Photo courtesy of  Stephen Gomez

John Smalls is an artist and designer working and living in Harlem, New York. He is well known for creating graphic designs and illustrations for major apparel brands and the mixed martial arts community. For over fifteen years, John has worked in the areas of art and design, serving as an art director, product designer and illustrator. His work has been exhibited in galleries all over the United States and his limited edition prints and sports apparel are widely collected and in-demand. He is a dedicated artist who is continuously exploring the foundations of art while also innovating and seeking out new creative challenges and techniques.

SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 Journey through Jiu Jitsu, Space Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2007 Visual Slang: The Modern Urban Imagination, Abrons Arts Center / Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
2006 Touch and Feel: Messin’ with the high and low, Red Saw Gallery, Newark, NJ
2006 Enough is Enough, Weston Hall Gallery at the New Jersey School of Architecture, Newark, NJ
2005 Expectations, The Paul Robeson Cultural Center Rutgers University, New Jersey
2005 Arthouse Highland Park Arts Festival, New Brunswick, NJ
2004 Hip Hop Political Convention Art and Resistance Show, Newark, NJ
2004 San Antonio Cultural Arts Huevos Rancheros Gala, San Antonio, TX
2001 SA Town Poetry Slam, San Antonio, TX
2001 First Friday Art Exhibition at the Ellis Bean Art Space, San Antonio, TX
2001 3rd Annual Mad Media Manifesto Exhibition San Antonio, TX
2000 Eye Con and Will Exhibition at the Art Asylum San Antonio, TX

PRESS

Jiu Jitsu Magazine 2014
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Jiu Jitsu Magazine 2014
Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine 2013
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Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine 2013
Jiu Jitsu Magazine 2013
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Jiu Jitsu Magazine 2013
Jits Magazine 2012
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Jits Magazine 2012
Voices of Art Magazine 2001
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Voices of Art Magazine 2001