The Urban Gentleman is not only well-groomed and dapper he’s also cultured. So as an urban gent you should be up on a little bit of everything from politics to great books, and especially great artists.
One of my favorite artist of our time is Kehinde Wiley. His paintings purely inspire me- they make me think outside of myself… his art is just that deep. Check out this excerpt about Wiley:
Wiley’s paintings often blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation. Rendered in a realistic mode –– while making references to specific old master paintings –– Wiley creates a fusion of period styles, ranging from French rococo, Islamic architecture and West African textile design to urban hip–hop and the “Sea Foam Green” of a Martha Stewart Interiors color swatch. Wiley’s slightly larger than life size figures are depicted in a heroic manner, as their poses connote power and spiritual awakening. Wiley’s portrayal of masculinity is filtered through these poses of power and spirituality. He charges from $12,000-$40,000 per painting, when I’m balling out of control I’ll be sure to buy one. Until then we can check out his art at The Studio Musuem in Harlem (New York) or at The National Portriat Gallery in Washington D.C.
Check out some original Kehinde Wiley art:
You can check out more Kehinde Wiley HERE.