Artist Who Painted Obama's Portrait Known for Depicting Blacks Decapitating Whites

  • 02/13/2018
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN
Artist Who Painted Obama's Portrait Known for Depicting Blacks Decapitating Whites
By Alex E. Proimos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/4199675334/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The artist commissioned by the Smithsonian to paint President Barack Obama's official portraits has a controversial past.  

One reoccurring theme in Kehinde Wiley's paintings (besides romanticizing the Black Panthers and floral prints) is something out of a drug-induced nightmare: black women beheading white women.

The Washington Examiner reports:

There are at least two instances where Kehinde Wiley painted portraits of black women holding a knife in one hand and the decapitated head of a white woman in the other.

 

In an interview with New York Magazine, Wiley said one of the controversial portraits was based on a stay-at-home mom he found at the mall and the woman’s head she was holding was based on one of his assistants.

“It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing,” Wiley told NYMag.

Both Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits, which were revealed on Monday, have received widespread public criticism.

 Source: AAN
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