30 Amazing Reggae Poster Art

 

Hello art and reggae world enthusiast! Let me introduce you to my partner and his amazing poster art. Michael Thompson aka Freestylee, artist without borders. Freestylee is a prolific “creative activist.” Much of his awareness designs shared on Flickr and on his freestylee.net website express support and solidarity with people who suffer the oppressive social, political and economic ills of our time. He accomplishes this by using the power of social design and media to stimulate awareness and to spark conversation about our threatened freedoms and the increasing cruelty imposed on disadvantage people worldwide. This he communicate through beautiful and colorful iconic poster designs. Freestylee has immersed himself in center of reggae music and Jamaican popular culture and many of the pieces he has designed over the years are inspired by the progressive messages and energy of early reggae singers, such as, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Culture, Horace Andy and Burning Spear. He has developed an exciting collection of works celebrating his Jamaican heritage and the inspiring characters that made reggae a global force. He captures the style of the urban rude boy and the royal richness of Rastafarian culture, and the symbolisms of Kingston’s vibrant street culture from the 1960s through 1980s.

I share with you some of his amazing posters.

Posters are available for sale at 50×70 cm and 35×50 cm. Take a look or visit our website at www.freestylee.net

                            

Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee, studied graphic design at the Jamaica School of Art in Kingston, Jamaica, now the renowned Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. In the early 1980s, he landed an apprenticeship in Kingston, and started to experiment with simple, silhoutted design concepts suitable or screen printing and poster art.

Michael has participated in numerous awareness campaigns for organizations such as Code Pink, Gaza Freedom March, Living History Forum of Stockholm Sweden, and Face Africa clean water efforts in Africa and recently his posters have appeared on the streets of the Arab Spring. He participated in the exhibition, Edna Manley’s Bogle a Contest of Icons, 2010 curated by Executive Director Veerle Poupeye of the National Gallery of Jamaica, the oldest and largest public art gallery in the Anglophone Caribbean. His work has successfully traveled through Europe with the Reggae Movement Exhibition: telling the story of the Reggae Sound System’s journey from Kingston, Jamaica to Europe (2011). As a consultant he offered his services on design projects for the National Urban League. Currently, Freestylee: artist without borders is exhibited at the Drum Arts Center in Birmingham UK, July 16 through September 2012 , organized by curator David Thomas.

Feature articles about Michael have appeared in international magazines, Riddim, Samuel, Irie Up, Page, Arise and international blogs such as ARC magazine, Graphicart-news.com, etc.

 

The Freestylee website

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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