“Art is expressing the inexpressible.”
Jason “Ja Fleu” Fleurant lives by these words. As a self-taught painter, Fleurant says he began his artistic journey in January 2010 after witnessing the devastating images from the earthquake in Haiti. He was so moved by these visuals that he felt compelled to draw; an act he hadn’t done since his primary years. After urgings from a close friend to paint his images on canvas, the rest is history.
Fleurant says he knew he was truly an artist the day he decided to walk away from his part-time job in 2013. “I had just sold a painting for $600…earlier [in 2013] one of my pieces was exhibited in Times Square on a billboard, but [I was] sitting here working at this place while this was happening.” Fleurant says. At the end of his shift, Fleurant told his manager that he was not coming back. He has been chasing his dream ever since.
Since making the decision to be an artist full time, Fleurant’s worked has graced the presence of U.S. Senators and has been featured in highly acclaimed art shows like Art Basel. Fleurant also founded Exhibit Treal, a nonprofit artist collective that provides opportunities for underrepresented artists.
Ultimately, Fleurant considers art his ministry. His paintings and everything he writes, curates and shares has an extremely spiritual quality that creatively influences and ignites the gifts of onlookers. He encourages everyone to locate what makes him or her light up with passion and to remember: “You are one of one. No one can do what you can do. So own that, love that and keep going.” Fleurant says.
To learn more about Jason “Ja Fleu” Fleurant watch his full interview above or visit www.exhibittreal.blogspot.com.
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