Jameel Rasheed, Internationally Acclaimed Fine Artist joins Mother Love in studio to share his passion for art and preserving African and African American Culture through his signature Charcoal pieces.
Through the use of charcoal, his
primary medium, Rasheed
powerful message rise from the canvas.
work focuses on African-Americans of the past and present, legendary and contemporary, while also paying homage to African warriors and nobility that project positive images.
Rasheed's passionate creativity extends further to include rich depictions of African wildlife on canvas.
is currently working on a calendar and a book about the study of African wildlife through the use of charcoal.
when asked how has his
artistic talents impacted his
life most; Rasheed
tells a story that has brought him full circle, He
was 19-years-old, living in Boston with his
He attended Dorchester High School in the late 1960's and had entered his first art contest, after creating an illustration of a coat, which was entitled "Relaxation".
After submitting "Relaxation" to the Boston Globe's
annual school district art contest, Rasheed
was notified that he
had won an award that included a four-year scholarship to a well-renowned art institution in Little Rock, Arkansas.
When the award committee arrived from Little Rock to present Rasheed
with his award, they had no idea that their soon-to-be Protege, at that time known as Howard Badgett, was black.
Currently there is a coalition to promote Jameel Rasheed's
Serigraph of Rosa Parks "Quiet Courage" into a U.S. Postal Stamp.
But for now, Jameel Rasheed
is simply looking forward to upcoming art tours featuring his
As for the future, whatever it holds, the artist formerly known as Little Badgett is READY!!!!
For over 20 years Rasheed was a professional model, the industry was interesting to him and he opted to move to Los Angeles, and pursued a bachelor's of fine arts degree in fashion illustration.
While in an illustration class Rasheed
drew "The Bushman".
The instructor took one look at his
work and "told me, if I was to draw with so much attention to detail, emotion and character, that I might want to take the art industry more seriously.