James Nelson Art

Increase Awareness About Breast Cancer to “EMERGE”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  As an artist and a full time case worker for a respite center called Interfaith House. I have assisted and counseled clients with this illness. If you’re wondering what Interfaith House is, here’s a little information. Interfaith House provides residential care for homeless men and women in medical recovery. This 64-bed center on Chicago’s West Side, offers interim housing and support to ill and injured homeless adults. Breast Cancer is one of the  illnesses that a percentage of our female population suffer from.

In dedication to our survivors that have emerged from this deadly disease I have painted a piece titled “Emerge” that will be on display at NYCH Art Gallery on Friday October 11th for the Art of the Big Shoulders exhibit.dies_in_winter1

43rd Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House

Art of the Big Shoulders at NYCH Gallery
Opening Friday, October 11th & Saturday 12th 2013 from 6-10pm
Closing Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 5-8pm


To get more information about Breast Cancer go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.  for more information to increase awareness and prevention.


Also, Interfaith House is celebrating their 20th Year of Rebuilding Lives! Join them for their Open House, featuring a Celebration of Volunteers, on Saturday, October 12, 2pm – 4 pm!

The Wade Foundation Artwork

Juan Teague-Kirkman, Director of BT & Entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel commissioned a piece for the Wade Foundation. After meeting Juan at the Listening Party for Janelle Monae she stated that she had a job for me. We exchanged contact information and we were able to discuss the matter of the “job “. I kindly followed up with a message and text regarding the artwork she wanted done.  She asked “Can you do a painting of Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade), his mom and sister (Tragil Wade @tragilwade)?”.  She thought that it will be such a great gift to the Wade foundation for the outstanding services they provide to our youth.  Within a time frame or deadline of a 1 day this piece was completed in 9 hours. You’re familiar with the phrase

“You can do anything if you out your Mind to it” 

This quote is SO true. Anything is life is attainable…


The Wades promotes this same phrase. According to the mission of the Wade World Foundation. The organization (WWF) provide support to various educational, health and family service programs, particularly those that benefit under served communities.

Founded in 2003, Wade’s World Foundation stands on the shoulders of its’ central purpose of promoting the education of children/youth and its’ three focus initiatives of literacy, health and fatherhood. Understanding that his life is bigger than basketball, Dwyane is a firm believer and supporter of the foundation’s motto “Every Child Deserves a Shot.” By primarily servicing the at-risk communities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and the South Florida region, Wade’s World Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities that enable children to overcome challenges, excel academically, and reach their maximum potential.

For more information on the Wade’s World Foundation please go to their website at http://wadesworldfoundation.org/index.php.

Natural Born Artist are RAW!!!!!

RAW Showcase is amazing, and its an exciting and overwhelming display of creativity in one room. FASHION | MUSIC | VISUAL ART | PHOTOGRAPHY | PERFORMING ART | MAKEUP | HAIR | ACCESSORIES | FILM.  I have the pleasure and opportunity to be one of the Next Featured Artist in the RAW Showcase on September.5th at the Double Door. Here are some of the other artist that’s displaying their impeccable skills sets.

Red & Reckless
Isaiah Grass
chicago-translations-1Morris Mills
The Fireside Silhouettes
Urban Twang

Lilith Moon
Judah & The Spoox

Cranky Pickle
April Montiel
Varon Osorio

Peri Monday
Tracy Rolkosky
Bass Structures
Voodoo Paint
Arturo Fresan
Lee Huttner
Emily Hufford
James Nelson
Kate Goodwillie
Natalia Virafuentes
Jesus Monsivais
Kate Tillman
Tim L
Dana Todd Pope

Aubrey Rose
Gracie Hagen
Britt Fowler
Tony Jacobs
Derrick Alexander

Directed by: Kara J. Coraci
RAW Team: John Cousert, Anthony Rizzo, Victoria Messina, Maddy Willms, Nicole Verheye


RAW:natural born artists (www.rawartists.org) is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists. RAW operates identically in over 60 cities internationally and in Australia!

