Meet Charly Palmer,
the Artist & Illustrator Exploring the Experiences
of Black Americans

Charly Palmer
painter
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For over 25 years, Atlanta-based fine artist Charly Palmer has sought to tell the story of Black Americans through his work. As an alumnus of several notable art schools, Palmer has dedicated his personal and professional life to exploring the experiences of African Americans.

He’s perhaps best known for using layered textures and patterns to illustrate notable Black figures, followed by a floral motif that’s become a signature detail in his work. Some of his most high-profile work came last year when he was tasked with creating the album cover for one of the most prominent soul and R&B singers of our generation. Then, in the wake of America’s racial reckoning last summer, Palmer was commissioned by a critically-acclaimed magazine to create a cover for its “America Must Change” issue.

As one of the more established artists exhibiting at Jack Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics, we connected with Palmer to learn more about his background, what inspires him creatively, what it’s like working with Jack Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics, his advice for emerging artists, and more.

As one of the more established artists exhibiting at Jack Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics, we connected with Palmer to learn more about his background, what inspires him creatively, what it’s like working with Jack Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics, his advice for emerging artists, and more.

Charly tells us why he does what he does every single day.

“Black people have always been and will always be my inspiration.”

He explains the freedom behind his work.

“What I’ve learned is when the canvas speaks to you, you listen.”

For anyone unfamilar with Charly's oeuvre, this is his goal for every piece he creates.

He explains what drew him to Jack Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics and how it's different from other shows.

For all the up-and-coming artists out there, he has a few words of advice.

“Social media is the key. Be visible, follow people that inspire you, but be patient.”

Credits
Sr. Brand Producer: Chad Ghiron
Manager, Activations: Wenona Carlos
Local Producer: Isaiah Moses
Director: Motion Family
Executive Producer: David KA
Producer: Liv Higgins
Production Assistant: Brittany Groy
Director of Photograpy: Cristian Bernal
1st AC: Tre Loren
Photographer: Jorge Sigala