In this edition of Monster Energy’s Gettin’ Up!!!, Two Js catches up with graffiti/mural artist extraordinaire Jeks. The two caught some time to talk at the Dreamville Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Jeks created an eye-popping mural of rapper J. Cole. During the interview, Jeks discusses the experience of making art in a public space like Dreamville Fest and what a thrill it is to have people stopping by and snapping photos of his work. He also talks about his journey from wall-tagging graffiti kid to a serious artist.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Jeks was excited to be repping his home state and Monster Energy at Dreamville Fest. A globally acclaimed graffiti/mural artist, Jeks is renowned for his hyperrealistic monochromatic portraits as well as his enormous full-color art pieces. He set himself apart from other artists in the realism field by imbuing each piece with a meticulous amount of detail, smooth gradients, saturation, and emotion. Fans have seen his work on hundreds of walls across the United States, across in the Southeast, the city of Greensboro, and even the Pabst Blue Ribbon headquarters in Los Angeles, where he was commissioned to paint a wall. His art has also appeared in Canada, and in Bogata, Columbia, where he spent 15 days learning and painting with his friends CEOS and PEAR. Many of Jeks’ portraits of artists and pop culture have become beloved community landmarks in the places where they are installed.