FEATURE: Using Shapes – The Paintings of Jameela Bailey

April 27, 2015

Take a look at the work of Jameela Bailey. Currently studying graphic design and animation at New York’s Pratt institute, Bailey’s vision, in her words, is to “capture everyday people in the most beautiful way”; and her unique style of doing so – painting with shapes – has developed over the last four years, ¬†inspired by the stained glass portraits in churches and cathedrals. Describing her process, Bailey says: “When I paint, I do preliminary sketches first to map out every single shape that appears on the persons face. I can easily see what the shapes are in a persons face and what color it will be in the painting. I always wanted to develop my own style and I never really took to blending the shades and colors together. You could just think of my style as one big puzzle that I put together in my mind.” Explore her work below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor