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DuttyBookMan Tour. AUG 3-4 Rastafari Reasoning and Art Show. NM

The New Mexico Rastafari Collective is proud to present  Brother Dutty BookMan, Jamaican Rastafari, activist, teacher, author and DJ. His books include:

“FATIDIC” Selected Duttyisms  and

TRIED & TRUE : Revelations of a Rebellious Youth (2011)

He has worked close with the Marley family and foundation, and founded his own Arts and Culture foundation “Manifesto Jamaica” based in Toronto which is a youth empowerment non profit leadership organization . DuttyBookman will be in New Mexico for several days, making a stop in Las Vegas and Albuquerque. We will be proud to have him at “The Sector” in 122 La Veta Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 From 6-8pm. InI and Ras Zakariah will be showing Our art and will enjoy the reasoning with our big brother. Expect a High Vibe of Social and Rastafari Livity Culture. Clearly from His Name, honoring the ancestors thru Our Purpose and works to be channeled for our nation. The Event is free, any donations will be welcome so we can also contribute to the Youth programs sponsored by DuttyBookMan. He will be in Las Vegas NM Aug. 3 at New Moon Fashion back yard. 5-9pm.

AFTER THE REASONING ON AUG. 4TH we will be going DOWNTOWN to join The Hip Hop Community and we will be at 4th and Central at the Cypher that is held on the First Friday of every month. It LIVE and FREE, with DuttyBookMan spinning and live art and dancing…if you have been there you already know. If you haven’t its real, check it. 20120817_1554044271334461_1659429975_n

You can learn about DuttyBookMan and check his books and works at: http://duttyism.com

and here is a great reasoning: https://youtu.be/dHrthWCNVJE



Thank you Ras Zakarias for all the hard work and organizing. Thank You every one at the Sector for helping the community with Culture and Art to uplift the community, likewise thank you New Moon Fashion for Itinual support! Big Up to Cyrus for bringing Hip Hop back to the streets.  Las Vegas, Albuquerque, lets get together and feel alright. Its going to be a revolutionary Sabbath. Please share and tell a friend. Roots and Culture time.

Jah Bless, One Perfect Love.

Ras Elijah Tafari.

New Painting “RED.” Limited edition prints!

redbobo1This painting was a joy to do, as I ease from the abstract to the roots. Symbolizing the Eternal Christ-God Nature of Man Shepard and Guardian, in the Golden Red Hills that could be any where, is the Melchizadok essence holding the Red Gold and Green Banner in this time. Done with Acrylic and Indian Ink, 36″ 28″ This piece has already been sold. However PRINTS are being released in a special series of numbered 20. They are only 40.00 and will be signed and numbered with a note of limit authentic reference. For now send a message, it will be on the prints catalog soon. The Painting is titled ” RED”.  Thank You and Jah Bless.

Spring Digital Art Show. Modern, Abstract and Realism.

Welcome to the 2017 Ras Elijah Tafari Spring Digital Art Show. 19 new paintings and originals now available for sale and viewing. To get first pic, inbox InI and your art will get to you quick. You can also email InI at lionartproductions@gmail.com. This is the first time I have shown a large number of abstract pieces and its hard to explain what is the total of what I am painting. We are dealing with the untangle and un-harrasnessed and also showing the bridge to modern and realism. I hope it brightens your day and opens your mind to inner views and mediations on this amazing experience called life we share. More to come!  Jah Bless One and ALL.
past the horizon
Past the Horizon.
About flying further than imagined and being color soaring in motion. 16″x 20″ Indian ink and acrylic, 225.00
By any name it is still.
 By Any Name is Still.
More than a painting of a rose it is the personality. The jagged nature and background golds and violets contrasts the beauty that is spiked in the personality of the rose to show a idea of raw beauty within beauty. 18″24″ Acrylic and Indian Ink, and metallic Gold. 175.00
Comfortable Fustration
 Comfortable Frustration.
 There are many things with in this piece, and what comes to the surface is that in the chaos and clutter there is a frustration that is not anger but in the midst of finding peace. Peace is offered by very few lines that bring composition to the piece and express that stick like order can be enough to bring comfort with blue to greens and yellows allowing “the fall” to have its place.
Indian Ink and Acrylic. 16″20″ 200.00
Her Everlasting Warmth
Her Everlasting Warmth
A mold of abstract and earthly lights and drips on a black night background. Bringing out the simple movement of the mother of all ages. With Copper for the hands facing upwards, a symbol of connecting time space, heaven, earth, here and there, now and then. She still overshadows us, without a shadow. She is the outline of Everlasting warmth.
12″x 18″ Acrylic,Indian Ink, Metallic Copper. 250.00
Joy in motion
Joy in motion.

