Jalen Smith

BFA, Illustration

Artist Statement

I provoke thought and emotion in the viewer with a level of irony and blunt truth through personal life experiences. I tackle serious issues and put them into hyperbolic imagery. I represent people who are underrepresented in multimedia and make a space where Black artists don’t have to feel alienated for deciding to choose art as their passion. In my pieces I capture visual metaphors for real life issues, genuine emotions, and topical events. My mark making has a sense of sincerity and transparency. The energy in my art translates to intimate and large audiences alike.  

Biography

Jalen Smith, also known as Visionary J, was born on the Southside of Chicago in 1999. He is an illustrator and music artist who had to overcome many odds in his environment to pursue his career. Smith has had his art displayed in art galleries from a young age and in 2019 he had his first art pop up shop in downtown Chicago. His dream is to have his art stand the test of time and connect to people all over the world. Smith attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with his B.F.A. in Illustration in 2021.  

Online Classes

The Mundane

COVID Alley

Horror Animation

Keep the Flame Alive

Juxtaposition

Let Shit Go

Validation

Goat Rotoscope

Fighting Personal Demons

Jalen Smith

BFA, Illustration

Artist Statement

I provoke thought and emotion in the viewer with a level of irony and blunt truth through personal life experiences. I tackle serious issues and put them into hyperbolic imagery. I represent people who are underrepresented in multimedia and make a space where Black artists don’t have to feel alienated for deciding to choose art as their passion. In my pieces I capture visual metaphors for real life issues, genuine emotions, and topical events. My mark making has a sense of sincerity and transparency. The energy in my art translates to intimate and large audiences alike.  

Biography

Jalen Smith, also known as Visionary J, was born on the Southside of Chicago in 1999. He is an illustrator and music artist who had to overcome many odds in his environment to pursue his career. Smith has had his art displayed in art galleries from a young age and in 2019 he had his first art pop up shop in downtown Chicago. His dream is to have his art stand the test of time and connect to people all over the world. Smith attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with his B.F.A. in Illustration in 2021.  

Online Classes

The Mundane

COVID Alley

Horror Animation

Keep the Flame Alive

Juxtaposition

Let Shit Go

Validation

Goat Rotoscope

Fighting Personal Demons

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