JaFleu ex­pands his artis­tic reper­toire with “Treal Toonz”

ex­pands his artis­tic reper­toire with "Treal Toonz" CATCH THE TAL­ENTED ARTIST AT HIS LAT­EST EX­HI­BI­TION EX­HI­BI­TION, WHICH WILL FEA­TURE ME RC HAND MER­CHAN­DISE IN­CLUD­ING THE “TREAL TOONZ” ART­WORK.

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

Ja­son “JaFleu” Fleau­rant re­fuses to keep his art to him­self. In ad­di­tion to ex­hibit­ing his mas­ter­ful work as often as he can, the self- self-taught taught artist ar tist also teaches young black chil­dren to use their minds and to be cre­ative.

He told the South Florida Times in a 2014 in­ter­view that his mes­sage to his young charges is, “We have minds, and I want you to use your mind and dig deep and find that thing in you bec be­cause it’s amaz­ing.” amaz­ing ”

He taps into the no­tion of self-ful­fill­ing prophe­cies, but in a pos­i­tive way. “If you keep telling peo­ple that they’re roy­alty, they’ll be­lieve it. And then they act as if. Same thing with cre­ativ­ity, show them that they have that in them and then they use it,” he said of his ef­forts to help his stu­dents to ex­press them­selves.

The Haitian-Amer­i­can has mor­phed his pro­lific work into a line of mer­chan­dise that in­cludes book­bags, mugs, stools and more. He con­tin­ues to cre­ate orig­i­nal wa­ter­color Il­lus­tra­tions/acrylic paint­ings, sculp­tures and draw­ings, now bas­ing much of his cre­ations on his Treal Toonz comic book char­ac­ters, chil­dren's books, comic book pan­els & more.

Kid sized houses, jazzed up JaFleu style, were dis­played dur­ing a re­cent night of rev­elry rev­elr on Clema­tis in West Palm Beach. “Think­ing “Thin to my­self, I don't know what I'm do­ing but then just trust­ing The Most High, A An­ces­tors and Spir­its to just use me to do it it,” JaFleu said as he be­gan cre­at­ing the pie pieces to be shared at the pop­u­lar event.

JaFleu’s JaFle work from his Treal Toonz col­lec­tion w will be on dis­play be­gin­ning on July 5, run­ning run­nin through July 31 at Harold’s Cof­fee Loun Lounge, 509 North­wood Rd. in West Palm Be Beach. All of the pro­ceeds from three spe­cially cre­ated Treal Toonz paint­ings will be do­nated to Watch Kidz, an or­ga­ni­za­tion with a mis­sion to part­ner with lo­cal or­phan­ages and schools in Haiti and help them with meet­ing their es­sen­tial needs.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Open­ing Re­cep­tion of JaFleu’s Treal Toonz ex­hibit

WHERE: Harold’s Cof­fee Lounge, 509 North­wood Rd., West Palm Beach, FL

WHEN: Thurs­day, July 5, 7:30 to 10 pm.

COST: : Free

CON­TACT: For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.tre­al­toonz.com

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF JAFLEU

UN­LIM­ITED TAL­ENT: JaFleu, a self-taught artist whose cre­ations are vivid, bold de­pic­tions of black life, is ex­hibit­ing his lat­est work on July 5.

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