Jemal McClary, NYC Member Since July 2015 Artist Statement Born in New York City in 1980, Jemal "See One" McClary has been fueled by creative curiosity joined with a big imagination ever since picking up a crayon. See One began illustrating as a young child inspired by his love for comic books, japanese animation and the colorful graffiti of the late 80�s and 90�s.
Over the years, these interests have been honed to the adventures of a singular character, Miru. This little blue dragon has made appearances in the artist�s public work through wheat pastes, stickers, comics and murals. His toothy grin, red stripe, and tiny wings peek around New York City�s darkened corners, brightening the day for those who encounter this mischievous character.
In contrast to the pop-appeal of his animated representations lie the layered complexities of See One's abstract style. In 2009 the artist created a style termed "Shards", swirling, sharp shapes reminiscent of broken shards of glass. A style emerged that has come to represent New York�s brand of contemporary graffiti hybrid abstraction. Initially based on a simple concept, See One utilized the jagged lines of broken glass to build imagery that is layered with complexities. Layers of tags, collage and his signature shards, culminate to mirror the artist's layered past.
See One has been exhibiting his works since 2007 in New York City, the Hamptons and SoHo in solo and group shows. Numerous public murals are on view in New York, Miami�s Art Basel. vThe artist was also featured in Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary Magazine culminating the past 10 years of influential New York City graffiti and street art culture.