a playful and surreal journey of flying and feeling joy. Leaving room for the imagination it allows ones to travel and feel happiness through light motion feeling and color. 16″ x 20″ indian ink and acrylic. 225.00
seperate and together
Separate and Together.
A favorite piece of mine, About the dynamics of elements and opposites that work together but are not the same and are often opposed. From Dry to Wet, night to day, man to woman, season to season, each one is contained and honored as unique and yet inclusive in a whole picture that preserves its borders being separate and together. 40″x 30″ acrylic and indian ink. 350.00
The movement of a flower and that of a woman is like watching a dance that can not be captured but captures us. This piece is an abstract expression of this. 11″ x 11″ Acrylic, Metallic Copper and Gold, Indian Ink. 175.00
yet to get along
 Yet to get along.
A piece that uses the oldest of our collective faith in the symbolism of an African woman with tattoos on her face to the most recent of religions, Islam that seems to have a disconnection to Africa Roots. The contrast of the hard and cold, to the soft and mud like texture of her face, as is his posture, being rigid and unemotional connect the abstract to modern issues and thoughts.. He has eyes but they do not see her. In some ways it is a commentary to how Islam in Africa has a serious issue with indigenous beliefs and tribes. The constant conflict is evidence that we have “yet to get along.” This piece is the intro into the next series that deal with African suffrage and freedom. 12″x16″ Indian Ink and Acrylic. 300.00
night phoniex
Night Phoenix.
A bird of spirit, that using the dark as well as the light to soar. The motion of flight in etheric flames, will raise the viewer into new thoughts of transcendence beyond form. 24″ 36″ Acrylic and Indian Ink. 150.00
This next series is part of the Spring Art Digital Show. It is based in Black Liberation and Freedom. Our Suffering is only a temporary obstacle to find permanent freedom, it is based first how we see ourselves and look at any problem. We are creators of Culture, and therefore a revolutionary life force of the people through creative action. I hope you enjoy the next pieces.
Music is freedom.
Music is Freedom

This piece is part of a three part series focusing on freedom in the midst of oppression. Using many shades of blues and browns, the loneliness and pain is eased only by a stereo. Where naked, alone in chains, is just the surface of a rich coat of music that helps most of us cope every day. The importance that the arts play in an isolated society is the importance of a key to a prison door. Slight influence from Miles Davis, Kinda Blue.
12″x 12″ Acrylic and Indian Ink 350.00
the brush is freedom
Painting is Freedom.
Set in a mud like prison, in the day time, the space and emptiness represents potential. While the man represents the
Black Nation, strong and in our prime, still chained and if we get tired or let our head down we will strangle ourself. The Focus on the brush is the focus on freedom. That this is it, art is culture, culture are revolutions of people in themselves. This revolution is Life creating itself. So it is, The Brush is Freedom. 36″x 24″ Indian Ink, Acrylic, Copper metallic. 500.00
The Mike is freedom
The Mike is Freedom.
In the last of the series, We have the a straightjacket on the Dread Locked Ras. This represents the labeling of America on Black Rage and that our only output often is making poetry and recording our thoughts. That the way to break the grip of insanity is to yell out what is sane and insane, simply to remind self and any listening in such a crazy world that Microphone is the outlet, input and key to freedom. 12″x12″ Acrylic and Indian Ink. 275.00
This is a piece about the odd life that many are in within Africa and in the Sudan specifically. Tied in a world where tradition has both betrayed and saved us, we are introduced to the west, and whether we like it or not, they have intruded and we are wearing the results of a modern western legacy. To who made the borders, to who makes the weapons, We live in two worlds, loosing power in both as we adapt. Pencil, 11″x17″ 450.00
The World on My Back.
Abstract and modern, this piece represents what many feel as the world grows heavier and colder. Cut and bleeding on the back of all people should be Earth with Africa center. In our daily lives I wonder if ones know that there is a wound that is bleeding in the heart and backs of men, and that until WE are all free, we are not yet free. Better Photos are in the works for prints.
14″x20″ Acrylic and Indian Ink. 300.00
This next series is about the Emperor Haile Selassie I. All but one original is still available and all of these pieces will be available in prints. If you want to get the first one reserved, or pre-ordered please inbox InI on this cite. Pray the art fills you with inspiration!
In the Heavens does His Throne ReignIn the Heavens Does His Throne Reign.

