Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamaul Johnson.
Hi Jamaul, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I originally grew up in south Florida and have always had a passion for art. I got started by sketching until, over the years, I eventually developed other skills to go along with what I had already developed. I do different types of art, painting, drawing, logo design, etc. I am influenced and inspired by people, events, and my overall understanding and experience living as a black man in America. And I try my best not to stick to one topic when I use my pieces to send a message. I have participated in many art events and received numerous awards for my work. I got to where I am now just by continuously doing it—practicing and never stopping, also from people who enjoy my work.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing worth having is a smooth road. I believe most of the audience viewing your content will agree. People who know you will not support you, but strangers will; support from a stranger is how I got to interact with you now. Time constraints are also an adjustment; you won’t have time for many things and may not have time for people. Most people won’t see or understand your vision of whatever you are trying to do. And you have to work twice as hard because most will start working a job while also chasing their dream, but that is what it takes.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m known mostly for my political drawing and vivid Afrocentric paintings. As I stated earlier, I also specialize in logo design and other forms of digital art. The style, I believe, is unique because it kind of forces you to look at it with the amount of detail that I include. Sometimes I may express myself with my work as well. I’m proud of the awards that I have one in the various contest. Recently I managed to get three wins in the American Art Awards contest last year (2021). I am looking to gain more wins this year. I’ve also started getting a lot more exposure through groups like yours. While trying to juggle all of these things, commissions have also kept me busy.
What makes you happy?
Life makes me happy ah di greatest thing.
- Instagram: @creative_is_understatement
- Facebook: Jamaul Johnson
- Twitter: @IamJamaul