Amazing African American artist Kehinde Wiley was just chosen as former President Barack Obama's portrait artist! Share this artist with your students while discussing representation in art, learning how to mix paint for skin tones and meet art and social studies standards in this Arts Integration lesson.
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Artist Statement from the National Portrait Gallery - "Kehinde Wiley’s portraits of African American men collate modern culture with the influence of Old Masters. Wiley’s work melds a fluid concept of modern culture, ranging from French Rococo to today’s urban landscape. By collapsing history and style into a unique contemporary vision, vividly colorful and often adorned with ornate gilded frames, Wiley’s large-scale figurative paintings, which are illuminated with a barrage of baroque or rococo decorative patterns, posit young black men, fashioned in urban attire, within the field of power reminiscent of Renaissance artists such as Tiepolo and Titian."