This 3.25 x 4 in. shield shaped patch features Kehinde Wiley’s 2006 painting Willem van Heythuysen, reimagined from Frans Hals’s Portrait of Willem van Heythuysen. Wiley’s model, a young man from Harlem, New York, can only be identified by the name of his 17th century counterpart, from the other Haarlem, in the Netherlands. Both subjects assume the position, sporting goatees, but our contemporary is draped in a snow-white Sean Jean tracksuit and Timberland boots. In this new rendition of the luxurious cloth merchant, Indian textile patterns flatten the background entirely, with tendrils protruding around the model and into the foreground.
Dye-sublimation with gold merrowed borders and 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.