Behind the Portraits: The artists who painted the Obama’s Smithsonian portraits

Kehinde Wiley is a New York based artist who grew up in Los Angeles. Wiley’s works consist of large portraits of black and brown bodies. The complexity of Wiley’s work stems from the “juxtaposed inversion” of the subject and stylistic aesthetic for his portraits. Wiley started his career in portraiture by painting images of local men in harlem against bright textile backgrounds reminiscent of the … Continue reading Behind the Portraits: The artists who painted the Obama’s Smithsonian portraits

Urban Artist Profile – ‘Premonition’ by Reginald Sylvester II

Pre·mo·ni·tion a strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant. In his newest installation, ‘Premonition‘, artist Reginald Sylvester II paints a bright abstract of his dreams. “Soul driven works…that stream from my unconscious”, Sylvester states. Sylvester’s paintings, though all thought provoking and different, share similar themes throughout. What are Sylvester’s inner premonitions? Is he outright telling us, or allowing the us to feel … Continue reading Urban Artist Profile – ‘Premonition’ by Reginald Sylvester II