Jerrie’s father, Matthew James Glasper, Jr., was his first and most influential art instructor. He credits his father for helping to open his eyes to the subtle color variations found in nature and his mother for nurturing his confidence through steadfast encouragement. He credits God for granting him freedom of expression. Jerrie paints with oils and Acrylics. The under-painting is rendered with washes of acrylics and allowed to dry. Next, oil “glazes” are built up in layers to create color interest. “I seem to have the tendency to join the techniques of realism, abstraction and impressionism,” says Jerrie, “whether it be portraits, wildlife or landscapes.” Jerrie is represented by Southern Breeze Gallery in Jackson,Mississippi and The Attic Gallery in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Biography: Jerrie Glasper is an accomplished African American artist in Jackson, Mississippi, but was born in the inner city of Chicago, Illinois. His father, Matthew James Glasper (now deceased) was the first to introduce him to drawing and painting as a form of self expression, at the age of five. "As far back as I can remember", says Jerrie, "I was encouraged to develop an appreciation of the arts". Oils or acrylic paints are what he uses to render paintings in the style of contemporary realism. He feels most comfortable painting the things that are indigenous to the rural south which has become a part of him. He has, lately, focused on painting Mississippi delta "blues artists" and the music culture that is rich with characters who are both whimsicial as well as philosophical in their approach to coping with the trials of life. "I love capturing the expressions of love, joy, and pain in the faces of blues singers," says Glasper. I also try to convey the power of faith and hope for a better tomorrow, which is a cornerstone of blues music. To date, Jerrie has designed three Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival posters. He has also created paintings for Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation's "duck stamp" program, the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds In Art show in Easton, Maryland, painted thirty wall murals for Jubilee Casino in Greenville, Mississippi, Governor Haley and First Lady Marsha Barbour, and a portrait for football great Jerry & Jackie Rice of their beautiful daughter, Jacqui.
Country: United States
Site: Glasper Art
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