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Kehinde Wiley

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Sheena Varghese

on 17 July 2013

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Transcript of Kehinde Wiley

Self-Portraits Inspired by Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley - A Contemporary Artist
Born in LA, California in 1977

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Artist Info
Has situated himself within the portrait painting tradition
Includes symbols of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in representations of urban, black and brown men
Style (visual conventions) taken from history of glorification, wealth and prestige to the subject matter

Work began as portraits based on photos taken of young men from Harlem
Later included models found in urban landscapes around the world

His paintings "quote historical sources and position young black men within the field of power."
Kehinde Wiley
Tomb of Pope Alexander the VII Study 1
oil on paper
2001 M.F.A. Yale University School of Art
1999 B.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute
Images of his work
Jacques-Louis David
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Oil on canvas
Kehinde Wiley
Napolean Leading the Army over the Alps
Oil on canvas
Jean August Dominque Ingres'
The Virgin Adoring the Host
Oil on canvas

Kehinde Wiley
After Ingres' The Virgin with the Host
Oil on canvas

Kehinde Wiley
Penitent Mary Magdalen
Oil on canvas

Kehinde Wiley
Samuel Johnson
Oil on canvas

Kehinde Wiley
Portrait Bust of Cardinal Richelieu
Oil on canvas

Bust of Cardinal Richelieu
Marble sculpture

Compare and Contrast Activity
How are they the same? How are they different?
Students could complete a T-chart comparing the images.
Why does Kehinde Wiley make art?
Studio Lesson Plan
Using sketchbook journals for source materials, students will create three thumbnail sketches of self-portrait ideas.

Select one of your compositions and transpose on sheet of drawing paper.

Goal of the studio activity is theme-based in finding a way to portray your self-identity through visual symbols and attributes in a self-portrait.

Students will complete a self-evaluation answering the following questions:
What does this artwork say about your identity? List and explain at least three symbols/attributes in your drawing that shows your identity. What do you like about the drawing? Is there anything you would want to change?
Art Criticism Lesson Plan Standards:

• Students will be able to identify how Kehinde Wiley uses principles of design and elements of art to convey meaning by completing the “describe” and “analyze” sections of a written critique.
• Students will be able to evaluate how Kehinde Wiley conveys meaning in his paintings by citing connections between his work and art history in their written critiques.

Studio Production Lesson Plan Standards:

• Students will be able to synthesize Kehinde Wiley’s influence into their personal art making by creating self-portraits with at least three symbols/attributes of their own identity.
• Students will be able to generate a self-portrait composition by creating at least three sketches in their sketchbook journals.
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