Today, we’d like to introduce you to Jermaine Dante Burse. Jermaine was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Tianna Curatalo.
Jermaine, thank you so much for joining us today. We’d love for you to bring our readers up to speed – can you introduce yourself and share your story?
As a self-taught artist I began drawing impressive black and white sketches on almost any surface I could find when I was three years old. Gradually, the sketches of cartoon characters, super-heroes and abstracts, became more sophisticated and intricate as I added shading and color to my work.
As a child I was influenced by two school buddies, Ben Gamulo and Jayson Cook who shared my interest in innovative art. I saw a picture of Winnie the Pooh and duplicated the piece flawlessly before I attended first grade to my Mother’s surprise.
During my teenage years, I broadened my passion and knowledge by studying the art of the great Master’s as well as 20th century artists, DuChamp, Matisse, Picasso, Jean-Michele Basquiat and Pop Artist Andy Warhol. Walt Disney is my greatest influencer.
As a Napa Valley Bay Area native, my innovative use of color, compounding presents subdued, but often bold and strikingly larger than life figures lend to the intrigue and complexity of my paintings. “Everything you can imagine is real,” wrote Pablo Picasso and my work is the epitome of that philosophy.
Over the past 8 years, my art has evolved to a spontaneous realism genre that cannot be easily categorized but it is certainly recognized as a “Maine” original with my unique depictions of figures such as Barak Obama, Stevie Wonder, Brand Ferrari, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Louis Armstrong. I would also consider myself a socially charged artist with a few series touching on topics such as Homelessness, No Middle Cla$$, Health-Care reform and going after your dreams. I accept commissioned art from clients who seek the “Maine” touch for portraits of their favorite icons, families and friends.
My Fine Art is on display at various San Francisco Art Shows, Galleries, Wineries and various Hotels throughout my home in The Bay Area. I have broadened my exposure by attending and showing work at Art Basel in Florida, Kaaboo Music Festival in Del Mar, California, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and a plethora of Foundational dinners where Professional Athletes and Celebrities have attended and purchased my work. I am also an active participant with Doctors Without Borders, Build a Heart Foundation, Mentis Mental Health as well as Ferrari Sacramento Chapter, where I have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars towards those organizations using my art.
The sky is the limit for me as my brand continues to grow, as well as my personal expectations to be the best version of myself in everything that I set mind to. What is left for me to achieve as an artist as I never allow boundaries to define the scope of my work or my dreams. Only time will tell…
Please talk to us about your creative work and career. What should we know?
AS A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST, MY GOAL IS TO USE MY ABILITIES TO PROVOKE THOUGHT, THROUGH ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. I WANT TO BRING AWARENESS TO SOCIAL, ECONOMICAL AND WORDLY ISSUES ABOUT URBAN ART CULTURE THROUGH PORTRAITS OF MINORITY AND URBAN SUBJECTS. PORTRAITS AND PIECES OF MY ART OPEN A WINDOW INTO THE INNER WORKINGS OF A CERTAIN COMMUNITY, WHILE OTHER PAINTINGS SIMPLY TRY AND ENHANCE THE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE. MY GOAL IS TO INSPIRE EVERYONE THROUGH MY ART BECOME GLOBAL EMBASSADOR’S FOR CHANGE. Fine Art Collectors and the general public can view my online portfolio via website: www.jermainedanteart.com/about Instagram: jermainedante_art Facebook: Jermaine Burse
As you know, we’re big fans of Tianna Curatalo and Tianna Marie, LLC we know you’ve worked with them quite a bit as well. We’d love to hear about your experience working with Tianna Curatalo.
My experience with Tianna Marie, LLC. has been revolutionary for me and my brand. First and foremost, Tianna is an amazing human being which is exuded in her support of my Fine Art and vision. I virtually met Tianna via Wix.com and immediately was drawn to her beautiful visual palette and web design skills. I knew immediately she had what it took creatively to enhance my viewers online experience while viewing my website. Tianna is a master communicator and breaks down the changes she makes so that I can easily comprehend. Accessibility is huge for me, and Tianna makes sure she returns my emails in a timely and concise manner. When it comes to Tianna’s ability to take my brand to the next level, she has made sure my artwork is visible on multiple platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
A few months ago, we came up with a game plan to email my contact list a newsletter which includes topics that are personal as well as art related. Each and every month Tianna sends me high level topics that are hard hitting and high level. Each month, I see beautiful results (sales) from the newsletter.
At this point, Tianna is definitely stuck with me as my online, creative backbone 🙂
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