Through my paintings, I want to convey the people and places of African Culture. I was always interested in ancient history as a child, and I loved doodling. At four-years-old, I was inspired by my two older brothers, who drew cartoon and comic book characters. I started drawing animals from our giant family dictionary at age eight, and I painted watercolors of comic book characters at ten. I started creating pencil portraits at thirteen, and my first acrylic painting at fifteen. During my middle school years, I began reading about people like W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Fredrick Douglass, and others. But I was not satisfied with contemporary history; I needed answers to the who, what, where, and when about African history, the period before slavery, the information beyond my high school African history classes. I started doing my own research. To my surprise, I discovered a whole new universe of information. After leaving the military service at twenty-three, I started building my personal library of African literature, in total around a thousand books and counting. In 2004, while also collecting paintings of African people and their historical places, I started painting for enjoyment, giving away my work to friends and relatives, or selling some work. But my goal in life is to continue to paint African art, inspired by my research. My future goal is to display my work in a museum one day, or show the work in a public center for African culture.
jeremiah's ArtPrize Entries
These are jeremiah's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
jeremiah's Past Work
These are images of past work that jeremiah has done.