Jay Walker paints whether a colorful flannel shirts or a simple white dress shirt, rendering clothing in utterly simplistic fashion, drawing attention to the beauty of and form of fabric taken out of context outside of being worn. On a deeper level, his African Shirt series, though vibrant and fun, speaks to the impact of globalization and unintended negative impact of American charity. Painted on colorful cloth purchased in Uganda with the all-American flannel shirt symbolically imposing itself on top of native indigenous material, the flannels are a statement about how containers of textiles shipped over by the ton have decimated the African textile industry and irrevocably changed Africa’s culture and economy. Whether viewed allegorically or literally, the shirts are bold compositions.
This artist does not commission
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Jay’s flannel shirts are painted directly on African fabric.