2021 Artist Interviews - Jamiah Calvin
In celebration of our monthly blend Poetry in Motion, we sat down with artist Jamiah Calvin to discuss comics, inspiration, and process.
Jamiah Calvin is a visual artist and muralist from Chicago Illinois. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in studio art with an emphasis on painting. He specializes in figurative and narrative oil paintings that captures raw emotions and nostolgic experiences growing up within the Austin Community on the West side of Chicago.
Calvin's art remains just as diverse as the areas that influence him. He draws inspiration from the 1980-1990s era filled with vivid memories of comic books, saturday morning cartoons and the effects of Reganomics on the African American culture. His strong respect for the creative works of John Coltrane and love for R&B music of the 1980-1990s influences many of his great works.
His works have been displayed in various exhibitions throughout the country as well as Art Basel Miami. He is honored to evoke deep thought to all whom witness his creations.