Jamele Wright Sr.
Born and raised in Ohio, at the age of 22 Jamele Wright, Sr. moved with his family to Atlanta,
Georgia. While raising a family Jamele produced art, jazz, and poetry events throughout
Atlanta. Realizing that there were many young artists not being represented he started a gallery
called Neo-Renaissance Art House. After curating the gallery for over a year Jamele was inspired
to pursue his own artistic career. After a number of solo and group exhibitions, Mr. Wright
graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Art History. He concentrated on African
and African American Contemporary Art. Jamele graduated with Masters of Fine Art from
School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York. He completed a fellowship at Project for Empty
Spaces in Newark, New Jersey.
My work is concerned with the Black American vernacular experience. The work entails
collecting found materials, Georgia red clay, and Dutch Wax cloth, by creating a conversation
between family, tradition, the spiritual and material relationship between Africa and the South.
My process is influenced by the way Hip Hop gathers different cultures through sampling and is
charged with an energy channeled and passed through the Pan African lineage. The work is inspired
by the Great Migration of Black Americans, who left the familiar in the hope of something better.