Today we’d like to introduce you to Joerael Elliott.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Born in San Angelo, Texas (1980) Joerael is a narrative artist with a focus on creating complex figurative works. His figurative works focus on the subtle body, psychological imprint and the metabolic hum. In the figures Joerael weaves current and historical content pertaining to social justice, to Earth’s environment, and that of the sacred. His works range from small scale mixed media drawings and paintings to large murals. Joerael has developed a visual and conceptual vocabulary from his direct experience as a yoga practitioner/teacher, activist, traveler, graffiti writer, street artist and as a Texan. Elliott’s intentions as a narrative artist and a teacher of Yoga is to create non-reductive works that cultivate a contemplative space of liberty through living symbolism and the creative unconscious.
Please tell us about your art.
In my work I explore complex visual narratives from my direct experiences. The stories I render come from my background as a graffiti writer, street artist, activist, and Yoga practitioner. I carefully combine various forms of symbolism in my work sampled from the likes of graffiti culture to First Nations people in order to enhance the narrative structures I create. The visual narratives I compose are mental models rooted in social Justice, organic rebellion, Earth’s environment, and that of the sacred. It is my intention to cultivate an awareness of complex issues that are depleting our planet’s health and the collective health of humanity.
I am also the founder of a project called Mobilize Walls where I am attempting to out-art/ out-scale the proposed trump wall. This will be done by creating a decentralized network of murals that act as a petition of scale. The Mobilized Wall will be opposite of the Trump wall being decentralized, transformative, inclusive, healing and truly beautiful.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I would say make it a practice to develop long term healthy relationships with people who accept your authentic self. Don’t get in your own way by trying to please others that don’t let you be authentic. That said in relational issues you must as well allow others to be their authentic self. Relations can be simple it’s just a matter of showing up and being present. Making the time to create real relations with other human beings is a rewarding and light filled practice that can make you and your art go to deeper depths in the experience of life.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can visit real murals in phoenix at the SW corner of McDowell and 16th St. on the outside of Hair Pollution as well as the interior and exterior of Film Bar Phoenix in the Roosevelt Row Arts District in DTPHX. My website is www.joerael.com and my IG handle is @joerael_gangthewolf. For Mobilize Walls visit www.mobilizewalls.com and the IG handle is @mobilize walls. Currently I have a show up in Santa Fe NM at the Center for Contemporary art called “A Clip of Petals” dressing gun violence and mass shootings in the United States.
- Website: www.joerael.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joerael_gangthewolf/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joerael.art/
- Other: www.mobilizewalls.com