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Has anyone seen any pop surrealist/lowbrow art with people of African descent in it?  I would love some links because I've searched high and low and I can't find anything.  I was thinking about creating some of my own but I need some inspiration.

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I remember seeing a book at Vrolijk (GLBTQ bookshop in Amsterdam) but cannot remember his name (yes, I know) I'll be in that city next week Monday again, gently pull me by the earlobe in case so that I'll remember and check him out.

I recently fell in love with Mati Klarwein and his surreal worx. Surreal can be a broad term like punk but Klarwein could be lumped in with Alex Grey in its dreamy format and Basquiat as far as having African subjects. Well, for Basquiat it was more a black American state of being. Klarwein was German Jewish but he was enamored with African and Arab beauty and folklore. He is responsible for the artwork for multiple Miles Davis albums and an amazing portrait of flautist Yusef Lateef. Make the search engine your friend, my friend.

When someone comes across more of anything like this, you let ME know, too. :-)

found him, as promised earlier :-)
Kehinde Wiley ... and http://www.kehindewiley.com/Artist_Statement.html
for about a decade he has re-appropriated the genre of historic Euro-Caucasian portraits suggesting power & status, and re-interprets them with almost exclusively African/American people, mostly cisgender-men and most recently, cis-gender women. OK, that's still not surreal, really, but I find it could come close to Pop Art with Black African people in it - what do you think? ~

thanks!!


Thomas Körtvélyessy said:

found him, as promised earlier :-)
Kehinde Wiley ... and http://www.kehindewiley.com/Artist_Statement.html
for about a decade he has re-appropriated the genre of historic Euro-Caucasian portraits suggesting power & status, and re-interprets them with almost exclusively African/American people, mostly cisgender-men and most recently, cis-gender women. OK, that's still not surreal, really, but I find it could come close to Pop Art with Black African people in it - what do you think? ~

I adooore Kehinde Wiley's artwork!!  Shout out to Jahluv for hipping me to his artwork ages ago.

Onli Studios Rhythmistic works at www.afrofuture.blogspot.com and www.dablackage.blogspot.com

From the East / West Zodiac Journal from ONLI STUDIOS.

Search for the Black Age of Comics movement. It hosts four annual conventions and produces a growing range of graphic novels. Ones graphic novels can be as Black as ones music.

Not sure if you this is what you meant? Is all my work, these are actually business cards , pics of original paintings, you can see my work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asboluv/ 

cheers

x

Kehinde Wiley is awesome!!  ImanGold, if you are still looking for artists of color in the so-called lowbrow art movement, you might also ask directly at galleries that represent that kind of art.  Just straight up contact them and ask which artists do they represent who are of African descent?  Galleries out there in NY like Deitch Projects and out here in LA like La Luz de Jesus will probably be glad to tell you.  Do an online search city by city.

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