Featured Artist Natiq
Natiq Jalil is an emerging artist who specializes in watercolor. He is self-taught artist and believes true art begins during those moments between being asleep and being awake. Natiq’s work is prized by many private collectors and can be seen in many homes and businesses on the East Coast and throughout the Mid-West in the US, and around the world.
“His work typically starts out with a doodle, then he works it into the vibrant pieces he is known for. His work is mixed media with a strong focus on watercolor, ink, oil, and acrylic paint. Generally, each piece features a strong female figure (though he paints men, also) as the focus while incorporating various organic shapes, vivid color washes, and beautiful gestural line work. His goal is to bring out the cerebral nature of the content. He has a unique way of elevating the piece's central figures to a spiritual level, pulling the viewer into a sort of meditative experience that is truly incredible.” ~Pierce Marratto of TouchFaster
He has experienced success in both gallery settings and underground venues, such as RAW, MergeArts NYC, and Touchfaster. He has exhibited work at Luz Gallery in Denver, CO, the GPAC Building, Garfield Artworks, Most Wanted Fine Arts, the Shadow Lounge, the August Wilson Center, and the University Art Gallery at The Frick Fine Arts Building in Pittsburgh, PA, The Cutting Room and M 1-5 in New York City and many more. He has sold art to collectors in the US, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, and more. He posts videos of himself drawing and painting on the subway trains of New York City on his Youtube channel. He has also been a featured artist on The Travel Channel.
Natiq is currently creating new collections addressing relevant issues through Afrofuturism such as cultural appropriation, systemic racism, gender roles, and the beauty of people of color.