The porcelain plate series by Kehinde Wiley includes six designs featuring details from paintings spanning 2008-2012. The six different faces - 3 male and 3 female - are cropped against colorful, vibrant backgrounds so the plates are equally decorative and functional.
Featuring details from:
Mrs. Graham (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Mary Little, Later Lady Carr (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Dacia Carter II (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Matar Mbaye II (2008), oil on canvas, 25 x 22 inches
Idrissa Ndiaye (2008), oil on linen, 26 x 22 inches
Mame Ngagne (2008), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches
Kehinde Wiley is a contemporary African-American painter known for his distinctive portraits. His subjects are often young black men and women, rendered in a Photorealist style against densely patterned backgrounds. Wiley melds references from many sources, including Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte, Islamic architecture, and hip-hop culture. “I believe it’s possible to hold twin desires in your head, such as the desire to create painting and destroy painting at once,” the artist has explained. “The desire to look at a black American culture as underserved, in need of representation, a desire to mine that said culture and to lay its parts bare, and look at it almost clinically.” Born on February 28, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA, he received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2001. The artist has gone on to have several successful exhibitions including “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” which opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2015. On February 12, 2018, both Wiley and the artist Amy Sherald unveiled their official presidential portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The artist currently lives and works between New York, NY and Beijing, China. Today, Wiley’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.
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