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