During this workshop Newark based illustrator and painter Malik Whitaker will guide participants through creating Jerry Gant style portraits using contour drawing techniques.
Jerry Gant was a multi-disciplined visual artist, arts educator, mentor, and activist. He created work which reﬂected many of the particulars of his own life as a black male growing up in Newark and was motivated by a profound and genuine desire to truly know and understand the human condition. Through his nuanced and bountiful output – graffiti, spoken word, sculpture, assemblage and textile art – Gant strived to create a legacy which has transcended his life and exists today through his artwork, and the impact he had on the lives of others.
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Malik Whitaker was born and raised in Newark, NJ. He is a published illustrator, educator, and painter. Malik is also an accomplished muralist whose work can be seen on several buildings, churches and colleges throughout New Jersey. He specializes in portrait and figurative painting impressions through visual translation based on individualized customer needs. He has studied many forms of art: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, charcoal and pastels. He is the owner of M-Print Art studios in Newark, where he continues to display his art while working on projects and mentoring students with disabilities. Malik is a teaching artist with NJPAC, Studio Institute of New York and Studio Montclair. He is the owner of Cement Gallery.