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Guerica el negro

Guerica el negro
Date: 7/16, Dimensions: 6ft x 4.5ft, Media: charcoal, acrylic on canvas. Guernica el negro was created as a response to the mass killings of black people in America in recent years. The goal was to tell the story of today through this piece of artwork rather than let the media tell it.

Make America Hate Again

Make America Hate Again
Make America Hate Again

For Flint

For Flint
Date: 2/16, Dimensions: 24x36, Media: acrylic on canvas. For Flint was created as a form of fundraising. The goal was to create a piece that would raise awareness to the water crisis as well as to donate the proceeds of the sale to Flint Michigan residents.

The Great Migration

The Great Migration
The Great Migration

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About Jerrell

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Jerrell Gibbs, is a fine artist and Creative Community Fellow of the National Arts Strategies. He examines his life-story and that of family and friends in order to conceive and engage in the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora. His exhibition highlights include: Art in the hands of Men at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Painted Matters at The Galleries at CCBC and Black Artists of DC: A legacy of Excellence at The Gallery at Howard University. He also has a permanent... more

Our right to smile

Our right to smile provides a glimpse into Gibbs' world through recreations of childhood photographs and memories. Gibbs bestows viewers a lens into the everyday life of the community he's familiar with. He gives the audience a sense of traditional Baltimorean family functions.

  • Daddy and the kids

    "Daddy and the kids" is a recreation of a picture of my brother, sister, father and myself at Disney Wolrd. The last trip as a family before my father was murdered. 32" x 26 1/4" acrylic on canvas 2017
  • Grama's house

    "Grama's House" is a recreation of a picture taken during a family cookout at my Grandmother's house. A summer cookout in her backyard was a yearly event. acrylic on canvas 24" x 18" 2017
  • Saturday's with Grama

    "Satruday's with Grama" is a painting that show a ritual my Grandmother and I stuck to until my late teens. We'd go to Lexington Market every Saturday for oysters. 40" x 30" acrylic on canvas 2017
  • The two bathers

    "The Two Bathers" is a recreation of a picture taken of my sister and cousin taking a bath as kids. I aimed to recreate the innocence in this youthful experience. acrylic on canvas 24" x 20"
  • Cadorus

    "Cadorus" is a painting based from of picture of my brother, sister, cousins and myself during our annual summer trip to Cadorus water park to swim and spend time with family. 67" x 49 1/2" acrylic on canvas 2017

The Franklin Perspective

In a time of great turmoil, Gibbs appropriates Franklin, the silenced African American male from Charles Schultz's Peanuts Gang. Gibbs uses Franklin as a tool to paint the picture of the American black male experience. This series is composed of works highlighting various topics such as male identity, masculinity, public education and social issues. Gibbs felt there were things that could be explored through Franklin that would allow spectators the chance to hear what's being said as opposed to whose saying it.

While constructing each piece Gibbs incorporates factual information as material for his audience. He chose to appropriate this character because people find what Franklin has to say less offensive, he's a character, but touches on powerful topics. He challenges and highlights issues within the African American community and America in its entirety. Franklin then speaks on these topics from his perspective, hoping to educate and inspire his viewers.

  • Make America Hate Again

    Make America Hate Again
    Make America Hate Again
  • For Flint

    For Flint
    For Flint
  • The Great Migration

    The Great Migration
    The Great Migration
  • Tar Baby

    Tar Baby
    2/16, Dimensions: 24x30, Media: acrylic on canvas. Tar Baby is a piece created to highlight subtle discriminatory practices that are placed in T.V shows and media.
  • Concrete Rose

    Concrete Rose
    Date: 1/16, Dimensions: 30x40, Media: acrylic on canvas. Concrete Rose was created as an inspirational piece for inner-city youth in Baltimore, Md. It is a visual representation of the quote “The rose that grew from concrete”.
  • Veteran's Day

    Veteran's Day
    Veteran's Day
  • Title Fight

    Title Fight
    Title Fight
  • Masculinity

    Masculinity
    Date: 4/16, Dimensions: 24x30, Media: acrylic on canvas. Masculinity was created to challenge the idea of what it is to be a man.
  • Dreams Come True

    Dreams Come True
    Dreams Come True
  • Baltimore Bullets

    Baltimore Bullets
    Baltimore Bullets

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