Jason “JaFleu” Fleurant is an Haitian American painter. The son of two immigrants of Haiti, he was raised in West Palm Beach, Fl after his family relocated from Chicago, Illinois. Jason’s mother nicknamed “JJ’ as a joke saying he looked like JJ Walker on Good Times when he cried as a child. Ironically what wasn’t known at the time, Jason much like JJ’s character, was a natural born artist. Jason would go on later to say his work had influences of artist Ernie Barnes who was responsible for the art on the show
After abandoning art during High School because he was rejected for the School of the arts for years, everything changed. January 12, 2010, upon witnessing the devastation of his families homeland, Haiti due to the earthquakes he was triggered. Inspired and hurt by the images flooding the TV screen, feeling powerless to help He returned to what he naturally could… art. After being pushed by close friend, author Yanatha Desouvre to pursue art; JaFleu has been featured in exhibits, magazines, Art Basel and use his artwork to give back.
After being selected to do an solo exhibit for Haitian Heritage Month at the Stephen P. Center in Miami, I wanted to create something that not only paid homage to my Haitian roots but bridge my artistic art style. So I choose to create my interpretation of the famous Haitian statue “Neg Mawon”
The Heir was the first painting I painted after my father passed last August. I was sitting in our back room with my nephew. He had sat in my father’s chair. I saw it as him sitting in this oversize throne. But it wasn’t oversize, it’s just he hasn’t grown into it yet. Though he is will to accept the journey to be Heir of my Father’s kingdom.
“The Heir” has been featured The Atlantic Current Magazine, exhibited at the Haitian Heritage Museum during Art Basel and more. Jason was also featured in the ArtAboveReality exhibit “After The Rubbish” with Google Open Gallery.
Jason “JaFleu” Fleurant
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