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.
The striking portraits of Kehinde Wiley
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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-based artist
photogpher kehinde wiley and toni braxton
While moving to see on this website, go and see Wiley’s work at the Ringling Museum in St. Pete, FL to get the full effect:)