Visiting Artists at J.P. Licks
Below you will find a listing of local artists being spotlighted on exhibit in our shops. Click on the thumbnails for more information.
Once upon a time there was a little girl who never knew what was going to happen. Until she was inspired by her mind.
Courtney Wilson is a recent graduate of Endicott College earning BFA with a concentration in Art Therapy and a minor in Graphic Design. She is constantly drawn to creative solutions and ways to reimagine.
Courtney currently works in graphic design and as a studio art teacher at Refuge Studio in Lowell, MA. Courtney is an assistant teacher in the platforms of drawing and painting for all students up until college level.
She is a mixed media contemporary artist inspired by the high impressionistic style and the illusion of light reflected on surface. She enjoys the juxtaposition of abstraction vs. realism in my art and explore the different boundaries it can offer.
Courtney works in oil paint, acrylic, charcoal, and graphite. She is drawn to different material usage because each can provide a different element to the surface and collaborate to a finished product. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries in the North Shore, MA as well as Worcester, MA, Lowell, MA and Florence, Italy.
The work of British artist Michael Metcalfe embraces the post-medium stridency manifest both in medieval art and movements such as Dada and Pop. Harkening even to the dawn of mankind’s need to make sense of his existence. Thus Metcalfe’s work incorporates the metallic pallet of a singular certain world-view projected in visceral brutality by cave-paintings and Flemish Primitives. However, Metcalfe melds this unified iconography of the distant past with our contemporary disparate icons scattered through the multi-media of popular culture. In this way Metcalfe’s work digs to the fundamental depths of human psychology that spans the ages. Consistent with the fusion of past and present, Metcalfe’s images are rendered in a reinvention of the ancient technique of decoupage. Bourgeois delicacy and precision are replaced with an industrial physicality, immediacy, chaos and sculptural dimension. The pure emotion evident at distant viewing becomes enriched and subverted on intimate inspection. Consequently, Metcalfe’s work not only reflects the human condition through horizontal time, but also its vertical complexity at every instant.
Sharif Muhammad has been an educator at Boston Day and Evening Academy since 2002. In 2011, he took an oil painting class and discovered that he had a natural talent for painting. Since then, he has enjoyed exploring his newly discovered abilities and testing his limits. Although he practices many different styles, creating portraits that generate emotion is what excites him.
Mr. Muhammad came up with this series while enjoying his summer vacation with his two small children. This series was about intentionally unplugging from the struggles and political climate of the country and celebrating the pure and unburdened joy of children, summer colors and children of color. While his intentions were not political, the celebration of the beauty in the diversity of our children has become political in and of itself.
Visit Sharif's Instagram Page to see his work in progress.
As an artist I have many jobs and wear many hats. A normal week for me might include leading a community mural project in a school, training teachers about how to use the art-making process as a tool for learning, painting a picnic table outside for others to enjoy, planning a collaborative art experience for a gala, making art with clients as an art therapist, AND creating my own art in my studio, and then it's only Tuesday! The common theme throughout all of my work is my belief that everything and everyone has an inherent beauty that will shine through when the time is taken to shift to a new perspective.
Jamaal Eversley BACK2BOLDBASICS
Through the use of minimalist pop abstractions, the goal of Jamaal's current series of paintings is to unlock the mind and arouse youthful emotions. He wants to challenge the viewer to be independent of thought and prejudice, and become audacious in allowing his or her inner emotions take charge. His hope is to help each Harvard Square J.P. Lickian reconnect with the innocence and freedom of their inner child and let their imaginations soar. After years of self-discovery and an arduous search for the "Keys To Life", Jamaal has taken this turn towards straightforward conceptual designs to break art down into its simplest form and bring out the power of its relatability.
All art is for sale. You can contact him at 617 930 0275 and see more of his work at his website.
As a mixed-media artist with an extensive background in painting, printmaking and paper-making, my current work explores different narratives unified by my art-making techniques:
Urban Abstraction represents a body of work that explores the city, steeped in its aesthetic and social paradoxes. How does constructed space separate or bring people together? What makes a community and what tears it apart? This interest in the power of place can be traced back to my New York roots.
Dialogue/Interpretation grows out of my connections with nature and with my abstract emotional world. It represents my enduring respect for the human spirit, as it engages in the profound and complex process of healing.
My commitment to using narrative art as a way to address social and emotional concerns, has led to me create the following projects:
The Opioid Project: Changing Perceptions through Art and Storytelling seeks to change the way society views addiction and the addict, as well as how people treat those grieving the death of a loved one. The Opioid Project works to highlight the complex social narrative of addiction, while giving space and ‘voice’ to all those connected to the opioid epidemic. By partnering with local groups, institutions and municipalities, The Opioid Project supports local leadership as it seeks to address opioid prevention, education and treatment.
Jess is a Wellesley native, a mother, and a Veterinary technician. When she is not working with animals, or chasing after her rambunctious toddler, she passionately enjoys painting with watercolor.
Jess’s love for art began as a little girl when she would enjoy sketching random household objects and her pets. As a child she received multiple art awards in elementary school. She expanded her interests in other art forms while taking art electives at Wellesley High school and in college at the University of Rhode Island. She loves to paint nature, animals, and finds joy in producing custom pet portraits. She also enjoys the challenge in creating paintings from inspiring and beautiful photographs.
Some of her work takes an alternative turn and invites multiple interpretations as it invokes the struggles, challenges, and triumphs by mothers in today’s society. Jess is currently an active member of the Needham Art Association.
Roaming the globe in search of every dog's story through her camera, Mindy honors family dogs, caputuring invincible bonds, inspiring animal advocacy.
She specializes in storytelling photography dedicated to capturing the connection between dogs and the people who love them.
Because every dog has a tale.
Leann Shamash is a Jewish educator, gardener and photographer. She enjoys photographing a wide variety of subjects and is currently working on photographing the elderly, including her 95 year old mother.
One Brigham Circle
New England based illustrator Marc Roulstone creates characters with animal, cat, and dog graphics. Through clean, colorful design, Marc captures the personality and essence often associated with certain species. There's a humor incorporated into his illustrations - you may find a corgi in a bumblebee costume or a giraffe in space. Aesthetically pleasing and lending themselves to different interpretations, his graphics make for a unique and fun gift.
South Bay Center
I thought I would start by telling you a little about my artwork hanging in Dorchester. I like to draw trees, flowers, landscapes, and animals. I used different art medium such as acrylic and oil paint and pen. I create in different styles, such as realism, surrealism, and abstract painting. I try to have my artwork mean something, to represent some aspect of life that I find beautiful!
A bit about me...I was born in Boston and have been drawing since I was a kid and use it to pass the time and relax a bit. I enjoy creating and though it can also be stressful at times, I stick with it because it is my passion! My dream is to make a living off selling my art and I have confidence that one day, my artwork will be wanted by many! In the meantime, thanks for looking and I hope my artwork inspires you to create too! There is no joy like the one you make.