This piece is a look at blending the flesh away into a cosmic background of movement and song. A feeling like when you can hear Majesty and its only for a while until you can see the stars and sky reveal the faces of men that ascend material. All His Springs.
24″ 30″ Acrylic, Indian Ink, Spray paint. 400.00
Abstract Coronation
HIM abstract
Coronation piece where it all coming together dramatically. Haile Selassie I walking forward to greatness.
18″x 24″ Acrylic and Indian Ink 250.00
Modern Coronation
 HIM modern
Haile Selassie I at His Coronation, colors are brighter than the picture. using a modern style that captures the 1930′s modern art colors, brought a clean and direct feeling of the Emperor in His Royal Robes.  18″x24″ Indian Ink and Acrylic 400.00
Watching with concern.
Watching in concern.
A piece with Gold in the background and using light to hit a very sober King of Kings who looks out with concern.
24″x30″ Acrylic, Metallic Gold, Indian Ink. 250.00
This piece was made for Occupy and preserve Pinnacle in JA, and is the album cover for Dub Iration’s Album. The album as well as the art/prints are all made to raise awareness about Leonard Howell, and the land that he set up for the First Rastafari Congregation. The building and community are represented in the painting and it was an honor to work with Many great ones in this project. All the proceeds for this piece goes to Pinnacle for preservation purposes.
Acrylic and Indian Ink, 24″x36″ 1500.00


Thank you for looking and reading, feeling and thinking. If you would like to have a show at your location, or reason on art, freedom, and liberation theology please link anytime. I am thankful to Jah for the gift and to be able to share it. InI look forward to all the works we all have to offer in the service of humanity and righteousness. Jah Bless, and Hold the Faith. Rastafari.

Ras Elijah Tafari



“Surfing on Clouds” New abstract/ landscape piece


This is a piece is in celebration of the snow that is coming on us. It has been a while since I have done landscape or snow scenes, and I wanted to make this one different. This one celebrates the cold and the warm as well as the drive of the mountains and the clouds. By Drive I mean, a glow that shoots from the heavens to the earth like a snow boarder surfing out of the clouds.

Indian Ink and Acrylic. Sold. Prints available.  20 bucks plus shipping.

“Mud Crystals” New abstract piece.


One of the most enjoyable pieces so far, in this abstract event.  In the quest to find new artistic frontiers that are not hallow, I have been exploring many introspective topics.  As I mix metals and ink, new tones of purple copper and yellow green bronze start the journey. A marble dimension and portal awaits where there is an unfolding of possibility and where limitations dissolve. I started to wonder where I was going, and the answer seemed to come up from the mud. A new Crystal coming to form that are steps into the next phase. A reality where fantasy and fiction seemed to absolute. The Mud Crystals developed into stairs and a peak, inviting all to join, as we fly into a new world.

This piece has been sold ( THANK YOU!) , and we are working on getting prints together. Let I know if you want to get a limited edition signed print.  Blessed Love. Rastafari.

Co-existence with borders. New Abstract Painting


This is a new painting that is part of the newest series in an Abstract Winter. This piece is about both the separation and the closeness, of day from night, land and air, about blurry and round, clear and straight. The Water like lines that don’t connect are liken to the relationship of man and God, man and woman, that as close as we are, somehow there is still room to grow in respect in a form of co-existence  that defines distinctness. In some ways it looks like a flag up side down and overgrown, absorbed into the surroundings, taking over by the elements and the land.  This piece is about space and borders. The complexity of co-existence.


Acrylic and Indian Ink. Price negotiable. 36″x24″

” The Gong ” Bringing awareness to Pinnacle JA in Collaboration.



