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Spring 2018 Competition:

 Natural and UnNatural Disasters


2nd Place Winner

  Black Privilege: This is AmeriKKKa
    Acrylic on Canvas
    24 x 24 in
    3,000. usd  

artist statement

"One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt."  -Georgia O'keeffe


I was often looked at as an aloof child growing up. It was because I was always in a daze. With my head in the clouds I wanted to be apart of something beautiful. To capture the moments of life that left me in awe. I was a daydreamer. Living in two worlds simultaneously. My goal became to find a way to show and portray emotion. I am not a camera so the goal of my work has always been emotionally driven and to tell a story rather than to focus on realism. I made it a point to recreate not only how something looked but how that thing made me feel, what it smelled like, and what it evoked inside of me. My artwork takes on human form and the persona inside. It isn't renderings of a person, but a particular character that I may have met on a train, airplane or someone resting in the park. They all have story's and I want to tell them through my art. I Think of these characters as jewels that has about a thousand different facets. My ultimate goal is to create conviction not just a "pretty" picture. With this piece titled, “Black Privilege: This Is AmeriKKKa” I found the subject in myself. My own fears and reality. I wanted to capture what it looks like to be me. I wanted to capture what it means to be a black gay man in America today. How it seems to be unnatural for a black man to simply exist. How it seems natural to shoot to kill black men and ask questions later. The very fact that we have to say that black boys deserve to grow old or that we matter is not only concerning but a disaster.

artist bio

Jerr Webb was born in New London, Connecticut on October 11, 1986. He moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was 11. Jerr attended Brooklyn High School of the Arts where he received Preservation Art Awards and the ActSo Recognition Award, as well as a long term exhibition in a popular Brooklyn hotel. Inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period, Jerr sold his first painting at age 15.  

Jerr graduated from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Throughout his college career Jerr’s work was energized by Robert Frank’s photography and Georgia O’Keefe’s intimate color palette. Jerr took sanctuary in upstate New York’s cold weather as inspiration for his work. During his first few years in college, he painted the peace mural at Grover Cleveland High School in Buffalo, NY and spent his summer eaching art classes to young students in Harlem. 


Jerr Webb is currently the Senior Graphic Designer at a premier beauty industry marketing firm in Manhattan where his work can be seen nationally and globally.    


Jerr Webb

jerr webb

Brooklyn, NY [USA]


art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?

A: I see myself using my craft to be a voice. To share my perspective through my personalized style. I believe art is a form of protest and we need protesting more than ever.

Q: What is in your inspiration?
A:  People, faces and personalities. I believe in creating conviction through my work and not just a pretty picture. Finding the truth in my subject matter and conveying that through color and bold line work. 
Q: What are your challenges?
A:  My work is extremely identifiable, which can be a good and bad thing. I am often challenged to break away from my own personal style. Creating something that isn’t obviously a “Jerr Webb” painting.
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A:  I pick solely on my emotion at the time. I find that during my moments of extreme anger or passion I tend to use a lot of acrylics and inks. When I am at peace or balanced I use more oils and watercolors.
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A:  I’m going to have to pick three; Norman Rockwell for how he depicts quirky human nature, Toulouse-Lautrec for how he depicts candid/intimate human interaction and Georgia O’Keeffe for her bold yet subtle color palette.

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