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.

Among the companies I’ve had the opportunity to work for are:
Marvel, Warner Bros. and DC Comics, Disney Products, Nickelodeon, AMC, HBO, WWE, Wesc, Mecca apparel, Urban outfitters, Target private label, Body glove, Ben Sherman, Shoyoroll Corp, Tatami Fightwear, Strike Fightwear, Strike Fightwear, Nogi industries, DJ Tony Touch, Atomicus Creative Group, Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine

Solo & Group Exhibitions
2014 Journey through Jiu Jitsu, Space Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2007 Visual Slang: The Modern Urban Imagination, Abrons Arts Center, 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 Films on I.C.E. Preview 2 San Antonio, TX
2001 Black Out (A Groove Essential Production), Austin, TX
2001 Beat Kitchen Festival of Hip Hop at Bruno’s Art Space, 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