TJ Carey



My work explores the relationship between both gender politics and self appreciation. With influences ranging from Bob Ross to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Im highly inspired to craft self reflective compositions that force the viewer to engage the piece in a new light. Since pre-adolescence, I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the human condition. How we, as both men and women, subconsciously compare ourselves by what we see in the media; making us feel inadequate and unappreciative of what we are naturally born with. Instead of accepting and loving each other, we shame and point fingers at how different we are from the “standard image.” This project is meant to combat this mentality.

The Feminine Flowers Collection depicts a group of women ranging from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and lifestyles. These women are not professional models, but have all come together in the spirit of women empowerment for breast cancer awareness. More often than not, women consider themselves unattractive and are compelled to do more to gain acceptance. With these images, I intend to show the world it is alright not to mirror all things seen in public media. Comfortability in your own skin is key. Regardless of weight, ethnicity or creed, you’re beautiful just the way you are!


TJ Carey (°1989, Richmond, VA) is a visual artist specializing in contemporary surrealism and post-impressionistic compositions. With the use of color pencils, watercolor, and acrylic paints, Carey makes a new twist on the traditional expectations of figure drawings. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, Carey presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, conversation and the human condition. Controversial topics and religious ideals are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed. His work urge us to renegotiate drawing as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position. He creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. By emphasising aesthetics, he seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. His works sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. TJ Carey currently lives and works in Newark, NJ.