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Meet Jared “JAyP” McGhee of JAyPGallery in West Adams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jared “JAyP” McGhee.

Jared, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been an Artist it’s ran in the family from my Grandfather to my Uncle we all have our Art buried all over our households it’s been apart of us for years. It wasn’t until the end of 2016 that I started taking painting seriously after I got educated from my professor at West LA all the mediums and the importance of the preparation and the steps for Painting portraits. Since then, it’s been an overwhelming and profound experience.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never a smooth road with painting but what balances everything out is the turnout and all the love and compliments people give you. I believe Painters have it the hardest in the Art world! Especially us in the Inner City community we always share each others struggles along our journeys! It feels troublesome because we put our bodies our feelings our emotions into it and it’s always the thought of this probably won’t get me the House or this won’t pay my bills because it’s not guaranteed none of it is! It’s just you putting forth the effort and just embracing whatever comes from it! The main positive thing we always take from it tho is no matter what there’s always something positive to take from it. There’s always an emotion or a lesson you take from each time you present your work it’s a very Grateful and humbling experience.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with JAyPGallery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Well JAyPGallery is fairly new I’m just starting I specialize in of course Portraits and Painting I also am getting into a small portion of clothing applying my Art into that (2020 you’ll see more of that) and I’m stepping into the Digital aspect of it all as well because that can also boost my growing business. I also do Live Paintings. I’ve just started partaking in that as well a new beautiful experience which I’m learning a lot from its great being able to let people see my process it makes them very happy and grateful that I get to share that with them. I’m proud of what it has become and what I’ve encountered so far I shared a studio with one of my best friends I sold pieces I had some solo exhibitions in my own community (West Adams) I have traveled to different cities with my Art. I’ve learned from Mentors and people have grown to understand respect and come along with me in this Journey. What sets me apart is the way I present my Art, I’m a “Cultural” Artist meaning I present my Art a certain way that makes people stimulate their mind into thinking in a way that can have them process it the way I want them to see! A lot of people really want to grasp Culture and be apart of it but it’s a certain way to approach it where inner cities won’t take it as disrespect. I want to guide you to understand and approach it in a way where you say, WOW OK I GET IT! NOW LET ME LEARN MORE AND PROVIDE MY APPRECIATION AND ENERGY IN A RESPECTFUL WAY!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the creativity and the abundance of fearlessness in our beautiful City of Los Angeles. I love that we treat this as an oasis, a paradise! Where I’ve lived it’s been “The Ghetto” for as long as I could process my surroundings but me and my community never really looked at it that way we always called it our Hood our community our territory! We treated it and stayed here and been representing it the best way we could and what I love about this generation now is they’re representing it in a whole new refreshing way it’s very inspiring, and I’m glad I get to be apart and bring my creativity and energy to help them push wherever their heart desires to take it. We want it to be respected and have the right energy when you welcome yourself into our communities we want to show you why we love it so much and why we are still here.

What I like least is that the distractions that cause out of town people to come here and think Los Angeles or Cali is a bunch of spoiled boogie bratty people who get what they want! Yeah we are spoiled with the Weather beautiful beaches of course no doubt but everything else wasn’t handed nor was it easy for any of us to get where we are or where we wanted just because Hollywood is here. I also dislike how it’s easy for people who have resources and money to take over neighborhoods for gain instead of living. Gentrification sucks, classes for economics need to be promoted and taught more for people who don’t want to lose their community housing and neighborhoods to those that are well off. Give the people who’ve been sacrificing and paying to stay in these neighborhoods a chance to learn and fight for what they’ve taken care of for so many years.

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Yoosuf Blake

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