We had the good fortune of connecting with Jah Phnx and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jah, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by existence, life is such a beautiful place if we really take the time to consider how unreal our reality is. Life, in general, is my biggest inspiration but as far as other things go I would say the driving force behind my creativity is really focusing on creating something that can pierce into the heart of the person experiencing my creation, no matter what medium I’m using. If you can get lost in the experience and it transports you into a different space or it alters your emotional state then I succeeded as an artist and that feeling inspires me to keep going. Creating something that really connects with others is motivating and at the end of the day, that’s what art is about.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a painter and I make music as well. In my paintings, I aim to communicate my spiritual experiences, philosophical ideas, and the lens through which I see the world. Some people will consider my art abstract but I don’t have a definition for it I just create what I feel and what I’m guided to manifest onto canvas. A lot of times in my paintings I don’t even know what I’m creating when I begin I just let go and start, and I really feel as though I’m channeling something from a higher source and I allow it to create through me. My paintings have been exhibited alongside the works of Jean Michel Basquiat and I’ve shown internationally in Kyoto Japan as well as in the states. As far as my music goes I really just aim to create beautiful sounds that the people can connect with and hopefully it can brighten their day and get them dancing because I believe celebration and joy is the ultimate religion. I got to the point where I am today through consistency, the support of others, and just continuing to believe in my mission and that what I have to offer in this world can be valuable to the masses.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to my favorite cafe, the High Museum, and we’d probably catch some sunsets. Those are honestly some of my favorite things to do in the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Success is a culmination of so many different people and experiences that It’ll be difficult to just single out someone or something but I do want to show appreciation to my parents and the novel “The Game of Life and How To Play It” by Florence Scovel Shinn for showing me that life is malleable and I can change my life experience by being intentional with my thoughts, words, and actions. I am by no means at the end of my journey but that book has most definitely helped me with my mindset along the way.
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