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"I AM" by Jason Franklin

  • Dates: March 11, 2021 - May 2, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday
  • Venue: Triangle Cultural Art Gallery
  • Location: North Raleigh
  • Address: 8320 Litchford Rd., Ste. 138, Raleigh, NC 27615
  • Phone: 919.900.8055
  • Times: Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri. and Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 1pm-5pm
  • Admission: Free


Jason Franklin Artist Statement:

The “I AM” exhibit is a chronicle about the presence of GOD within all of us.  In this body of work, I attempted to show glimpses of god's glory and love through people, relationships, and color.  I composed quiet - visual stories that reflect and imitate the great “I AM’s” love.  Many of the titles are completed with a simple description or affirmation such as I AM Happy, I AM My Sister's Keeper.  I use personal moments about family and friends, along with a few historic figures, to visually demonstrate our connection with the great I AM.  In many of the works, there is literal radiation or illumination that abounds throughout the surface and compositions.  Most importantly, these works were created to the viewer a feeling of the moment or relationship.  Over the years, I have been inspired by artists like Barkley Hendricks, Charles Joyner, John Biggers, and Lope Max Diaz.  I am truly fascinated with the portrait, relationships, and history.  This work affirms our humanity and our community.  I hope that you enjoy these reflective visual moments and interconnected relationships.

Jason Franklin is a native to Triangle Area. He holds a BS in Mathematics Education with a minor in Art and Design (Painting) and a Masters of Industrial Design with a concentration in Illustration from NCSU.  He has served the public as an art educator for the past 28 years in settings, such as public schools, private schools, and universities.  He is the Executive Director/Co-Owner of the Triangle Cultural Art Gallery,  an Art Professor at Shaw University, and an Art Instructor for WCPSS.  However, his greatest accomplishments are his wife, Katrina (27 years), and his beautiful young adult children- Jason, Ashley, Jayshaun.