As Rastafari expands to all corners of the Earth, Our beginnings must be honored and respected. This piece and movement to save Pinnacle and restore it to be a historical and future rallying point for Rastafari has united many ones. Dub Iration with a brand new tune to raise up the awareness and support for Pinnacle in Jamaica, the starting point for the Rastafari Movement. The purchase of the four track album as well as prints will go to Pinnacle. You can the album here: www.dubiration.com/thegong
Dub Iration Sound System.

Big Up and respect to Donisha Prenderga, for being an active leader, organizer and representative for the preservation of Pinnacle. Check her video here:https://youtu.be/mHRGAQuixBE


The Original Painting is also for sale and the proceeds will go to Pinnacle. It is 2000 dollars for the original (18″x24″) and I look forward to seeing the funds go to educate and preserve/ and build the future for Rastafari next Generation. please inbox here or at lionartproductions@gmail.com for inquires.

WE would like to thank everyone who is involved and concerned. The beginning of Global impacts and movements comes when Our House is in order. Respect and honor to the Elders, and gathering up the youth. Pinnacle to Shashamene, From South Africa To Puerto Rico. Rastafari Unite for the Time is upon us, His Imperial Majesty Kingdom on Earth as it is in Zion. Haile Selassie I, for His Name Sake. ONE.R.7.


“Ascending with the Night” new painting

This is a piece that I began in Puerto Rico with Ras Maximo, it was in the early evening it began, embracing our Hip Hop Roots. Little did we know that we would paint two paintings that would say the same passage. The Subject of the abyss we are in that comes and goes to the King of Kings, His Angels and Priests peer at us from Ethiopia, above and below. Her Gates opened up the tides of the universe that are the carpets to His Throne. To Present Oneself to The Conquering Lion of Judah, To The Almighty God, is not just Our Destiny but the inevitable night in which we will all have to surrender to.

This piece will be shown tonight in a special expo at 3901 Central, ( Nob Hill) Albuquerque NM. There will be a special social gathering tonight, Friday Nov. 18th. 5-10pm. Acrylic, Indian ink, Spray Paint. 24×18″


This piece is available for sale, as original, print or image for album cover. please email lionartproductions@gmail.com for info.

Emperor Haile Selassie I Coronation Fine Art Digital Expo 2016

It is a Honor and Pleasure to share the Meditations Of Our August Emperor  whom has Granted Us this Day to Celebrate the Union of Heaven and Earth in the Personality of His and Her Imperial Majesty. Presented before the Earth in 1930, Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia was Crowned in a Triple Crown and Presented with the Scepter and Orb. He was pronounced Globally as the King of Kings, Root of David and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. It was the First time an African King and Queen had been recognized and given total authority to claim the Earth as Rightful Ruler. In the midst of colonization at its height, Emperor Haile Selassie I had the World witnessing Sovereignty from origination and entered the world stage. This would transform and elevate the Earth and World to answer a moral question. One we have yet to answer collectively, and a question that will either answer the future problems or explain the failures we accumulate while trying to avoid international human rights concerns.

While African Unity is the Crown Jewel and Mission of The Emperor, His Word speaks of the pains and concerns for all of Humanity. We still echo the need for Nuclear Proliferation and Global Citizenship and We all seek International Morality, and as His Majesty said,                The stake of each one of us is identical – life or death. We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.”


                                                                       ”Waiting and Watching”

His Imperial Majesty saw the World and Time as One. That problems are solved together and made worse together. There is so much to say about the King of Kings, The Father of Fathers, and many will give witness to His Ability to Guide and Lead Us Today. His Depth is without end and His Meaning to History and Humanity has yet to be appreciated. In this Offering of Art and Feeling I hope we can go beyond words and to the Heart of Hearts. Where the Zeal meets the brush and history is being made and also remembered. Where a revolutionary African Art presents itself as modern, future and ancient culture. Rastafari Art to inspire as We are inspired, By The Most High as a Living Man, The Most High as the Fullness of Earth and All those who dwell in it. A Cosmic King who Holds Universal Truth. 86 Years ago today, was the greatest moment of Human History. One no one has or will ever live up to that day, and why HIM Haile Selassie I stands Alone. Still widely unknown, and misunderstood, yet He has ushered in Time and Space as we know it. On this special occasion InI Thank The Creator, Almighty Jah Rastafari for Bringing this Life for I, and filling Our Vessels with His Love.  Thru the Power of Trinity, Haile Selassie I. One In His Everlasting Kingdom.


