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SEE.CULTURE.MADE.RADICAL: The Visual History Makers - Kehinde Wiley

 

There's an obvious contrast between men dressed in bandanas, Nike sneakers, Timbaland boots, baggy pants and bright-colored floral patterns, French Rococo backdrops. Kehinde Wiley is the one to thank for these genius creations! Who would ever think men from the inner city walking horses through the remote sands, and posing before riding off into the sunset would be so beautiful? Every portrait is different. Wiley focuses on painting people of the African diaspora in order to help motivate, and perfect the image of the Afro culture. While disturbing the boundaries of traditional art, he has paved a way lightened for similar talents to travel on.

By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *
All artwork © Kehinde Wiley

Wiley’s form of non-traditional portraits is only the tip of the iceberg for viewers; the purpose may be to place onlookers into a time in history when those exact men riding horses actually practiced that way of commuting, minus the Western influenced style.

You can view more of Kehinde Wiley’s on-line at, www.kehindewiley.com.

* Tip Jordan's blog: www.beingtip.com

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Tags: Art, Artist, Black, History, Kehinde, Month, Paintings, Sculptures, Visual, Wiley

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Comment by Litha on February 18, 2014 at 12:32am

this is for me "where's our culture at". Its truly something unique and, I can only say, awe inspiring. It really fills the gaping chasm that has plagued the peoples of this world since they knew they where people and that they where different. Great work

Comment by Sherrie Reader Howard on November 25, 2013 at 11:27am

A new discovery for me; I can see his work on my walls. I wish I had artwork like this on display when my two boys were growing up. They don't see enough of our mages in a not negative way.

Comment by Rosenda on November 22, 2013 at 3:19pm

So glad to see more about this great artist.  Thanks to Jahluv who used to be here on AP years ago for first telling me about this artist.  And if you like this artwork, you must also check out Ike Ude and the Sartorial Anarchy artwork he does.  I find them both colorful wild wonderful and totally different than anything I've ever seen.


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