One of the most exciting parts of the festival-planning process is asking an artist to create our poster design. I’m so proud of the beautiful artwork that his been created for our posters in the past, and this year is no different. I’m thrilled to reveal the poster for the 2017 Steel City Jazz Festival, created by Hamilton-based (and recently, Arizona-based) artist Kareem Ferreira:
You can see more of Kareem’s work on his Instagram. I asked Kareem to describe his work, and he had this to say:
“My painting is intended to capture mood, while evoking the similar expressions being depicted. This intention of capturing feelings and ideas has materialized into an interesting body of figurative art. I find myself breaking down expression into individual modules of the human form. Focusing on individual parts of the face and body and experimenting with the tactile nature of paint application I am capable of dissecting the translations of this message”
I had long admired Kareem’s art when I approached him about working on the poster for the festival. His portraits beautifully capture the emotion of their subjects, and the joyful expression depicted on our poster is a wonderful symbol for the fifth year of the festival.