Jarett Walker is an artist living and creating in Jacksonville. Jarett creates most of his works with acrylic to canvas but has also begun creating murals throughout the city. As a Jacksonville native he feels sharing our stories through murals and artwork is important especially in neighborhoods like his own in Myrtle. Growing up on the Northside of Jacksonville and also in Atlanta for some time, have had a great impact on his work and his goals. Though community has helped to mold his work, his biggest supporters happen to also be his biggest inspirations... his own family. He credits his mother's realization of the "seed of talent" he possessed and her support as the reason he is an artist today.
Consistency has been one of Walker's biggest assets and has taken him long from school day doodles to having his work displayed in the capital. He treasures being able to work with other amazingly talented artists in the city of Jacksonville and hopes that the work being done now continues to grow. He really believes in this city and has big expectations for what it can become.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
My work is a hint of abstract with a slight grasp of graffiti. Sometimes, the meaning behind some of pieces are straightforward while other times no one can understand the thought process behind it. My art and it's process is often more for myself than it is for others. My God, family, and culture inspire all of my pieces. The titles for my work are also thought through to give you an idea of what I was trying to depict.
What led you to murals? Do you try to convey a message through your murals?
I've always wanted to do murals because it gives me a Michelangelo kind feeling. It feels like every wall that I touch is the 16th chapel. I would love to do many murals because I have a story to tell. Another reason why I wanted to do murals is so that I can go back to my old neighborhood on the Northside on Myrtle and show kids that a black man's main goals do not have to consist of being a great athlete or rapper but there are many other avenues of creativity that can make them shine!
How do you develop your skills as an artist?
I use reading and watching documentaries of my favorite artists as tools to develop my own skills. Recently, I have been studying artists like KAWS and Kerry James Marshall.
What is your most important artist tool?
I feel like a paint brush is the most powerful tool I use to convey a message or vision. It makes me one with God in a way because like Him, I'm creating something from nothing while understanding that messes and mistakes will be made but, it will always find its way to becoming something beautiful.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your art?
I don't consider the viewer at times because my pieces are therapeutic for me, so in turn I would want them to see my selfishness in some of my pieces, but at times I have a desire for the viewer to create their own story from the pieces.
What is your ultimate art career goal?
THE ultimate art goal is to be self-great but also world renown! This goal is why my pieces will be ever evolving. I'm a competitive person and I am happy for everyone else but I'm on Kendrick's verse in "Control" mode. When it come to museum showings I would love to be featured at The MOMA in New York city and the High museum in Atlanta because ATL is another place I was raised in so I always count it in my journey.
I also have a goal for my city! I really want the city to be open to becoming the next Florence in America. We have an overwhelming amount of talent here so instead of more people leaving out, I want people to want to come in.