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 though out 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. Mr. Wright graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Art History, concentrating on African and African American contemporary Art at the age 45. After many solo exhibitions, group shows and now a B.A. Jamele applied to School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York. Recently he graduated with Masters of Fine Art. He currently has a fellowship at Project for Empty Spaces in Newark, New Jersey.
My work is concerned with the Black American vernacular experience. Collecting found materials, Georgia red clay, and Dutch Wax cloth, creating a conversation between family, tradition, and the spiritual relationship between Africa and the South.
This series operates as power items assisting the user in moving from one physical, spiritual space to the next. Inspired by the Great Migration of Black Americans, who left the familiar in the hope of something better. Also influenced by the way Hip Hop gathered many different cultures through sampling, my work is charged with an energy passed down through the Pan African lineage.