                                                                           ”Addis Coronation” 


                                                                      “Planting for the Future.”


                                                                                 ” Rastafari fillin in. “ 


                                                                              ” Pinnacle Gong “

A piece for Pinnacle and Dub Iration to bring forth awareness for the preservation of a Sacred and Holy Historical site, where the Rastafari Movement Began. Soon come, Prints will be available with all proceeds going to Pinnacle. Jah Bless The Hon. Leonard Howell on this Coronation!  www.dubiration.com/TheGong

Haile Selassie I Reading1

                                           “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

modern Selassie Coronation

                                       ” Look To Africa For the Crowning of A Black King! “


                                                                            ” On The Bomb. “


                                                                                        ” In 8.”

This piece is one that is about The Creation of Man as a Galactic Occurrence as The Lion Constellation Meets the Sirus Star System to pull together the polarities of Man and Woman, Sun and Moon, and the Portal of Above and Below into a Golden Arc of infinite relations as one of the feet stands on the Earth and another above. Center is the North Star and within the body is another portal. A Trinitarian Painting to express the Union and Formation of Heavens in the Flesh By King Alpha and Queen Omega. The personality in the middle is purposefully both man and female.


                                                                  ” Four Pillars and Tassel “

Selassie and Son on bomb

                                             ” Selassie I and Son, Today and Tomorrow “

InI wrote previously about this piece, done this year and Standing For All Time.

Selassiestairsand door

 ” Selassie is the Door and Stairs.”


“Keeping the Cubs Safe.”


“Bleeding World on My Back.”

First I Thank The Most High Jah Rastafari Emperor Haile Selassie I for Giving I Everything. Year after year He sustains I and InI Family and Friends. Many of these paintings were painted in Puerto Rico and My Heart Bleeds for the Island as its lasting impression intensifies the passion for Justice and Human Rights. Their Love of Rastafari is beyond measure. I would like to thank many others who allowed in the experience of sharing these pieces, many of which will be used for future projects.  InI look forward greatly to sharing and contributing to the Global Community. This is not all the 2016 works, just some that High Lite the Emperor’s impact on this day 86 years ago. Many of these images will be cleaned up and will be available for purchase at a later day. Some Originals are still available, please inbox for info. Nov. 2nd In Albuquerque NM, InI as Well as Ras Zakarias will be showing Rastafari Fine Art and hosting a celebration in Honor of Coronation Day. 6pm-1am at 3901 Central.

 For Now and forever, Let Us Learn and Build on what His Imperial Majesty has taught, and Give thanks for Us to Bear Witness and Behold, The Conquering Lion of Judah. Jah Rastafari Haile Selassie I.


“ When I spoke at Geneva in 1936, there was no precedent for a head of state addressing the League of Nations. I am neither the first, nor will I be the last head of state to address the United Nations, but only I have addressed both the League and this Organization in this capacity. The problems which confront us today are, equally, unprecedented. They have no counterparts in human experience. Men search the pages of history for solutions, for precedents, but there are none. This, then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the answers to the questions which have never before been posed? We must look, first, to Almighty God, Who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity which He created in His image. And we must look into ourselves, into the depth of our souls. We must become something we have never been and for which our education and experience and environment have ill-prepared us. We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

Emperor Haile Selassie I 1963 New York U.N.


New Prints Ready! Rastafari Art.

The First of many of the 2016 series to come forward. Some of these have been released on facebook,  but not in this clarity and detail. These are available only as prints in 8.5×11 especially bagged. (25.00 plus shipping) I hope you enjoy and check out the other color and black/white prints ready to be shared. If any one would like a special painting, feel free to “inbox me” (an email, ect)  Give thanks for Life. Perfect Love!  Rastafari is Everything.

“Elephant I.”  Acrylic/Indian Ink.

Elephant I!

“The King and His Cubs.” Acrylic/Indian Ink

Acrylic and Indian Ink

“Looking out for the Cub” Pencil.



There will a lot more soon, meditations of Our Artistic Culture and Movement.

Selassie I.