The striking portraits of Kehinde Wiley 2

George, Lord Digby and William, Lord Russell, 2007 Oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

Los Angeles-based artist Kehinde Wiley creates portraits that feature urban men in poses from classical paintings, rendered in vibrant pop colors. Here’s a brief description from his bio:

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, and others–Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world.

Below is a selection of his amazing paintings (the first four images) and photographs from the Black Light series that show why Wiley has developed a world-wide following.

George, Lord Digby and William, Lord Russell, 2007 Oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

George, Lord Digby and William, Lord Russell, 2007 Oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

 

The Three Graces, 2005 Oil and enamel on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

The Three Graces, 2005 Oil and enamel on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

 

Triple Portrait of Charles I 2007 oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

Triple Portrait of Charles I 2007 oil on canvas by Kehinde Wiley

 

Morpheus, 2008, Oil on Canvas by Kehinde Wiley

Morpheus, 2008, Oil on Canvas by Kehinde Wiley

 

Alston Sajery, After Hans Holbein the Youngers Portrait of Simon George, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Alston Sajery, After Hans Holbein the Youngers Portrait of Simon George, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Jerry Valdes, After Titians (Tiziano Vecellio) Repentant Mary Magdalene, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Jerry Valdes, After Titians (Tiziano Vecellio) Repentant Mary Magdalene, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Sharrod Hosten, After Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Samuel Johnson, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Sharrod Hosten, After Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Samuel Johnson, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Mark Shavers After Sir Anthony van Dycks Triple Portrait of Charles I, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Mark Shavers After Sir Anthony van Dycks Triple Portrait of Charles I, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Kofi Graham, After El Grecos (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) The Annunciation, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Kofi Graham, After El Grecos (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) The Annunciation, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Jonathan Swinton, After John Singer Sargents The Countess of Rocksavage, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Jonathan Swinton, After John Singer Sargents The Countess of Rocksavage, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Algorna Crawford, After Sir Joshua Reynolds Miss Susanna Gale, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Algorna Crawford, After Sir Joshua Reynolds Miss Susanna Gale, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

After Pontormos Two Men with a Passage from Ciceros on Friendship, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 Kehinde Wiley

After Pontormos Two Men with a Passage from Ciceros on Friendship, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 Kehinde Wiley

 

After Jean August Dominique Ingres The Virgin with the Host, Black Light series Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

After Jean August Dominique Ingres The Virgin with the Host, Black Light series Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 

Keyshawn Wamer, After Giovanni Bellinis St. Francis in the Desert, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

Keyshawn Wamer, After Giovanni Bellinis St. Francis in the Desert, Black Light series, Photograph 2009 by Kehinde Wiley

 


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