October 19, 2011

Kehinde Wiley

Big Daddy Kane, 2005

Three Graces, 2005

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, 2005

Ll Cool J, 2005

Ice T, 2005

Kehinde Wiley, a New York painter, is well known for his portraits of African Americans, particularly young African American males. His paintings can be seen as a social statement due to how they present their subjects in a manner that is not commonly seen. It is this reason why his work strikes a chord with me. It is not uncommon to see black males portrayed as stereotypical thugs in today's media. Wiley's paintings are challenging that common and frankly offensive depiction by presenting his subjects in a very romanticized way.

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