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JP / Jason Pereira is a graphic artist of Samoan descent (with a Lil Portuguese!). Born and raised in Carson, he now resides in Garden Grove with his wife and son. JP has been an artist his entire life. As a kid he found inspiration in his father’s architectural work and discovered his love for island culture during the summers he spent in American Samoa, attending cultural art workshops at the museum. As a teen and into adulthood, Jason’s creative interests gravitated towards graffiti art, but he always carried the artistry of his Pacific Island culture with him. Jason sought his education in Graphic Design and Murals, which led him to create his own apparel line JP, South Pacific. From that time to today, he has served the Pacific Islander communities as a resource in creating logos, t-shirt art, event branding, book cover design for the various non-profit, small business, and educational organizations. He also mentors students and young artists in sharing his experiences, processes, and art business practices.

Currently, JP is the Artist-In-Residence at PIEAM (Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum) in downtown Long Beach. There he participates as an artist in ongoing exhibits, he also holds art workshops and student talks, as well as works on his own creative projects, graphic design, and commissioned works. It’s important for Jason to tell a story through his artwork. There’s always a story in what his pieces are about, what the creation process was, or even whatever drama or craziness that it took to get it done! Telling a story is innate to his culture as well as being essential to making a human connection with others. Because of JP’s influences from his Pacific Island, graffiti art, and graphic design cultures, you’ll often find his style to be multi-layered, telling multi-stories, using multi-materials to make the works he creates.

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