Art has a history to tell stories and express emotions. A picture can tell a thousand words, while it represents the feelings and passion of the artist.
A few Fridays ago, AfroMadu had the opportunity to attend the Art Battle hosted by S.U.I.T.S ( Sacrifice Until Infinity To Success) where they showcased 4 artist who battled to win the title of the best artist in the tri-state area. These artist included Keath Gerald from Plainifield, NJ, Amair Cline from Harlem, NY, JW from SWEET TOOTH SPECIAL TEES, and Jarmaz from JLW. These artist were all supplied with a canvas and a choice of paints to create their artwork. Throughout the night, artist mingled and painted their visions while spectators enjoyed the scene with an upbeat DJ, light refreshments and dope people in a super chill environment.
Keath Gerald, A Plainfield native, featured his phenomenal Black Panther piece in the battle. In the upsetting times of the verdict of Trayvon Martin, Keath used the memorable Black Panther Party as the back drop to his vision. In a interview with Keath, his inspiration for his art was his pass heart condition which forced him to stay in the house and unlock his true talent. Since the recovery from the peak of his heart condition, Keath has channeled his newfound energy into painting and now selling his paintings on his very own website. “No one can take your happiness that God gives you.”, Keath told us as the one quote he lives from daily.
To Contact Keath:
Amair Cline, Harlem born artist, illustrated an amazing, in-depth, portrait of his vision for life. In an interview with Amair, we discussed the issue of people looking at the bigger picture. “Art is everywhere”, he began saying as he further explained his reason for art. Being diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Amair coped with his mental disorder by understanding expression, perspective, and life overall. His painting even featured a very distinguished from of the word “EARTH”, having “art” infused into “EARTH”. “Progress, nothing less”.
Jarmaz, the founder of the JLW collection, has found himself becoming artistic in all different aspects of life. Along with being a painter, Jarmaz is also a designer for his brand, and an interior designer on the side. AMAZING! Although we did not get to personally speak to Jarmaz during the battle, his performance was definitely one to experience. His first portrait was a painting of a beautiful Black women standing at the top of his bottom mural, but was then transformed into a bright yellow sunflower in a downward position. “Love Me, Love Me; I’m Still Alive”
To Contact Jarmaz:
Twitter and Instagram: @JLWcollection
JW. Hufnagle, a designer in the Sweet Tooth Special Tees company AND the winner of this art battle (YAYYYYYY!) honestly told AfroMadu that he did not know exactly what his painting was about. He followed up by discussing the fact that art usually comes from a “secret place” in your mind where you do not know where it comes from, but you feed it by drawing *snaps twice*. His infamous sheep that is always included in his drawing is always described as damaged on the inside but fine on the out. This showed that “Nothing is what it seems” and “Wolves don’t sleep over the opinions of sheep”.
Congratulations to Mr. Hufnagle himself as the winner of S.U.I.T.S art battle!
To Contact JW Hufnagle:
Twitter and Instagram: @whoishufnagle
Beside these awesome artist, SUITS managed to keep the audience captured and hooked with performances by Moruf, Tajiana Spann, and Tyla; a networking segment, wine and cheese, and an AWESOME DJ rocking the 1’s and 2’s.
AfroMadu grades this event an A+! We loved EVERYTHING! We would also like to thank the divine men of SUITS for having us!
@_SUITS: check them out for upcoming events!