“My pieces are all cause driven—for me it is seeing the need to communicate for the voiceless about issues that face humanity. Words are power. The voice is power. Art is power.” – Jabu
Jabu learned the power of art on the streets of Shantytown Johannesburg. At age twelve, he was imprisoned for a year for creating hundreds of T-shirts with Nelson Mandela’s face on them to protest the anti-apartheid leader’s imprisonment and to non-violently fight for liberation. “Growing up in South Africa, we didn’t have a voice—the T-Shirts were our voice, our power.” Today, Jabu is inspired to create for the rights of others: the indigenous, the voiceless, and the endangered animals. “I paint what informs me. I love elephants, but they cannot speak. When I paint an elephant, I paint whatever I am feeling for them; I give them a voice.”
Described as contemporary mixed media, Jabu’s ‘in-you- face,’ larger than life pieces allow limitless, expression. His materials set him apart. He uses high-end oils, acrylics, house paint, inks, charcoal, or dry and wet pastels on long-lasting synthetic fabric—because there are no size limitations—and maple wood, aluminum, and metal depending on the look. Using feathers instead of brushes allow for exceptionally wide, unrestricted fluid streaks and multiple layers of paint.
“For me, art is an emotional outlet. I’m at peace when I paint; I forget any challenges. I zone in on what I’m doing. I love creating ideas from my head to paper to the final piece, to the unintentional, accidental something, which sometimes, are greater than what I intended. My philosophy about art, is that creating art for art’s sake is not enough. I create cause-driven art so I can make a difference. If I can inspire one person or the masses, that’s what I love to do. Beautiful art is obvious; great art is transformative.” Jabu’s art is featured in various galleries in the U.S.
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