Rising Innovator Honoree:
Jerome Lagarrigue, Artist
Jerome Lagarrigue was born in 1973 to a French father and an American mother, and was raised in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1992 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jerome has received several awards for his work, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats Award (2002).
In 2012, Jerome Lagarrigue was featured in a full length documentary entitled Heavyweight Paint about four Brooklyn-based figurative painters: Jerome Lagarrigue, Joseph Adolphe, Tim Okamura and Taha Clayton.
In 2015, Jerome was asked to participate inManifest Justice in Los Angeles. The exhibit, curated by Yosi Sargant, (National Endowment for the Arts) featured the controversial works of 149 artists, such as Eric Fishl. The exhibit was a major success and was reviewed in the LA Times.
Jerome is best known for his figurative paintings, created with expressive brushstrokes, blurry effect and countless shades of tone.