North Carolina-based artist JEKS brought a J.Cole photo to life.
We may not be getting The Fall Off for some time, but J.Cole is still getting his flowers. Over the weekend, Greensboro, North Carolina-based artist Jeks unveiled a mural honoring the Fayetteville MC in Durham. The painting was done in conjunction with UHill Walls, a “walkable public art experience.”
Jeks recreated a picture by noted photographer Jonathan Mannion, who’s shot numerous notable projects in the past. Mannion shot album covers like OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, The Diplomats’ Diplomatic Immunity, T.I.’s Urban Legend, as well as four Jay-Z albums.
“It was such an awesome few days surrounded by 40+ other artists killing it,” JEKS wrote on Instagram. The Greensboro native has pained murals in Canada and Colombia, as well as monthly commissioned projects. This isn’t the first time he’s worked with Mannion. Nearly a year ago, the duo honored OutKast with a 30-foot mural in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta.
Big Boi shared the mural on social media, which quickly drew the attention of Atlanta residents. “Honored to have my photos chosen to immortalize two of the best to ever do it,” Jeks said. “Hopefully this turns into an Atlanta landmark.” In celebration of the mural, Atlanta’s 11Alive anchor Neima Abdulahi quizzed viewers about the dynamic duo’s work.
Find prints, as well as t-shirts, and assorted stickers of Jeks’ work on his official online store. Stay tuned for further updates about J.Cole and his forthcoming album, The Fall Off.