If you’re looking for a gift that gives back, you’ll love these limited edition creations by artist Kehinde Wiley
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Kehinde Wiley, the African American painter best known for his striking photorealistic portraits of black figures including Barack Obama, against colorful backgrounds, has launched a limited edition clothing and design collection to support Black Rock, the residency non-profit artists in Dakar. , Senegal which he founded in 2019.
The collection, which includes basketballs, candles, playing cards, down jackets and sweatshirts, features a selection of designs taken from Wiley’s paintings, each design being directly adapted from an original work of art. . Additionally, to celebrate the launch, Wiley is selling a copy of his artwork. Demetrius study (2021), also for the benefit of Black Rock.
Proceeds from all purchases, which are available for pre-order through the Kehinde Wiley boutique, directly support, according to a statement by the artist, his residency’s mission: “to bring together artists, thinkers and innovators from around the world; provide a platform for these artists to engage in intercultural and multidisciplinary creative processes; and to build new global discourses on Africa and the African diaspora.
See below for some of the items featured in the Kehinde Wiley store.
The death of Saint-Joseph Basketball (see featured image) zooms in on details of Wiley’s 2017 painting, Death of Saint Joseph, which was inspired by the classic 18th century biblical portrait and reimagined for a contemporary audience. According to Wiley, “the emphasis is on the design of the model’s open hand, inviting multicultural conversation and a connection between time and place.” Available here, for $ 150. Meanwhile, a Death of St. Joseph t-shirt is available here, for $ 140.
Besler’s Florilegium, a hoodie for a shoe salesman features images of Wiley’s 2012 painting of the same name, which Wiley selected, according to a statement from the Kehinde Wiley Shop, “for its lush greenery and scarlet hibiscus against a vibrant celestial blue background.” The paint has been redesigned and redesigned for the unisex top, which has a plush cotton interior and satin-lined hood, to create “a new narrative version of this visionary portrayal of the everyday hero.” Available here, for $ 280.
Plaid silk pajama set combines images from four of Wiley’s paintings to create a unique tapestry reflecting the artist’s travels to Brazil, Cameroon, Israel and Mali. The unisex ensemble “features vibrant depictions of contemporary black and brown men in cross-cultural nationalist poses that reinvent this grand historical narrative of portraiture art,” notes Wiley. The four tables are: Marshal Floriano Peixoto II (2009); Benediter Brkou (2011); Florilegium de Besler, shoe seller (2012); and Dogon couple II (2013). Available here, for $ 650.
Quilted coat comments on adornment across cultures with its multicultural design by Wiley’s Kern Alexander Study (2011). You will find the portrait of the original work on the back of the mantle. Available here, for $ 800.
Grace card game includes Wiley’s Dacia Carter II (2012), a painting from the artist’s “An Economy of Grace” series, which celebrates the strength and beauty of black women. The bridge shows the likeness of the Dacia Carter model, which is represented as a kind of goddess against a background of green and pink flora. Available here, for $ 30.
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