Jarus is a Toronto-based artist and muralist inspired by the visual human experience. International-celebrated as both a contemporary muralist and figurative painter, his work reimagines how art can exist in public spaces. For the past decade, Jarus has been working with communities across Canada and around the globe to produce large-scale portraits and figures among other images on wall surfaces. His works can be found within major cities as well as across rural settings.
“After looking at this wall for years, I am finally able to paint my work there. I chose to paint my depiction of the artist and visionary known as Zion.
Zion created a one-stop shop in Toronto known as The Bomb Shelter for graffiti artists and muralists to come together and connect. When the City of Toronto went on a mission to cover up our city's character and take down its graffiti, Zion fought to legitimize the art that decorates our alleys, buildings, and walls.
Zion visited my studio a couple months ago and reinvigorated my energy for painting and it is an honour to paint him as many members of the community have a deep love and respect for this man.” -- Emmanuel Jarus