17 | Sunshine

Mural  |  Jamari Taylor  |  Grand Rapids, MI

About This Installation

Using Charcoal, Acrylics, and Oils, Jamari creates images that portray a person's character, power, and strength. Through portraiture and nature, she not only uses art symbolism as a way to connect with one's inner-soul, desire of high spirits, and a peace of mind. Jamari also uses art symbolism as a way to uplift and get others inspired through an artist's vision!

Artist Bio

Jaylei Art was created with passion and a love for creativity. Over the past 5 years of developing an artsy foundation, Jamari has been able to expand connections in a variety of ways through the art community. Such as starting up a tutoring program in the Battle Creek, MI area for the youth to take art classes, building a creative and healing space with students in the Grand Rapids and Holland, MI community, and designing murals for multiple businesses in West Michigan. While also teaching adult paint classes and selling products at pop-up shops, all of these creative outlets are what inspire Jamari to continue to develop portraiture work that encourages others to engage in the art world. Many artists that are a part of the art field have also inspired Jamari in many ways with her usage of art symbolism. Some of them are Kehinde Wiley and KaraWalker who both explore storytelling of the black culture, gender and identity through their work; Chuck Close and Oliver Sin who both create in-depth portraiture work through the usage of black and white. Overall, portraiture goes beyond the meaning of storytelling without the usage of words and with the power of focus, drive, and mystery of one's beauty.

Find On The Trail - Site 17

Under the Shiawassee Bridge - East Side of the Grand River

The Shiawassee Bridge on the East side of the river was one of ArtPath's original locations. A mural from 2018, the inaugural year of this project still resides on the North wall. This location will house three murals.

ArtPath is generously supported by our title sponsors The Rathbun Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. With additional support by:

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Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
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Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Patronicity