Jahzeal Lewis is a creative expressionist born and raised on Long Island, in New York. He prides himself as an autodidact; multitasking across different artistic fields. His "Warriors Path" exhibition is a series of collections that cross over many different media. He is a true “Jazz” of all trades.
A painter, fashion designer and music producer, Jahzeal has been able to combine his talents by creating a series of collections. For the majority of his work, each abstract piece has a clothing counterpart as well as a musical piece to go along with it.
As for his abstract art, the contemporary expressionist has a very unique way of painting. Instead of a brush, Jahzeal paints wielding only a katana samurai sword. He uses the sword to layer paint, develop textures and form gradients. Last but not least, he attacks the canvas. By slashing in paint, making bold marks that at times pierce or rip through the canvas itself, the artist forms a bold statement. The innovative style creates a new meaning to the phrase “cutting the tension with a knife”. In his more recent work to juxtapose his unique style, the artist has added candle wax into the mix; melting the wax over the damaged canvas to form a healing aura. Although it softens the mood, it is merely a Band-Aid over a bullet wound.
To complement his samurai sword technique, Jahzeal uses fine oriental patterned silks as the main focus of the garments. Also using cotton, he designs attire with a twist that cohesively go with abstract. The paintings in tandem with the clothing produces the spirit of a modern warrior. Each article of clothing is unisex and they are prototypes in his clothing line LAEZHAJ.
To top it off, the instrumentals created are soundscapes that take you on a journey sonically. The music casts a new lens of perspective on certain paintings enhancing the viewer's interpretation of the collection. Each instrumental has a link to the abstract and clothing but the whole soundtrack can be listened to for the entire exhibition.