auction, Toronto
Oct 1999 Black Reel Awards, Toronto
May 1999 Power of Expression Art Auction, Toronto

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