All Images©2016 by Jarrett Alexander
Jarrett Alexander is an American artist whose work is now creating a buzz in the New York and Los Angeles art scenes. Alexander has been creating through visual and other media for over three decades.
His exciting and provocative watercolor illustrations have taken center stage, rendering iconic images of internationally recognized figures. He has also delivered a fresh and unique spin on cartoon and comic book characters, and has riffed on the ‘designer toy’ and ‘sneaker culture’ art forms.
Alexander’s genius is demonstrated in his masterful illustrations of single heroic figures. These powerful portraits acutely capture deeper truths of these prominent individuals and the culture they represent.
I am bound. I have no choice. I do not create art because I want to. I create art because I have to. It is the thing that I cannot NOT do. It is my highest excitement. It is my greatest joy. It is my first love. It is my first memory. In the beginning, I created art. And I saw that it was good.
As above, so below. Each of us is an artist. Each of us is the artist of our selves. Painting with a spiritual brush. Creating the canvas of our reality. As The All That Is, The Infinite Living Mind, what the Illumined call SPIRIT, creates Universes mentally, so does man create mental images that make up his experience of existence.
As stated in The Kybalion: “He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” The great work of influencing one’s environment is accomplished by Mental Power. Each of us is a spiritual being, manifested in physical form, in order to have a human experience. For the purpose of loving and being loved, expressing our creativity, and aligning our personality with our soul. And in so doing we elevate our individual consciousness, as well as the collective consciousness of the cosmos.
Injecting space with mansions of ideas, taking thought beyond that which it has ever been before. We are geniuses on the leading edge, responsible for the evolution of the human race. We are created to be the Creator. So Create.
As an only child born in Cleveland, OH, and raised in the DC-suburb of Upper Marlboro, MD, Jarrett Alexander’s vivid imagination sprung forth visions of larger than life superheroes. He filled numerous sketchbooks with their depictions in colored pencils, stacks of notebooks with short stories narrating their mythology, and countless hours with self-starring reenactments of their amazing feats.
Alexander’s creative talents were rivaled by academic excellence and he earned a full scholarship to American University in the nation’s capitol, where he became the first person of color to receive the university’s highest undergraduate honor, The President’s Award. He also earned a full graduate fellowship to NYU, where he achieved a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. He spent several years working on behalf of New York City’s low-income communities and later operated a shelter for homeless families in Washington, DC.
Throughout his academic and professional pursuits, Alexander continued to create. His watercolor portraits revealed a powerful and distinctive style, and the precision of his brushwork pushed the boundaries of the medium. In addition, his desire to bring his characters to life in the most powerful manner possible led him to embark on a career as an actor/screenwriter. He has starred in critically acclaimed films and popular TV shows, and has also been featured in commercials and fitness videos.
After finding professional success in the nonprofit world, as well as in the world of entertainment, Alexander launched a journey of self-discovery that literally took him around the globe. That pilgrimage brought him back to his deepest passion and first love, visual art, and the joy of creating fuels each addition to his expanding portfolio. Alexander’s exciting vision quest continues to unfold, fusing undeniable raw talent, disciplined technical prowess, and unlimited imagination.