Jamaal B. Sheats is a native of Brentwood, Tennessee. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Art from Fisk University in 2002, Sheats founded Sheats Repousse’, where he specializes in metal relief sculpture. Over the last decade Sheats’ art has become more interdisciplinary, with his works spanning from metal relief sculpture and painting, to mixed-media. In an effort to gain perspective, inform his art practice, and breadth of techniques, Sheats has participated in numerous solo and groups exhibits and has gone on three tours of Africa to study African cultures, historic monuments, and artifacts.
While Sheats has a love for art, he has a passion for art education. Thus, he has been a guest lecturer at Fisk University, the Tugaloo University Art Colony, and Alabama A&M University. In 2011 Sheats received a Master of Fine Art in Studio Art from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Art-Boston (SMFA). During this time Sheats was a graduate Teaching Assistant as well. After graduation he was awarded a SMFA Post-graduate Teaching Fellowship.
Jamaal Sheats’ work is currently being shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Asia. Over the years has received a number of awards and accolades. Highlights include being one of five “Artists to Watch” in the Boston Globe, and one of the “Shaping the Next Generation of Artist” in the Nashville Scene. Most recently, Sheats was one of eight Artists commissioned by the Tennessee Art Commission to create works for Nashville’s Music City Center art collection.
Today, Jamaal Sheats continues to tell stories of life, emotion, culture, and history by painting, pulling, carving, hammering, sketching, and engraving on metal, wood, canvas, and other materials. In 2013 he returned to his alma mater, Fisk University, as a faculty member in the Art Department. He is also preparing to open the Charlotte Art Project, a 2800 square foot studio and project gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.