This 3.25 x 4 in. shield shaped patch features Kehinde Wiley’s 2012 painting Shantavia Bealle II. The painting features the model of the same name, with her elaborately coiffed hair nearly mirroring the size of her torso. The significance of hair as a cultural signifier and symbol of continuity within the Black experience is emphasized by the use of hair as an important decorative and unifying element throughout a number of Wiley’s paintings and sculptures. Black hair has been a key theme within Wiley’s oeuvre throughout his career, most notably in his 2001 Conspicuous Fraud series.
Dye-sublimation with olive green merrowed borders and an iron on backing.
Net proceeds from your purchase support the artist in residence program Black Rock Sénégal, founded by Wiley in 2019.
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Established in 2019, Black Rock Senegal is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by Kehinde Wiley in Dakar, Senegal. The program brings together international artists to live and work at Wiley’s coastal compound for 1-3 month residencies. Designed by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne, the complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with 3 single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. More information about Black Rock is available online at www.blackrocksenegal.org.