Each month we hand-select and feature approximately 30 local, up-and-coming creatives in one big showcase including a giant pop-up art gallery, music performances, fashion shows, performing arts, a host, DJ, cash bar, and more. Come check out some of the hottest indie talent Chicago has to offer!

Want to apply to be a RAW Chicago artist? Go to www.rawartists.org/register and submit a profile for review by our local director!


Double Door

1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622

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To buy tickets: $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door


Artist are you being Harassed…

The piece I have above is called ” More Than A Woman”. It’s a piece that conveys a message about how women are being harassed by strangers in the streets. Which occurs on a daily basis. I’ve seen young men call young girls everything besides their name. This creates a process of lowering someone self esteem, productivity, and behavior. Which leads me to my article about harassment.

So I’ve been picked on (harassed) every since childhood due to my vivid imagination. I was always talked about because I actually thought I had super human strength, or made strange noises, and even (I love this one) fought the wind (I’d prefer practicing karate). Anyways, I was that guy. I never thought that having an imagination was a big concern. However, growing up on the west side of Chicago was a huge difference than being up north. Then again, being a black male up north wasn’t all that exciting either. But let’s stay focused on being an artistically comical fun driven young teen raised in the “hood”.

It was different…well I was different to my peers. I talked, dressed, and my behavior was different. I perceived and noticed the difference so I decided to blend in…. or at least try.  While everyone was wearing Karl Kani Jeans, Pelle Pelle, and “Jordans”. I was wearing a Payless shoe brand called “HEADS”. I even went so far as to draw the Karl Kani logo on a pair of khakis. It was only until I began to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Graffiti Bubble letters that pulled me into the in crowd.  I was accepted more willingly every time I drew something that my peers could relate to.  It was good feeling of relief… a sense of comfort (fitting in).

In these times who wants to fit in? This is the age of trendsetting, doing your own thing…more like trendscending. This is not an error in spelling either. Trendscending is to go beyond and surpass the current trends.  @Fulltime_Khanyi said it best on his blog at http://justrendscend.wordpress.com/

Go Above, Go Beyond, Onto The Next Level, Make It To The Highest

  • Trend Setter: A leader of the pack who has a sense of Fashion, Style, Music.  Someone who everyone else follows.
  • Transcend: To be greater than standard, unity, truth, and goodness.

Trendsetter + Transcend = TrendScend

Follow him and his blog: @Fulltime_Khanyi

Many individuals have a fear to do something different or irregular. So they criticize and judge. It’s displeasing to hear some of the critiques I hear on a daily basis. Especially within the workplace. So I did some research and there are laws that protect those from being harassed…it’s called Workplace Harassment. This is a federal law and if  violated by a co-worker or manager could led to termination. Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal authority.

This information called be viewed on http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/understanding-workplace-harassment-fcc-staff. So my artist friends if you’re being harassed because of your attire, hairstyle, speech, etc. Please inform that person that if they persist. You’re going to tell your manager on them. HA!

Check out My New Creations

Every Week I’ll be posting new artwork.

I’ve been working on this particular piece and cannot seem to give it a name. I’ve been thinking about it, and my imagination seems to run wild every time I gaze at it. It has some comparison with another piece I created called”Rebelle Naturalle”. It’s almost as if it can tell a story between two sisters or a mother and daughter that shares the same religion, and similar occupation. The only difference would be the choice of lifestyle (hairstyle, fashion, values, and living). Then there’s an epic battle of natural hair versus chemically treated hair. Like the scene in School Days by Spike Lee (love that movie). I find it amazing how even one slight difference in APPEARANCE can cause a debate or even a distinction in a single culture. Anyway, give or lend me your thoughts in finding a name for this piece.  To view some of my work go to www.soulfulartistry.com and click on paintings.