Specializing in Original Black Art created by Emerging and Aspiring Artist!
Jamil Burton is a visual artist and illustration painter, born 1975 in Newark, New Jersey, and currently resides in Kinston, North Carolina. He lives his life between the states of New Jersey and North Carolina. From an early age, art has had a special place in Jamil’s heart. His grandmother was a major artistic influence and ignited his passion for creativity. At the age of 10, he started structured art classes at local Newark visual and performing art schools. Jamil received formal education in fine art and illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design, St. Paul’s College and Katherine Gibbs School.
Jamil’s art can be described as a combination of traditional and contemporary realism. Inspired by family, community, life, and love, he creates imagery full of boldness and vibrant colors that captures the spirit of culture and the multitude of the black experience. Reminded by the plight of the black community, he uses his art to evoke optimism, emotion, and thought. Jamil is a visual storyteller, who uses a fusion of oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, or charcoal to create masterpieces on canvas, wood and metal.
Jamil specializes in a variety of commissions, including, but not limited to, apparel, book covers, children’s books, murals, and portraits. He works with authors, corporations, galleries, organizations, and schools. His recent clientele includes City of Goldsboro, City of Kinston, Mother Earth Brewery, Williford Elementary School, Mount Vernon High School, The United Way and The Boys’ Club of Kinston. He has illustrated numerous children's books, recently, Norah's Lollipop by Dr. Kimberly Rowland, Time to Comb your Hair by Tanisha Singleton, Hannah's World in collaboration with Tara S. Lewis and Oli the Octopus written by Kenneth Hamilton. Jamil has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. His upcoming projects include Norah’s Sleepover by Dr. Kimberly Rowland, a new series Love Is, and a coffee table book.
"My art is a collection of stories, a celebration of humanity. I share the black experience that is vivid in color and bold with its truth! Art is love and I depict those feelings and emotions through paintings and illustrations via various mediums. I create because I am passionate about the human experience and freedom of expression. My hope is to provide inspiration and provoke thought and emotion through my art. Art is love and it’s a shared experience, one that I am willing to collaborate with the viewer. " ~ Jamil Burton