Every now and then I come across something that leaves me in complete and utter awe and my kitchen a nappy mess. This week that has been the artwork of Kehinde Wiley. His fresh take on 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century portraits with people of color in roles fulfilled historically by whites is breathtaking.


“Los Angeles native and New-York-based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley, has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, among others, Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world.”




Make sure you follow Kehinde on his social media handles:

Instagram: kehindewiley

Twitter: kehindewileyart

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